Deirdre Rakus Photography: Blog https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Deirdre Rakus Photography (Deirdre Rakus Photography) Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:42:00 GMT Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:42:00 GMT https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1037403979-o671017759-50.jpg Deirdre Rakus Photography: Blog https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog 86 120 F Family Sneak Peek! | {Cape Cod Family Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/f-family-sneak-peek-cape-cod-family-photographer  

 

Nothing like a family portrait session on Cape Cod during the Summer!  I had such a wonderful time with this beautiful family as we took portraits first at their cottage and then over at a nearby beach.  The boys were so silly and fun - can't wait to share the entire gallery with them soon!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Child Photography Family Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/f-family-sneak-peek-cape-cod-family-photographer Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:42:19 GMT
Beautiful Home for Sale in Ayer Sneak Peek | {Ayer, MA Real Estate Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/beautiful-home-for-sale-in-ayer-sneak-peek-ayer-ma-real-estate-photographer I had such a wonderful time taking portraits of a beautiful home on Calvin Street in Ayer, MA.  This gorgeous home was just listed for sale and with its beautiful kitchen, large rooms and stunning yard, I'm sure it will sell quickly!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Real Estate Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/beautiful-home-for-sale-in-ayer-sneak-peek-ayer-ma-real-estate-photographer Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:43:27 GMT
Baby M Newborn Session Sneak Peek! | {Spencer, MA Newborn Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/baby-m-newborn-session-sneak-peek-spencer-ma-newborn-photographer I had such a wonderful time this past weekend taking portraits of the adorable Baby M!  It feels not long ago that we were taking W's baby portraits and now he's an incredible big brother!  Here is a quick sneak peek of this loving and beautiful family!

How adorable is this knit hat made especially for Baby M! Those eyelashes!! So handsome! This next portrait is for my buddy W as promised! ;)

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Newborn Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/baby-m-newborn-session-sneak-peek-spencer-ma-newborn-photographer Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:31:46 GMT
Bonnie + Gabe Engagement Session Sneak Peek | {Mendon, MA Engagement Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/bonnie-gabe-engagement-session-sneak-peek-mendon-ma-engagement-photographer I am so looking forward to photographing this gorgeous couple's wedding at the end of summer!  We met this past week at Southwick's Zoo where they will soon become Mr. & Mrs.  It was a beautiful day and capturing the love between these too was just wonderful.  I can't get over those eyes!!! Can't resist sharing some special portraits from our session!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Engagement Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/bonnie-gabe-engagement-session-sneak-peek-mendon-ma-engagement-photographer Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:20:22 GMT
C's 1st Birthday Cake Smash Sneak Peek! | {Grafton, MA Cake Smash Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/7/cs-1st-birthday-cake-smash-sneak-peek-grafton-ma-cake-smash-photographer I had such a lovely time with the handsome C and his beautiful family!  This little guy turned one and I had so much fun taking portraits for this special milestone session.  They came down to the studio on Grafton Common and we had a ball while this sweet little boy dug into his first cake!  I can't get over those adorable eyes and stunning smile - such a happy birthday boy!  

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Cake Smash Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/7/cs-1st-birthday-cake-smash-sneak-peek-grafton-ma-cake-smash-photographer Wed, 25 Jul 2018 21:56:17 GMT
G Family Newborn Session Sneak Peek | {Natick, MA Newborn Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/7/g-family-newborn-session-sneak-peek-natick-ma-newborn-photographer I'm so thrilled to share this beautiful newborn session!  Can't believe that full head of hair and sweet tiny toes!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Newborn Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/7/g-family-newborn-session-sneak-peek-natick-ma-newborn-photographer Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:59:45 GMT
V Family Maternity Mini Session | {Worcester, MA Maternity Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/6/v-family-maternity-mini-session-worcester-ma-maternity-photographer I had such a wonderful time with this stunning and sweet family recently for their maternity mini session!  It seems like just yesterday I was taking big brother G's newborn portraits, then first birthday cake smash... and now I can't wait to meet his new sibling when they arrive!  Here is a quick sneak peek of the beautiful family!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) Child Photography Family Photography Maternity Photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/6/v-family-maternity-mini-session-worcester-ma-maternity-photographer Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:38:53 GMT
Senior Prom Sneak Peek | {Worcester, MA Event Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/senior-prom-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-event-photographer I had such a wonderful time taking portraits of by beautiful niece and her lovely friends recently!  I had such pride watching their graduation from High School last night and can't resist sharing one more sneak peek before sending them the full gallery this week!  Congrats Class of 2018!!!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) event photography senior photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/senior-prom-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-event-photographer Thu, 31 May 2018 16:41:39 GMT
V Senior Prom Session Sneak Peek | {Worcester, MA Event Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/v-senior-prom-session-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-event-photographer I was so honored this past weekend to take Prom Portraits for my gorgeous niece, Violetka!  This smart, funny and stunning High School Senior is headed to Holy Cross in the Fall and she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  Here is a quick sneak peek - I am so excited to share more soon!

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) event photography prom photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/v-senior-prom-session-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-event-photographer Tue, 22 May 2018 01:53:11 GMT
G Family Maternity Session | {Worcester, MA Maternity & Newborn Photographer| https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/g-family-maternity-session-worcester-ma-maternity-newborn-photographer I had such a lovely time this past weekend with the gorgeous G Family!  It seems like just yesterday we were taking newborn portraits for their adorable little guy and now they are looking forward to their newest addition!  We met at their alma mater and explored the beautiful grounds.  Can't wait to share the maternity gallery with them soon, and looking forward to their next newborn session when they will officially be a family of 4! 

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) maternity photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/g-family-maternity-session-worcester-ma-maternity-newborn-photographer Wed, 09 May 2018 20:14:00 GMT
Apple Tree Arts Great Hall Gala 2018 Sneak Peek! | {Grafton, MA Events Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/apple-tree-arts-great-hall-gala-2018-sneak-peek-grafton-ma-events-photographer This past Saturday evening, Apple Tree Arts in Grafton, MA held their annual Great Hall Gala and it was nothing short of spectacular.  Guests spent a night at the Speakeasy and enjoyed live music, DJ for dancing, Grafton Grill and Peppers Artful Event's dining, cocktails and a silent auction.  I adored the stunning 20s attire of the guests, can't resist sharing a few sneak peeks from this fabulous event!  Many more to come soon!

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) event photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/apple-tree-arts-great-hall-gala-2018-sneak-peek-grafton-ma-events-photographer Wed, 02 May 2018 12:30:11 GMT
Baby H Sneak Peek | {Sudbury, MA Newborn Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/baby-h-sneak-peek-sudbury-ma-newborn-photographer I had such a wonderful time with the beautiful D Family and adore these two gorgeous little girls!  Can this stunning family get any sweeter!  It doesn't seem like too long ago we were taking big sisters newborn portraits and now she is taking on her important new role in such a great way!  Can't wait to share the entire gallery with them soon! 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) newborn photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/5/baby-h-sneak-peek-sudbury-ma-newborn-photographer Tue, 01 May 2018 16:47:23 GMT
Baby D Sneak Peek! | {Shrewsbury, MA Newborn Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/baby-d-sneak-peek-shrewsbury-ma-newborn-photographer I had such a wonderful time meeting this wonderful family!  They welcomed Baby D into the family and big brother E was super sweet and silly!  I so adore editing this baby's portraits!!  Love that beautiful head of hair! 

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) newborn photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/baby-d-sneak-peek-shrewsbury-ma-newborn-photographer Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:42:03 GMT
Baby G Newborn Sneak Peek | {Shrewsbury, MA Newborn Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/baby-g-newborn-sneak-peek-shrewsbury-ma-newborn-photographer I had such a lovely time this past weekend taking newborn portraits of sweet Baby G!  This handsome little guy was such an adorable bundle of snuggles - I even got a smile during our session. :)  Loving editing my new little buddy - can't wait to share the complete gallery with this wonderful family soon!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) newborn photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/baby-g-newborn-sneak-peek-shrewsbury-ma-newborn-photographer Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:12:07 GMT
NGES Photography EdCamp 2018 | {Grafton, MA Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/nges-photography-edcamp-2018-grafton-ma-photographer I had such a wonderful time this past week participating at NGES EdCamp 2018!

 

I held two classes where children ages Kindergarten and 1st Grade came together to learn all about photography.  We discussed what makes a great photographer (one brilliant girl said practice) and about how they are all great photographers as long as they love taking pictures. 

I originally brought my first professional camera for them to use, as it's older/less fragile than my current model, but to be honest all of the kids were so into photography and such great listeners they all had a chance to take portraits with both cameras.

We used a frame to learn how to compose portraits and they all earned their own photographer badge!  Below are the portraits they took right as class started, then after discussing the 'rule of thirds', lighting, storytelling and composition they took portraits again and the results are remarkable!  So very impressed with these talented students! (Note: any portraits of children's faces (aside from my own kids) and student names have been edited so they are not readable for privacy.)

 

First Round of Pictures, all of these are very beautiful, and I love how they walked around the classroom to select their photo subjects.

 

Second Round of Photos after looking at professional portraits, discussing rule of thirds and 'bokeh'!  I am so in awe of the way each student really focused into framing their second portraits and how stunning the results are.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these talented photos from EdCamp photography class! 

 

Now, to keep the fun going at home, try some of these wonderful photography adventures! :)

Photography Adventures at Home

20 STEPS : Go outside with family and your camera, take 20 steps together in any direction and stop.  Then, compose and frame a photo from where you are standing.  At the end of your walk, take a look at the photos you took showing your fun family adventure!

 

ONE THING: Pick just one thing (example: color blue, things that move, etc.) and search around your house and neighborhood taking photos that only include that one thing.  It’s a fun challenge to test creativity!

