Nobody knows your child as you do – NH Photographer


Nobody knows your child as well as you do. You see them every day. You know their expressions, mannerisms, and quirks as well as your own. When we look back at their past with photographs, it’s usually the ones that showcase their personality well that become our favorites for nostalgic thoughts.

As an example, I’ll show you photographs of my son and explain why I see so much of who he is in each one. He’s the example, of course, because I know him best.


Take this first image. Some may see a serious or a bored face.  However, I know that this is his thinking face. He’s deep in thought, contemplating something. I also see his wisps of hair floating away from his bun, and I smile knowing that his wild, long hair is such a big part of his identity.


In the above image, some might assume that he was posed. After all, it would have been the perfect setup! But, This was purely a luck shot. I turned to see him swinging and moving the sword while looking around the mossy area, and happened to get a click before he ran off. One shot, of him pretending to be a viking. When he plays pretend, he’s very serious about each role, so it makes sense that his big imagination would show so clearly in an image, even in a lucky shot.


Here he is laughing to himself, not long after he was scurrying around the beach with his hands in his pockets, pretending to be a piping plover. He cracks himself up, as well as others.

Those are just a few examples. To those who don’t know him, they’re pretty pictures. To me, each one represents a big part of who he is. When I work with children in a photography session, my focus is not on posing or creating the traditional family portrait. Instead, I offer a relaxed session that allows children to be themselves, so I can capture those traits you know so well as a parent. Sessions with me will give you images that you can look back on years from now, and remember those little things they used to do, or expressions they always made. These relaxed, documentary style sessions are about so much more than a photograph- they’re keepsakes of who they are now, as you know them.


If you’d like to book your session, please CONTACT me.

NOT back to school portraits – Cape Cod

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While I reside and (mostly) work in New Hampshire, it’s no secret that I love to travel. Cape Cod has become a family tradition, along with my parents. To add to the tradition, I started taking my son’s annual NOT back to school portraits on the beach. Our September trip normally happens during back to school time for New England, so I take advantage of the empty beaches to photograph my homeschooled child yearly.

Here are some of my favorites!











-Sarah Chase

PS: I still have a couple of Saturdays open now in September for New Hampshire! If you are also a homeschooled family and would like to schedule a NOT back to school session, please CONTACT me!

PPS: For fall family sessions, I have 2 Saturdays available in October! Book one of them before they’re gone.

Imagination – NH Photographer

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Think back to your childhood.

Did you love to play dress up? Did you host tea parties, or create elaborate stories with toys? I sure did, and my son does, too. Imaginative play is an important part of childhood. Children constantly practice creative thinking and problem solving skills just by playing pretend.

Recently, my son wanted to dress up as a ninja. We didn’t have a ninja costume, so he went through his drawers and pulled out navy blue thermals. When he inquired about a mask, I invited him to think about another way to create one, since we didn’t have one on hand. He took another pair of pants and placed it on his head like a hat, then wrapped the pant legs around his mouth area. He then jumped on to his bed and did a roll, before ducking behind one of his pillows. I couldn’t help but smile as he happily played ninja in his room, coming up with the outfit and story line on his own.

This is just one of many examples of how my son has used his imagination and creative problem solving in order to bring his ideas to life. Be it pirates, a viking adventure, a cat, or a Minecraft character, he uses what he has to create his vision the way he wants it.


I was also quite the imaginative child. Yes, I did end up in a creative field, but that’s not the only way creativity has shown up in my life. When I learned more about ADD and why I had a hard time retaining information, I was able to create new ways to study and remember. This especially helped me in college.  I love to think out of the box when it comes to solving problems, and I see possibility everywhere I look. Inspiration finds me in some pretty unusual ways. I can even take a seemingly ordinary moment and turn it into a memorable art piece, taking the viewer back to that real moment.


Imagination, to me, is so much more than playing pretend or painting a picture. It is the fundamental stepping stone to creative thinking, in any medium and form. We encourage it in our home for our son and for ourselves, and I’d like to encourage you to get back in touch with yours!

-Sarah Chase

Our time in Iceland – Family Travel

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This past March I got on a plane with my husband, son, and my father. The purple aircraft was small, but well worth the coming experience. Months before, we found a deal for tickets to Iceland, and just like that, the country made it to the top of our travel list. I was nervous to fly, as I always am, but the excitement of the coming adventure got me to sit down on the plane. My son was over the moon excited- it was his first time flying!

