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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Posted by: In: Life with Evie 26 Jun 2018 1 comment

Happy Birthday Evie P!

Dear Evelyn, 

Getting the opportunity to be your mom is by far my greatest accomplishment. You are such a kind and passionate little diplomat. A people pleaser for sure, but knows how to fight for what you want and to stand up for others. Your dad and I are so incredibly proud of you!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your mom. I love you with everything I have and lucky to be your Mama, glitter girl, may you always shine brightly.

Love, Mama


While these words are not my own, I couldn’t have said it better:

Rules to teach your daughter – Unknown Source

1. Make your bed every day, even if it’s right before you get in it. 
2. You don’t have to wear underwear… if you’re in an accident they’ll just cut your clothes off anyway. 
3. Travel light through life. Keep only what you need.
4. It’s okay to cry when you’re hurt. It’s also okay to smash (some) things; but, wash your face, clean your mess, and get up off the floor when you’re done. You don’t belong down there.
5. If you’re going to curse, be clever. If you’re going to curse in public, know your audience.
6. Seek out the people and places that resonate with your soul.
7. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
8. 5-second rule. It’s just dirt. There are worse things in a fast food cheeseburger.
9. You are a woman, you do not NEED a man!
10. Happiness is not a permanent state. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse these.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack your bag.
12. Never walk through an alley.
13. Be less sugar, more spice, and only as nice as you’re able to without compromising yourself.
14. Can’t is a cop-out. 
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard. Then be your own hero.
16. If you can’t smile with your eyes, don’t smile. Insincerity is nothing to aspire to.
17. Never lie to yourself.
18. Your body, your rules.
19. If you have an opinion, you better know why.
20. Practice your passions. 
21. Ask for what you want. The worst thing they can say is no. 
22. Wish on stars and dandelions, then get to work to make them happen.
23. Stay as sweet as you are.
24. Fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, art, music, literature, food and far-off places.
25. Fall hard and forever in love with nothing but yourself.
26. Say Please, Thank You, and Pardon Me, whenever the situation warrants it.
27. Reserve “I’m sorry” for when you truly are.
28. Naps are for grown-ups, too.
29. Question everything, except your own intuition. 
30. You have enough. You are enough.
31. You are amazing! Don’t let anyone ever make you feel you are not. If someone does….walk away. You deserve better.
32. No matter where you are, you can always come home.
33. Be happy and remember your roots, family is EVERYTHING.
34. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
35. No one will ever love you more than I do.
36. Be kind; treat others how you would like them to treat you.
37. If in doubt, remember whose daughter you are and straighten your crown.


We just wrapped our 2017 tree farm mini sessions and they were a huge success. It was a bit cold, but no wind and great light all day. I’m so excited to share the images with my fabulous clients. Seeing most of them use them for holiday cards and gifts I try not to share too many. There was also a new first. Evie has begged us to take her on more shoots and we finally felt she was mature enough to handle it, though I have to admit I was a bit nervous. She’s in the studio often when I have shoots, but this was all day outside. Not only did she do great she was so helpful! She eventually got board outside so she went to the gift shop and helped them put pricing stickers on their ornaments as they prepare to open for the season.  It was pretty amazing and definitely a turning point in the adventures of parenting. I’m just wondering where that little baby I had not long ago went. We started the day with testing out our sets and lighting and ended the day with messy hair and a perfect sunset. We can’t wait to go pick out our tree in a few weeks. Thank you, Evergreen Farm for allowing us to host our annual mini sessions and allowing me the chance to create these images of my not-so-baby. 

