How to take better photographs of your children at home

Photos are important all know this. It is how we update our family and friends near and far what your children and family updated on day to  day life or even milestones. Capturing the first step to first day of school graduation or even vacations. Isn't that why our phones are filled with photos of our family and friends!

When you have kids, we want to hold on to as many of those amazing memories as we can! We all know that while the days are long, the years are short. 

While its important to try and get annual family portraits by a professional photographer, Its important to be equipped to capture great images of your day to day life therefore learning to take better photographs is such a great asset to have. You dont have to invest in a great camera or a lot of time to take better photographs but keeping afew tips in mind can go along way. Here are afew tips to taking simple and great photos of your kids at home.

Try to clear the space you will be in free of clutter as much as possible to keep the attention on your subject

Lighting – While windows can be used to provide a great natural source of light how you position your subject. Notice how the shadows and the light falls on her face in each image. She remained at the same spot in the green chair while I moved around. Also notice the position of the window in the last image. 

Ice Castles Lincoln NH Winter 2018

We were really excited to visit the Ice Castles in NH. We picked February Vacation to go and we are glad that we made it there. The temperature's were in the 50's which resulted in the ice melting while we were there nonetheless we were glad it wasn't biting cold.  Here are a few of the images from our visit. In the future we'll probably plan to go later in the day to get the full effect of the surrounding. 

We are glad to have brought our winter gear and while we had it in the car we actually had considered leaving it but glad we geared up for it. 

Helpful tips. Bring your winter full winter gear and sleds. 

Seaside Winter Elopement at Black Point Narrangansett Bay RI

This Winter I had the pleasure of photographing my first styled wedding, an intimate seaside elopement set at Black Point on Narragansett Bay RI. While we had envisioned a Snowy Seaside Elopement we didn't get any snow but we were blessed with precipitation it rained on and off through the entire event but that didn't hold us back from the days activities. It was such an amazing and refreshing experience to meet other vendors and work together creatively. Here are a few of my favorite images detailing the event. 

Planner/Coordinator: Melody Piling Couple: Cassandra and David Denayer Hair and Makeup Artist Erin Prestileo  Florals: Brenda Urquhart// Lot 450 Florals Silvia Algaba Throne of Grace Floral Design Jewelry Dee Ruel // Dee Ruel Jewelry & Aleishla Lopez Bosque // Leitofiore Stationery & Calligraphy Tess Cox// Little Duck Calligraphy Dress: Jessica McGuinn// BHLDN  Cake: Tiffany Wright // Silver Spoon Bakery Glassware: Anthropologie// Anthropologie Rhode Island
 

Valentines Day Romance Bridal Portraits Commons 1854 Topsfield, MA

It was a pleasure getting together with some local photographers and vendors to shoot this styled bridal shoot in Topsfield, MA. The flowers and accessories were inspired by Valentines Day since it was just 2 days before Valentines Day. Thank you to all the vendors that worked hard to make this beautiful shoot happen!

Venue: @thecommons1854 Photographer: @seraphinephotographyrandolph Hair: @melissascotthair Makeup: @lavishlocks_andlooks Model: @cassecoastal Florals: @whitemossandtwigs Dress: @shopbellasera Cake: @lizzies_bakery stationary: @inkandthistlepress

Source: www.seraphinephotography.com

Amelia's Sitter Session

It was a pleasure to have this adorable girl in the studio again. She has enough of a personality to warm up a room and trust me she knows how to work a room. What a fun session and she was a trooper considering that she is teething. Here are some of my favorites from the session. 

Madison's Birthday Portrait Session at Brookwood Farm Canton MA

Madison is one of the most kind hearted, humble and sweet girls I have ever met! It's easy to see her outer beauty at first glance, but what I love most about her is the way her inner beauty just radiates.

Madison loves to dance and the girl scouts. When I asked her what one word she would use to describe herself, she said: "I am kind and loving."  What amazing traits to have, and when you meet her, you can see it's truth right away!

Happy 10th birthday Madison.  I know your mom and dad are So proud of you!

Mwangi family birthday and Portrait Session

This duo birthday at the Altitude Trampoline Park was a lot of fun to document. There was a lot of fun to be had and the children truly enjoyed themselves. Following the Birthday Party we had a family session scheduled and while we had sub zero temperatures as expected of February. Everyone enjoyed being outside. 

Latoya and her Girls Having Fun

Mama needed to get some headshots done and what a better time to do than when you have a birthday coming up? To top it off her oldest was turning a year older afew days after her birthday. Happy Birthday Latoya and Miss A. The girls not only love each other and their mama but loved being infront of the camera. Here are some shots from our session. Girls just want to have fun!! 

 

Look Back at 2017

The year 2017 was an interesting year for me, with the highlights being launching a business doing something I absolutely love and my health taking a turn for the better. I had put the camera down years before but as soon as I picked it back up last November I knew there was no turning back. Overall, it was a really tough year balancing family and business life but I wouldn't trade it for anything. As 2017 comes to an end all I can think of is how blessed I am to have been able to document your memories and family legacy you. 

