H Family | Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

While I was down “home” for Christmas – I had the lovely opportunity to take pictures for these two.  We had a cold, overcast day, but that didn’t discourage us.  We headed out to a perfect little wooded spot and had a great time.  Mrs.H here has gone through quite the transformation lately – she’s lost over 100lbs and is totally rocking it!  When I think back on their session, the first word that comes to mind is “Love”  It is so clear how much they care for each other.

The second half of the session featured their sweet fur babies.  I admit, I was a little obsessed with their pug.  That face!


January 24, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Melinda Herring - Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures of us and our fur babies! Much framing will ensue!

M Family | Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

I was so busy this fall, that blogging all of my sessions really never happened.  I am going to try to add those sessions over the coming weeks.

This family has a special place in my heart.  My friend was one of the first people to ever invite me to come shoot for them.  I shot pictures for her daughter’s first birthday party while I was still very green and very much learning.  She, and her family, have been such great supporters and I’m always thankful for the opportunity to capture them!  They are certainly a fun crowd 🙂


2014 | Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

Happy New Year!

I have some very exciting news to share with everyone. Drumroll please…

Shachmut Photography is officially open for business!!!!!

If you would have told me – 5 years ago that I would be opening a photography business one day, I would have assured you that would not be the case.

There are a lot of things I’ve “become” in life that I maybe didn’t always anticipate. A black belt, a school psychologist, prom queen (yep, tiara and all, ha!), even a mother. But, small business owner? It’s not something that I really ever considered.

Until last year.

In January of 2013, I started thinking about it. Abstractly. I did a little research, made pretend plans in my head. Then, I had a baby and everything got put on hold. But, by the time fall rolled around, I was over my head in sessions and loving it. That sealed the deal – I needed to give this a shot.

So, I got my paper work together, dotted my i’s and crossed by t’s and VOILA. I got a business license – and officially opened my doors as of 1/1/14

I’m over the moon about it. Really.

I have some big ideas for this year. I’m excited to meet new clients, to grow in my own photography, to continue to learn and challenge myself, and to capture beautiful moments for anyone that will have me.

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me thus far. The fun has just begun!


Here is a quick iPhone shot I had somebody take of me and the girls the day we got our license.  It just so happened to be on my birthday!  Pretty great present, right?


Baby O – Cake Smash | Newton, MA Children and Family Photographer

I cannot even tell you how cute this kid is.  Seriously.  I spent the entire shoot trying not to eat him up.  I was so happy to be invited to do another out door cake smash session – these are SO much fun!  Mom was super crafty and came prepared with balloons and bubbles and cake and wardrobe changes and props.  It was every photographers dream, ha.  We had so much fun doing this shoot, and I just love some of the images we got.

Oh, and poor baby wasn’t so sure about the cake, lol.  He eventually came around though 😉  Happy Birthday Baby O



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