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. 

 
 

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.