Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography: Blog https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog en-us @ Sejal Soham Photography 2022 [email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Fri, 31 May 2024 08:25:00 GMT Fri, 31 May 2024 08:25:00 GMT https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u795245942-o461878814-50.jpg Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography: Blog https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog 80 120 Tips for Fall Sessions | Authentic Family Photographer Boston https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/9/tips-for-fall-sessions-authentic-family-photographer-boston 1. Arrive a few minutes early and don't be late! 

I often stack sessions in the fall due to the volume of clients who want fall sessions so please make sure to account for traffic, getting lost, kid meltdowns, bathroom runs, and adjusting outfits/prep when you arrive. Arriving late isn't great for anyone and starts the session off in a mode of stress!  

2. Dress for the weather and in layers + try on outfits ahead of time

I'd recommend not forcing your kids into warmer clothes on hot days and avoiding jackets on colder days. Plan your outfit options with a warmer and colder day in mind. Also, consider layers given sessions on colder days often start with more layers and these are quickly shedded once your kids get moving! Also, make sure you have tried on any new outfits for the session ahead of time to make sure everything is comfortable, fits, and your kids will like. September and October in Boston can be very unpredictable! 

3. Bring water and small snacks + small tote bag for items

Given sessions often occur around the sunset hour, your kids might get thirsty and may want a snack. Given photoshoots happen once a year, this isn't the time to worry about a snack ruining dinner or adhering to a strict meal structure! The happiest kids are the ones who aren't hungry. Avoid packing any snacks that could linger in their hands and are small and quick to eat. Also, make sure to bring a bag to put your phone, car keys, etc. Specifically for dads - avoid having your keys or cell phone in your pocket!

4. Bring bug spray!

Many locations in the greater Boston area (even urban ones) will have mosquitos or gnats this time of year! If you're like me, you're a constant target for these little suckers. I always make sure to pack bug spray for fall sessions and encourage clients to do the same. Also, in grassier areas, ticks can be present so please make sure to do a tick check before getting back into your car.

 

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Why I Love Newborn Sessions | Authentic Newborn Photographer Boston https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/9/why-i-love-newborn-sessions-authentic-newborn-photographer-boston 2023 was my first and busiest year booking almost as many newborn sessions as family sessions! We are two thirds of the way through the year and I've already captured about two dozen new babies this year alone. I've discovered I absolutely LOVE newborn sessions and hope to do more of these in 2024 than outdoor family sessions. Why you might ask...for so many reasons. I love babies and really really miss the newborn and baby phase of my life. My kids are now 6 and 3 and I'm entering a completely different phase of motherhood with them. Diapers are gone. Bottles are gone. Carriers are gone. Strollers are almost gone! Though parts of me are really glad to be done with this early part of becoming a parent, I'm also feeling nostalgic for it already! If I had the financial and emotional resources to have one more, I totally would...but having a third child would fundamentally change our lives, for better and worse, so we are done with two. Doing newborn sessions feels like vicariously living through that part of my life and I value being close to it again - seeing new parents or ones who are welcoming a second or third is also really fun and I enjoy helping swaddle, sharing some tips, and providing words of encouragement to folks still figuring out how to take care of a new baby or managing more than one! 

On the less personal side, lifestyle newborn work is far more challenging! During these sessions, I often need to carefully assess light and pay more attention to my camera settings; a setting that is one notch off could determine if a picture comes out just right or too dark, blurry, or washed out. I also enjoy the added challenge of how to use various contrasting colors in the foreground or background to make artistic and creative portraits. Since the main theme in my work is "loud and vibrant colors" I notice that most clients who choose to work with me have really colorful homes and value their decor being highlighted in their images...which is a major plus for me!

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How to Manage an Active Toddler During Sessions | Charlestown Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/9/how-to-keep-a-toddler-engaged-during-a-family-session-charlestown-family-photographer Keeping up with toddlers is one of the hardest and at times, most enjoyable parts of this age! I tell many families who have kids under 4 that the best shots often come right in the first 10-15 minutes (hence, mini sessions are often best for this reason) when they are still adjusting to a new setting or when they have some reserve to listen and stay still. After that, their instincts to run, explore, and assert their independence will likely take over! If you have a child that is very active, here are some tips to help ensure we continue to get great shots in between those short bursts of time where they are positioned for them: 

Bribes!

I sometimes suggest parents pack clear or non-sticky/visible candle for the session to give to kids as a reward for any specific shots. Also, small pez or marshmellows that dissolve quickly are another great bribe option!

Matching their flow! 

This not only means allowing your toddler to wander or do what they want but also matching their curiosity in a flower, desire to explore a blade of grass, or looking at an airplane flying over together! Some of the most tender and truly "lifestyle" shots are captured in these non-posed moments where you are truly in sync and connecting with your child. 

Take a deep breadth (or several)! 

Honestly, the relative success of a session depends on how patient, calm, and positive you remain, especially if your toddler is really not in the mood to listen to you or me! This movement of "lifestyle" photography is all about natural moments, so if your toddler wants to do their own thing, I suggest we follow them and take advantage of moments where you're in the frame with them!

 

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Things to Avoid Doing During a Family Session | Belmont Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/8/things-to-avoid-doing-during-a-family-session-belmont-family-photographer If you're hiring me, you want my lifestyle approach! What I assume this means is that play, laughter, tenderness, tickling, hugging, and "real" moments between you and your loved ones is what matters most to you in your pictures! Even if you have every intention of showing up to a session with this vision  in mind, so many of us are used to having our pictures taken in more formal ways where posing and looking at the camera with a semi-forced smile are the norm. These habits can take over instinctively during your family session so make special note to do your best to avoid these three common but easy mistakes: 

1. Keeping your arms and hands limp and by your sides. Since connection is what I hope to capture, it's imperative you use any free hands or arms to touch your family members by putting your arm around their shoulders, holding hands, using any other free hand to rest on their hands, tickle, or caress your child! As strange as the term sounds, "unused" arms and hands make pictures appear too formal and stiff. Unless you ask for a few formal shots and one person on the end needs to have their arm down, it's always best to convey some kind of movement with your spare hands!

2. Always smiling at the camera vs. your family members. Though I definitely want you to at times smile at the camera, I want you smiling and looking at your family members MORE! The best lifestyle or candid shots are those where family members are enjoying each other vs. looking at the camera. Some of my favorite pictures are ones where there is a balance between maybe one person looking at the camera and everyone else looking at that person or others. 

3. Waiting for me to give you cues to play, tickle, or explore! Though I'm happy to constantly direct family members if need be, the time will fly by and I'll get an even greater set if you come to the session prepared to have as many fun moments with your kids as possible! As an example, for my own family session, I already had in mind what jokes, secrets I was going to whisper, games I wanted to play, and facial expressions I was going to make in order to keep my kids engaged and excited to connect with me!

