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family session in Dorchester

I’ve been pretty busy with album design the past few weeks and when I was digging around my hard drives I found this family session that never made it to the blog. I live in Dorchester. I’m raising my family here. We love it here. I was actually born here but grew up in the suburbs. I opened my studio here 10 years ago. Basically I’m a sucker for a Dorchester family session. Look at this little face. I think they are in love with him too!

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Front stoop family portraits || Cambridge Family Portraits

Full disclosure- I’m a sucker for boys and love my fellow mama who lives in that beautiful chaotic world of little boy love, hugs, toys and humor. I have two little boys myself so I get all of the energy that goes into getting it together for those family images. These beautiful faces are no strangers to my camera and we had an absolute perfect autumn Cambridge day for some front stoop portraits.

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2018 I already love you.

Hi 2018. I’ve been waiting for you!

I can tell that this year is going to be a kind of kicka@@. I am a deadline, New Year’s resolution type of person. I get excited about buying old school planners and writing down my daily, weekly, monthly goals. Years ago I used to blog all of my personal/studio New Years resolution…so here goes…

Run the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon. Once upon a time I was competitive runner and now that my babies aren’t babies anymore I have more time to lace up and train. Fingers cross I get a bib…they sold out in minutes last year!

Blog once a week. I know, I know. I say this every year and I almost always fail. I actually love to blog. I enjoy sharing information and images about what is happening in and outside the studio. At the same time I’m think that it is important to disconnect and get outside and away from my computer and phone. SO this year cheers to a bit more blog and balance!

Cool it on the true crime shows. I spend much of my time sitting in front of my computer and I tend to listen to a whole lot of podcasts and documentaries. I need to cool it with the true crime/cold case shows. {Right now I am listening to a Dateline on YouTube} My poor husband…I keep telling him about all of these true crime stories where the husband is always the bad guy!!

Open a second studio location. Last summer I signed a lease for a storefront studio space in downtown Biddeford, ME. This space is in a historical building with with high tin ceilings, exposed brick, old wide wood floors, huge windows with yummy light. The community is just as beautiful. Renovations were delayed for a few months but we are on track to open some time this spring. I’m so very excited to spend more time in Maine. Biddeford is a second home to my family and me. I spent my summers there as a kid, I lived there between college and photography school and I was married there. My parents live near Fortunes Rocks beach so need I say more! Also Biddeford has always been one of my favorite places. Besides the memories I have from my childhood, there is an energy there that as a businessperson and artist just seems to speak to me. I always follow my gut and my gut was telling me to take the plunge and set up shop on Maine Street! I am still keeping my cozy little space located on the Milton/Boston line. I’m a traveling gypsy at heart so splitting my time between Maine and Boston…meow!

Go camping. With the husband and our two small boys. Lord. Help. US. Stay tuned.

Give Back…more. Volunteer work and giving back has always been important to my studio, my family and me. This year I will be working again with Mare (Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange) photographing children who are looking for their forever families. I have no words to express the feeling that I get when I find out that one of the children whom I’ve photographed has found their forever families via The Heart Gallery!

With our second studio location set to open sometime this spring in Biddeford, ME I will be holding monthly food drives and donating a portion of my Main Street portrait collection to the Biddeford Food Pantry, located around the corner from my new space.

Girls Weekend At Boyden Valley Winery. I went to college in Vermont…the University of Vermont and I feel like it has been waaayyyyyyy too long since I’ve had a girls weekend away with my VT friends. This past fall I had a minor (yet famously painful post recovery) and I promised myself that in 2018 I was going to make a VT weekend with my favorite ladies a priority…with wine! Boyden Valley Winery has always been a must stop when I’m driving through VT. Such a fun and tasting with yummy local cheese.

Oysters. Shuck and eat more of them. Yum! I don’t think I’ve shucked an oyster in 10 years!! So sad. What is wrong with me?

Make more ceviche. I’m half Peruvian after all!