We expected to sleep on our overnight travels. My son had different plans. He was too excited, and only closed his eyes for the last hour or so. We arrived at Keflavik airport in the early morning with tired eyes. We tried our best to drag our bags while holding our son, until a lovely person who worked there offered one of the airport’s strollers. I thanked them, put B in it, and we were off to find some Coffee.

There was fog outside in the parking lot. We walked around, looking for the license plate that matched the one on our paperwork. “Wow, you got the big car!” the woman had said to us, so we were looking for an SUV. We laughed when the smaller-than-my-forester car was parked in front of us, matching plates and all.




Breakfast in Reykjavik was incredible on that first day, then we explored the west coastline near the city until it was time to grocery shop and check into our cabin. As we drove, my son fell asleep in his carseat. We expected it, with the little sleep he got on the plane and the time zone difference. It was impossible to wake him, even when we saw some of the famous, Icelandic ponies!



The AirB&B cabin was the perfect place to hang our hats and rest. From every window we could see the beautiful, Icelandic landscape; mountains, Þingvallavatn (lake), and of course the intriguing and bouncy moss.

We went straight to seeing the sights. With only a week to spend and a long list of places to see, we couldn’t afford to wait. Rain was falling, but we didn’t want that to stop us. During our drive to the first stop, the rain fell away and made way for a rainbow over the road. I smiled as I watched us drive towards it, and took it as a sign of good things to come.

Strokkur, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Each site was incredible to view. The spray of Strokkur as it blasted from the earth, the deep color of the dormant Geysir, and the vast glory of Gullfoss had us in awe.





The following day we made our way south. Skogafoss was the main event on our minds, but we also thought about stopping at the black sand beaches afterwards. On the way, we found plenty of other things to see, and made quite a few stops.

Skogafoss was beautiful. It’s hard to describe the feeling of calm that washed over me as I listened to the water crashing into the rocks below. We approached it together, ultimately getting soaked by the spray.








After so much adventuring, it was time for a day to relax. We decided on the Secret Lagoon, over the more popular (but less natural) Blue Lagoon. The warm water led us all to a state of bliss. We waded and swam for hours.


The following day, my husband and my father decided to go on a walking glacier tour. B was too young, so he and I stayed at the cabin together. The boys had an incredible experience, while B and I played outside, watched movies, and had some time to lay down. That evening, when they returned from their tour, we went to the fault line in Þingvellir, where the continents are drifting apart.






It was time for another trip to Reykjavik. We needed to do a little laundry, as we packed pretty light, and Reykjavik had what was called the “Laundromat Cafe.” What we didn’t expect was the actual cafe on the top floor, with a Laundromat downstairs, and a large play area for kids. They served us our soy lattes while we watched our son play, and waited for our laundry to finish.

While we were in town, we decided to go to the Settlers Museum, which was about the vikings settling in Iceland. It was a fantastic learning stop, and B wanted to go around three times before going to the gift shop. He was excited to pick out a beautifully made, wooden sword and shield set. We watched as he played viking on the way back to the car, and only then did it occur to me that we may have an issue with our carry-on-only bags. Lesson learned. A $70-to-check-the-sword lesson to be exact.



Well worth it.

On our last full day we decided to climb Miðfell, The hill that was in view from the Cabin, that we had passed by each day on our way to sight-see. The view was beautiful, and B loved to bounce on the mossy hillside. The day ended with a walk along Þingvallavatn. I tried my best to soak up the scenery as much as I could. I knew it was going to be hard to leave this beautiful country.









Our time in Iceland was amazing. Beautiful sights during the day, and a dancing display of Auroras at night.


While it wasn’t originally a country we talked about visiting, I’m glad we did, and I would love to go back again and see more. The people were friendly, and there was so much to see and do. If you’re thinking of traveling somewhere as a family, give Iceland a try.




WOWAir | AirB&B


-Sarah Chase

PS: You may notice a different URL at the end of the video. Travel photography and vlogging is one of my many brands that I am bringing together under this site! Keep an eye out here on for future travel posts. xo

From Boring to Being – New Hampshire photographer

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This is a shout out to parents of wonderfully wild ones. If you can’t imagine your little one sitting still for a traditional family portrait, you’re not alone. The photography experience I provide for children and family is based on the trial and error with my own child. 

