95% of the time I talk to pregnant or brand-new mommas about their little one’s newborn session, they say something to me like, “But I don’t have to be in the photos, right?”No. Of course you don’t. But I am 100% sure that despite how exhausted, and physically not photogenic you may feel, I will be able to capture your beauty following the most miraculous thing your body has ever done: grow a brand new person! [Read more…]
Hello, dearest ones,
First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! This has long been my absolute favorite holiday – I love the reminder and encouragement to reach out and tell my loves that they are so very loved and appreciated by me.Now, how is everyone doing out there? Are you all hanging in there? Because living in the United States these days is feeling really, really complicated. I’ve been thinking about the position I am in as a small business owner-momma and also as, well, a human. On one hand, the idea of alienating a current or potential family from hiring me as their photographer is a scary prospect. However, I really can’t stay quiet about the many hateful and intolerant acts that are happening right now and neither can Willow Baby Studios.So today, I want to announce very clearly that Willow Baby Studios welcomes all people of any race, belief, family makeup, gender, religion or orientation. I am very aware that my pricing structure means I cater exclusively to middle & upper class families. As someone who has been part of the lower class for most of my life, creating this model was very painful for me. Throughout the five-ish years I’ve been in business I have made many adjustments and thoughtful calculations, and have reached a point of acceptance about my pricing, as much as I wish it could be more financially inclusive. I need to add here that if you fall in love with my photography but it is cost prohibitive, please reach out. I have set up bartering and payment plans for families before and I would be happy to discuss those options with you. I also maintain a list of interested people for personal projects or portfolio building, which always includes some thank you goodies for offering your time.Inclusiveness and tolerance, lack of judgement and open mindedness, empathy and love are all very very essential ideas to me. If my words here resonate with you, please reach out – I have a feeling that I should take your photograph soon.
With so much love,
To the left you’ll see a (fairly) recent photo of my favorite person/adorable Valentine, consulting the wisdom of the magic 8 ball.
For some soothing visual balm for weary eyes and hearts, please jump on over to Instagram and follow me there for babies and other loveliness (almost) every day! #willowbabydaily
Willow Baby Studios specializes in newborn, toddler, child and family lifestyle photography for Boston area families – including Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, Boston Proper, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End, Newton, Wellesley, Burlington, Bedford, Winchester, Wakefield, Reading, Lexington, Belmont, Weston, and more.
Owner & photographer Ceilidh (“k-lee”) Willow Yurenka, is trained as a fine art photographer, and received her BFA in photography from MassArt in 2007. A momma herself, she loves to be silly with your kiddos while capturing the beautiful chaos that is family life.
Where do I even begin when writing about this session? I’m not sure, so….
Hey Friends! [Read more…]
Hi there, dearest Mommas,
I almost didn’t get this blog post done in time because I kept nit-picking the size and order of the photos in the grids, and fretting about a momma having only one of her kids represented and one dad sneaking in because there were none with just the momma alone.In other words, I was obsessing over perfection and neatness. And if there’s ANYTHING I’ve learned as a momma myself, it’s that life – especially parenting- is so very far from either of those things. Like, miles and continents away.
So. I’m here, embracing imperfection in my work life in order to share with you something very important to me:
I absolutely LOVE working with the babies and littles I usually spend time with, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also take photos of grown up people as well! I’ve taken on a decent amount of headshot sessions, and I’m excited to share a smattering of them with you below.
Photographing adults is such a different experience…. It’s true that they are certainly more cooperative than my smaller subjects, but they also tend to be varying degrees of self-conscious in front of the camera. I include myself in this: holy inappropriate expletive! – I am the *worst* at getting my photo taken – I talk awkwardly and make weird faces and just generally have a hard time feeling accepting of the whole process. It’s a trust thing, I think, and it feels like a big deal to pay someone to take photos of you – ones you feel like actually look like you, and that you can not just tolerate, but really like.
I can’t tell you how many people tell me before I photograph them – “Good luck, it’s impossible to get a good photo of me.” And then, well, we end up with some amazing photos. I think it’s partially because I have never photographed someone without being hit at some point during our session by how incredibly beautiful they are. Looking at my subjects so intently through my lens, trying to truly see them, and capture their best self, I never fail to feel astounded by how beautiful people are – I know this word tends to be thought of as a more feminine adjective, but I feel it about my male subjects too.
You know what? Even though I can’t see you, I know that you’re beautiful too. I have absolutely no doubt that you’re stunning person, and I hope your day is filled with peace and laughter.
Postscript for you all:
Are you looking for an updated headshot? Or amazing family photographs? I would love to help you out with that! It’s never too early to contact me about a future session – I’m already 1/2 booked for September! Please call 617-480-0387 or email me at email@example.com to schedule your session.
Also, for extra cuteness in your life, please jump on over to Instagram and follow me there to see a little darling every day! #willowbabydaily
yours is the light by which my spirit’s born…
you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars
– e.e. cummings
I am a momma.
After six years of this being an irrefutable fact, I still have moments where I pause in awe that this is my truth.
I feel so very lucky to be a momma.
So I present this post to you, my sweet boy.
Happy happy birthday. [Read more…]
Oh, the pups! I do adore my tiny human subjects, but I have a special spot for their older (fur) siblings. It’s so important not to let first borns feel ignored when a new baby arrives, so I always love to include them in our family photo sessions.
And so, this post is in honor of the first babies of many families….
My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies/It comes from the love in my dog’s eyes.
-Unknown Poet [Read more…]
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates Ah hahahahah! What a concept to introduce to my little guy, who eagerly accepts every sticker, lollipop and flimsy prize toy offered. And I don’t blame him – new stuff is exciting! Treats are awesome! Prizes are validating! (and then getting rid of those things, well, the quote I’ve seen floating around the internet in various places – “I smuggle out broken bits of crayons like a drug lord” – rings pretty true. I’ve certainly hidden old coloring pages in between cereal boxes in the recycle bin.) [Read more…]