Fun Family Portraits at West Dennis Beach with Cape Cod Family Photographer

I always love when families come back for their portraits year after year, and when I see a family's name in my inbox after a few years it always puts a great big smile on my face as I get ready for another fun session with them, excited to see how much they've grown and changed.  

This is one of those families.

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We met when I was a first grade teacher in Massachusetts, and while I never had any of the three kids as my students, we did enjoy a few sessions together and spent a lot of time designing a gallery wall in their home.   When Wendy contacted me this spring and told me she'd love to plan some beach portraits and that she was excited to add to their gallery wall in the living room, I was all in and we started planning their Cape Cod family session!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

We met at the very end of West Dennis Beach at the Bass River for their sunset session, and it was the perfect spot for cuddles, tickles, and lots of splashing in the water!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

I just love everything about this photo.  They went in for a family hug.  Little sister is hidden on the inside (see that arm sticking out?) and her big brother couldn't resist peeking out with the most amazing smile.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

This was truly such a fun evening together, and I can't wait to see what their new gallery wall looks like with these beach portraits on display!

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Family Portraits at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Spa State Park

Are you ready for one cute kid, and an amazingly well behaved dog???

Johnny turned one, and we celebrated with family portraits at the Hall of Springs at Saratoga Spa State Park. They brought their fur baby, a goldendoodle named Ozzie, and we had so much fun. Going through their portraits afterwards, I had so many favorites and couldn’t even believe how their dog just POSED in a few of the photos! Soooooo cute. Scroll down to see!

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These two are going to be best buds…

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits

The most perfect & fun family portrait — with the dog looking right at the camera!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Spa State Park Photographer | Saratoga Spa State Park portraits | Hall of Springs Portraits | SPAC Portraits|  Saratoga Performing Arts Center Portraits | Roosevelt Baths Portraits

One of the things that I love about this location is that the covered archways make the perfect spot for portraits — on a sunny day, a rainy day, a cloudy day. With a nice roof over our heads and the white marble floors beneath us to brighten everything up, gorgeous brick archways and plenty of greenery just beyond us, it’s such a beautiful backdrop for photos!

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A Lifestyle Newborn Session in a Dreamy Nursery in Rexford, NY

Oh my goodness!  Can I just live in this beautiful nursery?  I fell in love with the great big windows and the sunlight streaming in, plus everything was decorated so beautifully and serene.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Little Luciano's newborn session was an absolute dream.  This tiny little sweetheart was wide-eyed and curious, checking out everything going on around him, resulting in some beautiful awake portraits.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

These backlit family portraits are always my favorites during our newborn sessions, and Luciano seemed to know this and decided to give amazing eye contact during his family portraits.  Just look at how alert he is!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

He enjoyed all of the snuggles with mom and dad, and their two dogs (Romeo & Juliet) even joined in for a few portraits!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
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Floral Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs NY Cake Smash Photographer

I first met Miss Lila for her 6-month milestone portraits, and it was such a joy to welcome her back to the studio to celebrate her birthday with a cake smash & family portraits!  

(Psssst!  Check out her 6 month session here to see how much she's grown!)

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We planned a floral theme with a little bit of sparkle, and this dainty little miss wore the perfect dress and the most beautiful smile throughout her session.  

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Lila's mom, dad, big brother, and big sister were all in the studio for the cake smash, and they worked hard to get her to laugh!  Her dad succeeded the most, and before long he had Lila in an endless round of giggles and belly laughs.  It was truly so much fun!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Once she dug into her cake, Lila realized that she LOVED it!  These action shots are oh-so-adorable!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

I always love the crying shots as a fun way to show the ending of the cake smash story!  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

After being so patient and helpful, Lila's big brother & sister wanted in on the birthday action, so they jumped in for a few bites at the end.  The remainder of the birthday cake was gone in seconds, but Lila didn't mind sharing!

