∞ Family Shoot up in Manchester by the Sea ∞

I don’t spend too much time around babies. I am, after all, in my late 20’s and live in a city so there aren’t too many babies to be seen. A lot of my friends from back home (Maine) are starting to have children and the thought of me having kids is the furthest thing from my mind at this time in my life. I’m too young! I have so much more of the world to see! Wow, I’m almost 30.

I’ve decided I really like 1 year olds. Their cheeks are so. darn. pinchable! And those little shirts and cargo pants, I eat it up! This shoot is so special to me. This is the woman who gave me a chance in the wedding biz. After months and months of trying to get something, *anything* to get my foot in the door and a portfolio going Audrey needed a second shooter. I sent her my flickr page with zero portraiture but she saw potential in me. When we met the day of the wedding, I felt like I had known her for years and we got along so great. It’s because of her that I am where I am less than 6 months later! Thank you Audrey! xoxo

Here is her son, Dante, with *insane* cheeks! ( SIDENOTE: my boyfriend, Danny, wants me to find him this shirt in his size. 🙂 )

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♥ Valentine's Schmalentine's ♥

I’ve thought long and hard about what I was going to write to accompany these photos because I really don’t want you to get the wrong idea. Being in the wedding photography business, it can feel like everyone is over the top in love with Valentine’s Day. I see blog posts covered in pink and red, couples giving each other shiny presents and being “in love” in front of the camera in tribute to this “holiday”.

But I don’t like Valentine’s Day. There. I said it. And that’s what this shoot is about.

While I was telling someone about my idea for this shoot, they asked me if I was doing this just because I didn’t have anyone to celebrate the holiday with. I thought to myself that people must think they’re supposed to buy expensive gifts for their special someone because someone told them to. We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year by going to Bukowski’s annual “F*** Valentine’s Day” bash in Back Bay. If you haven’t been, you should totally check it out, regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day.

I hate how the holiday makes my single friends feel. Nobody likes to feel left out. Yes, everything is what you make of it, but I don’t like seeing how it makes my single friends in their late 20’s feel. And my friends who are in a relationship get stressed out about what they’re going to get their significant other for the holiday. That’s no fun to watch either.

Luckily for me, I found someone who feels the same way I do about V-Day. Just how nice is it really when you wait until some holiday tells you to do something nice? If you do random nice things throughout the year, there’s no reason to have to go all out for V-Day or any other holiday! Maybe I’m just a simple person that enjoys the simpler things in life.  We sprinkle our own special days with love throughout the year and they mean more to me than some day that people are forced to see as “special”. So, Danny, this is my public Valentines Day card to you! xoxo.

I know half of you probably didn’t read the text above. This is after all a photo blog. So on to the photos!

Meet Kate and Sean – they hate Valentine’s Day, too :-p

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

So relieved that Kate too hates Valentine’s Day, the two enjoy a drink together. This is what love actually looks like, without all the frills of forced holidays. Much nicer 🙂

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

I had such a blast doing this shoot. I had my awesome assistant, Rob, to help me make pompoms the night before and he helped with lighting/prop recovery during the shoot. Thanks Rob!

I’ll leave you with one last shot of this gorgeous couple:

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However you celebrate, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

xoxo

❉ Emma + Nick = qts! ❉ - Boston Portrait Photographer

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks! I have been working on a couple of wicked awesome projects that will surely bring some exciting new posts. I can’t wait for you to see!

Meanwhile, here are a few photos from a recent shoot on the esplanade that I love.

I love trees. If I am in a hurry and sprinting to make it somewhere on time and I happen to pass an cool gnarled tree, I will most likely stop to gaze at it.

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Thank you so much for checking out my images. If you like me, you should tell me so in a comment. If you hate me, you should also tell me in a comment! I love to hear from my readers, it makes my day!

In the next few weeks expect to see an insane photo shoot involving fire and the setting of things on it =) Doesn’t that sound fun? I am also going to have a giveaway, but the details of that are a secret right now! I am going somewhere fantastic to shoot my first destination wedding in just a few months, and I am so excited about it! I can’t wait to share the details of that, either!

Until then, enjoy these pretty people and trees!

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family time!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a free weekend with no photo shoots and decided to take it easy, it is *freezing* here after all! We have dog walkers who take Emma to “the fells” every mon/weds/fri and when we asked where it is that they go, the directions seemed so simple yet we would always get lost. The place we would end up stopping was beautiful for sure, but we never saw other dogs around. After reading the boston dog blog Fidoloves.com that had a specific map with directions to the spot where people take their dogs, we headed out! There were so many dogs and Emma had a freakin’ blast! Isn’t she the cutest?!

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Emma

South Shore Holiday Portrait Session :: Boston Family Portrait Photographer

Today on the blog I have for you two adorable parents and their equally adorable twins! Meet Eva and David, a 1 year old brother/sister combo and their parents, Julie and Charley, of the South Shore of MA. We were going to have a mostly outdoor shoot in front of their beautiful new house but it was about zero degrees out. Luckily though, Eva and David have matching Irish sweaters/hats and we managed to get outside for a couple snaps. I played with the little ones a bit before taking my camera out and they were both happy and playful, but when I pulled the cam out, Eva froze and stared at me just like this for about one full minute! Isn’t she adorable?

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Once Julie mentioned those matching sweaters and hats I knew they were going to be insanely cute. As they bundled the kids up, I snapped this series of David. I laugh out loud every time I look at it!

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They were so easy to work with, too! They didn’t fuss about anything and it was as though they were meant to be in front of the camera because they had what seemed to be an unlimited bank of cute faces.

