Archive for Families

Well, well, well, if I don’t have truly *the best* clients of all time of any photographer anywhere at anytime of all time. 

Biased?  Not a chance. 
Laura and Peter Drummey have three boys:  Stephen, Nolan, and Drew.  These three little nuggets of love get cuter every SECOND, never mind every year.  I photograph them every year these days (thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!) which is something no one will ever, ever regret!  It’s such an incredible honor to watch and document this family grow I can’t even stand it.  Lu, the mom, is maaaaaybe my favorite person ever (along with her whole crew of friends) so I get pretty excited to see her and her boys every year.  I would LOVE for you to see an earlier shoot with this family just so you can enjoy watching them grow big and strong.  HERE is a shoot from when the twins turned one.  And here we are this year on the beach in Hull.  THANK YOU, Drummey family for your friendship that feels like family.  I count myself incredibly lucky to call you friends.  THANK YOU! 
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Martina is one of my favorite human beings of all time.  We shared a best friend, and the rest is history.  Martina and her family are selling their *gorgeous* home in Sudbury so wanted me to come over and commemorate their first home as a family of five.  The house was Sam Adam’s sister’s house (as in THE Sam Adams) and it was built in the 1700s.  Martina knows that she was one of many women who rocked their children to sleep in that house.  I love that.  Here’s to new chapters.  Onward.  Sending you all love!
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As if life wasn’t already super awesome just because Josh and Lindsey are in it, they go and make a couple ah kids.   They brought miss Vivian through a couple years ago, and on their fifth wedding anniversary I met their son, Dez, on his one-week birthday.   There are few people in the world I’m more honored to know, to photograph, and to call friends than Josh and Lindsey.  One day, in another life, I’ll come back and be just like them.  For now, I get to see them twice a year for photography.   In case you feel like making yourself happy, may I suggest that you go through the last five years of their lives. :):  here is their wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, here is their maternity and newborn shoot of Vivian in their gorgeous home in South Boston,  here is when Vivian turned one and we thought she was a play doll, and here is when I started actually being mad that Viv is better dressed than me. 😉   And our latest collaboration is right here… ENJOY! LOVE! THANK YOU!
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Georgia is my new baby crush.   She’s so cute and sweet, and her parents, Sara and Ryan, (and Sara’s parents) feel like family to me.   We basically just all chased and adored Georgia around a few different backyards on a gorgeous late Spring day.  Everything felt right, I really  really REALLY love my job.  THANK YOU for letting me into your lives.  I love you all.
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Man, I wish I wasn’t so effusive so that when I really needed to be you’d believe me!   Kristin, Jamie are two of the best people I know, and to say that I’m in love with their daughter, Winnie, would be a huge understatement.   Tommy was three weeks old when I arrived, but I have no doubt I’ll be madly in love with him, too.  But, at this time in life, Winnie just reached in and stole my heart.  She’s as sweet and welcoming and easy going and hilarious and smart as her parents. She’s SUPER sweet and helpful and kind.  Her entire family is really special so it’s no wonder why she’s as special.  I really hope you fall in love with her through these photographs.  Baby Tommy will have a wonderful life, and I wouldn’t wish it on a better couple than Kristin and Jamie.  Congratulations to all of you!  I LOVE YOU!!!
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I am lucky enough to call the Larrson mom, and the only female under this roof, a great new friend of mine.  She works at Union Press Publishing and we (along with the rest of the crew at UPP) are just finishing up the third cookbook we did together (as in: I was the photographer and they were the creative explosion and publishing arm).   Through this extremely fun and incredibly creative process, a whole crew of us are bonded for life.  And I am on my knees in gratitude. So, I was all too eager to bounce on over to Milton to chase these CUTIES around their home the day before Easter.  Shelby and Mike have created a beautiful home full of love and confidence, hilarity and fun.  Their boys, Will and James, will have a wonderful life full of happiness and the confidence to be who they have the potential to be.  What else can anyone ask for.  It was an honor to be there and then show them what they look like surrounded by love.  I love you guys. thank you so so so much. LOVE!
 
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Boys, boys, boys!   Danielle and Jed had their fourth baby…BOY!  This family in Scituate is so insanely adorable and sweet and fun I can’t stand it.  I didn’t want to leave I was having so much fun with these guys. This is the cutest little family on the South Shore. Promise.  Enjoy! THANK YOU!
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I’m from a small beach town in New England called Marshfield.  It’s a workin’ man’s town surrounded by wealthier, fancier towns, and we like it that way.  We hear that being the scrappy underdog builds character, and our identity is in our grit and our work ethic. 

