Framingham Farm Pond Park Family Photography

Each year, I try to pick a few organizations to donate a family photography session to for their silent auctions. Education has a special place in my heart, especially with a hard-working teacher for a sister, so one of my donations this year was to Summit Montessori School in my own community of Framingham.

Not only do I love the Montessori concept, I always love meeting new families that are literally my neighbors! I met the C Family at our local Farm Pond Park which has all the perfect qualities for a sunset session…tall beautiful trees, dirt paths, a beautiful lake. Pair that with an energetic and loving family, a big brother who loves to love on his little sister, and a little sister who is an aspiring ballerina and you’ve got a photographer’s dream!

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Boston Wingaersheek Beach Family Photography Session

Three years ago, I met Kate and her kids at a playground in Lexington. She introduced herself when our boys started playing and realized that she had just gotten a mailer from me and had planned to call me about doing their family photographs.

As we became closer friends and I photographed her family each Autumn, I learned that her family LOVED the beach. When Kate approached me in August with the idea to do a family photography session on the beach, I was so excited. Sunset on the beach is my happy place, and it is clearly theirs too! Her husband envisioned sweeping views, the family playing and laughing, and some interesting terrain. Wingaersheek Beach was the perfect backdrop for this as it provides gorgeous sand, dunes, a lighthouse, beautiful rocks and tidal pools. We chose a September date, post-Labor Day, hoping for less crowds and boy did the weather deliver the sweeping beach views we were envisioning.

We began the session with some traditional (read: clean) family photographs and then ended by letting the kids (and adults!) go wild running through the waves and getting wet and sandy. I know I say this all the time, but I absolutely love working with the same families year after year. The great thing, especially with kids who can be shy or reserved, is that they tend to warm up SO much more quickly when they’ve seen me 3 or 4 times. Mister 4 Years Old was directing and composing the photographs soon after we started our session– I love that! One of the best things about doing family photographs on the beach during sunset is that the light changes SO rapidly the hour before sunset that you get a fantastic variety of colors and light in your gallery.

I know it’s common in Massachusetts to get your annual family photographs with foliage, but have you ever considered a family beach session?

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Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session in Boston

Newborn in-home sessions truly have my heart. As a home birthing Mama myself, I feel the home is such an important part of a baby’s story. It’s where you first welcome them home (or have them!), where they meet each milestone, where they become a part of your family.

You may remember this beautiful Mama from her maternity session I shared last week (check it out here) After we took her maternity photographs, we chatted as we walked to the car about how baby boy would probably be late, just like his sister. Baby boy decided to pave his own way right from the start and made his appearance a few days shy of 40 weeks, just to keep his parents on their toes. Baby boy has a head full of black hair (just like his sister did) and was so calm and alert for his newborn photography session despite the shenanigans going on around him.

As some of my clients and friends might know, I have an 8 month old at home who is my ‘baby’. The crazy thing is, though, every time I go to a newborn session lately, I am struck with awe when I come home about how big he already is. Not even a year has gone by and he is so, so far past the newborn days it is astounding. This is why during my newborn sessions, I try to find a little period of time when baby is calm to break out my macro lens (a lens that allows you to focus really close to an object) and capture all those itty bitty newborn features that will so quickly fade from your memory. Those wrinkly feet, the flaky skin, the wispy hair, the crazy finger nails, and the hair ears. You’ll want to remember these, I promise.

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Lincoln Maternity Photography Session at Codman Estate

When these lovely clients contacted me about doing a one year birthday photography session for their daughter, they mentioned that they were pregnant with their second…a little boy. Knowing how gorgeous this pregnant mama is (see their first maternity shoot here), I was over the moon about this news.

We chose the Codman Estate’s venetian gardens for their second maternity photography session. The Codman Estate is one of my favorite locations as it’s gorgeous in the lush Summer months and also striking in a different way in the late Autumn. As usual, this Mama totally rocked the gorgeous pregnant lady thing during our session and soon-to-be big sister followed in her Mama’s footsteps.

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Chelsea + Chris Sneak Peek: A Connecticut Wedding Story

Before last weekend, I hadn’t visited Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut in probably 18+ years. When Chelsea + Chris contacted me about their Wickham Park wedding, all I could do was fondly remember the wooden playground that I had loved as a child growing up in that area.

The week leading up to Chelsea and Chris’ wedding threatened a rainy, stormy Saturday. The day before, the forecast suddenly changed and gave us a gorgeous hot and sunny day for their wedding. The boys’ hotel suite was relaxed and happy, drinking craft beer and joking around with one another. After all, that’s what you get when you put three brothers + a long-time best friend turned best man into a room together. I expected nervous bride jitters when I got to Chelsea and Chris’ apartment to meet the ladies but Chelsea was calm, cool, and collected. Not only was she the most chill bride I have ever encountered…she’s also the craftiest. Chelsea put some serious blood, sweat, and tears into the details for her wedding day. She hand-crafted all the bouquets, the boutonnieres, the flower girl’s headdress, the welcome sign for the venue, and many other items that made their evening so incredibly special and personal.

Their outdoor garden ceremony was absolutely breathtaking with a beautiful view of the Hartford skyline behind them. Chelsea’s Dad brought tears to every eye with his touching speech and the guests broke it down on the dance floor long into the evening.

Chelsea + Chris, enjoy this sneak peek of your wedding day. Can’t wait to show you the whole gallery!

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Dan + Steve: A Cape Cod Wedding Story

When Dan and Steve’s friend Eva (wedding planner extraordinaire) contacted me and told me about their destination wedding and how they are flying with a few friends from England to get married aboard the Schooner Hindu in Provincetown, Massachusetts, I was so thrilled at the prospect and completely overjoyed when they chose me to photograph their special day.

