It’s always fun to look back at the behind the scenes photos from the year.  This past year I was pregnant!  I photographed up until I was 37+ weeks pregnant.  The last month of my pregnancy I photographed  two engagement sessions, a family portrait session, a corporate event and the Buzz off Event at Gillette Stadium.  I ended my photographing pre baby with a bang!  I did not realize it at that time, but I was having contractions at the Buzz off Event. Thankfully I had asked Emily to tag along for the day as backup just in case.  I listened to my body and asked her to take over while I sat down and rested for a bit.  Good thing! 

I wanted to say thank you to Emily Leis, Lorna Stell and Jessica Occhipinti for your help this past year!!!  Thank you to all of my clients for a fantastic year!  Enjoy some action shots!

Xoxo, Jen Araya

I do miss my pregnant belly!

Caught you Jess!

A couple of Jess in action while I was second shooter with her.

Emily helping out at the Buzz Off Event!

The biggest group I had to corral.

Always lending a hand to the whole wedding party.

Trying to get out of the way.

Can’t believe I’m sharing this photo, but yes I do mean business when it comes to family portraits!  NEXT!

Yes sometimes I’m funny, pretty sure I was saying ‘be careful, don’t fall into the water.’

Thanks for letting me test out my lighting Emily.

Jess was a guest at her dear friends wedding that I photographed!

The only couple I photographed with this season.  I need to make this a mandatory photo at each wedding I photograph!

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I can’t help but relive Vivienne’s First Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of three!  Sean and I were so excited to celebrate with Vivienne.  We talked about what traditions we want to start doing each year with her and had not decided what yet.  We will figure them out as we go!  One tradition we did was to make sure we purchased The Night Before Christmas to read to her on Christmas Eve.  I had searched high and low for these reindeer PJ’s that I got from Target because they were SO CUTE!!!!!  They initially didn’t have her size but it must have been meant to be as I ended up finding her size.  We know she won’t remember this Christmas but we will!

I think I was up before she was up.  I had zero expectations with the day and I was going to go with the flow.  Vivienne was a super happy baby Christmas morning as you can see from the photos.  To my surprise, she loved banging on the gifts.  She sort of ripped the paper but not really.  It was a reaction I was not expecting.

Santa gave her a wagon!!  Cant’ wait to stroll around this summer at the beach in her Radio Flyer!  She also got a walker and jumper which she LOVES.  It’s so fun to see her develop and learn/know what to do.

By the way, I forgot to mention that we HOSTED Christmas for the VERY FIRST TIME, with a baby.  What was I thinking?  I was so excited to host a big holiday.  Enjoy a few of my favorites!  Forgot to get a photo of us all dressed up but it was a fun busy day.  At least we got one in our Pj’s.

Xoxo, Jen Araya

Getting our first Christmas tree together as a family of three!

She loved Santa this year, will see how it goes in the next couple of years.

Kisses for mama!

She loves her cousin Ryan!  Ryan LOVES Vivienne!

Mommy and me matching hats!  She was as excited as I was!

We had a white Christmas this year!

Very special that my grandparents get to experience being Great Grandparents.  Moments I will always treasure.  They LOVE seeing Vivienne!

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Drusy and Jenny couldn’t have picked a better waterfront wedding venue like the Boston Exchange Conference Center.  It was the picture-perfect location for their wedding.  Jenny and Drusy met online and started dating shortly after setting up their online profil .  They knew they were meant for each other just as you can tell how much they love each other from their photos! 

Drusy and Jenny had an enjoyable timeline.  They both helped each other get dressed.  We took their portraits first because we didn’t want to lose the light we had at the end of October.  Both of their families arrived a little while before the guests arrived so we could photograph everyone.  They were so nice and every guest was so happy for Drusy and Jenny!  You could just tell from the vibe of the wedding.  Guests arrived and enjoyed a few drinks and appetizers from Island Creek Oysters before the ceremony.  Drusy and Jenny had their closest friends as their attendants standing next to them as they exchanged their vows.  Then the party vamped (or ramped?) up!  Almost all of the guests were on the dance floor.

