Boston Common Family Photography: Baby’s First Year

Boston Common family photography

I first met Farrah & Clayton when they were engaged, and wanted to have fun during their engagement shoot! They chose the beautiful surroundings and thought-provoking sculptures of the DeCordova Sculpture Park as the place to let their affection and quirkiness shine. They talked about the first time they met and how they connected quickly with their shared loves of travel, art, and new experiences…


Years later, as parents they have not lost their worldliness and curiosity—they have already brought their young son to Malaysia and elsewhere in the world. I love the photo (below) of them reading the children’s book A Walk in Paris to their baby. For me, I see how they are both dedicated parents and still sophisticated adventurers. More importantly, they truly cherish their time together as a family.

I was thrilled when they decided to go with my Baby’s First Year package that brought me into their home three times after there son was born, and finally on a playful morning in the Boston Common. I got to see their little guy grow: wearing his first Halloween costume (rawwr!), learning to crawl, forming a relationship with their dog, and finally becoming a bit mischievous.

It’s all fleeting, so I have a huge grin on my face as I prepare to hand over the gorgeous heirloom album that weaves together the best moments of a year of family photography. Not only will they relive these precious phases that have now passed, but even better: someday they will give the album to their son. Someday he will reflect on his childhood and get to say, “Wow, what young and fun parents… I remember my first little dog… look how much I was loved… Who made me that ridiculous turkey hat?”

Farrah and Clayton, may I suggest grabbing a few fresh tissues when you see a big package from me arrive at your door this week?

In the meantime, here’s a special peek!

Get a page-by-page look in this video, or scroll down for some highlights!

Boston family photographer – Baby’s First Year from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.



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The albums come together from a Baby’s First Year package. See how the magic happens…

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Harrington Farm Spring Wedding

Harrington Farm Spring Wedding

Amy and Paulo’s relationship defines sweetness. Their Harrington Farm Spring wedding was a big bustling day full of laughing, dancing, and cheer, but time and time again I’d catch them looking at each other, or snuggling close, as if they were alone…

The gray sky created a romantic calm for their outdoor ceremony. The grounds were slow to bloom because it was after the winter of snowpocalypse in Massachusetts, but that’s no matter—their love warmed the whole day.

View their slideshow, or keep scrolling to enjoy the day!

Harrington Farm Wedding – Amy & Paulo! from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Thank you Harrington Farm for hosting such a magical evening!

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FEATURED: Maureen Cotton Photography on the Huffington Post – Fun wedding party

Fun Farmington Gardens CT wedding

I was thrilled when the Huffington Post chose to feature this fun wedding party! Melissa and Joe are such loving people; it was impossible to choose just a few friends to stand next to them at their wedding ceremony.

With such a big, fun, ready-for-anything crowd I knew we had the chance to do something different. Thanks for Joe and Melissa for trusting me and their friends!

fun wedding party : Maureen Cotton Photography

They were married at a church in Farmington CT. Their reception was at Farmington Gardens: a gorgeous converted barn and greenhouse. We stopped at a private garden to capture all the family and wedding party portraits.

See more more of their Farmington Gardens wedding on the Maureen Cotton Photography Facebook page>>

Check out the full HuffPo article: 22 Fun Photo Ideas That Put The ‘Party’ In Wedding Party>>

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Real family photography — Documentary at-home family photo session in Boston {Boston family photography}

Natural, documentary, at-home family photography

05_family_reading_playing_homeThis photo was featured in a heartfelt blog post I wrote last year about why real family photography means so much to me. It’s high time that I blog about this natural documentary style family photo session itself! These moms opened up their home and hearts to me—100% pure joy and chaos of raising toddler twins, a newborn, and furry family members!

It was a Boston winter so we captured everything in their natural environments—living room and playroom, as well as everyone piled on the bed!

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Baby’s First Year album {Boston family photographer}

Boston family photographer

I’m in love with this Baby’s First Year album I created after four authentic family photoshoots. From newborn to crawling and standing, here is a story-telling baby book like no other.

