Beth Shedd | Photography & Graphics

Capturing Life's Joyful Moments


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It’s that time again…Senior High School Yearbook Ads!

If you’re the parent of a high school senior, you probably know about the long-standing tradition of creating a yearbook memory page for your student. It’s a wonderful way to pay tribute to your senior, and it’s also a wonderful way for the yearbook to offset some of its production expenses!

If you are planning to design the ad yourself, BRAVO…I salute you! But if you are filled with terror at the prospect, then I have the perfect solution for you….ME! I love designing yearbook pages, and I have created over 200 of them in the past 3 years!

The process is simple – you select the message and photos that you’d like to use, and I’ll do all the rest. If you’d like a little more control, you can choose the colors, fonts and embellishments, too.  Whatever works for you, works for me! My job is to create a unique and valued tribute for your child to be remembered by in their yearbook. I’ve designed ads for Wellesley High School, Dana Hall, Belmont Hill, Rivers, Beaver and Milton, and I look forward to designing one for you! Some yearbooks have deadlines in early December and some in January and February, but whatever your deadline, I would love to help.  Here’s what some of my past clients have had to say…

“Beth is a gifted designer whose creativity & patience make her a dream to work with.  She exceeded expectations with our yearbook ad.  Looking forward to working with her again in the future.”  Maura G, Wellesley, MA

“I’m clueless when it comes to designing anything on the computer.  A friend told me about Beth. What a gift.  Beth not only helped design my “parent page” for my son’s senior yearbook, she helped create his graduation party invitation.  Both were fabulous.  The best part however was working with Beth.  She is a perfectionist; professional, creative, quick and most of all a joy to work with.”  Liz G, Wellesley, MA

“Beth is a dream to work with–she is creative, efficient, impressive, professional and truly saved me a ton of time during this very busy senior year. When I contacted Beth about the senior yearbook piece, I was desperate–the due date was near, and although I had selected my daughter’s photos and some captions for the yearbook, there was no way I was going to be able to put these together in any dignified way. I contacted Beth and within hours–HOURS–I had the most gorgeous photo spread for the yearbook. Beth, thank you for your talents and for your time! I feel so lucky to have found you!”  R. Elwy, Wellesley, MA

Please take a look at my website and be in touch! I’d love to hear from you…

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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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Yearbook Ads & Invitiations

greenwood-liz-inviteb“I’m clueless when it comes to designing anything on the computer.  A friend told me about Beth. What a gift.  Beth not only helped design my “parent page” for my son’s senior yearbook, she helped create his graduation party invitation.  Both were fabulous.  The best part however was working with Beth.  She is a perfectionist; professional, creative, quick and most of all a joy to work with.”  Liz G, Wellesley, MA

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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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