July 31st dawned clear and gorgeous and I made my way up to Provincetown to meet Dan + Steve and their friends. They are one of the sweetest, warmest couples I have ever met and the love they share for each other and their friends was so prominent that day. The crew of the Schooner Hindu (a freaking gorgeous boat, by the way) was amazing and our day on the water was such a perfect close to July.

Heather Richard (check her out here!) performed a beautiful ceremony and Dan and Steve were married, complete with oceanic friendly confetti that their friends brought. Here’s a peek into their sunny day aboard the Schooner Hindu:

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destination wedding photographyDan + Steve, I wish you both endless happiness in your marriage to one another! To see more from their beautiful ceremony on the Schooner Hindu, check out their wedding trailer here:

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  • ChristineAugust 24, 2017 - 4:21 pm

    What a beautiful and incredible wedding day! Makes me want to re-do my wedding and have it on a boat!! You did an awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • ALISON LAPCZUKAugust 24, 2017 - 5:53 pm

    This is simply fantastic!  You get the feeling of being there, which is super fun and refreshing!  What a magical day for these guys.ReplyCancel

  • LauraAugust 24, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    These photos are beautiful! And what a neat idea!! So incredible! ReplyCancel

  • KelsieAugust 24, 2017 - 8:30 pm

    What  a gorgeous spot for a wedding! You captured their day perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Kara ChappellAugust 26, 2017 - 4:55 pm

    What an amazing day filled with joy and love! And you captured it BEAUTIFULLY! Amazing work Lyndsay.ReplyCancel

Sarah + Bram: A Proposal Photography Story

Two weeks ago, I shared that I had the honor of being present to photograph Bram and Sarah’s epic proposal story.

If you want to read the back story of their proposal location, click here! When Bram first called me and told me the plan, I admitted that I had not ever photographed a proposal before, but assured him that emotional photography is my forte and I love nothing more than to tell a family story through my pictures. Boy am I thrilled that Bram took a chance on me because this family was full of amazing emotion. It was a momentous occasion and I am pretty much addicted to proposals now! Make sure you scroll down to see my favorite photo of the night….when Sarah rounds the corner and INSTANTLY recognizes her grandfather’s ship.

If you are thinking about proposing or know anyone who is….email me! I’d love to be a part of your story.

Without further adieu, Sarah + Bram, here are some of my favorites from your proposal story. Congratulations and best wishes in what I am sure will be an incredible future together.

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  • ErinAugust 11, 2017 - 4:40 pm

    What a beautiful engagement story!! These images are going to be so cherished!

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  • KirstyAugust 11, 2017 - 4:44 pm

    What an awesome story and captured with such gorgeous, emotive photos, this couple will cherish these memories!

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  • VonnieAugust 11, 2017 - 9:44 pm

    So very cool! Congrats to Sarah and Bram! May you both have a magical marriage! Love, Vonnie and Hank

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    • Sarah ArensteinAugust 12, 2017 - 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Vonnie and Hank! -Sarah

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  • AlyssaAugust 11, 2017 - 11:50 pm

    That boat looks like so much fun! And how fun to photograph proposals! Love the light in these and the connection. So beautiful.

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  • Carol garfinkleAugust 14, 2017 - 9:58 pm

    What incredible photos to capture the feeling of being in and surrounded by love! SHana and Sandler’s tee shirt wearing kids were adorable too! All the best to you both! Xo Carol and Drew

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Sudbury Grist Mill Three Year Birthday Session

I met this silly three year old on her first birthday in July 2015. She is 6 months younger than my oldest son and I see such similarities in them that hanging out (and photographing) this family each year is a treat.

The first year we met at a park in Winchester, on her second birthday, a farm, and on her third birthday, Wayside Inn’s Grist Mill. Each year she keeps me guessing and working hard to capture her busy and precocious personality! In a little less than a month, this family will become a family of four and I can’t wait to see how she takes on her role as big sister! Happy 3rd Birthday I!

Boston Beacon Hill Maternity Photography Session

In honor of the arrival of this couple’s sweet baby, let’s take a look at their maternity session. Keep reading for a sneak peek of the sweet babe himself!

When this mama first contacted me, we chose a date in June that she would be “comfortably” pregnant for (in quotes because how comfortable can you REALLY be in third trimester, amiright??) that worked for both of their medical schedules. Fast forward to that week and our planned date was 100 degrees with 90% humidity and a heat warning that basically said DON’T GO OUTSIDE. Needless to say, not ideal for a woman in her third trimester to be strolling around the streets of Boston! The only other date we could find was during her 39th week of pregnancy and seriously you guys, she was A BOSS during our shoot. It wasn’t that much cooler (88 I think?) and she strolled the hills of Beacon Hill and the Boston Common, wore heels, and looked like a maternity model. 

…and without further ado, one tiny sneak peek of one of the most adorable newborns I’ve ever met from our session this morning. Meet Baby K!

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  • AnnAugust 4, 2017 - 6:27 pm

    Omg. He’s a beautiful baby!!

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Exeter Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of photographing the most precious full-head-of-dark-hair little girl who was so anxious to join this amazing family that she came early despite both of her brothers going almost two weeks past their due dates! This newborn photography session was special for me because this little girl’s mother and I first “met” online when I was pregnant with my first and she with her second. We’ve known each other for a little over 4 years now and I love seeing her family grow and change. Here’s a little peek into Baby E’s newborn session complete with two doting big brothers. Congratulations S Family!

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