Liberti Family | Wakefield, MA

Liberti Family | Wakefield, MA

I have had a little break from blogging over the last couple weeks which I have to say, feels like its been an entire year! Between family sessions and weddings, I have been non stop with LOTS and LOTS of late nights editing. I have so many blog drafts almost ready to be published and I do not want to keep those blogs in cue anymore! I am so excited to finally feature this amazing family! I have been taking their photos since I started my business in 2012! It went from just a couple, to maternity, to family, to extended family and I am forever grateful for them all!  We had their session in Wakefield, MA again this year and this time the littlest lady, Lilly is here! It is so fun to get to see these families grow and I love getting to be apart of savoring these moments for them!

Here is the start of my 2019 family sessions!! Get ready for more awesomeness! 🙂

Family Vacation to Wildwood NJ | 2019

Family Vacation to Wildwood NJ | 2019

It’s been awhile since I shared a personal blog post with you all! This one has been a few weeks coming but here it is and I am happy to have it all together and ready for you to see! You guys, I am telling you now, these photos are are all taken with my IPHONE! **GASP** Yes, it is true. I had my professional camera with me but to be honest, sometimes just having my phone handy and in my back pocket is the easiest way to capture memories without worrying if my professional camera is going to break, get stolen, have sand inside, etc. I edited these photos in my Lightroom app that I have on my phone which is pretty much what I always use when editing phone photos.

As I am sure you guys are all aware by now, I am a Jersey girl! My side of the family still lives there and so we get to go and visit them about 2 times a year. This time, we took a vacation and headed to Wildwood NJ! Family came to spend a few days there with us, which we are so thankful for!! We all had so much fun and it was really a wonderful week of family ( and the weather was great too!)

Henry is at the age where he is not sure what to think of the Ocean… he did not like the water much at all but he did LOVE playing in the sand!

Ethan has been waiting to go on Bumper Cars since he was Henrys age! We told him then that he had to be 5 to go on them… he has never forgotten. So, he is going to be 5 in September and he wanted to see if he reached the height. Sure enough! He was able to go on the bumper cars with an adult! He and PJ had so much fun while Henry and I were cheering for him. He was so excited that he was finally able to go on the Bumper Cars!

 When your baby who NEVER sleeps on you anymore….falls asleep and stays asleep while you hold him… you take a photo!

 Gangs all here! (Quinnie is in the stroller)

 Before going to see more family, we stopped at the Cape May Zoo. It was so hot but it was fun! I have not been there in YEARS! I loved it and I just love getting to bring the kiddos to places I went to when I was growing up!

 After the zoo we stopped by the place PJ and I were married almost 9 years ago! This is my happy place! I love Smithville SOOO MUCH!

 Henry’s first time at Smithville!

 My sister is getting married this October and while we were in NJ, we also hosted her Bridal Shower at Riverwinds Restaurant in West Deptford! It was perfect! Next up is the Bachelorette Party!

NYC look out!

 Have you ever played the toilet paper game? you break up the guests into teams and give them 1 roll of toilet paper. They choose someone to be the “bride” while everyone works together to create the perfect wedding dress! It was really funny and we even had a brides-man there to escort all of the ladies! My sister, the bride to be was the judge of the best dressed bride!

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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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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

Henry is TWO!

Henry is TWO!

Can you believe it?! Our baby boy isn’t a baby anymore. He is a handsome little strong willed toddler that is so amazing in so many ways! Just like I was with Ethan, I am sad in a way that he is not a baby anymore but I am excited to see who he becomes. Everyday is so different- he says so many words and is so funny, each day we are surprised in one way or another with him. PJ and I always will say ” did you hear what he just said” “did you see that?!” He is so funny and pretty much everything he does just makes us laugh…. a lot! He is learning so much, he looks up to his best friend and brother Ethan and says new words and phrases daily. He knows all of the words to his favorite- The Wheels on the Bus and Baa Baa Black-sheep. He is starting to get the hang of the ABC’s and he can bust out the lyrics and moves to any song from the Greatest Showman and Moana. He is an amazing little boy who is so curious and always following Ethan around. We love him so much.

He makes the silliest faces and we cant get enough of them. He will squish his face together into this adorable little smile with his eyes closed- which we have named “Scrunch Face”, he will stick out his tongue and also do a really funny surprised face just to make you laugh. He expressed excitement with high energy screaming and chanting “yay, woohoo”!

He is a broad dude who weighs a whopping 30 lbs and he is wearing 2T/3T shirts and 2T pants. He loves to jump and throw himself down to the ground for fun! He will scream ” Cannonball” every time he does it. He loves to read books- his favorites are anything that has to do with trucks, and Goodnight Moon. He knows his colors and is starting to get the hang of counting! He started gymnastics in January and has been loving it! We go to the gym a lot a he loves that he gets to play there!

