Miss Olivia, The Life of a Dancer

I adore working with dancers!  There is just something about the way they move so effortlessly that makes them so easy to photograph. Olivia came with many costume changes, full competition hair and make up and a smile and quirky personality to boot.  How can a photographer go wrong with all those elements working together.  I might add that little Olivia is only ten years old and has begun to compete this past year.  She has been dancing for five years and just this past winter auditioned and received a part in the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Wow! No small feat for such a young dancer.  Dancing I have learned is a huge commitment.  Olivia practices three days a week and studies at The Dance Center in Chicopee. Way to go Olivia!!  Enjoy some images from Olivia’s winter wonderland photography session.  I tried to create a different scene and mood with each costume change. Hopefully, The mood and vision has been captured.

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Themed Children’s Photo Shoot

I am chuckling to myself as I begin this post, yes, I am smiling too! I have been involved in the photography world for many, many years. I never really focused on children and babies because honestly, it was just too much work.  It was tiring, emotionally exhausting and just not a lot of fun! Constantly trying to get a child to smile or a baby to stop crying isn’t what I would call an enjoyable day.  I was trained as a portrait photographer.  I was trained to pose, light properly and pay attention to composition.  Don’t forget the “rule of thirds” too. Photography has come a long way since the days of the “perfect” children’s image. I now view things a bit differently when it comes to children and babies, actually, quite a bit of my photography is viewed differently these days.  I still allow my brain to focus on all the details of good composition and lighting but I also now pay attention to the particular nuances of each child who I photograph. Their smile, inner charm, quirky tendencies, yes, even the little tempers that can obviously evolve during a session.  All those special little qualities are part of the personality that is YOU! The YOU that I want remembered at a certain age through my photography.  Forget the perfect picture…remember the perfect PERSONALITY! That is what makes photographing children and babies priceless. Themed photo shoots are a way to get a child to relax in their environment.  It gives them something other than that big black thing in the ladies hand to pay attention too.  The particular session I will be posting had so many fun items I worked with.  Balloons, wands, gumballs, lolly pops, butterfly’s, a pretty blue seat and some really great shoes.  Little Miss A who I have been photographing since she was a newborn was involved and had so much fun. She felt and acted like a princess. “so pretty” was the phrase of the day. I can honestly say I look forward to my children’s sessions these days.  I get excited by the visions that form in my mind as I plan these session and then lo and behold, I get caught up in the excitement and wonder of being a child. So much fun! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

“I want to Believe”

Well, It’s December in good ole New England.  Time to trim the tree, hang the lights and wait for Christmas to arrive.  Christmas has always been a time for children and those who think like one.  I have to admit, when my children were younger it held much more appeal for me.  They were so excited for Santa  to arrived it helped create more excitement for me.  Now sometimes I feel I go through the motions without all the excitement and thrill attached. The ho hum thought of shopping, which totally doesn’t appeal to me, having to adjust schedules to make time to put up the tree, and oh boy, wrapping….yuck!!!! It hasn’t been until recently that I find some of that old magic returning.  I think being around younger children definitely adds to that magic Christmas feeling. You can see the wonder and thrill in their eyes as they see all the sparkly lights, glittery ornaments and gaily wrapped presents.  I also look back to the time I went to New York City for the first time with my son & daughter in December of 2010.  I was scared as heck to ride the train and stay in Manhattan.  But, we did it and boy, it’s hard to not feel Christmas there.  In the Rockefeller Center we watched people skating, and marveled at the gorgeous Christmas tree, saw all the beautiful window displays and took out first trip to Lincoln Center where Colin sang for the first time an original Christmas song named, “I want to believe”. Please share my journey of rekindled magic in the photographs of some beautiful children and enjoy the music of the holidays with a song sung by Colin at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  You just have to “Believe”ImageIMG_5687CImageImageImageIMG_5691CImageImageImage

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and all your loved ones.  Please enjoy the music of “I want to Believe” sung by Colin Geaghan.  Listen to the words…..and Believe all over again.

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The Newborn Portrait: our precious little ones.

“Footprints”

Someday I’ll jump in puddles, take a stroll or race
Someday I’ll walk across the street or maybe walk in space
Someday I’ll scale a mountain to watch the eagles soar
Someday I’ll walk a tight rope or explore the ocean floor
Someday these feet will do some things that only Heaven knows
But for today they are happy just to wiggle all their toes.

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I have had such a ball growing the newborn & children area of my business.  I began as a family photographer then added weddings to the mix.  Over the past ten years I was so busy with weddings I had little time to breathe. Now with the fluctuations in the market, I have had the opportunity to expand the precious little ones area.  Oh my, this is another area of photography that has changed considerably over the years.  But, I have to say, many things remain the same.  The love that is evident on a new parents face is priceless. I love seeing the tiny little toes, the precious scrunched up faces when they really don’t like the buff pictures, the beautiful tiny eyelashes, the sleepy little yawns, and of course the many smiles, giggles & laughter that I so humbly get to enjoy in each child’s first year images.  What a fabulous job I have.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Please enjoy a small sampling of the many joys I have had the opportunity to photograph over the past year.

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The Life cycle of photography, building relationships.

It has been a very busy few months growing the children & babies area of my photography business. I have truly enjoyed every smile, giggle, temper tantrum and tear from each of my littlest clients. I began my photography business focusing primarily on weddings and portraits in the early 2000.  Since that time I have photographed hundreds of weddings and have had the privilege of watching those brides and grooms become moms and dads. What an incredible honor to be included in the documenting of those family milestones. It humbles me on so many levels.  Selecting the images for this blog made me reflect upon the many years I have been working with this one particular family.  I got to relive the wedding, pregnancies, births and growth of this  family whom has become very special to me over the years.  I remember the first time this particular bride asked me to do maternity and newborn pictures for her firstborn son.  I hadn’t had a lot of exposure with this type of photography in the past.  I made that clear to my client that it would be a new venture for me but I told her I would be more than happy to give it a try. She showed up with pictures, ideas, props and lots of patience. Today this bride has three beautiful children, a loving husband and father and a family photographer who has had the pleasure of photographing them at all their precious moments. Enjoy the images I have selected.  They bring so many happy memories for me not only as their photographer but now as a family friend as well.

It all started with a simple, “I DO”

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And then a special arrival of Baby number one in July of 2009.  They had a beautiful baby boy who lit up their world.

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In 2011 what a surprise!  One became three with the arrival of twins.  A precious baby girl and another beautiful boy to add to their loving family.

2013-02-19_005so many memories, so much love!  It took only ONE + ONE and a simple “I DO” to create TWO + THREE which made the fabulous FIVE.  A beautiful family I can’t thank enough for allowing me to share in all the wonder and joy of their growing family.

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Family Fun

Family Sessions can be so much fun.  I always let my clients know that the style and feel of their images will come from the personality of the group. Clothing should be worn that best enhances the personality and style of the individual.  If you never wear dress clothes, why dress that way for a portrait? Your family should be viewed as they are in normal everyday living. The Allen Family was relaxed, agreed to all the shots their mom wanted, including replications of shots done when they were children, which made the session quick and easy.  The images showed the personality of the siblings and their interactions with each other.  Isn’t that how you would want your images captured? I have to admit, having been taught by a traditionalist, I still include posed shots. I consider my style of photography the best of all the worlds. You get the posed, but also creative and fun.  As a client you are offered numerous choices in style and composition. With so many choices it tickles me to constantly hear…” It’s so tough to decide.  I love them all.”