not just a Black Friday Sale

not just a Black Friday Sale


not just a  Black Friday Sale

$99 Studio Sessions
January, February & March 2017

with Paula Swift Photography, Inc.
Valid on January, February and March 2017
Studio Sessions booked by December 1st, 2016 for $99

Perfect for Newborns, Family, Maternity
and Children Photography Sessions
Limited Availability – Limited to 6 family members per session
Email paula@paulaswift.com for more info and to
reserve your session date.

$99 Session Fee is for time of the session only. No prints, digital images or products are included.
To review our Prints, Digital Images and Product Pricing Please CLICK HERE

Session Fee Must be received by December 1st, 2016
Session to take place by March 31st, 2017 in our Sudbury, MA studio
(no exceptions)

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Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., CPP,  is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer and an international award winning photographer working in the Metrowest area of Boston specializing in the art of capturing images of children, their families and relationships that couples share in front of her cameras  You will find Paula’s professional photography studio in Sudbury, MA.

Paula is an award-winning and nationally-recognized photographer for her published work in newspapers and magazines.   She has been nominated for and won several national and international awards including the recognition of her and the photography staff at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as finalists for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their coverage of the Worcester Warehouse fire that killed six Worcester, MA firefighters. Paula has won National Press Photographers Association, New England Associated Press Editors Association awards for her photojournalism work as well as local advertising awards for her photography. She is  a member of such professional organizations as the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers Association of  Massachusetts and American Society of Photographers .

In 2009 Paula was the recipient of the Hallmark Award for best color portrait, Kodak Gallery Portrait Award , the highest scoring portrait print, judges choice ribbon and 3 blue merit ribbons at the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts annual print competition. In 2010,  2011, 2102, 2013 and 2014.  Paula’s work was recognized and awarded the highest honor of Loan Collection and General Collection at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.  Recently Paula Swift Photography was featured by CBS Boston as one of the best Boston Family Photographers. Paula continues grow her craft through education and love for photography by attending professional photography seminars, workshops and started sharing knowledge through speaking at seminars in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Her work has been published in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and Esquire.

In 2015, Paula Swift began teaching other photographers through the Professional Photographer’s of America Super One Day classes about her newborn photography. She is also speaking throughout New England on her photojournalism experience and how she incorporates that unique career into her everyday portrait photography work for clients in the Boston area.

Paula who grew up in Longmeadow, MA currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband Chris and their three sons Ryan, Trevor, and Logan … her inspirations.

Holiday Mini Sessions

Holiday Mini Sessions

Holiday Themed Studio Mini Sessions are BACK!

WHAT: 30 minute Holiday Photography Session

WHEN: Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd, 2016 Only

WHERE: Paula Swift Photography Studio
730 Boston Post Road ( Rt 20), Sudbury, Mass.

COST: $375.oo includes 30 minutes in studio and 5 Digital Images of your choice
to be viewed 4 days after your session.
Digital Images that you choose will then be sent via a download service so you have them quickly.

This year’s set is perfect for children in their PJs.

Set is best for children 6 months and up.
Limited to 5 people due to the size of this
“Holiday Bedroom Set”

email paula@paulaswift.com  to book a time.  Limited availability.

50% of the session fee ($375) is due as a retainer to book your date/time.
The remainder will be due right after your session.

 

holiday mini sessions

 

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Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., CPP,  is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer and an international award winning photographer working in the Metrowest area of Boston specializing in the art of capturing images of children, their families and relationships that couples share in front of her cameras  You will find Paula’s professional photography studio in Sudbury, MA.

Paula is an award-winning and nationally-recognized photographer for her published work in newspapers and magazines.   She has been nominated for and won several national and international awards including the recognition of her and the photography staff at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as finalists for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their coverage of the Worcester Warehouse fire that killed six Worcester, MA firefighters. Paula has won National Press Photographers Association, New England Associated Press Editors Association awards for her photojournalism work as well as local advertising awards for her photography. She is  a member of such professional organizations as the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers Association of  Massachusetts and American Society of Photographers .

In 2009 Paula was the recipient of the Hallmark Award for best color portrait, Kodak Gallery Portrait Award , the highest scoring portrait print, judges choice ribbon and 3 blue merit ribbons at the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts annual print competition. In 2010,  2011, 2102, 2013 and 2014.  Paula’s work was recognized and awarded the highest honor of Loan Collection and General Collection at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.  Recently Paula Swift Photography was featured by CBS Boston as one of the best Boston Family Photographers. Paula continues grow her craft through education and love for photography by attending professional photography seminars, workshops and started sharing knowledge through speaking at seminars in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Her work has been published in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and Esquire.

