Some words.

Hello.

It’s been a while.  How are you?  Are you well?  Are you ready for the weather to STAY nice?  I’m itching for weather nice enough for open windows.  I’m excited for the nights where it’s warm enough to have the office windows open while I work so I can smell the cool night air and feel the quiet breeze on my skin.

As I mentioned on my Facebook page, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and even then I had been catching up after another period of silence.  Ever since I had to change the way I watermark my images (because someone stole my work… again), it takes a few extra steps to put up a blog post and then I never get to it.  I need to work the entire process into my muscle memory (if you will) so I can get back to doing it regularly.  I will get there.

In the meantime, the first quarter of 2016 has been a surprising one.  While it hasn’t been busy, it’s been steady which is remarkable for what is usually my dead season.  I’ve also taken on an intern (more on that later) and attended a few Expo’s and conferences.  If you’re a friend from one of these places, hello and welcome!  There are usually more pictures here.  Haha.

Yes! An intern!  I got a call from the high school saying there was a student interested in an internship with me.  I interviewed her and looked at her portfolio and then hired her on the spot.  She’s been great!  We quickly created a great relationship and we’re having fun.  At least, I think we are.  We laugh a lot and she keeps showing up with a smile on her face so I assume she is too.  She’s been coming along to basically anything she possibly can and she works with me in the evenings as well (god help her).  We’re learning a lot from each other and having fun doing it.  I am thrilled that the universe brought us together.  So if you have a session with me over the next couple of months, you too can look forward to meeting her!

I’m going to start filling the blog back up with images from the sessions I’ve had since December, but I think I’ll do it out of order (unusual I know).  I might hold off on finally sharing highlights from last year’s Christmas Card sessions until July because: Christmas in July.  And, that’s also when I plan to start booking the spots for 2016 Christmas Card Sessions.  So, you can look for those sessions then.

While I’ve been quiet here, I’ve been active on Facebook as well as my new @irisheyesphotography instagram account.  It’s been a lot of fun connecting with all of you and I hope we keep liking, commenting, and sharing each others posts.  I love that sense of community that comes with social media.  Most days anyway.  🙂

I’ve also decided to use nicknames for my family members.  I never use any client real names (unless they happen to ask me to do it) but I always used my family’s names.  I thought it made me real and would make people feel like they really got to know me.  I decided to go with nicknames rather than their real names for two reasons: a: it’s more fun and b: just to give them some anonymity/protection.  I feel safer that way.  I still need to go through and delete all the old posts dedicated to their monthly photos, but I’ll get there.  In the meantime I’m using my old blogger nickname for my husband: Navy.  And the kids are Tink and Buzz.  So there ya go.  A new era.

Speaking of eras, my ninth anniversary as a business in Weymouth is coming up this summer.  I can’t believe it.  I guess I’m doing pretty well if I’ve lasted this long – and intend to last even longer.  Maybe for the tenth anniversary I’ll do something big.  Feel free to share ideas as to what that could be in the comments.

I’m writing this post because I wanted to be able to talk to you for a bit before I come back into blog posting.  I didn’t want to take over another post that was meant to focus on a specific session.  So, here are my words.

I’d like to hear your words.  When I went on maternity leave for my son, I instituted two guest blogger series.  One was “Why I Love This Photo” where you submitted a photo you love and told the story of it.  It did not have to be a photo by Irish Eyes Photography (though it could be). It was such a lovely series and I’d like to bring that back.  I also introduced “Motherhood Mondays” where you (or I) shared stories from your life as a mum.  I would also love to bring that back if we could.  To bring both back, I’ll need your stories.  If you’d like to submit one, you can email it to me at kerryrailey@gmail.com.   I’m sure it seems odd to have stuff like this on a small photography business blog, but I love the idea of community and stories.  After all, that’s what I do; capture your stories in images.  So, I feel it works well.

I’ve got some fun ideas coming up that I’ll be looking for models for.  Be sure to keep an eye out on my social media pages and to subscribe to my newsletter (that I rarely send out so you won’t be spammed) so you’ll hear about them.  Exciting stuff!  I love stretching my creativity and trying new things.  It’s good for the soul.

And that’s where I’m at.  Again I ask, how are YOU?  Feel free to respond in the comments section.

-Kerry:)

 

 

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L Family At-Home Christmas Card Session – Irish Eyes Photography

It was after my Christmas Card Sessions.  Deadlines were looming.  A friend of mine posted on Facebook about how she had no idea how she was going to get Christmas Card pictures of both kids together – it was too hard.  I hinted that what she does is, hire me!  Another friend/client of mine also commented that she hires me to take care of it every year.  So, my friend hired me!  We had a short session at their home.  It has the LOVELIEST front porch and my friend (with her amazing taste in tow) decorated it perfectly.  The setup was adorable and everyone looked fantastic.  It made my job very easy.

Big Brother had been to my Halloween Mini Sessions twice.  Both times he froze in front of the camera.  Mum was worried we would have the same problem today.  I assured her these were a totally different sort of shoot and that not only is it more laid back and candid, but there’s no hay to sit on (something I think freaks some kids out).  Big Brother and I played a game of hide and go seek around a giant tree and we had an absolute ball.  He definitely did NOT freeze this time around.  Look at those smiles!

Little Sister is no stranger to Irish Eyes Photography either!  This gorgeous older baby was once this tiny little newborn!  She is just as lovely now as she was then.  What a cutie!

