non-traditional portraits

non-traditional portraits

R is a creative professional and award-winning artist who was seeking a set of new portraits which would feel fluid and beautiful. Her desire was for a non traditional headshot, with beautiful light and artful composition. 

In our creative consultation before our photo session, she wrote to me: “I want to make portraits that are really making art with you. I’m hoping for portraits that don’t feel like straight headshots but enjoy taking advantage of atmosphere and textures but could be still be submitted as a headshot by a daring artist… I want images that say something.”

I chose two locations for us, one was a studio style space with a bonus greenhouse, the second location was an outdoor park which at the time was hosting a fog installation by Fujiko Nakaya. I worked with available/natural light and also the lovely fog effect created in the park. 

These images have been used by the client across all social media platforms as avatars including Linked In and Instagram, as well as on her personal website and for other calls for bio photographs for other opportunities and awards. 

modern day rock-n-roll woman

modern day rock-n-roll woman


Juliet Loranger is a self-described modern day rock-n-roll woman. “I teach Yoga because I practice Yoga. Also because it is a transformative process and I believe everyone should somehow keep connected with the process of transformation.” @julietflamethrower

My notes in preparation for this photoshoot included: rock out / get sweaty / take risks / depth / experience / artist / woman / yoga practitioner. We photographed on location at Yoga on Union in New Bedford and Mass Audubon’s Stone Barn where Juliet teaches summer yoga classes and retreats.


make portraits

make portraits

Hannah is a fine artist and a photographer. For her portraits she wanted something a little bohemian, adventurous, and nature-inspired.

Hannah’s dress is by Free People, and we made these photographs in and around the Walden Woods of Massachusetts. I shot on a Canon 5d Mark III with 50mm L and a 100mm L lenses. These photos were post-processed in Lightroom with VSCO Film 06.


Cara Brostrom is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Boston, Massachusetts. For photography or art direction commissions, contact her at

artist portraits with risa

Risa is an artist and an educator. We shot this series of portraits in and around her Boston home. I’ve known Risa for a few years now, she has a young heart, but an old soul. It shines through in these portraits of her, for use in her online portfolio and for conference speaking engagements, not to mention just to have as a document of this time in her life.

Some clients think a photographer’s studio is the best place for a portrait or a headshot, but I much prefer portraits of individuals in their natural habitat. It adds visual interest and let’s people show a side of themselves that is hard to capture in an artificial environment.



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