Portsmouth NH Engagement Photo Session

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If you were to ask my husband and me what our favorite city in New Hampshire is, without doubt the answer would be Portsmouth! So when the opportunity arose to shoot an engagement photo session in that fair seaport city, I was delighted! Appealing to my love of the past, there is so much lovely history and historical sites to tour there and I just love the downtown vibe of bustle and bohemia it possesses. When it was decided that Portsmouth was going to be the location for this engagement photo session, I think I did both an internal and external happy dance.  Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Grant and Christine, a delightful, newly engaged couple.

Couple pose on window ledge at Prescott Park Portsmouth NH | Engagement Photos | Fleur Foto Photography

They make their home in Dover, not far from Portsmouth. They absolutely adore the city too and love enjoying all it has to offer for restaurants and nightlife.  We began our session in the flower gardens at Prescott Park.  During the summer, they are simply spectacular! I wish I could make my garden look even just a fraction as colorful!

Engagement photo session in Prescott Park Flower Gardens | Fleur Foto Photography

I don’t have to tell you that these two are a fun-loving couple, do I?  They were troopers in the warm weekend sun too.  I barely had to direct them in poses – they simply did not want to stop being close to one another, and no encouragement for a kissing shot was required.

Couple sit on bench for engagement photo session in Prescott Park | Fleur Foto Photography

I don’t need to tell you of the love that exists between these two.  It is palpable and infectious. You simply feel great around these two!

Engagement photo session at fountain and in tree in Portsmouth NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Christine and Grant were up for anything I suggested for their session.  As you know, I have a thing for putting people in trees and this was a perfect candidate. There’s a little story and a candid photo of me hanging upside down from this tree….but I’ll save that for another post of “things your photographer may get up to on your shoot.”

Kissing couple at tree for engagement photo session in Prescott Park with Fleur Foto Photography

Did I mention these two were also athletic? They had just the previous day spent their time rock-climbing.

Green Door | Engagement Photo | Portsmouth NH | Fleur Foto Photography

One of the great things about Prescott Park, apart from its fabulous summer arts festival, is the variety of backdrops available in a small space.  Without walking too far, we had completely switched things up from a flower and nature environment to this urban brick.

Engagement Photo Session at historic home in Portsmouth Harbor by Fleur Foto Photography

A few steps more and you have a typical seaside and historic New England home to work with.

Engagement Photo session - Portsmouth Pier - couple holding hands | Fleur Foto Photography

Walk another 30 yards and you are on the pier in the harbor!  Did I mention I love Portsmouth?  As you can see, we had the perfect weather for this engagement photo session.  The clouds were like cotton balls in the sky.  They could have been cotton candy.

Engagement Photo Session | Portsmouth Pier | Fleur Foto Photography

There were so many sights behold, but there was one sight of which Grant clearly could not get enough.  That of his beautiful bride-to-be.

Engaged couple on bench | Prescott Park | Fleur Foto Photography

I wish you both all the happiness, health and prosperity for your future. It was a pleasure to spend a beautiful morning with beautiful people in a beautiful location.  Thank you, Grant and Christine, for the opportunity!

Couple kissing on Portsmouth Pier for engagement photo session by Fleur Foto Photography

Laura is a portrait and lifestyle photography based conveniently in Southern NH, covering Londonderry, Portsmouth, Nashua, and Hollis and extends into greater Boston including Groton and Westford.  In addition to engagement photo sessions, Laura also specializes in newborn, maternity, child, family, dance and senior sessions.  Now booking fall sessions – contact Laura today.

 

Fleur Foto Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Pointe Shoes

Boston Ballerina Project | Urban Ballet

Ever since my studio dancer portraits session from this Spring, I have been itching to take this concept outdoors for an urban ballerina project shoot. With the aid of my friend and fellow photographer, Enid, we headed down to the city for a hot Friday evening of shooting fun. We had two wonderful ballerinas from Ellens School of Dance, for whom the shoot would be.

Having lived in Boston’s North End, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot and where we would get quiet alleys and roads.

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Saxophone Player |Urban Ballet

When shooting in urban locations, it’s a good idea to keep things fluid. Unless you are shooting at sunrise when there is no one around the city, there are always going to be fun people and items to incorporate. This excellent saxophone player, J.C. Young, was thrilled to work with us not only for our shots.  He also provided some great background music for our work.

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Saxophone Player |Urban Ballet | Boston Skyline | Bulldog

Likewise, when this bulldog’s owner was nearby, a quick chat secured a cool and out-of-the-box feature.

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Urban Ballet | Water Fountain | Boston Christopher Columbus Park

For those who follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook Page, you will have seen some of my sneak peeks from these sessions. The water fountain series were some of my favorite images from this evening. This ballerina agreed with me and purchased the above water fountain image in a 5×7 acrylic block. It looks fantastic!

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Boston North End | Boston Waterfront |Urban Ballet | Christopher Columbus Park

I love the series of shots from this arbor in Christopher Columbus Park at the Boston Waterfront. Great leading lines and perspective!

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Boston North End | Boston Waterfront |Urban Ballet

There are so many great urban items to incorporate. As you can see from this trio above – ballerinas and hardscape – the soft and the hard – all make for great artistic contrast.

