Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography: Blog https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog en-us @ Sejal Soham Photography 2022 sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:06:00 GMT Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:06:00 GMT https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u888926030-o461878814-50.jpg Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography: Blog https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog 80 120 Why Choose a Summer Session? || Family Photographer in Massachusetts 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 isn’t my main bread and butter job, I want to make sure we are a good fit! Before you book me, I’d love for you to read this post and decide if I’m the person to document your family, if not, no problem at all, I’d be happy to recommend other talented photographer in the area. So what do I think would make us a good fit? Here are five key things to consider in lining up expectations: 

1. You want a more candid style vs. traditional portraits. I do not do school or studio type photos where everyone is sitting politely and smiling straight into the camera. Sure, I can try to get a few of these shots if everyone is on board, but if not, you would be happy with images of your whole family laughing or in motion! Arlington Massachusetts Family Photography Arlington Massachusetts Family Photography Arlington Massachusetts Family Photography 2. You are a flexible and laidback person. Let me be honest, I’m not the most “high end” or “in demand” photographer in the Boston market. There are plenty of crazy talented photographers who cater to their clients every wish and invest a lot of time making sure clients get exactly what their predetermined vision dictates. Though what you want is very important to me, 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. I always appreciate clients who tell me “we trust you, we love your general style…happy to see what happens.”  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 outdoor lifestyle session, 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. Most families who choose to work with me want images where they can say "this is totally us."  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 and this is by far one of the biggest perks for me – I’ve been doing family photographer for almost six years now and will be working with some families for the 5th year in a row this year. Seeing the same set of kids go from toddlers to elementary schoolers (and hopefully high schoolers) is by far one of the most fun and exciting parts of this job for me!

 

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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 || Massachusetts 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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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 Sneak Up “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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“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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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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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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (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 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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (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
Nantasket Beach Family Photographer https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/11/zara-at-the-beach We had a surprisingly calm, sunny, and carefree Veteran's Day this past week on hump day. One of our favorite spots when Zara visits her grandparents on the South Shore is going to Nantasket Beach during low tide. Nearly half a mile opens up for play and running back and forth to catch the water's edge during these hours and our rambunctious Z wastes no time getting her sprints in back and forth, stopping every so often to play in the moldy sand and water pools...

 

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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Beach Photography Boston Kids Photographer Cambridge Family Photography Nantasket Beach Photography https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/11/zara-at-the-beach Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:37:18 GMT
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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (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 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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Photographer Boston Family Photos Boston Lifestyle Photographer Cambridge Family Photographer Rock Meadow Conversation Area Photoshoot https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-gorminskys Sun, 04 Oct 2020 13:10:09 GMT
Boston Documentary Family Photographer || Zara in the Bath https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/5/zara Pandemic life has come with a multitude of challenges, changes, and shifts to our *semi* and mostly predictable schedule with our toddler home and the birth of our little nugget. Though I'm sad all my spring families had to postpone their photoshoots, I feel immensely grateful to have more time home with my new baby and of course, our rambunctious Zara, who has experienced an explosion of words and is never ending in her desire to explore every nook and cranny of our house by getting into cabinets, drawers, and even moving chairs around to reach higher forbidden sites. One consistent excitement of the day is bubble bath time...

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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Black and White Cambridge Family Photographer Toddler Portraits https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2020/5/zara Sat, 02 May 2020 23:43:27 GMT
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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (Boston Family and Newborn Photographer || Sejal Soham Photography) Boston Family Photographer Cambridge Family Photgrapher Cambridge Family Session. Cambridge Lifestyle Session Rock Meadow Conservation Area https://www.sejalsohamphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-durniak-buchanans Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:51:53 GMT
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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sejalsohamphotography@gmail.com (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