In 2015, Paula Swift began teaching other photographers through the Professional Photographer’s of America Super One Day classes about her newborn photography. She is also speaking throughout New England on her photojournalism experience and how she incorporates that unique career into her everyday portrait photography work for clients in the Boston area.

Paula who grew up in Longmeadow, MA currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband Chris and their three sons Ryan, Trevor, and Logan … her inspirations.

Tips for a Stress-Free Photography Session

Tips for a Stress-Free Photography Session

You always hear how stressed parents are about booking a photography session that includes their children (young and old).  What if they don’t smile, what if they cry, what if they just won’t sit still?

I’m here to tell you to RELAX – photography sessions can be fun! It’s so important that you capture these fleeting memories of your family and children to have for generations to come.

I’m a mom to three boys and have been a professional photographer since 1995.  I started young age of 23 right after receiving a photography degrees. So I understand the stress and the importance of photographing your family the best and easiest way as possible.

I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips that will help you get the most out of your  photography session with the least amount of stress. Whether it’s with Paula Swift Photography, another photographer or if you attempt this yourself.

Plan ahead: This is key to capturing your children naturally with the least amount of stress. Avoid nap time or that time of the day when your children might not be at their best – better know in my house as the “bewitching ” hour. If your children are sick the day you planned your shoot – POSTPONE IT. Trust me, if your children don’t feel well and are cranky it will show in the final portraits – it’s just not worth the stress.

That’s a key in my photography sessions: NO STRESS!

Dress for Success: Plan the clothing out ahead of time.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ll be wearing your holiday best or a more casual timeless look – you need to plan it out!  Stay away from loud large logos or clothing that clashes. The “rainbow look” for families went out with the 1980s,  always consider timeless apparel. Dress your children in clothing that’s comfortable and that fits them properly. It’s always best to try on the clothing before the shoot…not the day of the shoot. Nothing is worse than ripping off the price tags as you arrive at the photography session and learn that the clothing doesn’t fit your child properly.  If your session is planned for outdoors dress appropriately for the weather. If its cold outside dress them in layers or in coats that compliment their outfits. If its hot out, make sure they won’t get over heated. Another key thing in my photography is comfort. If you’re children are comfortable in their clothes they’ll be happy and content which makes my job easier.
Remember not everyone has to match but its best that everyone has coordinating colors in their outfits.  Remember, you want your portraits to be about your children, not their clothing. Unless you’re going with a fun idea that features the outfit – then go for it.

Have Fun: Stress is normal but don’t let it dominate the day. Once you’ve stressed about your clothing before the big day – Let the stress go & enjoy your session. If your children feel your stress for getting the perfect photo, they will be stressed too. I can assure you that if you bring stress to the session the shoot won’t go as planned. Let your children be themselves. Let them laugh, crying or run around – this is what tells the story of your child so don’t try to control the environment. If things aren’t going well in the studio (or your home), take them outdoors where they can be themselves. Local parks, playing in the leaves, at the beach (if you’re in a warmer climate) and at play always help children feel more comfortable.

Props: These can be helpful but don’t let them take over the photo. I prefer simple things like a wagon, old suit case and tricycle. Anything for young children to sit on or in and keep them interested in the session. Depending on the time of year; leaves, apples, balloons ( no mylar shiny ones) and even bubbles are awesome little props.  These can help young children to feel comfortable during the photo shoot as well.

I love to capture my three children all year long at the beach, in the leaves and in the snow.   I love showing friends and family what my children look like without having to worry about it if they are all looking at the camera smiling. I love to show emotion in my images, this can include those hugs, giggles and even pouts children my show during our time together.

Give them something to do: Holding hands and walking, playing ring-around-the-rosey, or even just sitting singing their favorite song takes the edge off and offers those natural smiles and contagious giggles that I love.

Include your family pets:  They are just as much as a part of your family as you and your children are. Dogs, cats and even pet pigs have been part of Paula Swift Photography sessions. If your family pet is skittish or not allowed outdoors. Sessions can be done at your home.  Including pets, allows children to feel relaxed and adds a fun element to a session. When a dog doesn’t sit still for very long, giggles pop up from children. When they hug , pet or even talk their pets for a walk during their sessions, this gives a more storytelling appeal to your photographs.

DIYers: For those of you attempting to capture your children yourselves turn off the flash. Use natural light indoors and out.

Be sure to get down to your children’s level. I like to lay on my belly and look up at them or have them lay down. Use creative high & low angles and get up close capture their faces and expressions.

