Cape Cod, Boston, and Rhode Island Family Photo Sessions
When I first started speaking to Wanda about Family photos on the Cape in June, they seemed so far away…Now that they’ve happened, I’m having a hard time believing that the 4th of July is right around the corner! I’m trying to do my best to slow down the days and really appreciate everything that the Cape offers in the summer - and I think this family will help me do that!
Friday was a perfect Cape Cod day - lots of sun, a slight breeze, barely a cloud in the sky, and nothing different forecasted. I had a Family photo session scheduled for 7:15pm, so I left my house with a little extra time to be able to scope out the beach and make sure there weren’t any unexpected changes.
As I pulled into the center of Osterville, it seemed like it was getting a little chilly outside. I closed my windows and thought it was a little bit strange…I continued on towards Dowses Beach and turned left onto the long drive. As soon as I took that turn, everything was grey and I saw a huge fog bank rolling right across the water. The temperature dropped another few degrees and I realized that I couldn’t even see the waves from the parking lot!
It’s been awhile since I’ve actually had to cancel a photo session - last year I seemed to luck out every time there was a rain storm - I was either free that day, or the rain cleared up leaving beautiful skies. Last Friday, I wasn’t so lucky! Emily and Lindsay had been planning their photos to coincide with their quick Cape Cod vacation and I was excited to check out a new location!
When Claudia first reached out to me for Family photos, she let me know that she had three daughters graduating from college this year and she was hoping to plan a session in between all of the graduations and parties. We lucked out with a perfect day and Claudia’s backyard was an amazing place for photos. Her daughter, Cheyenne, graduated with a Masters in Social Work and her daughters Savannah and Indigo both have their bachelors degrees! Seeing them so excited and proud, reminded me of graduating college myself…(18 years ago!) and then grad school a few years later. For those of you who don’t know, I also work as an Occupational Therapist in Home Care, but I’m making it a goal to switch over to photography as my main income, by the end of the year!
I’ve been scrolling through some of my favorite photos recently to be better able to offer some advice of what you should wear for your Cape Cod Family photo session. As I looked back through my portfolio, I realized that I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some very stylish families! In the past, I’ve stuck to some basic advice, but I’m hoping to be able to expand a bit - and show you some great examples along the way!
Feel free to only take this as a guide - I always think that your photos are for you and your family, so you really should dress in whatever way you’re the most comfortable! If you’d like some tips, however, check these out:
About a year and a half ago, I met two brand new baby boys - and their equally as sweet Mom and Dad at their house for an in-home Newborn Lifestyle session. I remember being so excited when I received an inquiry from their Mom because it was also my first Newborn session with twins! I always love meeting new babies, so I knew two at once would be even better…About a year after that session, I met up with their family again at Mayflower Beach in Yarmouth Ma, for their One Year photos.
When I first heard from Kara, I was sure she understood my photography style right away! Her family was vacationing on Cape Cod for her parent's 30th anniversary and they were looking forward to surprising them with a Family photo session. I ask all of my client's to fill out a questionnaire and when I asked Kara what draws her to my photography style, I knew we were going to have a great time!
I've had the pleasure of living on the Cape for 30 of my 38 years, and have gotten to explore it even more as I've shot Family photo sessions all over Cape Cod. It amazes me how beautiful all of the beaches are for their own reasons - The Outer Cape offers large dunes and beautiful beach grass while the Upper Cape has amazing boardwalks and fun locations!
Being from the Cape, I sometimes forget what an amazing place it is. There's nothing better than spending an evening on the beach with an amazing sunset, perfect, warm breezes, and a fun family! Last August, this family rented an amazing home with a staircase leading from their porch to a beautiful Truro Beach. Every day was a beach day!
About six months ago, this little guy arrived early and missed his Fresh 48 session in the hospital, but made up for it with a Newborn session at home! He was welcomed into his family by his big brother and parents, and was a sweet little baby. When I arrived for his Six Month Session a few weeks ago, I was amazed to see how much he had grown. I brought a few of the Newborn props we used, but there was no way he was going to fit into them anymore!