Fundraiser for BEST PTO

It's that time of the year again: summer holidays are over, school is about to start if it hasn't started already, autumn is peeking from behind the corner. 

I like school. I liked school when I was in school. I like school as a parent. It brings routines and normalcy to our lives again. :) This summer has been anything but routines and normalcy for us with our European travels. I do welcome these things back to my life. 

I believe in community and helping out. Giving back if I only can. This is why I'm doing a fundraiser for BEST (Bedford Elementary School Together) PTO. They do amazing work for our elementary schools and I love how much they bring to the schools to make the learning more of an experience, fun, efficient and wholesome. They provide equipment, enrichment programs and bring visitors to the schools. 

I want to support BEST through this fundraiser.  If you book a photography session (family, senior, child, engagement/couples, personal branding, generations, friends etc) between Sep 5th and Sep 17th I will donate $200 per booking to BEST. Please mention the fundraiser when you book your session. 

Let's make this a successful fundraiser for an extremely good cause. 

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Friends no matter how far away

This past year we made wonderful new friends. Our girls and I. We were hoping to hold them close for a while but earlier this spring we got the news that their stay here in Boston would be shorter than expected and they would be moving away.  You can only imagine our shock, disappointment and sorrow after that. 

I had the opportunity to take pictures of our friends for them. This woman is absolutely amazing. Mother of five. One has left the nest already. She's truly beautiful inside out. Her two youngest ones have become great friends for our girls. And we all cherish these friendships.

After we moved to Boston area more than seven years ago I have never taken friendship for granted. It was very hard to find friends here. During these years I have managed to meet truly wonderful people and become friends with them. I've also had to say good bye to some of these friends. I can tell you it's not easy. Not in the slightest. I miss each and everyone of them. The best thing though about friendship is that if it's true it will last the test of distance. 

The hardest for me has been seeing how my children are taking this and how they are so very upset about loosing their buddies. It's hard for an adult to see a friend move away. I can only imagine what my little ones are going through. We try to talk about it but there's still emotions and questions that stay unsurfaced. 

In a way we're lucky. Things could be worse. These lovelies could be moving to a country that we wouldn't be traveling to at all. However, we'll meet them again in Finland. This summer. Already looking forward to it. ❤️  

Mummy and Me

Of my goodness! These sessions were so much fun! Giggles, out right laughter, running around, kisses, cuddles, being silly, smiles and twinkling eyes. That's what you want when you're taking pictures of mother's and their children together, right?

In terms of weather Mother Nature decided to give us everything from gorgeous sun shine and warmth to outright downpours of rain, gloomy and cold. That' didn't seem to dampen the mood though. I know these pictures will be treasured by these mothers. I know they will be displayed for others to witness the precious love of all of these mothers and their littles and not so littles. 

 
 

Finland special: summer sessions

This summer I'll be working in Europe. I'm hoping to get some well deserved down time as well. 

Some of you may know that I'm a Finn and all of my family is still there. So every year I try to get back home. I can't stop thinking about seeing family and friends, going to sauna by the lake (every day) and all the goodies I cannot get here. (Hello few extra pounds.... :D)

I'm super excited to be able to offer some sessions this summer for the first time in Finland. YAY! These sessions will be offered both in Lahti and Tampere regions.

Would you like to have your family pictures taken? Did you get engaged earlier and didn't get engagement pictures taken? Are you celebrating a special occasion? Maybe a wedding anniversary? A birthday with a 0 in the number? Or a child's birthday? Are you expecting a baby and would like to get maternity pictures taken? These and many other occasions not mentioned here are all worthy of a photography session. 

The price for a session is 480euro. This price will include the session fee as well as 15 hand edited, high resolution digital images delivered to you within 5 weeks from your session. I will also include smaller sized digital images with watermarks for social media sharing. The longer delivery time is due to my extended travels in Europe this summer. 

If you are interested in booking a photography session with me you can contact me through the contact page  HERE. Or you can send me email directly to christina@cwilburphotography.com The sooner you arrange this the better chance you have to get a spot. I'll be able to do only a handful of sessions so don't wait. 

 

Family S. - Foss Farm, Carlisle, MA

Late November I had a chance to take pictures of little cutie pie named Layla and her sweet family. Layla was turning 1 and the intention was to take her 1-year photos as well as family pictures during their session. By family I mean the immediate family but this time also the extended family with grandparents and an auntie.

"I called Christina to set up a relatively last minute extended family photo shoot just before Thanksgiving.  I hadn't really thought through any of the details other than we'd have out of town family all in town at the same time.  When we met to talk through the process, Christina was fantastic in listening to what I was looking for and immediately had some ideas of locations.  She provided some ideas of good color options, since I'm helpless when it comes to that and had no ideas walking into our meeting.  After our meeting, I felt confident that we were in good hands, and trusted that Christina would help us through the entire process."

"The session was cold and windy, but that's what you get in late November!  Christina managed the entire session well, and gave us breaks to warm up quickly before the next photos.  She came to the session with clear ideas and talked us through everything.  With a one year old, you never know what you're going to get, but Christina talked us through the different poses and all of them worked really well and Layla (by some miracle) cooperated."  

