Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

It is not everyday I get to capture these precious moments of a new baby with their family! This year seems to be the year of babies and I am just loving it! I met Jen and Jason on their wedding day last summer at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith NH. I loved getting to know them and their sweet friends and family then and I was so excited when she reached out and told me they were adding to their family this June! We originally were going to have a fresh 48 session in the hospital, but at times, the hospital can be very busy so it worked out where I was able to come to their home for photos.

Their beautiful daughter Harper was the flower girl in their wedding and she is getting so big! She was so much fun to play with and she was a wonderful helper, a true aspiring photographer I believe! 🙂 Baby Eleanore was just as sweet as can be! She was perfect though out our session, only needing to stop and eat once. She slept the whole time- I think I have a few shots with her eyes open but they were not open for longer than 5 mins. the whole time I was there. Harper is an awesome big sister and did a great job being gentle with her when it was time for them to be together in photos. It was so nice to see Jen and Jason again and I am so excited for them and their newest addition to their little family!

Jen, Jason, Harper and Eleanore, Thank you so much for trusting me to capture these first few days with your new baby girl! It was so much fun and I hope you love these photos as much as I do. I can not wait to see you all again at Gina and Kevin’s wedding this August! xoxo

 

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Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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My photographic style is light, romantic, airy and, above all, authentic. I believe photography is about so much more than just images, and I strive to tell stories, frame by frame. I want everyone who looks at my work to feel fully immersed in the scene – because there is far more to a moment than what we see.

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Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

CUE THE BABY FEVER OVER HERE! Look at this precious little baby, Paige Aryn! She is just the absolute sweetest and made our session together probably the easiest newborn session I’ve ever had! She was just so content to be close to her momma’s. She was snuggly in her baby wraps and swaddle and really just wanted to be in either of her mom’s arms! She melted my heart the whole time and I am not going to lie, my baby fever is in full force while looking at these photos of her!

Baby Paige has 2 fur sisters who you also love her to pieces! Her fur sister Lola wanted to be close by as did her other fur sister, Emma! While we were not with the pups the whole session, we did get a few family photos of them all together at the end which are just adorable! I love it when we can get the dogs in a few shots! They are family too!

Kristin and Alexa, Congratulations on your perfect baby girl! I am so thankful I got to meet her and capture her first 2 weeks of life. She is beautiful and I still can not get over how great she was the whole session! Welcome to the world Paige Aryn! You are loved!

Family Sessions | What to Wear

Family Sessions | What to Wear

Hi Friends! I have had so many people ask me about outfit choices for their family session, I decided a blog post would be a great way to share that information with you! These are just a few outfit coordinating tips that I have thought about through the years but the most important thing is that you are comfortable!

When thinking about what to wear and props to bring, just know that less is more. I do not provide props for sessions but I am happy to incorporate things that you may want to bring. One thing we can do would be styling to add a little something to your images. We do not need to have a ton of things to style with, maybe just a few.

Here are my tips and tricks for getting ready to have an amazing family session!

Styling your Session

Want your photos to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! Fresh flowers bring an extra “wow” factor to just about everything, especially when they’re attached to something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, tent, picnic basket, balloons or car bumper. Whether you want to incorporate larger items like classic cars or bikes, or smaller ones like blankets or hats, even planning for just one extra styled item could be a fun way to make your session more unique.

Coordinating the Crew

As you’re coordinating your outfit with your family, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about “matching,” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through.

How to Mix Colors

The goal for coordinating a family is to visually break up the colors and shades so that you’re not all wearing the same color on top and bottom. The more we can mix that up, the better. I encourage you to think about planning each outfit with “dominant colors” and “accent colors” in mind. A dominant color is the color that you see the most in an outfit, while an accent has a smaller piece of visual real estate. When you’re planning each family member’s outfit, if you can aim for each person to have a different dominant color, and then tie in and vary the accent colors, it’s going to look great all together.

For example, if you’re wearing a blush dress, soft blue earrings and nude heels (blush being your dominant color), then he could wear a navy coat with a white button-down and gray pants, paired with brown leather shoes and maybe even a blush pocket square (making navy his dominant color). Your daughter could wear a soft blue top with a white tulle skirt (making a soft blue her dominant color) while your son wears light beige pants with navy suspenders and a white button down (making white his dominant color). Now each person has their own dominant color while still incorporating a few touches of the others that will pull all the looks together. This will break up the color visually and highlight each personality. Most of my moms choose their dress first, and then build the rest of the family’s outfits based around that.

Remember, I recommend selecting those softer, lighter tones and avoiding those ultra-bright, bold colors. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. Feel free to vary the shades of the colors, too. That softer color palette fits beautifully into a natural environment, and can easily be paired in so many different ways.