I loved the color scheme here.  Everything goes together perfectly yet it’s not too matchy-matchy.  It was the perfect look for Christmas Cards.

We were all done and I was packing up when I noticed a lovely canvas of Dad and Big Brother.  Mum had taken the image and loved it, so she had a canvas made.  She talked about how she’s never in any photos.  So we went back outside and grabbed some of her with each little one.  I love this one of her and Big Brother laughing together.

And here’s the one that made the wall.  Mum with Little Sister now joins Dad with Big Brother as big beautiful canvases to decorate their home.  Perfect.

This was such a fun session!  Just because you don’t make it to the Christmas Card Session Event I host every year doesn’t mean you can’t get Christmas Card portraits with me!  The aesthetic from their session went perfectly with the Tradition With A Twist Card Collection I offer:

This front of the card paired with a simple message on the back was a classic way to let their friends and family know they were thought of this holiday season.  I’m happy to have been able to help and hopefully keep Mum stress free about her Christmas cards!

Thanks for the awesome shoot, L Family!  I hope we get to do it again next year!

-Kerry:)

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H Family – Beacon Hill, Boston MA – Irish Eyes Photography

Well. This is one of my most favorite sessions ever.  A beautiful fall evening in Beacon Hill with an insanely good looking family – it’s a photographer’s dream shoot!  And, it was really fun.

Transplants to the Boston area, the H family wanted some truly Boston portraits.  Where better to do that than Acorn Street on Beacon Hill?!  It’s one of the most photographed parts of the city, and so we had to do our fair share of waiting for it to be available.  First we had a wedding photographer shooting bridal portraits.  Then the residents were fed up with that (apparently) so they parked their cars on the street to deter any more setups.  We cheated some angles for a while, still getting some great shots, and then the residents moved their cars so we jumped in quickly to nab a few of the classic spot.  As we were doing so, a resident walked by and said, “We like you.  You’re quiet.  Take your time.”  Which might have been one of the most surprising and nicest compliments this loud mouth ever received! Hahaha.  So we got to get the “money shots” we were hoping for.  It was a great reward.

(Note the blurry car in the background of the above shot….)

Acorn Street is one of the few streets that still have the original, REAL cobblestones left.  It is very fun to walk on.  Fun/terrifying when you’re a klutz like me carrying thousands of dollars of equipment.  I made it out without falling though!  Woot!

Oh Big Brother.  Your quiet hilarity is one of my favorite personality types.  I’m so glad you opened up to me when we had our little one-on-one part of the session.   Especially when you started break dancing.  That was pretty amazing.

Not only are these children insanely INSANELY gorgeous, but they’ve either been well trained or are just naturals at taking good pictures.  I didn’t even set this shot up!  Totally natural.  Love it.

Little brother is basically the cutest baby you’ve ever seen crawl across a city street.

Here’s our Acorn Street money shot!  Hooray!  Achievement unlocked!

We even had grandparents get in on the fun during this shoot.  What special memories to treasure.

A romantic Beacon Hill portrait.

After Acorn Street, we headed over to the Boston Common for some more shots.  Here we weren’t in a rush to get out of the way as much, so we had a bit of fun with lifestyle photography.  I love this one of Little Brother trying to touch the water of the infamous duck pond as sister and Mum look on. 

Everyone loves a good Dad shot where the kids are cracking up.  Also, doesn’t Dad have a seriously rocking hairdo?!

I love everything about this one.

The session was over.  We were headed back to our cars.  The camera was all but put away.  Then I see these three goofing off again and I nab this quick shot.  It is one of my all time favorites.

Oh H Family!  Thank you for such a wonderful time.  You are such a genuine family with lots of joy and love.  You are raising your three children to be smart, caring, compassionate, polite, and funny.  All the good things.  I consider myself lucky to know all of you.

-Kerry:)

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C Family – Reading MA – Irish Eyes Photography

When you start down a path with a passion that becomes your livlihood, it’s a slow rise.  First you test the waters a lot.  Then you gain momentum and confidence, finally allowing yourself to believe you might actually have carved out a place in this universe for yourself.  Strangers start to hire you.  More strangers hire you.  You can’t believe it but year after year clients are coming back – people are loving what you’re doing and you’re flabbergasted that this is happening and it’s going really well.  Yet with all that, I don’t think you’ve truly arrived until family reaches out and hires you to capture them.  It’s funny; they often say you shouldn’t work with family.  Well I’m here to say if your family is as awesome as mine is, you should go for it.

I received an email from my cousin (2nd cousin?  First cousin once removed?  Who knows.  She’s my mother’s first cousin and I love her) telling me she’d like to have her family portraits updated.  The boys had been children the last time they had them done, and with both now officially (almost officially?) men, she wanted something to capture this time before they headed off into the world and created their own homes with their own walls to cover with their own family portraits.  I loved this idea.  It’s so often a moment to be recognized and people always focus on family portraits when kids are younger.  What a great sense of time and an appreciation for it, my dear cousin had.  So, we scheduled the shoot to be held at their absolutely beautiful home in Reading MA.

It always made all of us laugh; these two boys and myself are the only redheads in the family and yet my red hair definitely comes from my father’s side and if I remember, no one really knows where their hair came from!  The grown ups used to have me hold them at parties so they could take pictures.  I loved it.  I think the boys were confused.  Hahaha.

