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some more mini-sessions

Friday, November 6th, 2009

We’ve been having such a good time doing these mini-sessions! Check out some recent families:

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It’s always fun to have another photographer as a client. Kim has taken to hiring me for a family portrait around the holidays, after DIY family portraits became difficult with a young child. They had me do a full session on a weekday evening, and then took me out to dinner afterwards. Keep it classy, Kim and family!

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I love the first image of little R chilling in the grass. The moment seems so zen.

The site Kim chose was a great place for photos – Rock Meadow Conservation Area in Belmont, MA.

Last Call for Mini-Sessions!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Rachel will be doing outdoor family portraits until November 8. The New England fall foliage will soon be at its peak; take advantage of this beautiful scenery and get your family portraits done outside in natural light. Since our mini-sessions are outdoors, they are great for children of all ages.

Portraits aren’t limited to families! Colin, a NY-based engineer, used his session for headshots and they turned out great.

There are slots still available for our mini sessions on November 7 and 8. Sign up for your session now to take advantage of this great deal.

what to wear for your fall family session?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

This website has some great suggestions for what to wear for a fall portrait session. I like having people wear tones in the same color palette, but not too matchy-matchy. Check it out!

Autumn 2009

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

This is the first day of autumn! There are only 94 days until Christmas. (Can you believe it?)  This means that it’s time to start planning family portraits so your cards and prints will be available in plenty of time for the holiday season.

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Our autumn portrait promo is here! Mini sessions are our most affordable and efficient option for getting that perfect brag-worthy image to use in holiday greetings, as gifts, or to update the family portrait on your desk at work. Let’s leverage the incredible colors of New England’s autumn while they are in full glory!

The details:

  • Nonrefundable session fee of $125 is for our time and talent.
  • Proof gallery with about 15-20 images from the mini-session.
  • Files, prints, cards, and discs are available for purchase. See sample gallery for prices.
  • These sessions are for everyone!
    • families
    • couples
    • pets (no guarantees!!)
    • headshots
    • Be creative… wear your wedding dress if you want some quick artsy shots in the autumn leaves! Bring your violin if you’re a musician. Bring your kids for a playful leaf fight!

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Saturday, October 24 – Larz Anderson Park (Brookline MA)

NOTE: 10/24 has been RAINED OUT! Those who signed up for a session have been contacted with information about rescheduling options.

Sunday, November 1 – Larz Anderson Park, Brookline MA

Saturday, November 7 – Rock Meadow Conservation Area, Belmont

Sunday, November 8 – Great Meadows Refuge, Concord

Your portrait session will not be confirmed until I have received the session fee as indicated above. Session fee is nonrefundable, but if it turns out you have a change in plans you may gift or sell your spot to someone else.

*If you’re looking for a more in-depth session to include individual portraits of children or extended family groups, please email me to set up a full portrait session.

Weekday sessions at our Lowell MA studio space are also available.

We are available on a couple of dates in October for family sessions in Western Massachusetts (Northampton area). Please inquire with me – rachel at for more information.

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Linus’ family

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Some cute photos from my mini shoot with Linus and family. Our original shoot was interrupted by a broken camera, so we’re in the process of rescheduling. Can’t wait!

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more photos here for 3 weeks.

a mother’s fierce love | Boston portraits by request

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Lisa decided to purchase the collection of images from her photo session last year, so I am going back through and prepping the files for her. What a lovely set of images we got, and what a demonstration of fierce maternal love!

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Brady’s first birthday

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Photos from the party will be online for one month here.

why is custom photography so expensive?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Outside Resource: Why does custom photography cost more?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about custom photography services offered by individuals. There are many reasons for the misunderstanding, but high on the list is the accessibility of camera technology for the masses, and the perception that “digital” means no cost.

My first question is… what are you seeking from family photography? Are you interested in a quick group photo that will appease the relatives and be consistent with the family photos you saw growing up? Do you want a cute or funny image for your annual holiday card? Do you want just a few photos, or a series of images in the location of your choice? Do you want a consistent look with a neutral background and even lighting, or a réportage (more candid) feel to the photos? Do you want to work with someone who will get to know you a bit, or someone who will do their job and take a few photos anonymously?

There is nothing wrong with those people who are only interested in getting a quick family photo where everyone looks ok. This has been the American family portrait tradition since the beginning of time (for the now-hilarious user-submitted results seen in retrospect, check out this website). For the quick and inexpensive portrait, mall studios excel. They have been doing this for years. There are senior portrait houses where you choose a timeslot according to their openings and then go out to sets for photos that are consistent with your peers who went to the same place. You can even do a “boudoir” shoot for a very low front-end cost via Glamour Shots (yes, they’re still around).

While it’s tempting to compare an individual photographer’s custom service with that you might get from a large company like a mall studio who does business based on volume, doing so would demonstrate complete misunderstanding about the type of service an individual photographer offers.

Custom portrait sessions are by nature higher cost to the consumer. You are paying a fee for the time and talent of the photographer, who has spent most of his or her life for years leading up to that point gaining the experience needed to wrangle children, provoke natural and flattering expressions, and give consistent quality of imagery. The photographer has worked his/her schedule around providing great customer service and personalized attention while often keeping a small profit margin in order to continue to be able to offer themselves as a working artist. Custom photographers regularly travel to your home or favorite place, and often have a home-based or local studio space as an alternate.

As a custom photographer, I seek to make images as a collaboration with my subjects. I want the photos to reflect your personality and the place you’re at in life. My desire is to offer a wide range of images that might be the best you have ever had in your life. I’m interested in photographing my clients at milestones (pregnancy, birth, birthdays, anniversaries) but also in the everyday moments that piece together their lives. While custom photography is definitely an investment, it is one you are unlikely to regret.

Outside Resource: Why does custom photography cost more?

quote: “In this example, the time spent per client can range from just under 13 hours to 19 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service.  This is time dedicated only to ONE session.  When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.”

What is custom photography?

Brittany, Mike, and Linus | Jamaica Plain MA family session

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The day my camera broke.

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It has happened before – Canon 5Ds are notorious for having a particular mirror come “unstuck” during use. The last time was in February 2008 right before our wedding when I was in San Francisco photographing an engagement session. The usual jokes about “we broke your camera… for real!” do apply, but those are usually reserved for grandpas as wedding guests flirting with the photographer.

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Anyway, I was in Jamaica Plain MA with Brittany and Mike and their new adorable Linus (what kind of dog again guys?) on a BEAUTIFUL perfect Sunday afternoon. We were about 10 minutes into the session when aforementioned camera broke. Luckily, I was able to do a few more images with Brittany’s Canon rebel before rescheduling to complete the shoot on another day.

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hello, Kieran!

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

One of the perks I provide for my wedding clients is a complimentary maternity – baby portrait sitting.  Meredith and Kevin kept me in the loop about Kieran, and I was delighted to meet him a few weeks ago at their home in Arlington.  We had a fun portrait session and got some beautiful images that reflect the quirky and wonderful side of Meredith and Kevin and their new baby!

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