Mixing Up the Pieces

If you have multiple children, don’t feel like you need to put them all in the same type of outfit. For example, one of your daughters could wear a dress and flats, while the other wears a skirt and boots. One of your sons could wear a bowtie, while the other one wears suspenders. Mixing up the wardrobe pieces will bring a great visual interest to the photos.

Prepping Your Little Ones

Before your session, pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help me get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. A lot of families discuss and pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone, for example. It also helps if they’re bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! They’re little, and I know that some days don’t always go as planned. I’ve seen it all and will make sure to get you great photos, regardless of their moods. My goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family!

I hope this is a helpful guide when it comes to getting your family ready for your photography session! If you have any questions or more things to add, let me know, I would love to hear from you!

xoxo,

Alex

The {B} Family // Fall Newborn-Family Session | Chiltonville, MA

The {B} Family // Fall Newborn-Family Session | Chiltonville, MA

Just a little over a year ago, I saw this beautiful family for Big Brother Jack’s 1st birthday photos. At the time he was not fully walking on his own yet but he was trying! You can view their session here! It’s really cool to go back and look at those photos and see how big Jack got over the last year!

I ran into mom and Jack this past August and shortly after she contacted me for another family session, this time, with their newest addition, Mason! I was so excited to see them all again and to get to meet Mason! He’s absolutely adorable at just 10 days old. Jack is already an awesome big brother and mom and dad couldn’t have looked any happier!

Their session was in Chiltonville, MA. I just love this location for fall photos as the fields there are just so open and the colors have started to change on the trees! Emily said she was hoping to have photos with the fall colors  and when she agreed to have their session at Chiltonville I was so excited, I knew they would love it. It was a little windy and cold during their session, but we made it work. Jack and Mason were troopers! We warmed up in the car mid way through their session and then were able to get out and do a few more photos along the path just as the sun was setting so nicely!

Emily, Keith, Jack and Mason I hope you love your fall family photos! I had so much fun spending time with you and I am so happy I got to meet Mason and see how big Jack is! Congratulations on your new little guy! Thank you for trusting me to be your family photographer! Here are some of my favorite photos from our session…although it was very hard to choose! xo.

 

Henry’s First Year | New England Photographer

Henry’s First Year | New England Photographer

Well, it’s been a few weeks since we have moved in to our new home in New Hampshire and I am starting to call myself a New England photographer since I am now able to expand my services and travel all around New England!! This is so exciting!! As I am sure you’re aware, we moved into our new home on Henry’s 1st birthday! I can not believe we have 2 kiddos and our baby just turned 1! It’s mind boggling to me! It’s so true what they say! The days are long but the years are short! That year FLEW by!

I have the mom guilt of not getting to blog about him each month! I don’t know how parents with 3+ kids do it! My hands and my heart were and still are so full, I just couldn’t keep up with blogging each month like I wish it did.

I took monthly photos which was believe it or not, really hard to do but I did them and I am so happy I did! It is amazing to see the different in him each month! Now, at 1 year old every morning he looks so different and he is so big! He is currently in size 18mo clothing! I just can’t believe it! Here are his monthly photos below:

I recently purchased a Childhood History Journal by Promptly Journals which covers birth- 18 years old. Each boy has their own childhood history book and I am just in love with it. I was able to go back and document memories and I will be updating their journals for years to come! I guess that is my “wish i got to blog” task that I was able to fulfill

HENRY’S ONE YEAR MEMORIES:

