10 on 10 – blog circle| Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

It is HARD to pick only 10 of my favorite images this month.  Between two family and newborn sessions, plus trying to shoot daily for my own family – there are a lot of options.  I’ll do my best to represent a good mix.  Enjoy!


Thanks for looking!  Now go check out my friend Maura’s picks for the month over at Maura Joyce Photography

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  • Sally Sosler - Laura, these are all beautiful! I just love the splashing in the puddles! Oh, to be a carefree child! Sometimes I put on my rain boots and join my kids splashing around.ReplyCancel

  • Olga - Love the images of a girl in rain boots and the last one with all the sun flare. Beautiful. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Olga - Love the image of a girl in rain boots and the last one with all the sun flare. Beautiful. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Maura - Love each and every one, Laura. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Petersen - Great variety of shots! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Every single image is beautiful, Laura. My favorite is definitely the last one – the flare and the light is just perfect.ReplyCancel

My Everyday – Blog Circle | Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

Afternoon playtime with my middle little. IMG_6841IMG_6861IMG_6867IMG_6871IMG_6877IMG_6887IMG_6917IMG_6928IMG_6953IMG_6969IMG_6983IMG_6987IMG_7001IMG_7004


Thanks for stopping by!  Continue through the blog circle by going to visit Elaine Simonsen of Bless Your Heart Photography

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  • Jessica Svoboda - Oh I just love these. Such BEAUTIFUL use of light. My favorites I think are the ones of your daughter with the little bucket on her head. hehehe. way too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Lynn Photography - Laura, these are fantastic. Love. The. Flare. And the details are to die for.

    Too funny about the beanie boos! Their eyes are so cute, and creepy! 🙂 The names your little ones chose are great! My daughter also carefully evaluates the names on the tags determining whether or not they fit each little pet perfectly. 🙂

    Thank you for the kind words! I used my nifty 50 for most of them, except the last two. Those were shot with my 70-200 2.8.ReplyCancel

Letters to our Daughters |Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

To my girls,


You have something special. You are too young to recognize it yet, but I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to nourish and grow this special thing between the three of you.  This special thing is the bond you share as sisters.


2014-02-16_0009The bond between sisters is whispered at night when you’re supposed to be sleeping. It’s the look of mutual understanding you give each other when your parents are acting weird. It’s using your secret language and giggling when I try to ask what you’re saying. It’s offering your favorite toy when the other is sad. It’s swapping food at the dinner table and sharing popcorn on the couch. It’s washing each other’s hair in the bath and endless hours playing My Little Pony.

2014-02-16_0012As you grow older, you’ll bicker and fight. You’ll take sides, complain and, I imagine, slam doors and yell. It’s the way of things. But, the second one of you is in trouble, or needs defending, or needs cheering – you’ll be the first line of defense for each other. Few people will understand you as thoroughly as a sister and few people will be able to love and support you the way a sister can.  No matter the circumstances of life, you are in a club of your own.  2014-02-16_0011

I pray often that you all grow to maintain the happy, giggly, loving relationship you share now. From the oldest sister- always wanting to protect, guide, and take care of you younger girls to my sweet middle girl, who I imagine, will be the one who keeps you on your toes, but laughing the whole time. And of course our littlest  will be the one chasing after you older girls, trying to copy all that you do.  Take it all in stride.  You each have an important part to play in the lives of the others.  You are all so different, but made of the same materials.  Love each other and cherish your sisterhood as I cherish each of you.


2014-02-16_0008You are so blessed with each other, and I am beyond blessed to be your mom.  I love watching you play.  I love watching you bond.  I love watching you grow as sisters.

Love you always,


To read more letters – continue around our blog circle by visiting Sneha Senjalia at Pretty in Pic Photography



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  • Sneha S. - Oh my gosh! what adorable girls and what a beautiful letter.ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Gorgeous light!!! Your girls have so much character in their smiles – loved reading about their closeness!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Shachmut - Thanks so much Sneha 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Yazmin - Oh my goodness – so sweet! And I love the photos… the girls and the light are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Shachmut - Thanks for stopping by Jana! I’m partial to their smiles too. 😉
    Thank you Yazmin!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca - Oh my your girls are so gorgeous! I love all of it! This is how I always imagined having a sister would be like.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Beautiful photos and beautiful girls! The bond between sisters is such a special thing. Your girls are very lucky to have each other.ReplyCancel

  • Lila - What a beautiful letter! Sibling relationships are so fun to watch as they grow.ReplyCancel

Baby A |Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

A few weeks ago, my first client of 2014 arrived in this world.  I was invited to come capture her newness and I was so happy to be able to do so. The A must stand for “awake”  This sweet girl did not close her eyes for more than a blink during the entire time I was there.  All of our attempts to feed, swaddle, rock, cuddle, and lull fell by the wayside as Baby A didn’t want to miss a minute of the action.  Her big beautiful eyes were taking in everything and everyone the entire time.  Despite being awake for so long, she was so easy going and we took our time capturing all of the little details of her newness.


Baby A is a lucky girl and was surrounded by her immediate and extended family.  I fell a little bit in love with great-grandmother.  She was visiting from China and she had one of these storytelling faces that I could study all day.  She didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak any Chinese.  But, the language of doting-grandmother is universal and it was heartwarming to watch.  Great-grandomther brought this little noisemaker for Baby A and used it to soothe/distract/entertain her.  I loved watching their interactions. 2014-02-15_0004 And to Baby A’s parents, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to capture such a beautiful family.  May all of your days be filled with love.

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10 on 10 – blog circle| Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

It’s another blog circle!  This time, we will be posting our favorite 10 pictures taken over the previous month.  I’m happy to share these with you.

12005171814_3429e827b5_o12005623366_13ff04b2ea_o12021314465_20c7810b83_o12021374175_947d973c36_o12022307936_7d16cc10db_o12143892196_5fecdca67e_o12244482206_7e29f60fb2_o12375764175_f0e7e1fce8_oIMG_3013Shachmut-1Thanks for stopping by – now continue through the circle by checking out Olga Dukach of Gleam Photography’s favorite pictures!



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  • Jennifer - Beautiful work Laura. I really enjoyed each image. Just love the joy and expressions in the first two images.ReplyCancel