Fabulous Foggy Family Session ~ Coast Guard Beach

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Andy & I were really looking forward to meeting Kate, James and their two gorgeous girls, Isabella & Jacqueline. Kate had heard about us through her cousin Jacqueline…who we met last summer when she & her super sweet hubs, Shaun, had commissioned us to photograph them and their two crazy cute boys, Colin & Rory. Click HERE for a peek at our amazing evening with them.

We all instantly hit it off and had so much fun together, so we were super stoked to get to meet more of this wonderful family. And, well…they didn’t disappoint!

Like cousin Jacqueline, we met with Kate & her family at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. The weather had been questionable for most of the morning, but things had cleared later in the afternoon, so we headed down Cape feeling hopeful. Just as we drove down the beach road this crazy thick fog rolled in…we could actually see it literally rolling in across the road. It was crazy and I immediately got nervous about what this meant for the photos.

But, as it turned out, the fog added a certain dreaminess to the photos that was, well…perfect for this dreamy family! See for yourself…

We started out at the beach’s boardwalk bridge, which turned out to be a bit too sunny, but we were able to catch this super cute moment with Kate & Isabella, who seemed pretty excited about having two new friends with whom to play. And, baby sis, Jacqueline….well if ever there was a perfect smiley Gerber face, surely hers is it! I could just munch on those cheeks for days!

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See what I mean about dreamy…..as mommy watches her baby girl build a sand castle (of sorts).

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Isabella was pretty much up for anything, including practicing her balancing on a gorgeous piece of driftwood. Mommy wasn’t too shabby either!

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Our sweet, happy, smiley little family! Just love these guys!

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James and Kate take turns giving Jacqueline some much appreciated loving.

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“Hey guys, watch me jump!” Well done sweet boo! Well done!

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“Let’s race, Mommy!”

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Gotcha…

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Eskimo kisses on a warm summer night….yum yum!

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Such a happy girl…

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Grabbing momma’s hair and having fun doing it…

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Kisses and cuddles and oodles of love.

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Dreamy….

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Chasing waves and loving every minute of it…

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Checking out the beach’s treasures…

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Footprints…like the perfectly fleeting visual reminders of where we’ve been and all the possibility that lays ahead.

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These next two photos show how changing your camera’s settings and taking two photos, at more or less exactly the same time, can create very different results.

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For this one, we let in more light and shifted our family slightly to capture the gorgeous green beach grass. Do you have a favorite?

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Are you coming???

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More happy….

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Kate & James explained how their family ritual with the girls is to do a big group hug every night before bed. Isabella was very excited to show us how….adorable!!

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Just adore these sweet peeps.

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More hugs and happy faces…

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So much love!

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Running to momma for a great big hugs….(perspective one)

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(Perspective two) Look at the joy on Isabella’s gorgeous face! I can’t barely stand it!

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First we’d like to thank Jacqueline & Shaun for spreading the Bello love and having your wonderful cousin reach out to us!! It’s the best form of advertising there is for us and we just love getting to keep it in the family! Hope to see you guys, and your sweet boys again soon!! Maybe we can all get together for drinks the next time you’re all on the Cape?!!! Kate & James…thank you both so very much for welcoming us with such open arms and warm hearts! You and your girls are delightful and we had such a nice evening with you all! Hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your time here on beautiful Cape Cod! With much love, Christine & Andy xo

Maryellen & Kevin’s Mashpee Family Session

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Spending time with our families is super important to Andy & me. Our moments together aren’t nearly often enough, so when we do gather, we savor our time with one another.

Recognizing how important family time is for so many, we find it an honor & a happy privilege to be invited to document gatherings for some really warm, wonderful, incredibly loving families, who open their hearts and lives to us and ask us to preserve the fleeting moments of togetherness in photographs.