Every year, my mother’s side of the family has a great big Christmas party.  It is often held at this particular cousin’s home.  The first year Mike (my husband) went, and he met everyone, we talked about the evening in the car ride home.  We both agreed that if we could have a marriage like my cousin and her husband here, we would be very happy.  They created a beautiful life together filled with laughter and love.  It’s just so lovely to see.

Laughter.  And jerseys.  Because why not.

My cousin’s home has an extension on it.  It is an in law apartment for my Great Aunt.  It’s equally as beautiful and equally filled with laughter and love (must be where my cousin learned it).  Aunt Jean simply had to be in a few of the pictures.  Not only because she is (and continues to be) a presence in everyone’s lives, but of the very real part of their family she is.

Gram, to her grandchildren. 

These portraits were taken in July.

Aunt Jean passed away a few weeks before Christmas.

Her light and love continues to burn brightly in all of us.

I am so happy to have had the chance to take these portraits.  I am so lucky to have known her.  She always made me feel thought of.  She always made me laugh.  I miss her but I know she lived her life in the best way possible.  If I want my marriage to be like my cousin’s, I want my life to be as full and happy as Aunt Jean’s.

-Kerry:)

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G Family – Cohasset Sailing Club – Irish Eyes Photography

It’s January as I write this.  It’s cold.  And we’ve surely got the toughest part of winter ahead before it gets better.  So let’s take a walk back to June of last year.  That’s when I photographed this lovely family at the Cohasset Sailing Club in Cohasset, MA.  It was a beautiful day.  I shot half the session from knee-deep in the ocean.  I remember thinking I should’ve brought my suit to go for a swim when I was done because the water was so lovely that day.  I’m sure I wouldn’t feel that way today, so let’s all imagine a warmer time shall we?  Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce the very fantastic G Family.

While we were there, the Club was undergoing some major improvements, so we were slightly limited in our backdrops.  Still, we managed to get some really great shots.  The Little Guy was a blast to work with.  Look at that big smile!

I’m always such a sucker for mommy-and-me shots.  Especially when Mum here had specifically said that she’s never in any photos because she’s always the one taking them.  So I love that we got some good ones for her.

 

This next image is one of our favorites.  Mum and Dad crouched down to talk to the Little Guy and Little Guy crouched down too, like he was one of the grown ups.  We all started cracking up and he just kept sitting there like it ain’t no thang.  It was adorable.

The view from the Club is simply gorgeous. 

Believe it or not, at the time of this shoot, Mum here was about 5 months (I think?) pregnant.  When I was pregnant with my second child, I looked 9 months pregnant almost immediately.  I had to ask Mum to put her hand on her belly for this shot to hint to the idea that she was pregnant.  Seeing this makes me excited to photograph Baby Sister sometime soon!

 

Another one of our favorites – Little Guy having FUN.  He saw me in the water and wanted in.  We had a ball splashing and goofing around.  That’s how I like all my sessions to go. 

It was such a great session! The G Family curated a beautiful heirloom album at their ordering session.  Along with a number of prints for their walls, desks, and family members, the album will always be there, ready to be opened and enjoyed.  I love when clients buy the album!  It’s so worth it to have these gorgeous memories ready and waiting for you to relive them again!

Thanks for the great day, G Family!  You guys are amazing!

-Kerry:)

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Brothers – Irish Eyes Photography – Weymouth MA

Here’s another throwback to last year.   I have no idea why this session wasn’t blogged before, but here we are!  I’m actually glad; this was a session that took place indoors and this is the perfect time of year to remind you that indoor sessions can be a TON of fun!  Even though the weather outside may be frightful, it’s still a great time to get your portraits done (a sentiment those of you who receive my newsletter have already heard).

These two handsome chaps came by the studio for some portraits.  The goal was to get a good amount of Younger Brother because he hadn’t yet had a formal portrait taken.  But we also nabbed some of Older Brother and some of them together as well.  These boys were SO SWEET and they (and their parents) were an absolute joy to work with.  Luckily for me, they felt the same way about the experience, so you’ll see them again when I post the Christmas Card Session highlights!

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They are SO.  CUTE.

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I just had to include this one of him knawing on his Irish Eyes Photography teething rattle.  100% natural and 100% safe, these rattles are adorable and go with any aesthetic.  And clearly, they taste fantastic.  All newborn clients get one (and even some of the teething ones too)!

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I love this one.  I love how they’re both smiling totally naturally, in a natural environment with natural colors around them.  It’s just a pleasing image to the eye, I think.

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This was so much fun!!!  Thank you so much for being a part of the Irish Eyes Photography family, Z family!  It was completely my pleasure!

-Kerry:)

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Superheroes! – Irish Eyes Photography – Weymouth MA

Last fall (!) I had Superhero sessions here at the studio.  For a while I had to hold off on posting highlights because many of these were gifts for parents or grandparents.  Then we got into Christmastime and it just got postponed.  I’m happy to finally share these!  There are still a few sessions from this event not included, but here are some highlights from the sessions I have permission to share from.  It was a lot of fun.

The idea behind these was to make the images simple and dramatic (hence the plain dark grey backdrop) but add in some comic effects to make it fun.  This was a new idea and I was challenging myself to try new things creatively.  Take a look at all the different outcomes and let me know what you think worked best.

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I absolutely love this one of the two of them smiling.  Older brother has such a caring, sweet look on his face and Younger Brother looks so happy.  This demanded some sort of quote about brothers to me.  Thank goodness for Google.

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Here’s the first example of one without comic book effects or wording.  I think the the images that speak for themselves have such a stronger impact.  What do you think?