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Did you love this cake smash?
We've been all about the fresh flowers lately!
Check out these two sessions with beautiful florals, too!

Family Portraits at Corporation Beach in Dennis, Cape Cod | Cape Cod Family Photographer

Our beach sessions on Cape Cod were a hit this summer!  I loved getting to photograph so many families, and this year a number of families drove a long while to get to the Cape and enjoyed portraits together. 

This very special family actually came all the way from Saratoga Springs to the Cape for their vacation this summer, and they were excited to dig their toes into the sand at Corporation Beach for their family portraits.  Plus, the mother is a photographer, and it's always such an honor when another photographer asks me to photograph her family.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

The sand dunes were the perfect spot for lots of laughs, tickles, and family games!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

Lifeguard chairs were made for climbing, don't you think?

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
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One of the most fun things about working with another photographer is that she sees all of the trends and ideas in our photography groups that I do.  When she asked if she could do an outfit change for some fancier portraits with just her husband, of course I said yes!  This is the "famous Amazon skirt" that has been making the rounds in photo shoots since last summer, and she brought the perfect shade of pastel pink to go with a lace top for some couples portraits at the very end of our session.  

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Did you love this beach session?
Check out this fun family at the beach, too!

Family Portraits at Low Tide on Cape Cod

Now that everyone is back to school, it's time to look back longingly at the beach days of summer, don't you think?

And what better way to do that than with a family that I once did the whole "back to school" thing with?  I've known this family for years, and their oldest daughter Jenna was a student in my first grade class back when I was a teacher in Massachusetts.  Now she's entering 8th grade!!  

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We got together at Corporation Beach in Dennis on a perfect low-tide evening this summer and we had so much fun doing portraits together in the sea grass, on the jetty, and just exploring the parts of the beach that are normally covered in water!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

Jenna & Annabelle warmed right up to the camera and they wanted to tell me all about their summer and their school year.  They were absolutely goofy to get the other one to smile, and we laughed so much during their session.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

Enjoy those summer memories as you move back into the school year routine!

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Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Session with Big Sisters

Baby Harry was welcomed home by the cutest big sisters, and I love the excitement that they brought to our lifestyle newborn session in Saratoga Springs!  

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This very special family moved into their new home just in time to welcome home a tiny little brother.  It was all blank walls and huge windows with lots of natural light streaming through, perfect for capturing these moments and newborn cuddles on camera!

Little Sister Ruthie took a little convincing to get in the photos (it's tough becoming a big sister and realizing you're not the baby anymore!), but once she did, she had the BIGGEST smile on her face and was so excited to love on her baby brother!

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Big sister Havah was such a little mother, and she melted all of our hearts when she cuddled up to Harry to tell him how much she loved him.  

Nicole Starr Photography, Saratoga Springs lifestyle newborn photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Did you love this lifestyle newborn session?
Check out Ronan's session with his adorable big brother here!

Baby Starr | Grayson's Fifth Month

Time is flying by, and our sweet baby boy is already five months old!  Each day Grayson grows a little more into his amazing personality, those chunky thighs, and those two very expressive eyebrows!

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We have been working so hard on tummy time this month, but our little man has decided he would much rather skip tummy time and go straight to sitting up on his own!  After weeks of sitting on our laps, we tried him out on his mattress without any support last week, and he surprised us by keeping his balance for much longer than we imagined he would!  There have been a few head bumps since, and maybe a face plant or two, but he is LOVING this new perspective! 

His favorite game is sitting in his crib and looking at us through the slats in the crib bars, and when we move to a new angle or up above the railing he follows us with his eyes and starts laughing hysterically.  It's adorable!

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Speaking of adorable....  I had way too many favorite photos this month, so we're just going to fill the blog up with all of these cute Grayson moments!

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Nicole Starr Photography  |  Saratoga Springs Albany Baby Photographer

Doesn't he look like he's reaching out for a hug in this one?

