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First Ski | February 2018

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First Ski | February 2018

This beautiful family invited me to come capture their family vacation and their sweet kiddos' first ski. Total dream come true. So much love, across the board, across the generations. Grands and aunts and uncles, of my. xo

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Summer Baby

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Summer Baby

Oh, the sweetness of summer. To put your feet in the sand and splash in the ocean. To sip homemade lemonade and come home exhausted from camp. To wander from room to room with your new, little babe, adoring him and pouring over every feature and face he makes. These photos are all that, and more.

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A Saturday Evening at Home

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A Saturday Evening at Home

Backyards, brothers, mothers, the kitchen table, games. The bathtub, story-time, baby chicks, football. Forsythia, bare feet, bar-b-q, kisses. Newlyweds, blueberry dessert, the swing set, forever.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful, busy, and loving every-day with me. 

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An Afternoon in New Hampshire

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An Afternoon in New Hampshire

If I had to say there was one family I truly started with, it would be this one. Momma and I became fast friends when she came to my library's story time years back. Long after the other parents, caretakers and kids left, she and I and her daughter would sit on the floor and talk and talk and talk about parenting and life. Fast forward a bit, and we were both pregnant together (she with her second and I with my third). And now we wait for baby number three. In all this time she has had me to document their beautiful life's celebrations and every-days. This session was so special because both she and I, independent of each other, wanted to try milk bath photography. Yet another moment we laughed and laughed, kindred spirits sharing the same idea. A full collaboration. A very full heart.

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A Saturday Afternoon in New York

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A Saturday Afternoon in New York

Meeting this fellow Long Islander, change maker, mover and shaker, and her talented and awesome husband a few days before the birth of their first child was easy. Yes. Easy. They had just moved into their temporary apartment only a few days before I arrived, and it was no sweat. This couple is so used to being nomads, going where the political or activism winds should take them, they truly embody the idea that "home" is simply wherever they are when they are together. I send them both much love and luck on their new journey with their new traveling partner, a healthy baby girl. xo

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Two Seasons

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Two Seasons

We met during two very different seasons. Summer, a time for growth. Winter, a time for hibernation. A perfect metaphor for pregnancy and infancy. This little one shines with that truth, too. She has been kissed by the sun's rays and embraced by loving arms in a warm shelter. Stories like these make my heart sing. Life is beautiful. The cycle of the seasons is in us all. This family is simply wonderful. 

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City Splendor

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City Splendor

I make it no small secret that I miss my city life. I am full of gratitude for our life in the country, but there is no mistaking the pull I feel when I get into Boston. I love the architecture, the stoops, the diversity, the pace. I love walking out your front door into anything and everything possible. So it was a great and refreshing opportunity to come document this absolutely beautiful mother and son. Please take a moment to enjoy their love and happiness, so easy to capture; perfectly complimenting this splendid morning in the city I love.

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A Saturday in September

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A Saturday in September

I'm a pretty big fan of this family, and the photos should easily explain why . . . these four are awesome. Plain and simple. 

What is truly worth noting is that when Momma and I spoke about the session, she knew in her heart that this time, this "Right Now" in her family's story, was deserving of being captured. She was fully aware of the sweetness within the regular, the daily-life, the grind, the to-and-fro of it all. She didn't want to let it slip away.

So we captured a piece of it.

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The Beach House

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The Beach House

Home is certainly where the heart is. But I also believe that home is wherever you are when you are with the ones you love. And if once a year you borrow another home, it is pretty certain you'll fill it with your family's love. Like here. This spot is incredibly important to this family, and I was honored to be invited to capture a True Home session at their summer rental, on their boat, and at their favorite secret spot beach, plus all the other real moments that unfolded as they moved through their beautiful summer day.

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Owls Head

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Owls Head

Returning to our family's special retreat. Two little houses on the ocean, filled with family and friends who feel like family. Maine gave us some of her best summer days, five in a row. So grateful for sand in our sheets and beach glass on the window sills and lobster in most meals.

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True Home Sessions

I've got some big news. I've had some clarity. I've been so damn fortunate in so many ways on this wild ride of family photography, but here's the thing . . . out of all the families and sessions, weddings, head shots . . . there is one thing that I love above all and one thing I'm pretty darn good at. Family photojournalism.

In late 2015, I rolled out the True Home Sessions. True Home Sessions are either half-day or full-day photographic experiences where I come to your home and document your life the way it is. I seek out all the little moments and connections that tell the bigger story of your love, in a setting that just can't be beat: your home. These are not polished images with sweeping vistas. These are photos of life in all it's real, raw glory. It's the photography I do with my family everyday and what I want to offer exclusively to you.

So, gone are the Basic Family Sessions. I will no longer be taking these on. (If you have already booked something with me for 2016, I am honoring these sessions, but I will not take on anymore new Basic Sessions from here on out.) If you are looking for classic family portraiture at the beach or park, where everyone needs to stay neat and clean, and everyone has to look at the camera and smile . . . whelp, I no longer do that. I understand that I might lose some clients because of this change, but if you stick with me and have trusted me this far for your photographic needs hear me out on why the True Home Session truly is the best of both worlds and guaranteed to give you images to cherish for a lifetime and more.

Because of their length, we have options to have the session at your home for the entirety or to venture out on a regular family activity. For those of us with little ones, it seems like a no-brainer to keep them close to home and their creature comforts and record some of the days and details that vanish from our memory in such a short time. But you still want beach photos? Well, we can do that, but first we start from home and then we go to the beach, and you treat it like a regular beach day and not some stylized photo shoot, ya dig? And you still want some family portraits? I can do that, but they are not the main purpose of this experience, and you have to be cool with it maybe happening in your bedroom, or the kitchen, the yard or on a walk.

But my home is so _______________. (Insert some negative adjective.)

No. No it is not. Your home is beautiful. Your home is safe. Your home is yours and yours alone and it means everything to everyone who lives there. So please, (please, please, please) get past comparing your home to the Jones' and invite me in. Let the kids dress themselves and express themselves. Let me photograph the real messes, the tears, the tub-time, the yard work, the pets, the art on the fridge, the clashes and the cuddles. Believe in me to find the beauty and humanity in it all. 

I understand that this move isn't going to be for everyone. I'll miss some of you and would be happy to introduce you to some fabulous photographers who make gorgeous, traditional family portraiture. If this sounds like something you'd really like to try, something that sounds like it could be fun, relaxed, silly and special, then please hit me up and let's schedule something for late 2016. Curious? Have questions? I'll help you out with anything and everything. Contact me! I'm truly looking forward to capturing the heart of your home: You and yours.

True Home Sessions

  • Averaging four or six hours of photography, depending on chosen story's length
  • Focused in your home, during your regular, daily activities in a documentary style
  • Complete digital download from your private gallery & print release
  • One storybook hardcover album (30+ pages for the Half-Day Session/50+ for the Full-Day Session)
  • Additional products available a la carte, for purchase through your private gallery

oliviagatti@gmail.com // 617-905-0229

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A Saturday Afternoon in Massachusetts

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A Saturday Afternoon in Massachusetts

Taking on another photographer's family, and a stunning and brilliant photographer whom I respect and admire (and who I am envious of her amazing use of low-light), is a big, big, big challenge. I know she has done it all in her home and done it smashingly. I certainly wasn't about to set off to even begin to out-do her in any way. For one, that just ain't me. Secondly, why try and do something she has already done. Instead, as a photo-momma myself, I just figured I'd focus on her, since I know she's not in nearly enough of the photos she takes of her family, as am I. I wanted to focus on the whole-family, and the regular, and the simple. What we got was nothing short of awesome. Jump rope games, popcorn, couch forts and a cello concert, just to name a few of the beautiful moments that popped up. Does mom know light? But of course. And we moved to capture the setting sun for some informal and totally imperfect portraits near the end because photographers help photographers out and she wasn't about to let me miss her magic backyard golden hour.  

Cara's work is here. You should totally look her up for family portraiture. 

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The Birthday Present

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The Birthday Present

This wonderful and beautiful family reached out to me to see if I would be open to being their oldest's thirteenth birthday present. Wait? What? How does that work? Actually, it works beautifully! For her birthday, and a big one at that, she had requested to have a photographer come and photograph all the people and the activities in her life that she loves. It was a brilliant gift idea and I loved being art directed by this budding visual artist. Some of her requests were to get images of her knitting with her Yia Yia, as well as practicing piano for her. Collecting eggs and caring for their chickens with her Pappous. She wanted images of her and her family interacting, loving each other, snuggling up with their puppy, and just doing all the things that make her thirteen year old heart happy. Funny thing is, those very things make this thirty-seven year old's heart happy too!

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Nothing Like New

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Nothing Like New

These smiles, these big beautiful smiles say it all. Nothing like a new baby. Nothing like your first. What better way to celebrate the newness, love, and joy then by spending an entire afternoon gazing, snuggling, loving up their new son.

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A Saturday At Home

I loved our maternity session this summer. Running and playing on the beach, getting to know this active and awesome family. And I loved to switch it up and be at home with them on a late fall Saturday morning, getting a feel for all the love and fun that surrounds this beautiful and oh-so-happy baby. Just such a wonderful, relaxed, and loving crew.

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The Farmer's Market

I raised my first two babies in the city, so I will always have a soft spot for new families who begin this way as well. I loved sitting on our stoop, watching the world go by. I loved pushing my girls in the stroller all over town. I loved visiting our Farmer's Market each week and shopping in the Square. Everything I loved to do as a new mom was set in the city. 

Perhaps that is why this session was one of my favorites of the year, and probably up there for all time. This beautiful family, their gorgeous little guy and super sweet dog took me on a walk through their neighborhood, shared with me their favorite little corners of the city, and just reminded me so much of what my family was like, back when we began, back in our city days. I was honored and excited to spend the afternoon with them, to capture this amazing time, be with people who appreciate the same kind of love and life that I hold dear, in the city and beyond. 

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A Saturday Morning in Maine

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A Saturday Morning in Maine

Pancakes for breakfast. A dance Party. Dressing. Playing. Cleaning out the boat. Feeding the birds. Raking up the yard. Exploring the stream. A cat that acts more like a dog. Bike riding. Quiet time. Perfect Saturday morning with this crew. 

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One Evening

I'm a firm believer in having some part of our session be at your home, especially with young children. Home is their safe place. Home is their happy place. Home is beautiful and full of all the things they love. 

I'm also a big lover of going to places that are special to you. And if it is a new little corner of our world, I'm doubly excited to check out a new place.

Combine the two locations, with the coolest family, and you get this incredible session.