Beth Shedd | Photography & Graphics

Capturing Life's Joyful Moments


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Why Do a 365-Day Instagram Challenge?

Why am I doing it anyway?

To be honest, I started with the end in mind, and although I love a good challenge, my goal was simple….to create a book that combines my love of photography with my life-long obsession with quotable wisdom…and what easier way to do it than one day at a time.

I’ve been collecting my favorite quotes since I was about 13 years old. Some of them came to me from my friends, some came from Readers Digest (thank you Quotable Quotes), some came from music lyrics (thank you Dan Fogelberg), others came from required reading (thank you Hermann Hesse) and many came from Bartlett’s Quotations.

As a teen, I treasured these bits of truth and steadfastly journaled them into a beautiful cloth-bound book. Over time though, I began to haphazardly stuff the clippings into the back of it until it would no longer close. What I had created, however, became a personal ‘quote-bible’ which I referred to frequently for support, wisdom and guidance. As the years passed and technology evolved, I began to log these bits of wisdom onto my computer and organize them by genre….Acceptance, Joy, Life, Parenting, Resilience, etc. and now, thanks to Google, at the touch of a button I can access an endless array of them in seconds. Continue reading

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Photo Session – A Girl and Her Dog

This photo session was beautiful and bittersweet. I was asked to capture the close relationship between one of my senior portrait customers and her precious dog who was battling an aggressive cancer.  We met at their home after school one sunny spring afternoon, and what followed were some of the funniest, sweetest and most poignant moments between Bruce and his girl, Kate.

The funny moments came thanks to the 3 workers from National Grid who were jack-hammering right outside the window where we were shooting. Poor Bruce – the ever dutiful family watchdog – didn’t know whether to bark, whine or run for cover. Thankfully, he hung in there and settled into some beautiful poses with Kate, and what unfolded were the sweet and poignant moments that they had hoped for. RIP dear Bruce…you will be missed.

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High School Senior Parents…take note!✏️

If you are a parent of a High School Senior, I can only imagine the number of items on your fall “to-do” list! My head spins as I remember the lists I made in 2013 and 2016 when my daughters were seniors at Wellesley High School! I’m writing today’s blog to help you check off a few of those items (and maybe make your life a little less stressful in the process).

For 2 years I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Wellesley High School (and other nearby towns) seniors for their yearbook portraits. What fun I’ve had getting to know them as we chat together during their 30-45 minute session. I learn all kinds of wonderful things about them…their hobbies, pets, siblings, college dreams, best friends and even what side of their face they like best. What results from these casual and open conversations is a natural, happy and authentic portrait of your senior, one that can sometimes be difficult to get during those standard ‘big-box’ school photo sessions. My favorite portrait location is outdoors (my back yard, Wellesley Town Hall, Wellesley College, or your yard) with lovely late afternoon/early evening light. I also love soft window lighting and am adding an indoor studio to my options this fall. Continue reading


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Graduation Photo Collage

Sentimental fool that I am, for four years I’ve been saving screenshots of my daughter’s college snapchats. “Crazy? Yes!” (and a bit “stalker-ish” I admit)…but what fun it was to review all 800 of them the month before she graduated. My goal in collecting these “moments” was to be able to present her (at graduation) with a memento of her 4 years of “Miami Life” that no one else could…and I did!

I created a 210 photo collage template in Apple’s ” Pages” and proceeded to import the best of the 800 snaps. Once designed, I converted it to a jpeg file and had it printed at Staples on a 3×4′ grommeted banner. Creating a clear image from a 220MB file sounds like it would be so easy, but it was actually a challenge to upload a file that large into the Staples design system. It took us a couple ‘throwaways’ to get it just right, but the customer service at the Staples Printing Department was excellent – they stuck with me until it was just perfect.

So, now my daughter has a snapshot of 210 college “moments in time”, and I couldn’t be happier to have created it for her.

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I Am a Blogger!

A new friend from Half Moon Bay, CA!

Well, never say never… I’m starting a blog!✏️

Short-and-sweet and once-a-week is the plan, and I hope to acquaint my readers with a snapshot of what I find joy in and why. As my family well knows, I am frequently overwhelmed by the beauty of nature, people and simple moments. I revel in expressions of kindness and authenticity, and if I have the good fortune of capturing those moments with my camera, I feel blessed. I hope that you will enjoy what I share, and that it helps you find beautiful and touching moments in your own life.

Here’s to more of those moments for us all.

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Hardy School Spirit Pillow

Hey Hardy Families!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for 5th grade graduations, end-of-year parties, hostess gifts, teacher appreciation and/or birthdays, here’s an original idea…the Hardy School Spirit Pillow! GO Huskies! Featuring Hardy’s R.I.S.E. motto on one side and our trusty Husky on the other, this one of a kind pillow is sure to delight the recipient! $60. Order deadline May 28th. Delivery by June 16th. Order yours today at http://www.photoptimist.com.

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🎓WHS ’17 Pillow – Order Now!

Dear Wellesley High School Class of 2017 Parents….

It’s not too late to order this soft and sentimental Raider-Pride pillow for your graduate! Each 16×16″ all cotton pillow features 50 phrases and words that are unique to the Class of 2017 and will fondly remind them of their years at Wellesley High School. Designed by Wellesley parent, Beth Shedd, these pillows will be ready for pick up the week before graduation. Order yours today – deadline is April 30th!  Please specify backing color – black or white (shown below, ideal for autographs). $60 each.

White backing is great for autographs!

Raider Pride! Perfect for dorm or bedroom!

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