COVID-19 can’t keep us from having fun! I started the Front Door Project around the same time as many photographers around the world and I can not believe how much this project has been welcomed by so many families in the area! You can see my first blog post HERE. Once I shared that post, my inbox was full of other families who were hoping to have the same photo experience during this isolating time of a pandemic. I am not kidding when I tell you this whole project has brought me so much joy, even if its only for 3 minutes far away from a smiling family! I love the smiles, I love the creativity and I just love seeing these final images that I get to deliver to these families. It’s so crazy to hear from many of them that they had never had a professional family portrait taken of them all together. I am so thrilled to be apart of this project, capturing loved ones together. Here is the second blog of my Front Door Project. I hope these make you smile.
Theses photos are free, however if you would like to make a donation we have been supporting the Greg Hill Foundation. As many of you know my husband is an operations director for the 99 restaurants and with many employees not able to be at work during this time, this foundation means a lot to us.
“The purpose of this project is to bring us together when we might feel isolated. I aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop or at the gym. Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in [Bedford].These days are challenging for every single one of us. As we stay at home to hopefully limit the spread of COVID-19, we lose the unspoken connections we shared by simply being out-and-about in town.But even if we are separated, we are together.”- Cara Soulia
With all that has been going on in the world right now, we have been trying to keep ourselves busy with a schedule. No not a schedule, a check list. I’ve attempted the schedule and it just did not work for us. So, since I love me some paper and a sharpie marker, I’ve been making us check lists daily. Things that have been on our check list include: checking in with Ethan’s class on google classroom, ABC mouse has offered 2 free months of their program, so the boys have been enjoying that, science projects, walks, bike rides and scooter rides, nature walks, scavenger hunts and of course, crossing off my list of to do’s for my business and let me just say, crushing those goals!
After seeing all of the breaking news about the Coronavirus I have been wanting ways to get out of the house for fresh air and some social distancing since it definitely helps break up the days. We have participated in a town wide shamrock scavenger hunt, a bear hunt and sidewalk chalk messages in our neighborhood and the Front Porch Portrait Project. The Front Porch Portrait Project was started by a photographer in Newton, MA and since has been traveling around the world bringing joy to many photographers and families. When I saw this project was taking place in different states, I knew I wanted to bring it here to Bedford, NH.
I posted in our neighborhood facebook group about this project and I could not believe the positive feedback I had received from everyone! I opened it up to start with my neighborhood and my bible study group from our church, Bethany Covenant Church. I started a private Facebook Group for everyone who expressed interest in joining me in this project and from there, chose a few dates from the past week and got busy creating my routes and travel times. I had captured photos of over 35 families in 3 days! I had everyone provide me with their cell phone number so that I was able to text them when I was on my way and when I was out front of their home. I used my 70-200mm lens and I stayed close to my car / at the edge of the lawn with more than 6ft. distance from one another. I am telling you that this project made me so excited. I put jeans on and make up each day I had these planned and I felt more awake than I had in the last 2 weeks of staying home. The boys came with me for the ride to visit the families but they did not get out of the car. Ethan even did some video and photos of me behind the scenes working from a distance and I am so proud of his skills!
This brought me so much joy. I absolutely loved seeing how creative people were and I loved getting to see them and talk to them all from a distance. I am excited for the time when we can have family sessions that are longer than 5 minutes and I can get a little closer to capture those special details, but this brought joy to me and everyone involved. Thank you Bedford!! Stay Safe! xoxo
** If anyone in the BEFORD, NH area would like to join this project with me, please let me know! You can fill out a contact form here or send me an email email@example.com**
I can not believe it has been 6 months since I last saw this family for Aiden’s newborn session! It is 100% true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. Before I knew it, February was approaching and I knew we needed to get this 6 month photo session in before their little features were not so little anymore! A few weeks ago I went back to their house and we had our session together capturing those candid lifestyle moments and I have to say, I just love sessions like this! This was so laid back, mom Breann was amazing handling her big kid, little kid and fur baby. She’s a natural! I loved catching up with her about life and hearing all of the little milestones Aiden has been achieving!
He was such a good baby during our session, fully idolizing his brother and not minding at all when his dog would walk on him. He is just starting to sit up but mom said he still needs assistance. We attempted to see if he could sit up on his own toward the end of our session and sure enough, HE DID IT! He mastered sitting up and I was there to see it! I was so proud and so excited I got to be there to capture those moments for mom and dad!
I am so excited to see them again for Aiden’s 1st Birthday session! Breann, TJ, Owen and Aiden, thank you so much, again for opening up your home to me to capture this first year of Aiden with you! He is going to have so many new milestones happening within the next few months and when I see you all again, I am so excited to see the difference just 6 more months make! Owen, thanks for keeping me on my toes and always laughing! You are such a great big brother! It is so clear that Aiden looks up to you so much already! Here are just a few of my favorites from out session together! xo.
Well, February vacation has come to an end and it’s back to school on Monday for Ethan. We did not have any trips planned but we made the most of it traveling around close to home on our “Staycation” and I have to say we had so much fun!!
With no real plans until the night before each day of the week, we came up with some good stuff!
