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Xavier’s 1 month session (+family) | Warwick, Rhode Island

We headed down to Rhode Island for a portrait session on Sunday.  Drew’s parents live in Fall River, MA (which is only a 20 minutes from Providence).  We went to their house first and Drew & Prue hung out with the family while I headed to Warwick RI to meet the newest member of my family (my cousin Michael is Xavier’s Dad).  I was excited to welcome this little nugget to the world and to have the chance to photograph him.  I also took some time to shoot Xavier’s big sister Trinity and some with the entire family.  Trinity was a blast and hammed it up for me, she is a little super model.  Trinity and I played in her room a bit and then spent some time outside, until it started spitting on us a bit.  Xavier was a perfect little model, he didn’t sleep, which is to be expected with a one month old.  If you want sleepy time newborn photos it’s best to do it during the first 2 weeks.  While he didn’t sleep he didn’t really cry and most of the time looked at the camera or towards the window.  At 1 month old he already knows how to find the light! :)

Christina & Michael thanks for letting me capture your adorable little family!



A morning at the DeCordova | Family Portrait Session, Lincoln MA

We had the pleasure of hanging out with the Farber Family recently at the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA.  Leigh had the great idea of going to the sculpture park. then we found out it was Family Sculpture Fest which meant there would be tons of families at the park.  We went back and forth but finally decided the park was large enough & we got there early enough so it wasn’t too busy.  We had a contingency plan to head to a different location if it was too busy.  Lucky for us it wasn’t.  I thought the Jim Dine hearts would make a great location so we headed there first (I want my own family photo in front of the hearts!)  We just let the girls play & explore while sneaking in a few “posed” shots.  I think this is the best approach for families with young children that don’t have the patience to pose for photos.
If I had to make a guess I’d say Jenna & Maya had fun.  Leigh has told me since that Jenna (their older daughter) has been pretending to be me at home.  She has her binoculars (her camera) & a bag on her shoulder (my shootsac) and goes around the house pretending to be me saying “I Amanda! Not gym class Amanda, Amanda from the lake taking pictures” (Her gym teacher is also named Amanda) I laughed so hard when Leigh first told me, little kids are too funny.  Hopefully Jenna & I will be able to hang out again soon :)

Maya practicing her walking with Mom.  I love how happy she is here.  She really is such a happy little girl.

Jenna liked all the big rocks & tried sitting on so many of them, she finally chose this big one to sit on and have a snack with Dad :)

AYKM with those big blue eyes!  They are so blue & so clear!

Dad was using the cat tail (?) to tickle Maya.  We need to have those in our camera bags for future shoots!

The Jim Dine sculpture is made up of 2 giant hearts with all kinds of bits & pieces attached to it.   You could look at it forever and play a game pointing out all the random things.  Tea kettles, hands, shoes, tools.  The girls had fun pointing everything out.

Some of the interactive Sculptures at the park.  Jenna had fun making music & Maya had fun taking the pine cones out of this Sculpture.

Scott is lucky to have 2 little girls who love Daddy so much!  They both wanted to be held by Scott for this photo.  Maya basically jumped ship from Mom to Dad.  Leigh had a good sense of humor about it.

A little peek-a-boo is always fun.

Jenna was posing like this Sculpture which sort of looked like a guy with his arms crossed.  She also had fun pretending to be going home a the artist studios.  She took her lunch bag & her purse and kept saying goodbye to use while walking up these stairs.

This is my favorite image of Leigh & Maya.  We had fun playing peek-a-boo with the round cut outs of this Sculpture.  Then I was able to grab this sweet moment between the two of them.

Thanks for allowing us to spend a fun morning with you all!  We had a great time & look forward to doing it again :)  Jenna & Maya are adorable, sweet little girls & we can’t wait to watch them grow up.  We’ve got to get Jenna her own little camera so she can practice and become our assistant!

Amanda (MrsDrew)

Cortez Family | CT Family Session

Meet the Cortez Family! Marie, Hernan, Stephanie, Hernan Jr. & Marco. Marie entered our facebook contest this past Spring to win a free photo session. Her family is soon to be part of our family. My younger brother Chris is engaged to Stephanie. So Drew, Prue & I drove down to visit them in Connecticut & shot their family session. We shot at Wickham Park which happens to be a very large park near Chris & Steph’s apartment. It is a great location with lots of options & we didn’t even explore a fraction of it. It was late, the boys wanted to play & it was a little rainy. We shot at the Sensory Gardens & then walked around in the giant fields a bit. Apparently there is one hill where you can see the city of Hartford in the background. We didn’t venture to that area but I would love to go back and explore & shoot some more.

That’s Marco on the right, he didn’t really understand the chin down look up with your eyes bit.  It’s okay though, it makes for a photo that really shows him at this age.  Nicely posed photos are great, but I like the ones that have a bit more personality.  The one on the right for sure shows off their personality.  The boys wanted to jump off the wall, they were both suppose to pose, but at the last minute Marco changed his mind.  Hernan jr. was left posing all by his lonesome!

This one makes me smile.  I told the boys to act silly after we did a few shots.  It might not be your traditional portrait, but I think it’s much better.  The boys are constantly making the family laugh & smile.

Marie & Hernan you have such a great family & are such warm and inviting people.  Thanks for having us photograph your family.

Mrs Drew (Amanda)