Sunflower Field Photo Session

Sunflower Field Photo Session

Hello all! Happy Saturday!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved flowers and one of my favorite flowers is the Sunflower! I had always wanted to go to a sunflower field and about two years ago, I found a farm in Lee, NH that held yearly Sunflower Festivals. They had the most amazing and beautiful Sunflowers, the prettiest ones I had ever seen! Since finding out about the festival, I have gone back both years to not only appreciate the beauty of the flowers but to also take the opportunity to take pictures as well! I was ready to go back this year but I found out that Verrill Farm in Concord, MA was also having a festival this year. I was thrilled to find this out, especially because it’s so close to home and decided to go check it out! When you buy a ticket to go visit the field, along with the purchase of your ticket, you also get to pick 5 flowers from the field. I thought this was so cool because you get to bring home with you flowers that will remind you of your trip! Another amazing thing that they are doing with their festival is that 50% of all the proceeds will directly benefit Emerson Hospital Pediatrics! 

With all this being said, I would like to invite you to join me and do a gorgeous Sunflower Session of you and your family! It’s an easy way to capture your beautiful family and growing kiddos during a fun Mini-Session! The farm will be holding the festival up until September 6th so I will only be holding these sessions August 26-28 and September 2-4. These sessions will happen after 6 p.m. (which gives us perfect lighting!) and I estimate they will take about 20-40 minutes. As always, it’ll be a relaxed session and you can use this opportunity to do Fall/Holiday pictures, Family & Children Portraits, Senior Portraits, Maternity, and many other options for you to choose from. Each Mini-Session results in a gallery of approx. 20-30 images from which to choose your favorites! 

*Sunflower location fee IS now covered by the session fee + two tickets for parents(kids under 10 is free) no more that 6 people. Extra tickets $10 each. 

SELECT YOUR PREFERRED OPTION:

$550 Session + Online Gallery + 5 Hi-Res Digitals of your choice

$690  Session + Online Gallery + 10 Hi-Res Digitals of your choice

Additional digital images, prints, canvas, etc. are available a la carte anytime.

Due to the very short blooming season, these sessions are very limited, so act now to reserve your spot before they are full! email me at elainefas@gmail.com or text me at (978)427-5199

PLEASE NOTE:  Only two sessions will occur between 6:00-6:20 pm and 6:40-7:00 PM In the event of a rain-out, Elaine will work with you to reschedule at a convenient time for you (while blooms are still out). If for any reason you are unable to conduct your session due to rain/extinguished blooms/sickness, you may use your mini-session at another time of your choosing (Fall, Holiday, Spring, etc) in 2019-2020. Sorry, no refunds.

Please watch the video from this wonderful family that I photographed yesterday!

Newborn Session update with pandemic COVID-19

Newborn Session update with pandemic COVID-19

Hello! Happy Saturday! 
Hope you all are doing well and staying safe! Today I’ll be sharing a little bit about how I have slowly started photographing again and the precautions I have been taking and some pictures from my most recent newborn session which will hopefully brighten up your day and bring a smile to your face! 
With everything that has been going on with the global pandemic, I know that many families have wanted to do newborn sessions, family portraits, and so on but have been afraid to do so because of Covid-19. I can assure you all that even though we are in a tricky situation, we can all still work together so I can capture beautiful pictures of everyone!
To start off, for newborn sessions, I am only doing them at the client’s house not only to make it easier for the family but also to make it so that I’m not putting the baby and family at risk by making them leave their house. The entire time, I am socially distanced from the whole family, am wearing a mask and gloves, and taking every other possible precaution so that no one is at risk and stays safe during the time that we are together. With outdoor sessions, the process is a little different as we have the opportunity to go to different destinations or even have the session at the client’s house if that’s what they prefer.
Moving on to this wonderful newborn session, this is a great example of how I’ve been working with clients to have a great shoot while being safe! Before going to the client’s house, I sanitized all the props that I would be bringing with me  (you can see a video on my Instagram to see how I prepare my props before every session @elainefreitasphotography). Once arriving, I made sure the family knew that I would be staying a safe distance from the baby and the rest of the family while wearing my mask and gloves! This little baby girl was so cute and so quiet which made the session super easy as I was able to direct the dad and brother to help me pose the baby and get some wonderful pictures! I won’t be able to pose the baby at every session as it can sometimes be challenging due to the baby having a good or bad day but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to capture great images. I try to work as much as the baby allows us to! We are living in a very uncertain and scary time, but we can’t forget to cherish moments like this that will never be the same, babies grow too fast! So if you are interested in getting more info on newborn sessions or are ready to schedule one (yay!), you can email me at elainefas@gmail.com or call me at (978)427-5199. Enjoy the short video I created with the images from the session!

