McCarthy Family - Welcome Marielle!

You just met Norah on the previous post, so it makes sense that her future best friend should be in the next one! I was introduced to Jenna and Justin through Michelle and Matt just before their little one arrived and they were very keen to document her first days as a McCarthy. Marielle (love the name!) didn't like any of the outfits she was changed into which should not be interpreted as a critique of her mama's fashion sense :) They have a lovely warm and inviting home, Justin and Jenna are excelling in Parenting 101, and I think Marielle is going to be just fine, even if she thinks her clothes aren't. Can't you just see her and Norah being fast friends? Welcome little Mc!

Freedman Family - Welcome Norah!

I'm a big sister (and my  38 year old brother always likes to remind me how I still take on that role every now and then!) and apparently when he was born and we met for the first time, my face could have lit up my entire hometown. I don't remember much about the first couple of years but I know from watching our friends' little ones that it's an adjustment. Welcoming baby Norah into their house didn't seem to phase big sister Madeleine, which I think has a lot to do with how relaxed Matt and Michelle are as parents. And it also helps when you get a PB + J sandwich at your own size table. And tickle-fests. Welcome Norah! You have a fun and creative big sister who is going to show you all the ropes! Oh, and my favorite image? It has to be the last one - crazy busy family life doesn't have to be picture perfect . . . .  it just has to be.

Zia Family - South End

This little nugget wrapped up in a hurricane on the fast track to everything. From the moment the session started, right up to the end Aleena had me racing all over the place pausing only at the end for some cookies. And then possibly a nap. Ok, so the nap was me (isn't that the rule though - when the baby sleeps you sleep? Baby G just dropped her third nap but that means I could still have one . . . right? :)).

Fatima and I connected through my previous work life as a video editor and I was excited when she asked me to come and document an afternoon adventure in their South End neighborhood. I love wandering the streets around there and hadn't visited that area before. We had one of those last autumn days with that sweet hint of summer and had such a fun time navigating the local playground, meeting a local pup, and checking out some of the nearby shops. And if any session ends with some getting-to-know-you tea, then you have absolutely won me over. Thank you Fatima, Shahzad and of course the lovely Aleena for a fun afternoon!

Das Family + Tiny Footprints

Last year, I started volunteering with a national non-proft group called Tiny Footprints, who serve families and their (very) little ones in NICUs at hospitals across the country. Parents can connect with local photographers through the TFP website and schedule a complimentary session in the NICU, as a way of preserving this time in their lives. As stressful and as tiring as it can be, it removes the burden of wanting to take photos but just not having the time or energy to do so, and families have some beautiful photos to keep for themselves and also share with their supportive network of family and friends. I was so fortunate to get my first session soon after joining and met Daniela and her teeny tiny twins, Xotchil and Maya who were born prematurely in Boston and had to receive round the clock care in their first weeks of life. It was so wonderful to be asked to photograph this intimate part of their journey and I could tell there was so much love from both the family and the nursing staff, enveloping the girls and encouraging their growth. Fast forward six months and Daniela reached out to see if I would have any interest in doing a family session with her, her husband PK, the tiny twins, and their older sisters Mallika and Marieanna  (and of course their dog Bhalu!). Naturally I was eager to see the little girls and couldn't believe how far they had come since I met them in the NICU at Beth Israel. We spent part of a chilly fall afternoon at Lars Anderson Park in Brookline and I was so happy to be able to photograph this family finally together after a challenging journey.

If you or someone you know has a need for the gift of a photo session for NICU baby or babies, please visit the Tiny Footprints website. They are a nationwide organization with some talented photographers who care about creating some beautiful images for families during what is a very stressful time.

Demopoulos Family

I was awake at 2.30 this morning feeding and changing a hungry and wet 10 month old. Just as I put her down a huge thunderstorm rolled through our neighborhood and I was awake for AGES after that. OK, it was probably more like half an hour. But it feels like ages at 3am. Needless to say I was a bit bleary-eyed this morning and it was an achievement in itself to get Baby G and Parker out for a late morning walk. Leading me to a new realization of mama-logic: when your child sleeps through the night you will feel tired the next morning and when they don't you will have heaps of energy, but do a bunch of things that weren't on your to do list. Ha! Speaking of mamas and energy, the family below is run by one amazing woman. Kendra organizes her four kids under 10 seamlessly (ignore whatever else she might tell you!), chauffeuring them to a million different social and sporting activities and not missing a beat. She and her husband JD invited to me to come and update their family photos and once the impromptu dance party was in full swing, the crazy didn't stop - and it was so. Much. Fun. Thanks Cate, Alexandra, Johnny, and sweet little Lizzie - I know you're definitely worth all the organized chaos!