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It’s been fairly quiet here on the blog since just before the holidays; typically I like to blog my sessions shortly after they happen, but once we get into September and October, the backlog starts to grow, and certain late-in-the-year shoots get put on hold until things slow down in January. The benefit of this is that today, this day where they are predicting “life-threatening” wind chill, we can look at some gorgeous photos from warmer, sunnier days with brilliant landscape and lovely people.

I’ve been photographing Patty and her family since the boys were little, but this is the first year that they’ve had a dog; Bode made it very clear from the beginning that the shoot was really all about him, and that the humans were just props. Beautiful props, but still. He managed to appear in over 60% of the images I took that day, whether he was supposed to or not. It’s all good, though, because look at him. He’s a model! And a well-loved member of this amazing family. So, without further ado, I present Bode’s family: Lance, Patty, Will, and Reid. Don’t they all seem lit from within?

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I am sitting here in my office today — the 15th of December — looking out the window at my rosebushes which are BLOOMING. Currently the thermometer says 67 degrees in Cohasset; I’ve spent 39 of the last 48 years as a resident of the Northeast, and this is bonkers warm. And sunny. And AWESOME.

What better weather to write this, my favorite blog post of the year? At the end of each of the past five years (see 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010) I’ve grasped for the words to use to express my gratitude to the people in these photographs. To explain how your support of my business not only feeds my family, but feeds my soul as well. I love going back through my files to choose the images for this annual slideshow; more often than not I get teary and overwhelmed with joy at knowing that I’ve been able to bring these wedding memories and these toddler smiles into your homes. These photos are extraordinary because the people in them are extraordinary — how could something so magical collect the dust of ordinary existence? — and I am truly the happiest photographer in the world today.

If you or someone in your family is a part of this year’s memories, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you’d like to be a part of next year’s, I would be honored to have you! Thank you to my seniors for trusting me with this important milestone, to my couples for allowing me to be a part of your big day, to my fellow photographers who allowed me to share their clients as a second shooter, and to all of the families who allowed me to glimpse the wonders of their world. My very best wishes to all of you for a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season, and may you all feel the warmth of this meteorological gift of sunshine.

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2015-11-30_0001

Two of my favorite kids from one of my favorite families: This shoot is always a lot of fun. I actually take lots and lots of photos of Gunnar and Lisel throughout the year — their mother Helena is one of my closest fiends, they are great friends with Calder, and we spend a lot of time at their house near Sandy Cove, climbing the rocks and strolling the beach. I am still holding out for the day when they take me with them on their annual trip to Sweden so that I can photograph them there;) This year, however, we did something a little different, but it doesn’t matter. I could shoot these kids anywhere — the light always seems to find them and wrap them in gold. I love how these came out, and I am so glad Helena jumped in for a few at the end! xoxox

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2015-11-23_0001

Alexandra and her mom met me at a friend’s house near Sandy Cove so that we could walk down to the beach for her senior portrait session. As soon as Alexandra got out of the car, a group of 12-year-old boys who had been holding an extra-curricular robotics meeting in my friend’s garage all came running out, eyes lit up, surrounding Alexandra, and quite honestly, fawning a little bit. Turns out she had been their student mentor in a previous robotics project, and for pre-teen science kids, there’s nothing better. Once I was able to peel her away from her adoring fans, Alexandra just glowed for the camera. Seriously, is the one of the most beautiful smiles you’ve ever seen?

At one point during the session I was talking to Alexandra’s mom Carlene about how I have so enjoyed working with all of the 17-year-olds this year; Alexandra laughed and admitted that because she is SO DARN SMART, she’s actually only 16. Brains and beauty. She’s got it all!

I hope you enjoy these photos of this wonderful girl (and her mom who was a total sport about getting in the shots!). Keep your eye on her, she’s going to go far!