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Then again, there are images like these.  Superman here is making THE PERFECT face for this quote!  So, I’m torn.  With or without the over-lays?  What do you think?

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Sometimes, even though the picture is for a Superhero session, it’s just too cute on its own.  I love this laugh.

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Again, the perfect pose and expression for the quote.  This kid rocked it.  And for his “costume” his mum put on Batman pajamas, a generic mask, and took two capes she had sewn for a party favors and stuck them together (the capes were Batman/Spiderman reversible.  She put two together so Batman was always on the outside no matter what angle the photo was taken).  It was SUCH A COOL IDEA!  I might have to ask her to make a bunch of adorable capes for my own kids…

 

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In the meantime, this kiddo took a series of awesome photos that created a really really fun collection for wall art.  Again, on their own without the overlays.  There were four or five different expressions…all really fun… and all really “him” according to his mum.  These were great fun.  He totally rocked this shoot.

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I didn’t have the ability to do this for every client, but I tried it with Batman here for fun.  It’s silly and certainly no work of Photoshop Art, but it was fun to experiment.

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Next we have the littlest one who stopped by.  His name is Ben (name used with permission) and his costume was handmade.  He was Super Ben!  Mum even drew abs and chest hair on him. Because…awesome.

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Ben knows how to give a look.  THIS KILLS ME EVERY TIME.

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And then this happened.

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My last clients of the day were there to create some fun birthday gifts for their dad.  We took general Superhero shots, but these two are my favorites.  The white hat they are wearing belongs to their dad.  What a cool idea.  I love that their Mum thought of this.

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LOOK at the expression on Little Brother above!!!  Melting.  I’m actually melting.

Meanwhile Big Brother proves that sometimes the candid shots of a boy being a boy can often be the best shots of all.

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These sessions were so much fun!  They were definitely an interesting challenge for me.  When it comes to my own style, I really like the images on their own. But I sort of love the overlays on some of these as well.  It’s fun to try new things!

I don’t have plans to have a Superhero Event again but if you’re interested in Superhero Portraits, we can set one up just for you!

-Kerry:)

 

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Happy New Year!

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Here’s to 2016!  2015 was pretty rad so I’m excited to see what 2016 brings.  I hope working with YOU is part of it.

I’ve been on vacation and enjoying time at home with my family for the holidays (a much needed break – thank you) and I’ll be returning this week.  I’ve got a lot to catch up on on this blog – Christmas sessions that had to wait until now to be shared, a couple of regular sessions, and, completely overdue, Superhero session highlights!  January is a quieter time for me, so I look forward to the chance to share my recent work with you all.

May 2016 be filled with new experiences, joy, wonder, and laughter. No hard to keep resolutions; just more happy.

Hooray!

-Kerry:)

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Halloween Mini Sessions 2015!

 

Well it was a banner year for the Halloween Mini Sessions!  I had almost SEVENTY characters drop by!  I hope everyone had fun.  I know I sure did.  Because of the amount of images, I’ve made a little slider for you to peruse them (one by one would take forever to load). Take a look at some of the hilarious fun we had (these go in order of who stopped by to give you an idea of where your kiddo might fall in the group):

Which character was your favorite?  I think for me, the Old Lady wins it this year.  I mean, she had a walker.  And her expression in the photo is as if you just interrupted her Sunday shopping as she picks our the perfect gourd.  I can’t deal.  Of course, they’re all amazing.  Everyone did such a great job and I LOVE the creativity that goes into these every year!

I love that this has become a tradition for so many of you.  It really makes me happy to hear that and to see you all each year.

Parents: your individual emails will start going out this evening.  As mentioned, there are nearly 70 of you, so please be patient.  Some may have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to go out.  If you haven’t heard from me in 48 hours, check back.

Thanks for a fantastic year everyone!  I will see some of you at the Christmas Mini Sessions!  (There are still some spots left for those of you who were interested).

-Kerry:)

p.s. Thanks to Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy for donating the coffee and cider!

Pumpkins purchased from Nihtila Farm in Holbrook

Hay, Mums, Corn Stalks purchased from Christopher’s Garden Shop in Weymouth.

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AB – Weymouth High Class of 2016 – Irish Eyes Photography

I’m here to share my final senior of 2015!  Let me introduce you to AB.  He’s got his eyes on MIT or Worcester Poly-Tech.  He’s also applying to UMASS Amherst.  Basically, his college plan is identical to my husband’s back when he was a senior.  Gotta love guys with big brains!

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AB was the only person I’ve ever had check their cell phone while I was photographing them.  It was sort of amazing.

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His eyes are so deep and when the light hits them right, they just pop.  Quite the handsome fella.

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I love this next one.  I also love that he brought a suit jacket.  Classy.

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AB and my cousin AH have been best friends since Kindergarten.  They scheduled their shoots one after another; taking a moment to get shots of them together to commemorate their friendship and journey.  I’ve got lots of fun shots of them being silly, of them posing and looking nice, but this is my absolute favorite.  It’s captures them on their journey – walking into their futures…together.  And doing it completely as themselves.  They had no idea I was snapping a picture.  I LOVE it.Irish-Eyes-Photography-2015-Seniors-A.B-16

AB it was a pleasure.  I can’t wait to see how you change the world someday.

To see the entire gallery, click here.  You’ll need the password which you can get from AB or a member of his family.

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Thanks for a great year of senior portraits everyone!!!  I look forward to next year!  (Psst, book in the spring).