Posted by: In: Life with Evie 29 Aug 2017 0 comments

This summer was nothing short of amazing. We got to do some traveling and indulged in Evie’s love for science. Her birthday kicked off summer vacation and two days in she flew to California to spend some time with my parents traveling in their VW weekender. They stopped in Yosemite, La Brea Tar Pits, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, the Jelly Belly Factory and the Rosie Riveter Museum where she got to meet real riveters. This was all before hopping on another plane to meet up with us in Hawaii for a corporate event Rich was hired to photograph.  Through earning her own money through her craft business Phat Pony she was able to experience a life long dream of swimming with dolphins. After the gig was done we trecked around the Big Island, snorkeling with sea turtles, climbing volcanoes and waterfalls, seeing some planets and stars from the observatory and a very very long flight back to Boston. We spent the rest of the summer collecting backpacks for The Wish Project, helping the humane society create a baby animal calendar and making a plan for her upcoming fall Phat Pony booth. She’s going to be raising money so she can go to the STEM afterschool program at Girls Inc. Our mother daughter date we spent the day at the Boston Museum of Science and witnesses the amazing eclipse at the EcoTarieum.  

Right now she’s big on science. We probably watched every episode ever of Bill Nye the Science Guy twice. Her first day of school outfit is inspired by him and in our house refers to him by first name.  She insisted on a bow tie and lab coat. The glasses to make her more ‘sciencey’. We were in the fabric store and came across the most perfect science girl fabric and just HAD to make a twirly skirt out of it. 

I worked so much when she was little little, I’m grateful to take a little step back this summer and spend some quality time together. However, I think we are all ready to get back to a  structured routine. Last year I was a sobbing mess, however, I’m looking forward to wrapping up some loose projects and prepare for the crazy fall is for the studio. Evie, on the other hand, wishes it was summer forever. She was very anxious about starting today. More about being away from us than anything. She has her BFFs from last year in her class and I know she is going to have a blast. I can’t wait to hear about it when she gets home this afternoon. 



Let Them Eat Cake!!


On a warm summer day, a project that had been in the making for over year was unfolding before our eyes. Evelyn our almost five year old was in the limelight of pageantry as we dressed her up as the queen of France – Marie Antoinette.

The idea started with a tearful hair brushing episode and a box of fabric I’ve stashed away from the age of 12. Coincidentally, the fabric was given to me by my great grandmother Naoma, Evie’s middle namesake. We all loved the waist length ringlets that bounced behind here, but that was a lot of managing for it to not completely dreadlock through the course of the day.  She was asking to cut it off. My mothering + memory hoarder were kicked into overdrive. She would be turning 5 in a few months and knew I needed to do an epic shoot that visually  illustrated the mental expression of a preschooler, all while playing tribute to her baby curls. After tossing some ideas back and forth with my husband, Rich – talking about the things she loves: playing princess and eating cake. The project became clear … “Let Them Eat Cake”.

So I presented the idea to Evie for her 5th birthday shoot. She had one condition, that we design and sew her dress together. We started pulling out all my boxes of fabric and found the box that my great grandmother, (who taught me to sew), had given me along with some lace and buttons from Rich’s grandmother (also coincidentally, Evelyn’s first namesake). I’ve been saving them for something ‘special’ and I knew this was it. Evie got started on drawing things out and I started building her custom dress form. Trying on material and pinning fabric on a 5 year old for hours wasn’t going to go very far, so the extra step of a dressform was essential. It was actually really fun to make, especially duct taping her to create her body double.

After a couple of months of working on it with her after school, our masterpiece was complete. There was just enough fabric left over to create a matching hat.  With the dress done, it was time to plan the set for the shoot. Evie again helped with this part, drawing what she thought would be the scenery. We took inspiration from the 2006 Sofia Coppola movie. Thanks to youtube and being able to only watch  only kid appropriate scenes. We also only loosely told her what happens at the end. That will be a conversation for much later. 

In the meantime, I worked on borrowing props, making a dog sized powder wig and finding a bakery to help us with the treats. Luckily the awesome Auntie Ellen’s Creative Confections was more than generous with helping put together the parlor scene. I enlisted our good friend and insanely talented artist Emily Ashman over at The Illustrated Room to create the parlor backdrop.  I know many talented HMUA but there really isn’t anyone  better than Nathan Prescott of Styled by Nathan that could pull off  this insanity quite like him. He was perfect and I was thrilled when he agreed to help with the shoot. Our normally wiggly 4 year old sat through 3 hours of hair and makeup like a champ. She very much played her part as the star.