Never shoot in full sunlight because it causes squinting and raccoon eyes. Turn the sun to their backs or find a better time of the day when the sun isn’t as strong. Or find nice open shade area. If there are leaves  on the trees there is shade usually most times of they day. What is open shade? This means pulling your children out a bit from the shade until you see a pop of light in their eyes. You need open sky in front of them, stay away from the deep woods.  Foliage is great, but pull them out  and away from that bright orange and yellow tree, so they don’t turn orange and yellow from the colors all around them.

Finally, don’t force your children to get their pictures taken. Any parent knows that the more you try to get them to do something the more they’ll resist. Try to make it fun and of course a little bribery reward goes a long way. I know first hand with my three busy boys a special treat for those adorable smiles work very well.

Remember to be in your photos too. The biggest complaint I hear each time I photograph a session, “I haven’t been in any photos with my kids since they were born”.  Please get in your photos, for your kids, for their memories. They don’t care how your hair looks or that you need to loose that 20lbs of baby weight.  They want you to be in the photos too!

Enjoy your photography  session and remember to have fun. You are capturing memories that you will look back at and thank yourselves for doing.

I hope you find these tips helpful for your photography session. Please feel free to leave anything ideas that have work for you in the comment area.

Here are some  photography session examples that I feel show my style and how much fun families and their children have during their time with me. Even if it’s just for one hour once a year. Memories are being bottled up and hung on their walls to showcase how special their family is.

I also have a photography book coming out in February 2017 that will showcase these type of photographs and how I captured them.  Storytellling Portrait Photography – How to Document the Lives of Family and Children is available on Amazon today for pre-orders. Click here to View and Order.

Each page will showcase a favorite image and give the behind the scenes look into what it took to capture that storytelling moment. This may include…

  • How to capture those unexpected moments
  • How to get shy children to warm up to you
  • How to keep children involved in their photography session
  • Use of props to keep the session looking natural
  • How to incorporate pets
  • How to capture children on the go
  • How to let children be themselves during a session
  • Learn how to sit back and watch a moment happen
  • My favorite gear to used at sessionsstorytelling_portrait_photography_book

 

Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., CPP,  is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer and an international award winning photographer working in the Metrowest area of Boston specializing in the art of capturing images of children, their families and relationships that couples share in front of her cameras  You will find Paula’s professional photography studio in Sudbury, MA.

Paula is an award-winning and nationally-recognized photographer for her published work in newspapers and magazines.   She has been nominated for and won several national and international awards including the recognition of her and the photography staff at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as finalists for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their coverage of the Worcester Warehouse fire that killed six Worcester, MA firefighters. Paula has won National Press Photographers Association, New England Associated Press Editors Association awards for her photojournalism work as well as local advertising awards for her photography. She is  a member of such professional organizations as the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers Association of  Massachusetts and American Society of Photographers .

In 2009 Paula was the recipient of the Hallmark Award for best color portrait, Kodak Gallery Portrait Award , the highest scoring portrait print, judges choice ribbon and 3 blue merit ribbons at the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts annual print competition. In 2010,  2011, 2102, 2013 and 2014.  Paula’s work was recognized and awarded the highest honor of Loan Collection and General Collection at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.  Recently Paula Swift Photography was featured by CBS Boston as one of the best Boston Family Photographers. Paula continues grow her craft through education and love for photography by attending professional photography seminars, workshops and started sharing knowledge through speaking at seminars in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Her work has been published in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and Esquire.

In 2015, Paula Swift began teaching other photographers through the Professional Photographer’s of America Super One Day classes about her newborn photography. She is also speaking throughout New England on her photojournalism experience and how she incorporates that unique career into her everyday portrait photography work for clients in the Boston area.

Paula who grew up in Longmeadow, MA currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband Chris and their three sons Ryan, Trevor, and Logan … her inspirations.

Storytelling Portrait Photography Book

Storytelling Portrait Photography Book

I’m very excited to announce my Storytelling Portrait Photography Book is now on Amazon for Pre-Order HERE!     I can’t wait to share how I use my photojournalism skills to capture fun and storytelling images of children and families at each session I photographed.

Each page will showcase a favorite image and give the behind the scenes into what it took to capture that storytelling moment. This may include…

  • How to capture those unexpected moments
  • How to get shy children to warm up to you
  • How to keep children involved in their photography session
  • Use of props to keep the session looking natural
  • How to incorporate pets
  • How to capture children on the go
  • How to let children be themselves during a session
  • Learn how to sit back and watch a moment happen
  • My favorite gear to used at sessions

“Photojournalists are trained to scout important events, capture mood and emotion, predict peak action, and create images that, in an instant, tell a compelling and memorable story. In this book, award-winning photojournalist Paula Ferazzi Swift (from Framingham, MA) shows readers how she adapted her photojournalistic approach to create a thriving family portrait business. In an increasingly competitive market, professional portrait photographers need to hone their skills to capture heirloom-quality images that are a step above the rest. With the tips in this book, readers will learn how to use — or cultivate — a photojournalist’s precision capture skills to chronicle family moments that matter.

