Millbury, MA Child Photographer | Baystate Parent Magazine Cover and Feature Story

I was very honored and excited when Baystate Parent Magazine contacted me earlier this year to shoot the cover for their May issue! And when I learned that the theme of the issue would be "Celebrate!", I was even more excited because I knew that I could let my little model, Sienna, just have fun and truly let her sweet and bubbly personality shine! If you are out and about in MA, be sure to pick up a copy! Here's the magazine cover:

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And here are some other fun shots from the cover shoot:

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The Goal List: May 2014

I'm a little behind with this month's Goal List, but my April was pretty much overtaken by this. Looking at my list from last month and seeing how little I'm able to cross off is pretty tough to swallow, so I was kind of, sort of, putting this post off as long as I possibly could. But, I've decided to face it head-on; it's Monday, it's a new month, and things are really starting to get crazy around here now that there are buds on all the trees and the late-day lighting is any photographer's dream.

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So, what did I actually accomplish last month besides being a crazy Dance Mom?

BUSINESS GOALS | APRIL

  • Update Welcome Brochures for new clients
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014 - this is in the works :)
  • Finalize 2015 SSP Senior Model Reps!
  • Get my inbox down to ZERO new emails...haha!
  • Keep up with consistent blogging - I blogged 10x in March, and I'd like to add to that in April
  • Order new biz cards

PERSONAL GOALS | APRIL

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise
  • Organize my home office desk <-- still a pit! MUST FIX ASAP!
  • Explore new music and find a couple of new artists to listen to while I edit...music makes me happy! :)   <-- I didn't find a new artist, but I did revisit some favorites and found some new music by them (Sarah McLachlan, Alanis, Patty Griffin)

That's about it! I have lots of photo shoots planned for April, and I know it's just going to get crazier from there on out. Pssst...if you haven't booked your Spring or Summer session with me yet, NOW is the time to do it. Like I said, things get crazy around here as soon as the first flower bulb starts sprouting or we see buds on the trees. Have a great month!

BUSINESS GOALS | MAY

  • Create a blogging calendar for May and stick to it - Blog 15x this month! (two down, only 13 left to go!)
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014 - this is in the works :)
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Meet with my 2015 Senior Model Reps and get them ready for their LookBook Photo Shoot! <-- CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!
  • Start planning blog/website overhaul

PERSONAL GOALS | MAY

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise
  • Keep up with my diet - down 9lbs last month!!! Wooohooo!!!
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer months

I'm going to try and keep things fairly simple this month again. It's been tough to focus on getting just the few goals done that I set for myself each month. There never seems to be enough time! But, I am progressing and at least I'm crossing things off. Have a great May, and I hope to see a lot of you at upcoming photo shoots! My May calendar is almost fully-booked, and June is starting to fill up, too.

 

2014 Spring Mini Sessions!!! | Millbury, MA Photographer

Everyone's been asking about these! Well, here they are; my OUTDOOR Spring Mini Sessions! With the sunny skies, longer days, and 60 degree weather yesterday, it felt like spring here in Massachusetts. It was a nice little teaser, that's for sure, because were are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. Thanks for the little tease, Mother Nature! But, Spring will be here before we know it, and the flowers will be blooming along with the fields of green grass that are perfect for outdoor spring photos.

I've decided to offer two days of mini sessions this year. I've found that those with smaller children sometimes prefer the weekday sessions, while adults and those wanting family photos prefer the weekend session. As usual, the location will be determined at a later date and emailed to all those participating.

Please email me to book your session or if you have any questions at all. shawna.shenette@gmail.com

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Worcester Academy 2014 Senior Brittany | Massachusetts Senior Photographer

I honestly can't believe that I haven't blogged this amazing 2014 senior portrait session yet! This is Brittany, and she's amazing! Super gorgeous and smart, and headed off to college in the fall to study Biology. Plus, she loved being in front of the camera. We had so much fun at this session! Thankfully, we started early and the sun wasn't setting until late, so we had lots of time for several outfit changes and tons of fun poses. This was one of my first Senior Portrait sessions at the new studio, and it was the perfect one to explore all of the fun areas around my Millbury, MA photography space.

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Handsome Baby Boy P | Millbury, MA Newborn Photographer

This little guy was so tiny and cute; I could've snuggled him all day long. Baby P was just 11 days old when he came to visit me for his newborn photo session. He was the perfect newborn, too! Who am I kidding...they're all perfect! But, he was definitely up for anything. A couple squeaks here and there, and then a squawk for a feeding, but other than that, he barely made a peep. So cute! Millbury, Massachusetts Photographer Newborn Baby Boy Studio Photography Best Newborn Photographer Worcester Metrowest Grafton Auburn Sutton Oxford

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I love this last one! Haha!

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And I always try to give my newborn clients a collage of all those little features that seem to grow up so quickly!

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Baby Hudson is 6 Months Old! | Millbury, MA Baby Photographer

I've been dying to show you Baby Hudson's 6 month portraits for a while now. You may remember his newborn photos taken last year (http://shawnashenette.com/baby-photography/a-new-little-family-millbury-massachusetts-newborn-photographer/). Hudson is one of my baby-planners, so that means I get to see him grow during his first year, which is just so much fun! I love the little owl photo of him as a newborn (as do many people on Pinterest!). We actually took this set of photos back before the holidays, and his parents wanted to keep them a surprise for their holiday cards and other gifts. So, Hudson is really 9 months old now, but that doesn't mean that I can't share these adorable photos, right?

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Gorgeous Maternity Photo Session | Millbury, Massachusetts Maternity Photographer

I was thrilled to learn that Dani was expecting! I photographed her wedding to Rick last fall, and when I found out she was pregnant and wanted me to take some maternity photos for her, I literally jumped out of my chair. She is gorgeous and a photographer's dream model :). Even better, I was able to use the spectacular lighting in my new studio in Millbury. Here are a few from our session together!

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2013 FALL MINI SESSIONS | Massachusetts Family & Child Photographer

They're here!!! The super-popular Outdoor Fall Mini Photo Sessions! These quick sessions are great for those of you who want to create holiday gifts for friends and family members. Plus, the packages include customized Holiday Cards with envelopes. You'll have your holiday cards ready to go in November...imagine that! There are just three spots left: 4:30pm, 5:00pm and 5:30pm. If you are interested in booking one of the outdoor photo sessions, please contact me!

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My New Photography Studio! | Millbury, Massachusetts Photographer

I am so excited and thrilled to be moving to a brand new studio space! When I stumbled upon it a couple months ago, I immediately knew it was perfect for me and for my future plans of my photography business. While my home studio has served me well, it can be limiting.  This new space has everything that I need: plenty of gorgeous natural light, lots of room for a meeting area and my desk, and room for 4 separate shooting spaces. PERFECT! The new studio will be located in Millbury, MA in an old mill that is currently being renovated. The first floor is already full of some really amazing businesses, so I'm very excited to be joining the others in this up-and-coming space in my old hometown.

I snapped a few photos the other day. I know exactly how I want it to look, and I can't wait to share the progress with everyone. Believe it or not, I should be able to start shooting there in about a month, so this is definitely going to be a whirlwind.

Stay tuned for updates as my vision comes to life as well as a grand opening celebration!

 

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