Clinton MA Children’s Photographer — Killian’s 1 year photos — Amanda Luisa Photography & Illustration

A few weeks ago, I got to do Killian’s 1 year old session!

I have a special connection to Killian because I also babysit him and his brother, occasionally. It was a lot of fun! I love when I get to take photos for different stages of a child’s life. This was also extra special because we did his photos on his actual birthday (which is always awesome). It was a humid day out, but he was all smiles. We even got to use this great quilt (made by a relative) and it really helps to make his eyes and adorable shirt pop.

Mom was determined to get one last photo with blocks spelling out how old he is in months (she did it every month) so that she could have a year’s worth of block photos. We had to work some magic to get a photo before Killian grabbed the blocks. Then, we tried to set up some decoy blocks for him to play with so that he didn’t keep taking the photo blocks. Ultimately, we got a couple great shots, even with him going after the blocks. He was a great sport about everything and we even ended up getting some fun family shots.

I love how these photos came out and I’m excited for what the rest of the year brings. With so much going on this fall, I’m not sure how many sessions I’ll be able to do until the end of the year, but I’m hoping to get in a few different things.

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Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick MA — Natick MA Family Portrait Session

Had a family session with some friends a few weeks ago! We went to Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and it was the perfect spot for a photo session. We had a nice walk and got some awesome photos.

I’m so excited with how these came out. I think the first one above is my very favorite from this day. It was a very hot, humid afternoon, but we had a lot of fun and even got some exercise!

I love discovering new places to take people for pictures. This one was definitely a place I will try to take people in the future. It was a lot of fun with a lot of cool areas and I think we got a lot of great shots.

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Clinton MA Senior Portrait Photographer — Allie’s Wachusett Reservoir Senior Photos

So excited about Allie’s senior photos!

I have to say that my morning that day started off a little rough. The Wachusett Reservoir is not very far from where I live, so I went to head down a little early for the session. I went to start my car and my battery had died. Thank goodness my session was in town that day, not sure what I would’ve done if it was somewhere further away, but I ended up walking down to the reservoir instead of driving (which wasn’t as bad as it sounds haha). After that, the session went very well!

Allie was great and had such awesome things to bring to the session. She does Irish step dancing so we even got to do some with her dance shoes on top of the reservoir! From there, we moved onto central park in Clinton, MA.

We started in front of the Museum of Russian Icons and ended in front of an awesome brick wall with some vines. We even found a great, old looking door off of one of the churches in the area. It was a beautiful day and Allie wound up with some amazing photos. I’m very happy with all of these and hope she loves them, too! Congrats, Allie, Class of 2016!

Central MA Wedding Photographer — Bridget & Matt, Springfield, MA wedding

At the beginning of August, I had the pleasure of photographing Matt & Bridget’s wedding! Though there were a few hiccups during the day, like how during the ceremony, the sky opened up and started pouring rain, everything cleared up in time for a beautiful day.

The ceremony took place at a church in Springfield. It had beautiful stained glass windows inside and we were able to take great photos both inside and out. During the ceremony, it started to pour rain, but luckily it finished by the time the ceremony ended (and it was so warm out, the rain dried up rather quickly). We did some formals at the church. The only downside to the rain was that we weren’t able to go to Forest Park afterwards. It ended up being probably for the best as we were able to save on time and do the rest of the formals at the reception location, the Ludlow Country Club in Ludlow, MA.

The reception was lots of fun and everyone looked like they had a fantastic time. Lots of happiness, family, and dancing. These guys definitely brought the party.

Very glad I got to be part of their special day and think I helped to really capture the beauty and happiness of the day. Congrats to Matt & Bridget on their beautiful life together!

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Mt. Wachusett Senior Session — Lindsey, Class of 2016!

Here’s another Senior Session I’ve been meaning to post for a bit: Lindsey’s session at the top of Mt. Wachusett!

Lindsey is a snowboarder and was looking for her photos to really say something about her. It ended up being a hot day, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time and getting some great photos.

Every time I do a senior session, I find that I like it more and more. I always expect to love photographing babies and newborns because it’s such a critical time in their lives and it can be hard for families to catch those quick moments and emotions, but seniors are so rewarding because it’s also a critical time in their lives. This is the moment just before they make a very tough decision that will set their life in a certain direction. Even if that direction changes, the senior is being opened up to a whole new world of experiences. I love being able to capture these personalities and moments where they’re not quite kids and not quite adults.