Ferazzi Swift offers ideas for creating a strong and lasting client connection, eliciting memorable moments, finding storytelling locations, inspiring natural action and reactions, and capturing the inter-relationships between siblings and between children and their parents. Armed with the skills in this book, photographers will be able to capture more genuine, charming, memorable, and expressive portraits that truly depict the family’s interests, the subject’s personalities, milestone moments, meaningful locations, and the unique bond the family shares.”  -Amherst Media

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Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., CPP,  is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer and an international award winning photographer working in the Metrowest area of Boston specializing in the art of capturing images of children, their families and relationships that couples share in front of her cameras  You will find Paula’s professional photography studio in Sudbury, MA.

Paula is an award-winning and nationally-recognized photographer for her published work in newspapers and magazines.   She has been nominated for and won several national and international awards including the recognition of her and the photography staff at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as finalists for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their coverage of the Worcester Warehouse fire that killed six Worcester, MA firefighters. Paula has won National Press Photographers Association, New England Associated Press Editors Association awards for her photojournalism work as well as local advertising awards for her photography. She is  a member of such professional organizations as the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers Association of  Massachusetts and American Society of Photographers .

In 2009 Paula was the recipient of the Hallmark Award for best color portrait, Kodak Gallery Portrait Award , the highest scoring portrait print, judges choice ribbon and 3 blue merit ribbons at the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts annual print competition. In 2010,  2011, 2102, 2013 and 2014.  Paula’s work was recognized and awarded the highest honor of Loan Collection and General Collection at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.  Recently Paula Swift Photography was featured by CBS Boston as one of the best Boston Family Photographers. Paula continues grow her craft through education and love for photography by attending professional photography seminars, workshops and started sharing knowledge through speaking at seminars in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Her work has been published in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and Esquire.

In 2015, Paula Swift began teaching other photographers through the Professional Photographer’s of America Super One Day classes about her newborn photography. She is also speaking throughout New England on her photojournalism experience and how she incorporates that unique career into her everyday portrait photography work for clients in the Boston area.

Paula who grew up in Longmeadow, MA currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband Chris and their three sons Ryan, Trevor, and Logan … her inspirations.

Fun Family Photos at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill

Fun Family Photos at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill

It was amazing seeing this family again and their adorable daughter. We first met 3 years ago in Framingham for their fall photography session at Cushing Memorial Park, which was a gorgeous session. Fast forward to earlier this summer as we had their beautiful photography session at the historic Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury.  What a fun time we had together, from playing in the fields, blowing dandelions, bubbles and lots of hugs and snuggles with mom and dad. It was a perfect session!

Here are some favorites from their Fun Family Session at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill

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Are looking for a photography session at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury or a photographer in Framingham, Sudbury, Wellesley, Marlborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boston, Shrewsbury, Sherborn, Wayland, Brookline , Cambridge, Natick, a Medfield or in Metrowest ? Outdoor photography sessions are perfect to capture this little moments family and children share with one another.  Please visit Paula Swift Photography – www.paulaswift.com to find out more information about booking a outdoor fall family photography session. Paula Ferazzi Swift is a Master Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer with over 21 years of professional photography experience. Featured as Boston’s Best Family Photographer by CBS Boston in 2015, Paula Swift Photography offers creative, story-telling and beautiful images of children and families.

The Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, Mass. is an amazing location for your professional photography sessions. For a small donation of $25 we that goes to the Wayside Inn Organization, we can book your session for this beautiful and historical location. Paula Swift, a former staff photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper in Worcester, MA also holds two college degrees in the field of photography. Paula Swift Photography has won awards for her newborn, baby, children, family, maternity and high school photography through the Professional Photographers of America, and Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts . You will find Paula Swift Photography’s beautiful new studio in Sudbury MA just about 20 miles west of the city of Boston. Paula Swift also travels throughout Massachusetts and New England for on location sessions.

Paula’s photography specialties include maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography, children photography, family photography, high school senior photography engagement photography, sports photography, and freelance photojournalism. Boston Family Photographer, MA Child Photographer and Award-winning Boston Photojournalist, Paula Swift Photography offers a wide range of photography skills for all her sessions. “Paula Swift Photography the best photography in Sudbury MA – Metrowest Boston.” Choose a Professional Photographer with Experience and Skills to capture your special memories. 2014 Photographer of the Year Bronze Medalist by the Professional Photographers of America. www.ppa.com