"Once we got the whole family there, Christina was very efficient in moving through the multitude of photo combinations which helped minimize the time everyone was out in the cold and wind.  She even brought some warm apple cider to help everyone warm up after the photos were over.  We left the session feeling really great about the photos Christina captured and were anxiously awaiting the email telling us our photos were ready!"

"We were so excited to see the first couple sneak peek photos pop up on Christina's Facebook page, and couldn't wait to see the rest. Even though it was a busy time of year with everyone's holiday photos, Christina still got our pictures to us quickly.  It was even in time for us to get them onto our holiday cards!"

"We were thrilled with the quality of the photos.  Layla's pictures turned out so adorable - Christina captured so many special little moments and facial expressions.  The photos of the extended family turned out incredible - it shows how much love there is in this family.  We'll cherish these photos for a long time to come!"

Hearing back from a happy client is my driving force! I love what I do. I love to create family treasures as well as memories. In addition of having their family pictures taken, this family will forever remember how bitterly cold and windy it was that day but they were such troopers all of them. Thank you Family S. for letting me take your pictures!

Spring session dates are out

This past Tuesday we got more snow here in New England. 12 inches easily in our yard which was completely clear from snow before it. I have to admit that it doesn't feel very spring-y.

However, I'm looking forward and I'm hoping you are too. It's time for spring. It is also time to get those spring family picture sessions booked. Or HS senior sessions if you are a HS junior at the moment.  Or if you've gotten engaged recently it's time for your engagement pictures. What ever your need is I can definitely design a session for you.

Some of the spring session times have started to go already so you need to pick your date and contact me to book yours so that you won't miss out. 

I will be working most of the summer abroad and after June 16th the next available times will be around mid August.  

 

 

Family Y. -V. in Acton, MA

Meteorological spring is here. March has arrived. The weather is doing crazy things over here in Massachusetts. We had +21C one day at the end of February. Felt like summer. And then before that we had two snow storms with 60cm of snow and it all melted within two weeks. All completely gone. If Mother Nature is done with winter lets start thinking about spring and summer.

I'll be announcing my spring session dates soon. So keep your eyes peeled for that information. on FB and also here in the blog. But before that lets go back to last summer and to this wonderful family session I had with our neighbours. Such lovely people. And I had the privilege to photograph also the grandparents who were visiting from India.  

I was very lucky to have the mother of the family write a bit about their experience in front of my camera. 

"Having seen your wonderful photography before, it was exciting to prepare for the photoshoot.  We have only ever had in-studio pictures done before, so we were looking forward to more a more candid, comfortable experience, which you really delivered."

"Of course we know you, but I think regardless, your warmth makes you approachable for questions, like - what should we wear?!  As a family photographer, it's important to be flexible, since kids' moods are unpredictable, and we appreciated your flexibility and ability to work with us."

"The session went really smoothly.  I really appreciated that you took the time to research an appropriate location thoroughly ahead of time.  In fact, thanks to our photo session, I now know of an arboretum that I never knew existed before this!  In general, I appreciated the thoroughness of your preparations - location, poses, potential hurdles like weather and light, etc.  I also felt that in directing us you anticipated most of our questions, which shows a great understanding of people and families, in particular."

"We loved the pictures, and they were prompt and very easy to access.  I liked the amount of freedom I had once the pictures were in my hands, and I ALSO liked that you gave me a recommendation of where I could get some pictures printed in case I didn't want too much freedom ;-)."

"Thanks for a great experience, Christina!  We recommended you to multiple friends who also enjoyed their pictures and experiences."

Thank YOU! It was an honor to capture your family pictures for you to treasure in future! I hope will have the chance to do it again soon.

 

Happy mail

I'm still trying to recover from our Christmas break. HAH! It was a bit of a shock to go from three adults for 7 weeks to one adult in time of only few days. Reality strikes hard. My husband travels quite a lot because of his work and has started his travels for this year. My mother also left back to her own home in Finland. So sad to say goodbye to her every single time and it seems harder each time. There are times I really wish we had one of those transporters they have in Star Trek. Would come super handy in my family! (All of our family is in Europe and that is way too far away.)  But things are getting back to normal. I'm getting back to normal. 

I got some absolutely stunning mail during the holiday season. The best kind for a photographer. They made me extremely happy. I wanted to show you as well. 

Some of my clients from 2016 sent me their holiday cards. You have no idea how wonderful it was to see pictures I've taken proudly portrayed in these families holiday greetings to their families and friends. Truly warmed my heart and I felt so privileged that I had been chosen to take their pictures.

I know of at least three other families that used my pictures in their cards this Christmas but I have not seen them. And I'm wishing there were more as well. I want to thank all my past clients last year and I hope to see you soon again. 

Our Christmas break

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a relaxing break. I know the time leading up to the holidays can be extremely hectic and stressful. All the running around getting ready with the hustle and bustle. I get anxious just thinking about it. Luckily all that is behind us for another year. 

This was our Family's Christmas greeting this year.

We had a wonderful time as a family. My mother is visiting us from Finland and spent the Christmas time with us. Our girls have been so happy to have her here. My husband was able to take some time off from work and get the much needed break as well.

