Category Archives: Portrait Sessions
When you have sub-freezing temperatures at your portrait session, love will keep you warm. So glad these two were such troopers for their engagement session and thankful for sunny skies to eventually warm things up.
I was so lucky this beautiful family was able to turn on a dime and move their session from an evening session to a morning session the day before we planned to meet. The original location, which had great evening light, no longer had any leaves on the trees due to winds a few days prior so we moved their session to a new location that gets beautiful morning light. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have good quality light and a good location to create beautiful portraits. I suggested that these parents bring along some bubbles to capture the little one’s attention. They not only brought bubbles but a bubble machine which I may have to add to my camera bag!! The bubbles created some pretty cool photo effects and certainly entertained the little one.
I only do a handful of high school senior portraits each year but when I do they are so much fun. This session was no exception. She brought along a few of her best friends, which made it even more fun. We even snagged a few of her besties together, which I think they all will treasure as they set out in different directions next year. Bringing friends or family to your session is a great way to help you feel more comfortable and relax during your session. There are lots of opportunities to laugh and be distracted creating some great portraits. Some of my favorite photos from this session are in black and white. I’m not sure why but I think they provide such a timeless feel to me.
I have to say, it’s hard to take a bad picture of these two. I don’t believe they could be any more adorable. They’re my kind of people. I say that because just like me, they are Kentucky transplants living in the Upper Valley. They’re planning their wedding in Kentucky for next year and wanted to capture engagement photos in the beautiful upper valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.
I love that they were themselves in front of my camera and allowed me to document their relationship and who they are as a couple. I understand the standard sit and smile photo is one that most everyone wants and while I strive to deliver a few of those images in the final gallery, what truly speaks to my heart most as an artist is when my subjects let go of their inhibitions and allow themselves and their relationship to be documented. I prefer for all my subjects to not look at my camera unless I ask them to. I love capturing them interacting with one another and forgetting that I’m there with a camera. When subjects let down their guard and allow who they are to be seen and documented through my lens, it is such a beautiful thing that makes my heart sing. Creating these images that stir emotions is what I love to capture and feeds my artist soul.
Thank you, Jessica and Mark, for spending the evening with me and choosing me as your engagement photographer. I have no doubt you’ll have many years of happiness together.
This family session makes me swoon in so many ways. What a privilege to document this mom and her son. Their love and affection for one another were apparent. We met at one of my favorite locations in Norwich and this guy was not the least bit shy in front of my camera. He was actually quite silly cracking both me and mom up but the best part was seeing how sweetly he interacted with her. Documenting this type of bond is what keeps me picking up the camera.
I only do a few high school senior sessions a year but when I do them I am reminded how wonderful it is to be a senior finishing your last year of high school and preparing for the next phase of life. It can be nerve-racking for parents as I just went through it a few years ago myself, but it truly is a time to be treasured. The excitement of finding the right school and pursuing your dreams. I love hearing all about them, what colleges they’ve applied to, what they love and just soak in their enthusiasm for what’s to come. This high school senior session was no exception. I loved that her mom and sisters accompanied her as it can be a really fun thing to do with those you’re closest to. It can help you relax in front of the camera if you’re one to get a little nervous. However, this girl was so comfortable not only in front of my camera but in her own skin and certainly would have rocked her session going solo. That’s not something you see in every young adult which I think is an indication she will also rock at achieving all her dreams.
Last weekend I had an early morning session with this wonderful family in the Eastman Community of Grantham, New Hampshire. I don’t usually do morning sessions but this time of year with the sun coming up later it makes it possible to start at a reasonable time. This session was near a lake and was covered with a beautiful morning fog which made for some soft but dramatic photos, a nice change from photographing in the evening light. Besides evening light it may be my new favorite conditions to shoot in. It was so nice venturing to a new area with leaves starting to change color as they are just starting to show their colors closer to home.
This little guy was the most chipper which makes me wish I could schedule sessions in the morning year round. He was excited and ready to run, play and use his stick to fish leaves out of the stream. At one point I asked him if he had pockets and I thought it was adorable that he found them but left one of his little fingers sticking out. And the hands on the face in the last image just kills me.
What a sweet session this was for this new mom and dad. We met early for a sunrise session at a new-to-me location, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont. I’ve visited Billings Farm but have never really explored the park side of the road. It is absolutely stunning and a great place to walk your dog, hike, tour the gardens and buildings OR have your family portrait session! Check out all the sweetness of this family!
They’ve been together for nearly a decade and they’re planning to say their vows with their families in just one week!! I can’t wait to photograph all the beautiful details of their Woodstock wedding now after photographing their engagement session. These two want the focus of their wedding to be celebrating two families coming together and it shouldn’t be any other way. Stay tuned for more gorgeousness from these two and their soon to be wedding day!!
