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. My book release date is May 2017. So there is plenty of time to pre-order your copy. The more pre-orders I get, the more successful the book will be.

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…storytelling portrait photography

  • 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


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.