When I asked my daughter how I should decide whose pictures to post first, she answered that I should do it alphabetically. Unfortunately for Tori that meant that she was last. And what's funny (well maybe not for Tori), one of my friends pointed out that she wouldn't have fared any better if we didn't use her nickname but used her real name instead (Victoria). But even if I used her last name, she still would have been last because the order of all three would have been the same whether we used first or last names, how weird is that??. But I am thinking that just means that we saved the best for last!! Like Brittany, I have known Tori forever, and I have watched her grown up to be a wonderful, not to mention beautiful, young lady. We had a lot of fun with our shoot starting off by the water and the wharf.
Tori wants to be a teacher so it was appropriate that our next stop was the one room school house on the island. Although I think that maybe Tori is aiming for a class that is made up of more than 8 students in one room, but you never know!! Part of the reason that Tori wants to be a teacher is an interesting story, and very indicative of her personality. This past year, Kate started an after school homework tutoring at the school where I work (and the girls' old elementary school). Since she couldn't do it alone, she enlisted Tori and Brittany to run it with her. Because of work schedules, Tori ended up being the one that ended up participating the most. Along the way, she decided that she had a passion for helping kids to learn and has decided to pursue that passion. Tori formed a strong bond with the kids and when softball commitments made it impossible for her to help out, she drafted her younger sister into service to make sure that there was coverage every day!!
Tori is also an athlete, she has played softball ever since I have known her, so playing on the rope swing in the back of the school was right up her alley.
After we left the school, we made a quick island stop before we got to the "tree". Yes the tree that Brittany was so kind to procure permission to use. Although Tori's mom was with us too and she would have asked if Brittany wouldn't (you know I wouldn't have asked, remember what I said about public speaking? Same type of thing!) Of course, Brittany and Kate couldn't resist having a little fun and photo bombing one of Tori's tree shots.
We hit some beach-y areas after that, and like Brittany and Kate, Tori was a really good sport about posing.
We ended at the lighthouse and I think that it is safe to say that the fabulous light totally agreed with Tori, don't you??
Best wishes on your senior year, Tori!! Although I don't really need to formally wish it since I will see you often, I do hope that it is all that you have hoped and dreamed that it would be. I am so happy that you have been in Kate's life for so long, she is so lucky to have a best friend like you!! If all of you girls continue to love and support one another, then the sky is truly the limit as to what you'll be able to accomplish. Thank you for allowing me this honor of capturing a small part of your senior year!! If you would like to see the rest of Tori's pictures, please click here.
I am not going to lie, this is a challenging post to write (not to mention, so crazy that it is here already!!). See this post features my very own senior. I can't believe that I am writing a senior portrait blog post for my own daughter. Where does the time go?? It flies by, that's where it goes, unless you are on an island. As we discovered last week, island time its own entity but that is the subject for another day. I am going to try my hardest to keep the focus of this post on Kate and how amazing she is and not talk about me and how lucky and proud I feel to be her mother. Kate is really, really smart but even more than that, she combines her intelligence with a drive and determination that is truly impressive to watch. As a matter of fact, the highlight of her vacation last week was finishing "Frankenstein", part of her summer work. Just kidding, the highlight of her week was a visit with her besties and taking senior pictures with me, of course!!
We decided to spread it out over a couple of days, you know because we had plenty of time, being on island time and all. On our first outing, she put on a pretty dress, gorgeous shoes and her best smile and we headed out to some quintessential island spots. I know I am biased but Kate has always had the best smile, it is always so genuine and full of joy, you can just tell it comes straight from the heart.
The next day, she put on a different outfit and we brought Nani along to help us scout locations and to help with posing. So glad we brought Nani too, she was great at setting poses and picking out spots. We started out at the sandy beach and then Nani discovered Pulpit Rock (a rock where Roger Williams once preached to the inhabitants of the island):
Then we were lucky enough to find some other great locations, like a one room school house:
And the most adorable little farm stand:
We finished up that day of shooting at the light house with absolutely beautiful light. Appropriate I feel since she is the absolutely beautiful light of my life (sorry, sorry, I know I said that I wouldn't make it about me but I couldn't resist)
Then it was time to do some pictures with her besties. As I mentioned in Brittany's post, these girls have been friends forever. They are such wonderful complements to each other, they really bring out the best, and a real sense of fun, in each other. They had fun playing on the rope swing and they even did a hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil pose for us!
