Family Connections & Portraiture

I met Laura several years ago when she reached out to me about purchasing some images that I had photographed of her son, Paul, earlier that year.  Paul had done some modeling for me and he was an early supporter of my work.  He played a small role in helping me define my photographic style and the type of photography I wanted to put out there for public viewing.  I had dabbled in conceptual art photography for a while, but I  did a complete 360, and fell in love with family and high school senior portraiture.  There was something about capturing the family connection and the family story.  It stayed with me and I haven’t turned back since.  

Jump ahead a few more years and once again I met up with Paul for a reunion of sorts, and we discussed doing some head shots for his social media outlets. This time I told him to make sure he shared the gallery with his mother.  

Laura ended up reaching out to me once again and requested a separate portrait session for her daughter, Jenn, and also a family portrait session.  I was thrilled to oblige and happy that she was familiar with and loved my work.  It was great to meet Paul’s sister and his father too.  I was invited to their home and we shot these beautiful images in their backyard.  The location was stunning and lovely to wander through.

Can I say that I’m one lucky photographer to meet such a wonderful family!  Thanks to Paul for connecting and bringing us all together.

Betty and The Grandkids – Twin Bridge Park

When Betty brought to my attention that she was thinking about having me create a photo album of all her grandchildren–I knew, I wanted to create something special for her.  I suggested that we do an outdoor photo shoot, so she’d have a variety of images to choose from for a keepsake album.   

Betty and I decided on a location that was easily accessible and safe, but still allowed the kids to run-around and explore without losing sight of them.  They all had a blast and burned lots of energy.  I wanted to capture them just being themselves and having fun.   And on top of it all, the light was just perfect and gave me the ethereal look I’m always after.

Juggling eight grandchildren for one grandmother is not an easy task, so thanks to Teresa who came along to help us out.  

There’s no denying that all the children share a bond and friendship with their grandmother.  They say that a grandmother’s love for her grandchildren is like no other.  What I loved about this photo session was how the they all shared affection not only for their grandmother, but for one another as well.

Thank you Betty for giving me the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family.  I hope you enjoy the photo album!  It was such a pleasure for me to not only take these photos, but make an album for you all to enjoy and look back on years from now.

Young Family Photo Session – Bedford Village Common

Meeting up with Becki and Adam and their children once again was a complete joy. They’re natural posers and always make my job so easy when it comes to setting them up for semi-natural poses. Getting them all to smile, move and look my way was effortless. I’m sure it must be from other members of their family constantly capturing such family cuteness over the years that makes them so natural in front of the camera.

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I combined the family session with a mini-maternity session. Can I say that Becki, and I know this may sound like a complete maternity-cliche, but in her case it’s absolutely true: Becki is simply radiant! Motherhood and family life just suits her so well. She’s not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside. And, her children adore her.

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And Adam, well just look at him. He can’t stop smitten over his beautiful family! Wouldn’t you?

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I look forward to future photo sessions with the Young family.  I may even have a few surprises coming up in the future.

Radke Family Photo Session

I was so excited and want to start off this blog essay by thanking the Radke family for choosing Photography by Wandering Images to photograph their family portrait session not once, not twice, but three times!  I photographed Jesse last fall and Taylor earlier this year and I was honored to photograph the entire family this time around!

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I’m thrilled that I got to meet Alex and Oliver too!  I brought my husband with me to this session to help me carry my gear, so a special thank you to Alex and Oliver for keeping the husband entertained with discussions about golf.

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I also have to give Lori many kudos for scheduling and taking the time to gather the entire family together before sending her two daughters off to college.  So much on her plate to juggle and plan.  Sending the girls off to separate colleges and traveling back and forth is no easy feat.   The wonder woman theme song runs through my mind as I type!  Yes, I’m from the Lynda Carter generation and every-now-and-then I hear that song when I see a woman accomplish amazing unselfish goals for her family.  It also warms my heart that Lori understands the importance of capturing the family at this stage in their lives.  And it’s a memory I hope she holds dear to her heart when she looks back on these photo images.

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Thank you Lori once again for giving me this wonderful opportunity to photograph you and your family.  I look forward to keeping up with all your family dreams and goals thoughout the years.  I wish you and the family much happiness and success!