A special thanks to my wonderful husband who supports these crazy ideas as they come to life, my assistant Steve who went between keeping the talent happy and my ever changing lighting needs and last but not least, Sir Guinness of Lowell who is the most patient dog I’ve ever worked with. Guinness and his dad, Ken, run Serpentine books, our neighbors at Mill No. 5. 

The actual shoot feels like a blur and about a month after the studio shoot we knew Evie would be growing out of the dress quickly so we snagged a beautiful day and headed to The Crane Estate at Castle Hill in Ipswich, MA just to get more images. Why not! 


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Check out these awesome Behind-the-Scene Photos & Video by our good friends Masao, Emily and Mike. 




Posted by: In: Life with Evie 06 Oct 2016 0 comments

Fall is always a crazy time, it’s the busiest time of year for the studio with lots of wedding, family photos, and getting holiday cards and gifts ordered and out to clients. So family time is both rare and sacred. One of our yearly traditions is going to the Topsfield Fair. We allow cotton candy for dinner and staying up late for rides even on a school night [weekends are all booked up]. I usually take a break from my camera, but wanted to try out a new lens so figured it would be a good way to break it in. So happy I did and so glad I have a compliant kid who enjoys having her photo taken. I also wanted to mention the dragon roller coaster is a huge deal. She begged to go on it last year, even though I insisted it was going to be a little scary. They ended up having to stop the ride. As soon as we got there she insisted on going again. “I need to face my fear mom.” Huge smile the whole time, so proud of my girl!

Posted by: In: Life with Evie 07 Sep 2016 0 comments

All week I’ve been asking myself, how did I let this happen? She was just a squishy little peanut folded into my arms, what seemed not that long ago. I know she is beyond ready to spread those wings, , full of energy,  charisma, and wonder. You light up a room as soon as you enter. Leaving her sad little face was heartbreaking. I love watching her grow, but it also means grieving the stages that have come to pass. Motherhood is certainly not for the weak.




Last Sunday [June 12th] we hosted our daughter Evie’s 5th birthday party in our photography studio. I have been planning her first ‘Big 5’ party since I found out I was having a girl. Originally we were going to have it out at the stables she’s spent so much time at other the last few years, however, with the newly developed horse hair allergy that wasn’t an option. She’s very into tea parties and Alice in Wonderland right now, so we figured that was the perfect theme. Many of the other partners at Mill No. 5, which is home to our studio, graciously chipped in to lend props and help style. A huge thanks to Chhavy over at Style this Shindig for bringing my vision come to life. If you are considering a styled event please consider her, she is nothing short of amazing. While I don’t have photos of her actual party, I hired another photographer so I could play host and be a mom for the actual event, here are some pre-party photos we took before the guests arrived.


Posted by: In: Life with Evie 01 Jun 2015 0 comments

It’s not every day your preschool daughter’s best friend turns 4 years old. And the fact we had a rare warm weather Saturday afternoon that we get to enjoy with our friends. Most of the kiddos are parting ways to new schools next year so it was so great to kick back with some of the other mommies I’ve become close with since our kids all started together a couple years ago. Thanks Nancy for hosting such a fun event! 

I’ve been working on my Mother’s Wedding Dress project before I even became a mother myself. Traditions of wearing your mother’s wedding gown is a rare occurrence, but when you are little playing dressups in mama’s dress is a magical experience. Being able to present these to her on her wedding day already makes me emotional.

I photographed these almost a year ago, they got shuffled into our personal pile of photos just as wedding season started and never got around to it. I’m so glad I’m spending mother’s day going through all our family photos and getting them organized, not an easy task with a two photographer family.

Getting to play dressups with my baby girl wearing my wedding dress is something I will never forget. The hat she’s wearing was the hat my mom wore to her wedding. The suitcases belonged to her great great grandmother.  These photos I will cherish forever.