Henry loves trying new foods! He is a great eater ( for the most part) and his favorite foods are hummus and avocado! He knows a few words in sign language but he talks really well so he uses his voice more.

He is obsessed with his brother Ethan. I always say “ahh monkey see monkey do!!” He does whatever Ethan does! They have their moments where they fight a little but most of the time they are best friends and play together so nicely! It’s makes me so happy.

He rarely sits down unless Elmo, Super Wings, or Boss Baby is on the TV. If you ask him what his name is he will tell you “Boss Baby” and he will say it proudly! It’s true…. he really is a boss baby. He made his first build a bear for his birthday and that is something he loves to cuddle with at night when going to bed. He will say ” Ethie go night night? dada go night night? mama go night night?” Every time he goes down for a nap and/or bedtime just to be sure he isn’t missing anything!

I could go on and on and on about him (and his brother). Everyday he does something hilarious and says something new. As hard as tantrums are, he is still so fun to be around and I forgot that this age is really neat to watch as they learn and explore all around them. He is so interested in using the potty and has filled up a sticker chart with 50 spaces for using the potty! He is still in diapers but that is a big milestone for having the interest and actually trying. He will tell me “I go pee pee on potty!” and he will go and get the stool to do it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Its’ a collection of images I took specifically for his 2nd birthday. He got his first hair cut the day before, and then we went outside where I followed him around catching his personality on camera for a few minutes. I started creating Family Year Books starting with 2014 and while I am still working on them to be caught up by the end of the year, I am excited to have nice photos of him to add to our 2019 book.

First hair cut- 4/4/19
We moved into our house 1 year ago today and we celebrate Henry’s birthday! 4/5/17

10 Childhood Photos that will Inspire you to pick up your Camera | Motherhood

10 Childhood Photos that will Inspire you to pick up your Camera | Motherhood

I realize that I have been focusing a lot on weddings. Posting mostly photos from my Ali B Couples special day, sharing lots of wedding wisdom this winter. I am extremely excited I am able to to do that and I hope brides and grooms find it inspirational when planning their wedding.

Today I wanted to do something a little different and start a Motherhood category on the blog. I know you all know my kiddos. They are the joy in my life and I just love sharing their cuteness… See.. I mean.. Look at them!

But in all seriousness, I am going to share posts in this section not just of my kiddos, but kiddos I get to meet throughout the years as well! To start, I am sharing my 10 favorite photos that I have taken of kiddos to inspire you to pick up your camera and shoot away! You do not need a professional camera to get amazing photos of your children!

  1. Let them make a mess. I love it when my kids are laughing so hard and making a mess…Deep down..I really do not love the mess, but I love their laughter and pure joy when they throw all their blankets on the floor and their stuffed “friends” When they do this, they almost always pretend to sleep. So grab the camera and get the shot! It’s not all the time they place nice together.

2. Reading– Henry has a love for books! He will stop what he is doing at any time during the day to sit down and read. I caught him sitting on Ethan’s bed reading a book from our little library. I saw him and loved how the light was on him I had to grab a photo. If he saw me taking this picture he would have probably moved and told me “No Picture”. So, try to sneak it for the best candid!

3. Sleeping– When I get both of my kids to sleep at the same time I feel like supermom! I work during that time but I do spend some time just watching them. Ethan is 4 1/2 and he is just the sweetest. I mean look at him sleeping. Sneak in a photo of a nap so you can cherish it forever! Especially when they no longer nap as they get older.

4. Adventure– Everyday is an adventure with kiddos! You can use your phone and capture awesome photos. ( There are some cell phone shots in this post- can you tell what ones??)

5. At the hospital- After having a baby I know you want to savor each moment! Bring your camera and have visitors snap a few for you if you can’t do it. The hospital (Fresh 48) photos are always my favorites.

6. Being Playful– Dress them up and take them out! Here was a fun sister moment that I just so happened to catch….!

7. Jumping Puddles– Get the rain boots on and get outside! Let them go to town in the puddles! They will love you for it!

8. Focus on the details– Look at their hands. Are they chunky? Do you just love their little hand dimples? I am sure you do! So capture them! When they can have a prop- like a toy or leaves as this photos has, its lets them play and they will “show” you what they got giving you time to grab that photo and not have it be blurry.

9. Silhouette by the window– Here we had a sleep over with a friend and it was snowing outside. The boys were playing at the window and watching the snow fall. They looked so cute standing there and it came out to be a dark photo I turned black and white.


10. Love– Capturing the love they have for other kids/siblings is just the cutest! When they show their love to someone try to capture those moments. They happen way too quickly! You will love that you have those images.