A Magical Mother’s Day

 

When Liz reached out in October of 2017  looking for a portrait session for her foster daughter, she explained to me how Gisele came into her life. Gisele was born extremely premature, weighing  1 pound 14oz suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, and withdrawing from cocaine and heroin. It would be a long road to recovery. Her parents were dealing with their own struggle with addiction and found it difficult to visit their incapacitated newborn. When she was 5 months old she was strong enough to be transferred to another facility for post-acute care. 

Liz had always dreamed of becoming a mom, but shortly before meeting Gisele she was told it was not medically possible. Devastated, she put her focus on her work as the director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston. She had always had a deep love for children and getting over the fact she would never biologically have one of her own, she hadn’t even considered adopting at this point. That was until one day a nurse pulled out of the elevator as Liz was walking by with Gisele and locked her big blue eyes on to Liz and it became love at first sight. After spending as much time as possible with Gisele during work and well after her shifts were over, watching her grow stronger by the day. It was becoming clear that at some point she would be released from treatment without a home to go to. With her huge heart, already established bond and pediatric background, Liz was the perfect candidate to foster her. 

Being her foster mother was everything to Liz, but adoption was never a guarantee. There was still a strong chance she could end up reunited with her birth parents. Liz wanted professional images created of their time together to show their history regardless of the outcome. It was important to preserve this time in history they had created together. We decided doing a home session would be best. This way I could create some portraits of the two of them at a nearby park and capture their life together at home. Like Giseles’ favorite past time of unrolling the TP in the bathroom. Her baby room was beautifully decorated and it was clear how much Liz loved and doted on her.


 

Over the next year, Liz and I kept in touch a bit, telling me her desire and hope that adoption would be coming soon. In Early October of 2018, I received a very exciting email that the adoption hearing has been set and would I please photograph it for them as well as their family party a few weeks later. I was already booked up for the month, but I worked my magic to make sure I could be there for both. It was already an honor to be a part of their story, how could I say no!

During the hearing, there wasn’t a dry eye in the courtroom. The honorable Judge Gershengorn, who presided over the case had everyone sit after she entered but she remained standing in honor of Liz and the amazing task she was taking on. It was a moment very much earned by Liz and one that I will never forget. Many of Gisele’s caseworkers and Liz’s extended family including Gisele’s new cousins, made the long drive down to the south shore courthouse for the big day. During the family party, it was clear what an amazing community Gisele was going to grow up with. She will never be without an abundance of love. 

About a month later the Boston Globe reached out to use some of the adoption images as they were going to be doing a featured story on Liz and Gisele. The Today Show aired an interview with them, little did we know how far and wide the story would spread inquires started pouring in. CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, and People.com,  just to name a few of many. Then there were the fan letters since my name was tied to the images, Liz and I established a media vetting system. I know she was overwhelmed with the light suddenly shining brightly on her and wanted to be as much help as I could. It was both overwhelming and exciting. 

A few weeks ago I reached out to check in with her as it was starting to quiet down on my end. I invited her back into the studio for a little mother-daughter session as it’s already been six months since the adoption. It was so great to catch up with her and to see how much Gisele has grown, at almost three there is little “baby” left of her, replaced by this incredibly bright, happy and very busy toddler. I am incredibly honored to be their family photographer and call Liz my friend. 

Happy Mother’s Day Liz! You are truly an inspiration. 

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 – 2018 Studio Pet Portraits –

 

30 Minute Studio Session – Pets only

 

Session Fee $99

 

Prints & Digital Files are additional and start at $24. 

Holiday Gift Deadline – 12/15 – Gift Cards Available.

 

Space is limited. Book Now!

 

Halloween 2018 – Evie as Hermione Granger

“I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!” – Hermione Granger

My favorite thing in the world is planning styled sessions with my kiddo. She really does put so much thought into her character and there is no better character to represent who Evie is right now than Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She is calculated and studious, a rule follower for sure, but also kind, caring and oh so brave when she needs to be. Some days I think she is seven going on thirty-seven. A huge thanks for our friend over at Hive and Forge in Salem, MA for letting us use your amazing new space. We are so excited to see where this journey will take you. We are also grateful for Wynotts Wands and Searles Castle for letting us pop in on a whim and make some quick images for this fun project. 

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2018 Glitter Mini Sessions

 

 

 11/17 & 11/18

Glitter is my favorite color! This is a limited sparkletastic event! 