  • leaving the hospital as a family of 4 and feeling like it’s the best thing in the world!
  • Always sleeping with his hand behind his ear/ having his hands near his ears
  • getting as many snuggles as I could in while Ethan was at day care for the first 2 weeks I was home on maternity leave.
  • being able to sit down, walk around and hold him standing up the next day after having him which were things I couldn’t do after having Ethan.
  • Sleeping on the couch with Henry in his rock and play next to me for the first 3 weeks since he wasn’t sure what the difference between night and day was just yet.
  • waking up in the middle of the night STARVING and enjoying all the grapes in the world and cheerios between Henry’s feedings
  • Ethan helping to make Henry laugh if he cried, and helping with anything he could- he was a great diaper thrower outer ( is that a thing??)
  • Getting to have several visits from his cousin Quinn and Aunt Becca! Their size difference is amazing and Quinn is just a few months older!
  • going to his first moms club social on a beautiful spring day at Forges Field with lots of big kids and one little baby a week older than him from out centering class. Just sleeping the play date away in their strollers #livingthelife
  • Attending PFN and other Play Groups in the area with his big bro! Always the baby of the group 🙂
  • Being a nursing champ for 11 months up until he became too distracted and I wasn’t producing all that he needs. ( baby’s gotta eat!)
  • Starting to Army Crawl at 6 months!
  • Meeting all our friends and Family all throughout the year
  • realizing his love of Dogs! ( We are on the hunt for one…. any suggestions??)
  • Visiting the Zoo a few times!
  • Walking downtown Plymouth was a family favorite
  • The Ollie Swaddle was the BEST swaddle out there! He slept all night from 3 weeks-4 months
  • Rolling over with Quinn in our sunroom and loving it!
  • Always watching Ethan’s every move and wanting to do whatever it was he was doing at the time!
  • Visiting the Boston Children’s Museum a few times- once with Tia Laura and Auggie and the Science Museum with our cousins the Dutka family
  • Figuring out how to hold the phone to his ear
  • finding his feet
  • always taking a hat off if you put one on him!
  • his first word- mama! but dada and knowing who that was. mama he just said a few times before understanding that was me!
  • calling Ethan DADA
  • Loving the way he smells- before all the dirty diapers….
  • his cheeks! His cheeks still look like one of his ultrasound photos from 34 weeks and i love munching them!
  • baby rolls!
  • always wanting to hold something, and play- loves to play!
  • No interest in watching TV at all
  • Henry has the best dance moves and LOVES all of our dance parties!
  • sitting up tall around 9 months!
  • Having great head control early on and loving tummy time
  • rocking him to sleep and getting a few extra snuggles in while sleeping since he doesn’t stop moving during the day!
  • crawling the “right way” around 11  months!
  • Pulling to standing and climbing steps, furniture walking, and pushing things around with one hand to walk/crawl.
  • having cake for the first time for his birthday!
  • loves bring outside
  • The way he looks at you as you walk into his room first thing in the morning or after a nap! The biggest smile on his face- and the jumping when he gets excited! The best greeting in the AM!
  • trips to the beach during the summer and snoozing in the tent we had set up on the sand. Loving the shade
  • coming to a few photos shoots with me and being a great assistant who slept in the carrier each time!
  • wearing a few different outfits that I love so much- “Did we just become best friends, YUP!” “New to the Crew” and matching his outfits with Ethan at times! Gah so cute!!
  • His first Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
  • Getting baptized on October 1, 2017 at St. Peter’s Parish in Plymouth, MA. Aunt Becca is his Godmother and Uncle Jesse is his Godfather
  • Henry went to his first carnival at PCIS and watched Ethan go on some rides
  • He got to cheer dada on at the Falmouth Road Race and can’t wait to do it again!
  • He also cheered his dad on at the Philadelphia Marathon!
  • Visited Philly, and NJ for the first time in November!
  • working with a new born baby on my lap in the first few months, before he was mobile.
  • Giving my notice at work on July 1 that I would not be going back… this was so hard for me but I am so lucky to get to stay home with my kiddos and be a bossmom!
  • the sounds he made when he was an infant! Ohhh those baby sounds!!!
  • getting to have a cake smash session with Fredriksen Photography for his 1 year photo shoot!

 

HENRY’S FAVORITE THINGS:

  • Fans! When you turn on a fan, he loves just looking up while its spinning. Once he was able to hold himself up strong, he reaches up for it to try to spin himself.
  • He loved being swaddled up until he couldn’t fit in it anymore around 4 months old. The Ollie Swaddle is THE BEST swaddle there is! Highly Recommend it!
  • Being tickled! He will laugh and laugh and laugh and its the cutest giggle you ever heard!
  • Tubs! He loves splashing in the tub!
  • Anyhting Ethan has….. just ask Ethan….
  • Food. He has always loved his milk, but when it was time to try baby food and solids, he was all for it! He so far has loved everything he’s ever tried!!!! It’s amazing! Ethan is not like this at all with food!
  • Throwing and catching and chasing a ball!
  • Cars- he loves pushing cars around the house
  • DOGS! We need one. He LOVES “Dog Dogs”
  • When he couldn’t crawl, he loved facing outward when being held- we call this “front packing”
  • up until about 9 months, he loved the binky… at 9 months he wanted nothing to do with it.
  • Balloons. he thinks they are so cool!
  • Playing “catch me if you can” with us!
  • repeating what you do- sounds and gestures!
  • tubby time!
  • swinging on his new swing set and any swings at the park!
  • his blue car and walks
  • During the first few months, he loved being held and sleeping on his belly on our chest

 

Since these photos cover the entire year, their order is not 100% correct…. There were SO many photos, like always, it was hard to choose what ones to share! I just can not believe that he is 1. It FLEW by!

I brought my camera to the hospital and captured my own Fresh 48 photos of Henry. As much as I didn’t want myself in the hospital photos, apart of me did… I was on a lot of IV fluids and I was completely swollen- it’s crazy how different I looked! I was in a few photos from an iphone, but none from my fresh 48 session. Just look at his little (Big) Cheeks!!

My babies! The day Ethan met Henry at the Hospital ( almost 14 hours old).

Meeting his little brother!

