Bell Family – Moore State Park

Boy! Where has the summer gone?! In July, I had so much fun getting together with the Bell Family again! If you remember, back in April I met up with Melissa and John at Moore State Park for their maternity session. Were they Team Pink or Team Blue? Turns out they were Team Pink! Little Olivia was born not long after the maternity session was complete, and in July I had the pleasure of meeting her!

Coming full circle, we returned to where Melissa and John’s maternity photos were taken, however this time instead of finding snow, we were met with beautiful blue skies and thousands of blooming flowers. One of my favorite things is recreating a photo, and it was so much fun to be able to do these shots!Collage1

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What was originally only supposed to be a warm day with clouds, turned out to be hot and humid! Little Olivia did so well considering the drastic change in weather than predicted. It is clear how loved she is by both of her parents and she soaks up every moment of the attention!

 

Those squishy cheeks and beautiful eyes are sure to keep John busy as she gets older fending off the suitors!

It was such fun seeing you all again! Welcome to Princess Olivia!

Katelyn & Jenn, Warren Soccer Club

What better way to celebrate national pride month than to share this beautiful, fun wedding reception I had the pleasure of photographing on May 20th?! Katelyn and Jenn had a lovely, intimate ceremony at Colt State Park in Rhode Island followed by a reception at the Warren Soccer Club in Warren, Rhode Island. Photographing the reception, I had the pleasure of hearing fun stories, loving speeches and also witness  an outpouring of love and support for this newly growing family that warmed my heart!6691

A beach themed reception was perfect for the beginning of summer on what turned out to be a beautiful day following some very dreary weeks.  The subtle touches of seashells and blue were seen throughout the hall, with seashell covered initials for Katelyn and Jenn lit by tiny white lights and beautifully engraved glassware for the bridal party.

It is always the little touches that make a wedding memorable and unique – and this wedding was no different! Katelyn and Jenn displayed a chalkboard sign asking for notes written by the guests to open in a years time. They also displayed a canvas with their names and wedding date on it for guests to leave a little note or sign. Gone are the days of old guest books – a beautiful piece of artwork that can be displayed for years to come is so much more meaningful!

What would any fun wedding be without a little break dancing and a dollar dance?! Every time I turned around, these adorable two boys were breaking down on the dance floor! And, can we take a moment to look at that sass on Katelyn’s face?! Who wouldn’t want to dance with her?

And what about Grandma?! I am not sure who was more fun to watch and photograph, the boys break dancing, or Grandma out dancing everyone! You go Grandma!

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It was such a pleasure photographing this reception, and so much fun! Wishing all the love and happiness to Katelyn and Jenn, and to the new family they are building with Kay-Lynn!8012

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Rossi Sisters

Its been 6 months since I last saw the Rossi girls and their parents, and the girls are growing like weeds! I first met this beautiful family when I held #FreePhotosForPoliceFamilies, last summer as both mom and dad put their lives on the line to protect their local town – words can not express the thanks you deserve!

With four daughters, Dad sure does have his work cut out for him in the upcoming years! Out of our entire session – this outtake has easily turned into my favorite photo, showing the personality and happiness that radiates from each of the girls!

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 Originally scheduled to meet a week prior, a thunderstorm had other ideas and our date was pushed out and location moved. While heading to the Westborough Reservoir, our locations was quickly changed again when the gorgeous fields of Cummings Veterinary School were spotted!

Filled with long grass and bright yellow dandelions, it was easy to feel as though you were running to the end of the earth without a care in the world!

And what field or animal location would be complete without the obligatory red barn? One can not pass a barn and not take photos! Look at these two beauties enjoying both the camera and the barn – their personality shines through!

Having met up with the Rossi girls this time with their mom to show support for #SpeakOutAboutInfertility – this family gives so much hope to those who need it!

Thank you for sharing your story and support! I look forward to seeing this beautiful family again in the Fall for the second annual #FreePhotosForPoliceFamilies and #FreePhotosForFirstResponders!

Welcome Julianna!

On April 26 I had the pleasure of snuggling up with the cutest little newborn girl that has graced the other end of my lens in a long time! Little miss Julianna was born on April 24, 2017 weighing in at a tiny 6lbs and 13 oz.

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Julianna’s mom Nora and I have been friends for a number of years now and I couldn’t have been happier to welcome this little ones arrival! Joining big brother Colin, I am sure their house is soon to be a loud, bustling, wonderful place.

Content to be held and wrapped in the beautiful custom ordered blanket that announced her name to the world – Julianna did not cry once during our entire hospital session! With her squishy cheeks, tiny little fingers and gorgeous little lips I and sure that the boys will be lining up for a chance to dance with this little princess at her first dance.

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“A rainbow is a promise, of sunshine after rain, of calm after storms, of joy after sadness, of peace after pain, of love after loss”

Congratulations and all my love to Julianna’s family!

Infertility Awareness Week

Did you know that April 23 – April 29, 2017 is national infertility awareness week? Or that in the United States, 1 in 8, or 15% of couples suffer from a form of infertility? The chances of you knowing someone who is struggling with an infertility diagnosis is high, whether you realize it or not. This is a painful struggle, one that is different for every single person living through it, but all with a common thread – heartache.

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The best thing that you can do when someone is struggling with infertility is letting them know that you care, and you are there for them. Why am I blogging about this you ask? Because I am 1 in 8. I know the struggle, the heartache and the pain. Because it is time to #speakoutaboutinfertility, and be aware.

While there are so many ways I wish that I was able to change the life or lives of someone, or a couple going through infertility, I am limited to offering my encouragement, support, and photos – since that is what I do! 😊

Are you struggling with infertility now? Have you beat infertility and are awaiting the birth of your little one? Is your little one already here? Did you decide to adopt instead due to your struggles? However your infertility journey has gone, where ever it has taken you – I’m offering a free photo session to document your journey! Infertility is hard, it is stressful, painful and expensive. Don’t let that stop you from documenting the important moments you want to remember.

Contact me between now and May 7, 2017 – lets talk about what you would like to say, what will your #speakoutaboutinfertility moment be?

Baby Bell – Moore State Park

This past weekend was night and day, Saturday was a snow and sleet storm and Sunday was sunny and near 60. Thank goodness for that sun, or Melissa and John’s maternity session for baby Bell would have been a very cold one! Oh the joys of living in New England!

With only a few weeks left until the arrival of their little one, the baby shower is over, the nursery is as ready as it can be, and Melissa and John are eagerly awaiting to find out if they will have a little boy or little girl in their arms soon. In a world of technology, where there are so few surprises left, this is so exciting!

 

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Sloshing through the melting snow, it was a fun session involving a balancing act of staying upright (as the photographer, I can tell you I failed miserably at this, however as long as Melissa stayed on her feet – that is all that mattered!), keeping the attention of the family dog Lexi – (who was extremely well behaved!) and making sure the sun stayed our friend and not our enemy.

Beyonce is quoted as saying, “it is the most powerful creation to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift.” Photographing a maternity session is one of my favorites things to do for that reason – I am able to show the glow of happiness at the beautiful gift that is about to happen.

Excited to see your little one soon, Melissa and John! ❤

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Camp Putnam Brunch, 3/12/2017

This year the Camp Putnam Brunch Fundraiser was at Zukas Hilltop Barn. What a beautiful place, and what a warm atmosphere I walked into that morning! A warm fire was burning in the stone fireplace and the tables were set, adorned with red feathers – Camp Putnam’s long time symbol

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Two different brunch sittings were happening that morning, and each were filled with people who had their own connections to the camp – previous campers, families, current campers, camp staff, etc. With over 65 years of summers in their past, there are many generations that have grown up going to this camp, and it is clear the joy that comes from those who continue to go, and the sense of family among those who went previously and stay in touch.

In the generation of technology where children are given Ipads at school, expected to complete homework on the computer even in elementary school, and almost all state testing is completed electronically – it is refreshing to find a camp that is electronic free. One where you know your children will have a true camp experience with arts and crafts, boating, cabins, swimming, and frog catching in the pond.

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Camp Putnam is a non profit organization that holds events such as this annual Brunch to raise the funds needed to run camp each summer. If you would like to help – please consider donating, and if you are looking for a camp for your child – consider Camp Putnam, it is really one of Massachusetts hidden gems. Visit Camp Putnam’s Website

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