-Kerry:)

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HF – Weymouth High Class of 2016 – Irish Eyes Photography

This beautiful girl has a great sense of humor and a really fantastic personality.  We had never met before this shoot (as often happens) but by the end I felt like we were good friends.

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The light at Webb Park was just gorgeous the night of our shoot.

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As she changed into her last shirt option, I found out that Torrid is now open at the South Shore Plaza.  WHAT?! My favorite store is now close and I don’t have to drive an hour away to get to it?!?!  Mind blown.  Bank account blown.  Worth it.  🙂

Of course, I haven’t shopped there since having kids (can’t make an hour long trip and then go shopping for myself with kids in tow; their heads would explode) so I may have aged out.  Goodness I hope not.

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Look at that confidence and that sassy pose!  I love it!  She rocked this session.

Irish-Eyes-Photography-2015-Seniors-H-131She and her mum also had perfect small nose rings.  I have wanted a nose ring for as long as I can remember.  A teeny tiny one that you barely notice.  I definitely think I’ve aged out of THAT adventure, but HF here and her mum are rocking theirs.  #jealous.

HF was awesome to work with!  She has some great things ahead of her and some really interesting paths to choose from.  I wish her the best with all the decisions she soon has to make and I can’t wait to see where her journey leads her.

To see the rest of her gallery, click here.  You’ll need the password which you can get from HF or her family.

Thanks again for a great shoot, HF!

-Kerry:)

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EC – Weymouth High Class of 2016 – Irish Eyes Photography

This next senior… oh my is she a beauty.   That insanely gorgeous hair – the blue blue eyes, and that full-bodied smile.  She’s a stunner and I don’t think she knows it.  It was my pleasure to meet and photograph Miss E.

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We found a spot with these yellow flowers and I went nuts.  Consequently, these images were her mother’s favorite of the bunch.  The colors are just unreal!

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(She’s smiling at her mum in the photo above.  I love that.)

There’s a scene in the movie Brave where Merida and her mum are in this cold, grey space full of ruins.  Everything is grey except the vivid red curly hair on Merida’s head.  It’s so wonderfully done it stops me every time I see it.  The photos from our time spent on these rocks reminds me very much of that scene.  Irish-Eyes-Photography-2015-Senior-E.C-88Irish-Eyes-Photography-2015-Senior-E.C-103

Isn’t she just adorable?!

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Miss E. wants to be a doctor of physical therapy some day.  I think that’s an excellent aspiration.  Good luck in all that you do my friend!  And keep smiling that gorgeous smile!

-Kerry:)

To see the rest of the images from this session, click here.  You’ll need the password so be sure to ask Miss E. or a member of her family!

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AH – Weymouth High Class of 2016 – Irish Eyes Photography

This next fella is someone near and dear to my heart.  He’s my cousin, but he and his brother are more like brothers to me than they are cousins.  I shot senior portraits of his brother two years ago and now here we are with this guy.  I can’t believe it.

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He’s got a hilarious sense of humor.  It’s understated and he waits for the right moment to hit you with a great one liner.  He listens to everything everyone is saying and has a very special heart.

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He’s thoughtful.

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He loves my kids and my kids love him.  He was one of the only people I’d let sit with their hands on my belly and wait to feel kicks – because he was genuinely interested.  He was careful and kind to them as infants and he is still so good to them in his quiet ways.  They’re going to grow up adoring him.  I love that.

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He’s a hard nut to crack when it comes to getting a good picture of him smiling but I think I teased a few out of him.  🙂  It was great to take his portraits.  I can’t wait to see where he is in 10 years.  He’s so smart.  I feel like he can do anything he wants.

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A – I love you!!!  Thanks for letting me take your senior pictures!

To see the rest of A’s gallery, click here.  You’ll need the password from him or a family member.

-Kerry:)

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The V Family – Irish Eyes Photography – Emery Estate Weymouth MA

It’s so funny to me that this is the second Emery Estate post in a row – and I’ve only shot up there 3 times!  It’s a gorgeous location here in Weymouth so  I’m sure it’ll be crawling with photographers soon enough – like Webb Park is these days.  It’s infested!  Hahah.

Once upon a time I met a very nice woman at storytime at the library.  A few weeks later, I got a request for family portraits from a friend of hers!  How amazing!  I’m very glad I talk to every person I meet because otherwise I wouldn’t have met and photographed this GORGEOUS family!   Four of the sweetest girls you’ve ever met – each with just the right amount of spunk and hilarity mixed with soft loveliness.  I don’t know how their parents do it with four little girls – but they’re not only doing it, they’re rocking it.  Well done, Mum and Dad.

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This sweetheart would hit her limit every so often and so I’d call her over, whisper some secrets in her ear, and then she’d nod with a smile and take the best shots ever afterward.  My promises?  That she could RUN.  She’d run off giggling and then run back with the biggest smile on her face.  Worked every time.

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So of course, I let every single one of them try the “run trick.”  It even works on eight year olds! Irish-Eyes-Photography-V-Family-2015-6309

I think this next friend of mine is wise beyond her years.  She was super sweet and funny and had this maturity about her – she’s an old soul.  Her parents might be reading this and thinking, “maturity?!” Hahaha.  To me, she absolutely felt like an old soul.

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Last but certainly not least, this gorgeous baby girl.  Only 7 weeks old at the time of this shoot, she was a perfect angel the entire time.  Of course, with three older sisters running around, I’m sure she opts for calm within herself just to maintain balance.  She’s lovely.Irish-Eyes-Photography-V-Family-2015-6338-Edit

We managed to get a couple family shots with the parents as well.  I LOVE when parents jump in for a few shots!  The girls will look back on these and love to see how you looked when they “were little.”Irish-Eyes-Photography-V-Family-2015-6386

Emery Estate is so gorgeous.  Dad wanted to make sure we captured the mansion in our shoot so I did a pull back shot.  The glory of these is, no one really needs to be smiling or posing – as long as they just stand in their spot.  Kids love when they don’t have to pose!

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V Family – it has been such a pleasure working with you!!!  I ADORE the images you chose at your ordering session last night and I can’t wait to get your prints to you!

To see the entire gallery from this session, click here.  It’s password protected so you’ll need to obtain the password from the V Family.

-Kerry:)

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DB – Weymouth High Class of 2016

Here’s another fella I’ve known for ages thanks to A Taste of Broadway and the Weymouth High Theatre Company.  I’ve also had the pleasure of shooting senior portraits for both of his sisters (his oldest sister was my first senior ever!).  This is another gent that just oozes charisma.  With a killer wit, great dance moves and a great voice, he shines on stage and off.  He’s the lead singer of the band Jump Start which was just featured on Mix 104.1.  He’s playing the lead role in Footloose at the High School (Nov 20-22nd).  He’s the Class President too!  I don’t know how he does it, but he’s doing it all and doing it all with a smile.  I hear naps help as well.  🙂

We had a blast during our shoot at Emery Estate here in Weymouth.  The sun was setting and it was a beautiful evening.  Take a look:

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An extreme fan of The Notebook, DB realized we could recreate an iconic moment in the film since the Estate looks pretty darn similar.  So.  We did!

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By the time we were done, the sun had set and the Supermoon was out!

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DB you’ve got a great year ahead of you and I can’t wait to see what lies beyond.  Thanks for choosing me for your senior portraits.  It was so fun!

To see DB’s entire gallery, click here.  You’ll need to get the password from him or a family member.

-Kerry:)

This post is in memory of Alan Emery who passed away on Sept. 26th 2010. We happened to take these shots on September 26th 2015.  Thanks for letting us use your house, dude.

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MQ – Weymouth High Class of 2016

A handful of years back, while sitting at auditions for A Taste of Broadway (the summer camp/summer show that the Weymouth Alumni Theatre puts on through the Rec Department), I leaned over to someone and said, “who’s THAT kid???  He’s AWESOME!”

He stopped me in my tracks then, and he has continued to leave me in awe whenever I have the privilege of watching him radiate onstage.  With the most genuine personality and charm, a warm real smile, and simply fabulous energy, to be around MQ means you’re happy.

When his mum asked me to take his senior portraits, I believe I did a celebratory dance.  I knew it would be fun.  I knew he’d be great to photograph.  And I was right!Irish-Eyes-Photography-Q-Senior-2015-5787Irish-Eyes-Photography-Q-Senior-5654Irish-Eyes-Photography-Q-Senior-5718Irish-Eyes-Photography-Q-Senior-5723Irish-Eyes-Photography-Q-Senior-5767

MQ – I’m so glad to know you.  And I am so honored to have taken your senior pictures.  Thanks for all that you are and all the light you’ll keep bringing to this world.

To see MQ’s entire gallery, click here.  You’ll need a password and for that you’ll have to ask him or a family member.

-Kerry:)

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Fairy Sessions – Irish Eyes Photography, Weymouth MA

I am so excited to share these with you today, my friends.

The first ever Fairy Session weekend was a huge success.  I hope you’ll enjoy looking at these as much as I had fun creating them.

I’ve chosen my favorite image from each session (well, each session that I’m allowed to share from of course).  Some of the images I took and made into something else… a fairy on a flower, or in a tree branch, etc.  Those are very fun and I’ll share some of those too.  But these are my absolute favorites.  I love that they’re real.  These were all taken in my backyard on a drizzly, overcast and foggy day.  The weather added this great mood to the images and I really love how deep and dark they are yet the fairy brings the light.

Each and every one of these girls was fantastic.  I am so lucky to have had such a great crop of fairies (and parents)!  These little chicks know how to have fun.  We laughed and ran around and got wet and played and got silly… it was the perfect weekend.

OK enough out of me.  Let’s see some fairies, shall we?!?!

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This was the very first shot I took all weekend.  I’ve got some of this gal smiling but I LOVE this pout/glare!!!  That’s exactly how I imagine a fairy to be.  Spunky.  I LOVE it.

This next photo – when I first loaded all the images onto my computer and saw this one, I actually gasped out loud.  I asked this little one to dance and dance she did!!  I can’t handle the pose.

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My next friend had so much energy and joy and excitement it was contagious.  She had me cracking up! Her parents must be exhausted at the end of the day.  I know; I have one just like her at home!!! Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-1470-Edit

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My next fairy – the oldest of the bunch – was essentially a model.  Between her gorgeous face and that insanely fluffy and awesome tutu, she worked this session like a pro.  AND she’s as sweet as can be.  Seriously.  Model.Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-1734-Edit

I’ve photographed this next kiddo since she was only two weeks old.  Now look at her, attacking butterflies.  Atta girl.

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Her eyes!  LOOK AT THOSE BABY BLUES!!!  I die!