Okay, I know that this has been a very long post but if I can't do a long one for my very own senior, then I don't know for whom I can do one this long for!! Kate, I can't wait to watch you experience this year in all its glory. I hope that it is filled with lots of fun, lots of memories and that all your dreams come true. I love you lots and you always make me so very proud. I have faith that you can do absolutely anything that you set your mind to and that there are great things in store for you!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Kate's pictures
Last year, it was fitting that I began my senior picture season with a friend of mine from college's daughter. Well this year, I have an even more special kick off to the senior picture season - my daughter and her best friends. I couldn't decide which one to start with so I asked my daughter to choose and she said that I should start alphabetically so that would make Brittany the chosen one!! We were on vacation last week on Prudence Island in Rhode Island. If you haven't heard of it, then join the club, most people have never heard of it. Probably because there is absolutely nothing on the island: no hotels, no restaurants, no bars, no stores, well with the exception of a store at the ferry and a farm stand (adorably titled Farmacy) that is self serve. Nothing that is except for nature in its most beautiful, unblemished and purest form. So when my daughter asked me if her friends could come over and visit us, I was quick to tell her to make sure that she told them to plan on taking some senior pictures. Not only did they come perfectly dressed and perfectly made up, they also came with the perfect attitudes, a delightful combination of fun and sass. We started at one of the many points on the island where you can pull of the road and take steps to the water.
Next we went to a pier known on the island simply as the T-wharf and Brittany is such a great sport that she had no problem lying on the dock for me. We also spotted a cute little fence to pose on as well.
After we finished at the wharf, we moved on to the one room school house. Since Brittany has been best friends with my daughter since she was in first grade and with Tori since they were in second grade, I thought that it was the perfect location. I also had a special picture that I wanted to take of the 3 of them. After we finished with that, we went out back and the girls had some fun playing on the playground equipment, including a really cool rope swing.
After we left the school house, we passed the "tree". The reason that it is in quotations is because there is a story behind it. We had driven by it countless times over the week and were absolutely fascinated by it. Actually the fascination started several years ago with my sister-in-law, she has been raving about this tree for years. The only problem with the tree is that it is in someone else's yard!! Or should I say that would have been a problem if Brittany hadn't offered to go ask for permission to use the tree. She knocked on the door and explained that she was taking senior pictures with her friends and that they would love to pose in the tree out front. Since Prudence is quite possibly the friendliest place that I have ever been, the answer was an enthusiastic, "Go for it!" I am so glad that she did, the pictures are pretty unique!!
Next we traveled to the sandy beach, being an island there were beaches everywhere but this beach most resembled what we tend to think of as a beach.
There is a picnic table at this spot and once again, Brittany was kind enough to lie down on it (and this time, it was all her idea!)
We ended the day with some terrific lighting and a visit to the lighthouse that was right down the hill from where we were staying. I think that we can all agree that the lighting (not to mention a visit to the island) really agrees with Brittany, huh??
Thanks Brittany, you were just as good a subject as you have always been a friend to Kate!! You rocked the island, I can't wait to see how we make out when we take a trip into the city! I would wish you the best for your senior year but since I see you almost as much as my own kids, it is not necessary to put it into writing (oh well, I will anyway, best of luck!!) Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Brittany's pictures.
I have rarely in my life been as unexpectedly, wonderfully surprised and honored as I was when my nephew asked me if I would consider being his son's godmother. I have always been extremely close to my nephew, he is 4 years older than my oldest daughter so I got to spend a lot of time with him before my own kids came along which helped a lot (because we all know how time consuming and exhausting the baby/toddler stage is and with 4 kids born in 5 years, I was in that stage for a good while). He was even in my wedding, how cute was he in his tux??
So you can imagine just how thrilled I was to be asked to play such an important role in his son's life!! The christening was this past Sunday and it was a very nice service. The baby's older brother also got baptized and looking at it from the perspective of a child, the whole thing must have seemed a bit strange. But he took it all in stride and did a great job of answering any questions that the priest posed to him and allowing himself to be blessed by his godparents.
The baby, Kason, didn't participate in quite the same way as his brother, Matty, but he seemed no less aware of his surroundings, taking everything in with his big, blue eyes.
Kason seems to have a real bond with his godfather. He only had to look over at him and Kason broke out into a big smile. Although he seems to like me too, looking over my way a couple of times!!
