Maternity Photos with mom wearing plum roxy gown from Sew Trendy Accessories with heart shape in flying train at Londonderry Mack's Apples | Fleur Foto Photography

Londonderry Maternity Photos

I cannot quite put into words how excited I was to capture this adorable Londonderry family for their maternity photos.  I thoroughly enjoyed the process of planning their maternity photos and getting to know Erin and Brendan, and their gorgeous daughter, Arianna. When we first met to discuss exactly what they were looking for from this maternity session, I immediately fell in love with this family and we instantly clicked! Erin and I had fun picking out her outfits for the session, which as you will agree, were stunning on her. We went into small details like choosing a complimentary headpiece that would work with both dress choices, arranging hair and makeup services for her in her home and also a gorgeous wildflower bouquet from Harrington Flowers of Londonderry.

When it came to choosing the location for their maternity photos, Erin and Brendan had no hesitation in asking for Mack’s Apples here in Londonderry; specifically during apple blossom season. Erin explained that they chose this location as they spend a lot of time here as a family hiking the orchards and walking their dogs. They have 5 of their own dogs, not including the many puppies that are at their home at any one time during puppy breeding season. They love to go there, apple or pumpkin picking, or to enjoy the ice cream and local products at the store. Mack’s is a very important feature in Londonderry and especially to this family. Well, how could we choose anywhere else?

Maternity Photos | Heart shape in flying train | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

When I first saw the image above that we had captured, I literally gasped out loud! How appropriate for a photo session that is all about love to capture a heart shape in the flying train of Erin’s dress. I immediately thought of this quote:

Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart – Mandy Harrison

Maternity Photos | Family shots in Apple Blossom | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apples Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Erin was spot on with her choice of dress for her sweet 8-year-old Arianna. The purple and plum hues perfectly complimented Erin’s feature dress, and she even managed to find a matching tie and complimentary shirt for Brendan. This lady has an eye for wardrobe design! Arianna also had her own headpiece which made her look just like a princess. She was a pro at being in front of the camera and thoroughly enjoyed herself!

Maternity Photos | Child sitting in apple tree | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Maternity Photos | Mom and daughter | Mother & Father | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

We made sure we captured some shots with just Arianna and her mom, and just Erin and Brendan. Wow – these two! Engaged at the Top of the Hub restaurant in Boston and married at Andover Country Club, what a fairy tale romance! The excitement over and love for, this new little girl is palpable. I am reliably informed that she will also have a name beginning with the letter ‘A’, but more than that won’t be revealed until she makes her grand entrance this summer. Yes, I am also desperately looking forward to capturing their lifestyle newborn session in their home once they are settled.

Maternity Photos | Plum Roxy Gown Sew Trendy Accessories | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

This family makes sure they spend lots of their free time together as a family. One of their favorite things to do is to vacation in Northern NH together, enjoying all that our fabulous state has to offer, including walking trips and camping!

Capturing this special time of pregnancy was important to the family. It is a time to celebrate their growing family and their new little miracle in the making.Maternity Photos | Roxy Gown Sew Trendy Accessories | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Some of their family time is spent in maintaining their home and yard and in spending a lot of time outdoors with their doggies. When they get an opportunity, Erin and Brendan love to try new restaurants in our area.

Once we had captured family photos, we sent Brendan and Arianna off home, and I concentrated on capturing Erin’s glowing beauty. She was a natural in front of the camera, and you could just see her joy at being a mother for the second time.

Maternity Photos | Face Close Up | Apple Orchard | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Our session was planned for two outfits for Erin, so a quick change in my pop-up tent and we had a completely new look to capture. I love the variety this will give Erin and Brendan for their final images when it comes to choosing their final products.

Maternity Photos | Wildflower Bouquet & Champagne Dress | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

As you can see, we moved locations within Mack’s for this new outfit. A good photographer will be able to give you multiple looks to your images without having to move you too far from location to location.

Maternity Photos | Wildflower Bouquet | Champagne Dress | Posing Trees and Pond | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Maternity Photos | Looking at belly | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Maternity Photos | Pond Background | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

That bump! So perfect and so perfectly protecting its precious cargo!
Maternity Photos | Hands on head | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

As the sun got lower in the sky, we got that perfect quality of light that natural light photographers lust over. At this point, we captured some amazing and special images. I think this image above may be my favorite from the entire session – even over that amazing heart image. To me, this is raw beauty. A quiet confidence that comes only from being completely at one with yourself.Maternity Photos | Wildflower Bouquet and Apple Tree | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Apple Blossom Maternity Photos | Fleur Foto PhotographyThose last few seconds before the sun completely sets are just the loveliest in which to capture your shots. I simply couldn’t put the camera down, making the most of the disappearing light. As the sun set, the sky was an amazing color. This brought to a close this session, but this is only the first chapter in baby “A’s” story. Come back soon to see her newborn images shortly following her birth.