Who says headshots have to be boring? Why not infuse a little creativity in them like this client. Meg wanted something that was different but reflective of her creative side. To make sure we were on the same page, she sent over a few sample photos to help convey what she was hoping to achieve with her portrait session. I suggested that we meet at Cedar Circle Farm since the location had elements that were important to her. This was my first time shooting in a greenhouse and I love the even lighting it provided. In just a short time we were able to achieve many different looks that she can use for different purposes.
Want to do a creative session like this one? Let’s chat and collaborate to create something you love.
Katie’s grandmother contacted me about gifting a “coming of age” portrait session to her granddaughter and I thought to myself what a fantastic idea! I had never considered this type of session but I was excited she asked. We met at a location that is dear to Katie and her grandmother, Ohana Family Camp on Lake Fairlee, Vermont. I love this camp and the people who work there. It provides many opportunities for gorgeous photos, even when it’s an overcast day as it was during this session. There is the area near the lodge that provides vistas of the surrounding mountains and a short walk down to the waterfront provides more opportunities for gorgeous photographs. We almost didn’t go down to the water since it was getting dark, but we got lucky and ran into a friend on the grounds who offered a golf cart so we quickly seized the opportunity and I’m so glad we did. The water was so serene and reflecting gorgeous light.
Since this was my very first “coming of age” portrait session, it makes me wonder why more people don’t do these types of sessions. It’s a BIG milestone in a young person’s life and the changes between middle school and high school are drastic ones. It has certainly made me think about documenting this time for my own girls when they reach this milestone. It’s such an exciting time and one that should be documented. I’m so glad Katie’s grandmother contacted me for this session. It has brought light to how important and special this time is and that we should try to preserve it as best we can.
One of my favorite places to visit in the fall is Riverview Farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire. It’s full of pumpkins, apples, and corn maze. All fall must haves! And this family was game for exploring the farm with me. We had the most gorgeous weather and how sweet is this little guy putting flowers in his pocket!
Typically I prefer to shoot in locations that I’ve at least had a chance to scout out and determine if it has good light, but for this session there wasn’t a lot of time to do that as we had a limited schedule when figuring out a date that worked for both of us. This girl really wanted to have her session at Feast and Field in Barnard, Vermont, a location known for mixing good local food, art and music in the field. It’s definitely a place to check out this summer if you haven’t already done so. I arrived a bit early to see if I could find a few spots that were away from the crowds and weren’t in the open sun. I was a bit nervous having a session at a location that I hadn’t scouted out, but it ended up being one of my favorite sessions as the light was so beautiful once I found an area to filter the sun a bit. And, this girl is a total natural in front of the camera. It was so much fun spending the evening with her and her family creating some beautiful portraits.
The other night I had the privilege of photographing this family at one of my favorite locations and the weather and light couldn’t have been more cooperative. At one point there was a swarm of small insects fluttering about in the light and we weren’t sure what they were, but they intrigued this little cutie making for some fun photos of the encounter. I hope these captures make this family smile for years to come each time they look at them.
Thank you Glenna & Tommy for hanging with me for an evening and allowing me to photograph your family!
Now that I’ve photographed Bridget and Tyler’s engagement session I simply can’t wait to photograph their wedding in just a few weeks. They are super sweet and I think Toby, the dog, is going to do just fine with his wedding duties and posing for pictures now that we’ve had a dry run through things. Thank you Bridget and Tyler for choosing me, I can’t wait for your big day to come!!
The other day I had the opportunity to spend the morning with this family documenting their newly expanded family. Although it took big brother a little time to warm up to me, I eventually managed to get a few sweet smiles from him. It can be challenging photographing older siblings when you’re also there to photograph the baby. You want them to feel just as special and that they are also the center of attention. Especially since their world has changed and all of a sudden the focus becomes the baby. We started early in the morning when everyone was fresh (if that is even possible when you have a two year old and newborn!) and made the first half of the session all about big brother. Once we got a few portraits with him out of the way, he was whisked away to preschool so we could focus on the newborn photos. This worked out really well because the baby was so alert during the first half and then fell into a deep sleep so we could get some of those precious sleeping baby shots. It was great photographing this family and I hope I get the opportunity to do it again as the kiddos get bigger!
It’s hard to believe I photographed this family last fall but it has been one crazy busy winter, both professionally and personally, so I’m okay blogging now rather than never. Besides, this family’s session is way too gorgeous not to share. We met at one of my favorite places to visit in the fall Riverview Apple Orchard in Plainfield, NH. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves since we got permission to start the session just as they were closing. This farm has pick your own flowers providing beautiful framing around this family in their last image, one of my favorites. This family was such a joy to be around, playing in the leaves, eating apples as big as your head and even trying to balance them on our heads. Well, maybe it was just me balancing apples, but it got the kiddos to look at my camera!