 

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My Newborn Style: Light and Airy or Dark and Moody? | Cambridge Massachusetts Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/8/my-style-light-and-airy-or-dark-and-moody There's a lot of talk online these days about whether a photographer's style is "dark and moody" or "light and airy." Anyone who views my portfolio will immediately notice that most of my images seem to be in darker spaces and have a lot of enriched color associated with them! The "light and airy" camp tend to edit with increased highlights and often look like a space is filled with a ton of natural light (but more often than not, it's light that is coming from an off camera flash) in addition to desaturating and muting the color spectrum in images. The "dark and moody" style, which is one I identify with a lot more, is one that emphasizes a warmer tone, amplifies contrasting colors, and tends to give a more documentary look to photos given natural light and shadows are used to spotlight facial features. Though I tend to be more of the latter, my editing style can also gravitate towards a more "light and airy" look if a home is extremely well lit with natural light or the personality of my clients call for a more bright and less contrasty style. However, most folks who choose to work with me tend to have colorful homes that match the general tone of my portfolio...which is more colorful, creative, edgy, dark, and vivid. 

 

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What are Presets? | Watertown Lifestyle Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/8/what-are-presets-watertown-lifestyle-family-photographer When photographers talk about post-processing, one of the main things we are doing is adding our unique brand of colors, grain, sharpness, softness, or smoothness to our images. When editing, we have the awesome option of just automatically adding a "preset" or pre-designed template to make our images look like our brand. Over the years, I've experimented with several presets, created my own, and struggled at times to have a consistent "brand look" as sometimes what looks great in one shot seems to change in another pending so many unique factors, including light, the personality of folks, setting, etc. I've landed on two very distinct styles that I absolutely love and now want to offer all my families: my bold/texture driven warm punchy color preset that is my most consistent style and the one that is used on these images below, which is a retro/grain/vintage preset. So when families complete their questionnaire, they can choose between of one my signature editing styles or allow me to use both!

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Best Newborn Poses | Medford Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/6/best-newborn-posts-medford-newborn-photographer One of things I love about newborn sessions is getting creative in clients homes in order to find the back best backdrop with available window light. Though each session will differ in terms of what spaces we'll use or how you'll be in the frame with your newborn, here are some poses and areas that are commonly used for newborn session: 

Baby portraits against a white backdrop, comforter, or off white bed sheet

Crib Shots from multiple angles

Snuggles + Kisses from Mom or Dad

Overhead or Angled Shots from the Couch or Living Room Floors

Overhead or Angled Bed Shots 

Various Angles on the Rocker

Against a Bookshelf or Wall Art

Standing Right Next to the Window

Newborn Portraits Against a Colorful Blanket, Carpet, Coach, or Fabric

The Nursery Floor + Wide Angle of the Space

Details of Hands, Feet, and Hair

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4 things NOT to stress about for a newborn session | Cambridge MA Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/3/3-things-to-not-stress-about-for-a-newborn-session I often remind first time parents during a session that the reason why I spend two hours (and sometimes more) with them is because I factor in all the minutes or time blocks when a baby needs to be fed, changed, or soothed. This is all normal and expected during a newborn shoot. The last thing I want new parents to feel is stress, anxiety, or pressure during a session to be "on" the entire time I'm there. You already got through labor, a c-section, or the tedious adoption process so I want you to simmer into the momentum of becoming a new parent without any more weight than you already have in your hands! Here are a few things I suggest not to worry about during your session:

A perfectly clean space!

Though I do recommend families clear their living room, bedroom, and nursery of excess clutter, if you aren’t able to get around to doing so, do not worry! I can help you arrange furniture, quickly vacuum, or move those everyday trinkets out of the way. I have no issues getting hands on during a session so I see this as a collaborative process. As a mom of two girls, my bathroom or common spaces are rarely ever clean or as neat as I want them to be…so do not feel you need to clean for me like I’m a guest!

Long nursing sessions or exposed body parts 

Too often, a new mom apologizes to me while feeding for more than a few minutes or when she can’t quickly click that nursing bra back into place after a feed. I am quick to say “absolutely no need to apologize!” I’ve had two babies so I completely understand and want to normalize the nursing process that is still so stigmatized in front of others. If you're not nursing, do not feel the need to withhold giving your baby a bottle if they are hungry or you know getting some extra milk will help calm them down. 

Stress tied to having a gassy, frequent pooper, colicky, or hard to soothe baby!

As mentioned, a baby’s main form of communication is crying so I expect them to be doing this more than gazing cutely into the camera lens when awake! I encourage new parents to take their time soothing their newborn and to not feel a pressure to get them to quiet down quickly for the sake of photos. Remember, we have two hours and all we really need is a few moments of calm in between everything else to get a great set!

Lack of fancy or pre-selected outfits and makeup!

I like to capture real people, in their real homes, in their REAL clothes! A good portion of my clients truly want non-advertisement type photos that focus on the reality of who they are. This means wearing either outfits you already have in your closet or what you'd be wearing on any normal maternity leave day. I think being comfortable and wearing what you want is very important in addition to presenting yourself authentically. For my own personal newborn session, I literally stayed in my nursing clothes, didn't put on any makeup, and just made sure my hair wasn't all over the place. I showed up as myself without any regrets and I encourage clients to do the same!

 

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What to Wear for a Newborn Session | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/3/what-to-wear-for-a-newborn-session 1. Colors for a Newborn Shoot        

I strongly recommend white, cream, or off white colors for tops. Other great options are neutrals, pastels, or even black or plaid for one parent! Given natural light isn’t always consistent in every room in a house, white clothing is best for bouncing and magnifying window light and can often brighten up pictures. Alternatively, black or a flowy lightly patterned clothing can hide the post-partum mid-section many moms who gave birth are often self-conscious about…but, I do shoot at angles and often do my best to avoid capturing any parts of one’s body that a new mom prefers to be less featured in photos. If you are nursing, I strongly recommend a top where you can easily nurse a few times during the session but that has a higher neckline so cleavage doesn’t get showcased in photos. 

 

2. Shirts, sweaters, pants, or dress?

Personally, I’m a huge fan of maxi or A line knee level dresses for mom as these are not tight and do not rub up against any healing or sensitive parts of the body. A second favorite option is a comfortable casual tunic and leggings or sweater and leggings. For men, I strongly recommend going as simple as possible, so a plain t-shirt, plaid shirt, and comfortable khakis or other stretchy pants.