I feel like I’ve been really lucky this year with seniors who are a willing participant in their pictures. All the seniors this year have come in with a goal in mind and a willingness to have great photos.

I especially love the photos towards the end of this session where the lighting was just perfect and the scenery was gorgeous. I hope Lindsey had a great time also and has a great senior year. Go Class of 2016!

Stillwater Farm Senior Session, Sterling MA — Amanda Luisa Photography Illustration

A little late on a few posts, but I will be getting them out over the next few days/weeks.

This first one is a Senior Session with Chelsea! I had the pleasure of taking her photos in Sterling, MA at the Stillwater Farm! I had never been there, but I’ve past it a bunch and it always looks so cute. There was a big barn, an old house, some farming equipment and tons of grass. We had a blast taking a bunch of really cool shots of Chelsea, who is looking forward to her senior year!

The barn was great and we hit it at a time where the lighting was PERFECT. The colors of her clothes were fantastic and fit really well with the backgrounds and scenery.

I had a great time photographing Chelsea and wish her the best of luck in the coming year. Go Class of 2016!

Westminster MA Family Photography — Delaney

Since starting out a few years ago, I have photographed Delaney and Marissa. I have a few babies that I’ve gotten the chance to see get bigger, but with Delaney it feels extra special. Soon, she’ll be gaining a baby brother and I can’t wait to meet him as well.

We did a mini-session last week because we will be seeing them again at the end of July when the new baby arrives. I love this age because Delaney’s personality is really shining through and it’s hard not to love the silly ones as much, if not more, than the more serious ones. I really love some of these shots and I can’t wait until next month!

Carolyn & Sean, Holden, MA Wedding — Amanda Luisa Photography & Illustration

It’s a nice time right now, as I build my business and brand, because I get the opportunity to do a variety of work for clients I don’t know and people I do know. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding for my fiance’s cousin. She wanted to do a first look, which was cool because I’ve second shot one before, but this was a chance for me to kind of practice one on my own. There’s almost more pressure, it feels like, when family is involved than someone I’ve never met before (especially because I can tend to be a little self-conscious), but in the end, I had a lot of fun doing it and think I got some really great images out of it.

The first look portion was done at the Holden Public Library. There was a little park off to the side of the parking lot, with a  little brick house and it was the perfect secluded spot for the first look to take place. There was also this amazing flower bush close by that gave that garden feel to some of the more posed portraits. Lots of the other photos took place on the back side of the library and on the grass between the library and the church where they got married.

Carolyn’s sister also got married last year and is expecting her first child in the next month or so, so I got a chance to take a few quick maternity shots with her and her husband.

At the end, we took a giant picture with their whole family and I think it worked out pretty well. I’m glad I got to share in this experience with them and it kind of breaks the ice with the family with everything I do.

Flair Band Bull Run Concert — MA Photographer

I’ve always been into concert and music photography, but have had trouble getting myself into it. Living in this area, there aren’t a ton of opportunities to build up your portfolio in that area. I would have to go to Boston or somewhere where there are at least small clubs and local bands. I have never put enough time and energy into it, but was asked recently by the Flair Band to photograph their debut at the Bull Run. I had a great weekend and got to play around with my camera in the dark room. It was a lot of fun and their openers, Kelley Lynn and Hollywood, both nights were great.

I’d love to do more shows like this, maybe in more of a club atmosphere. It’s just at this point about getting myself there (which is hard because of time and money). All in all, I had a lot of fun and think I got some great shots. The last one posted is probably one of my favorites of the weekend.

Sterling, MA Family Photographer — The Taylor Family

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to photograph the lovely Taylor family! Their family is spread out all over the place, so it was a special occasion that they all happened to be visiting at the same time. I got the chance to capture this family all as one on what seemed like a very eventful weekend.

I love the colors in all these photos. It was such a nice spot in Sterling. So many great houses around and the Taylors had that great bright yellow bush in their yard. The family was in such a groove from the weekend that it didn’t take very long at all. Glad to get to be part of this time for their family.