I’m so happy for you both!!!  You were amazing to work with and I’m so jealous of your Bora Bora honeymoon!  Enjoy married life and some of my favorites from your wedding!

Xoxo, Jen Araya

Wedding Photography: Jen Araya Photography

Venue: Boston Exchange Conference Center 

Floral Design: Artistic Blossoms

Cake: Cakes to Remember

DJ: Party Excitement

Catering: Island Creek Oysters and Boston Exchange Conference Center

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Vivienne’s sixth month was a fun month for us!  She is a lot more active (which she has been from the start), playing with her toys, giving kisses to me (not to daddy yet but she is getting there) and eating more solids.  One weekend in the beginning of the month, I said to Sean,” I hope she sits up by Christmas.”  I sat her on the floor with the boppy around her for  support  and she was all over the place.  I was discouraged.  The next day, she was good!  Sitting up  on her own with the support of the boppy.  I was blown away!  She surprises me every day. 

I want us to remember all the things that have happened over the past four weeks.  Vivienne, here are a few memories from month sixth:

  • Still teething!  None of them have come through yet.  I hope they take their time, the longer the better.  Drooly pooly!
  • You’re eating more solids!  Oatmeal, mangoes and bananas were a huge hit.  Avocado not so much but you’ll get there one day.
  • Nose scrunching just like  mommy (so daddy says).  It’s the cutest thing ever and mommy never realized she does that too.
  • You are still rolling over crazy  and turning in circles to play with your toys.  You started to move forward a tiny bit, pushing off.  Baby gates are going up!
  • You LOVE your footsies!!! 
  • Started crossing your feet when you are in your seat
  • You started sitting up all of a sudden.  It was night and day difference from the day before.  You don’t need the boppy as much but we have it there just in case.  You catch yourself when you fall forward,  getting your arms out for support.  Still, how do you know what to do???  It’s so cool!
  • Giving kisses to mommy right now, daddy will get them soon
  • You twist your wrists when you get REALLY EXCITED!  It’s the funniest thing we’ve ever seen. 
  • According to the doctor you are growing and developing right on track
  • You celebrated your first Christmas!!! 

Here are a few of Vivienne’s favorite things:

  • Loves sitting up
  • Love playing peek a boo.  Also likes when we boo or baby
  • Loves the camera

Over the next month we will be introducing more solids to see what you like and don’t like.  I hope you start to crawl, you’re building up to it.  I hope you continue to grow and learn and I can’t wait to see what your future holds!  Bring on 2018!!!  Love you Vivi!

Xoxo Jen Araya

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Robyn and Kurtis got married this past fall at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel up in Bretton Woods, NH.  They met each other at school while attending the same class together.  All their closest friends and families made the trek up to New Hampshire to share their day. 

One of the best parts of the day was the bridal portraits with Robyn and Kurtis.  Thank you to the hotel for getting us  our own golf carts and the ability to drive  around the property to get the best portraits.  You can’t go wrong with the scenery on this property.  Mountains in every direction you turn.  And, timing worked out perfectly!  The sun was setting and while driving  back toward the hotel, we made a stop at the first hole on the golf course.  I was chasing the sun and saw great light.  It turned out to be AMAZING LIGHT!!!  SO GLAD we made that stop!  We could not stop laughing andloved the fact that we could drive around to capture these portraits!  It was so much fun!

I’m so happy for you both!!!  Enjoy married life!

Xoxo, Jen Araya

Venue: Omni Mount Washington Hotel 

Floral Design: Cynthia Roy – Omni Mount Washington Hotel

DJ: Sky Music Events

Bride’s Dress: Bella Sera – Lillian West Design

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Make-up: Hair and Makeup by Linds @hairandmakeupbylinds

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