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

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

Ronnie, Frank & Family ~ Truro Beach, Cape Cod Photographers

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We first met Ronnie and Frank ten years ago, when we were photographing the amazing wedding of Beth & Jeff at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. They were guests at the wedding and Ronnie had come up to us, raving about us and our work, having not yet seen the photos from the wedding. She’s just one of those people who approaches everything from a ‘glass half full’ perspective. In the dictionary next to the word positive is a picture of Ronnie. It’s hard not to immediately fall for her, and fall we did.

Happily, she,  Frank and their two daughters, Lauren & Kim, have all stayed in our lives over the years. We’ve shared dinners and giggles. We’ve photographed Lauren & Kim, for engagements and weddings, and now we get together every couple of years, when the gang all comes together for some happy family time at Ronnie & Frank’s place in Truro. It’s a beautiful respite, and for us, a sort of homecoming.

The past couple of times we’ve gotten together, it’s been so fun to see how the family has changed and expanded. What was once a family of four is now a family of twelve. We met two of the newest family members recently….and they just added more love & goodness to an already fairy tale family. Click HERE and HERE to see our past family get togethers.

As in year’s past, we met them at their summer home in Truro, and then headed to their favorite beach just down the road, Corn Hill beach. Below, sweet Hadley (left) and her sis, Piper, make their way to the beach, with brother, Wake, and the rest of the gang in tow.

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Wake is all smiles and getting so biiigggg!!! While Hadley, hams it up with Grandpa Frank and CrayCray. So much love!!!

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All the grandkids get together for a sweet pic with CrayCray and Grandpa Frank. Sweet baby Hailey (on CrayCray’s lap) was not feeling up to a photo session, but with the grown ups being big goofballs behind the camera, we got an almost smile.

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Sweet sisters, Hadley & Piper, are just delightful, as CrayCray enjoys some snuggle time with baby sis, Finley. Meanwhile, serious cousin Lincoln takes it all in stride. Love these sweet boos!

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Completely unprompted by anyone, Hadley & Piper share a sisterly smooch. Be still my heart!!!!!

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All the girls….

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Hello beautifuls!!!

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Mark & Kim are seriously the coolest parents I know. With their four gorgeous babies, they spent their week in Truro camping. Yup! Camping with four kids. Four kids and three tents! A sleeping tent, a kitchen tent and a wardrobe tent, complete with hanging racks for all the kids’ clothes. Total superstars and my heroes! And, can we talk about sweet Piper pulling her dress out at the sides, proud as punch and relishing the attention. Love this family!!!

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Speaking of love….check out baby Finley and those delicious thighs!! If ever there was a quintessential Cape Cod moment, surely this is it!

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Cousins…running, playing, loving life and making the most of their time together….Be still my heart!

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Can we talk about the unbridled joy written all over sweet Hadley’s gorgeous face? It is moments like this that are what life is all about! And, these are the ones that make me really love what we do!

Ironically, there was another family on the same beach having their photos taken. The photographer had them perfectly positioned and all was calm. I couldn’t help but wonder what they must have thought of our coordinated chaos….with kids running every which way (parents also joining in). I don’t think there’s a right way to do it, but for Andy & me…this is where it’s at. We’re just big fans of photographs that speak of life being lived and of kids being kids!

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Sweet Hailey eventually warmed up to her new friends….and man does the camera love this girl!! And, so does her gorgeous cousin. Be still my baby-loving heart!!!

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Families that play together stay together. And, this one sure knows how to play. Love them and these sweetly shared moments!!!

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While all this silly play was happening around them, Ronnie grabbed onto Frank and said, “Can you believe all of this is ours?” Awwwww…and YES! Because love breeds more love…and these two childhood sweethearts have it in spades!

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A little family sunset stroll….

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When it was all over, I was walking back with Ronnie and her super sweet cousin, Diane, who was mostly an onlooker for the photos. But, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph these two sweet ladies, who like me….are not super psyched to be the center of attention and have a camera pointed at them. But, sometimes, it is in those moments where giggles and joy produce the most lovely, heart-felt smiles. LOVE!!!

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Back at the house, Ronnie asked if we’d be open to photographing their nightly ritual, where all the kids pile in their grandparents’ bed and Grandpa Frank sings a bedtime lullaby. UMMMM….YES!!!!!!! These sweet, little boos showed their appreciation with applause and sleepy smiles. And, with the sun setting and new memories made, our hearts were full. Loved this and loved that the family let us be a part of it!

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Sweet, sleepy Hailey….just yummy!

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This next one of her big brother melts my heart!! Photography for me is less about creating pretty pictures and more about connecting with my subjects. I get so moved when I look through my camera and share a moment of real connection with another human being….whether it’s a child, a bride or groom, a friend or coworker. It’s like they let me see them….the real them. And, for me, it is a moment of pure love. I know that sounds super corny, but it’s true….as human beings, we want to be seen, understood and accepted. And, when I photograph people, it’s like there’s this unspoken agreement that I’m going to be there to see them, accept them and love them and they willingly let me in. It truly is the coolest thing ever, because in so doing, they are also accepting and loving me. And, in this next photo…that’s exactly what I felt when I pointed my camera at little Lincoln, and he peered through my lens, with those soulful eyes and wry smile……all I could see was love.

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As we were leaving, Lincoln and his mom shared a moment…watching as the sun slowly faded past the horizon, bringing to an end another day of love & family time on beautiful Cape Cod.

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Ronnie & Frank….thank you!! For once again sharing your beautiful family with us!! For opening your hearts & home to us and for making us feel more like family than “your family photographers.” We love you guys and feel so grateful for your friendship. Kim, Mark, Lauren, and TL we feel so grateful to have been able to watch as you found and created love for one another and then built on that with the addition of your beautiful babies. We have loved watching you all grow and change and look forward to our next get together!! Kimmie….I’m serious about riding with you next summer!! Let’s make a mighty team of two! Love you guys to bits! Christine & Andy xoxo