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?

Boston Children Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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:

© 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 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


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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.

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© 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.

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

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

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© 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.

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

'tis the season - Boston Holiday Family Portraits

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve been getting inquiries about holiday family portrait sessions. What better time to have your family portrait taken but in the middle of Boston’s gorgeous fall backdrop?! For those holiday cards that family members & friends look forward to receiving all year long, here are the details:

  • You choose the location, I come to you!
  • up to 1 hour of shooting
  • online gallery proofing of all images
  • two (2)  8 x 10 prints or four (4) 5 x 7 photographs (if you would like to purchase additional prints, contact me on pricing) *AND* eight (8) wallets
  • two (2) digital images processed by me
  • furry friends allowed and encouraged!
  • contact me at holiday@alexandraroberts.com to set up your shoot, or use my contact form.
  • $150, I take online payments for your convenience

Note on prints:  I am picky about how my prints look.  I use a 3rd party lab which I have calibrated my monitor with and created a monitor profile to match what I see on my screen to their printers. Prints are created with printers that expose light sensitive paper that is then run through a chemical process. These are real photographs, not inkjet prints.