I absolutely love this local family!  Dee and Doug welcomed their third child (their first daughter) Daisy a few months ago.  With a baby and two young boys life can get a little hectic!  But we had fun channeling the energy into a great, fun and active shoot, filled with racing, exploring and just being raucous amidst their home and the beautiful grounds of the Longfellow House and Harvard Divinity School. I also just can’t get enough of this family’s gorgeous hair and blue eyes.

 

Tawny reached out to me requesting a relaxed family photography session in downtown Boston on a trip to visit her daughter, who is a freshman at Tufts.  Every year they do something different for their Christmas card, and this year they wanted to embrace the new home city of Paris’s school.  They wanted to celebrate the beautiful Fall season – but it was mid-70s!  Tawny and Jerry still dawned their leather coats and scarves – no pain no gain when it comes to modeling.  As you can see from these images, this family rocks great style – mom has been a fashion director for LA-based fashion magazines!  I love how they knew how to work it in front of the camera as we strolled from Hotel XV Beacon down through the Boston Commons, Public Garden and finally Charles Street in Beacon Hill.

I love this glowing, adorable blonde family! I got to meet Anine last year when she was pregnant to capture her out and about the South End with husband Ian (who attended Amherst with me!).   This year was even better, as I was so excited to have finally met the bubbly baby Kaia. I think she enjoyed the spotlight as much as playing in the dirt and watching the ducks and construction workers.

Here goes a three part blog entry from a long, fun weekend…

i | HALLOWEEN

Calvin was a gray and white (hipster/LA-ish?) sweater sock monkey for Halloween (by Blamo Toys).  Gramma and Pop Sterner came up Thursday afternoon in time to join us for C’s first Halloween.  Calvin had a lot of fun trick or treating and basking in the attention of our neighbors’ kids.

It was the evening of Halloween last year that my water broke, so this spooky night of the year marks the beginning of Calvin’s birthday memories for me.

ii | PARTY

 Saturday brought cold, dark, dismal weather and Calvin’s 1st birthday party!  I decided to throw a woodland creature themed party with hopes of guests mingling outside our house amidst the orange-glow of fall foliage.  Instead, we all got to stay fuzzy and warm inside with the glow of the fireplace!

Turns out Calvin is a salt-lover instead of sweets (more dad than mom in that regard) – not so into his cake but loving pate!  He had tons of fun playing with kids and grown-ups of all ages.  It got loud and hectic at times, and will be remembered fondly.

A few shout outs to my local vendors:  Calvin’s Outfit| Janie + Jack, Florals | Foret Design Studio, Cake | Cake., Cheese and Charcuterie | Formaggio Kitchen, Paper Garlands | Paper Source, Invitations + Photos | me : ) .  (Note, some photos were taken a day later once the sun came back out!)

iii | BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS

So today is Calvin’s actual birthday.  And it was a beautiful fall day.  I decided to put him back into his birthday outfit and take some shots of Calvin enjoying his shiny new red wagon (thanks Gramma and Pop!) out back as originally planned.

This year has flown by.  The last photo shows Calvin next to his elephant stuffed animal when he was one month old, and today at 1 year.   I understand why people always say times speeds up now.  It is a saying for a reason!

Calvin’s existence is the most special, challenging and miraculous part of my life – I have no hesitation saying that.  I love you Calvin, and can’t wait to see where life continues to take you.