Woodneck Beach Family Session ~ Falmouth Portrait Photographers

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Family….it’s something that’s super important to both Andy & me. Some of our favorite moments in life have been time spent with our families, especially since the addition of our nieces and nephews. We don’t have to be doing anything particularly exciting, it’s just in the being together where joy can be found.

I often think of my love of family when we get together with our special Bello families to document them together, chronicling the passage of time, the added inches, new milestones reached and teeth lost. It really is so cool that the work we do means getting to spend quality time with families and capturing for them what we hope will become treasured heirlooms, to be enjoyed by future generations.

Last month, we got together with a family who’s been in our lives for over ten years. The relationship first began with Dan & Michelle, when we photographed them at Woodneck Beach in Falmouth for their engagement session. The following year, we photographed their Boston wedding. And, nearly every year since we photographed their family, back at the beach where it all began. First there was just sweet Mackenzie, then her sister Cammie joined the party and since then Michelle & Dad added two crazy cute boys, Will & most recently Gavin.

Some years Michelle & Dan came on their own. Some years they came with Michelle’s side of the family, and other years it was with Dan’s side. We also photographed the wedding of Michelle’s sister, Holly, last summer here on the Cape.

It really does feel like we become part of the family with families like this…you know that Aunt & Uncle twice removed who you see once a year on the holidays and might or might not remember their names. But, still…it’s nice to watch the love grow & multiply for people we’ve grown to care a great deal about. It’s also pretty cool to know that when the kids are grown and have kids of their own, they’ll look back on the photos we’ve captured for them and remember fondly those silly summer afternoons spent on the beach…together with family.

Here are a few of our favorite moments with these sweet peeps….Mackie & Cammie hamming it up for the camera, while Will enjoys a ride on his daddy’s shoulders.
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Gavin gets some snuggles from his beautiful momma, while Dan tries to wrangle his brood for a group photo. I swear these in between moments are where the good stuff really lives for us photographers.
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Are they stinking cute or what? Love this wonderful wee family!

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Michelle’s sweet brother & sister-in-law, Johnny & Jolaine, with their wee peanuts, Kinsley & Baby John. Such sweet moments for these parents an their kiddos…

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OUr newlyweds, Holly & Paul. Such a perfect pair!

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Sibling love and playing at the beach….doesn’t get much better than this!

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Where the love all began….with these two sweet peeps, Papa John and Momma Susan. Still going strong and having fun all these many years later.

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The ladies…..Can we talk about little Kinsley for a second? She was not really digging having her photo taken for most of the session, but was just loving this particular moment….Hysterical!

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The lads…..
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Gramps & Grams and all their wee ones, with the most spectacular sunset we’ve seen in a while…

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These girls….I could munch their little yummy faces off. Love them!

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Just because….SISTERS….be still my heart.

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Paul & Holly…

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TAAAA DAAAAAA!!! Sans two toddlers….Johnny & Jolaine. I love the suggestion of movement by the clouds….wispy and wonderful.

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Thank you Michelle & Dan, Susan & John, Holly & Paul, Johnny & Jolaine and all your fabulous kiddos for such a fun evening catching up and see the progress a year has made on your wonderful families. Thank you so much for allowing us to keep recording this wonderful moments in your family’s life and for welcoming us back year after year with such genuine warmth and affection. We adore you all and hope these photos serve as happy reminders for many happy years to come!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Cold Storage Beach Family Session ~ Dennis Photographers

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Photographing young families is not easy! Just ask any parent and they’ll tell you it’s nearly impossible to get a good photo of their kids.

Trying to get really young kids to look at the camera, to smile a real smile and show you their true personality….particularly when you’re trying to get more than one to do it at the same time is no joke. It’s hard. But, it’s also ridiculously fulfilling and wonderfully soul-feeding. When those families also happen to be former brides & grooms turned mom & dad…well, it’s even sweeter!