Nicole Starr Photography  |  Saratoga Springs Albany Baby Photographer

He hasn't found his toes yet, but I know that's coming next and I'm sure by next month he'll be playing with his feet non-stop, and even getting those little toes into his mouth.  For now, he is 100% about kicking his legs -- in his stroller, on the floor, while swaddled in his bed.  Those legs are pumping up and down all day long, and he gets so excited about it that he lets out happy shrieks.

Nicole Starr Photography  |  Saratoga Springs Albany Baby Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography  |  Saratoga Springs Albany Baby Photographer

This month Grayson spent another week on the Cape with me, and he got in lots of walks to the beach.  He enjoyed so much family time with a full house on the Cape, playing with his cousins Natalie & Nathaniel, snuggling up with my cousin Kori (who put him to sleep every time with her cozy hugs!), and walking up and down the street with Grandma to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine any time he got fussy.

We went to visit Daddy at work, and Grayson dressed up in his little suit to match Dad.  Everyone fell right in love with this little guy!

We had a lot of visitors this month!  We started off with Auntie Kirsten & Uncle Dave, and Grayson pretty much charmed their socks off.  My personal favorite part of the visit was when Dave asked, "Wait, so you haven't had 6 consecutive hours of sleep since April?!?!"  And Jeff chimed in that it was likely more like since December!   ;o)  

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Travers Weekend has always been a special weekend for me & Jeff, and we don't even go to the track!  It's always the last weekend of the summer that we love enjoying downtown Saratoga Springs, and it happens to be the very first weekend we ever got together in 2012 when we started dating.  This year our little man put on his most dapper outfit and hat and charmed all of the ladies downtown.  


Then our friend Wendy came to visit with Addie (6) and Zack (8).  This was the highlight of Grayson's month and he looooooved watching these two kids.  Zack was obsessed with Grayson and kept asking me when he could give him a bath, so of course we sudsed right up on the kitchen counter and played "Splish Splash" on the radio.  We had many playground adventures, enjoyed lots of cuddles on the couch with Addie reading books to the boys, and got in lots of snuggles with Wendy every chance he got. 

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A few milestones this month...

  • Baby G, you've discovered your voice!  You babble nonstop, and you've recently discovered this fun little shriek that you enjoy making over and over again.  Your face lights up when you "talk", and it's really amazing to watch and listen to.
     
  • You've graduated to a "big boy stroller", and you no longer need the car seat in the stroller when we go for walks.  Of course, you're very excited about this new perspective and your legs kick like crazy when we're out and about now.
     
  • We're still waiting for teeth, and those hands are constantly in your month.  You grab anything you can reach to put it in there and chomp down -- our fingers, my wrist, our water bottles, your toys.  Nothing is out of your reach!
     
  • You went to your first wedding!  Katie McIntosh & Jeff Torch got married in central NY, and you came to the ceremony.  We were excited that you were asleep in the pews, and we thought we were sooooo lucky that you would sleep the whole time.  We jinxed it, and you woke up right in time to start babbling during the vows.  
     
  • We started taking you to a chiropractor to help with your (lack of) sleep and your (excessive) reflux.  You loooooove visiting her, and you get so calm and smiley in her office.  Now let's keep crossing those fingers that this works because we are desperate for sleep and clean clothes!
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And some of our favorite cell phone shots from Grayson's Fifth Month!

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Simple Studio Portraits with Sisters | Saratoga Springs NY Family Photographer

Camille & Lydia joined me in the Attleboro studio for a milestone session, and these two sisters brought all of the cuteness and cuddly hugs with them!  I had so much fun capturing them together, and I can't believe how much they've grown since Camille's newborn session last summer.  It was wonderful to see them again, and I love that we used this same chair in their newborn session and again now that they've grown!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Children’s Photographer | Boston Children’s Photographer | Upstate NY Children’s Photographer | Children’s Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Children’s Photographer | Boston Children’s Photographer | Upstate NY Children’s Photographer | Children’s Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Children’s Photographer | Boston Children’s Photographer | Upstate NY Children’s Photographer | Children’s Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Children’s Photographer | Boston Children’s Photographer | Upstate NY Children’s Photographer | Children’s Photographer

Our milestone sessions are simple & classic with set-ups that showcase your little ones without too much "fluff" in the background.  A cream wall and rug, or a soft white bed are all that you need!  Add the babies and kids, and they bring the cuteness!