Watch the video below- and then leave a comment if you can relate!


To book a session for your family, CONTACT me!

Five Favorites – Podcasts

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I’m not a morning person. I openly admit to that.

So, when I have to get ready in the morning I drink some coffee and throw on a podcast to help inspire me and wake me up. They aren’t something I listen to daily, but I love to play them while I prep for the day, especially while curling my hair! (We all know how long that takes!)

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite podcasts with you. Most are directed towards creative fields, but give them a try. You may be surprised at what hits home for you.


  1. Let’s Play : The Create Podcast
  2. Creatively Unscripted
  3. Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. TED Radio Hour
  5. Exploring Unschooling


What are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment below!

-Sarah Chase

How my son inspired the way I photograph families – NH photographer

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I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl. I remember joyously documenting places I went and people I loved. When my son was born, that joy continued. As he grew, his wonderfully wild personality did, too. Posing wasn’t working, and ideas I had of simple little setups just didn’t do the trick. Instead, I let go of control a little bit and started documenting him in his natural state.



What this did was create a relaxed environment, and gave us a lot of images to look back on fondly. The moments captured were real, as were the emotions.



When he was around age 2, a photographer friend of mine did a mother-and-son session for me. I was so excited, because I rarely get on that side of the camera. She got some beautiful shots, but I distinctly remember her saying to me, “Okay, I have no idea how you get such great photos of him! He doesn’t stop moving!” I couldn’t help but laugh, because it was true. My beautifully energetic son does not do well with sitting still.



When my business started, I noticed that this approach was helpful when working with other children, too. I mean, posing is great for certain niches, but when it comes to children they find sitting still and fake smiling at the camera pretty boring. So, I started to help families interact with each other, and encouraged play in children, and began photographing that instead of the traditional family portrait. The result is the same with my clients as it is for my personal photograph collection; real moments, real connections, real emotions.








I have learned a lot over the years, and I’m grateful to my son for shaping the way I capture moments and make memories. If you’re looking for a relaxed session this year, contact me for more information and to book! I look forward to working with you.

-Sarah Chase

PS: To learn more about my photography experience, download the 2017 client guide

a Boy and his Grandparents | Cape Cod Family Portraits

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These grandparents have been a big part of this little boy’s life.

They were there the day he was born, and have loved to visit and travel with him.

The three of them are close, and it’s so sweet to witness.









I’m grateful to my parents and how close they are with my son!

-Sarah Chase

PS: If you’d love to schedule a grandparent session in New Hampshire, CONTACT me!

Family and Friends – Cape Cod

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We love Cape Cod.

A drive away from our home in New Hampshire, Cape Cod makes the perfect getaway for my family. We travel here with my parents and enjoy time in the sun, sand, and doing activities.

And of course, I take a lot of photographs. Here are a few of my favorites from this trip!




















The past two weeks have been wonderful, and I look forward to returning in September!

-Sarah Chase

PS: To schedule a family session for New Hampshire or Cape Cod, Contact me.

Why Cape Cod makes for a great family getaway | New England Photographer

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I have fond memories from childhood of coming to Cape Cod with my parents and spending long days in the sand. I would swim in the ocean until my lips turned blue and my dad pulled me out, and build sand castles until the sun set. When my mom approached me a few years ago about coming back with them, along with my husband and son, it was an absolute yes!


The Cape is a great place for young children, especially if you stay on the bay side. Beaches like Mayflower and Skaket have a calm high tide, and far away low tide. There are plenty of tide pools around, too, for finding crabs and other critters. The bay side allows for safer swimming and other fun, family centered activities. We’ve stayed in Eastham, Orleans, and West Dennis, and have enjoyed all three.


There are plenty of other activities, too. If you have a rainy day during your stay, or just want a break from the sun, the possibilities are just about endless! A children’s museum, pirate museums, mini golf, whale watches, seal watches, sail boats – the list goes on and on! It can be fun, too, to walk around towns and shop a little.


Educational, fun, relaxing, and beautiful. Cape Cod is the perfect stop for families with children of all ages! We enjoy our time here every year, and look forward to continuing to visit each summer.






PS: If you want to follow along on my travels, follow me over on Instagram! I post stories and photographs while I’m away, sessions and daily life when I’m home in New Hampshire.

PPS: Ready to book a relaxed photo session with your family? CONTACT me, and we’ll start planning!