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

Outdoor Family Photographer

Outdoor Family Photographer

It was great to see this family again after a few years. Now that their oldest is getting ready to head off to college, it was a perfect time to get a new set of family and children’s portraits before he leaves.  It was a gorgeous early summer day for their session at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury which is located about 1.5 miles from my Sudbury Photography Studios.  Here are many favorites from their outdoor family photography session.

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Newborn Photography Workshop

Newborn Photography Workshop

Newborn Photography Workshop Saturday June 25th 9am-5pm

Spend the day with Master Photographer, Paula Swift as she shares over 21+ years of experience as a professional photographer. Get hands-on as you learn studio lighting for newborn sessions. While many photographers are teaching natural or constant light in this area, Paula shows how and why studio lighting is her way to go. You’ll also learn how to prepare for a shoot, including client consultation, props and light set ups. Explore techniques to help throughout the session such as soothing and safety tips, posing for both family and baby, how to put everyone at ease, as well as lenses and lighting methods that work beautifully for baby sessions.

Take advantage of Paula’s expertise and experience to learn more about newborns and how to photograph them beautifully, using light properly!

Date: Saturday June 25th, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 5pm

Items to Bring: Note-taking materials, DSLR zoom lens and/or macro lens, camera is not mandatory if you are just starting out, a sack lunch/snacks or money for lunch

Cost: $199 until June 22nd

Location:
Paula Swift Photography, Inc.
730 Boston Post Road, Suite 29
Sudbury, MA 01701
978-261-5266

We will have at least one newborn to photograph during the class.

Small class environment and limited to 10 photographers.

Who should attend: A photographer just starting out to a seasoned pro. If you are looking to get into Newborn Photography this will cover the basics from studio lighting, how to prep clients , newborn safety and posing. You can sit back and watch or take your own photos. Models will be released for portfolios.

To register for this class email Paula
paula@paulaswift.com

Registration open until June 22nd, 2016 for $199. Late registration is $229 after June 22nd, 2016 until June 24th, 2016.

Reviews on this newborn photography workshop:

This class was perfect for me. Exactly what I needed to get more insight into newborn photography. Just awesome!!!!

“OMG! it was amazing! I loved it! Paula you are so pleasant and knowledgeable. The class was fun, interesting and loved the fact you gave us the opportunity to practice and to see how you work. Thank you so much for sharing so many tips! I am going back for more!”

“Fantastic class!! I’m about to dive in and edit up the photos I took…thanks so much for the knowledge and experience you shared!

Awesome class, I highly suggest going. I attended the class last fall and had a blast.

“Paula was so open about her newborn photography knowledge.  What she taught in class was AMAZING!  I learned so much in this one class and can’t wait to try everything I learned how to do on my next newborn session.”

“I highly recommend this class if you really want to get a better understanding on newborn photography.  Learning how to photograph newborns using the right light and learn how to pose safely, was priceless to me.”

“What I learned in person with Paula, I could of never gotten from watching an online video. Take her class!”

Here are some recent images created during Paula’s May 9th, 2016 Newborn Photography Workshop.

behind the scenes_newborn_0516_02_webAre you looking for a newborn photography workshop?  Are you a photography looking to grow your skills in the newborn photography field or learn how to photograph newborns? Paula Swift Photography offers a beautiful studio for newborns and new families in Sudbury, Framingham and Boston Metrowest.  Paula knows how to light a newborn correctly with her professional photography experience for over 21 years, she has been teaching Professional Photographers since 2014 on newborn and her photojournalism skills.  Paula Swift has been a professional photographer for 21 years. Paula Swift Photography featured as Boston’s Best Family Photography by CBS Boston in 2015.  Paula Ferazzi Swift also offers photography classes on her newborn photography and photojournalism through the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts and Professional Photographers of America Super One Day courses and privately through her studio. Paula holds two college degrees in the field of photography. She was  staff photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, MA for 10 years. She opened her portrait photography business in 2004 in Framingham, Mass and then moved her studio it Sudbury, Mass a suburb of Boston Metrowest in 2013.

Boston Outdoor Family Photographer

Boston Outdoor Family Photographer

It was a beautiful spring morning at the Boston Public Gardens for this adorable little man and his parents. I love sitting back and capturing story-telling images of a family.  They forget I am there, and  have fun in front of my cameras. Its all about staying back and letting them enjoy one another while documenting timeless treasured photographs that will be shared for generations.  Here are many favorites from their Boston Outdoor Family Photography session.

Dedham PhotographerChild Photographer FraminghamBest Family PhotographerBaby Photographer BostonOutdoor Portraits Public GardensNeedham PhotographerArlington PhotographerChildrenFamily Photographer BostonLexington PhotographerNatick PhotographerWeston Family PhotographerAre looking for an Outdoor Boston Family Photographer or a photographer in Framingham, Sudbury, Wellesley, Marlboroough, 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