 

TOY STORY: Gather your favorite toys and create a story that they act out.  Take pictures of every scene.  At the end you can print them out and write a story to go along with it or keep it as a fun picture book.  Then snuggle up and read your custom book together!

 

DAY IN THE LIFE: Set a timer to go off every hour for one whole day.  Each time it goes off, grab your camera and take a photo of what you are doing.  This is super special if you do it each year as you grow!

 

HAPPY: Make a list of 5 things that make you happy and take pictures of them.  Then, share them with friends and loved ones, this one is sure to bring on lots of smiles! :)

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/nges-photography-edcamp-2018-grafton-ma-photographer Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:18:31 GMT
D Family Gender Reveal in the Studio! | {Grafton, MA Child Photography} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/3/d-family-gender-reveal-in-the-studio-grafton-ma-child-photography So beyond excited to share this wonderful studio session we recently had in the studio!  I'm trying to catch up on my blog posting as the fundraising sessions (and snow storms) kept me busy (and I wanted to give this family time to share the news themselves first) but I cannot resist sharing this wonderful family and their exciting news!

These brothers are so handsome and sweet!  Mom and I planned out some fun portrait session ideas together and she found the most charming shirts for the session!  I couldn't resist including some special confetti - mess and all, totally worth it! :)

Congratulations again to this beautiful family!!! So thrilled for you all!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) child photography family photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/3/d-family-gender-reveal-in-the-studio-grafton-ma-child-photography Wed, 28 Mar 2018 23:46:25 GMT
Sneak Peeks YMCA LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Fundraiser! https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sneak-peeks-ymca-livestrong-cancer-survivorship-fundraiser I can't begin to thank so many wonderful families for participating in this special YMCA LIVESTRONG Fundraiser Mini Sessions! 

I had such a great time with these sweet kids and their adorable buddies!  Looking forward to sharing the mini session galleries with their families soon and can't wait for the sessions booked this week!

On March 10th, I along with my amazing team, Spokes-Women (Kaitlyn, Beth, Amy, Heena & Maria), will be participating in the wonderful cycle-a-thon at YMCA Boroughs to benefit the LIVESTRONG program.  Spokes-Women Team Website: https://www.ymcaofcm.org/spokes-women/

Still can't get over all of the giggles and smiles from this weekend! :)

 

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) child photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sneak-peeks-ymca-livestrong-cancer-survivorship-fundraiser Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:48:02 GMT
Mini Session & YMCA LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Fundraiser! {March 3rd & By Appt | Grafton, MA} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/mini-session Screenshot

On March 10th, I along with my amazing team, Spokes-Women (Kaitlyn, Beth, Amy, Heena & Maria), will be participating in the wonderful cycle-a-thon at YMCA Boroughs to benefit the LIVESTRONG program.  This is a free 12 week health and well-being program for local cancer survivors and their families.

Spokes-Women Team Website: https://www.ymcaofcm.org/spokes-women/

To help raise funds for our team, join me this Saturday, March 3rd between 10:00am - 12:00pm (or until March 9th by appointment) at Deirdre Rakus Photography Studio, 2 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA, for a 15 minute mini session with your sweet children’s little loves!  Teddy Bears, Baby Dolls, Robot’s and more welcome! :)

My daughter asked for a newborn session for her little baby and it was such a fun session, I thought other children would love the chance to bring in their special loves for a session of them together!

* Your mini session, along with supporting a wonderful cause, will include a minimum of 3-5 digital images!  

* 100% of money raised will go directly to YMCA LIVESTRONG Program for cancer survivors, a place near and dear to my heart!

* A minimum donation of $20 is requested and more is always welcome towards this worthy cause!

* Space is limited, please call 508.728.5175 or email: deirdre@deirdrerakusphotography.com to reserve your spot!

 

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) child photography event photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/mini-session Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:10:26 GMT
February Break - Hours Change for the Week https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/february-break---hours-change-for-the-week Please note, my hours will be different because of February Break this week. I look forward to the sessions booked this week and hope everyone enjoys the warmer weather.

 

Prepping for a session this afternoon that involves balloons and confetti - can't wait!!!

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/february-break---hours-change-for-the-week Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:46:21 GMT
Jenny + Tom Engagement Session Sneak Peek | {Worcester, MA Wedding & Engagement Photographer} https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/jenny-tom-engagement-session-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-wedding-engagement-photographer I had such a wonderful time this past weekend taking engagement portraits for Jenny and Tom!  I've known Tom for years in the photography world as we've shot many weddings together, and when they asked me to be their wedding photographer this coming September, I was truly honored.  Jenny is so sweet and beautiful - I can't get over her gorgeous eyes!!! They are so in love and it clearly shows in their portraits - I'm so excited for their big day!  Here is a quick sneak peek of their session!  More to come soon! :)

 

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(Deirdre Rakus Photography) engagement photography https://www.deirdrerakusphotography.com/blog/2018/2/jenny-tom-engagement-session-sneak-peek-worcester-ma-wedding-engagement-photographer Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:04:03 GMT