Dust off the old surfboard. I have two small boys and they think that when I dive into the ocean or get on a surfboard that they will never see me again. They ruin the surfing mood!!

More date nights with my Boston firefighter. We both have busy and sometimes opposite work schedules and spending time as a family unit is a priority. The sacrifice is we don’t have must time alone together. This year we are making date nights a must!!

Develop all of my exposed rolls of film. I went to the New England School of Photography were I studied Wedding & Portrait photography. I love the digital age but from time to time I miss the peace I find when I’m in the darkroom developing rolls of film and making prints. Can’t wait to carve out some darkroom time at NOC Darkroom.

Photograph a beach elopement. Planning to run away to the beach with your love and get married? CALL ME!!!

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*studio news and a sneak peek*

Hello December you sweet and sassy kid! I photographed my last session of the year yesterday in and around the Seaport District. The next few days will be all about processing those holiday orders, making deliveries and sending my cameras out to get a little a love!

*Holiday Deadlines*

Print & Product deadline 12/5th

Studio will be closed from 12/14- 1/2. We will be answering emails at this time.

 

*Biddeford, Maine Studio*

After months of renovations I am happy to hear that my new neighbor on Main Street has finally opened. Chef Bowman Brown has opened Elda. I’ m beyond excited to check it out! We are still renovating my studio space and will be have a kick@#$ party some time this spring! Stay tuned.

 

*Camp Burgess Wedding*

Bill and Kate were married at Camp Burgess on Cape Cod. It rained and rained and rained and rained…but then we got a wee little break and made some outdoor images happen. I love me a summer camp wedding venue!!

 

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Studio News and Holiday Deadlines

It is 12:54pm and I am eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My very glamorous second meal of the day! My first meal was a coffee at 5am. My sweet husband makes me coffee and brings it to me in bed. I think I’m winning! It is that wonderful, exciting and chaotic time of year where I’m so very busy (still) shooting, editing, holding ordering sessions and packaging up all those pretty pictures for all of my wonderful clients.

Lobster Roll Anyone?

I announced some pretty exciting news via FB and IG but never posted it here. I’ve recently signed a lease to a storefront studio located just 10 minutes away from Fortunes Rocks beach in Biddeford, ME. I’m still keeping my adorable space here in Lower Mills so for all of my Boston people NO I am not moving. I plan on spending 2 weekdays at my ME studio and alternate weekends between Boston and Maine. This space was meant for me. Exposed bricks, tin ceilings, huge storefront windows and original wooden floors. I will have a natural light shooting space and a gorgeous client meeting area. Last September I went to the Brimfield Antique Show and scored so many amazing finds for the space. I’ve always felt like someday I would open a studio in downtown Biddeford. I was lucky enough to spend my summers in Maine with my grandparents. I was married in Biddeford. My kids play on the same beach that I did when I was a child. My parents live there now. My heart is bursting with pride and excitement. I have so many ideas and promotions in the works for next spring and summer. Right now the space in currently being renovated and I have an opening date penciled in for some time in March 2018!! I’ll be posting photos soon.

VIP Holiday Deadlines and Dates

The studio will be closed from 11/22-11/24. I’m hosting Thankgsiving SOLO this year and I’m terrified. My husband is the family chef and he will be working at his firehouse for the holiday. I might just have to bake some yummy homemade desserts and order a turkey dinner from my friends over at Whole Foods!

I will be shooting the morning of Sat 11/25th and then I’m participating in the Lower Mills Holiday Stroll. Come by the studio between 3pm-6pm for some tasty treats and prosecco…duh! My good friend Isabel the talent behind Hedgehog Belly Designs will be there with some of her handmade clothing for the kiddos. I just ordered 2 pairs of her pants for my boys;)I’m kind of addicted to everything she makes. We are located at 60 Adams Street on the 3rd floor, Milton inside Santosha Yoga & Pilates.

Holiday Ordering Sessions & Orders

All holiday ordering sessions must take place before 12/5th. The studio will be closed from 12/14-1/2.

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