3. Avoid clothing with words, logos, or any loud patterns!

Clothing that doesn’t have distracting or contrasting elements in it will also keep the focus on the baby’s features and face, which is of prime importance in newborn photos! Also, our eyes are immediately drawn to words or pictures of large animals on clothes.

 

4. Keep shoes and socks off

Indoor sessions are meant to be informal, hence shoes not only add a layer of formality that isn’t authentic to in home sessions, they make it difficult to appear relaxed and comfortable on the couch or bed, where most newborn sessions take place. Socks, even if they are plain white or black, can be distracting and odd appearing in pictures as they sometimes aren’t identified as feet right away in pictures. Though I know many folks are not fans of their feet, trust that no one will be focusing on them and I will not be targeting them as the largest object in the picture!

5. What should your newborn wear?

Pick a few outfits you want to put your baby in, preferably one or two newborn onesie that is one color or lightly pattered or a few swaddle blankets if your baby is most comfortable being wrapped. Clothing that is too big or that your baby hasn’t grown into will often not look great and distract away from their tiny features. Also, avoid the spectrum of reds, oranges, and yellows as these colors tends to magnify newborn skin tones or imperfections.

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Fresh 48 Session | Mount Auburn Hospital Newborn Session https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/3/fresh-48-session The first day after the birth of both of my daughters—particularly my oldest as it was the first—was one of the most exhilarating experiences after 36 hours of truly awful cycles of contractions! My husband and I had decided to not find out the sex of our baby so one of the things that really got me through labor was finally finding out if I had a boy or girl. One thing I truly regret was not hiring a fresh 48 photographer to document life with my baby girl in those first two days. Though I vividly remember the silky green robe I wore during and after birth, the desperate gulps of coke I finally drank post-delivery, the discombobulated steps I took after she was born, and the calm of her face when she hit my chest for the first time, so many moments are gone from my mind. I was hit with some long forgotten memories taking the elevator to the fifth floor into Mount Auburn’s labor and delivery unit for the first time since I gave birth there-- the only time I’ve ever walked through that unit not as a mom to be but a photographer. I absolutely loved every minute of documenting my dear friend's son in his first 8 hours outside the womb. I got to relive some of the magic and excitement that is palpable after a baby finally arrives. Given I also literally only live 4 minutes away from Mount Auburn and have many free hours during the day in between my therapy clients, I’m determined to make myself known as a very local Fresh 48 photographer who can swing by on very short notice to a space that is deeply personal to me!


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My Favorite Newborn and Baby Related Items | Somerville Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2023/2/my-favorite-newborn-and-baby-related-items-boston-baby-photographer This blog post has little to do with photography and is entirely about me reminiscing about the baby years that are sadly now behind me…my youngest turned three in January! I remember reading and watching a gazillion different posts and youtube video about “must haves” in the weeks before and after my first child was born. I was overwhelmed with the information and went a bit overboard with my first for fear of being underprepared. So many of the “must buy” products and items I feel I never used; both my girls NEVER took a pacifier and my oldest refused to drink breast milk from a bottle so I had a whole super pricey set of Dr. Brown’s bottles and products I had to give away as we were sold on the comotomo by the time she weaned and started on whole milk. A few items I wasn’t sold as essentials became everyday can’t live withouts for both my babies through a process of trial and error and habit. So what are these less talked about things that you may or may not need? Check out my 6 items below!

I was obsessed with my colorful, easy to pack, and adjustable Etsy ring sling! Given my first baby was born under 6 lbs, I carried her in this non-stop for the first few weeks! I also loved all the different ways I could use it as she got older, including having her on my hip or with her legs out as she got bigger.

My worst and most stressful memories as a new mom were when my baby got sick. It’s always so scary to have a congested little one who can’t blow her own nose yet. Though this one took a long time to get used to for my oldest, my youngest practically begged for the nose Frida when she was stuffed up and it was one of the only ways in which I felt I could directly ease her pain when she was sick…not to mention that it felt really satisfying getting all those stuck boogers out and washing them away through the tube!

 

I wish I could remember which brand onesies we were gifted that changed diapers changes, but I can’t emphasize how much less stress and agitation I felt in the middle of the night when I had to change a diaper because of magnetic onesies! I really do not understand why all onesies aren’t magnetic or without the little buttons that can take some time to do with a kicking baby. I swear, half the time, I also got the buttons wrong!

A few friends had Gaiam exercise balls they would use in order to soothe their newborns and we jumped on board! I idea of swaying or walking back and forth the house seemed less appealing and realistic to me than just bouncing on a ball! Our first child quickly adapted to this method of falling asleep for daytime naps and we had to deflate it every time we traveled long distance or find one if we forgot it!

My husband and I were utterly unfamiliar with the contemporary sounds of generation Alpha (yes, that is what we call kids born in the 2010s), so we reverted back to what we knew as early millennials and quickly purchased a raffi playlist for the car and during windown at home after we realized youtube videos are hard to stream! I remember singing baby beluga as a six year old and now any raffi song reminds me of the first few months of being a new mom! My daughter still loves these songs…they will always be timeless!

After we sleep trained our first, we realized we needed something to help her understand when it was time to “wake up” or “snooze.” For a few weeks, she woke up too early and then was overtired before her first nap. Another mom suggested we get a Mella and after we decoded the somewhat nonintuitive buttons, the changing lights helped her “check the time” so to speak before officially making sounds to come get her! This is another items we had to take with us every time we traveled as she became a part of our family  This one is obvious given who I am, but I had to admit, I didn’t take enough pictures of my kids in their first year of life! Though iphone photos keep increasing in quality, I still personally recommend new parents invest in a solid DSLR camera to begin capturing their growing families! A great start camera is the Nikon D610, it’s the camera I started on as a professional and I still use it as a back up for sessions! Though a brand new one is still close to 1K, you can find some lightly used ones for a few hundred through B&H photo, especially now that it’s considered an “out of date” model.

 

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4 Tips to Prepare for Newborn Sessions || Cambridge MA Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/12/5-tips-for-newborn-sessions-cambridge-ma-newborn-photographer Bringing a new baby home is one of the most exciting and anxiety provoking moment for new parents. I vividly remember what it was like putting my first born in her car seat and carefully securing her into our car when we drove home from the hospital…I think I told my husband to drive like a snail during our first car ride as a family of three. There are so many tiny details that change day by day in those first few weeks—not only with the baby, but with space and ourselves! I think about myself as a brand new mom and sometimes feel stunned at how much I’ve changed in these past few years —physically and emotionally! This is all to say newborn sessions are not just about your new baby but also about you and your changing life!