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I don’t think I have one image of this little one standing still.  She ran laps around my backyard and giggled and made silly faces the entire time.  Her gallery is full of so much energy it’s awesome.  She’s awesome. Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-2193-Edit

My next friend was so shy but she came out of her shell after I just let her do her thing for a while.  I have some lovely images of her exploring and, after she got used to me, I got shots like this.  Maybe I have some fairy magic in me.  🙂Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-5154-Edit copy

I have so many of this little one smiling a great big beautiful smile but this image just strikes me every time I see it.  Those eyes.  Those brimming-with-emotion, big beautiful eyes.  How lovely. Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-5252-Edit copy

I’m pretty sure if Audrey Hepburn was a one year old fairy, this is what she’d look like.  And that simple smile on her face?!  She’s a star. Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-5501-Edit

This is legitimately the first person I’ve ever met who had the same exact color hair as me.  Though her mum was a close second.  It’s gorgeous.  And her big blue eyes?!  Come on!!!  She was so fun.  Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-5563-Edit

Last but certainly not least, my fairy with the rain boots.  I LOVE that she’s got rain boots on!!!  This made me so happy!  And they have teeny tiny fairies on them!!  Incredible.  She was so fun and she loved posing for the camera.  Irish Eyes Photography 2015 Fairies-5579-Edit

We all had a ton of fun.  And then all the time it took to edit was STILL fun.  These sessions will be offered as limited edition sessions every spring from now on, starting May 2016.  If you’re interested in one, let me know.  This was a large batch of fairies; from now on it will be a much more exclusive offering without the introductory pricing of this first time.

-Kerry:)

p.s. here is the link to all of my galleries.  You need a password for each one so if you happen to know one of the parents of a fairy, please ask them for it.

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Weymouth High Class of 2016 – J – Irish Eyes Photography

Good evening everyone! Let’s meet my next senior, J.

J is a varsity soccer player at Weymouth High.  We met in the evening at Webb Park.  I was instantly impressed by J because he introduced himself to me warmly, with a smile, and a firm hand shake.  He was mature, friendly, and respectful.  If this is what the next batch of adults headed into the world is going to be like, then I think we’re all going to be OK.

Webb Park was, as always, GORGEOUS that evening.  The light was incredible and wait until you see the sunset we were given!  I am excited to show this session off to you today.

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I love this candid shot that happened while I was adjusting my settings.  I feel like it just captures how genuine he is.  It’s not a traditional shot, but that’s why I like it.

Handsome fella, isn’t he?  This is hands down my favorite image and, after the ordering session tonight, I can confirm it is also J’s mums.  I can’t get enough of people having huge reactions to the images I take.  It was great to hear how it moved her every time it came up tonight.  My job is awesome.

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Since I met J at Webb Park that evening, I had been trying to figure out what famous person he reminds me of.  I finally realized one day while editing that it’s Jesse Williams from Greys Anatomy.  It’s all in the eyes.  And a little bit of the smile.  They’re not twins, but there is definitely a resemblance.  Can you see it?

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What did I tell you about that sunset?!?!  Amazing.

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J, thank you so much for choosing me for your senior portraits.  I had a great time working with you and wish you the best of luck in all that you do.  Have an FANTASTIC senior year and may the Wildcats win every soccer game!

To view J’s entire gallery, click here.  You’ll need the password from J or a family member.

-Kerry:)

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Weymouth High Class of 2016 – B.

First off, HELLO FRIENDS!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?!  I’ve been working so much I haven’t had a chance to blog it all!  Which is just too silly.  I have a few sessions to share with you from the last few months… I will soon.  Promise.  Let me get through the CRAZY BUSY fall and we’ll have a walk down summer’s memory lane.  Sound good?  I’ve missed you.

Tonight I’m here to blog the year’s first of many senior portrait sessions.  I had such a great evening at Webb Park here in Weymouth shooting the lovely Miss B.  She sure is a stunner, isn’t she folks?!

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Her eyes are just incredible aren’t they?!!?  Absolutely zero photoshopping went into any of her features.  The hair…the freckles, the eyes, the smile… all natural.  All gorgeous.  And the kicker?  I don’t think she has any idea just how beautiful she is.

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We were sitting at the above picnic table and I was just so captivated by her stunning eyes I jumped up on top and shot this next one.  I LOVE it in black and white as something different for a senior portrait.  She and her mum did too; they bought a beautiful framed matted copy.  It’s going at the top of their stairs in their home.  It’s going to be such a conversation piece, I’m sure.  I love it.

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This was a shot I took while adjusting my ISO when we first arrived at this beach location.  I think she looks like a model.  She didn’t realize I was taking a picture so she’s not even posing.  #natural.

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Miss B. is a bit on the quiet side so, when I decided we both needed to get in the water for a couple shots, I was shocked she agreed!  I told her to splash me.  She was nice and didn’t really.  Meanwhile I wore jeans that day because I figured I’d be climbing through bushes to get a good shot.  I was quite a sight all soaking wet afterward.  It was totally worth it.  Look at that smile.

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The teal dress with the yellow wildflowers behind her?  LOVE.

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Miss B. I had a great time working with you and chatting with both you and your mum.  I wish you the best of luck in all that you do and I hope you have an EXCELLENT senior year!

To see the full gallery from Miss B’s session with me, click here.  You will need to obtain the password from her or her mum.

-Kerry:)

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Superhero Mini Sessions!!!