 

The Front Steps Project – Day 1

The Front Steps Project – Day 1

Being a part of this project has brought me so much joy and happiness for being able to give families something to look forward to in a time where there is so much uncertainty in the world right now! All the positive feedback I’ve gotten from everyone has brought me so much joy and makes me so grateful to be able to be a part of such an amazing community where we are all united despite not being able to be physically together! To be able to talk to other families and see their smiles has shown me the purpose of being a photographer, which is to capture love. My goal was to show the love between families while helping an organization that has great importance in our town, the Acton Food Pantry and I can confidently say that we have accomplished this goal!
I also want to say that though I’m the one that the families see when I go to their houses, I’m not doing this project alone! Though she is behind the scenes, Jana Cataldo has been helping me make this project possible in the Acton-Boxborough community! She was a big part in organizing all of this and I wouldn’t be able to do this without her so thank you, Jana! I also want to thank all of the families for participating in the project because not only have you made this project possible, you have shown us what it means to be a community that truly cares for each other! Together we are stronger and though separated, we are more united than ever!

Elaine Freitas

 

The Front Steps Project

The Front Steps Project

Strengthening the community begins with the first step.

For us, it starts on the front step.

#TheFrontStepsProject, started by Boston photographer Cara Soulia and marketing consultant Kristen Collins, brings us together virtually despite being – and maybe feeling – isolated.  We aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym.

We may be temporarily separated, but we are always united.

Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now.

“With so many feeling isolated or disconnected from friends, family and the rest of the world these days, something as simple as a happy photograph can help keep us going.”— CNN’S RECENT ARTICLE ON #THEFRONTSTEPSPROJECT

We only spend 5 minutes with each family and we try to schedule them in close proximity so that we do not spend too much time away from our families. We will do sessions from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and edit the images at night for posting every few hours the next day. And the cycle re-starts!

As a photographer, I typically spend hours every week capturing images of families in times of joy: Expecting moms, babies on the way, newborns, siblings, families, and more. Those moments of joy are still happening in homes right now. I know it. But I can’t be there to capture them. So I am focusing on how I can bring people together in the community by documenting this time by taking five-minute “Front Steps Portraits” of Acton residents.

Each day we will take a couple of hours to scurry around town and snap super fast images of Acton families on their front steps.

Photographers across the country – and even the globe – have been inspired to start their own The Front Steps Project™ in their communities. We are so amazed by their energy and enthusiasm! We want to work together, so get in touch.


Process

You will know when we are coming, I will text you 05 minutes before the scheduled time. You can step outside, where I, Elaine Freitas, a photographer (your Acton neighbor!)  will be standing near your driveway or street, at least 10 feet away. I will take a couple of quick shots and leave. We physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during these sessions.

 

We *do* smile and laugh with you, however, and don’t we all need a little bit of that right now?

After your quick session, we will email you the digital file of your portrait.

In exchange, we ask you to make a suggested $50 donation or more to Acton Food pantry. here is the GoFund link gf.me/u/x6kjrt

We will be posting these images on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject

Dress Code

This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session. Want to stand outside in your pajamas and slippers? Sounds good to us. Kids in mismatched clothes but you’re thrilled they got dressed? Fantastic. Wearing your bike gear because you’re headed off to ride a trail in the nice weather? Love it!

Be you.

#TheFrontStepsProject #Acton.

#TheFrontStepsProject #Boxborough