Kate, James and Family Session ~ Orleans Portrait Photographers

Last summer we were invited by Kate to photograph her family at their family beach in Orleans, Coast Guard Beach. The beaches down Cape are so different from the ones here in Falmouth & Mashpee. Short, somewhat rocky (though totally lovely) beaches are replaced by long, expansive sandy shorelines, that seem to go on for as far as the eye can see.

It’s always a pleasure when we get to photograph on the lower Cape. And, last summer we had such a blast with Kate, her husband, James and their two sweet peas, Isabella and Jacqueline. So, we were super excited when Kate reached out to us again this year to once again photograph her family. To add to the fun, she was bringing her parents, Barbara & Jack, and her sissie and her family, Jennifer, Ben and Gracie.

Once again, we visited Coast Guard Beach, a place Kate and her family have all spent a lot of time. Kate was even showing us photos from  her surfing days at the beach. Girl can ride a wave!!

We don’t have any of those photos to share, sadly, but we do have a few of our favorites from our time with this lovely bunch. Without further ado…we start with the crazy cute cousins…Jacqueline, Isa and Gracie. Be still my baby-loving heart!

Kate, James and the girls, Isabella & Jacqueline…are they cute or what?!!

Jennifer, Ben and Gracie-Grace! I’m dating myself here, but Gracie totally reminds of me of Shirley Temple in this photo….adorable girls and a smile that’ll stop you in your tracks. Couldn’t you just munch those cheeks?!

Barbara & Jack with their sweet grand babies. Oh the love!!!

Playing in the waves with Daddy….go Gracie, go!

The whole gang….such lovely peeps!

Hugs & kisses with mommy…

There was a giant octopus shaped kite flying at the beach when we were there and Jacqueline was OBSESSED!! She couldn’t get enough. Just love this moment with Dadda…

Jacqueline has done some modeling…can you tell?! I could photograph this girl all day, every day!

Still looking at that kite…bless her sweet little cheeks!

Meanwhile, Gracie was all about the water. Let her go and she was off and making a b-line for it. In this next photo, mommy & daddy join her and she couldn’t be happier.

Running like the wind with mommy…

Footprints….they show us where we’ve been and lead us where we’re going.

Catch me if you can….gotcha!!!!

Just love how Isa is pulling up her dress, as if to keep the water off it. Precious!

Every night before bed, Kate & James scoop up their girls for a family group hug….and the girls LOVE it! So did we! (Hey, got room for two more?!)

While the rest of the family headed back to the house and called it a day, Kate, James and the kids stayed for a bit longer with us…for a little quality family time playing on the beach. These are the days!!

Eureka!!! Look what Jacqueline found! Those eyes!! I just can’t!

If life can be made up of a collection of moments like these…where nothing else matters but the people you’re with….well, that would be a very full life!

Look at me balance Daddy! Oh, beautiful, happy, lovely girl!!

And, with the sun officially set, we have a few moments of magic light….my faveeeee!

Summer feet…

simple pleasures…

and digging for treasures…

…where love can always be found! Here, with you!

Kate & James….thank you once again for sharing your beautiful family with us and for introducing us to more of your wonderful family!! We loved spending time with all of you and hope these photos remind you of an afternoon well spent….where the sun shone brightly, the water was warm and inviting, and love swirled all around! Can’t wait to do it again!! Till then, big love to you all!

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

 

Thanksgiving Family Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

We’ve said this before, but we really do love it when our wedding couples come back to us to share the next happy milestone in their lives….children. Not only do we get to spend time with our ole’ pals, but we get to share in the excitement of where their journey from marriage has taken them.

It’s like getting invited to the first chapter reading of a fabulous hit novel, as read by the author. Okay, that’s a little goofy, but we really do love it.

A couple of weeks ago, while they were home for Thanksgiving, we got together with MaryHelen & Kurt, one of our super sweet and ridiculously fun bello couples who said, “I do!” at the Hyannisport Golf Club a few years ago. To illustrate how fun these two are, their first dance song was Huey Lewis’s “The Power of Love.” I mean, come on! Too fun!

In August of last year, MaryHelen & Kurt welcomed a sweet little boy, named Leo, into their world of fun. We’d been following their progress on Facebook, and were so happy when MaryHelen’s mom, Helen, reached out to us to schedule a session  with Leo over the holidays.

We had done a session for Helen’s other adorable grandkids two summers ago (Click HERE for a peek.) and she wanted to add Leo’s sweet little face to her family wall of love. Her living room walls are covered with giant photos of the kids we’d taken. It’s a bit humbling walking in and seeing our work displayed in such a beautiful way. We’re so grateful that our work has such meaning to our families. {happy sigh}

The day we’d planned to get together was as one might expect at the end of November….COLD! But, we braved the chilly temps and headed out for some fun at a local park in Osterville. Here’s a peek at our time together…

Leo & Gammy enjoy a stroll..

MaryHelen and her sweet boo. Is he an angel or what?

Talk about a mini-me. Leo looks just like his proud papa. Love!

Our happy family….can we talk about the hat on little Leo and that beautiful stare? Mmmmmmm!

We were so happy when we learned that MaryHelen’s sister, Johanna, and her three sweet monkeys, Katherine, Thomas & Matthew, would be joining us. Family….it is everything! And we just adore these sweet, fun, playful, loving families! Yaaay for family!

Johanna and her sweet little man….love the sun flare coming through the wooden train Thomas was sitting in. And, that expression…delightful.

Matthew is the class clown of the family and we just LOVE his rambunctious, loving nature. Big kisses Matty….

Sweet, momma-lovin’ Katherine is growing into such a lovely young woman-to-be. Hey beautiful.

The whole gang…and a little warming up snuggle with Gammy.

Back at Helen’s, little Leo refueled with some Mmmmm good yogurt. Is there anything cuter than a little boo feeding him/herself? I think not!

Big thanks to you Helen for once again sharing your beautiful family with us! We loved getting to meet Leo and seeing his sweet and adoring cousins again. MH, Kurt & Johanna…as always, it was great reconnecting. Thank you all for braving the cold and coming out to play with us! We hope your Thanksgiving was full of love & joyful celebration and that these photos serve as happy reminders of your time together! Until next time, sending big love & hugs to you all (including those who couldn’t make it ~ Jim, Andrew, Lisa & Emmett), C&A xoxo