Lincoln Family Session at Grist Mill

Let’s talk about the weather. The biggest concern with my clients and their outdoor family sessions (besides everyone’s outfits!) is the weather. Will it rain? Will it be cold? Will we get a beautiful sunset?

I wish I knew! There’s truly no magic time of year that’s better for weather. For temperature, yes, but not for rain versus sun. It’s a roll of the dice every time. I totally understand the anxiety about the weather and I myself begin stalking at least a week out from every session. Which is so silly because here in New England the chance of rain changes approximately 50,000 times in the course of 7 days. And that’s only a *small* exaggeration. Here’s the best kept secret though….sun is AWESOME, but cloudy days are awesome too. So if both sunny and cloudy days are awesome, that’s at least 2/3 of the options that our sky can do…the bad option being precipitation.

Is golden hour awesome? Is there something amazing about a gorgeous sunset? Yes, and yes. But you can create gorgeous family photographs on an overcast day full of clouds too. The clouds act as a giant soft box to diffuse the sun’s light and as long as you know where the sun is coming from, you can still get gorgeous light on everyone’s faces. So don’t get discouraged if the weather is not what you originally hoped for!

Here is one of my favorite overcast sessions from this past year. I met this family three years ago at a mini-session event in Lincoln and was thrilled to have them back in front of my lens this year and see how big the kiddos have gotten! Big sister was basically the best photographer’s assistant ever and since little brother adored the heck out of her, he listened to everything she told him to do!

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Sudbury Family Photography Grist Mill

Where is the best location to take family photographs? This is another question I get asked often that has no “right” answer.

The truth is that where I photograph your family doesn’t matter as much as the time of day/location of the sun (light is KEY), what everyone is wearing and the angles I choose to photograph you at. Are some locations more epic than others? Of course–  you can’t get the backdrop of a stunning beach sunset in your backyard, but a good photographer can take beautiful portraits of your family anywhere. When I look through a set of images from a family session, often my favorites are the ones that show a gorgeous connection between you and your family members versus showcasing the scenery. Does that mean that I think everyone should get their photographs taken in their backyard? Not unless you want to! But don’t stress as much about where the session will happen, trust that your photographer knows the light and the angles at the locations they suggest and will use it to create magic with your family.

This is my third year photographing this Wellesley family and I always have a blast with them because Mom and Dad totally “get” that not every photograph needs to be a posed, smiling portrait. In fact, they often choose the “outtakes’ for their Christmas cards because A) they are funny and B) they are usually pretty representative of kids true personalities! We lucked out with a gorgeous evening with that streaming golden light that flatters the heck out of everyone. Plus how cool are these kiddos? Dresses + converse and cool shades? Fashion icons in the making ;).

Blogging these beautiful September sessions is sure making me long for warmer weather as I stare at the post-holiday 2 degree landscape out my window!

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Sudbury Family Photography Wayside Inn

Have you ever wondered what the ideal stage is for your child to handle a family photography session?

The truth is that there is no easy answer and it’s very child dependent. As in parenthood, there are stages. It’s really hard when they are new walkers and too young to understand bribes and rewards (it’s the truth!) and it’s hard when they are three year old boys (or girls) who want to do the exact opposite of everything you say. Then, it’s really hard when they are pre-teens and teens and perfect that moody stare and become self-conscious! The awesome thing about hiring a professional family photographer is that they work with babies-kids-teens of all ages and can adapt a session to fit that family and that child at any stage. My family sessions with toddlers are casual, mostly documentary, and full of family “games” while my sessions with pre-teens are a little more posed and calm. My main goal is always to capture your family in the stage its in. Sometimes that stage is beautiful chaos and sometimes its a lovely calm.

This Autumn family session in Sudbury was in the thick of that beautiful chaos with a not-quite-two year old active little girl who wanted nothing more than to run, run, RUN! So, we ran, we tickled, we played. And we created some beautiful family photographs together on one of the very hottest September weekends. Seriously, I think it was close to 85 that evening and dripping with humidity. Mom and Dad were troopers!

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  • ChristineDecember 21, 2017 - 5:37 pm

    What a gorgeous family! And those DIMPLES!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • KelsieDecember 22, 2017 - 12:23 am

    Wow love your tones and light! Gorgeous session! ReplyCancel

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.

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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:

  • 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.

  • ErinAugust 11, 2017 - 4:40 pm

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


  • KirstyAugust 11, 2017 - 4:44 pm

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


  • 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


    • Sarah ArensteinAugust 12, 2017 - 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Vonnie and Hank! -Sarah


  • 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.


  • 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