Andy & I started out as wedding photographers. All we shot was weddings, having been inspired by the terrible photos that were taken at our wedding. After that, we decided we wanted to document weddings organically and capture photographs that were filled with real emotion….which was what we had wished for ourselves. And it’s been incredibly rewarding to to that for hundreds of couples over these past 14 years!

But in the past several years, our reach has extended to families…mostly because we couldn’t say no to all of the fabulous couples who came back to us after starting the next happy chapter in their lives.

We still photograph weddings, though not as many as we did when we first started. But photographing families has become a passion for us, equally as fueled by love as our wedding work. Like our weddings, our hope is to do something different….to photograph real life in a real life kind of way, with love & creativity and inspiring real emotional responses to the pictures we produce.

Two weeks ago, we were happily reunited with Danielle & Adam….one of our wedding couples from 4 years ago. Their wedding was perfect in every way and I found myself particularly bonded to Dani because we had both suffered the devastating loss of a parent before our weddings. Plus, she’s just ridiculously sweet, warm, kind, loving and all around awesome! You can check out Dani & Adam’s wedding HERE.

A lot had changed since we saw them last, namely they added two new wonderful members to their wee family…..who we will affectionately refer to as Mr. L and Ms. R, who are as cute as they come!!! We had so much fun getting to know these super sweet little people.  Say hello……

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I mean come on….can we talk about Mr. L’s crazy cute smile as he leads his adoring sissie down the path? And, Ms. R’s delicious baby thighs….it’s all I could do to keep from munching!

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The photo of Mr. L on the left makes my heart smile….it just feels so sweet, so him, so full of the magic that is childhood. And, lovely baby R and her soulful eyes…..don’t stare too long, you’ll get lost in there!

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Taking a moment to turn the focus toward each other for a second….Mr. L, however, prefers the focus on him and he’s hard to resist!

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Happiness is….FAMILY.

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Low tide at Cold Storage Beach in Dennis provided the perfect backdrop for a family sunset stroll.

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Joyce, Dani’s mom and these lucky kids’ nana gets some good lovin’ from her babies.

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Flying high…..oh, to be a kid again!

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I don’t know what makes my heart squeal more…the look Ms. R is giving her Daddy or the one she’s giving the camera? Sweet little cheeky monkey!

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Higher Daddy…higher!!! Now, do it again!

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If only they would stay little forever….it’s what every parent thinks at some point. And, it’s hard not to think it myself when I saw this beautiful moment as captured by my ridiculously talented husband! Be still my baby-loving heart!!!!

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Meanwhile, I captured this silly exchange…..love these two boos!

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And, off into the sunset they go….honestly, I could barely contain myself as I watched them waddle off into the distance…Ms. R chasing after her big brother….neither certain of where they were going, just happy for the attention.

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Mr. L found a seagull feather and decided it needed a castle….

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Playing with mommy….this girl loves to fly high!

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It was a cloudy, humid day that….like our time with this wonderful family….came to a glorious end. Taaaa Daaaaaa…..

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Wait…don’t go you guys…I’m not done playing! Well, okay….maybe just one more of this delightful little man!

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Danielle, Adam & Joyce…thank you sooooo much for sharing yourselves and your beautiful family with us!! It was so great reconnecting. We only wish we had more time together, so we could have put down our cameras and just hung out!! Perhaps another time when you’re back visiting!! Until then, we hope you enjoy these precious moments and that they help preserve this wonderful time in your lives! Kids grow & change so fast…too fast!! Hope to see you all again soon!! With much love & big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Family Playtime at Nauset Beach, Eastham Photographers

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Jacqueline sent us an email back in March, inquiring about family photos for her, her husband, Shaun, and their two sweet boys, Colin & Rory. We often get injuries, but not all of them are full of such warmth & goodness. And, I’ll admit, when we get an inquiry like Jacqueline’s we instantly feel a connection and get super excited to meet them and get them in front of our cameras.