Maternity Photos | Sunset Silhoette Maternity Photo | Londonderry Mack's Apples | Fleur Foto Photography

Erin and Brendan are local to Londonderry and also have their own business breeding Labradoodles – check them out at their website www.granitestatelabradoodles.com and on Facebook for details on their new puppy litters.

Vendor list:

Plum dress – The Roxy by Sew Trendy Accessories

Hair and Makeup by Lydia Acheson

Erin’s headpiece – Crafty Flowers – Ebay

Wildflower bouquet – Harrington Flowers

Arianna’s Dress – Kids Dream on Amazon.com

For more information about Maternity Photos, please contact Laura Bower here or call (978) 571-6280.  Laura is a Londonderry-based Portrait and Lifestyle Photographer covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Derry, Windham, Nashua, Hollis, NH and Gorton and Brookline, MA.  Laura specializes in Maternity, Newborn, Kids, and Family portraits.

Windham High School Senior Portrait session at Mack's Apples Londonderry NH, posed at pond and shot by local Londonderry photographer Fleur Foto Photography

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips

Juniors!  It’s time to start planning and researching photographers for your senior portraits!  Well wait a minute, you think.  Here I am, about to end my junior year in the final stretch before the lazy days of summer are upon us.  I haven’t even thought about Senior Portraits!  Some of your friends may have already had their senior photos taken.  Others, like you perhaps, haven’t even begun to think about what they want for their senior shots.  There is no right or wrong time to have your pictures taken (well, I guess after the yearbook submission deadline might be a wrong time.)  Largely, the time of your booking will depend on the look want – a particular season or perhaps the session will be worked around your schedule.

One thing that’s for certain, though, it’s never too early to book your session.

To help you think about the process and what you might want from your pictures, I’ve put together a top 5 Senior Portrait tip list to help you.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips

1.  Book your session early

The number one rule is at least one full month before your yearbook deadline.  Once you have that date in mind, you can work backward and think about the kind of look you want for your session.  Do you want the pretty NH fall leaves in the background (September), or is it a summer beach look that takes your fancy (July – September)?  If you want those Spring blossoms in the background – pick up the phone NOW and call me!  If no particular season or location suits you, Fleur Foto Photography also offers a great studio experience!  Some seasons, particularly the Fall, are extremely busy for photographers, so don’t delay in getting your session booked to secure your slot.

2. Work with your photographer on wardrobe choices

One thing that is very true of today’s teenagers is that you all have a very clear style and if you’re anything like me, you have a wardrobe that is bursting at the seams.  This makes for great options for your senior portraits and we will have time for a couple of outfit changes in our session.  If we are on location, I have a handy pop-up tent for discrete changing.  The studio has it’s own private changing area.  I love helping my seniors pull their looks together for their session.  At our pre-shoot consultation, we can even go through your wardrobe and pull some looks together!  To help guide you in the meantime, I have Pinterest boards that I share with you and have also written a couple of blog posts for girls and boys with outfit ideas.

3. Is your time to shine – bring your personality! Props! Band Instruments! Sports Equipment!

A Fleur Foto Photography senior portrait session is FUN!  When you are having fun, you are relaxed and comfortable and this makes for the best images.  Whatever your personality, be you the high school track team star, marching band member, or the quiet avid reader, we will ensure that your session completely and accurately reflects who YOU are and YOUR personality!  Your session will be completely centered around you and your interests to showcase the person you are in this moment.  We will incorporate your interests and pastimes into your session through the skillful use of props to tell your story.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips | Windham High School girls senior portrait session in black and white shot at Mack's Apples Londonderry, NH by local Londonderry Photographer Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Portraits

4. Trust your photographer to pose you correctly

How should I stand?  What do I do with my arms and my hands?  A skillful photographer knows how to correctly pose you to achieve fantastic shots. There may be a few suggestions that feel funny at the time, but a quick flash of the back of my camera and you will see the results are spectacular! The important thing is you are comfortable with your photographer and trust their direction.  Not used to being in front of the camera?  Don’t worry.  Your senior portrait session is a fun experience.  We will spend our time chatting and laughing while creating fantastic shots.  You won’t even notice the time passing.