I usually recommend families secure a newborn session within the first two weeks of a baby’s birth in order to take advantage of a mostly sleeping baby and preserve all those features that seems to quickly evolve. In order to prepare for a newborn session, I recommend the following easy 4 tips:

  1. Declutter your window lit spaces! For most sessions, I try to use any room in the house that gets decent window light, including your bedroom, the living room, and the nursery. Though I can certainly help declutter and arrange your space when I arrive, we’ll have more time to spend on capturing you and little one if you’re able to do this ahead of time. 
  2. Avoid turning on the lights. I almost always use natural light for indoor sessions as florescent or overhead light tends to be too orange, harsh, or creates unwanted shadows!
  3. Choose neutral color onesies + a few favorite swaddles. Typically, indoor sessions come with a lot of diverse colors in terms of space so I encourage families to avoid putting their little ones in onesies or outfits that could distract from their features. However, vibrant and patterned swaddles often look great in pictures against off color bedding!
  4. Feed baby beforehand. Though a newborn’s cycle is often unpredictable, I encourage moms to breastfeed or give bottled milk right before the session so we can start with a sleeping baby. I usually try to get detail portraits of a newborn first, so a happy and calm baby is best!

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Cloudy Indoor Newborn Session || Boston Newborn Photography https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/12/moody-newborn-session-boston-newborn-photography There are few people I would drive 7 hours in the rain for, but this mom makes that short list and a day trip to CT so I could capture little G was beyond worth it. It's fitting that my most personal shoot of the year was also my last one. Kim and I have been friends since college and she's been one of the most consistent, loyal, and kindhearted people in my life since that time, almost 20 years later now. I know the story behind these images. I got to bear witness to the heartache, physical pain, uncertainty, and tentative hope that comes with multiple rounds of IVF, and to finally share in the joy and relief of knowing that one of the most deserving, empathic, and solid human beings I know, whom I never questioned would  be a phenomenal mother, is now finally one! These images were taken on a super rainy and overcast day, hence the moody and darker backdrop. 

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Why I Only Shoot During Golden Hour || Family Photographer Boston https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/11/why-i-only-shoot-during-golden-hour-family-photographer-boston Over the years, I've shot with many different camera bodies + lenses and played around with a myriad of different camera configurations and setting to try and capture the sharpest, most vivid, and emotive images. One factor that cannot be accounted for with the best equipment or skills is the magical light produced during golden hour. Golden hour is a photographer's mecca! This is a the sweet spot for shooting that typically occurs one hour before the sun completely escapes down the horizon and the light turns from various shades of orange to grey or blue. Though I still get many families who ask to do their sessions earlier in the day due to their kids' sleep or evening routine schedules, I've learned to strongly advocate for a sunset hour session given the hassle of changing a routine for one day is well worth the high quality images this hour will produce. Here are five main reasons to care about golden hour:

  • Directional light greatly reduces the visibility of blemishes, scars, and other facial details 
  • Soft light creates a colorful bokeh or "glow" to images that give them a natural movie quality feel 
  • Defuse light amplifies emotions 
  • Despite golden hour being short compared to afternoon light, the sun moves fast during this window of time and the light changes every few minutes, giving some diversity to the sharpness or color of the sun
  • Angled light gives a punch to the color of buildings, trees, and grass surrounding subjects 

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Fall Outdoor Family Photography Styling Guide | Natural Family Photographer Boston https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/9/family-photography-styling-guide This is the number one question I get asked after a family books their fall session! I hope to make the process of choosing autumn outfits to be as stress free and seamless as possible with these six recommendations.

  • Coordinate but do not match. Go with neutral colors such as greens, creams, yellows, blues, and maroon. Pick colors you gravitate towards as a family and also what colors might complement or look good on your walls at home if you plan to frame them in specific rooms. Also, start with mom’s outfit first and choose from there. A long dress, skirt/blouse top, or leggings and cardigan and sweater are perfect options for the fall.

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Hair. If you have long hair, I recommend you wear your hair down for some of the shots in order to get the natural flow and life through action shots with your kids! However, make sure bangs or messy hair of your kids doesn't constantly cover up the eyes or front of the face. 

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Patterns: stick with only one person having patterns and make these are small and not too visible. Multiple shapes or patterns tend to be overwhelming in images where the focus should be faces and the interaction. Some things to avoid: pinstripes, neon colors such as hot pink, too much makeup or jewelry, tight clothing, sweats or sports clothe
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Balance. Make sure your color scheme complements between top clothing and bottom clothing so that if one person is wearing a maroon scarf or or khaki shirt the other is wearing a maroon or khaki pants. Another suggestion is for mom or another female identifying member to wear a skirt, dress, or one piece to avoid the infamous “line” in family photos that clearly cuts tops and bottoms and sometimes makes photos appear too formal or staged

 

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Why Choose an Indoor Session? || Family Photography in Cambridge MA https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/9/why-choose-an-indoor-session-family-photography-in-cambridge-ma Before doing one of my first indoor session this past year, I was firmly against the idea. I strongly prefer natural light, sunsets, and nature. Also, the idea of using my flash for a dimmer or darker space didn’t appeal to me. But…I’ve completely changed my mind on indoor sessions as I’ve learned to use both natural window light and my flash more effectively – not to mention indoor colors are often more vivid, intense, and diverse!

There are so many reasons why a family might opt to do an indoor session, the primary reason being a family books during the winter months and too cold to go outside! I would also encourage families who have more rambunctious, unpredictable, or fussy babies or toddlers to choose this option given kids are so much more comfortable in their home, where there’s easy access everything they might need to stay settled and it’s more contained. Home sessions also allow for more creativity and give families the option of using multiple rooms and semi-structured activities (painting please…) for a more documentary approach. 

 

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My Package Explained | South Shore Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/7/my-package-explained-south-shore-family-photographer With so many great photographers to choose from in the Boston area, it can be confusing to figure out whose package system will work best for you and your family, especially if you're hiring someone for the first time. As most folks will notice, many other photographers typically have a model where they charge a session fee (separate from any photos) and then allow clients to view previews after a session. Based on those, they can decide what specific package they want to purchase, which can sometimes be only 5 images! I think this is fantastic business approach for photographers who hope to make the bulk or all of their income from photography alone. It's also the best approach for someone who feels they are only hiring someone to get a few framable shots vs. a collection that tells a story of the hour. What I value most about lifestyle photography is the story telling component of the work and making sure I capture as many small and "unposed" moments as possible that preserve the personalities and in between moments amongst family members that do not necessarily make it to wall frames. I want to deliver all those moments in addition to the handful of perfect and "wow" images that make up a full gallery. Plus, as someone who is obsessed with editing, it's painful to think about putting the effort into editing a full set only to have a client choose a handful of images. So I value delivering the full set (with all those not so perfect moments) that I hope will become more and more valuable with the passing of time. 