I know what you’re thinking, “wow these chillins couldn’t be any cuter!” Think again! Here are a few other shots from our shoot.

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Thank you for looking!

Northampton Wedding :: Second shooting for Rachel Hadiashar

This year I was lucky enough to shoot with wedding photography veteran Rachel Hadiashar of mergeweddings.com.  I had followed her photography for quite some time and am a huge fan of her work.  I’ll have to say, I was so nervous to shoot with her but the second I met her at this wedding, my nerves eased because she was so freakin’ cool!  She is extremely fun to work with, smart, inspiring and I learned so much in those nine hours!  She gave me some great industry tips and the wedding I got to shoot with her could not have been prettier.  Here are just a few of the photos that I shot at this wedding:

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Radiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar

© Alexandra Roberts Photography for Rachel Hadiashar | mergeweddings.com

I’d like to thank Rachel for giving me the opportunity to work with her!  What a great experience it was.

I love to know how you think my photography is progressing!  Your comments keep me getting better and better.  Thank you all for looking!

Three photographers, four dogs!

This weekend I had the opportunity to meet, shoot, and be shot by two lovely ladies and their dogs. I technically met them online, on Twitter! They are Meredith of &Unlimited Photography and Stacey of Cold Nose Photo.

My brother sent me a link to some of Meredith’s photographs a few months ago because she is a pet photographer and gets great shots of dogs and their owners. Who doesn’t want to spend all day looking at photos of cute dogs? I loved her style and so we started talking through tweets. I know, I know. Meredith and Stacey had already met in person and also initially met online.

It was so so so fun to hang out with other photographers. We met up at the Fells Reservation in Medford, MA. We bring Emma here quite a bit, and it was awesome for her to have some friends to play with this time!

Here is Meredith and Orvis!

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

And Stacey, Brewer, and Bromley!

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

I have a whole new respect for pet photographers.  It’s SO hard!  The pups are never looking where you want them to be looking and are usually distracted by whatever bird or squirrel is passing by.  Both Stacey and Meredith have some great techniques for keeping the dog’s attention that seem to work really well!  Meredith cracked me up so much because me and Emma were posing and I hear her make this sound I can only describe as a “chirp”.  It definitely kept both Emma and my attention.

When you have such beautiful women in front of you, it makes the job easy!  Here are a couple portraits of each of them.

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

And here is a shot of the girls hard at work!

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

I hope we do this again and often! For more images from our adventure, head over here.

Allison + Rowboat :: Boston Portrait Photography

I introduce you, my lovely readers, to Allison and Rowboat. That’s right, her dog’s name is “Rowboat” or “boat” for short. Allison is such a beautiful person inside and out! She is always full of laughter and entertaining me with her hilarity! It was *so* fun working with you two!

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography


It was such a beautiful fall day in New England, all the leaves were perfect.  We started out at a football field to let the Boat run around for a while.
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© Alexandra Roberts Photography


Allison got right on the ground, even though it down poured the night before and the leaves were all wet.  Rowboat was being so cute that she couldn’t resist playing with him!
She is so pretty!
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© Alexandra Roberts Photography


And this one is my absolute favorite!
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© Alexandra Roberts Photography


Which one do you like the best?

Personal Post :: My real-life penpal and our experience with the big C

I thought I would write a personal post today for you, my kick-ass readers!  This weekend was a particularly special weekend for me.  I met a woman who I had never met before, but have become very close to over the last year via email and who I consider to be one of my best friends.  Her name is Jessica and she lives in Atlanta, Georgia which is 1000 miles away from where I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jess taught a class called “environmental sustainability” at Oregon State where my boyfriend, Danny, attended college and eventually had Jess as a teacher.  They weren’t friends at school, but Jess had a couple of questions about Hillel that Danny ran and contacted him.

Last fall, Jess emailed Danny to see how he was doing and catch up.  They talked and Danny found out that Jess’ father had stage IV colorectal cancer that radiation and chemotherapy had done nothing to fix.  As some of you may or may not know, I lost my mother to brain cancer just 3 years ago.  Danny knows that I am always willing to help people and so gave Jess my email just in case she had any questions or wanted someone to scream at who would understand.  I got an email from Jess and we’ve never stopped talking.  We shared our experiences, helped each other through tough memories, laughed, cried, you name it!

It’s been nice to know someone who I can call and gush over a cute bride/mother interaction that I see during a wedding. Jess can listen and not say anything at all and that means the world to me.  She doesn’t feel bad for me, she just gets it. Almost anyone who has been forced to have their mother or father (or both) ripped away from them 4o+ years before they were supposed to knows what I mean.

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

On August 28th of this year Jess’ father, Tom, passed away.  Last Thursday was her birthday, so we thought we should meet in person on her birthday weekend.  I had a photo shoot on Saturday and so Jess and her boyfriend, Travis, flew up here to see us.  It was so great meeting you in person, Jess!  I only wish we lived closer together.  Both of them had never been to Boston before so we took them on a whirlwind tour!

We hit up Faneuil Hall of course where Jess tried an authentic cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and Boston Creme donut.

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

On Sunday (today) we went for a nice walk in the Harvard Arboretum and showed off our ever-lingering fall leaves.

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

It was so great to finally meet Jess (and Trav!) in person.  She has made a difference in my life and I am so happy to have been able to connect with her.  I can only hope that I’ve helped her in the same way that she has helped me.  It is nice to think that if my mother and Jess’ father are looking down on us, they are proud of this connection that without their encounter with the big C, would never have happened.

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography