Fall is here, and with it, the picturesque days New England is famous for; bursts of colorful foliage, pumpkins on porches, and sweater-weather!
Autumn is also a time when Medford’s residents begin capturing the moments of the year in pictures. High school senior photos, family portraits, and other memorable milestones become the moments we want to literally and figuratively place under glass.
As your Medford living experts, the 4Squares Team is here to help once again. So, without further ado, here are our recommendations for all things photography-related.
Who's Who: Photographers in Medford
In the age of the iPhone and Android, many families opt for DIY photography with winning results. For those who prefer a professional touch, here are the two talented Medford locals to consider.
Jen Bolitho is an artist and photographer located in Medford MA, who's been the go-to photographer for many Medford families. Jen shoots individual and family portraits in and around the Medford area. Her signature Mini-Sessions, 20-minute photo shoots that include 10 finished photos for keeps, book up fast! Contact her directly via her website at www.jenbolitho.com.
Award-winning photographer Kelly Cianflone and her team at Scky Art Studios are conveniently located on High Street in Medford Square for in-studio or outdoor photography. Whether you have a location in mind, or need suggestions, Kelly and her team create unique and memorable moments with fun and flair. Contact Kelly via her website www.sckyart.com to learn more about what many clients call “The Scky Art Experience.”
Where to Take Photos
You've figured out who's standing behind the camera; now it's time to select the scenery. As usual, in Medford, options abound!
Your Own Backyard: The suggestion should come as no surprise; after all, you've spent the summer (if not most of 2020) nesting indoors and out, so why not take advantage of your beautified home as the backdrop for your 2020 family photos?
The Great Outdoors: While locals tend to gravitate toward the Middlesex Fells Reservation, ("The Fells"), MacDonald Park, and Mystic Lakes for the colorful foliage of a quintessential New England photoshoot, here are two lesser-known areas that offer timeless scenery:
Fellsmere Pond: Located on the Medford/Malden line at Route 60, Fellsmere Pond features a fountain centerpiece and rocky landscape that create an oasis-like background for family photos and loved ones. Be sure to capture photos of kids (of all ages) rolling down the Seven Bumps Hill for a truly nostalgic moment.
Alewife Greenway Bike Path: Tucked behind Somerville's Dilboy Stadium on Route 16, this hidden gem features tall grass, wildlife, and a view of residential gardens that is hard to beat. The gravel path leads to a wooden footbridge well-traveled by pedestrians and bicyclists, but there are plenty of benches for a seated portrait or series of candids.
Photo Printing and Preservation
Now the fun begins! Figuring out how to showcase your photos for display in your home or gifting to family can take many forms, from blankets to coffee mugs and calendars for Grandma. If you're looking to branch out from Shutterfly and Snapfish, consider these other options for photo printing and preservation:
MPIX is an online professional printing shop devoted to delivering your favorite snapshots with homemade care every single time. Their expert color gurus print every photo with exceptional color, and their top-notch shipping squad aims for orders to get out the door within 24 hours. Join their email list for discounts and updates at www.mpix.com.
Social Print Studio is a fun print shop that permits uploads directly from Instagram, so no digging through your camera roll to find the moments you've already shared in your feed. Their products include traditional prints and tiny photo cards and gifts, making your holiday gifting a one-stop shopping experience. www.socialprintstudio.com
If your latest photo printing has led you down the rabbit hole of "photography overload," it may be time to consider working with a photo organizer. Enter Sue Triggs-Rhuda of nearby Wakefield, owner of Modern Memorykeeper, photo organizer extraordinaire!
Sue helps clients create photo memory books that tell the stories of their lives, and works with clients in various ways. She'll provide a photo organizing plan for the self-starter or work with you remotely to catalog your photos to share for years to come. Contactless drop-off and pickup of materials for organizing and scanning are also available. And if you're someone who's overwhelmed by a plethora of pictures or doesn't enjoy organizing them, Sue takes the project on herself and provides a complete photo collection that you'll enjoy for generations.
What's your favorite 2020 Medford moment that you captured on film? How are you sharing it and saving it? Showcasing unique nooks, crannies, and hideaway spots around Medford is one of the ways I help homeowners love the way they live in Medford. Reach out and share your Medford Moments!