Massachusetts Family Photographer | My 2021 Plan

Can you believe we made it?! We survived 2020 (just barely!). What.a.year. Soon, I will be returning to my day job (I’m a Reading Specialist in the Watertown Public Schools), and several returning clients have already reached out about 2021 availability. SO, after much waffling, here’s the plan.

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January is my last month of leave, and I’d love to book a couple more sessions. BUT, I am only comfortable booking outdoor sessions as Covid numbers continue to rise here in Massachusetts. Outdoor winter sessions are a good option for maternity clients, or adventurous families whose children do well in colder temperatures. My schedule is lighter and I’m usually able to play a date by ear so we can find a day that’s not absolutely freezing.

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February and March

February is my last month on leave and as of now, I still have room for two more sessions. If you’re interested in a cozy winter session or a magical snowy session, please reach out ASAP! In March I have two sessions booked for the end of the month, but otherwise booking is closed since I will be returning to teaching on the 1st and I want to take things easy as I transition back.

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Spring will be in sight and I’m already dreaming of warmer days! April weekends are now closed for booking but I may open up one weekday evening session during my April vacation, depending on how things feel in March. I’ll make an announcement on Instagram and Facebook if I decide to do this!

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May/June and September-December

SO, this fall I tested out something new. I booked two families back-to-back every Saturday for 45-minute sessions. By shortening my session length slightly, I was able to see twice as many families and still provide large galleries without leaving my house twice as much. It worked out beautifully and I’m going to re-instate this model in May. This is good news as it means that even though I will only book three Saturdays each month, it doesn’t necessarily mean I will only see three families. However, if a newborn session is booked for a particular Saturday, then I will not book any families that evening. If you are interested in both 45-minute slots, you’ll have the option to book a Premium Session. This type of session will give us the time and flexibility to explore and include a greater variety of backdrops. Grandparents are also welcome to join! September through December will look like May and June. In May, I currently have the 8th and the 22nd available. In June, I have two remaining Saturdays (your choice of the 5th, the 19th, or the 26th).

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July and August

While not always a favorite due to the heat, this is when I’m going to have the most availability each year. Our family will be up on Lake Winni from July 10th-13th, but I am otherwise available and open for booking! I plan on booking each Saturday and one weekday session all summer. I’d also love to book a couple of fresh 48 sessions if Covid is more under control by then, too! Lastly, I plan to reserve two nights in August for back-to-back 30-minute sessions.

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If you’re interested in a 2021 session, I encourage you to check out my packages/pricing page and my FAQ page. Returning clients will be extended a $50 discount and payment plans are available for both new and existing customers.

I hope to see many familiar faces and meet some new ones, too! <3




Oh hey! I’m Melissa, a Boston family & newborn photographer, but I like to refer to myself as a toddler-whispering, child-taming, photographic ninja.