Putting this collage together and looking at all of the beautiful faces I am reminded of how much joy this job brings me. Being there to capture these valuable moments, hearing their stories and sometimes even shedding a tear with them is so special. I like to sit in these moments of joy and reflect on what truly matters and for me that means spending time with my loved ones, sharing a meal with friends and family or just connecting with the human race.

My wish for you in the New Year is to find those moments of pure bliss and savor them, go after them, capture them in your heart, mind or even on camera. Its sometimes hard to believe how lucky I am that I can make a living off a passion. 

Thank you to all of you who took the leap of faith in me and cheers to a fresh new start in 2018!!!

Jones Family Session Powers Farm Park Randolph MA

Another cold late fall day in New England served as a great reminder that winter is right around the corner. But don't let that fool you it didn't take long for this family to warm up to their family sessions. The kids were great spots once they got moving they were happy to tough out the New England weather. We had an amazing time together. 

Emily Lularoe Session

Was so excited when Emily reached out to me regarding a portrait session to showcase her day to day life in her Lularoe clothing. Emily is a Lularoe Consultant and while she wears the Lularoe clothing on a daily basis be it to work as a physical therapist, running errands such as shopping, out to lunch with friends or a  night out in town she's bound to have a piece of lularoe clothing or the entire ensemble in Lularoe clothing and accessories. Honestly i was very surprised to learn that Lularoe offers so many options. I was even luckier to get my first 3 pairs of Lularoe leggings and one for my daughter and guess what the print is...... Yes its camera's and for my little 4 year old assistant she couldn't wait to get home and try them on. Emily is such a beautiful person and she wears Lularoe with such elegance and Grace.  Couldn't wait to share some of my favorite images from the session. 

Rowe's Family Session

The weather was beautiful. We had an amazing New England Fall chill the kind that reminds you that winter is right around the corner so brace yourself for it. The love between this family was enough to thaw any cold we might have been experiencing and the smile on the lovely young lady is enough to make you feel warm. 

Ouro-Djobo Family Session

While the weather has been unseasonably cool well actually cold this family didn't let that stop them. The lighting was absolutely beautiful and while late fall we run into the challenge of the temperature being too cool, the background is absolutely gorgeous due to the Foliage. Naturally with a 3 month old we took the rest of the session inside so she could keep warm. The best part of the session was the smiles i got from this 3 month old. 

Schwehm's Family Session

While we knew we had frigid temperatures to some extent we didn't realize how cold it would feel especially this early in the season. But this family toughed it out and they didn't let the cold stop them from having fun at their session and towards the end of the session we had amazing magical light. 

Veterans Day Parade Crawford Square Randolph MA

We observe this Day in Honor of those who have served this Country and those who continue to Serve the country So Want to say a Big Thank you to all the Veterans. Got to capture the Veteran's Day  parade in my hometown of Randolph MA today and wanted to share with you some of the moments i captured. We are so grateful for all the work the men and women in service have done and all they continue to do.

It was a really cold day that the fountain in the town square had frozen. 

Nico's Camping Milestone Cake Smash Session Houghton's Pond Milton MA

The weather was forecasted to be cloudy then clear then last minute threatened to rain but held up. what an amazing session we had with Nico he completely enjoyed digging right into he's pancakes then had a go at the lantern and continued on to smashing and crumbling he's cake. 

Akin's Family Fall Family Session Demarco Park Avon MA

We had a great laugh as the young almost 3 year old DJ reminded us to Sit down and be humble.  What a great joy it was to be around him and he's family and What beautiful Fall Foliage all around us.  The Foliage and  wind make a great combination as the leaves were falling softly and slowly which made it even more fun for this family as they got to play in leaves. 

Hamilton Family Fall Family Session Bradley Estate Canton MA

What a beautiful Fall day for a family session.  Fall Foliage slowly starting to peak and I am so in love with all of the turning leaves here! I was really excited to meet the rest of the Hamilton family members and definitely a treat to see Sweet Bryson again, he's sisters are just as sweet and they adore their baby brother. 

Chery 6 month milestone and family session

This family session was also a 6 month Milestone session for the most adorable and happiest boy I have ever met. Boy is he a happy little one who braces his parents with lots of giggles and laughs he is sure is a lot of Joy to be around. And at the tender age of 6 months you can tell he has a great love for books. Here are just some of my favorite images from the session. 

Szeglin Family Session

The Szeglin family session was filled with sweetness both boys share a strong bond and while Nathan is almost 1 he clearly adores he's big brother Logan who just loves him to pieces.  The boys were lucky to see some frogs jumping from the fountain and i got lucky to capture the action. We had an amazing session at the Easton library. And offcourse to top it off we all had a kick when the sprinklers went off on me!!!!