We were recently asked to photograph an afternoon of togetherness for one such family. Maura & Patrick had reached out to us to photograph Maura’s family during their time together in Mashpee. We actually met Maura & Patrick a few years ago, when they were planning their Cape Cod wedding, but it didn’t work out that we could be there to capture that happy celebration.

So, we were thrilled when they reached out to us again more recently to photograph Maura’s side of the family and also her and Patrick’s new little bundle of love, Cullen.

Please say hello to Patrick, Maura, baby Cullen and their crazy cute fur baby, Riley. We met these guys at Maura’s parent’s beautiful New Seabury home. Her dad, Kevin, watches as we photograph his growing family…

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Babies change everything and make family life so much richer. I think these happy, albeit slightly sleep-deprived new parents would agree.

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Who’s a happy boy? Cullen is…that’s who!

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Nighty night sweet pea!

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We actually got to meet Maura’s baby sister, Katherine, and her fiance, Dan, months before the session, when we got together with them to discuss their plans for their Wychmere wedding next summer. Happily, we are able to be there for this exciting family milestone! Wooo hooo! Say, “Hi!” to Dan & Katherine….are they adorable or what?

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They were so nervous about being photographed they kept giggling….

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Which besides making me totally giggle, also makes for some super cute exchanges!! Just adore these two! Cannot wait for their e-session later this fall!

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Katherine & Maura’s super sweet parents, Maryellen and Kevin….the proud grandparents to baby Cullen. It must be so wonderful as parents to watch your kids grow and blossom, to stretch out their wings and take flight in life, to bring more life and love to the family. Just can’t imagine how wonderful that feels, but their faces say it’s pretty wonderful!

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The whole gang, including Maura & Katherine’s super sweet sister, Megan, who was a total trooper wheeling onto the dock and down to the beach. Thanks Megan…you rock!

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Sisterly love!! As one of three sisters myself, this sister is one I wish I had of my two sisters now that we’re all grown up. Hey Deb & Kim…what do you say we make this happen!!??

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Patrick getting baby Cullen settled and ready for one more family pic…such a sweet pea!

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Hey pretty ladies…

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Sunset at South Cape beach.

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Thank you all so much for a really lovely evening! It was wonderful getting to know you all a bit better and made us even more excited about next summer’s celebration! Cannot wait for more giggles with you, Katherine & Dan!! Thank you most especially Maura & Patrick for making our gathering possible and for reaching out to us again! It means a lot that you kept us in mind after all this time and that we were finally able to have your beautiful faces and most especially your beautiful babe in front of our cameras! Cullen is a total lovebug! Looking forward to photographing you all again soon! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

 

Heather, Jesse & Family Beach Session

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If you know me at all, you know family is super important to me. Being with Andy, my dad and his partner, my sisters and their hubbies, my nieces & nephews, cousins and aunties…it’s just where my bliss can be found.  Don’t get me wrong, we have our share of family drama…like everyone. But, when we all get together and everyone is clicking and enjoying each other, there is little else that makes me as happy.

And, when I look back over my life, I am sometimes struck by how quickly the time has passed and how those moments of togetherness and family bonding are so fleeting, too far and in between. And life seems to have move at a pace which leaves me feeling as if I can’t keep up.

So, documenting families has become a bit of a passion for me. It’s a way of giving families an excuse to stop and just be…..together, to enjoy a sunset and a couple of hours of silliness on the beach (or whatever favorite place they covet).

We get to document that time of togetherness for them and in turn, they provide a beautiful visual reminder to us of just how precious our moments of family togetherness are….and how we ought to savor them, because before we know it, the kids are grown, having kids of their own and all that is left are our memories and if we’re lucky….photographs that highlight our time with one another.

This time of year, Andy & I are generally so busy that there is very little time for enjoying togetherness with our own families. But, this summer, we got to enjoy a rare week away with family. It was an incredible time of enjoying one another…something I am sure we will all treasure forever (thank you sweet Debbie for making it happen!!!). My only regret is that I didn’t hire someone to document our togetherness. Andy & I took some photos, but it’s not the same as having someone else do it for you…someone who allows us as photographers to be present, in the moment, and part of the story. I won’t make that mistake again!