Our girls made some gingerbread cookies. This has become a tradition for them before Christmas.

We had no plans to do anything special. Just spend time together and wind down. Breathe. And it was very much needed. Sometimes you just need to be. Nothing else. 

We watched films together. We played games. We built legos. We started our yearly big puzzle. We had naps. We read. We ate goodies...... way too much. We were outside.

And now New Year is here. New challenges ahead of us all I'm sure. I sure feel energized and ready to keep going. I decided to be gentle to myself and leave all kinds of resolutions this year. However, I've been writing a list of things I'd like to do/improve both in my personal life as well as my photography business. We will see what year brings along this list in mind. 

I hope you all have a lovely start to the year! Hugs!

Girly giggles - Family photo session for Family C.-S. in Bedford, MA

Everyone is busy getting ready for the holiday season. Christmas trees are being decorated, lights strung outside to bring a bit of brightness and joy to the long, dark evenings. Boxes of Christmas decorations are brought up from the basements and all the precious memories tied to each individual decoration is back in our minds.

We've been busy as well just like everyone else. And I got an early Christmas gift: my mother arrived from Finland for Christmas and we love having her here.  

Despite all the hustle and bustle I'm taking a moment to go back to summer months. Sunny and warm days. Sounds lovely, especially after last nights cold temperatures.  Here's some of the session pictures for a lovely family in our neighbourhood. I'll give Mrs C. the stage to tell you about their family photo session.

"Over all, we enjoyed the experience very much.  It was very easy standing in front of the camera.  It was comfortable and pleasant throughout the session."

PEEK-A-BOO!!!

"We had fun because you are very good at interacting with us, K. in particular. K. said she loved those pictures with the ball, the one with the ball where K.’s face was hiding behind. Her favorite moment was when she was lying on the blanket.  I think she had a lot of fun playing on the blanket."

"J. and I love the picture we both kissed K. on her cheek very much." 

"Thank you so much for helping me out with the outfit preparation as well.  I am usually not bad to dress myself up, but when it comes to the whole family, I do need advice."

"We will highly recommend you to others if they need their family photos taken. Really appreciate your profession! THANK YOU!!"

No! Thank you! It was such a pleasure to take pictures of your family! I'm so glad to hear you had fun. I certainly did! :) 

Three little cuties - family photo session for Family S. in Concord, MA

Today was a cold blustery day. On a day like this it's nice to think back to summer and the great families I was able to capture on my camera. Family S. was one of them. Such a lovely family! The children stole my heart. Especially little P. What a charmer!

Weather was very fickle during this session. We had pretty much it all. We had very dark and gloomy clouds. We had some rain. It was windy and the sun did pop out from behind the clouds at the end of the session. 

The mother of the family was so kind to write few words about their experience in front of my camera. 

"I am really glad we chose Christina Wilbur to take photos of our family this summer!  My friend recommended Christina after Christina took some precious photos of her daughter."

"I was a bit worried because it was raining as we were driving to Concord for the photo shoot.  While we waited for the rain to stop, Christina suggested we take some photos under a large tree.  The kids were excited to climb in the tree and quickly forgot about the rain.  Of course our 2 year old had to get in the tree like his older siblings!"

 "Luckily the rain let up and we were able to take photos in the garden, in the meadow, on a stone wall, and at the North Bridge.  The kids enjoyed running around as we walked between the spots.  They were really cooperative, presumably because they were having fun."

"Christina was very patient and seemed happy to spend as much time as necessary to get some great shots. "

"After the photo shoot, Christina was very quick to edit the photos and share them with us.  It was easy to download this files and share them with friends and family.  We loved the photos!  Overall, it was a great experience working with Christina."

Thank you so much Mrs. S. for writing about your family photo session experience. I had such a lovely time with you and your family. 

Trees and more trees

Earlier in the summer I had a photoshoot with quite a big family. Parents and five children aging from kindergartener to 8th grader. You can imagine there was no dull moment, lots of action, lots of running around and lots of tree climbing. Yes, you read correctly! 

I'll let the mother of Family S. tell you about the shoot.

"We never had our pictures taken when we got married as young students, so for our 15th wedding anniversary I thought to surprise my husband. I arranged a photoshoot with a professional photographer to take family pictures and to finally get that wedding picture that we missed fifteen years ago."

"I fell in love with Christina Wilbur's pictures and arranged the photoshoot. We took the pictures in a beautiful setting in Concord, MA. Absolutely perfect surrounding for the pictures."

"I told my husband and children that we were going to eat out in a fancy restaurant so they had to dress up. The surprise was total success and my husband was in complete awe when we arrived in the photo shoot location. Only one of our boys was not so enamoured with the idea of pictures and didn't want to come out of the car. We did manage to lure him out in the end and got his spirits up and beautiful pictures."

"The park as a location was spot on for our family. The children love climbing in trees and Christina got great pictures of them in their element."

"In addition we got lovely family pictures as well as the forgotten wedding picture."

"Even though there were lots of models (2 adults and 5 children) and things got a bit crazy at times, the pictures convey real feelings and they were perfect. I can highly recommend Christina to take your family pictures."