And fuck those rich kids. 😉 

I’m not sure if this is the case in every small town, but  everyone I grew up with I consider, in some form or another, like family.  I’ve known them for so long, I love them so much, we’ve laughed so hard together, cried even harder, and ran from the cops so much that it’s automatic family status whether we like it or not.  
One of my first male friends I can remember having is Chris Sheehan.  We met in the third grade and our friendship has endured.  Chris is smart, hilarious, and loyal, and I love this kid like a brother.  By some sort of small town mathematics, since I consider Chris a brother I consider his siblings like my family.   I am not alone in my personal theory of relativity, and thousands of people feel connected to the Sheehan/Shaw family through a sibling, a parent, a cousin, or an uncle.  The entire town calls Chris’ dad Chief.  Which only struck me as odd when my boyfriend asked why I kept calling him that.  Aggravated I answered, ‘because that’s his name.’ 
So, when Chris’ brother,  Dan, and his wife, Natalie, also a Marshfield native, were suffering, Marshfield stepped up in a mighty way. 
 
Natalie and Dan’s four year old son, Danny, has brain cancer.  It presented itself through bad headaches and nausea, and a trip to the doctor revealed every parent’s living nightmare.  When I finally found out through Facebook, I reached out to Natalie and offered the only trick I have: photographs of their family.  She accepted my offer, and two days later I was ringing their doorbell on a Sunday morning in January. 
Little Danny was there at the front door to greet me with a smiley-face scar on his skull in his red hair, and long blonde eyelashes framing his beautiful blue eyes. He’s as sweet and gentle as you can imagine a 4-year-old boy to be.  He’s helpful and playful and kind, and he’s jaw-droppingly adorable and perfect in every way possible.  I asked if he had his own bedroom, and the next thing I knew he asked me to follow him upstairs.  The ol’ Sheehan trick, I joked with him.  He smiled.  He sat on his larger than life stuffed moose name Mortimer, and told me his ‘fwiend gave it to me to make me feew beddah.’  I wish I lived in a village full of only Dannys. 
Soon after, cars started lining their street, and it was some sort of Sheehan/Shaw reunion in the backyard. Twenty or so relatives of Danny’s showed up to stand beside him in photographs.  It was fucking beautiful, and their family showed their hearts that day.  What a loving crew. 
From Natalie and Dan’s larger (not actually) family, the overwhelming love and support played out over social media.  Over $50K was raised in four days with a Go Fund Me page called The Danny Fund.  And tens of thousands of people visualized and hoped and prayed to a god they probably haven’t talked to in while to save Danny. Complete strangers chanted in Danny’s name in my yoga classes, and photo printers donated prints and canvas to the family.  A yoga student of mine named Mike, a total stranger to the Sheehan family, sat and breathed in Danny’s suffering and exhaled peace and health.  And from the looks of Facebook, believe me when I say our entire town is on it’s knees for Danny, Natalie, and Dan.  
Danny is tough. He’s sweet and gentle, but he’s tough.   Yesterday (February 7th, 2017) Little Danny had an operation at Children’s Hospital here in Boston to i
nsert a chemo port and get a spinal tap to try to find out more about his tumor.  Very soon he will start an intensive chemo and radiation treatment.  And in ten years Marshfield High School will have to brace itself for another hell raisin’, heart breakin’ Sheehan boy named Danny.  And that’s all there is to it. 
Danny has a road ahead of him that he does not deserve.  He is too young to hold this burden, and everyone who loves him, or has ever loved anyone in their life, is surrounding him ready to do whatever they can.  Danny is bringing out the very best in people, the very essence of our being, and reminding us what it is to be human: raw and scared, hopeful and defiant, loyal and generous. To be pure love.   I am confident that Danny will receive the miracle we are all praying for, and he will continue to remind us that there is nothing here on earth worth doing except loving each other.  
Danny, Natalie, and Dan, breathe deeply, have faith, know God, and love madly.  You have thousands and thousands of people praying for you.  Feel that every second of the day. 
love.
tara
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They don’t make ’em much cooler or more creative than Miss Em Falconbridge, that’s for sure.  I met Em at The Squam Art Workshop and was immediately deep in friend love.  So, when she told me that she was being featured in the magazine for her essential oil company, Doterra, and needed to be photographed, I was all over it.  She lives in what looks like a faux Christmas village in New Hampshire called Harrisville with her wonderful husband and three kids.  Her kids are Ivy, Yindi, and Banjo, and her sewing and essential oil studio is in an old yarn making mill, and her second child, Yindi, hangs off the silks that are draped from the ceiling.  Her goats live between their hot tub and the zip line that crosses their land. Everyone in the family has an effortless style and talent and it was a family photographers *DREAM* to be able to photograph them.  They are truly a beautiful family.  Thank you for trusting me with this, Em.  I love you guys!
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Don’t worry nothin bout Mari because she is killing the cute game over in Cambridge.  I have photographed her mom and dad since their engagement and I count myself incredibly lucky to watch this family grow.  HERE is a look into the week Mari was born.   Thank you so much to Jimmy and Anna for putting so much trust in me.  THANK YOU!
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