Weekend Sneak Peeks

I was a busy little bee this weekend! Spring is officially here, which means lots of good weather and sunshine for capturing moments. I hung out with this stylish couple at their wedding shower yesterday, and we snuck a few pictures right at the end. This is one of my favorites! I seriously can’t wait for their May wedding!

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The last time I saw this little munchkin, she was just barely 3 weeks old! Now look at her! Big blue eyes and all smiles!

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And possibly the cutest family photo I’ve ever captured… THIS! Funnest family on the block.:)

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I’ll be sharing more from all these sessions throughout the next few weeks, so come back often! Happy Spring!

~Stephanie

You, Me + Coffee | Springtime Healthy

 If we were getting coffee together in real life, here’s what I’d tell you about!

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It’s finally April and over 30 degrees! Hooray! Things are picking up in my little photography world. I’ve got coffee dates and weddings and family sessions all month long AND my husband is finally home from almost two months of traveling, so it’s safe to say things will be a little less lonely this month. Since he got home last Friday we’ve been catching up on our favorite shows (Psych, Castle, FaceOff) and going on walks. Nate even busted out the grill a few nights ago for a yummy dinner. And I bought him welcome home flowers! Because I’m nice.:)

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Last weekend I attended a complimentary SoulCycle class hosted by the Boston Bloggers networking group. We rode at SoulCycle’s new Chestnut Hill location. Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about this new spinning company, I decided why not try out a class! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I walked in the staff was super friendly and the space was welcoming. Not to mention, their branding is legit. I mean, Helvetica. Duh.

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I’m a runner. I run pretty much every day. I also do yoga here and there, and try to swim a few times a week. I’m not jacked, but I’d like to think I’m in fairly good shape. But this spinning class? WAS SO HARD FOR ME. The instructor knew all the right combos of exercises to really get our heart rates up and he was very intense and energetic throughout the class. He also played some pretty great (loud!) music, which definitely helped me get through the tough sets. I actually got pretty into it. By the end of it, my legs were burning, but I felt so good, like I had just done something impressive. It was most of us bloggers’ first SoulCycle class, so I’m not sure if the instructor took it easy on us or not, but I’m just going to tell myself it was a normal, hardcore class.;)

The only thing about SoulCycle is, at $30 per class, it’s a bit steep for making it a regular thing. And add that to already having a gym membership and I’m shelling a lot out for staying healthy. I mean, yeah, I’m all about health, but for me, SoulCycle won’t become a regular part of my exercise routine (but I TOTALLY understand if it’s part of yours!). I really did love the workout and the experience! Maybe it’ll be a treat every so often. Are any of you regular SoulCyclers?

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So, back to running. I set myself a goal at the beginning of March to run at least one mile every single day, and to my own surprise, I did it! The distances weren’t crazy (the most I ran was 3.3) but it was WAY more than I’d been running pretty much all winter. I’m going to continue this every day trend into April and see where it takes me! If you feel compelled to follow, I’ll be instagramming my journey under the hashtag #runapril. Let me tell you. It’ll be a lot of picture of trees and my feet.

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Annnnnd lastly: April + May are booked as far as family sessions go, so if you’re at all interested in reserving a spot for June or July, shoot me an email, quick! Sessions are fun and laid back and silly and tickle-y and piggy-backy. Yes, those are all words.

Happy Wednesday!

~Stephanie

Welcome Elodie! // Needham Newborn Photographer

This precious peanut was born a few weeks ago! The first thing her big sister said when I walked in was “This is Elodie! She was born with a lot of hair!”:)I loved peeking into this family’s daily life and being able to capture the sweetest memories with their new little love.

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Top image with dad: Favorite. Bottom image with mom: Other favorite!

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This girl had me laughing the whole time. She definitely wasn’t camera shy!

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E finally woke up and her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks stole the show!

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This cozy fam. I like them a lot.

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~Stephanie

Ariel - These are beautiful! I’ve been loving looking through your family shoots lately, love them!

Picking Outfits for your Family Session

Families often ask ”What should we wear to our session?” It’s seems to be the big question. I’ve even seen some people get anxious about it! Don’t be anxious! It’s really SUPER easy!

My main rule of thumb is make sure you’re all comfortable and wearing clothes that fit well! You don’t want every photo to include teenage Joey pulling up his pants, right? Ladies, steer clear from low-cut pieces, because I know you’ll be hesitant to show Grandma those pictures. And if little Janie is in an adorable dress, make sure she is wearing leggings or shorts underneath!

As for colors and styles… I just want to say, I have no personal fashion sense, but I DO know a few things about what looks good on camera. So if you trust me, read on:

The “Pops of Color” Trick:

The easiest way to create a coordinated (but not matchy-matchy) look is to pick one color and have everyone wear a little bit of it. The color could be in only your accessories: a necklace, tie, shoes and headband. Or you could have the kids wear the most color, and parents keep their pieces on the more neutral side (or vice versa!)

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My sessions usually air on the side of casual, but if your family likes to get dressed up, go for it! This “pop” trick can be used with any style, from casual to super fancy. Below is a more classic take on it, using blue as an overall color and red as their pop!

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Coordinating with a Specific Place: 

Sometimes SRP families have their session on a beach, or in a park, or somewhere that might have a specific style associated with it. If that’s the case, just go with the flow! Light fabrics and colors are perfect for the beach, while neutrals are great if we’re going to be in a nature-y place.

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I hope this was helpful and getting you excited for your spring sessions! Just remember that comfort is most important. Also, I know it can be a little crazy trying to get little ones to dress a certain way, so if Billy refuses to wear anything except his soccer uniform, don’t fret, I will still take your pictures.:)

I still have two mini session slots open in Newton, NEXT WEEKEND on Saturday, April 5th. Email ASAP! if you want to join us for the fun!

~ Stephanie

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