 

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Why Choose a Summer Session? | Family Photographer in Belmont https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/6/why-choose-a-summer-session-family-photographer-in-massachusetts Summer is my favorite season to capture families. Though most people tend to gravitate towards the spring due to the bright pink/white blooms or the fall due to the yellow/red foliage, I personally think summer offers more diverse landscape colors and usually guarantees a gorgeous orange sunset. Summer is also less hectic, more relaxed, and the evening light lasts longer so you can avoid squeezing your session in between school events or other obligations that tend to swarm spring and fall schedules. Summer is also comes with less sickness, layers for clothing, and flush pink faces due to colder weather. Lastly, summer allows families to choose a beach session - which I highly recommend given Boston has many beaches and it's a unique part of living in this area. The session featured in this post is from an August session at Rock Meadow Conservation in Belmont. 

 

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Are We A Good Fit? | Family Photographer in Boston https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/6/are-we-a-good-fit-family-photographer-in-boston Once you narrow down a few photographers whose style you like, including mine, you decide to reach out! Deciding you want to work with me is not as easy as my price fitting your budget and having our logistics line up. Since I only take a handful of family sessions each year and photography is my part time "mostly for fun" job, I want to make sure we are a good fit so the experience is awesome for both of us! Before you book me, I’d love for you to read this post and decide if I’m the person to document your family. The family featured in this post is one I've worked with every year since 2016!

So what do I think would make us a good fit? Here are seven key things to consider in lining up expectations: 

1. You want a more candid/creative style vs. traditional portraits. I do not do school or studio type photos where everyone is sitting politely and smiling straight into the camera the entire time or where the background is more central than your relationships to one another. Sure, I try to get a few of these shots of everyone looking straight into the camera for the holiday card, but after that, the focus is then going to be on playing and having fun! One of my favorite things about lifestyle photography and one reason I continue to do it is to indulge my more artistic side. I appreciate images that reflect a more authentic "true to life" approach that centers spontaneous moments of connection.

2. You are a flexible and laidback person. Though what you want is very important to me and I do my best to capture your requested shots, I also expect you to be open minded with however your session unfolds. I want you to choose me because you trust and love my work and would be happy to get whatever authentic moments come out of the hour. If you feel you are extremely particular in your vision or tend to have a lot of requests, we may not be the best fit. Also, if you're a fall session and we get a rain date, I expect you to work with me in being as flexible as possible in finding another date (this might mean skipping a planned event, kids activity, or moving the session to sunrise, being flexible with a  location change) given fall is my busiest season and Boston has gotten a lotta rain recently!

3. You aren’t afraid to get active! Family sessions come with a lot of playing and exploring. This might mean a willingness to sit in a field of tall grass, get some mud on your shoes as we walk through some unexpected terrain, or jump in a puddle if one happens to be in front of us! I of course do not expect you to get totally muddy or wet, but a few sprinkles of mud and water never hurt anyone if it's something your kids really want to do! 

4. Your outfit style is more casual than formal. Since most of my sessions are outdoors and lifestyle in approach, clothing that allows for running, playing, and general motion is a lot better than outfits that make it hard to do these things, such as formal dresses, heels, or suits. 

5. You care more about connecting with your kids/partner and want your photos to reflect these moments. This one is VERY important. If you feel you’re more focused on making sure your kids do not misbehave or follow directions than you are with playing or engaging them, we may not be the best fit. Also, keep in mind that the background is not that important for the style of photos I provide, so if you're more concerned about the trees or landmarks than you are with what is happening with you and your family in the foreground, we may not be the best fit. Most families who choose to work with me want images where they can say "this is totally us." 

 6. You are kind and see our relationship as a collaborative one vs. just a business transaction. Given I only take 40-45 sessions per year, I want to work with folks where there is mutual care and a desire to work collaboratively vs. one where I'm just providing a service. In essence, I hope to form a positive relationship with you and your family and prefer clients see me as a person first in addition to their photographer!

7. You communicate well. Since I do photography on the side and have another full time job, I hope to work with clients who are able to submit forms/payments on time without multiple reminders and who communicate clearly and in a timely manner. 

Boston is full of amazing, talented, and incredible photographers. It’s important to take your time and find a photographer whose style, package, philosophy, and personality match your needs. I might be that person, or I may not be. I’ve found that once you find a good fit, your relationship with your photographer can last long after your kids are out of the house!

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Family Lifestyle Session Tips | Boston Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/6/family-lifestyle-session-tips-boston-family-photographer Preparing for a family session, particularly with little ones, often starts long before the actual time of the shoot! I often encourage families to make sure they have a calm and relatively relaxing morning and afternoon before coming to the session in order to reserve as much energy for the shoot as possible. Plus, kids who are not overstimulated from the day are less likely to extend their short fuses and crash before the full 45 minutes to one hour is over. 

In order to prepare kids under 6 for a family session, here is what I recommend:

  1. Delay nap times to early afternoon or before the session in order to ensure kids do not get too tired or cranky during the precious sunset hour. This often means their schedules will be off for a day or two, but trust me, pictures during sunset and golden hour make a world of a difference in image quality!
  2. Make sure your kids are well fed and have snacked beforehand. Many sunset sessions often occur during or shortly after dinner time so it’s important kids aren’t hungry during a shoot. I also encourage NOT packing snacks for the shoot given kids will often want to keep the snack in their hands while they continue to walk around or explore and crumbs or pieces of food can get stuck to their mouths or clothing. 
  3. Pack a bag with extra wipes, water, or items you anticipate needing during the shoot and also to store your personal items – I will hold this bag along with my gear! Also, if you have really small ones, bring a stroller! I will bring a prop blanket for on the ground shots. 
  4. When you have your kids, avoiding pointing to the camera, instead, tell your kids (particularly the little ones) "do you see the ladybug/froggie/butterfly on her camera" AND leave it mostly to me to direct your kids to look at me. Instead, focus on playing/tickling/snuggling/engaging them as you would if I were not there!
  5. If I suggest a pose and they do not cooperate (even after you try to tickle or play), let's take their lead and follow - I've found it's easier to go with their whims than trying to force them to do something specific when they really do not want to, this also leads to less resistance down the road!
  6. Kids are curious, they will get distracted by what they want to see, walk towards, or explore. When they do this, stand next to them and help them explore or demonstrate excitement about what they are doing.  
  7. Bribes! I encourage using these in moments 1-2 times during the session. Clear candies that they can quickly eat and aren’t as visible in their mouth are best such as clear gummies, small m&ms, or mini starbursts. 
  8. When I'm trying to get a portrait of one or multiple kids together and they aren't looking at me and I can't get their attention, hover right over my left/right shoulder (as close to my lens as you can) and get them to laugh or look at you!
  9. Have fun! 