I recently said that photography for me is less about creating pretty pictures…although that’s always something we strive to do….and more about connecting with people. And, I think Andy would agree. Making connections and building relationships is super important to us. There’s something that happens when we feel like the people we’re photographing are as excited about us and what we’re doing together as we are….a kind of magic is created, one that inspires and builds and always seems to lead to pretty pictures.

So, when we got together with Jacqueline, Shaun and the boys last week, all signs were pointing to the start of a beautiful relationship. We met them at their summer home in Eastham, which had been built by Shaun’s grandfather and recently remodeled to beachy perfection.

Jacqueline came out from the bedroom, arms wide open for a hug and I was immediately smitten! When we met their sweet boos, well, we couldn’t wait to get started. So, we began with a couple of quick pics in front of their special home. Are they cute or what?!!! They made it so easy to love this sweet family!

Next, Baby Rory is all love & giggles playing with his sweet Daddy, who can’t get enough….such sweetness!

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We left the house in our separate cars and headed to Coast Guard Beach, me & Andy leading the way. In our eagerness to spend more time with these lovely people, I inadvertently sped past a park ranger, who immediately pulled us over. Awesome first impression!!

Thankfully, he let us off with a written warning. Thank you Officer Hunt!! Although, it delayed us by 20 minutes, we had plenty of time built into the session, and truthfully, it was better to let the sun get a bit lower in the sky. So, it all worked out.

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Happy. Happy. Happy family!

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A momma’s love….there’s little that’s better than that!! Can we talk about sweet Rory and that smile for a second? Such a love bug!

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Sweet, gentle little Colin took some time to get used to us, but once he did…well, we were fast friends. Just love this happy moment captured by my super talented and equally sweet hubby! He has an amazing way of connecting to children that was one of the reasons I fell in love with him and, all these years later, it continues to warm my heart watching the way kids respond to him.

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On top of the world….that smile…I just can’t handle it! I can just feel the connection he was having with Andy in this moment and I just love it so much!

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Love this sweet, happy, really lovely family!

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Shaun sharing a moment with his very happy son! So much love!

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The light at the beach was so awesome and the clothing colors Jax & Shaun picked were perfectly complementary. Add in a tide pool with some ripples and I’m as giddy as Colin!

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We all want those wonderful posed family photos that inevitably become cherished family heirlooms, but the candid shot on the right makes my heart sing. Just love everything about it!

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A still tide pool + setting sun + a beautiful family = perfection.

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A momma and her baby boy….Swoon!

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I LOVE the photo on the left of Shaun with Colin….talk about a mini me moment! They literally have exactly the same body language in this moment. And, Shaun walking with Rory….such a good Daddy!

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More playful moments with momma…

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Oh Momma, you’re so funny!!!

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Run Daddy, run…the wave is coming!

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That was fun….do it again Daddy!

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Another candid family moment that warms my heart!

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Splish, splash, Colin was taking a bath…sort of!

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The two finger hold….my favorite!! Is Jacqueline beautiful or what?! I could have photographed this family for days!!!

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We headed to the Fort Hill bridge down the road for a couple of quick sunset photos.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!

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The no-see-ums were soon bad, but that didn’t stop us from having some fun! These guys are such troopers and seem able to have fun no matter what’s happening.

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Someone’s getting sleepy. Love this sweet cherub!

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THIS moment….this is what makes life so sweet!

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Jacqueline and Shaun…..thank you soooooo much for choosing us to document your beautiful family! Jacqueline, you had me at “hello!” but meeting you, Shaun and the boys exceeded all expectations. You guys are just the sweetest! Such lovely, kind, fun, warm, loving people and parents and we hope you feel all that and more when you look at these photos of our time together! We hope too that you guys keep us in your lives and that we see you all again soon and continue to grown this wonderful new friendship….perhaps without the police & biting bugs next time! Thank you again for everything, and especially for reminding us why we love what we do!

Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo