Family of five stand at red and white barn doors for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Family Photos Morrison House Londonderry

I am excited to share some more Fall Family Photos from this session last year at the Morrison House in Londonderry NH. Being in Londonderry, I am fortunate to be located in Londonderry and literally have some of the best locations available to me. I had scouted this location a few times prior to this session and knew instantly when Kristi booked her family photos with me that it would give us a phenomenal backdrop for her pictures.

Kristi shared with me that they had not had family photos done previously, but that didn’t stop her entire family being pros during their session.  As with all my sessions, we discussed the location and also wardrobe choices, but Kristi that that well under control.  When the family arrived, I couldn’t help but give them full marks for their co-ordinated outfits!

Starring child stands in front of old iron wheel beside old brown barn in Londonderry NH for family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

We started the session out at he old Blacksmith’s Shop on the Morrison House property.  The museum was closed when we shot, but we made full use of the very cool old iron wheel that leans against the shop.  I loved highlighting each child in this series of shots.

Parents stand in front of old brown barn for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Next it was time for mom and dad’s starring moment. Aren’t these two just adorable? You really get a feeling of just how close and how much fun they have together.  As a side note, Scott reminds me so much of my brother (who also happens to be named Scott).  I think I might just adopt him as such!

Young girl in coral dress and jacket stands at red and white barn door for family photos - Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

What can I say about Abby?  Wow, if this girl wasn’t made to be in front of the camera!  She thoroughly enjoyed her solo shots and needed very little direction from me.

Curly-haired boy sits on old stone trough for family photos in Londonderry, NH | Fleur Foto Photography

This young man is just adorable in every sense of the word! As you can see, we had a good laugh together and he gave me some really genuine smiles.  My goal for all my sessions is that every has a great time.  I want my clients to be relaxed and let their personalities shine through.

Young girl wearing polka-dot leggings and denim jacket sits on old stone trough in Londonderry for family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Little Allie was a delight  – I can’t think of a better way to describe her.  She rocked those boots and leggings and who can resist that dimpled grin?

Sisters pose in front of red and white barn doors for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Sisters sit at rocks for family photos | Londonderry NH Fleur Foto Photography

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.  Ok, did I just age myself terribly?  Who knows which movie that song is from?

 

Family of five stand at red and white barn doors for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography Family pose at red and white barn at Morrison House in Londonderry NH for family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

As the sun got low in the sky, we got some amazing shots at the barn door.  This is an impressive building and that golden hour sun gave the perfect Autumn glow.

Family of five walk through apple orchard for family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

The perfect thing about this location is that steps away is Mack’s Apples orchard.  The apples weren’t ready for picking quite yet but that didn’t stop us from having fun in the rows of trees.

Mom and daughter hug in apple orchard for family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

I just love this series of Kristie with her oldest – you can really tell they have a fabulous relationship.  You’re doing it right, Kristi!

Mom holding and kissing daughter in apple orchard for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Seeing these images of Allie again reminds me of her giggling!  What a fun kid!

Mom and son have a joke in Mack's Apple Orchard for family photos in Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Yeah, so boys have no interest in posing for the camera…but my sessions are not about that – they are about showing your true personality and I think you can really get a sense of Teddy here.

Dad licks mom's face in funny family photos in apple orchard | Fleur Foto Photography

I think this cheeky shot of Scott and Kristi is my favorite from the entire session.  I just adore it!

Boy runs, girl skips and girl jumps in apple orchard for family photos | Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

Running, skipping and jumping?  Check, check and check!

Sisters play ring a rosie at Mack's Apple Orchard in Londonderry NH family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

We even had time for ring around the rosie, because, why not?

Dad and kids stand in front of white barn in family photos at Mack's Apples Londonderry NH | Fleur Foto Photography

I love getting a good variety of grouping in these sessions. It seems like dads don’t often seem to get featured with their kids much, so we made sure we didn’t miss these shots.

Family of five sit or lie on grass in front of white barn for family photos by Fleur Foto Photography

Sometimes for family photos, I ask you to climb a tree, or just lie on the grass. You never can tell!

Tween in coral dress and denim jacket sits at red barn in Londonderry NH family photos | Fleur Foto Photography

Yup – Abby was quite taken with being a photographer’s model. It seems like someone needs her own Tween Photo Session soon!!!

The sun finally set on our session and we wrapped up these family photos; we had a thoroughly great time together.

Laura is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry, NH.  Laura specializes in maternity, newborn, child, family, high school seniors and dance photography. Offering both studio and on location sessions, Laura covers both MA and NH including Londonderry, Windham, Nashua, Hollis, Bedford, Brookline and Groton. For more information on availability, please contact Laura Bower here or (978) 571-6280

Mom and dad hold son's hands while walking in field

Sunflower Session | Londonderry NH Family Photography

I thought I’d kick off the great blog catch up of 2017 with this fantastic sunflower session that took place during the Fall of 2016. This session is special to me for many reasons. Do you know how life can take unexpected twists and turns, yet you look back and see how wonderful things come from one event? That’s my story with this family sunflower session.

When Keri contacted me asking if I would be available to capture her family, I was honored. You see Keri is a fellow photographer and she suffers the same fate as many photographers out there.  She is constantly behind the camera yet barely ever in pictures with her gorgeous boys. However, Keri was determined to change that and get in the picture with her husband Nick and sons, Tyler and Travis. While planning her family session, Keri jumped at my suggestion of a sunflower field for these important images.

Family sitting in sunflower field

Not only is this family adorably gorgeous, they are both self-employed.  Nick also runs his own business – if you need work done on your house – you can’t beat him and his team from My Pro Property Services.

Mother holding son in sunflower field

Have you ever seen such a happy, smiley baby? Little Travis is the apple of his parent’s eyes and a snuggle monster. I took full advantage of his happy disposition and sneaked in a few hugs myself.

boy wearing brown overalls opens lollipop in sunflower field

What can I say about the Ty-man? We had a great time chasing through the sunflower fields. He also let me catch some candid moments of him. This one of him opening the lollipop is one of my favorites from the session. Yes, candy will be used as a bribe when necessary.

family posing and hiding in sunflower field

From the moment I met Keri and her family, we clicked! She and Nick are such fun people and so great to work with. Yes, photographing a photographer and her family makes for an easier session than others. Keri knew exactly how to dress her family for the occasion and of course could use her own tricks for getting the boys to “pose” for the camera. I love the shots of Ty in the sunflower rows especially. Getting down on his level and running through the flowers was great fun!

little boy with head on father's knee in sunflower field | boys sitting on trunk in sunflower field

A little preview of a fantastic shot to come – you think this shot of Ty despairing of the kissing is funny? Just wait and see.

Family photo session outtake | little boy with head on father's knee in sunflower field

If ever a photo captured Keri’s personality, I’d wager it was this one! Never flustered and always finding the humor in the moment.

parents life their sons in the air in sunflower field

Fleur Foto Photography sessions are all about having fun. No matter if it’s a family portrait session, a senior session or another genre, my main goal is that everyone has a good time.  Good times make for great, genuine smiles.

Mom and dad hold son's hands while walking in field

boy swinging in air and posing with family during sunflower photo session

I loved it when Keri pulled out her sweet sunflower headband. Does this girl know how to dress for the occasion or what? Ty’s pure joy at being swung in the air by his parents delights me!

Mom and dad swinging their sons in the air in a field during sunflower photo session

Yes, when I said we have fun during family sessions, I was serious.  I remember being a kid and being swung around like this. The resulting dizziness  is hard to beat while you are laughing like crazy. Family fun times and sweet memories are made this way.

mom wearing sunflower headband catches son in field

As I alluded to earlier, this session is so special to me. Not only did we spend a fun evening together in the sunflower fields, I made some lovely new friends in the process. I am honored to have captured Keri and her family more than once now; we also actively work together. Community over competition is my motto! I am so happy in the past year to have met and befriended many local photographers. It is an honor to work with you and to support each other. Keri – thanks for being a great friend! With that, like Ty, I’ll bring this sunflower session to a close.

boy wearing brown overalls walks away in sunflower field

Laura is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry, NH.  Laura specializes in maternity, newborn, child, family, high school seniors and dance photography. Offering both studio and on location sessions, Laura covers both MA and NH including Londonderry, Windham, Nashua, Hollis, Bedford, Brookline and Groton. For more information on availability, please contact Laura Bower here or (978) 571-6280

lifestyle photo session| hockey locker room | Fleur Foto

Hockey Lifestyle Photography Session | Londonderry NH Photographer

A large part of our family life is taken up by hockey. Hockey practices, hockey games, hockey scrimmages, and hockey equipment. My boys can’t get enough of it. If they’re not playing on the ice, they’re playing in our driveway. If the weather is too harsh for outside play, then they’re either watching it on TV or playing it on a video game. They collect hockey cards. Hockey is everywhere and we wouldn’t change a thing! Recently, my younger son and his Mite team took part in the Don Heyliger Memorial Tournament in Dover, NH. It was a weekend away for us and our fellow hockey families, and a chance for me to capture the event in a lifestyle photography session.

