The Notari Family | Bedford, NH

The Notari Family | Bedford, NH

Sessions like these just MELT MY SOUL! This family was so much fun to be around, I did not want our session to end! The kids, Benjamin and Sophie were the sweetest things who were so happy to have their photos taken! Little Benjamin had some great ideas on where to stand and what shots to get. He was a great helper! Sophie had just celebrated her 3rd birthday the day before our session so I was thrilled to capture her 3 year old photos for mom and dad. She was not wanting to be in the photos alone, but she was so happy to have mom and dad with her for most of her birthday photos!

Now. if you know me, you guys all know I love love love details! Hannah asked me to capture something very important to her during our session that made me tear up. You see, she is wearing 3 rings on her finger. Each ring represents her babies. The baby that is due in October is their rainbow baby but she wears these rings because even though one baby is not physically with her, they are with her in spirit and she always wants to have them near. The rings have Benjamin and Sophie’s name on them, a due date from baby #3 and once this little bundle arrives, she will add on another ring. Isn’t this the sweetest thing?! I just love it so much and I am so happy she told me about this so that I could capture these precious memories for her.

So, I bet you wanna know what they are having…. I do too! But! We will have to wait! Hannah and Robert decided that since they found out the gender for their first 2 kiddos, they want to be surprised for this new baby. When they told me this, as much as I want to know, I appreciated this decision as this is what we did for Ethan and Henry! The surprise of finding out the gender the day you meet them is such a gift and THE BEST surprise! I for sure thought that Henry was a girl and when they said he was a boy I was shocked but still so amazing and so happy. Whoever this little one is, I pray that he or she is healthy and safe and that they give mom an easy and “pain free” (if it can be pain free) delivery.

Hannah, Robert, Benjamin and Sophie, thank you so much for spending the night with me, making me laugh and caputre all these amazing moments of your family before your littlest is here. It is so amazing to see the love you all have for one another and when you look at these photos, you will see just that coming from everyone. So. Much. Love! I am so excited to meet your newest baby and I hope that you can treasure these next few weeks together as a family of 4 before you are a family of 5! I can not wait to see you all again! Here are some of my favorites from our session together. I hope you love these as much as I do! xoxo.

The Liberti Extended Family Session | Wakefield, MA

The Liberti Extended Family Session | Wakefield, MA

The month of July flew by! This was the month that I opened back up for sessions and I am so thankful for everyone who has booked with me! I got to see so many new and old faces from the Ali B Family and it just makes me so happy that year after year I watch them all grow!

I have photographed this extended family for the past few years! I’ve seen these little ones when they were all in their mommies tummies still and look at them now! So big!!! I had the best time visiting all of them and I am already looking forward to next year! Their personalities all shine in these photos and I am so excited to share them with you.

Andrea, Stevie, Veronica, Jacob, Lindsay, Michael, TJ, Lilly, Trey and Kristin- Phew! That was a lot of names 🙂 Thank you for having me at your home to capture this season for you! I always look forward to seeing you guys and I love that it’s an annual gift to your parents. The best gifts ever!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you all soon! I hope you love your photos! Here are just a few of my favorites!

The Duffy Family Gender Reveal | Bedford, NH

The Duffy Family Gender Reveal | Bedford, NH

June has been a month of baby talk! A few weeks ago I shot THIS beautiful Maternity Session. Then, I received an email from a friend of mine that they were having a birthday parade for their daughter, Ellie who was turning 2 along with a small gathering for a gender reveal at their home. I planned to go to both the birthday parade and gender reveal with the kids and I asked her if she wanted me to bring my camera along! She responded how much of a gift that would be, so the kiddos, my camera and I went to celebrate!

It was really sweet to see the little birthday girl and her mama’s baby bump! At 11 weeks, its showing slightly and its adorable! Close friends gathered around after the parade as mom and dad popped a balloon revealing the gender of their new baby coming soon!

Congratulations Duffy family! I am so excited for you! Ellie is going to be the BEST big sister!! <3

Ashley and Jesse Maternity Session | Londonderry, NH

Ashley and Jesse Maternity Session | Londonderry, NH

 

 

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!!

The Front Porch Project | Bedford, NH

The Front Porch Project | Bedford, NH

“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 alibphotography.info@gmail.com**