5. Share any concerns with your photographer

Do you have a best side?  Do you have a feature that makes you uncomfortable?  Blemishes got you down?  Don’t worry!  Speak with us before you session and be open about your concerns.  Chances are we have tools in our arsenal that will quickly take care of those, or we can pose you to enhance your best assets!  Working with Fleur Foto on your senior portraits is a partnership with showing only your best as our goal.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips | Boys high school senior portrait session for Nashua North High School by Fleur Foto Photography

BONUS TIP: Remember, these are all just suggestions.  Above all, be yourself & have fun!  Follow this advice, and your senior picture session will be an event to remember!

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | white button down shirt with jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear | boys senior portraits

It’s not just the girls who have a hard time deciding what to wear for their senior pictures.  Boys have so many great fashion choices these days and are just as concerned as the girls with looking stylish in their shots.  Boys generally are taking much more time with their appearance and you all have your own style.  Working from a solid foundation, there are simple ways for my NH senior boys to rock their shots.

  • Again the same golden rules apply as I outlined in my what to wear advice for girls.
  • I know you already have your personal style, so in our pre-shoot consultation, we’ll discuss what that is and find ways to ensure you are comfortable and well put together for your shots.
  • One outfit? Two?  Whatever you choose.  Even though I provide a pop-up tent for quick changing on location, it is still possible to create different looks without having to change clothes.  Layers and jackets can totally change the look of an outfit.
  • Accessories!  It’s not only the girls who can spruce up their look with the addition of these.  Incorporating hats, belts, sunglasses and watches all help add visual interest and provide different end looks for your photographs.
  • Let’s showcase your personality and interests – do you play on the sports team?  What about play in the school a band?  Adding a few shots to reflect these interests and time in your life is an important aspect of your senior pictures.  Likewise, we can choose a location that incorporates your interests.
  • “But I have no idea how to pose!” Don’t worry – we know exactly how to pose you for best results in your shots!  Whatever the feel you are going for – edgy, confident, silently smouldering…..ok, maybe mom won’t want that one, but the ladies will….we’ve got you covered!

One thing that’s guaranteed is that you no longer will need to stress over what to wear with our guidance, and we will capture some truly unique images for you.

What to wear | Boy high school senior portrait session by Fleur Foto Photography

Boys – What to wear inspiration guide

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | button down shirt pants and jacket | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | white button down and jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | ringer t-shirt and jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | button down shirt and shorts | Fleur Foto Photography

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.

 

Senior Girls' Outfit Inspiration | What to wear for girls | patterned dress | Fleur Foto Photography

Senior Picture Ideas

As one school year is coming to a close, it will be but a few short, fun and sun-filled weeks before the next begins.  For many, it will be their very last year of high school.  With that, they will be turning their thoughts to the future.  They will have to decide what course of study they will undertake and at what college.  It can be a very stressful year with all these decisions and study hours.  What needn’t be a stressful decision, though, is your senior pictures.  Fleur Foto Photography is here to ensure your high school senior portrait session is full of fun and stress-free!  When you choose Fleur Foto Photography for your high school senior photos, one of the very first things we do together is talk about senior picture ideas.

What do I wear for my Senior Picture?

The most common question I get asked when my seniors are planning their session is “what should I wear?”  There are so many clothing options available and it is important that your clothing choices reflect who you are and your personality.  I consult with all my clients before our sessions, not just the seniors, providing inspiration boards and examples of outfits that will look good in front of the camera.  You will most likely already have these items, or similar in your wardrobe, so don’t worry that you need to embark on a big shopping spree…..that is unless you were looking for an excuse to do just that.  🙂 There are some golden rules to follow, though:

  • Avoid logo clothing or clothing with writing on it.  You don’t want to wear anything that is going to instantly date you.  Can anyone say parachute pants?  And thinking of parachute pants, I know the 80s style is back in fashion, but neon colors should be something you choose NOT to feature in your senior pictures.
  • Choose an outfit that you LOVE and you LOVE WEARING!  It should be something you know is comfortable to wear and you feel comfortable wearing it.  You don’t want to spend your session itching and pulling at an ill-fitting outfit or wear something with scratchy material.  Your discomfort will show in your pictures and that’s the opposite of what we want!
  • Once you have your base outfit (or outfits – two or three in a session make for fantastic variety!), remember to style from head to toe – that means hats, scarves, jewelry, and shoes!  Layers are great and provide good visual interest.
  • Do you play a sport, or are a member of the high school band?  During our pre-shoot consultation, we will discuss this and can include sports items or musical instruments in the session.  What’s important is that these pictures reflect you right now – who you are and your interests.
  • Incorporate special items into your pictures.  For this Windham High School Senior, elephants had special meaning to her, so we made sure she incorporated her elephant necklace into her outfit.
    Senior Picture | Windham High School Senior portrait session | Fleur Foto Photography

Here are some Senior picture ideas for outfits for your session.  These outfits would work in all kinds of locations – at the apple orchard, in a field of wheat, or in an edgier urban environment.  Whatever the feel you want for your session, we will make it happen and will knock it out of the park!

Senior Picture | Senior Girls' Outfit Inspiration Patterned dress| Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | Jean jacket, blouse and leggings | Fleur Foto Photography| Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | patterned dress & sandals | Fleur Foto Photography| Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | Tulle skirt and bra top | Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

Senior Picture outfit ideas | Strappy blouse and shorts | Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

It’s not only girls who have their senior pictures taken, we also love working with boys and creating unique sessions to commemorate their final year of school.  Check them both out and you will see how unique we can make your session.

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.

Manchester NH Family Portraits | Family posing on stairs | Benson's Park | Fleur Foto Photography

Manchester NH Family Photos

I was absolutely thrilled when asked for family photos by these adorable guys!  I have known Sarah for a long time through us both being Child Passenger Safety Technicians and volunteering for my town’s local car seat clinics.  We also share a love of flying, although Sarah sadly didn’t complete her private pilot’s license.  We do love chatting about flying though and of course, car seats – yeah, we’re kind of geeky that way!

We had originally planned on my taking their portraits prior to the boys’ shared birthday party.  They both just turned 1 and 5.  Sadly the weather did not co-operate with us that day so we rescheduled and changed the location to Benson’s Park in Hudson.  This park is so versatile with lots of back-drop options and fun little nooks and crannies.

Manchester NH Family Photos | Family posed on stone stairs |Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

The family loved this shot and have chosen to feature it on a large metal print for their family room.  I can’t wait to see this hung!

Manchester NH Family Photos | Family posed at wooden fence | Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

The boys were just adorable and William is Mr. Personality!  What stories he could tell me!  We shared lots of secrets during our shoot, he told me poems and adventure stories.  Great things are in store for this little guy!

Manchester NH Family Photos | Boy posing on rock | Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

I love this shot because this is William.  Everything about this shot is him!  Perhaps there even is a modeling career in his future!

Manchester NH Family Photos | Family posed on rock | Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

As you can see, it was a beautifully sunny morning when we met.  Spring was truly giving us a hint that at last it was coming to visit.  How gorgeous is baby Joseph?  I managed to steal some baby snuggles from him and he curled right into me.  Ahhh – so sweet!

Manchester NH Family Photos | Boy running around trees | Benson's Park | boy running in park | Fleur Foto Photography

William is full of energy too!  He had a great time running around the trees and playing peek-a-boo!

Manchester NH Family Photos | Mom & Son | Father & Son | Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

When we took these shots, Joseph was right on the cusp of walking himself.  In the short time between our shoot and presenting their images he is now off and walking!  I just love this intense look he is giving me here in the shot above.  That’s a mind that full of things just bursting to come out!

Manchester NH Family Photos | siblings sitting on grass | Benson's Park | taken by Fleur Foto Photography

I love shots that really capture the moment and personality.  For me, family portraits should be a fun time for everyone.  We’ll get the compositions you are looking for, but when you just let things flow and happen, as you can see, you can also capture magic.  This is Sarah’s family frozen at this moment.  Not just how they look, but who they are.  That is the gift I wish to give my clients in their family portraits.

For more information about Manchester NH Family Photos, please contact Laura Bower.  Laura is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry, NH.  Laura photographs families, newborns, babies, children, high school seniors and expectant mothers’ maternity portraits.  She covers Southern NH and the greater Boston area, including Nashua, Hollis, Groton, Brookline, Londonderry and Windham.  To schedule your own family portrait session, you can contact Laura here.