That’s right folks.  I usually only do Halloween and Christmas Mini Sessions and this year I announced Fairy Mini Sessions as an unexpected surprise.  But I needed something for the kids not interested in being a Fairy…. soooo I give you SUPERHERO MINI SESSIONS!!!  Check it out!

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Some answers to questions you might have:

Q: How do I book???

A: Get in touch and we’ll pick a time.  I’ll send you a contract and, once you send that back with your payment IN FULL, your time slot will be reserved.  Time slots are not reserved until payment is received.

Q: Speaking of dates and times… when is this awesome event happening??

A: Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th, 2015.  Times will be between 1PM and 5PM.

Q: What do the Superheroes wear?

A: Come in your favorite Superhero costume/outfit.  Maybe it’s a full Spiderman bodysuit.  Maybe it’s Mum’s Camo or Dress Blues.  Maybe it’s dad’s work clothes.  Whatever makes your superhero feel like a Superhero….that’s what they should wear.

Q: Can girls get in on this or are they just supposed to do the Fairy Mini Session?  What about age restrictions?

A: Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes.  No one is excluded from this opportunity.  And there is never an age restriction with Irish Eyes Photography!

Q: What if I have multiple children that want to be photographed?  Do I do two sessions?  How does that work?

A: Really that’s up to you. Just like with Halloween Mini Sessions, if you want an image with more than one child together, you just need one session (and it’s $15 per extra child due to the extra work of adding comic elements). If you’d like individual pictures of each child, you need individual sessions.

Q: Will I get to choose the 16×20 image from a gallery or will you pick it like you do at Halloween Mini Sessions?

A: You will get to choose your favorite from a small gallery of 5-10 images.  The 16×20 is just included in your session price.  You are welcome to buy more prints, frames, canvases, etc.

Q: Should we bring props?

A: As long as it makes sense then sure!  We can try to work in some props!

Have any more questions?  Please let me know either by posting in the comments here or on Facebook.  I can’t wait for this event!  It’s going to be WHAM! BAM! Fantastic!

-Kerry:)

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Fairy Mini Sessions!!!

Those of you who know me know I ONLY do two Mini Session events every year:  one for Halloween and one for Christmas.  Well, I’m breaking tradition this year.Corrected Grace Flyer

Introducing Fairy Mini Sessions!!!!! 

 

I actually created two flyers for this idea:

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Here’s how this all came about…

In the first shot, you’ll see a dancer posing in her recital outfit.   Her mum and I were discussing how the pose lent itself to something magical.  I tinkered around with it, and added the star she’s reaching for.  Then just for fun, I did the above image of her in the flower.  I realized it was actually sort of awesome even though my intentions were to just be silly and fun.  It was such a hit the idea for fairy mini sessions was born!!!

The second image is an example of my daughter running in our backyard (the location for the mini sessions).  This is to show that while I do have a few fun backgrounds like the flower to play with if it seems fit, there might also be images where adding just a bit of whimsy to the natural backdrop that’s already there might be great as well! So, there are lots of fun options.

When I put together the first image, I loved how magical the subject looked and how knowing excited she would be when she saw it.  I want all our girls to have something fun and pretty like this.  Which is why I’m including a 16×20 print.  Just imagine your daughter having this magical image in her room (or somewhere else in the house) to look at and celebrate that magic that’s within her.

Some answers to questions you might have:

Q: How do I book???

A: Get in touch and we’ll pick a time.  I’ll send you a contract and, once you send that back with your payment IN FULL, your time slot will be reserved.  Time slots are not reserved until payment is received.

Q: Speaking of dates and times… when is this awesome event happening??

A: Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd, 2015.  Times will be between 4PM and 7:30PM.

Q: What do my fairies wear?

A: you can dress them however you’d like.  Tutu’s are great, so are regular dresses.  Or even pants!  Whatever suits your little fairy.  Keep the wings and wand at home though; I’ll add wings in photoshop to create a realistic illusion (as you see above).  And some other whimsy as well.

Q: Is this only open to female fairies?  What about age restrictions?

A: If you have a non-female fairy that wants to play, then they are more than welcome and encouraged.  And there is never an age restriction with Irish Eyes Photography!  I actually have an incredibly adorable basket for newborn and infant fairies, if any of you new mums are interested.  A maternity image could be pretty amazing as well.  Oooh…

Q: What if I have multiple children that want to be photographed?  Do I do two sessions?  How does that work?

A: Really that’s up to you. Just like with Halloween Mini Sessions, if you want an image with more than one child together, you just need one session (and it’s $15 per extra child due to the extra work of adding wings etc). If you’d like individual pictures of each child, you need individual sessions.

Q: Will I get to choose the 16×20 image from a gallery or will you pick it like you do at Halloween Mini Sessions?

A: You will get to choose your favorite from a small gallery.  The 16×20 is just included in your session price.  You are welcome to buy more prints, frames, canvases, etc.

Q: Do you plan on doing different poses (close ups etc) or just the two poses on flyer?  What about props?

A: These will be completely candid so that I capture you child(ren) as they would be comfortable. Those are just examples of what sort of look I’m going for.  There will be no other props — the simpler the better so, even though it’s fantastical, it will still look somewhat realistic.

Q: I’ve been dying for a mini session but my boys (or girls) aren’t interested in fairies.  What gives?

A: How about a Superhero Mini Session??  Now booking!  Click here for more info!

Have any more questions?  Please let me know either by posting in the comments here or on Facebook.  I can’t wait for this event!  It’s going to be simply magical!!!

-Kerry:)

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