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Doesn't she look like she's getting ready to conduct an orchestra here?  Camille has SO MUCH PERSONALITY, and she was an absolute blast to photograph!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Children’s Photographer | Boston Children’s Photographer | Upstate NY Children’s Photographer | Children’s Photographer

A Tea Party Cake Smash for Abigail with Saratoga Springs, NY Cake Smash Photographer

When Abigail's mom told me that she's more of a vintage lace & pearls kind of girl than a glitter and glam kind of girl, I was so excited to create the perfect session for her birthday girl. 

We went with a tea party theme and used lace doilies, teacups, and the most beautiful dresses that looked like vintage china patterns.  They did the same theme for Abigail's birthday party, and many of the decorations they actually used at their wedding a few years ago!  How perfect to be able to use them again to celebrate their little girl turning one!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

When we photographed Abigail's newborn session last summer, we captured a few sweet moments of her big brother Oliver holding her in this chair.  I'm so glad we recreated this for her first birthday!  Click on the link to see how much they've both grown!  

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No tea party is complete without fresh flowers & cake!  These purple hydrangeas came from the front yard on my way to the session that morning, and they were the perfect addition to really make the decorations pop.  Add in a sweet little birthday girl, and it's magical!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

We wrapped up her session with a little bathtub splash, and Abigail soaked everything in sight. This girl LOVES her baths, and she had so much fun splishing and splashing in the tub.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Sunset Beach Family Session with Cape Cod Family Photographer

When THIS is the very first photo captured during our one-hour session together, you know it's going to be an amazing evening at the beach!

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I have never laughed so much as I did with this fun family at the beach.  We had such a great time at Corporation Beach in Dennis for their Cape Cod portrait session, and I just love how much personality the boys brought to the shoot.  These brothers were joking around, playing games, and having way too much fun -- I loved every moment of it!  It made for a very entertaining session, and so many beautiful portraits.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

For me, the beauty of our beach sessions is that they are about so much more than just the blue ocean.  The sand dunes, sea grass, and rock jetties are beautiful parts of the landscape that I love to showcase as the background of our portraits, and this is one of my favorite beaches with a little bit of everything.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Cape Cod Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer | Family Photographer | Beach Family Photographer | Massachusetts Family Photographer

We're still going strong with so many beach sessions this summer!  More to come on the blog soon!

Ronan's Lifestyle Newborn Session at Home in Charlestown | Boston Newborn Photographer

This newborn session was one of my FAVORITE ones of the entire summer.  I spent months looking forward to welcoming this baby boy home, and it was so amazing to finally meet him and watch his family love on him.

That's because sweet baby Ronan's mama and I were roommates in Boston in our twenties.  I was there when she met her husband, and now we both have little baby boys that we're excited to watch grow up and play together! 

Ronan has a big brother, Holden, who absolutely adores him.  He covered him in kisses our entire session, and he couldn't stop talking about his "baby brudder". 

My little baby Grayson came to their session, and when Holden saw Grayson he was a little concerned that there were not one but TWO babies in his house now.  We had to reassure him that don't worry, this other baby would not be staying and would be going back to his own house soon.   ;o)  

But back to Ronan.  Just look at how tiny he looks asleep on the bed!  I love his little hands!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Brotherly love!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I love watching my friends become mamas, and seeing how they love their little ones is purely magical.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
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I've been doing a few "unposed" shots at the end of every lifestyle newborn session lately, and they are often my very favorite ones!  I love how Ronan just stretches, covers his eyes, and gets comfortable.  He really is such a sweetheart!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Newborn Photographer | Boston Newborn Photographer | Saratoga Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Boston Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
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A Gray and Cream Neutral Newborn Session for Dylan | Saratoga Springs NY Newborn Photographer

Dylan Shiloh was 8 pounds, 4 ounces of squishy perfection.