His godfather was also kind enough to volunteer to do a reading. The priest asked for volunteers and as you can imagine, there was a little reluctance in the church (does anyone like speaking in public?? I know that I don't). Kason's godfather came to our rescue and volunteered. He did a fantastic job too!! My nephew also got up there and said a prayer for all the children being baptized that day and he also did a tremendous job!
Then it was time to go up to the baptismal font. This represented a sligjht dilemma for me since my duties as godmother obviously took precedence over taking pictures. No worries, my youngest daughter was with me at the church so I asked her to take them. She is fast becoming my right hand man, and helps me out a lot and does an amazing job! It was Matty's turn first and although he didn't quite know what to make of it all, he did exactly what he was supposed to and was such a great sport.
Then it was Kason's turn and he was also wonderful (of course!!)
Then it was time for the traditional dressing of the child and the lighting of the candle. The cloak is a symbol of spiritual connection between the godmother and the baby and is said to serve as protection from calamity and the candle fittingly symbolizes the lighting of the way of the journey.
We did a few family pictures at the church but not too many, Kason seemed a little worn out by all the excitement. We saw the slight quiver of the lip on a few occasions, always a sign that it may be time to wrap things up.
I didn't take too many pictures at the party, I was too busy having a good time catching up with my family and soaking it all in. But I did make sure to get a picture of the cake which was just beautiful as well as a picture of me with Kason.
I also got a picture of Kason with his beautiful mother, grandmothers and one of his great-grandmothers before everyone left for the day. And of course, since we were out there we got some other pictures as well.
It really was a wonderful day and it is such an honor and a privilege to be asked to play this important role in Kason's life. I am looking forward to seeing just where the journey takes us. God bless both Matty and Kason, although with so many special people in their lives, I am pretty sure that the blessing has already started!! If you would like to see more pictures from the christening, please click here.
I know that I promised vacation pictures and senior pictures for this week but I am a little backed up on account of the fact that we just got back from vacation, my house looks like a bomb went off in it, I have a pile of laundry that is dangerous to stand next to and we were at a christening all day yesterday. So I am going to rely on a post that I wrote for last week but couldn't get it to post remotely. Anyway back in October of 2012, I wrote a post about how important it was for moms to "hop" into the picture. Then last year around this time, I wrote about "walking the walk" as far as getting my own picture taken was concerned and I posted some pictures to see if I had listened to myself. Well I thought it would be kind of fun to do that again and to see how I measured up this year. To see if I am still getting in the picture. Let's see how I did.
I think that I did pretty good, what do you think?? And don't worry, I will have all those other things I promised as soon as possible. Depending on how my day goes, there may even be another post today, you never know!
Do I have some fun things in store to share with you all this week!! I am going to be sharing pictures from our recent island vacation,
as well as pictures of 3 of my favorites seniors ever, my very own senior and her 2 best friends! We had a blast with these pictures and I can't wait to share them and their stories. And we aren't done yet, I am hoping to do a session in Boston at some point.
and my great-nephew's (and godson!!) christening later today, which is just a wonderful exclamation point for the absolutely fantastic week that we just had. Happy Sunday, everyone and anyone out there on vacation, if you have even half as good a time as we did, then your vacation will be sensational!!!
Looking for something fun to do tonight??? There is a wonderful event taking place in Stoughton tonight, A Movie for Marissa. This is an outdoor showing of the movie, The Little Mermaid (previously it was going to be The Parent Trap but they managed to get the rights for her favorite movie instead). There will lots of fun activites as well as raffle and auction items. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and all net proceeds will go to The Marissa Paige Ramos Memorial fund. I am not able to attend but I did donate a photo session (shameless plug there but I want to make sure someone bids, how embarrassing if no one bids?)
I am having a slight issue with adding a video so strangely enough, there is no video on this Friday night video post. If I was able to add one, it would be, of course, Kiss the Girl because who doesn't love a reggae singing crab?? Happy Friday, everyone, looks like it is going to be another beautiful day and night, a night that would be perfect for taking in an outside movie, hint, hint.
Patriots training camp opens today, yay!! I believe that I have mentioned once or twice that I am a huge football fan so this news makes me happy, really happy. We have been going to training camp since my kids were little and it used to be at Bryant College. I probably already told you but I once had Troy Brown sign the baby (she's almost 16). We don't go that much anymore, we got spoiled by those early years and now it is too crowded for us. Anyway in honor of camp opening, today's throwback is some of my favorites throughout the years. Happy Thursday, everyone, have a great day! Go Pats!