My boys love staying at hotels for the weekend. We don’t have to travel far afield, but if there’s a pool (and a TV), they are like pigs in mud.

lifestyle photography session|Hotel Scenes | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Our team manager set us up in a great hotel in downtown Portsmouth – one of our favorite cities to visit. We managed to enjoy a little bit of the city in-between the trips to and from the Dover ice arena. I loved being able to stroll with my husband for a couple of blocks to the nearest Starbucks for our morning pick-me-ups.

My boys both play for the Southern NH Cavaliers. This is such a great organization. They are non-profit and really care about the kids and ensuring that the focus is on both skill development AND the enjoyment of the game.

lifestyle photography session| Ice rink bleachers | Fleur Foto|hockey trip

Through hockey, my boys are learning some very valuable life lessons – much beyond the rules of a game and how to score a goal. I read a letter that was titled “A Father’s Wish” today shared by a fellow hockey mom on Facebook. I won’t reproduce the whole thing here, but I greatly empathized with the sentiment. Like most team sports, hockey is about respect – respect for your coach, your fellow players and the referee’s decisions. I loved the lines in the letter:

Teach him to play as a team and never to be selfish. Teach him never to blame his goaltender when a goal is scored against him, because five mistakes were made before the puck got to the goalie.

lifestyle photography session| Hockey coach | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

While the tensions run high on the ice during the tournament, our team knows how to keep the mood light and fun before the games. Boys and girls alike, they can let their hair down in the locker rooms.

lifestyle photography session| Excited young hockey player | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

lifestyle photography session| Hockey Jersey | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Hockey teaches valuable lessons at a young age. We won’t win every game. Winning isn’t everything. It’s the goal, but sometimes we will lose. Sometimes those losses will be hard, especially for younger players. Learning that on the ice helps our players to deal with other losses they will face in life.

lifestyle photography session| Zamboni | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

When we hear the Zamboni preparing the ice, the locker room gets a buzz. The kids get pumped and their smiles are wide. We happen to have a very good looking team too! These kids adore each other. When they are off the ice, they want nothing more than to spend more time with their teammates.

lifestyle photography session|Hockey Team | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Coach Bob gets the kids to walk in an “orderly” line – I don’t think one of them will ever forget his “I can’t dance” by Genesis congo line!

lifestyle photography session| Shirt and tie | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

What did I say about hockey, hockey, hockey? That’s right – if they’re not playing it on the ice, they’re playing it while they wait to get into the locker room!

lifestyle photography session| Taping hockey stick | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

We are very fortunate to also have a number of assistant coaches on our team. They are all dads that wanted to get actively involved in the association and their kids’ sports education. We wouldn’t be without their help at practice and on the bench during the games. Thanks, Coach Dan, Coach Mike and Coach Matt for all your help and dedication this year!

lifestyle photography session| Taping hockey stick | Fleur Foto|hockey trip

Hockey means gear – a lot of it! And the gear has gear! There is a fine art to taping a stick – one that is learned early and practiced often.

lifestyle photography session| Locker room scenes | Fleur Foto|hockey trip

Though we may dress smartly and look angelic, sometimes looks can be deceiving….

lifestyle photography session| Getting hockey gear | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Soon it’s time to get down to business and get suited up. The first time as a parent that you put your kid’s hockey gear on, it can feel like you are doing a 1000 piece puzzle with no picture to follow. Soon enough, though, you and your hockey star learn exactly what goes where and in what order.

lifestyle photography session|Locker room getting dressed | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

lifestyle photography session| Hockey scenes | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Coach Bob names a team captain for each game – it’s one of the many special touches he gives to his kids’ hockey experience. The kids are so thrilled to be leading their team for that game.

lifestyle photography session| Team Captain | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

lifestyle photography session| Explaining the plays | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Right before they take the ice, Coach Bob goes over the plays he wants the kids to make. He reminds them where he wants them to place the puck in each scenario. The kids are transfixed, hanging on his every word. And they are not the only ones….