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This sweet baby boy was so cuddly at our Saratoga Springs studio for his newborn session.  We captured the sweetest parent portraits and I know his family will love looking back on these many years from now and remembering just how tiny he was, and how he curled up in their arms to snuggle in close.

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His mama requested all neutrals for his session, and creams and grays were the perfect palette to match their decor at home.  

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These tiny newborn details get me every time!  I just adore their little fingers and toes, and the way their brand new skin flakes on their wrists and ankles.  

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The best thing about 8 pound babies?  Those BACK ROLLS!!!  Dylan had rolls for days, and I loved being able to capture those on this perfect little baby.

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Willem's Nautical Inspired Cake Smash | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer

Oooooh baby!

Willem is ONE!  We celebrated this little cutie's first birthday with family portraits in downtown Saratoga Springs, and a nautical cake smash back at the studio.  I just love this little spot in Saratoga for family photos, and it was the perfect tree-lined street for their portraits.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Right on the brink of toddlerhood, this little man is testing out his independence and learning to do things on his own.  It's hard for mom & dad to let go, and that's why I adore this photo with his dad's arm reaching for him as he takes a few unsteady steps down the sidewalk.

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This tiny sailor was so much fun for his cake smash!  I love the little nautical outfit that mom picked out for the birthday boy, and he had so much fun with the hat that his family brought in, too!

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Willem even tested out his standing skills with his cake!  We were certain he was going to topple over on top of the cake, but he stood strong and instead used his spoon as a sword to swat at his cake!

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Lifestyle Maternity Session with Saratoga Springs NY Maternity Photographer

When Ashley & Tyler reached out to me to plan their maternity session, they knew they wanted something a little different.  Something a bit more relaxed.  Something cozy.  I suggested a lifestyle maternity session in their home with their dogs, everyone all cuddled up together on the couch, on their bed, and in the nursery.  They were so excited, and I just love how their entire session turned out!

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Waiting for baby is an absolutely magical time, and I love capturing these baby bumps and mamas glowing with anticipation, eager to meet their little ones in a few short weeks.  

Ashley was truly radiant, and so eager to meet her baby girl.  I adore these quiet, backlit moments in this light-filled corner of their home.  When I saw the light streaming through the windows in this alcove, I **may** have asked Tyler to move the dog crate and an end table out of the way.  Definitely worth it for these beautiful portraits!

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They designed the most beautiful nursery with stars and a moon on the navy blue walls, and the furniture was Ashley's when she was a little girl.  

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All of our maternity sessions have time for an outfit change, which is a great opportunity to do two very different "looks" in your portraits.  I love the more casual tunic and leggings that Ashley chose to wear in the bedroom, and the cozy portraits that we captured of this sweet family of **three**!

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Check back soon for their sweet baby girl's newborn portraits!

Boho Floral Cake Smash | Saratoga Springs NY Cake Smash Photographer

Our cake smash sessions are a whole lot of fun, and as much as I love watching babies try their birthday cake for the first time, I also ADORE the sweet cuddles and giggles during the family portraits that we do at the start of every cake smash session.

This summer has been so much fun as we start all of our family portraits outside.  Gianna's family was absolutely wonderful to work with, and I love how playful they were with their one year old baby girl.  Plus, the light in this little spot in downtown Saratoga Springs is absolutely dreamy!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Gianna's mom brought a big pink balloon to their session, and I was so excited to capture these sweet moments with the birthday girl.  Just look at her striking a little pose!

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Those first steps are such a momentous milestone for every family, and I always enjoy capturing these little babies as they start to test out their walking feet at this age!