Yesterday I mentioned that I had a story about pictures and posts being better with them that I wanted to share. When I posted on Monday, one of my friends commented on the post and told me that since I always say that posts are better with pictures that she had a picture that would be perfect for that post and that she would send it to me. This made me really happy, perhaps disproportionately so, for a couple of reasons. One, it is nice to know that someone is listening to me. C'mon, I have 3 teenagers and 1 almost teenager, people listening and paying attention to me is a rare thing!!! And second, the picture is hysterical! At least I think so anyway. Happy Wednesday, evertone, it looks like another fantastic weather day is on tap around here, I hope that you all get to go out and enjoy it!
This post is to all the senior girls out there. I would like you to do me a favor. I would like you all to go back and read a post that I wrote in September of 2012. I hear too often about girls that are reluctant to have pictures taken because they are not happy with the way they look or that they want to wait and see if they can lose some weight. But seniors, don't let this be you, please embrace the way you look!! I ask this for a couple of different reasons. First of all, as the mom of one my seniors wrote back then, ""Little does she know, she will someday look back at these pics to see how beautiful she is right at this moment." It is so true, you are all so beautiful and trust me, as someone almost 30 years removed from being a senior, you got it all going now!! I have to tell you, I was having this conversation with my own senior, my daughter and she said the sweetest thing. I told her at my age, nobody thinks I am gorgeous, except her dad (like they do her) and she immediately replied that she thought I was gorgeous, what a sweetheart! Anyway my second point is that there is nothing on earth as beautiful as someone with the confidence to let her true self shine through, so please let your self shine through!! If I am lucky enough to work with you and you let it shine, then I will do my absolute best to ensure that I capture it in all its glory, that's a promise!! Because posts are always better with pictures (I have a funny story and picture to share with you about that sometime), I have a picture of 2 gorgeous seniors, my daughter and one of her best friends along with my other daughter (also gorgeous but not yet a senior, although I am sure it will be here before we know it).
Want to hear something crazy?? I have to get fingerprinted. I am a 47-year old woman with barely a speeding ticket on my record yet I have to be fingerprinted. Well scratch that, I don't have to be fingerprinted, I only have to be fingerprinted if I decide to remain in my current job. I have been employed in my position for more than a year so I believe that I have a year to comply with this directive. If so, I am going to use that year to do some serious thinking about whether this continues to be the job for me. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job but I am not sure about this.
It is hard to argue against anything that will make us safer and please understand, I have absolutely nothing against safety, but I do have a problem with being treated as though I am a criminal. Whatever happened to the theory of innocent until proven guilty? And I think we need to start having conversations and questioning these types of things instead of just accepting what we are told. Questions like does it really make us safer? Take this tidbit from Masslive website in an article about this bill, "The proposal came after there were several high-profile cases of teacher misconduct toward a student. Ironically none of those adults had criminal backgrounds, said state Rep. Alice Peisch, D- Wellesley, chairwoman of the joint education committee and sponsor of the bill." Questions like where will it end?? What's next? Won't there always be something else that seems reasonable on the surface so where does it end?
I love the kids in my care and will do anything to ensure their safety. As a matter of fact, one of my friends (the teacher from my what teaching really is post) and I once climbed out a window of her classroom in the middle of the winter during a prep period. We were testing out the theory that if two adults could fit out the window, then her students certainly could in case, God forbid, we were ever faced with a situation like the one that occured in Newtown. Now I ask you, is it safe to lose people of this caliber? Upstanding people that have a problem being treated like they have done something wrong? And I find it bizarre that I am an upstanding citizen and I have to be fingerprinted yet there are reports that the TSA is allowing illegal immigrants, people that we know nothing about, to fly on commercial airlines with just their Notice to Appear form, a print out that has no photo or security features.
But actually it is my choice whether I comply on not, I was wrong when I wrote that I had to get fingerprinted. I don't, what I have to do is to decide if I feel strongly enough about this to sacrifice a job that I absolutely love. That is the only thing that I have to do.
If you have any comments about this, I would love to hear them. My hope is to have a polite and thoughtful conversation about this. If you disagree with me, I would love to hear your reasons why but only if they are presented in a civil manner. Happy Monday, everyone, hope that you all have a great week!
