Monthly Archives: August 2012
It means a lot to me when local businesses trust me to create some new images for their website. It’s especially meaningful when it’s a business that has such a huge heart and does such important work with children with special needs–like New England Pediatric Services. NEPS began with two speech-language pathologists who were passionate and focused in the kinds of work they wanted to do, and in a short period of time they’ve more than doubled their employees, adding a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and another speech pathologist.
They are ready to update their website with current headshots of the whole team–and I was more than pleased to bring my style of relaxed, natural light portraiture to their web presence. I really feel that it’s important to portray a therapist in a natural, personable, and engagingly human sort of way, since this is a person who will be working so closely with a child and their family. In my mind, the traditional studio grimace-into-the-flash headshot would be unacceptable and completely inappropriate in this context. (Actually, come to think of it, I can’t think of many instances where that sort of thing is ever appropriate.)
At the end of the session, we were able to go to the location that I had originally picked out for them: Cat Alley! The light wasn’t right when we first got there, but later on when the light had mellowed, and everyone was feeling more relaxed we did some fun shots with all the amazing color in the alley, painted by local artists. These are some of my absolute favorites. Therapists are fun, engaging, kid-oriented people, and I just knew this background would be perfect for that reason. Everyone picked a favorite cat, and we did some more portraits there.
It’s a unique opportunity for me to photograph these ladies. I can’t begin to share the gratitude I have for Cass and Annie for their work with my son Drew. It seems like they have been with him for as long as I can remember. Annie was his speech therapist from ages 2-3, and then Cass took over as the autism specialist for more than a year now, and filled in gaps that we never even realized needed to be addressed. These ladies have had such a tremendous impact on Drew’s development for such a long time now, and I’m certain our family would not be in the place that it is now without their expertise and dedication. They have either directly impacted his progress through their therapy, or pointed us in the direction of where we needed to go. I trust them completely with knowing what my son needs. And thanks to them, we now know what the next steps for Drew are going to be. I sincerely hope that as NEPS continues to grow we can continue to work with them as my son’s needs change. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend them to any family who is facing communication issues with their child, especially autism.
Welcome back to another round of blog circle goodness from New Hampshire’s custom portrait photographers. It’s been a couple of months, but we’re back in the swing of things with August’s theme of WATER. In order to visit all the blogs in the circle, simply click through to the next blog using the link at the bottom of this post.
Never say never. If anybody had ever told me, growing up, that I would one day be swimming in a lake in New Hampshire, I’d have thought they were crazy. But there it is, and here I am. Usually I’m quite happy to warm myself in the sun on a rock, like a turtle, and just observe the shenanigans of my kids and husband, but sometimes I do get in. It’s not that bad (sort of.)
We’ve done a lot of swimming this summer, and Glen Lake here in Goffstown is super close, free, and lots of fun. Another nearby favorite is Clough State Park where we also go. We do swimming at the indoor pool at the YMCA, and of course the kids are perfectly happy with some good backyard fun in the inflatable wading pools too.
It’s been a very big summer for Drew. As recently as the beginning of July, he was still scared to even put his head under the water too much. But then something clicked for him, and all of a sudden he was practically swimming underwater. His “swimming” is more like lurching, but he’s doing great and once we got him some goggles this kid spends more time frolicking underwater than he does above water. His newfound freedoms also involve being chucked high into the air by dad, and crashing down. Amazing, really. I never thought I’d see him do anything like that.
Parker too discovered the joys of floating around in his little swim ring, and eventually got brave enough to let Dad toss him around as well. I think it’s been a good summer with lots of great memories made. I feel this heavy responsibility to make sure that my kids have fun memories to look back on when they’re grown up, and I’m happy that summers spent splashing around in scenic lakes will be among those.
Be sure to visit the next blog in the circle! Head over to New Hampton to check out Amy Wilson’s blog post and her take on the “Water” theme.
I love to keep up with all the new cupcake shops popping up all over New Hampshire these days, and I especially love it when my travels bring me to places where I can actually swing by and sample some of these beauties. The other day I was at Nuthin’ But Good Times in Merrimack, so I made it a point to visit Cupcake Conspiracy right down the road before we headed back to Goffstown. It’s a lovely shop, with very cute daily flavors. The cupcakes are gorgeous, as you can see.
Local bakeries, cafes, cupcake shops that need gorgeous new photos, be sure to contact me and let’s set up a date for a photo shoot! The time is always right for some updated beauty shots.