Anyway, family time is special…and it was something I was thinking a lot about when we got together with a very special family a couple of weeks ago. We met up with Heather & Jesse, whom we first met when they were planning their 2011 Wequassett wedding.

Andy & I fell pretty hard for Heather & Jesse and their wedding was everything we knew it would be and more! We’ve been fortunate that they’ve kept in touch over the years. But, we hadn’t met their sweet kids, Ella & Jackson, until our recent get together at Chatham Lighthouse Beach.

We LOVE kids…we love their energy and enthusiasm for life’s little things. We love their innocence and curiosity…their timidity or excitability. Getting to be around children brings us both a lot of joy. But, Heather & Jesse’s kids were exceptionally awesome! They are the perfect combination of their parents and our bond with them was instantaneous. And, it’s why I think the photos came out so awesome….if I do say so myself.

I’ve already blathered on too long…and if you’ve read this far, I’d be surprised. So, let’s just get to the good stuff….Say “Hi!” to Heather, Jesse, Ella & Jackson, and prepare to fall in love…as we have.

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These are some very happy kiddos…..makes it hard not to smile looking at them, doesn’t it?!

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Kids loooove when adults act ridiculous. Fortunately, I am very good at acting ridiculous! In this next one, I was crawling around on the ground, growling like a lion and challenged Ella & Jackson to give it a try. They were not opposed!!

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After we all got comfortable, it was time to get at least one Christmas Card photo for mom & dad. Taaa Daaa!

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Then back to silliness….which is my favorite way to be…and to photograph families being.

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Because sometimes amid all the fun, the kids give you this….

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And this…. Sweet momma, I love these moments. Breaks my heart a little that I won’t ever have one of my own, but I just love watching women who I admire and care about enjoying their special moments!!!

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Big sister pig pile….yummy!

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Ella is a ham and I just loved out time together. She was silly and sweet, playful and just generally super excited to be spending the evening on the beach with her family and her two funny new friends. I wanted to take a few photos of her on her own, and all of a sudden she gave me this pose and face….I nearly fell in the sand. Love her! Meanwhile, Andy captured this super sweet moment with Jackson, who was admiring a piece of driftwood he found.

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Cuddling with Daddy….

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Cuddling and kisses….does it get any better?

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Yup…it does! Flying makes it better! Hello sweet Ella-bella!

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Come on Daddy….this way!!

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Mom, I’m so funny…..Yes, Jackson…you are!!

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I love this next photo….it makes me think about where these two were in their lives when we first met them and how far their love has taken them since. I am excited to see where their love will take them next!

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A family that plays together, stays together.

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Yippeeee….

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Happiness….Heather & Jesse have created room for a lot of it in their lives and we couldn’t be happier for them!

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Big sissie, showing baby brother the way. Be still my baby-loving heart!

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Sweet Ella kept giving me specially-selected seashells all evening. Here she is hunting for some goodies, while jolly Jackson reacts to his new pal, Andy…the funny guy behind the camera!

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Run Daddy…the waves are coming!

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Days like these….where we are with the ones we love most, just enjoying the moment. Being present and open….it’s what it’s all about!

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Eyes of an angel, like pools of ocean water….look too long and you might drown in the yumminess!

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It’s a wrap….the sun has set on a wonderful evening with some really wonderful people and their wonderful little lovebugs! Togetherness preserved….

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Heather & Jesse….thank you sooooo much for sharing your beautiful family with us! We remember when you first reached out to us for your wedding and how important preserving memories were to you. We hope we did you proud here with this sneak peek from our super fun evening together with your sweet boos! We absolutely loved seeing you both again and getting to meet Ella & Jackson was even more of a treat than we expected. Just adore them and both of you and we thank you so much for keeping in touch all of these years and for letting us be a part of your family togetherness time!  Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo