The Freedmans - bicoastal Family reunion

Our family is spread all over the world and has been since I was born. So anytime people talk about long distance anything (relationships, family, travel) I definitely get it. And there are lots of times during my day that I wish family (and framily!) lived closer. Or that there was some sort of instant travel device available (Apple are you listening?). Even with FaceTime and Skype it's not the same as in person. The upside? When reunions happen they are so awesome and so worth the wait. So when my friend Michelle approached me about doing a family session for her mother-in-law, Sue's, 65th birthday party at the classically styled Dane Estate, I was more than happy to oblige. The Freedmans are bicoastal, with Matt and Michelle based in Boston with their daughter Madeleine, and Mike and Brooke in San Francisco with their baby boy, Nicholas. Sue was so thrilled to have them altogether, celebrated her birthday with them and many close friends into the warm summer evening. A great example of a worth-the-wait reunion!

Best of 2014

I feel so fortunate to be able to compile this post, because it not only reflects the truly wonderful clients I have but gives me a snapshot of all the sessions I covered this year (Something I am proud of this year? I photographed a wedding! That's not really an area that I have had any interest in pursuing, but had so much fun working with Matt & Amy on their intimate ceremony and reception!) and an opportunity to review how things are going for me personally and maybe what needs to be tweaked and changed in my approaches and techniques for sessions heading into the New Year.  One thing is for sure - it's going to be a busy one, both personally and professionally! Wishing all of my clients and those I have yet to meet a wonderful and safe season celebrating with family and friends and greeting 2015 with HOPE.

We love Lucy!

Miss Lucy is a 12 week old bundle of both nothing and everything all at the same time. One minute she's zonked out in someone's arms, the next minute she's racing around (and racing applies to both on and off leash) figuring out the world and who on earth all these other dogs are. Humans she's already wooed with her teeny tiny frame and wrinkly little face, not to mention her gangly legs that she is still trying to figure out how to work in unison so she can keep up with all her new canine friends. Given that she's a purebred Vizsla, her biggest problem will eventually be figuring out how to get everyone else to keep up with her! Sam and Allie wanted to see how she'd go in a really big park, so the four of us (along with Parker, of course!) went out to the Sheepfold - an off-leash dog area that is part of the The Fells just outside Boston. As you can see from the first photo versus the last photo, she made the most of her latest excursion (and she's in love with Parker - obviously :)). You can see more of her adventures via Instagram under @lucybvizsla .

Family matters.

The gorgeous couple below are my brother, Al and his girlfriend-now-fiancee, Dani (who is a major Instagram talent at healthyasahorsevet). This was 8 days after he proposed in her home country, she said yes, and their engagement writes another page in this international romance (apparently our family can't seem to find local spouses! :)). Dani asked if I would take some photos of them before the ring appeared, so it was fun to turn something casual into an engagement session and even more so to do it for family. Perfect Boston summer evening made it feel vaguely Australian and we finished by meeting Curt for dinner at Metropolis Cafe in the South End (low key taste of Europe with simple but real food). We're really excited for them and can't wait for what's going to be a high on details/low on drama wedding in Toronto next year.

Yuen Rhoads Family

The first time I ever met and photographed these two tots, they were a week old, calmly napping in their car seats in their apartment, while their mama, Lisa, raced around the kitchen whipping out warm croissants for me, brewing fresh coffee on the stove, and asking if there was anything I needed. Fast forward two years, and apart from their never-ending energy and ability to move at lightning speed, I still arrive to what Lisa would consider a disaster zone and I would instead call organized chaos for parents of twin toddlers. We've known this family for two years now (Kevin is credited with transforming Curt's golf game!) and even gatherings outside of a photo session are just so much fun. This was an hour and a bit of outdoor insanity in the best way, the kind of summer weather that makes you forget it was ever 100 below anything a few months ago, and a family who is gorgeous inside and out.

P:S: Lisa is a really amazing actress (we've seen her in The Putnam County Spelling Bee and Into The Woods) and you can see her performing in Sweeney Todd at The Lyric Theatre in Boston.