 

Ahnen Family Portrait Session

The last couple of weeks we’ve had a heat wave here in New Hampshire.  But for this photo session–shot in the late afternoon–it was just perfect and we even had a slight breeze.  The Ahnen family did a great job and it was such a pleasure to photograph them outdoors.  They were up to trying anything that I threw at them.  I’m very pleased with the images I captured of this lovely family within the open landscape.

Thanks to the Ahnen family for coming out and withstanding the heat.   I’m so thrilled and happy that you all loved the images!

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2015 YEAR IN REVIEW: In Memory of Aunt Jeanne Paquette

Reading my 2014 Year in Review post… it once again reminded me to always surround myself with good people.   I made some hard choices this year that not everyone will understand, but that I know in the end, were the right choices for my well being.  I looked to the positive in every situation and reconnected with old friends who I know only have my best interest at heart and I in turn feel the same way towards them.

Last year, on New Year’s Eve, our dear Aunt Jeanne Paquette passed away at the lovely age of 95.   She led a wonderful life that was always full of gratitude.  And every year at this time of the year I will always remember her last words to our family about life.  She said:  “always surround yourself with good people and make the best of it and enjoy life.”   She also said that if there was anything we ever needed not to be afraid to ask.  She stated she would still find a way to help us.   This left me speechless.

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I want to wish everyone who stops by a Happy New Year!  This was a magical, whimsical, and ethereal year for PBWI!  All the things I parlay into my photography came true for me this year.  Once again, I got the chance to work with and meet wonderful people in the process of making a photograph.  Thanks for allowing me to create memories for all of you this year!

Here’s a look back at Photography by Wandering Images 2015 year in review and thanks to all the high school seniors, The Nashua Sculpture Symposium, and all the families and pets that I had the privilege to photograph this year!

 

Cunha Family Photo Session

I loved this late fall family photo session.  Autumn’s color palette combined with a beautiful family paints a pretty fall scene.   Add an adorable two year old and a family pet with lots of personality and one has a concoction that is perfection.

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Shelby the pit bull is not only gorgeous, but knew when it was time to pose with the rest of the family on cue.   She was a complete love and sweetheart.  And, not to mention her silky coat fit in with the autumn color theme as well.  What more can a photographer ask for.

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Thanks to the Cunha family for providing a lovely setting to photograph their portrait session.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and holiday full of love and cheer!

Danielle’s Senior Photo Session

I’m so proud of this senior photo session.  Why, you may ask?  Well, it’s because the senior in these images just happens to be my niece.  The years have flown by and Danielle has become such a beautiful young lady.  I’m so honored that she chose me to capture her senior photos.

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Danielle is pursuing a career in the nursing field.  She plans to focus on a specialty; either in oncology or ER, but she’s leaving her options open.  And, oh my goodness! Her mom told me she’s applied to ten colleges to date!

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Danielle has been a cheerleader since the tender age of six-years-old.  She started with the Bedford Jaguars, and then when she aged-out, she cheered for her middle school and then high school.  She made varsity as a freshman in high school and remains on the team through her senior year.  She was always a “flyer.”  Imagine being lifted and thrown in the air, twisting your body, and all the while trusting the girls beneath you to catch you descending in the air.  Gives me goosebumps.  Danielle was also an amazing “tumbler.”  Her last tumbling skill was a “full.”  Due to a knee injury–Danielle has had to step back from cheering, but still gives back as the Team Captain.  Such admirable accomplishments and she has always had an iron determination.  I say this time–imagine her will, and what lies ahead for her future!  Yes, I’m truly a proud aunt!

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Danielle – I’m so proud of all of your accomplishments!  I wish you heartfelt success in all that you do!  And  thank you always for making your aunt feel special by choosing me as your photographer!

Becki and Adam

Where do I begin with Becki and Adam?  Capturing their love and affection for one another was as easy and as natural as the sun rising every morning.  Becki mentioned during our first discussions about the session that she and Adam had not had professional images taken of them for quite some time.  They had also missed the opportunity to have professional wedding photos done.   So this session was  mainly about them as a couple.  We discussed doing a family photo session at a later date, once their son came back from camp.

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