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Newborn Session in Wellesley, MA

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Newborns

At the start of the new year, I had the pleasure of capturing a newborn session at Callie and Brian’s home in Wellesley. We immediately bonded over our shared love of dogs, with their furry friend, Bella, not wanting to be left out of the photo fun (which we fully embraced!). We spent most of […]

A December Maternity and Family Session in Winchester, MA

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Families

A few weeks before Christmas 2023 I received a lengthy DM on Instagram from Nic, explaining that he and his family had recently moved to Winchester from New York and urgently needed holiday photos. Nic’s message was chock full of helpful information and detail about his wife Laura (a sports medicine and ER doctor with a […]

NYC Newborn Session

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Newborns

For this NYC newborn session, we decided to use older brother Teddy’s room as well as a lounge area in the family’s apartment building. Mom wore Jenni Kayne, Dad wore Faherty, newborn baby whore Petite Bateau from Pinwheels Nantucket, and toddler Teddy wore a sweater from Beaufort Bonnet Company and Bonton pants from The Little in Tribeca.

Top Gift Ideas for Moms this Holiday Season

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Lifestyle

With Thanksgiving already behind us, that familiar sparkle of the Christmas season is beginning to shine through. With that also comes the familiar creation of Christmas lists and to-dos, organizing who to shop for and what to buy them. At the top of our lists are usually the people closest to us: husbands, wives, and […]

The Best Holiday Gifts You Can Order Right Now

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Lifestyle

It’s November, and that means it’s time to start giving serious consideration to how we’re going to tackle the holidays this year. From travel to cooking, gifts to parties, the festive season is upon us. Personally, I find the holidays pretty stressful. Perhaps it’s because the holidays coincide with the culmination of the busiest part […]

Mother and father each holding a child in front of green trees.

Favorite Locations in Boston for Fall Family Sessions

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Families

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year to get outside for family and engagement sessions — being a New England-based photographer, I’m spoiled by the beautiful colors and scenery that greet us around this time every year. With fall photo sessions in full swing, I put together a list of five places […]

5 Reasons You Should Elope on Nantucket

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Couples

I had the privilege of photographing a gorgeous elopement for an incredibly kind and thoughtful couple on Nantucket last month. This adventurous duo had actually never visited the island before, and made a relatively last-minute decision to hop on the ferry and get married on a sunny Friday morning on a quiet stretch of beach.  […]

Baby deer sitting on green grass.

5 Ways to Improve Your Wildlife Photography

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Nature & Wildlife

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. As I hit publish on this post, I’m on my way out of the country for a very special vacation/adventure with my family. My mom turned 70 last month, and she and my stepdad have planned the trip of a lifetime to celebrate this […]

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Explore the Wild Beauty of Nantucket in My Print Shop or the Dreamland Theater!

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Lifestyle

Okay, it’s still a little chilly out there to be calling it summer, but nevertheless my summer photo season on Nantucket begins today! I am so looking forward to seeing many of you over the coming months – I know it’s going to be a great season and I’m excited to share my love of photography with you.

If you’re looking for some fun weekend plans, you can stop by the Nantucket Photographer’s Network show at the Dreamland on Friday evening (5/26). I will be amongst several photographers showing and selling my work in support of the local nonprofit Addiction Solutions of Nantucket. There will be refreshments and a cash bar, so come enjoy yourself while you peruse some beautiful artwork.

The photos I’ll be sharing – along with many other favorite pieces of mine – are all available in my print shop. My passion for wildlife and nature around New England is abundantly on display in these photos, and are beautifully displayed using only the highest-quality print materials. I’d like to use this post to share some of my favorites with you, and the stories behind them.

Mom sitting with daughters in front of mirror, in white dresses

The Only Gift Your Mother Needs This Mother’s Day

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Families

First off, I want to wish all mothers and mother figures out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Spring is a time for reflection, gratitude, and new energy, so it is truly the perfect time to show some love to those around you (and maybe treat a mom to brunch!).  With so many events happening lately, […]

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