 

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What I Love About Capturing Families | Boston Natural Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/6/what-i-love-about-capturing-families-boston-family-photographer I started my career focused on weddings and though I did the occasional family session before having my own kids, I didn’t really connect with families in the way that I do now. After having my own babies, I became OBSESSED with capturing my kids and all their gloriously messy, adorable, tender moments. Now I feel so much more connected to parents and love capturing everything babies and kids come with, including the joy, tantrums, hugs, running off, whining…not wanting their picture taken, wanting to touch the camera, etc. I can fully empathize with everything occurring during a family session, particularly with small kids. Given my own experiences, it’s easier for me to know how to interact with parents and little ones during a shoot in order to move things along. So in a nutshell, I enjoy working with others in a similar stage of life!

Additionally, most days, I feel like I’m winging it as a mom and have embraced (or try to) all my imperfect moments as a parent. I want to make every family I work with feel NORMAL and seen throughout the process and view resistance, snot, flailing arms, and unwelcome distractions to be a part of the process. Many families come into a session thinking they need to get their kids to be as cooperative as possible and to make sure everyone looks their best. The last thing I want parents to feel is stressed or worried about presenting well. I encourage parents to allow their kids to wear the mismatched shoes they love so much or explore their natural surroundings and to focus on being present with their kids in whatever mindset they are in at the time. Moments of truth or imperfection are just as important as the shots families tend to put up on their walls. In fact, one reason I love to deliver all those “in between” moments is because I believe these real moments are the usually ones that parents will easily be able to pinpoint what they and their kids were feeling!

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What is Lifestyle Family Photography? | Cambridge MA Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/6/-a-few-2021-newborn-and-family-favorites-what-is-boston-lifestyle-photography Despite many pandemic related shifts and postponements, 2021 was one of my best years as a photographer as I finally found a consistent rhythm, style, and niche (I LOVE capturing families and babies...mirrors my own life right now). I got to capture many repeat families and some of my closest friends with their first born babies. I consistently delivered full galleries to families within TWO DAYS because editing is where I find flow and a sense of peace after a full day of work and my evening routine with small kids. 

Since deciding to focus almost exclusively on newborns and families for 2022 and beyond, I got a lot of insights into what this relatively new genre of “lifestyle photography” is all about. In a nutshell, lifestyle photography focuses on everyday people, mainly families, and is a hybrid between documentary style photos that are not posed or guided at all and nudged candid shots (I like the phrase plandid) taken in order to document key milestones in a family’s life. One of the things I absolutely love about capturing families is allowing people to not only interact in authentic ways but also dress in outfits they feel most at home in or would actually wear on a special day. Clothing (and not overthinking outfits) is as central to telling the truth about a moment as is the actual moment between the people involved. 

Lifestyle photography is also moving away from “everyone smile and look into the camera” and focusing on families playing together, doing an activity, and where a majority of moments have smiles or tender touch without kids having to look straight into the camera. This genre is perfect for families who are ready to engage their kids vs. trying to get their kids to “cooperate” and act in specific ways. Adding one’s artistic touch, finding the best light/angles, and amplifying natural emotions is heavy part of a lifestyle photographer’s job and I LOVE this creative challenge when kids aren't cooperating (my own kids give me plenty of practice on a day to day basis)! Plandid lifestyle sessions often come with significantly less stress for everyone involved and are perfect for folks who want to be captured just as they are - laughs, mismatched shoes, tantrums - all of it! Boston Family PhotographerBoston Family PhotographerBoston outdoor lifestyle photographer specializing in family and newborn photography. Based out of Cambridge MA.

 

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How to Choose Outfits for Spring and Summer Sessions || Boston Family Photography https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/5/how-to-choose-outfits-for-spring-and-summer-sessions One of the many questions I get asked after a family books a session is “what should we wear?!” As a mom of two girls, I totally understand the stress that comes with trying to choose outfits. Coordinating clothes can be a daunting task, but I hope I can make the selection process easier with some simple suggestions.

First off, outfits do not need to be from expensive stores! Stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target, Old Navy, and H&M all have great choices. However, if you are in the mood to splurge, I’d recommend Carter’s or Hannah Andersson for kids (especially for patterned dresses) and Anthropologie or Mint Julep (for moms).

Second, I strongly encourage you to wear what you are comfortable in and what fits your personality and to coordinator outfits. Though you can certainly choose to have your kids wear matching dresses, vests, and shirts/pants, I’d recommend getting some variety in and having members complement one another. 

Third, start with mom. Think about what dress, skirt, or pant/blouse options you love the most. I personally love midi or casual dresses that are all one color or lightly patterned and ankle length. If you choose patterns, I suggest everyone else wear solid colors. For kids, I recommend avoiding stripes/dots and patterns and logos that will distract from facial expressions or the scenery. If you want someone to wear patterns, select a pattern that isn’t going to distract from the smiles and backdrop and one that isn’t so visible, such as small flowers/animals, etc. If your kids are small, one pieces are a great choice, such as rompers, overalls, or dresses (though make sure to have under covers or tight shorts for dresses to avoid underwear creeping into shots). For dads, keep it simple! A plain shirt with khakis or jeans are ideal! Lastly, in terms of clothing choice, avoid everyone being in tops and pants to avoid the infamous “cut” or line in standing photos. 

Fourth, keep color schemes in mind. Spring/summer sessions usually come with flowers in full bloom that are usually pink, white, and if we are lucky, some yellows, and the brightest landscape colors (lots and lots of lush and bright greens). As such, consider lighter colors – especially light/faded green (avoid the deeper greens that are similar to the color of grass), light blues, yellows, and pinks to complement most outdoor backgrounds. Here are some other popular colors schemes for the spring/summer: 

  • Denim and tan
  • Glitter and white
  • Blush and teal
  • Blush and white
  • Light blue, tan and white
  • Light blue, yellow and white
  • Tan and white
  • Orange and teal
  • Light blue, tan and white
  • Blue, green and yellow
  • Pink, light blue, blush
  • Pink, orange, and white

Fifth, plan for a colder and warmer day by layering and choosing sweaters that continue to complement outfits. I often encourage clients to avoid any heavy jackets or even petticoats and choose mauve, beige, or white sweaters when the weather is slightly colder. If it's really cold, rest assured that you can put your jacket and warmer clothing right back on between a burst of shots! Lastly, do not stress alone! Once you book a session, I can help you choose outfits and offer specific suggestions as we move through the process together!