lifestyle photography session| Hockey Parents | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

lifestyle photography session| Water bottles and skates | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Soon it’s time to line up ready to take the ice. Sometimes, it’s necessary to get some last minute adjustments to your helmet from your older brother.

lifestyle photography session| Hockey helmet | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

In hockey, some life-long friendships are made; by players and by parents. You become part of an extended family. A group that you can count on. They have your back as you have theirs.

lifestyle photography session| Hockey Buddies | Fleur Foto|hockey tournament

Sadly we’ll be saying goodbye to Coach Bob at the end of this season, our head coach. We’ve had the privilege to know him, and my boys have learned from his many years of experience and wisdom. Under his tutelage, my sons experienced their very first moments of hockey. He’s taught them so well with care, compassion and, when needed, a firm but fair hand. They don’t make that many Coach Bobs in this world. We were among the lucky ones to be able to call him our “Coach”.

Special thanks to Coach Bob – you have no idea how you will be missed or how much we would like to thank you for everything you have done for our team. If you find you have too much time on your hands, I know a group of young kids and their parents that would be only too happy to see you back on the ice with them.

As this season comes to a close and playoffs are looming, it’s with sadness I think of not seeing the same familiar faces two, three, four times a week. Have a fun summer my Cavs family. Enjoy your lazy afternoons and evenings. We will look forward to seeing you again in late August, and if you’re just as crazy as we are, we’ll see you around the rink this summer too!

Laura is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry, NH, but also serving the surrounding areas of Nashua, Hollis, Brookline and the Greater Boston area. Laura specializes in maternity, newborn, child, family and high school senior photography. Book your lifestyle photography session today by contacting Laura here.

Holiday cards – Order now, save big!

I know it seems early to be thinking about ordering your holiday cards, but I wanted to let you in on a secret – you can save big if you do.  Holiday cards savings are available at Minted where they are currently offering a great 15% off sale right now if you click through my link below.  You can even order your cards now before you have your pictures ready.  They can either be uploaded at a later time or, I can upload the ones you chose from your session directly to the site.  They have lots of great designs to choose from; I’ve added my favorites to my store (click on the button below to reach that).Holiday photos - snow scene and sleigh captured in Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

 

My photos on minted.com

If you prefer the designs at Tiny Prints, the good news is they are also running a fantastic preseason sale.  Currently, you can get up to 30% off their cards – that’s a crazy savings opportunity, and let’s face it, you won’t be scrambling to get those cards ordered and out in the mail.  Go to my Storefront at Tiny Prints (or click on the picture below) and you can get 30% off your cards!!!

As the saying goes, the cobbler’s children have no shoes, however, this photographer’s children have had their Christmas portraits taken…..and of course, my youngest son lost a tooth last week.  Just the thing I was hoping would NOT happen prior to their session.  I made sure I got their portraits done early this year so I could take advantage of these fantastic sales.

So why not get those holiday cards ordered and that item off your to-do list, with the great satisfaction of getting a great price in the process!

Laura is a Londonderry-based professional photographer, specializing in capturing the essence of your child, family, and senior photography. Laura serves clients throughout Southern NH and the Greater Boston area, including Londonderry, Derry, Windham, Amherst, Hollis, Nashua and Brookline. There are only a few fall sessions available, so please don’t hesitate to make your booking to avoid disappointment.

Good genes and good times – family portrait session

This summer was a little different for our family.  My husband is fortunate enough to work with a company that gives its employees an 8 week sabbatical every set number of years of employment.  We took full advantage of that this summer and packed our time with lots of trips and experiences for us to enjoy as a family.  One of those was to rent a beach-front house in Rye, NH.

Both my husband and I love this area of New Hampshire and this town.  The house was just minutes’ walk from a lovely state beach, and right on the shoreline.  It was a perfect spot to just relax, listen to the waves and watch the sunrise from our bedroom window.  Since the house happened to have three bedrooms, we  invited my mum to join us from Scotland for the two weeks.  My boys had a lovely time just being with grandma and I think she had a nice time just taking walks along the coastline and reading books on her kindle on the deck in the sun.

I loved us all having time together and was even able to get some lovely shots of my mum in this impromptu family portrait session.

Family portrait session at Rye NH shoreline by Fleur Foto Photography

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