Newborn Lifestyle session with Bree Hester at home. Henry is 1 week old here.

While Ethan got to cheer PJ on at the Boston Marathon 2017, Me and Henry met them after the race for dinner in Somerville, MA. Henry is 2 weeks old. || The Boncek Brothers First Touch A Truck!

Baby snuggles and Meeting his friend Avery!

Meeting RARA for the first time and waiting for his BFF to be born!

Snuggles from Ethan just MELT my heart!

This is how I would get some work done in those early weeks after bringing him home! Both of us were exhausted.

Mothers Day 2017- First trip to the Boston Aquarium! Loved this day so much!

April was a great time to have a baby! The weather into Spring then Summer was so nice we were outside all the time! Enjoying the view here!

For both pregnancies, PJ and I attended a Centering Group with my OB office. We were placed in a group with other couples all due around the same time. These are the centering babies!

Meeting Quinnie and Aunt Becca! Loved having them visit a few times last year!

Henry’s first walk with Centering Buddies at the Cape Cod Canal….. I am no lie…. 7 days PP…… That was tough!

First BEACH ADVENTURE!

1 week doctor appointment vs. 3 months.

Trying to be like Henry. 3 month doctor appointment

RaRa’s baby shower || Meeting cousins and Uncle John on Fathers Day!

Cousins!

First Zoo Trip

This was so special! I happen to be an over producer of milk…. so much so that we ran out of freezer space within the first 2 months! I joined Human Milk for Human Babies and found 2 moms who were in search of milk. We donated 387.5oz of milk to two babies!! I just had to take a photo before they were picked up!

I love sleeping cuddles and oh man the stretches!!!!!!!

After 6 months I gave up on the chalkboard and teddy bear with sticker milestone photos and stuck with the letter board. It was too hard to do it all! E was always a great helper!

Meeting his best friend, Baby Matthew at the hospital! 3 months apart!

Ethan on the far left. Henry in Ethan’s sit me up! || The right photo is at Henry’s 1 year doctor appointment!

Meeting his cousin Victoria

Meeting his cousin Gabby!

Falmouth Road Race Weekend!

Meeting Aunt Dani, Kevin and my dad ( Dzijek)

 

I cant with this picture! @ Craft Beer Cellar Plymouth

Ethan’s 3rd Birthday- Paw Patrol!

Celebrating Ethan’s 3rd Birthday!

That birth mark though!

Meeting our NJ Cousins!

Visiting the Boston Science Museum

Henry’s Baptism 10/1/17

Philadelphia Marathon 2017

Meeting my best friend Angie and her daughters, Sammy and Emily!

We went to the art museum for our holiday photos and here I am with Henry in the area where PJ proposed. We love the art museum area! It’s so pretty there! Check out our holiday session in Philly here!

Meeting more NJ Family during Thanksgiving!

Henry meeting his buddy, Everett! They both walked/ran in their first 5K turkey trot on their first thanksgiving day!

The Turkey Trot Team!

That photo he is holding is me with my older sister Danielle!

We do a photo of this each year too with the kids. Henry got to be in it with E and Charleigh!

NJ Cousins

Family photos on Thanksgiving in the usual spot out front of my Aunts House!

NJ Cousins with their matching Pajamas

Meeting Santa the day after Thanksgiving at Johnson’s Farm in Medford, NJ

picking out our Christmas Tree!

First ride in the Home Depot Police Cart and watching his first snow fall!

My first Self Portrait I took of us having a dance party in the dance party room with boxes all around as we were preparing to move out of our first home. I love this photo. We love our dance parties!

More dance parties

Always getting into things, but look at that smile!

want to cherish these moments forever! During the day he is a big squirmy mess who wants to go all over the place. Bed time is always a special time because he lets me hold him like a baby

Loves mirrors!

The blue car is a fav. thing. || He’s also just chilling eating his first grilled cheese at a restaurant!

Loves to help me clean!

always trying to steal my coffee!

Loves being outside!

These little fingers! I am always so fascinated on how he uses his hands! so cute!

Bowling for my birthday and hugs from Henry!

Sometimes I would find him playing like this when I had to do something else where 2 hands were required! and the kisses! Gah I love him.

Happy New Year! LOL Not looking very happy!

I went to a photography workshop in NY back in March and this was the day I got home. Happy to see me, and me happy to see them!

He loved looking out the door at our old house, and he loves holding the bag to pirates booty!

These photos are amazing. I just LOVE them! Photos by Fredriksen Photography / Boston Portrait Company

@Fredriksen Photography || Boston Portrait Company

@Fredriksen Photography || Boston Portrait Company

@Fredriksen Photography || Boston Portrait Company

@Fredriksen Photography || Boston Portrait Company

Happy 1st Birthday Henry Andrew! Our hearts are full and we couldn’t imagine our lives without you! xoxoxo