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Best South Shore Beach for Photos || Nantasket Beach Maternity Shoot https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/5/best-south-shore-beach-for-photos---nantasket-beach-maternity-shoot Nantasket beach in Hull has one of the best (and longest) shorelines during low tide think I’ve ever seen in New England. On one end of the beach you have the ocean extending out towards Boston, which is perfect for capturing a blueberry pink sherbert sky during sunset. On the other end, there are housing complexes that add an urban bouquet of gold glint from the windows where the sun hits. Plus, the trek down here from Boston area is worth it for the many amazing restaurants in Hull and on route 3 through Hingham/Weymouth (my favorite is Trident Raw Bar in Hingham). My friend Sevan just had her first baby in October and I was super excited to capture her during her first week of her third trimester, before things really started to get really heavy and uncomfortable! For this particular shoot, she chose several white sheer maternity dresses and could not have looked more STUNNING in all of these pictures. Cannot wait to meet (and capture) her little one soon. 

 

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Danehy Park || Best Cambridge MA Spot for Family Mini Sessions https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/5/danehy-park-best-cambridge-ma-spot-for-family-mini-sessions One of my favorite sections of Danehy Park is right off Garden Street, next to St. Peter’s field. This little nook offers a gorgeous slice of sunset light that isn’t blocked by the many apartment buildings and triple deckers in the neighborhood. There are also plenty of trees and greenery, as such, this is the perfect spot for any local family who want a mini session. Given mini sessions are only 15-20 minutes, I typically focus on getting a few shots of everyone, individual portraits of each child, and then a variety of combinations between kids and their parents. These are also super easy for me to schedule given I can walk to this particular spot in less than ten minutes! If you're looking for a quick and easy family session this year, please get in touch!

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Jed || Boston Dog Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/4/jed-boston-dog-photographer The most bittersweet session I’ve done to date happened through a gift one kind and thoughtful sister gave to her sister and her dog, Jed. At the time of the shoot, Jed only had a few more weeks left to live. I learned he was a rescue and didn’t have a great first three years of his life but then was adopted by his current owner, Anna, whom he has been with for the past ten years. Giving Anna these images was so meaningful because she was so incredibly grateful to get some more tangible memories with Jed during a time when the first waves of impending loss are being felt and she's trying to stay present with every additional day she gets with her sweet pup...

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Dog Photography Boston Family Photographer Boston Lifestyle Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/4/jed-boston-dog-photographer Fri, 08 Apr 2022 04:30:00 GMT
Boston Family Photography || Best Family "Poses" https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/4/best-family-poses As a lifestyle photographer, “posing” is not exactly what it sounds like when it comes to families with small kids. Though I do prioritize trying to get at least one shot of the whole crew looking straight into the camera with pristine smiles, the majority of the time I am focused on capturing family members connecting as they would if I were not there (tickling, snuggles, exploring, singing). In order to prompt natural connection, I often go through a series of "play/connect" poses, especially when I’ve got toddlers or early elementary schoolers in front of me. One of the best parts of family photography for me is also getting creative and making small suggestions to what is spontaneously happening in front of me. Prompted poses not only help kids stay engaged, but they allow the whole family to have fun and stay relaxed throughout the session. Plus, parents are usually grateful for the energy expended as it makes longer car rides home much calmer!

What most people who go through trending candid family shots on social media do not know is that even the most spontaneous moments are due to clear and concise directions from the photographer! Here are just a snapshot of a few of my favorites from recent fall sessions:

Sneak Up

I tell a parent(s) to sneak up and surprise their kids with tickles or a tight hug or tell kids to sneak up on their parents! This one never gets old

The Hammock 

With my prop crocket blanket, kids sit in the middle and get a light swing!

The Hammock

Sky Gaze

Everyone lies down on my prop blanket for some snuggles!

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Toss up

A basic one – dad or mom throws a child up in the air while others watch!

Parachute

 This one has several names, but kids LOVE it when parents hold the prop blanket and try to catch them with it as they run under

Super Hero

 One or both parents try to swing their kiddo towards the camera, either with locked hands (for a larger child) or holding them (best for toddlers/babies)

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Tickle time

 I will ask for this every few minutes (unless a kid clearly expresses no tickles)  “Group hug:” everyone wraps their arms around each other; cheek to cheek!

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Boston Family Photographer || What I Learned From My Personal Family Sessions https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/3/what-i-learned-from-my-personal-family-sessions I have two strong willed, direction defying, energetic girls. A morning where both of them eat enough, brush their teeth, AND put their clothes on without major negotiations before we madhouse out the door is as common as a lunar eclipse! If I wasn’t an experienced lifestyle photographer and someone who didn’t learn some massive lessons after our first family session, I would have resigned myself to taking pics of them on my own without any of me in them!

When my baby was about 6 months and my oldest was 3, we booked our first session. I remember being racked with anxiety thinking about how I was going to get my girls into their dresses, what to do if one of them had tantrums during the shoot…fear…oh no…what if…etc. etc. Once we started, I had one too many moments where I got caught in trying to get my 3 year old to actually look at the camera and stay within 10 feet of me (she’s a runner in any non-contained space). My efforts to get my girls to “cooperate” didn't exactly ruin the experience, but made it less enjoyable. Even when we got our gallery (which had many great shots), it was layered with memories of stress from that day.  

For my second session a year later, I went into it with a completely different attitude and one I know to be vital in making sessions a success when I’m behind the camera. I simply LET GO. I didn’t stress about what they were going to wear, even giving in when my toddler wanted to wear dirty pink crocs…a picture of her screaming when we tried to take them off continues to be a favorite! I focused on playing, following my kids leads, and just tickling my 4 year old (she loves touch and to be tickled), all of which led to not only a stunning gallery of smiles and laughs, but fonder memories when I see the pics on my fridge. The overall set of images also felt more like "us" as we were never in positions we wouldn't normally be in when playing inside our house. This experience fueled my own desire to set my families up for success (mentally and logistically), which you can read about in an upcoming post!  

 

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Photographer Boston Sunset Family Session Cambridge Family Photographer Rock Meadow Conservation Area https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2022/3/what-i-learned-from-my-personal-family-sessions Thu, 10 Mar 2022 19:43:00 GMT
What I Love About Indian Fusion Weddings || New England South Asian Wedding Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/12/what-i-love-about-indian-fusion-weddings-new-england-south-asian-wedding-photographer I started off my photography career shooting weddings, and only weddings! Before I had kids, I had the physical and emotional bandwidth for weekly 10 hour shooting days for most of the summer and early fall and truly loved it; the range of emotions, fast paced (and sometimes slow…) nature of ceremonies, and variety of events, lighting, and energy on a given day sky rocketed my comfort with manual settings and thinking fast with my gear and eye!

