A Modern Twist On School Portraits | Northampton Family Photographer

What comes to mind when you think of school portraits? Stiff poses, forced smiles, flashy looking light, or maybe color gradient backgrounds? I have a collection of pre-school through high school portraits of myself depicting that dated signature style. 

As a photographer and parent, I want to more for my children’s portraits. I want authenticity, connection, and timelessness. I want a beautiful portrait of my child, smiling or serious, whatever is real in that moment. 

I also want a local boutique service that parallels the cost and professional services of large corporations with a more personal approach.

This is why I started my Fine Art School Portrait service. I want you to cherish school photos the same way you cherish your family session albums and prints by giving you genuine portraits of your amazing children.

If you think my service is a good fit for your school, visit here to read more details. 

Fine Art Studio Portraits | Northampton, MA

These two make every second worth it. Brothers on film. While they have distinct personalities, they are respectively creative, dramatic, and funny. Always a good combination for a photographer. 

I try to capture individual qualities in the portraits I make, regardless of age. These two, in particular, remind me to stay in the present moment. Eventually, the camera is less noticeable allowing them to relax and be themselves.

Portraiture allows us to connect. Photographer: Sitter: Viewer. The best portraits, to me, reveal something true about the subject. I love the immediacy shared between these two siblings: open and honest.

Winter In the Studio | Portrait Sessions

There is a storm headed our way this weekend. I have plans to work in the studio. Who knows? Ah, winter in New England. So fickle and unpredictable. At times, we prepare for the worst and nothing happens. Other times, the power is out for days and we layer on the woolens and light every candle. I might have to wait until the roads are clear to head into the studio where a short stack of 4x5 film is ready to be developed and scanned. 

Film portraits, if I have to choose, are my favorites. The process and attention involved from composing to developing each roll or sheet. The grain, light, and effort of making art in camera has always fascinated me. 

Large format portraits, in particular, hold a special place in my heart. Not only are they classic and beautiful, but they also require time and attention to create. Time to focus and connect in a moment where both photographer and sitter reveal something to the other. This, to me, is the importance and necessity of portraiture—to create heirlooms that can be shared with those we love. 

Between snow storms, coffee dates, and driving your kids to rehearsals and practices, make the time to get in front of the camera. Schedule a session for yourself. Another for them. Show up and be seen. You deserve it and so do they. 

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