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Boston North End | Boston Waterfront |Urban Ballet | Christopher Columbus Park | Standing Split

How amazing is Cecilia in this standing split? Yes, I wish I could do this, but sadly my standing split days are well over. I’ll leave that to the teens to whom I teach ballet instead.

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Pointe Shoes | Legs | Passe |Urban Ballet

As you can see from these featured images, I made sure that detail shots were also captured. I love this retirer derriere en pointe on the edge of the stone wall. Don’t fear mom, no ballerinas were harmed during this photo shoot.

Enid not only was a fantastic photographer assistant, she also took some cool behind the scenes shots. I always think these are fun to see and share.

Enid-the-studio | Behind the Scenes of the Boston Ballerina Project

Enid-the-studio | Behind the Scenes of the Boston Ballerina Project

Enid-the-studio | Behind the Scenes of the Boston Ballerina Project

Ok Ok! It’s not easy to do a first arabesque en l’air with a heavy camera and skinny jeans. Just trust me on that one!

Fleur-Foto-Photography | Boston Ballerina Project | Boston North End | Boston Old State House |Urban Ballet

We closed the evening and this outing of the Boston Ballerina Project in front of the Boston Old State House. This is iconic Boston with a new adornment. I’m sure you will agree this is an improvement to an already impressive facade.

Laura is lifestyle and portrait photographer, based in Londonderry, NH. She specializes in dancers, maternity, newborn, children, families and seniors. Shooting throughout Northern MA and Southern NH, including Burlington, Billerica, Chelmsford, Windham, Nashua and Groton. Laura also teaches ballet at Ellens School of Dance, Billerica, MA. Boston Ballerina Project is a dance series by Fleur Foto Photography.

 

Newborn Lifestyle Photography – Meet Baby A

I am thrilled to share with you a recent newborn lifestyle photography session. You may remember this amazing apple blossom maternity session and also the accompanying studio maternity session that this family booked with us. I was waiting with patient anticipation for the day when baby A was due to arrive.  I was indeed counting down the moments along with her family. My lovely clients, whom I now consider friends, sent me a photo from the hospital not long after her arrival. To say this little girl is absolutely beautiful would be an understatement. Following whoops of joy and exchanges of gushing, adoration and joy, we set the date for their newborn lifestyle photography session to be a few days following their home-coming.

I had discussed with my client previously their wishes for this session in our pre-session consultation, but I reconfirmed all the details and expectations, and provided details on how they should prepare for their session to help ensure the best results.  I arrived the morning of our session and we settled in together to create some magical images.  A newborn lifestyle photography session with Fleur Foto Photography is a relaxed affair.  I spend hours with my clients in the comfort of their own home and we let baby lead the way and dictate the flow of the session.  This means that there is no stress and no worries about time constraints for getting the shots.  Imagine it as friends hanging out with each other, having fun, except of them has a camera and is taking shots.

Lifestyle photography is all about telling a story, and with that, detail shots are important.  I began to document the beginning of baby A’s life in her new home.  Her nursery is absolutely adorable!  Erin and Brendan lovingly took hours decorating it (and Brendan’s hand was casualty of that process when he fell while painting her room.)  I adore the colors and the details.  Isn’t that tree mural amazing?

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session Nursery Details

Without further ado, please meet the much anticipated Baby A!

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Sleeping Baby in crib

What is it about the daddy-daughter relationship that is so special?  You can see the fierce love Brendan has for his new daughter.  Without a doubt, this will be one little lady that will grow up knowing nothing but the care and protection of her daddy.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session - Daddy-Daughter-Details

You can see just how new baby A was during our session – her cord was still attached.  It’s so easy to forget all these little details which is why a newborn session is such a great way to preserve this moment and memories.  I made sure to get all the little details.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Baby Toes & umbilical chord

A is such a great baby!  She gave us lots of sleeping time to capture her peacefully in her crib

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Baby Sleeping in Crib

And when she woke up, she wanted to nurse – Erin wanted to document her nursing relationship as part of the session.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Breastfeeding

Baby A is very lucky to have a couple of big sisters looking out for her – big sister Arianna, and family dog, Georgina.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Big Sister and family pet

As I said, newborn lifestyle photography sessions are relaxed affairs.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Family on bed

Throughout our morning together, we made sure to capture all the shots my clients wanted.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Mom and Dad with baby

This shot, we now refer to as “the eyes shot.” How stunning are Erin’s eyes?

Fleur Foto Photography newborn lifestyle photography session - mom and baby

While baby A continued to sleep peacefully, I made sure to capture her tiny ears and tiny toes.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Baby Details

We also had fun posing baby A for a few less lifetsyle, more portrait, newborn shots.  And because little girls dream of being ballerinas, I give you baby A’s first ballerina photo.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | baby in tutu

Here’s just the girls of the family.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session | Mom and her daughters

Finally, let’s wrap up this newborn lifestyle photography session with this charming shot of little and big sister.

Fleur Foto Photography Newborn Lifestyle Session - newborn lying on sister's back

Welcome to the world, Adeline!  I look forward to documenting your first year as part of my milestone package!  Lookout for her as she grows!

Laura is a newborn lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry NH.  Laura captures newborns and families throughout Southern NH and Northern MA, including Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Groton, Windham and Derry.  Contact Laura on (978) 571-6280 to schedule your appointment.