After food, shelter, and water, family photographs are the most important tangible things in our lives. What else can be transport us through time? But, in 2015, family photos often aren’t *things* at all, and many families are at risk of losing their memories, their treasures, their time machines.

When this little man is an adult man he will be able to hold this album and know, realize, remember how deeply loved he was from the beginning. So I put the care of a lifetime into each book.

You can see Danny’s First Year on my Family Photography site.>>

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See the full Baby’s First Year album design.>>

Curious about album quality and options? Check out album sizes and album cover materials.

P.S. Baby’s First Year is a blast for everyone…

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Camp Kiwanne Wedding! {LGBT wedding photographer}

Camp Kiwanne Wedding in Hanson, MA

This Camp Kiwanne wedding was a lovefest I’ll never forget! Camp Kiwanne’s lake and dining hall were a gorgeous rustic backdrop to the glamour and fun of this wedding day. But way more important is that Barbara and Casey are two people who live with their hearts wide open, so the fresh air, blue water and sky reflected their vibrancy back to them for an incredible day! Oh, and the toasts and dance party were awesome!

If you follow my Facebook page you might recognize these emotive expressions from the Huffington Post last week (for the post “18 Times Wedding Photographers Knew They’d Captured Something Amazing!”). I was asked to submit a favorite photo and a little bit about why!

Favorite same sex LGBT wedding photo

There’s must more to see from their day; enjoy the slideshow, or keep scrolling!

Camp Kiwanee Wedding {Same-sex summer camp wedding!} from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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You can see more images from their wedding on their Facebook Gallery!

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Sunset family photos on the beach! {North Shore natural family photographer}

City dwellers escape for an evening of North Shore family photo magic. That is all.

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Charles River Museum Autumn Wedding! {New England industrial wedding venue}

Wedding at the Charles River Museum of Industry!

UPDATE! The couple’s adorable initial Scrabble tiles are featured wedding inspiration on the Huffington Post!


Jess & Robbie were married on a gorgeous fall day at the one and only Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA. While the Scrabble Board Game details, the decor, the colorful leaves, and the architecture of the museum were all beautiful and unique, the best part of the day was all the hugs and laughter (and dancing)!

Enjoy the laughter with this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

Charles River Museum Wedding from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Ceremony & reception venue:  The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA

Catering: Above and Beyond (click the Facebook link below to see the incredible buffet!)

If you want to see more of Jess & Robbie’s wedding, check out their Facebook Gallery >>

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By the way—Robbie does amazing work in the world with social justice and non-profit consulting:

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Natural Maternity Session at Home {Boston Maternity Photographer}

As a busy family photographer herself, Jess almost thought she didn’t have time for a maternity session! Days after a new job and a new house we took just 30 minutes to pause and savor this special time. We not only captured Jess pregnant, but the affection her husband has for her, the feeling of their new home in Boston, and their wonderful animals! The baby came in no time, so thank goodness we did!

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Jess and Mike had *just* moved that week. For the most part we looked for clear spots in the house for photos. But I insisted we take one in the moving mess, so they can look back and laugh about the chaos and joy that came all at once. 06_family_dog_home_maternity_shootEnjoy more family and maternity photos on my Real Family Photography website! >>

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Moraine Farm Fall Same-Sex Wedding! {Autumn New England farm wedding, same-sex wedding photographer}

Autumn New England farm wedding

Emily & Erin are simply wonderful people, and a fun, smart, kind, hilarious couple. Combine that with the gorgeous historic Moraine Farm in Beverly and a sunny September wedding afternoon and you’ve got an incredible day—see for yourself!

Check out some of my favorite images from the day!

Feel the joy by watching this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

Fall same-sex wedding at Moraine Farm in Beverly {New England Farm fall wedding, LGBTQ wedding photographer} from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Thank you to Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA for hosting the sunshine & grounds for this special day!

Catering by Fireside Catering.

Wedding band: Night Shift kept the party strong until the end!

Fabulous autumn florals by Meredith McCarthy Floral Design.

To check out the rest of Emily & Erin’s day, take a look at their Facebook Gallery!

Make sure to check out more authentic, candid & documentary wedding photography by Maureen Cotton!

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