If ever there was a quintessential Rockport family photo session, this would have to be it.  Baby Isabella and family were here for a week vacation, to soak up the sun, breath some salty New England seaside air, and eat some ice cream!  I encouraged a session in downtown Rockport so that we could capture this adorable family both on the beach (Front Beach) and taking a stroll in the center for some ice cream.  I am pretty sure all three family members didn’t mind this suggestion.  Isabella was seriously all smiles the whole time – she loved the limelight – and the sand and ice cream and parents’ affection.

Enjoy this scoop of a pretty yummy and sweet family session (and adorable preppy/nautical wardrobe – want mom’s dress)!!

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There is something magical about golden hour on the beach.  Especially when a scary storm approaches.  Light is just… amazing.  So is the energy.   People get a little hyped.

So all these ingredients plus a hands-down gorgeous family add up to a pretty awesome photo session.  Oh, and how could I forget, a pair of brother-sister twins!

Mom and Dad have spent most of their years together in the Bay area, but are temporarily living in Boston for career reasons.  They love the beaches out West, and want to have their children share that joy.  So it seemed fitting to Mom to take advantage of my summer beach sessions, and they decided to make a weekend trip of it, booking a room at the Atlantis and enjoying a beach-filled weekend, photo shoot and all.

And then came the storm.  I included some photos at the end.  I had to keep this session moving along, because I was a little freaked out I would be doused, and my camera and all photos on memory card with it lost.  At the beginning of the session there was really only faint indication that the storm was approaching (some purple/gray clouds in distance)… but those turned darker, and darker, and eventually, black… and there was lots of lightening.  All very exciting.  But we got it all in – pretty much 5 min before the skies opened.

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Very excited to share this double family session – yes, double.  When mom of 3, Lisa, contacted me, she expressed concern over whether a normal session time would be allow for one solid family session.  With three young children, this is not an easy accomplishment – though usually I am fairly confident, and told her so.  Still, she loved the look of both park and home photos, and asked if I would consider doing two sessions back to back.  Why, of course!

So this session is really two – one at the beautiful Arnold Arboretum, and one a few miles down the road at the family’s equally beautiful Victorian in Dorchester.   I had a blast during this session, running around after the children and capturing them playing and also coralling the group for some family portraits.  We played “red light green light” (a go-to of mine), sang songs, and explored at the park.  Back at home there were snacks, books, and of course, a dance party.

I think this session is a good example of how a family session can provide strong images no matter the backdrop.  Parks generally provide a more scenic, traditional in the sense of what I think of when I think of family portraits, backdrop, whereas the home photos allow for more personal, quirky and unique documentation – the human habitat.

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