If you’ve looked around on my website at all you may recognize this location. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot, but I’ve never had a session here in morning until this family’s session. It certainly pushed me to shoot differently because my favorite spots were not really places we could use due to the light being so harsh. I loved the challenge though. It pushed me to think of an area in a different way and some of the images we made together turned out to be some of my favorites. I feel so lucky they chose me as their photographer and I’m looking forward to photographing this beautiful family again this summer!
Football is a pretty big deal in this family’s home since dad is the Dartmouth football coach and with the Super Bowl this weekend I can only assume they’ll be glued in like everyone else. When families contact me I have them fill out a questionnaire so I get an idea of what they’re looking for in a session and I ask them to tell me a little about themselves and what they like to do together. Since football is such a huge part of their lives we all agreed it would be fun incorporating in a short game of it And, fun it was as you can see from the photos. We even played peek-a-boo with a leaf, talk about melting your heart! Family portraits don’t have to be boring, contact me today and let’s plan a session together.
I LOVE receiving holiday cards from clients and LOVE it even more when clients become good friends. Although, I’m certain our friendship would have happen even if this family had not been one of my first newborn clients in 2013. This is my third year photographing them and each time our time together just gets better and better. This year we thought we’d try and get Choco in the family portrait, but as you can see he found the whole thing to be rather boring. Luckily our session was wrapping up when a nearby cat caught Choco’s attention, which required some intervention. These portraits make me smile because there is so much love and laughter within this beautiful, fun family and I’m pretty sure I captured that during our time together.
This is my second year photographing this family and each time I do I feel like the luckiest person ever to spend time with them. Last year the twins were just one year old and as sweet as ever, very eager to interact with me. This year they needed a little more time to warm up as they’ve become more aware of unfamiliar faces, but it didn’t take long before I started seeing those sweet smiles and hearing all about their favorite toys. So, let’s talk about toys and photo sessions. I encourage parents to bring children’s favorite toys and lovies to help make them feel more comfortable and relaxed during their photo session. However, I think it’s important for parents to be okay with this lifestyle approach to photography over what we’ve always known as traditional portraiture. I personally embrace it because it’s a representation of who your child is at that very moment and what they love so much. This mom’s testimony below is why I prefer this style of photography. I think we could all use a little more embracing of the chaos in our lives because it’s all still pretty beautiful as long you look at it the right way.
“We LOVE the photos! Simply perfect! When we thought about doing another family photo session this year…I wasn’t sure at first if we needed to. We so loved the photos from last year and…it was only a year ago. But Amara & Beckett have changed so much, and the moments captured this year are so special to who they are now…who we are now. Right down to the teddy bear that Beckett loves…”Teddy”…the one his great-grandmother bought at a thrift shop for his first birthday…and the baby doll…”Baby Girl”…my best friend bought Amara for her second birthday…her first doll. Amara’s dress and tights from her sweet best friend, the sweater from Beckett’s great-grandmother, the baby doll dress from that same great-grandmother. The old vintage quilt I love…the one with all the stains from picnics and snuggling. I bought it for $3.25…a steal! The old wooden wagon we flipped over last week on our dirt road…they both fell out and cried…the one with our pumpkins in it this week. An old man gave it to Jeff a few months ago. He was unloading the back of his pick-up truck when he saw Jeff. It was filled with old metal Tonka toys and that wagon. He gave them all to Jeff. I’ve been wondering who they belonged to long ago…but feel so fortunate to share them with my children now…these cherished toys from years past. Beckett’s old metal truck…his favorite color orange. The lollipops that remind me of our little day trips into town…sneaking into Gillingham’s for a little sweetness. I so love these children and my husband and my family! Thank you so much for freezing in time these precious moments. The ones…that when I look back…will erase everything that was ever stressful about these hectic, sleepless, and crazy days. Forever Grateful, Kristina”
Thank you Jeff and Kristina for trusting me to capture your family again. It’s truly an honor to document your beautiful lives and may you always cherish each and every moment of this journey as I know you already do.
Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire isn’t exactly in my back yard but when I get requests to meet clients here I jump on the chance because I love the area so much. I grew up with Lake Barkley right in my back yard and was always out on the water all summer long on various water crafts soaking up the summer rays. It’s in my blood and I’ll never tire of it. This area of the world is so beautiful, I can see why this family keeps coming back to spend their summers here. It’s a very special place for them where they’ve created lots of memories, so it was important to have the session where those memories are. Just like in my childhood home, the home they keep coming back to is right on the water which made the perfect backdrop for their session. It was so great documenting this family and I hope they have many more memories on Lake Sunapee together!
