John & Paul’s Wedding

Gosh, it has taken me over 2 months to write this post. Partially because of a crazy schedule but mostly because I have been trying to find the words to describe the day in a non-cliche, more articulate way. However, at the risk of sounding cliche I will just say this: Love Won.

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I know these words have been thrown around a lot since the new gay marriage laws but for some (actually most) out there who are forever changed by these laws, these two little words are genuinely profound.

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Without telling you the intimate details of why these two words have been ringing in my ears since this wedding (because frankly it is not my story to tell), I will tell you that there was magic, triumph, celebrating, and smiling all day and night.

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I could not have been happier to meet these two gentlemen and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with their big day.

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Love. Won.

Mini Session Whirlwind

Between the many mini sessions I had right before the holidays and the actually holiday itself, I seem to have gotten behind on updating this space! Consequently, I apologize if this post is a bit long. Ill try to include more pictures then words 🙂
My mini session whirlwind began with a very non traditional photoshoot on the beautiful Blackstone Boulevard walking path here in Providence.
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The balloons were this little lady’s mom’s idea and they worked out perfectly! I really enjoy working with parents’ visions during sessions!

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The above image is the one they chose for their holiday card with the saying “Never miss a chance to dance”!

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At the end of the session we decided to let one of the balloons go…

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The next session was a bit more Christmas-y…with santa hats and all!

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…even princess santa hats 😉

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And then we did a “I saw Mommy kissing Santa” shot. The faces on these two girls are just priceless!!

The next shoot I did was only with children. Their outfits were so cute together without being matchy matchy.

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Clearly there was much fun happening in the leaves!

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I was impressed by how well behaved they were!

The next two sessions were back to back and it was FREEZING outside that day! All involved were troopers for sure!

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The other session on this particular day included two canine friends!!!

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Although difficult to get both dogs looking at the same time, we did it!!! Don’t these children’s outfits look fabulous also?

The final mini session I did for the season was indoors, thankfully, because it was a below freezing day…and there was a baby involved 🙂

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Such a happy little girl she was!

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Such a beautiful family! Overall the season was a great success and I am so grateful for all of you who trusted me to take your family’s holiday pictures! Here’s to 2015!!!

XOXO

Cassi

5 tips to prepare for Family Portrait Sessions :: RI Portrait Photographer

So you’ve found a photographer you’d like to photograph your family. You’ve settled on a quote and you have booked the session. It’s getting closer to your session date and you’re thinking “What should I be doing to prepare for this?” or “I’ve never done this before. Am I supposed to do anything beforehand?”. In my opinion this answer is both yes and no. Should you be thinking up poses for the photo session? Maybe, but not required. If there is something specific that you would like, for example having your house as part of the background, then definitely relay this information to your photographer. If you would prefer candids to posed pictures then that is something your photographer definitely needs to know. Inn general it is the photographers responsibility to be armed with a plan for your session so don’t sweat if you aren’t sure. Here are a list of things that definitely will help the session go a lot smoother.

1. Routine. This is important especially if you have younger children who are affected by a change in schedule. It is really important that on the day of your session, especially if scheduled in the evening, to make sure your little ones have taken a sufficient enough nap to be pleasant and able to follow simple directions. Also, if the session is scheduled when your children would normally eat dinner, make sure they have a snack right before. I am sure most of you parents out there would attest to the difficulty in reasoning with a child that is both tired AND hungry!

2. Color Scheme. It is definitely in your best interest to try to coordinate your family’s outfits without being too matchy. By matchy I mean the same color on the bottom and the same color on the top. Although this idea is not always terrible, coordinating colors adds richness to your photos especially if taken outdoors. Stay tuned for a more in depth post on color schemes coming soon!

3. Grooming. Although seemingly obvious, it may not be for some. For men, shave/trim your beard the night before and maybe get a haircut the week of the session if your locks tend to be a bit out of control when grown out. The same goes for women with your hair. When styling your hair, go with what looks natural. For example, if you can curl or straighten your hair but your hair is naturally curly definitely go with that. Make sure to bath your children right before or the morning of, depending on your activities for the day.

4. Communicate. Speaking with your photographer about your family dynamic prior to the session is extremely important. Some photographers meet with their clients beforehand to get a sense of this or have a phone conversation. This can be helpful but can also be extremely hard to be able to get to know you in a short amount of time. If you are a fun family and would prefer not to have posed pictures it is definitely beneficial for you to explain this to your photographer. If you would prefer posed pictures or more formal pictures this needs to be explained as well. It will help the photographer better plan for the session and in turn capture more pictures as well as ensure the session goes as smoothly as possible.