$199 with a la carte product options

Location: In studio – Lowell, MA

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Custom Holiday Card & Product Design

Please inquire for a full pricing list


Potato Press Holiday Cards

We care about your child’s future our paper press products are derived from potatoes! Not only protecting the trees of our world, but creating a beautiful velvety paper with a luxurious texture and vivid colors. Your friends and family will love displaying these keepsakes. Every card is hand designed during our meeting together and come with envelopes. 

 

Bamboo Ornaments

Printed on sustainable bamboo for an eco-friendly gift with a natural, vintage look.

Great way to document holidays every year.


 

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2018 Mini Sessions

We have a fun year planned for our fall mini sessions. Foliage mini sessions will be the weekend of October 6 & 7 and the always popular Christmas tree farm mini sessions will be November 3 & 4. We moved them up a couple weeks in hopes it’s a bit warmer and also so clients can get their holiday cards out by Thanksgiving. I don’t want to spill the beans yet, but we have an AMAZING new tree set up. I just want to make sure the pieces fall into place. 

New this season is our glitter session! Who doesn’t like a good sparkly glittertastic holiday session! We will do a mix of glitter tossing and classic portraits. 

Lastly, our studio sessions can be booked at any time between now and December 10th. Full holiday decor will be up the first week in November. However, weekends are filling up fast and will be gone soon. We are going with a forest theme set and have our new simple natural light white box corner that we built this spring. As always we have simple props allowing for the focus of the image be on the subjects. 

The session fee is $199 with the option to purchase digital files, prints, and holiday cards a la carte when we meet to look through the photos together after the session. This is our third year with this post-session reveal and I can’t tell you how many times clients have said it takes the stress of choosing the photos, trying to decide what to do with them. I love being able to help clients choose what is best for them, which can be an overwhelming process. 


$199 Session Fee


Tree Farm

November 3 & 4 – Sterling, MA

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Glitter

November 17 & 18

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Studio

Now through 12/10 – Lowell, MA

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BOOK NOW!!!

 


2018 Studio Mini Sessions

 

 

Now Threw 12/10

Decorated holiday tree goes up the first week of November 

$199 with a la carte product options

Location: Lowell, MA

Inquire below


Custom Holiday Card & Product Design

Please inquire for a full pricing list


Potato Press Holiday Cards

We care about your child’s future our paper press products are derived from potatoes! Not only protecting the trees of our world, but creating a beautiful velvety paper with a luxurious texture and vivid colors. Your friends and family will love displaying these keepsakes. Every card is hand designed during our meeting together and come with envelopes. 

 

Bamboo Ornaments

Printed on sustainable bamboo for an eco-friendly gift with a natural, vintage look.

Great way to document holidays every year.


 

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2018 Tree Farm Mini Sessions

 

 

November 3 & 4

$199 with a la carte product options

Location: Sterling, MA

Inquire below


Custom Holiday Card & Product Design

Please inquire for a full pricing list


Potato Press Holiday Cards

We care about your child’s future our paper press products are derived from potatoes! Not only protecting the trees of our world, but creating a beautiful velvety paper with a luxurious texture and vivid colors. Your friends and family will love displaying these keepsakes. Every card is hand designed during our meeting together and come with envelopes. 

 

Bamboo Ornaments

Printed on sustainable bamboo for an eco-friendly gift with a natural, vintage look.

Great way to document holidays every year.


 

Posted by: In: Mini Sessions 26 Aug 2018 0 comments

2018 Foliage Mini Sessions

 

 

October 6, 7 & 20

$199 with a la carte product options

Location: Chelmsford, MA

Inquire below


Custom Holiday Card & Product Design

Please inquire for a full pricing list


Potato Press Holiday Cards

We care about your child’s future our paper press products are derived from potatoes! Not only protecting the trees of our world, but creating a beautiful velvety paper with a luxurious texture and vivid colors. Your friends and family will love displaying these keepsakes. Every card is hand designed during our meeting together and come with envelopes. 

 

Bamboo Ornaments

Printed on sustainable bamboo for an eco-friendly gift with a natural, vintage look.

Great way to document holidays every year.


 

During our birthday glitter session with Evie, a Chronicle reporter stopped by our studio as they were doing a Hidden Gems piece on Mill No. 5. I was, of course, not prepared to be on the other side of the camera but thrilled we were photographing our own kiddo showing off all her awesome. If you have yet to check out Mill. No. 5, I highly recommend it. We have a great cafe, independent theater, yoga studio, record shop, my very own {ok not just my own} cheesemonger, a 50’s style soda fountain, plus many other amazing shops run by equally amazing humans. If you want to check out more of Evie’s birthday session, go here