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We went back to the studio for Gianna's boho floral cake smash.  This is a very popular theme at the studio, and I love challenging myself as an artist and finding new ways to design each set.  We did a floral wall for Gianna, and it was perfectly soft and whimsical.  She loved it!!

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A little help from mom...

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Baby toes in the cake!

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We finished Gianna's birthday session with a bathtub splash at the end.  This is always a fun way to capture more smiles and so many adorable expressions, and Gianna absolutely loved it!

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Baby Starr | Grayson's Fourth Month

I can't believe that our little baby boy is now FOUR MONTHS OLD!  

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Grayson, you charm us every single day with your sweet personality, your bubbly laugh, and those round rosy cheeks that we seriously can't help but squish and kiss all day long!  

Your personality is coming out more each day, and you really are a chill, mellow, happy baby who loves to relax.  You're very observant and you take in everything around you through those bright blue eyes of yours, and now you're starting to interact with your surroundings more now that you've discovered all the cool things you can do with those hands & feet that, as it turns out, ARE ATTACHED TO YOUR BODY!  Seriously, that was the best discovery ever for you when you realized you could make things happen simply by waving your hand through the air!

You've become a super vocal baby, and you're always testing out new sounds when we leave you by yourself on your play mat or in your crib.  It's not uncommon to hear a sudden "Whooooaaaa!" emerge from your corner of the room, and all sorts of little shrieks. 

You love "talking" to anyone that will talk back to you, and the cutest thing ever this month was when you sat on Grandpa Schwalm's lap and talked so earnestly to him, back and forth with a whole little conversation between the two of you!  You're so earnest when you're talking, and you pause for us to answer and ask you questions, and your whole face lights up as you babble away.  These photos below are a few of your "talking faces".  ;o)  

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You and I spent two weeks on Cape Cod visiting Grandma & Grandpa Schwalm in July.  You were a pro road tripper, and that 5 hour drive was no big deal to you, little man!  It was a pretty big adjustment for you to learn to sleep in a new space (we're still recovering from that one!), but you loved all of the extra cuddles and play time with your grandparents, plenty of fresh air, and you got to see the ocean for the first time!  (Though, the first two visits to the ocean you passed out the second you heard those waves, so you didn't actually "see" it until your third trip there.  Must be all those ocean sounds we listen to at night and during nap time to help you fall asleep -- they really work!!)

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This month Daddy taught you how to stick out your tongue as a little game when you're on the changing table, and now you want to do it all the time.  It's pretty adorable.  You're also teething, and while no teeth have poked through yet, you drool like crazy and everything you find goes straight into your mouth.  Your favorite are my fingers, and you've gotten pretty good at chomping on them to massage those little gums of yours.

We've been working hard on tummy time, and while you're not the biggest fan, you've started trying to wiggle out of it.  Most babies roll.  You choose to inch forwards and sideways while on your tummy, as if you can just skip this whole tummy time thing and go straight to crawling.  Slow down, baby boy!

You adore your dad, and your face lights up every afternoon when he comes home from work.  You have the biggest smile just for him, and you're always cuddling up close to him.  You've even started to let him put you to bed at night, which is a nice little treat for you & for me!    Everyone says you look just like your dad, and you're really his little mini-me.  Lucky me, I get to share my house with the two most handsome guys!

This is the smile you give us when we say "I love you."

You really do light up our lives.  Love you lots, little man.

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A few of your firsts this month:

  • The big one for you is that you've discovered how awesome sitting upright is. You're still too little to sit on your own, but you love when we pull you up and support you on our laps (or on a table, the floor, the bed -- anywhere that puts your head above your legs!).  You get the biggest smile, and when we hold both your hands you even start to pull yourself up to sit to show us that you want to go up.  
     
  • You met Nana for the first time.  She's 91 years old, and she loved getting to cuddle her newest great-grandson, and show you off to everyone that lives in the retirement home with her!
     
