You may be thinking, ” What?! I didn’t know Alex does maternity sessions!!” and you would be correct! I usually do not get to shoot maternity sessions however, long story short, I was contacted by a photographer friend Veronique Photography who reached out to see if I was available to take this session on as she was not able to, and I was! I am so glad I was able to capture this season of Ashley and Jesse’s lives before they welcome their little boy in July.
With lots of chatting back and forth we decided to have their session at Mac’s Apples in Londonderry! I am so thankful they were open to coming to this location. It was such a beautiful place with lots of areas on their grounds we were able to go to and the light was perfect! The night was perfect for a session and I just loved getting to know them and seeing how cute that little bump is!
As I scroll through these images I can’t help but remember being pregnant with Ethan and then again with Henry and wondering how our lives would change when we had one, and then again when we had another. Nothing could have prepared me for the joy that we were about to experience then. Taking these portraits felt so different after experiencing pregnancy myself and I loved it! I don’t miss not being able to see my feet or the sleepless nights and indigestion, but I do miss feeling the movement and kicks inside of me. It’s just such a miracle and a precious season that deserves to be captured! I hope that one day Ashley and Jesse’s sweet baby boy will love seeing these portraits of his momma and daddy together before he was born!!! Enjoy some of my favorites!!
It is easy to forget to say Thank you. It is easy to look past all these things we have and take them for granted. This time being home with my family, not rushing out the door for anything, Not having a all kinds of activities and parties and school and… you get the idea…. has really opened our eyes to ALL the things!! THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!
Everyday we see on the news of our health care workers on the line, working directly next to patients with COVID-19. They are risking their lives to help save others and go home to their family ( some are isolated from their family) potentially putting them at risk. It is scary for them, I am sure, but they love their jobs and they show up to work everyday.
I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to these wonderful health care workers in the Ali B Family. These Ali B Brides ( and Ali B Groom) are my HEROS!!!! If I could stand out side of their work holding banners and making lots and lots of noise for them I would! (Wearing a mask, of course!) And so, without further ado, here are your Ali B Bride/Groom Heroes!
I have officially entered the season of life where business is picking up fast! I kicked off the wedding season with this engagement session in Bedford, NH with Liz and Raffa! Guys! I am not kidding when I say that it down-poured all day leading up to this session! We were checking the weather hour by hour because they traveled from CT. to NH and this was the only day we were able to schedule their session!
Well, as you can see the rain stopped in time for their session and we were able to keep it on! I loved getting to know these two! I asked Liz how they met during out first initial inquiry email and she said ” Raffaele (Raffa) and I met at a craft beer lovers MeetUp event in Connecticut in August 2017. He is from Italy, which means he has an adorable accent, so right away I was weak in the knees. We bonded over the fact that we’re both nerds (my background is in astrophysics and I teach physics now, he’s an engineer, we both love video games, etc.). I taught him how to play (and win!) a game of bean bags. After a few hours of tasting craft beer and flirting, he asked me if I wanted to go get dinner. On our way out to our cars, he grabbed me and kissed me! It was so unexpected but magical! We went to dinner and then went for a walk on the waterfront. Right away I knew this man was special and I wasn’t going to let him go.” I just love this! It is amazing to me how everyone has their own amazing story of how they met and the rest is history!
Liz & Raffa have an amazing year from moving into their first home, traveling to Italy before the wedding and then getting married! I am so excited for their wedding this September in Maine and I can not wait to hear all about their new home and their trip! xo
You guys! I am back from a mini trip to NJ with my family and I am catching up a bit on #allthethings! Allison and Daniel’s engagement session at Duxbury Beach was nothing short of perfect! The day was just beautiful to be outside and and enjoy the weather and each others company. From the start of our session I knew I was going to just love them, and I was so right! It felt like I already knew them even though this was the first time I’ve met them! They listened to my silly idea’s and had no problem with any pose I gave them! I even had them get into the ocean for a few photos…which was FREEZING by the way!
I asked them to tell me all about their engagement and the story was actually really funny! It made for amazing laughs and a bit of confusion when I learned that Dan left the ring in the passenger pocket in his car for almost TWO WEEKS! He said that was the only place Allison wouldn’t have found it, and he was right!
I can not wait to celebrate with them at the end of this month for Allison’s best friends wedding day and then again for their wedding day! I love the Pavilion at Pinehills where they will be getting married this November!
Allison and Daniel, Thank you for sending the day with me for your engagement session! I had so much fun and I hope you guys did too! I hope Dan had a happy birthday, the next day! ( I can’t believe that didn’t come up in conversation!) Looking forward to November!!! Here are just a few favorites from your engagement session! xoxo
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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.