august + iris

learn more about me and why capturing your family's authentic connection is so important to me...

meet your photographer, bethany.

Boston MA Family Photographers

One year, I was assembling our annual family photo album, and I realized that out of the few hundred photos I had...I was only in 2 of them.

My kids were bummed and I was, too.

That moment has helped motivate me to get in the frame more myself, and to try to help others document their lives with everyone included. I truly think beauty can be found in very ordinary everyday moments, magic can be found in the mess, and I love helping to provide people with images that can remind them of that.  

this is why you deserve professional family photos...

I want that for you, too.

I know how it feels to be nervous about how you look or how your kids will behave in front of the camera. I have four kids age 6 to 14 - all with very different personalities and interest levels in having photos taken. I know that family photos can feel stressful but to be honest, the only thing that makes it hard to get great pictures is an obviously stressed out parent. That's why my experience is all about making you feel comfortable so that you can simply enjoy interacting with your children while I capture the magic between you all.  The photos you'll receive from our session are an honest glimpse into your life right now, and I promise you'll be grateful to see your authentic self  in these photos down the road.

but I have since learned to feel enormously grateful to be in photos with my kids and husband, no matter what we are doing.

I used to feel self-conscious about my own family photos...

take a peek inside my personal scrapbook

get to know me better

Movement + emotion + good light

My perfect photo has:

Relaxed, Candid, Authentic

My style is:

Using my creativity to transform emotion-filled, vulnerable, and even ordinary spaces into art. 

My favorite perk of the job: 

See photos as a chance to carve out time together + capture joy that is already there

My favorite clients:

Hearing that the photos feel like you + seeing the photos on your walls


I've been picture-taking for as long as I can remember. Officially started 10 years ago.

I started this business:

my sidekick since 1999:

my non-human obessions:

a personal photo that makes my heart sing:

October 2020
Kids all in the frame, messy wall dotted with reminders of growth and change, and siblings truly delighted to celebrate another year for the youngest.

- Emily M.

"I have a 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl who decided they didn't want to cooperate when the camera came out. Bethany turned the situation right around. She was funny and engaging, which the kids were immediately drawn to. She was quick, efficient and so unbelievably patient with all of us. She took beautiful photos that I can't get enough of."

"she was funny and engaging, which the kids were immediately drawn to."

- liz

“We have had Bethany do holiday photos for two years now and couldn’t be happier. Her final product truly captures the personalities of our children and look beautiful—the hardest part is picking which ones to frame! Not only is she an incredible photographer though, she is also a lovely person to have be around our children and really put them at ease (which is probably one reason the photos came out so well!)."

"truly captures the personalities of our children"

- MT

"We absolutely LOVED the photos that Bethany did of our family. We had a great time just hanging out and the photos she was able to capture were so authentic. Bethany is such a wonderful person and you can see that in how she approaches her work. Truly exceptional." 

"she made the process so easy going and effortless, it didn't feel at all like we were in a photo session!"

- LB

"august + iris Photography is fantastic! Her ability to adapt to unexpected environment changes (rain!) and uncooperative 3-year-olds while still capturing the precious moments results in photos that you will treasure forever. Plus, somehow she works magic behind the scenes. We look forward to using August & Iris every year for family photos." 

"bethany's casual yet professional approach is wonderfully disarming, especially for kids."

praise from kind-hearted clients

the august + iris experience

let's capture those magical in-between moments that will otherwise soon become hazy...