Given my trip to India in 2010 was the catalyst for my desire to pick up my camera more, it’s no surprise that I LOVE capturing Indian fusion ceremonies as it brings together multiple dimensions of my own identity and so many aspects of the day are deeply familiar and personal to me. A “fusion” Indian wedding often involves the blending of two cultures, between the couple and within an individual who feels they want to honor multiple parts of their identity as a second or third generation immigrant and South Asian American. What I really love about these weddings is observing what elements of a Hindu/traditional Indian ceremony will be “fused” or brought together with more western traditions, such as the choice to have the wedding on a farm or vineyard (NOT a hotel...where many more traditional Indian ceremonies take place), or modifying outfits (such a lengha/dress blend), having a first look, and hiring a DJ that alternates between bhangra and billboard dance songs. 

One difficult dimension to being a wedding photographer is often feeling separate from the event and in a clear outsider role. I do not feel this way when I am hired to shoot Indian weddings as I’m often immediately and frequently mistaken by guests as a good friend or family member doing a favor for the couple – an erroneous assumption that I welcome as it symbolizes a sense of belonging I’m already feeling when I’m there. Plus, there are sooo may details and cultural nuances I'm usually already familiar with, which often relieves the couple from having to explain or prepare me for the many expected and unexpected parts of the day, such as…time delays…assertive aunties who want family pictures…where to stand during a baraat or how to weave my way into an unmovable crowd…time delays…making sure I am front and center when the garlands are exchanged (equivalent to rings being exchanged)…and so so much more!

One of my favorite fusion weddings was Garrett and Krishanti’s wedding at Unionville Vineyard in Ringoes, NJ. The bride is a total bad ass – plays in a femme-punk rock band in Brooklyn! This wedding was small and honored Krishanti's Tamil and Hindu roots while also reflecting many parts of their shared alternative NYC lives. 

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Cambridge Family Photographer || Mystic River Reservation Family Session https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-aversas Mystic River (on the border of Medford/Somerville) has become one of my favorite spots for family sessions due to the conglomerate of colors, aspen trees, white pampas grass, a compact foot bridge, pond, and a field perfect for a wide sunsets.

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Photographer Boston Lifestyle Photographer Cambridge Family Photographer Mystic River Reservation https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/7/the-aversas Sun, 25 Jul 2021 21:04:27 GMT
Boston Author Photos || Creative Portrait Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/7/boston-author-photos-creative-portrait-photographer One of the most exciting and rare inquiries I got this year was from a local author who wanted some creative, moody, and artistic portraits to promote her first novel, called The One, similar to the likes of Ottesha Mossfegh, Sally Rooney, or Jhumpa Lahiri. To say the least, I absolutely loved the creative freedom, discussion of literature, and collaborative energy I got to experience on this short session with Julia. Hope to get more opportunities to do more...

 

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) boston author photographer Boston creative portrait photographer Cambridge portrait photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/7/boston-author-photos-creative-portrait-photographer Thu, 01 Jul 2021 17:15:00 GMT
Boston Cake Smash Photographer || Colorful Covid Birthday Party for “1” https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/1/boston-cake-smash-photographer-colorful-covid-birthday-party-for-1 My baby's 1st bday was almost one year ago. Like so many families who had babies during the start of the pandemic, I knew there was no chance of us having a large celebration. I made sure we could mark the occasion through a classic and simple cake smash right in our Cambridge home with my signature colors and dark tones! I loved seeing the mix of confusion, slow exploration, and freedom as my little munka realized she could indulge her natural desire to feel and taste the textures of the cake with their fingers, face, mouth, and feet!   Cash Smash Cash Smash

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Cake Smash Photographer Cambridge Family Photographer Cambridge Family Photography Cambridge Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2021/1/boston-cake-smash-photographer-colorful-covid-birthday-party-for-1 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:43:00 GMT
Life during COVID | Belmont Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-chaves-collares One of the most enjoyable parts of this work is meeting families who forget I am there to photograph everyone and interacts with me as if I'm there to go along for the adventure down the path. This group came with zero pretenses or locked ideas of what they wanted to present. I got to scale back to basics and just capture the natural connections between these five in a rare and wonderful "live action" style. This year has been a gift in being more present - in saying what needs to be said and in thinking about the things that matter the most. Hope to capture many more families that can just let go and let me freeze what happens next...

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Photographer Boston Lifestyle Photographer Cambridge Family Photographer Rock Meadow Conversation Area https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-chaves-collares Sun, 01 Nov 2020 17:06:48 GMT
Rock Meadow Conservation Area Family Photoshoot | Belmont MA Lifestyle Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-gorminskys Despite the pandemic's massive shift on "normal" everyday life, inquiries for fall family sessions didn't slow down! If anything, in speaking with the many families I worked with this year, the isolation and the lack of movement and interaction with the wider world has forced many families to exclusively rely on each other for support, connection, and play. So many of the relationships have become stronger and it seems this insularity has put everything into focus - values, beliefs, priorities, and bonds...

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I Love My Repeat Families | Cambridge Massachusetts Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-durniak-buchanans This is the third year in a row that I am photographing this family! Not only was it amazing to see the kids a whole year older but to feel the same level of joy, laughter, and fun this family is so easily able to access on the spot. It felt like meeting up with old friends and there was barely time for them to register the camera in between fits of running, jumping, and giggles. I look forward to shooting this family for many more years to come. Also, Rock Meadow Conservation Area is officially my favorite location to do family sessions; every season and time of day seems to yield something picturesque and unique!

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Beaver Brook Family Photoshoot | Cambridge MA Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2019/9/basu-family Though I'm an ear shot away from Beaver Brook Reservation, I've barely explored the beautiful trails or various spots for family sessions. Without really knowing where to go, I picked the main parking lot off of Mill street and luckily found a swampy section of goldenrods as the prefect background for my first session with the Basu clan. I met Gaurab and Sudha in our neighborhood park on Saturday morning as our two year olds were playing and we quickly learned we have many mutual friends and interests in common. After one play date, I was booked for a family session.

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[email protected] (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Beaver Brook Reservation Belmont Family Session Boston family photographer Boston lifestyle photographer Cambridge family photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2019/9/basu-family Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:23:41 GMT
Somerville Newborn Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2019/9/baby-diego Shooting a newborn while pregnant sent a surge of love and excitement through me as I contemplate having another one soon - I miss the feeling of having something so small and still rest calmly and happily in my arms! Baby D was just waking up as I snapped several tender shots of him nuzzling with his dad. One of my favorite things about newborns is their curiosity and intent gazing at everything around them, so much new stuff stuff to take in and today it was a bulging black camera that kept clicking and grabbing his attention! It was super special shooting my neighbor's newest edition as we are fast growing our multiple points of connection. 

 

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