Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fall Family Fun [Cape Cod Family Photographer]

Third time's a charm!  Laura has been trying to arrange a family session since late summer, but with 4 children it can be challenging to find the right mix of schedule, healthy kids, and weather.  As winter is approaching we grabbed a dry afternoon for our session at South Cape beach.

Let me tell you, it was FREEZING!  Scott and I wore wool, and down hooded jackets to buffer the biting wind.  These guys were not phased in the least.  This family was here to have fun!  
And that we did.

While we waited for Tom and Andrew to arrive I started with mom shots, as we all know that those are often hard to come by.  

And sister shots.  I love how naturally they nestle in with each other.

Look at these beautiful smiles!

Time for some coats, and a little run to warm up.

The boardwalk was the most protected on our walk back to the parking lot.  The sky behind them is the perfect Cape Cod gray.

We laughed a LOT, and the girls had fun hamming it up with their coats.  I could have kept shooting till dark.

As we thought about it later Scott and I realized that during our 60 blustery minutes at the beach there wasn't a single complaint about the cold, or questions about how much longer I would be shooting.  

Thank you, Laura and Tom, for sharing your family.  

And for warming our hearts.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tayler [Cape Cod Senior Portrait Photographer]

One of the most interesting aspects of shooting high school portraits is the choice of location.  Many times it's the beach because that is a happy place for those of us fortunate enough to live on the coast.    Tayler's session was tentatively scheduled for the beach, but that changed as we got closer to the date.  Late October is peak fall color on the Cape so Tayler opted for Bourne Farm instead.  Tayler has hiked the trails with her family, and chosen Halloween pumpkins with her brother, Josh, at the pumpkin patch.  There is history here! 

The day started out pretty murky but no rain in the forecast so I was hopeful that the weather would stay dry.  And that the wind would calm down a bit.

I am in love with this spot!  It has all of my favorite things wrapped into one.


                                                                          Rock walls,

Barn doors,

Tall grass,

Grape vines,

And water!

We had a mini family photo session as well, for some Christmas card shots.

This is fall color at it's best! 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Emma [Cape Cod High School Senior Photographer]

Last week I received this note from a mom:

"Hi Susan, my daughter is a SENIOR!  We were hoping you could catch her beauty and character with train tracks in the background.  Do you know if that would be feasible?"

Yes, yes and YES!  I didn't have to meet Michelle and her daughter, Emma, to know that this was going to be a memorable session.  And I knew the perfect spot: my favorite rail station in Sandwich.  It is no longer a working station, but the tracks are used for the local scenic rail and dinner train.  

I knew it would be quiet during our morning session.  How many senior girls would be enthusiastic to get up early on a Saturday?  

We had so many great options for location.  Station platform,

on the tracks

and rails

and trackside.

We enjoyed chatting as we went, and  I loved catching some mother/daughter shots, too.

As we were finishing up Michelle was so excited as she spotted the split track.  Wouldn't that be a great statement for senior year?  I love her thinking!  

I could have photographed Emma all day.  And I don't know how she is going to choose her yearbook shot.  So many choices!  

Emma, this is such an exciting time in your life.  I wish you the best as you choose your path, on your way to new adventures.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Polynesian Princess Tea Party [Cape Cod Event Photographer]

Aloha!  It's time for tea at the Cape Cod Children's Museum 11th annual princess tea party on Sunday, September 9th.  

This year's theme was inspired by the movie, Moana, the story of a young girl's quest to explore the world beyond her island, and to save her people in the process.  It is one of my favorite Disney movies, and such a joy to capture the excitement of these children as they spent their day in a tropical paradise.

Guests were greeted by Moana and Maui.

There were many activities to choose from, including lei making,

sand art,

tote bag decorating,

cup coloring,

mini-manicures by Cape Cod Nail Company,

photo booth with props,

a delicious buffet brunch, 

and, of course, the sweetest treat was the Polar Cave Ice Cream Sundae Bar. 


The highlight of the day was when guests were invited to don their grass skirts and join Moana to learn the basics of Hawaiian hula dancing.

As festivities came to a close, raffle winners were announced for the beautiful themed baskets.

Everyone left with a homemade cookie, treasure stone, and memories of a fun adventure in the tropics. 

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