  • Your first trip to Cape Cod was a success!  We went to mommy's favorite beaches in Dennisport, the ice cream shop where she used to work, and met up with a few friends while on the Cape, too!
     
  • You had your first (two!) visits to Urgent Care, where they misdiagnosed conjunctivitis both times.  Oh well!  You're a trooper, little man!
     
  • You also had your first official diaper blowout... All over mommy's lap.  It was followed by a string of funny texts to dad letting him know what had happened, including an "Omg!  It's still coming out!  I'm afraid to stand up now!"  Daddy of course said, "Good job, buddy!"
     
  • You also had your first trip to the Saratoga County Fair!  You loved the colors and the sounds, but eventually you fell asleep before we made it back to the car.  Mom & Dad's priorities?  Fried dough, play a carnival game, win a toy for the baby.  But really, fried dough.

Some of our favorite cell phone photos this month...

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Watch him grow!

Summertime Family Portraits on Beekman Street with Saratoga Springs NY Family Photographer

One of my favorite things about summertime is scouting new locations for all of our family portrait sessions.  (Okay, okay... trips to the Cape, fresh peaches and berries, lots of porch time, and iced chai lattes are also on that favorite things list!)

But seriously, I love finding new spots where the light just comes through perfectly and that make such a beautiful backdrop for portraits.  This little corner on Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs is a new favorite, and so many families have enjoyed this little block with me this summer!

We started Declan's birthday session with some outdoor portraits, and I fell head over heels in love with this tiny little charmer.  Just look at his adorable smile and that little hand wave!

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This is always SUCH a fun age to photograph, and having an active baby/toddler takes the pressure off of mom and dad for "how do I stand", "what should I do"?  Instead, you're just playing with your little one, sharing lots of tickles and laughs, and having a grand old time!

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Baby on the go!

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We're in the middle of family portrait season, and I'm looking forward to lots of gorgeous new locations to be the backdrop for new family memories this summer!  Have a favorite spot?  Let me know!

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A 9 Month Milestone Session with a Sunflower Milk Bath | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer

I just love our Baby Plan sessions!  I've been following along on Evvie's journey her whole first year, starting back last summer with a maternity session and seeing her every few months for new milestones.  She came to the studio for her 9 month/sitter session, and we decided to sneak in a few family portraits on a beautiful summer morning.  

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I love this red and white checked dress on her.  Evvie's daddy picked it out.  Isn't she adorable?

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Since Evvie has been coming to the studio all year for her milestone sessions, we like to get creative with one set up each time.  This time we did a cute little beach session, and I love the waves and starfish that go perfectly with her seersucker swimsuit.

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Evvie is a breastfeeding champion, and her mama has worked hard with Evvie this year to continue their BF journey for so long.  She wanted to celebrate with a milk bath in the studio, and Evvie loved it!  We added some sunflowers for a nice little touch of summer.

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A Fourth of July Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer

When you're born on the 4th of July, a red white and blue photo session is definitely in your future!  Oscar's family has been coming to our Saratoga Springs portrait studio since their oldest son turned one, and this summer I got to celebrate their littlest one's first birthday with them, too!  

We started with some gorgeous family portraits outside, and the location matched their wardrobe choices perfectly.  I just love these classic colors in the summertime!

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Brothers!!  How cute are they?!?!

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This turned out to be one of my FAVORITE cake smash sets.  I especially love how it photographed from up above with all of the stars covering the floor and surrounding the birthday boy.

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Seriously, he was SUCH A LITTLE HAM!  Oscar loved the camera, and he couldn't stop smiling and giggling the entire session!

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Now that is how you smash a cake!  

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We finished Oscar's cake smash session with a tub bath, and he loved splashing in the water and was all smiles for us.  See that wide-open laugh below?  His big brother made THE EXACT SAME FACE during his tub bath after his cake smash session in 2017.  (It was a cookies and milk session, and oh so cute!  Go check it out on the blog!)

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