An Inner Life Portrait is not just any old photograph, and so creating these photos is not like any other photo shoot—it’s way more fun, and more simple for you! I offer a full-service experience that will feel like this gorgeous custom art magically appeared in your hands or on your walls.
“Honestly, you made the process painless. Tristan and I both consider ourselves the least photogenic people, but you were able to catch us at our best. I think what I enjoy most about viewing your photographs is how natural and unposed we look. Thank you for that!” —Libby M., Cambridge, MA
1) Consultation: Visit the gallery for a complimentary consultation. Get inspired, and we’ll discuss what’s needed for a relaxed and natural photo session for your family. Schedule your 20-minute visit, or simply call 978-712-0740. Why is this first step important? Read more in my FAQs.>>
2) Photo Session: Fun and relaxing family time with me tagging along. When the time is right, I’ll step in to direct and gather people (such as for a photo of the whole family, just the kids, etc.); otherwise, I’ll capture family time unfolding. Just get the kids at least halfway dressed, and I’ll do the rest. Watch this video to see a session in action and visit the FAQs for more details.
“Thank you so much for coming over last night and for the super fun experience. The whole family loved you, and everyone said they truly enjoyed the photo session.”
—Ana S., Manchester-by-the-Sea
“Hi Maureen! The kids are pumped for our annual shoot tonight!” —(a recent text from) Maureen H., Boston, MA
3) View and Choose Appointment: Come spend an hour laughing and crying, with your heart overflowing with gratitude for your beautiful family. By which I mean you’ll view your photos, and I’ll guide you in creating art from your favorites. Then go celebrate! See some art options below.
4) Delivery and Installation: I will deliver your art to your home—it’s always fun to see the kids again! If you ordered your art framed then I’ll hang it for you.
“The first thing I see when I get home is a photograph Maureen Cotton took of my wife and I, and my wife’s beautiful smile! It reminds me why I’m coming home, and what I’m coming home to.” —Brian D, Boston, MA
Portrait art options
I’ve scoured hundreds of products in fine art printing and display to curate a selection of the most beautiful, lasting, well-designed options available. What I create will last generations and never go out of style. I’ll guide you in choosing what’s just right for you.
Finished high-end custom framing
Let your true self be seen. When people walk into your home they will say, “What a… fun, loving, unique, or word-that-perfectly-describes-you… family!”
Art box collection of matted prints
For the parent who doesn’t have much space on their walls, or likes to rotate what they hang. This gorgeous handmade box can slide onto the shelf with art books, or live on a coffee table or mantle. Sit and enjoy the collection like an album, place one on an easel, or create your own wall arrangements. Prints can also be ordered a la carte at any size.
“Seeing it all unfold in the book right before you is magical.” —Anne-Marie S., Needham, MA
Just as featured in the video above, turning the pages of a storytelling album with your kids brings great joy and a flood of memories. Memories that will only be more precious with each passing year.
Have an idea? I’m always up for creating unique custom pieces!
“We didn’t even realize how rich the detail in each photo was until we had the prints in our hands. They are even more amazing than we realized before!” —Pete P., Boston, MA