philosophy

In my photography I aim to capture the magic that exists in the spaces between tantrums and homework and piano lessons and bedtime.  The raw beauty of relationships, the fleeting moments of childhood, the magic of tiny new life.  With each photo shoot I want to tell a story of who people are (big and little) and what they mean to each other.  A photograph captures only the present moment, not the moment before when someone pulled their sister's hair or the moment after when someone threw a fit because they didn't want to put pants on.  It doesn't capture the shrieks or the stomping off.   It just freezes the now, allows us to step back and look into our lives from the outside.  And sometimes it's from the outside that we have the clearest view. 

I know family photo shoots can be STRESSFUL!  Getting everyone together, happy and looking decent all at the same moment usually takes a small miracle.   I'll do everything I can to put you at ease, because, really the best photographs come when families are enjoying each other.   

My approach:

  • I want to tell the story of your family.  Who you are right now.  How you are growing.  The glistening and perfect stuff along with the grit and the perfectly imperfect stuff.  While I always take several traditional shots with the subjects looking at the camera, I find my favorite images are those that capture family connections and emotions candidly, as they unfold in a particular moment.  I typically suggest that photo shoots happen at a time and in a place where you can relax and enjoy each other.  That's when the magic happens.   
  • A typical session includes a variety of set ups: family portraits, individual portraits of each child, portraits of siblings together, mom with child/children, dad with child/children, and shots of mom and dad together. 
  • I am happy to suggest locations and set-ups, but want to be sure to capture any that have special meaning for your family.  Before your session we talk over the phone about what you're most interested in capturing, what your priorities are and together we create a vision, brainstorm ideas and come up with a plan for how our time together can bring out the best in everyone.   
  • My goal is not to create one or two perfect images. Instead I aim to capture and create a collection of images that portray who you really are, who your children are and the connection and love that you share.
  • If there is something extraordinary that you want photographed, or something different you want to try please contact me and we can work something out.  I'm always excited to try new things. 
  • And of course, I am always willing to travel.  Contact me if you're not in the Boston area but would like me to photograph your family and we can work something out.