The purpose of my work is to give you an accurate snapshot of your life as it is right now—frozen in time for you with authentic photos that are true to the way you really look and feel. If you're here for family photography, I'll capture your kids' unique personalities so that you can reflect on their quirks together when they're older. If you're here for newborn photography, I will help you accurately capture the memories and little details from this period of time that is otherwise pretty blurry.
To the parent reading this right now, I see you.
I know how it feels to be nervous about how you look or how your kids will behave in front of the camera. 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.
In an effort to create that comfort even before we meet, I am an open book in terms of questions before your session. I'll help you find the perfect location with great light and lots of space for you and your littles to move. I truly find joy in figuring out how to connect with all kinds of personalities, and I welcome unforeseen challenges.
I have seen every kind of issue on photo shoot day—tantrums, grumpy adults, reluctant teens, chin scrapes, head to toe mud, diaper blowouts, colicky babies who just want to be held—and none of it stresses me out. I understand that some people are less comfortable in front of a camera than others, so I find ways to provide gentle direction for natural, flattering poses for individuals and groups.
What I'm trying to say is, you can trust me. Your precious memories are in good hands.
a simple process
Start by filling out the contact form on this website. I'll then email you a response with additional details where we can discuss your desired location, availability, and more. Finally, when you're ready to book, we make it official with a contract and booking fee.
My trusted approach makes for an enjoyable, laid back photography experience between you and your loved ones. I will gently encourage everyone to relax and simply interact with each other as I artfully capture an honest glimpse into your life as it is right now.
Within 1-2 weeks after your session, you'll make your final payment and in turn will receive your edited gallery of easy-to-download beautiful and authentic moments captured between your family.
"Bethany was amazing and I would whole heartedly recommend her to everyone. She really captured the essence and personality of my three kids. Her natural light style is beautiful and we loved every image she captured. Will definitely use her again!"
"she really captured the essence and personality of my three kids."
"Bethany has been warm, calm and gentle with our daughter, and was able to engage her and capture beautiful pictures, even when competing with crankiness, shyness and other distractions in the environment. Bethany is a lovely person to work and you won't be disappointed in her photos!"
"bethany has been warm, calm and gentle with our daughter"
"Family photos with Bethany is really a wonderful experience! She is so patient and relaxed, which is critical with young children. You can tell she genuinely loves what she is doing! And after the session, she is quick and organized in getting the digitals ready for review. Thanks for an all-around top-notch experience!"
"you can tell that Bethany genuinely loves what she is doing!"
"Beautiful pictures! Bethany has such a gift for making people feel comfortable! I have four children and she kept them smiling and cooperative, and that included a cranky 3 year old and a brand new baby! We love august + iris Photography!"
"bethany has such a gift for making people feel comfortable"
All Family + Newborn Sessions
Whether you're here for family or newborn photos, the pricing structure is simple and cohesive across the board. No matter what, you'll receive all of the edited digitals rather than having to narrow down favorites or work around unpredictable costs.
A $350 Creative Fee is due upon booking to reserve a date, and the remaining balance is due upon delivery of the edited gallery
For formal portraits in a studio, I agree that kids might get stir crazy after 5 minutes. My sessions are dynamic and full of energy, and I do my best to work with kids’ natural interests, needs and rhythms. I think most families would say that the time flies. I do not specify a time limit on full sessions, as some families are in and out in 25 minutes, while others need over an hour. I spend the time that is needed to capture a variety of images and to give everyone an opportunity to relax and feel comfortable. Many of my favorite, most authentic images come from the last minute of shooting, so I feel strongly that it is worth it to spend a little time together.
No way will my kid/spouse cooperate for a full session.
I am a natural light, on location photographer. I am happy to work with you to choose the perfect location for your session. Newborn sessions are held in the comfort of your home. Outdoor sessions typically take place in the early morning or within 2 hours of sunset. Indoor sessions are best in the late morning to maximize light within the home.
Where/when will my session be held?
I am based just outside of Boston and work in the city itself and the surrounding areas, including Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Milton, Natick, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston but will happily travel! A travel fee will apply for areas outside a 25 mile radius from zip code 02481.
Where are you located/what areas do you cover?
All sessions result in at least 40 final edited images, which will be provided in a gallery in both color and black-and-white. All edited images are included in the Full Session purchase price. For Mini Sessions, a small number of images are included in the fee, and there is an option to purchase the full gallery.
How many images can we expect?
Your clothing is entirely up to you. There is no need to match perfectly, but coordinating a few colors between subjects and adding fabrics with texture and movement often looks best. To get you started with some ideas, there are a number of Pinterest boards dedicated to coordinating photo session wardrobes. Because my style emphasizes beautiful light and natural interactions, I often suggest a pretty neutral palette and clothes that everyone can feel comfortable wearing.
What should I wear?
I offer two or three mini sessions per year. These are at a set location on a specific date and are generally about 5-10 minutes long with multiple families scheduled back to back. This is a great option if you really just want one “everyone-looking-at-the-camera” family photo and are less concerned with candids, or (see above) if you are concerned about the length of a full session. Mini sessions are announced to my mailing list, and remaining spots or last minute openings will be on my Instagram account @augustandiris.
We really need just one good photo for a holiday card. Can we just buy one or two instead?
As a mother of four little ones, I know how unpredictable life can be (and how often kids get sick!). If you need to reschedule, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can arrange an alternative date.
What if we need to reschedule?
Yes, photo sessions are available any day of the week. Weekend sessions are most popular and should be booked well in advance, if possible.
Are weekend sessions available?
august + iris Photography, LLC retains the copyright for all photos that are taken. The print release allows clients to use and print the photos for personal use. Unedited digital files are not released as they do not fully represent my work.
Tell me more about the Digital Files and Print Release:
Please contact me when you are in your late 2nd or 3rd trimester, and we can plan on some tentative times based on your due date. I fully understand that deliveries can be unpredictable and will work with you to schedule a time within the first few weeks of your baby’s birth. Typically, we schedule a tentative date and then adjust depending on when the baby comes and how you settle in at home. If you have already delivered and decided last minute that you want photos of your new little love taken, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will try to accommodate you!
I am interested in a newborn session. When should I book?
Absolutely! However, please tag @augustandiris and/or include credit with any photo (ex: “Photo credit: augustandirisphotography.com.”). Posted photos are not to be edited/altered in any way (i.e., filters, special effects).
Can we share images from our session on Facebook, IG or other social media sites?
In the case of inclement weather, I am happy to do indoor shots in your home. If you prefer outdoor shots, we can discuss options for rescheduling the session.
The weather is not cooperating. What do we do?