We are deep into the slow of winter here! You know - that post-holidays-it's-dreary-out-when-is-it-Spring time of year! I've been trying to embrace the cold this year. I have made a real effort to be more active, get out and socialize, hike (even winter camp) and do winter pictures for clients! I have to admit it has helped the time go by a little quicker this year.
Our eight year old daughter is also active outside year round - she even works at a farm in their homeschool program rain or shine! I love these mornings! We get there early, I drop her off and watch the goats and sheep have their breakfast. I can see my breath and know I'm starting my day off with fresh air. The farm has a rolling green pasture with a stream running through; it reminds me of Ireland!
I've always loved time spent on farms! Growing up in Ashland, MA my closest friend always had horses. I spent so many afternoons with her caring for them and mucking out stalls. I admired her ribbons from dressage and her precious portraits with them. She now owns her very own horse ranch in North Carolina and gives lessons to children with anxiety (you can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/steppingstoneslessonprogram/) Definitely check her out if you're in the Charlotte, NC area!
Now, my closest friend in Massachusetts also has a beautiful horse, Likely! See how beautiful he is?! ---->>>
She was so gracious and trusting with me to do my first equine session with them.
I would really love to do more equine sessions and I'm offering a major deal to help build my portfolio (contact me for more info). I have so much experience with newborns, families - even dogs and cats - I would love to add more horses to my portfolio!
Sessions would lean more lifestyle documentary - the kind of session where you can see the love and passion between owner and pet! Do you know anyone who would love a session like this? Reach out!
On Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family in a quaint town just north-west of Boston. Their home was a beautiful antique so perfectly preserved to work for the modern family but show off the charm and character of an older New England home. I was quickly greeted by new big-brother Ben who was so excited to tell me about his new baby brother, Everett!
Ben quickly warmed up and wanted to show off his trumpet playing skills and showed me all of his favorite stuffed animals. My favorite was a little life-sized hamster (so cute).
I always make sure the new older sibling feels totally included in family newborn sessions. This is such a fresh transition time for them!
I love capturing little detail shots of how tiny newborn hands and fingers are with their parent's hands! Someday it is sweet to look back at how much they have grown.
I absolutely love the composition of this image with their Massachusetts pillow, I loved how cute their home was decorated! Quintessential Massachusetts home and family!
It wouldn't be a newborn session without some time spent in the nursery. Everett's nursery is the cutest whale theme while big-brother Ben has an adorable elephant room!
Ben totally warmed up, started posing and jumping on the bed! I embrace monkeys jumping on the bed because it means adorable, natural smiles all around.
This was also the perfect time to grab a quick sibling shot while Ben was (sort of) sitting still! (Notice mom holding those wild feet down :) )
To wrap it, up I always make sure to get beautiful images of both parents on their own with new baby! I especially love to get a few extra of momma and baby - as a mom I know how frequently I'm behind the camera rather than in the front!
If you got this far, thank you so much for reading about this precious family session! Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are my absolute favorites. - Sarah