So I think that I may have mentioned once or twice on here about what amazing friends that I have in my life. They are always doing nice things like taking my youngest daughter to Maine for a weekend of fishing and fun, like friends of ours did last weekend:
Or incredible things like running the Boston Marathon this past April:
I could go on but right now, I want to talk about 2 friends in particular that are in the process of doing great things on a bigger scale. My friend, Paula is running the Falmouth Road Race in a couple of weeks to raise money for Dana Farber and my friend, Laura and her family are participating in The Walk the Night fundraiser to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After cancer affected them and their families, they decided that they needed to find a way to help out so that maybe others and their families don't have to go through what they have gone through. I am so proud of them. See, I told you that I have some pretty amazing people in my life!! If you would like to participate in these fundraising efforts, please visit here for Laura's page on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's website and here for Paula's page on the Run for Dana Farber website.
Happy Saturday, I hope that you all have a terrific weekend!!
This week, I did something that I haven't done in years. Actually, I can't even remember the last time that I did it. What is this mysterious thing, you ask? Well, I saw a movie in the movie theater that I have already seen. I can count on one hand the number of movies that I have seen once at the movie theater in the past five years, never mind twice. Okay the one hand thing is probably an exaggeration but honestly not much of one. The last movies that I remember seeing at the movies, well besides free ones like the annual Christmas Classics (a canned good gets you admission) or Bookworms (a book report does the same) are Jersey Boys, Blended, Frozen, Sea of Monsters, Identity Thief, A Christmas Carol, Soul Surfer, Enchanted, and 50 First Dates and obviously some of those were at my kids' request and some of the others were my dad's. Although, now that I think of it, weren't Enchanted and 50 First Dates released a while ago? Hmm, I'm thinking that they probably don't count. That's what makes my movie visit this week even more shocking. There is now a movie that I have seen twice in the movie theater! The movie is The Fault in Our Stars (I might have mentioned that I am borderline obsessed with this movie) and I loved it even more this time than the last. It is that well done. The reason that I saw it again is that one of my friends just finished the book. Luckily she liked the movie. Luckily because, as I told her, I am not really sure that I can be friends with someone that doesn't like this book, and now, movie, In honor of the book, the movie and all the fans out there, this week's Friday Night Video is "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX. I have also included a picture with this post (because posts are always better with a picture). I never title my pictures but if I did, I would call this one, "The Stars". If you don't understand, then you need to go see the movie!! Happy Friday and by the way, wouldn't this be a great workout song? I think that I need to put this on my workout playlist asap!! Have a great weekend, everyone!!
I was looking for some inspiration and since it was for a Throwback Thursday, I decided to look back on some of my old posts. I don't know if it is a coincidence or not but one of the first posts that I clicked on was this post about "my muse" from August 2010. The reason that I am questioning whether it is coincidence or not is because "my muse" was a huge help during my photo shoot with Brody and Chase earlier this week..
I have to say that she has moved very ably from the role of muse to assistant. As a matter of fact, she is way overdue for a shout out because she was super helpful to me during Steve and Maria's wedding as well. She came with me to the reception and kept an eye on my equipment and kept me company. This was after she sang with the choir during the ceremony and posed with them after the ceremony (that's her, right next to the bride). She even took some great pictures during the cake cutting portion of the reception, including the one below. It's nice to know that I have a built-in assistant whenever I need one!!! Happy throwback Thursday, everyone!!
So I told you on Monday that I was going to be hanging out with Brody and Chase and that I was very excited about it. Well it certainly did not disappoint, it was so much fun!! We went to one of my all-time favorite places and as soon as we got there, we went to check if there were any animals out. In one spot, there was a llama (or maybe an alpaca, I can never tell the difference). The boys were equal parts fascinated and leery.
Sometime since I last saw him, Chase started to walk and let me tell you, he is dying to keep up with his big brother. Although he was also really good about letting Brody hold his hand.
Chase also loved the gravel and mulch lined paths, whether it was playing with the stones or trying to eat the mulch
The beauty of the place that we were at is that there is plenty of space to explore and lots to see. The boys took full advantage of both.
Chase loves to give Brody kisses so one way to get them to pose together was to ask him to give a kiss. Of course, another way was just to have Brody lie in the grass so Chase could jump on his back!!
We did a couple of traditional poses,
and then decided to wrap it up and head out before we completely lost their attention. Luckily there was a tree and a bench on the way out that that the boys found fascinating.
A little bit more running around and then we really decided to call it a day.
I honestly don't think that there could have been a better way to start the week off than by spending Monday morning with these two!! And to add to the fun, not only did one of our other friends meet us so we could go for lunch afterward, we also had the best assistant ever with us. Just a perfect way to start the week!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of their pictures.