I can’t believe it’s ‘that time of year’ already! Yep, that one. The time of all the recaps and thank yous and best ofs. AH! I’ve been going through all my photos from 2014 and it just overwhelms me to know that you chose ME to capture these special moments of your life. In my mind, I’m still just a girl with a camera. But because of you, I’ve been able to turn that into ‘girl who owns her own photography business and loves every single moment of it’ and I can’t thank you enough for that!!

ANYWAYS! Welcome to the “Best of Families + Lifestyle” – These are some of my most favorite family and lifestyle images from the past year. These images are the ones that perfectly capture the reason WHY I do this. “My Why” is remembering the little things. Their smallybaby hands holding yours. The kisses and winks and silly faces with your love. Your new backyard or favorite park/beach, playing in the leaves or snuggling the newest member of the family. Or even just a day of feeling fabulous! Everyone’s ‘little things’ are different and these images prove that.

Each of the families who have been in front of my camera are so different, and I loved getting to know you for who you are! To my HS seniors and Signature Experience friends, you are beautiful and wonderful people! Enjoy this collection of ‘best ofs’ and it would be an honor to see you all again in 2015!

P.S. Disclaimer. I don’t even feel like these are enough pictures to sum up the year. I picked one or two from each session, but if I included ALL my favorites, you’d be sitting here for days.;)

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Best of WEDDINGS coming Monday!!

~Stephanie

My ultimate goal in life is to chat over coffee with every single person who comes across this blog. But I know that may be a little too lofty. So think of these blog posts a virtual coffee date between you and I! <3

~*~

Hey friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written a life-y blog post. The fall season was wonderfully filled with families and weddings, but now that things have slowed down a bit I’m hoping to get back into blogging regular life things more often! I miss sharing life with you!

We were up at my parent’s house in NH for Thanksgiving this year. We’d heard about a storm coming Wednesday, so we opted to drive up Tuesday just to be safe! Well, Wednesday afternoon quickly arrived and HOLY SNOW. Look at this wonderland! I miss it a little…

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Many of the houses on the street lost power, including my parents’ neighbors. One thing we helped them out with was running an extension cord from the garage up to their aquarium so their fish wouldn’t freeze!! Luckily my parents’ house was spared, and thank God because it was HQ for T-day this year and TEN people stayed over that night!

A surprise was in the works for the holiday: My grandparent’s live further north in NH, and my grandma’s sister lives in CT. Neither of them drive, so they hardly ever see each other. With a little pre-planning and a lot of keeping our mouths’ shut, we managed to sneak my great aunt up to NH and totally surprise my Grandma! It was the cutest moment ever.

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You’ve probably heard me talk about PineStraw before, because it’s my favorite local boutique. Well, the lovely ladies of PS recently asked me to come in and take updated photos of their Christmasly-decorated space! It’s so gorgeous in there and they have an unlimited amount of perfect gifts. Here are two of my favorite shots. Mostly because of the bokeh.;)

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As you can guess, my job allows me to be super flexible with my weekday schedule. It’s not something I take for granted! About a week ago we started leasing a new car and it’s been the most freeing thing for me. You’d think that staying home all day would be great and relaxing, but I’m telling you… Being able to work from my favorite coffee shop anytime I want has been the most wonderful thing. Human interaction, people! We all need it!

My other littlebiz.. Letters from Rita.. has been slowly but surely growing! Lettering/doodling has always been a hobby of mine (my doodling career started in 8th grade social studies class:)), and it still blows my mind that people actually want my handwriting up on their walls. I guess I AM using my design school skills after all;)

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Nate and I had a very Christmasy day yesterday! We found a cute little tree (to fit in our cute little living room) at a farm a few miles from home. I actually used to drive by the barn quite a bit and thought it was the prettiest thing. So the fact that we found our tree there was pretty perfect! Then Nate took me to see a Christmas light wonderland (something he’s been saying “we need to do!” for the last two years haha). We drove around for probably 30 minutes looking at all the lights and Christmas characters and decor. All while listening to the PTX That’s Christmas to Me album, duh.

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All righty, well that was a nice introduction back into personal posts, right? Hopefully next week’s will be better. Maybe I’ll take pictures with a real camera :O!

~Stephanie

P.S. If you live in the Boston area and your family is the snowman-making, hot-cocoa-drinking, christmas-light-loving type, let’s set up a winter session! Email me directly at stephanieritaphoto[at]gmail[dot]com to reserve your spot. I’m only offering a few, so let’s chat soon!

The morning after Thanksgiving was spent with this sweet family! I know them through Storie+Jason, and I was pumped to see them all again. We wanted to stay inside, away from the 12 inches of snow NH was covered in. SO! We did our session in an cool, edgy space with brick walls and big windows in the Colony Mill.

The best thing was how these two littles love each other so much! Take a look at some of my favorites:

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Stephanie and Dave met through mutual friends just about a year before the day of their wedding.  From the start, they pretty much knew they were meant for each other (minus those few awkward hugs/handshakes in the beginning:)) Stephanie and Dave have so much fun together and their fall wedding was a perfect reflection of that. It was such a pleasure to photograph their intimate wedding at the Sherborn Inn!

A week before the wedding the forecast said snow! We were all kind of (really?) worried, but knew we would make it work. The day came and it was definitely chilly, but no snow to be seen! Thank the Lord for a lovely fall day.:)

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Steph got ready in one of the Sherborn’s gorgeous rooms, with her sister, mom and closest friends there to help. I love this reaction once the dress was on!

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Stephanie and Dave chose to see each other before their ceremony. They walked towards each other smiling the biggest smiles and it was the sweetest.

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Then we snatched up the last minutes of late fall light for portraits! These are some of my favorites!

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Leaves, gourds and pumpkins galore! The Inn has such a classic New England feel, it really is a perfect venue for an intimate wedding.

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The ceremony was a beautiful start to their marriage. God-honoring and personal, funny and heartfelt. I may have teared up a few times.

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Then it was time for FUN! Seriously, look at all these fun people. (This is the couple that set S+D up;))

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Congrats again, friends!! Enjoy your first married Thanksgiving!:)
Cake:  Icing on the Cake
Venue: Sherborn Inn
Dress: BHLDN

Hair:  Emily Sobers
Make-up:  Nathalia Santos
  • Tricia Chadbourne - Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Hurley Schaller - oh my God in Heaven….who put this allll together!!! these are the most beautiful things i’ve seen, and i have NEVER seen my daughter smile as big as she smiled that whole night!!!
    God bless them….and thank you, other stephanie…these are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Marcoux - Beyond gorgeous!!!! You really captured the feeling of that day… Breathtaking!!ReplyCancel

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