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2015-11-16_0001

This was not only a year of shooting many redheads, it was also a year for actresses! Many of my seniors this year are heavily involved in drama, and all I can say is I hope that when they’re famous and ruling Broadway or Hollywood that they’ll remember their humble senior photographer and perhaps fly me out to shoot their start-studded weddings. Or Oscar ceremonies. Or maybe just their Vanity Fair spread (with all due respect to Ms. Leibovitz).

Take Julia, for example. Not only is she the lead of the high school play, but she’s also a model and just about the nicest, most confident teenager that I have ever met. She came to her session with poise and charm and THOSE CHEEKBONES! I think you’re looking at a future star. We had a wonderful time in the fields and the woods and Julia just shines. I feel so incredibly lucky to have met her, and I think these photos show just how wonderful she really is. I’m so glad her mom jumped in for a few at the end.

Julia, I wish you all the success in the world, and I look forward to being your guest at your Hollywood Hills mansion 😉

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2015-11-12_0001

I’m not sure which of the stars aligned to bring me all of these beautiful redheads this fall, but I send my gratitude up to the heavens each time I get to open and edit these incredible sessions. Autumn is really made for Genevieve’s coloring, and so we framed her entire shoot with the trees and grasses at her parent’s home on the South Shore. Genevieve is a theater girl and was a wonderful subject — we talked about all of the school’s she’s applying to for their Dramatic Arts programs, and I’ll bet this girl is going to go far. She has a quick and easy smile and an infectious laugh, and that hair! I am so happy to have spent a golden afternoon with her, and I hope you enjoy these images!

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2015-11-03_0001

All you need is love.

And leaves.

And two hound dogs.

And the ability to fly.

And a fairy garden.

And a big backyard on the pond.

And Grandma.

Thank you to Lynn and Paul and Abby and Andrew and Daisy and Sadie for spending such a wonderful afternoon with me!

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2015-11-02_0001

^^ That’s Roy. He’s twelve, and like most twelve-year olds, he decides where and when and how much. Roy is the beloved pet of a wonderful family here in town, and after photographing all three kids while they were in preschool, I finally got to hang out with the entire clan in their back yard on a perfect autumn afternoon. Roy was as sweet as could be and showed all of his patient love while Sean, Abby, and Sam tumbled around with him. Mom Jean and dad Brian got into the mix as well and we captured one of my favorite family photos of the year. Roy then decided that he was going to lie down in a sunny patch of grass and I could come to him if I wanted to take his picture. The kids all grabbed rakes and a wonderful leaf fight ensued and isn’t that what fall Saturdays are all about?
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2015-10-28_0001

It’s no secret that I love to photograph people with red hair. Something about the way the sunlight picks up all those subtle shades and shimmers of color just makes me so happy. I mean no disrespect to all of my differently-hair-colored clients, but when the leaves start to change, I am thrilled when I get redheads in front of my lens! I met up with Kimberly and her family last week down near the Cohasset Sailing Club so that we could take advantage of the awesome foliage, and I definitely got my fill of that beautiful hair. I absolutely love the way this family interacts with each other — Lily and Charlotte could not be sweeter, and check out the shot of Charlotte totally photobombing the picture of her parents! I was so happy that Kimberly let me take some individual shots of her and when I posted one of them on Facebook the day after the shoot, it pretty much broke the Internet. Moms — you need to be photographed!!

Gorgeous light, gorgeous family, wonderful friends. Enjoy!!

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2015-10-22_0001

This was my TWELFTH shoot with Krista and Ryan and their gorgeous kids. I started with Tyler when he was just a few months old, then spent a year with Brooke, and last week I met up with this family — one of my most loyal and very favorites — to take baby Ben’s photos for the final shoot in his First Year package. I told Krista that I had a dream about her being pregnant again; the look she gave me indicated that she wasn’t quite on board with that. Yet 😉

Check out Ben from the beginning here, here, and here. He’s such a big boy now, and so fun to be around! I love that he reached maximum drool status by the end of the afternoon.

As always, it was such a joy to see this gang running around being wonderful. Krista and Ryan, I am forever blessed to have been able to capture these precious moments with your kids. xoxoxox

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