Nicole Chan is an award-winning Boston photographer dedicated to creating beautiful family portraits and documentary images for families
Cristina and Filipe’s Boston family photography session was adorable.
Dressed in white and peach, these two showed up with their tiny dogs looking like they just stepped out of a movie. I have never done an “Up” themed photo shoot before, but they made it so much fun! There is no way to have a bad time with a picnic, balloons, and two little pups.
Cristina and Filipe met in 2015.
Their first conversation lasted for hours and the two have been happily together ever since then. On their first date, Cristina says that she was nervous as can be and had butterflies all over. She says that she still gets that way around him. They have been together in life ever since then, making each other laugh, supporting each other, and going on fun adventures. Cristina’s favorite thing about Filipe is how confident and motivated he makes her feel. “He is my everything, I wouldn’t be able to do anything without him.” Since they got engaged in October of last year, she won’t have to do anything without him! I am so happy for the goofy, loving marriage that they will have.
Dogs are Cristina’s weakness.
While Filipe is into anything having to do with cars or motors (he gets excited at motorized toys), Cristina goes crazy over dogs. After having their first dog Mogwai for 3 years, Cristina felt an itch for another one. Her heart is too big and she wishes that she could rescue all the ones that don’t have a home. Some internet browsing quickly turned into a brand new little Siberian Husky puppy named October. Even though she is still a baby who is teething and getting adjusted to life, they both love her. How could you not? She is adorable. Thankfully Mogwai doesn’t get too jealous because she is still Filipe’s little princess. They both are loved above and beyond and know how spoiled they are. Watching them run around the lawn together was so adorable, I almost had to take them home! Cristina and Filipe’s little family is so full of love. Getting to know them was so fun and I know their married life will be amazing!
My favorite features on the beautiful baby Ada May are her gorgeous eyelashes and her chubby cheeks. I work with a non-profit organization called “Now I lay me down to sleep”, whose mission statement is to introduce remembrance photography to parents who are suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. Ada has a disorder called Polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Clusters of cysts develop within the kidneys, thus not leaving development room for Ada’s stomach or lungs and is causing complications with her eating and breathing. I spent the afternoon with Ada and her loving parents who spent nearly every moment talking and singing with their little one. If her mother, Kristen, wasn’t calling Ada pet names, she was re-decorating Ada’s crib either in matching pink monkey sheets and stuffed animals, or in bright green frog ensemble.
Photographing Corey, Erin, Alice and newly arrived Walter with Nicole was such a blast. It was a fun and relaxed session filled with many cute moments. Alice and Walter were great sports for putting up with the cameras and Corey and Erin were awesome for being so easygoing and funny throughout the shoot. They were patient and flexible which made the entire experience so enjoyable.
Walter seems to be already settled into his new home, and even though it’s tough, Alice seems to be dealing well with now having to share the attention with her new baby brother. She was so sweet and gentle with him while we were there that I can tell she is going to be a great big sister. The entire family’s natural interactions made photographing too easy. They were adorable and Alice’s cute performances made for tons of great moments. It seemed as if Nicole and I were shooting non-stop and ended up taking 2,237 photos in the hour. It was tough having to narrow down from so many, but I feel we captured many that give a glimpse into just how loving their family is. Walter is a lucky guy to become the newest member of this family.
My grandparents raised me. They walked me to and from school and dance classes. They cooked delicious traditional Chinese dishesfor my brother and I every evening. They taught me my language, even when I didn’t want to. They did all this, so that both of my parents could work and make a humble living to support our family.
The older I get, the more that I travel and see how other people live, and the more that I think about my future life and family, the more appreciative I am. Though I don’t think that the words “I love you” are ever exchanged, it actually doesn’t matter, because what they do for me shows it so much more. There were lots of photographs that were taken of my brother and I when we were younger. (He was cuter than I ever was.) Many of them were “camera-aware”, as in “look here and cheese”, sort of photos. These photos mean the world to me, but as I started shooting, I started telling my family and friends to NOT look at me… to ignore me… to just do their thing.
The images that I created made me so happy.
They were real… and genuine… and I loved them.
I started asking my family clients if they would be interested in doing a “hybrid” sort of session. Where a small part of the session would be a traditional “camera aware” portrait session and then the other portion would just be a… “do your thing” sort of session.
I’m in love with this. How could I have not discovered this earlier? The documentary approach that I’ve been taking to my weddings? It works just as beautifully to preserve wonderful moments of your family.
I wish so badly that I had images like these growing up, but that’s okay. My memories are almost just as good. 🙂
Introducing Danielle and Mario’s family:
Jason and I visit a dog park directly across the street from our home and we’ve gotten to really know a handful of our neighbors very well. They’ve become some of my closest friends (because I’m forced to hang with them everyday for an hour…)! Two of these awesome individuals are Kevin and Violet. I remember the exact day that this little poofball of puppy came bustling into the park. Her name is Bowie – named because of her mesmerizing two colored eyes. We got closer through doggie daycare trades, amazing weekday BBQs and copious amounts of eating!
Last year, Kevin and Violet welcomed another bundle into the world – Hazel. After some delicious dimsum, we wanted to take a few portraits on a simple gray seamless for their Christmas card. However, the behind-the-scenes images are in my opinion, much more touching.
Sledder and Bowie are infatuated with Hazel!
Double the diapers. Double the feedings. Double the love. Welcome to the world, Thomas and Benjamin. You parents (and canine big sister) love you more than you will ever know.
I love this whiteboard that Julie and John have set up for Thomas and Benjamin!