Monday- Boston Childrens Museum. We went to the Childrens Museum with our friends Danielle, Porter and Sawyer! It was so much fun. They had never been there before so that was nice taking our time through each of the rooms so the kids could explore. It was 61 outside which was just so perfect so after we were there for about 2 hours, we went outside and grabbed some lunch ( at the Shake Shack… SO GOOD….. Didn’t eat dinner..) then went back to the museum area and played outside at the playground that is there. Martin’s Playground is so nice! We can not wait to go back there when the weather gets warmer to spend time on the playground, walk around and just enjoy being outside! The kids all fell asleep on the way back home and I got to listen to a podcast! 🙂
Tuesday- Walked around the Mall, got hair cuts in the AM then we went to Altitude Trampoline Park with our friends and The Thirsty Moose for dinner.
Wednesday- We had no plans other than I knew the kids needed a NAP so BAD! So we got in the car around 11:00am with napping in my mind. (sometimes car naps is all I can do) so I get down the street and Ethan is already asleep. Henry fell asleep about 10 mins later. I KNEW IT!! I know when my kids are exhausted and need naps! Well, since they were sleeping and they usually wake up when the car stops, I kept driving. The next thing I knew I was driving to Hampton Beach! We LOVE the beach! I don’t care if everything is closed down and its cold. Just that salty air and sound of the ocean was worth the drive. We needed it. When the kids woke up, they were so excited to be there! We went on the play ground, we walked the beach a little bit- found some shells and rocks. Ethan could have done that for hours! He loved it!! Henry… well…he was cold….
Thursday- We had our friends over for a little bit in the morning! The kids had a great time playing and I had a great time catching up with their mom! We chatted all about the Bachelor and yestday we had our own WTA viewing party! Julie came over with her baby girl, Katherine and we chatted the whole time and had to rewind the show during some moments but for the most part, I am going to watch the Lauren Zima Roses’ and Rose recap on Youtube TODAY! It’s so funny and I love Tuesdays because of it!
Friday- We spend several hours at the Library! We got there and we knew some of the moms and kids that were already there. Ethan got to make slime with their STEM learning staff which was great because I have tried to make slime with him and I will NEVER try that again, so if someone else is making it, and its not at my house…. I am all for it! That stuff IMO is a messsssss!!!!! 🙂
So here are some images from our week long staycation! Hope you can see the joy in the kids faces while we were out doing all the things! Next year during their school vacation in February I am really wanting to take them to DISNEY for the first time…..! How amazing would that be?! and We would most likely be there with the whole town of Bedford, NH since it seemed like everyone was there!
BOSTON CHILDRENS MUSEUM:
THIS IS HENRY… DRESSES HIMSELF…. SOMETHING IS ALWAYS INSIDE OUT AND BACKWARDS: ( Also, He is 2 1/2 and wearing 4T clothing…)
HENRY WILL NOT WEAR JACKETS IN THE WINTER…. I DON’T UNDERSTAND!
IT WAS COLD AND WINDY ON THE BEACH SO SOMEONE AGREED TO WEAR HIS JACKET AGAIN!
GROCERY SHOPPING WITH TWO CHILDREN…SEND HELP:
PLAYDATE WITH PHILIP, JULIE AND KATHERINE! WE ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN!
THE BEDFORD NH LIBRARY:
HENRY ALWAYS TAKES BIG BOOKS OF THE SHELVES AND TRIES TO READ THEM. THESE ARE THE TWO HE PICKED…
ETHAN THE SLIME MAKER who only makes slime when it is not at our house!
Kicking off 2020 with the Lund Family! You guys this was my last family session of 2019 and I am thrilled I was able to spend it with these guys! I have worked with Jordan from Jordecor a few times over the years, and if you do not already follow her, you need to! She is an influencer on social media platforms and teaches all things decor! She shares real life stuff and her creative heart is amazing!!! I just love everything that she creates!
Their session was in time for Christmas photos, and they had a bonus where there was still some snow on the ground! With a few Christmas card perfect photos, they also added on a little 2020 surprise toward the end of our session! Being as creative as Jordan is, not only did they look amazing with their coordinated outfits, she went out and got a few things to celebrate the new year! The best is that they do not need to stress about getting their cards out in time for Christmas, they can send out Happy New Year cards instead! I loved this idea and I love how these all came out. I loved getting to spend some time with the whole family and I am excited to see how their cards came out for this year!
Jordan, Ben, Griffin and Autumn, Thanks for much for braving the cold to get a few family portraits from 2019! I am so honored you chose me to capture your family photos and I hope you love them as much as I do! Happy New Year! xo.
It feels like the year of baby girls! I have had several newborn sessions this year and all of them were little ladies who just stole my heart! This beautiful family invited me to their home for a lifestyle newborn session and I am so thankful! Big Brother Ben was so cute snuggling on his new sister Emily for some parts of our session. He even busted out some adorable dance moves! Emily is absolutely the sweetest and at 7 days new, she was awake for most of our time together. These photos are timeless. It’s just so crazy to see how much babies and kids grow each day. Everyday is new and having these moments captured in your home is a wonderful way to keep these precious memories forever.
Kristy, Jeff, Benjamin and Emily, Thanks so much for spending the day with me! I had so much fun getting to know you guys and meeting baby Emily. She is absolutely precious! She and Ben are so lucky to have parents like you! I hope you love your photos as much as I do! It’s always so hard for me to choose my favorites so here is a sneak peek of a bunch of the photos I love! Can’t wait to see you guys again soon! xo.
LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
The true beauty of lifestyle newborn photography is that there are really no boundaries of what the sessions should be like. There are no rules, set poses or perfect timing. Each family is different and so the end result is different as well. It’s unique as it should be because it portrays each family’s story in a real and honest way. Don’t ever feel like you are too late to capture your baby’s photos. There are no set rules. Babies are beautiful in every phase and the moments are too precious and fleeting to be missed.