5. Don’t Stress!! As photographers, part of our job is to conduct these sessions as smoothly as possible. We also want you to have some fun! If you do have questions or concerns you should feel completely comfortable bringing these to your photographers attention. Even something as seemingly small such as “what shoes should I wear?” is a great question to ask, especially if it is stressing you out. I am confident that a quality photographer will have an answer for you and will make your session a breeze. A stressed smile is not nearly as gorgeous as a relaxed smile!!!

Even though some of these may seem very obvious, it sometimes helps to have a condensed list of things to do to prepare. We all can use a reminder sometimes about the little things we can do to help the big things go much smoother!

 

xoxo

Cassandra

Emma Grace’s Newborn Session :: RI Portrait Photographer

Back in September, I did a maternity session with Erin and Paul..

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About a month later, their bundle of joy arrived!!! Miss Emma Grace joined us !!

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At a week old, Erin and Paul welcomed me into their home to photograph this beautiful little girl!

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She was wide awake the whole time, just dying to show us her beautiful eyes and adorable facial expressions!!

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Congratulations Erin & Paul!!!!! Thank you for trusting me to capture this amazing time in your lives!! 🙂

 

XOXO

Cassandra

Kaufman Family Portrait Session :: RI Portrait Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I traveled to a cute little town in Massachusetts to photograph this lovely family! The children had such vibrant and fun loving personalities and the weather was gorgeous for a family shoot!

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We headed down to the fire station for some shots as well. This little man’s upcoming birthday party is fireman themed and he was in all his glory!

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The next candid is one that touches my heart so much. I can see so much pride and love exuding out of this little girl for her daddy!

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We had a great time! Thanks so much to the Kaufman’s for letting me capture their family moments!

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xoxo Cassandra

Baron’s Senior Portrait Session :: Prospect Terrace Park :: Providence, RI :: RI Portrait Photographer

A few weeks ago I headed down to Prospect Terrace Park on the East Side of Providence to take Baron’s Senior Portraits!

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The park looks over the entire city of Providence and especially at sunset is so beautiful!

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This young man was a such a champ, as we were dodging other people who were enjoying the park as well as other photographers taking shots of the city as the sun went down!

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Congratulations to Baron and the rest of the Class of 2015!!

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Spread your wings!

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XOXO Cassandra

Erin’s Maternity Session :: RI Portrait Photographer

The other day I had the opportunity to shoot a maternity session for an old friend from high school. Although it has been a while since we had seen each other it was great to catch up and meet her new family (most of it..still waiting on Miss Emma 😉  )

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It was amazing experience to be able to capture such a special time in Erin’s and Paul’s lives.

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They will soon be welcoming a baby girl, Emma Grace, into this world and I am so happy for them!

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Congratulations Erin & Paul!! I can’t wait to meet Emma Grace!!

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XOXO

Cassandra

Snapshot Tuesday! :: RI Portrait Photographer

Hi All! Quick post today. I just wanted to share a photo that touches my heart and was a total candid as I was on a walk near my house the other day. I was behind these two ladies for the majority of my walk and they were so adorable I had to capture them! Enjoy!

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XOXO

Cassandra

Miss Delia’s Back to School Photo Shoot! ::RI Portrait Photographer

I love this time of year when the weather in New England starts to get cooler and the buzz of summer comes to an end. The anticipation of colorful leaves and apple cider along with crisp cool air is thoroughly invigorating! It’s also back to school season!!

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This young lady started her first day of 1st grade this past week!

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The camera loved her and she is such a natural at posing! She made my job a breeze!

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We had so much fun and even brought their family dog Tilly along for a few shots!

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A huge thanks to Delia, her mother Amy, and father Matt for the opportunity to take these photos at such a wonderful and exciting age!

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Good luck in first grade Delia!!

 

XOXO Cassandra

Flower Photo Shoot :: RI Portrait Photographer

One of my favorite things to take pictures of, other than people, are flowers. Growing up my parents both had green thumbs and although I did not inherit those genes, I can definitely appreciate the beauty of a flower.

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I spent a few hours outside and had an absolute blast! It is amazing how creative you can be with just a small yard and a fence!

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And then this little darling decided she wanted to come downstairs and help me!

 

 

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I will say the Gerber Daisies were by far my favorite!

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XOXO Cassandra