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August Dusk at the Arboretum: A Sweet and Connected Massachusetts Family Portrait Session

It was an absolute delight to work on this family’s lovely portrait session from this past August...my last family of the summer season!

 The Steinberg-Gallagher family and I met up in one of my all-time favorite places in the Boston area, The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, a little retreat of nature and solitude in the bustling city. Mom and daughter both had such sweet dresses on, and everyone was in the perfect, let's-have-fun and go-with-the-flow mood.  We shot a bit later than I normally do, which meant we got to experience this beautiful park at dusk, which is a really magical time there (if you’re okay with swatting a mosquito or two!).  The late summer blooms were in full effect, and my favorite little pathway was so overgrown we couldn’t traverse it, even though I had shot in the same exact spot just weeks before!  It’s so fascinating getting to know a location so well that you can really observe the more subtle and surprising changes of the seasons from year to year.

These guys were easygoing and hilarious during our shoot - so basically, ideal clients ;)  How adorable is their daughter?  She was so curious and delighted in spying on some bunnies who were dashing around the bushes, looking at the bees dancing from flower to flower, and rocking out to some rad tunes with Dad.  I’m just in love with the connection in these sweet moments - check out some of my favorites from the session below, as well as their custom family movie featuring even more images from their beautiful gallery.  

All images copyright 2017 Asher + Oak Photography / Cai Vail /// do not use or replicate without permission /// Music by Tiny Ruins: tinyruins.com

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That dress!  

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Photographs like these are prrrrretty much the main reason I really love my job.  Motherhood is so amazing, so challenging, so complicated, so beautiful - and too often, overlooked or covered up in petty details that don't really matter, like 'mom shaming' or 'postpartum fitspo' (barf).  This, this is the stuff that matters. <3  

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That, right there, is love.

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All the love!  Thank you to the funny and lovely Steinberg Gallaghers :)


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