I’ve photographed many of my friends, and each time I’m asked I’m flattered that they value my photography. This time was no exception, we’ve been great friends with this family since we moved to Vermont in 2007. We’ve attended many basketball and soccer games together and our boys have been the best of friends since the 5th grade. Determining where the session would take place took a little figuring out. but at the last minute things came together perfectly and we met at a beautiful location on a piece of private property, with permission of course! Looking at these images in a collage like this reminds me how much fun that evening was and how great it is to spend time with friends. It hardly seems like work when things come together like they did for this evening. I feel like I captured who they are as a family and I hope they treasure these photos for years to come.
When you show up for a session and this is the scene unfolding on the front porch you quickly pull your camera out of your bag and start snapping. This family was so much fun to hang with. Their energy and love was so relaxed and apparent. They say a sister is a friend for life and it couldn’t be more true for these sweet girls. They are the best of friends and I loved hearing all about their summer adventures while snacking on blackberries from the yard.
This summer has been wonderful in discovering new areas that photograph well and this area is by far one of my new favorites. I’m so glad this family decided to reschedule their session to a day when the weather was more in our favor. Not only does this location have great light, it is also a great place for little ones to run around and have fun without too many distractions. And, run around we did. So much that I had forgotten how much energy a five and almost two year old have.
Thanks so much Madhavan family for spending the evening with me and choosing me as your photographer!
This session couldn’t have been at a more perfect location for this family. Dad works at The Aloha Foundation on Lake Fairlee, Vermont and it seemed only fitting to have their photo session there. It was an absolute gorgeous day to document this time in their lives while their children are young.
If there was adventure to be found during this photo session these boys were going to find it, from throwing rocks in the water to going on a hunt for trolls.
I love it when mom and dad agree to let me take a photo of them without the kids. And, in this dreamy light on the water….perfect!
Engagement photos are one of my favorite sessions, especially if the bride and groom have booked me for their wedding. It gives me a chance to get to know them and it gives them a chance to feel at ease in front of my camera before their wedding day. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday that you’re in front of a camera and for most people it’s hard to relax, so I always recommend adding an engagement session or going with a wedding collection that includes one. Another benefit is that you have a variety of professional images in everyday clothing, not just your wedding day attire, to hang on your walls or include in your wedding album.
Abby and Nathaniel met at the First Congregational Church in Woodstock, Vermont when they both moved to the area to attend Dartmouth College. With this in mind, it seemed appropriate to have their engagement session in Woodstock too. Their recent proposal in April has them planning the wedding of their dreams, graduating, starting new jobs and moving to a new city all in a matter of months. For some people having that many big events happening in their lives would cause a lot of stress but if it did with these two you wouldn’t know it. They are absolutely smitten with each other and were so carefree during their session. It’s such an exciting time for them and I can’t wait to document their wedding in the fall.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful high school senior from Hanover High School in Hanover, NH for her senior portraits. She was so much fun to hang out with and get to know. She has dabbled in photography herself throughout her high school career and it’s always fun to chat photography with someone you’re photographing. It doesn’t get any better than that! I also loved that she incorporated in her guitar, another hobby she picked up in high school.
The other great thing about this session was that it reminded me how exciting this time is for high school seniors. As a mom of a high school senior myself, I realized that I was caught up in all the “things” to do in preparing for that transition to college, and in some ways in denial that it was happening. Spending a little time with this girl, getting to know her and hearing her hopes and dreams reminded me that it is such an exciting time for them. It’s a time for them to pursue their dreams, discover things and live any life they want to live. My time with her certainly enlightened me and made me appreciate this milestone in my own senior’s life a little more instead of letting the deadlines, applications, etc. overshadow this amazing milestone. It’s such a wonderful time to celebrate and document, and I wish this girl the best of luck in her future endeavors wherever they take her, which I know will be far.
He’s at least a few months old now and I bet getting cuter every day. Newborn session are just like weddings in my book. They are the most challenging to photograph but are also the most rewarding. I love getting my baby fix, which I’ve been feeling ever so strongly lately with my oldest graduating and preparing for college this year. And, since I won’t be having any more babies of my own, I feel like one lucky gal to be able to snuggle with a newborn every now and then to photograph their first few days in the world. It’s too fleeting and too important to not document. Contact me if you’re considering a newborn session, it’s never too late to get professional photos of your little one.
I was so excited to be able to squeeze this family in during the holidays and meet them. They were so full of energy and such a great reminder of how wonderful a large family can be. I only wish I had half the energy of these guys!