Cousins are the best | Fun at White Gate Christmas Tree Farm in West Newbury, MA

I’m still feeling that holiday afterglow this week. Short work week, tree still up keeping my house all glowey. Toys absolutely everywhere. In every corner. Under the tree. Under the coffee table. Evvvverrryyywhere. I have a running to do list of people to get back to, galleries to finish, and the satisfaction of crossing those items off make me so happy. So, with out further ado: one more adorable session to cross of my list of things to blog! Waahoo!

The holidays are all about family. Seeing people you haven’t seen in a while, getting all the cousins together to cause some chaos was always one of my favorite holiday memories. We always spent Christmas Eve at my Abuelita’s in Malden- her huge 3 decker house packed full of family and food. My Abuelita was an amazing cook and her spread was always inspired by her love of all things gorgeous, and Martha Stuart of course.

When I was contacted about shooting this extended family, I was so excited- yet heard my own Mom’s words in my head… “When are you going to take the kids pictures AMANDA!” I’ll get to that later. Don’t worry, we made Mahm very happy this Christmas. So to get another request for harnessing the energy of 5 gorgeous little wildlings in photograph form, I was so pumped. Kids at Christmas. Is there anything better? These guys were beyond adorable and hilarious with each other. They cheered on their cousins during their solo shots, they ran and played and yelled and danced. It was truly one of my favorite moments of this chaotic holiday season.

So without further rambling: enjoy these sweet humans, because I sure did!

<3

AM

First Snow in New England | West Newbury Lifestyle Photography

Oh… I just love these humans so much!

The first snow came early this year- just in time for some beautiful holiday card photo shoots at White Gate Christmas Tree Farm in West Newbury, MA. One of my favorite families braved the bitter cold in their super adorable Christmas outfits for some snow fun. This time around my little buddy Grant was not amused, which made for some hilarious photos that I am positive will be brought back out when Grant brings his first girlfriend home. Genuinely bent out of shape and pretty much unwilling to participate. Nothing quite like a cranky toddler being bribed with goldfish to lift your holiday spirits! Avery on the other hand, ham of hams, was ready to rock and roll as usual. Such is life with kids- it can’t be cupcakes and roses 100% of the time, can it?

The pop of red against the snow and the beautiful green trees- such a festive and gorgeous color palate. Such a great example of shooting in the cold winter months. Our summers are so brief around here these days- it makes me happy to find such beauty in the frigid temps.

2018 has been such a fantastic year, stay tuned for some fun new website updates as well as offerings for 2019!!

<3

AM

Colby Farm Sunflowers

Visiting the Colby Farm sunflowers in Newbury, MA is a right of passage, but a definite sign that fall is rolling in. Was so happy to pop over there mid week to avoid the masses but also to take some adorable pictures of my bestie and her mini. Colby farm has been planting these sunflowers for years, and each year it draws a bigger group of people to marvel at it’s gloriousness.

It was a gorgeous warm summer morning, and we ended the day with a beach trip and ice cream of course!

Enjoy this little reminder that summer just ended.

AM <3

Sunset in Salisbury, MA

I think the magical thing about shooting at the beach is how drastic the light differences can be minute to minute and how the photographs at the start of the session can look completely different from the end. It's like two photo shoots for the price of one! HA.  

But really.

This day went from kind of overcast and grey to the most gorgeous purpley pinkish sunset. The natural ombre in some of the #aftersunset photos are so delicious to look at. I'm such a sucker for big bold colors and this beach evening did not disappoint. 

Enjoy the blues, pinks, and purples. Enjoy this adorable family and their evening of fun on the beach.

 

<3 

AM

Hale Memorial Park, A Love Story.

If it was possible to fall in love with a park I think I might have just done that. 

I had visited this park many years ago for an engagement photo session-- then I completely forgot about it for a while, the whole time living a stones throw away on Bromfield St.

This park is everything you'd want in a park. Small, quiet, shaded and green... and of course over looking the Merrimac river as it pours into the ocean. Just dreamy. Also side bonus: completely enclosed. Even the most crafty toddlers will have a hard time bolting out of the park into the surrounding neighborhood.

This gorgeous color coordinated family. Oh, my heart. So adorable. Also blues and greens, let me tell you. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. This was suuuuch a warm day and the girls (and parents) were complete troopers. Each little area the girls explored made for such fun beautiful pictures. Trees to climb, fountains to peek in, flowers to smell. Also, something tugs at the old heart strings every time I see sisters in matching outfits. So sweet.

If you need me I will be spending my evenings at Hale Memorial Park watching the sun filter in through the trees reading a good book. And probably sneaking a few nice cold glasses of rosé.

Enjoy this peek into this gorgeous evening!

xo

AM