“Rich has been photographing my children since they were babies. They are now 18 & 20 years old. Time goes by so fast and I’m so glad I have all those photos of their childhood to remember those precious times with my boys! Every session is filled with fun and laughter. Thanks Kristen & Rich!” – Angela Arsenault, Brookfield
“Just can’t say enough about my grandson Kyles senior portraits. They will be something I cherish forever as he grows moves on to a new era of his life! Rich and Kristen you made the photo session so much fun in your professional manner. I truly believe Kyle enjoyed every aspect of it. Thank you once again. We will be back!” – Denise Driscoll, Spencer
“I’m so happy that I chose Barnes Portrait Design for my sons senior pictures. Richard was so great with both boys bringing out their natural smile. Nothing was forced and they truly had an amazing time. I HIGHLY recommend Richard, Kristen and Barnes Portrait Design to anyone looking for professional portraits. I will never again use anyone else and wished I used them sooner! You guys ROCK!”– Lisa Caron, Spencer
“There are seriously not enough stars to rate how amazing the work they do is. My husband and I have had senior portraits done by them family portraits and just recently they did our engagement and wedding pictures.
We have officially become spoiled by the amazing work they do. We will never be able to say thank you enough to them for capturing our story!
Can’t wait to have them capture future memories for us!” – Cassandra & Pete Mitchell, Spencer
“Amazing people to work with and the pictures are breathtaking!” – Victoria Robbie, North Brookfield
“We decided when our daughter was 2 years old to look for a “real” professional photographer. Highly recommended by a trusted co-worker, we drove down to East Brookfield from Littleton, MA, convincing ourselves on the long drive down with a 2 year old, this would be the only portrait we’d do, since it was over an hour drive from home. Over the river and through the woods, but oh so worth it when we saw the slide presentation of our beautiful 2 year old, capturing all of her facial expressions, from frowns to giggles to pensive to playful! And how do you pick just one! Thank you to Kristen for helping us sort through them! I still want them all!
Well, we have come back to East Brookfield every year, sometimes twice a year, and sometimes more since that first trip. We’ve done Birthday, Christmas, Bunnies, Chicks, Special Grandmothers, First Communion, Sweet 16 and now, Senior Portraits. And each time we came back because Rich is THE best portrait photographer and it is so worth the trip. He even has cookies waiting for us, knowing how much we love his “home baked” cookies and in the winter, the warm mulled apple cider! Everyone is relaxed and at ease, no pressure, just welcoming and inclusive of the children and the parents. With younger children, he sings Disney tunes off key and just brings out the best expressions, giggles, and smiles. With older, jaded teens he speaks their language, gets goofy, pretends he doesn’t really get it, making them laugh and of course, roll their eyes! His antics serve a purpose, capturing the essence of the child. We trust his judgment and his creativity every time, and are never disappointed. We just finished Senior Portraits and they were amazing, truly captured our daughter’s personality.
Thank you for capturing the true essence and unique personality of our daughter every step of the way, every year, from a toddler in a tiara and tutu to a young woman dreaming of her future.
Thank you Rich and Kristen, you rock!!
See you soon!”
The Rizzolo Family, Josi, Tony and Stefania, Littleton, MA
“Very professional, friendly experience. Barnes definitely enjoys what they do. Work amazingly with young children!” – Bob Zukowski, Spencer
“Richard, you are “The Best Photographer” and you have always taken beautiful photos of my children. Kristen, you are amazing in everything you do. The two of you, together, make Barnes Portrait Design a wonderful experience. Thank You! ” – Sharon Moore, Worcester
“Quality, Timeliness, Customer Service!
You guys did a great job ! I can’t wait till the portraits come in , thank you very much!”
– Nancy Pecore, Charlton
“Thank you so much! Our daughter’s First Communion Portraits are stunning. We will cherish them forever. Rich was amazing with her; brought out her personality. Kristen was the best.”
– Missy Rio, East Brookfield
“Fantastic experience and very personable!” – Cheryl Dougin, Brookfield
“Our family holds on to many memories captured in portraits by Richard Barnes. Richard took our first family portrait back in 2003, when our daughter’s hair grew back after chemotherapy treatments. The portrait is a treasure that we will have in our home forever. In 2005, we were fortunate to have portraits taken of our daughter, as she lived her final days here on earth. Again – he gave us a memory no one else could give us. We are able to look at these portraits everyday, and be reminded of her beauty in the life-like portraits he created for us. We most recently returned to Barnes Portrait Design for our son’s High School Senior Portraits. Once again, he took pictures that captured his personality. Some were traditional pictures, with many including props that will remind us of all his high school talents, as time moves on.
As we continue to move forward in life… having these precious portraits.. allows us to keep our memories alive.” Kathy Langlois, Spencer
“Our experience at Barnes was both a ton of fun and completely rewarding. Rich and Kristen made us feel very relaxed and they spent time getting to know us and our dog, Sundae. Since Sundae was so relaxed and comfortable, her photos came out absolutely stunning! And Kristen helped us make our way through the many photos and choose what was best for us. Always patient and professional, but so down to earth.
In the end, we were left with the most beautiful piece of artwork that we could have ever hoped for.
We highly recommend Barnes Portrait Design for anyone looking for a meaningful, beautiful portrait. Thank you Rich and Kristen!”
Mike, Maureen, and Sundae Kenneway, Worcester
“Rich & Kristen, Thank you for a great session today for Julia’s portraits. She had a blast. You did our wedding, infant photos for both girls and now our first Senior portraits. Always good to see you. Julia loved you guys.” – Chris Lucchesi, Holden
“Thank you Kristen & Rich we had a great time with you today. You are both so great with the kids.Can’t wait to see the photos.”
– Robin Santram, East Brookfield
“Awesome as always!! Rich is so great with kids!!!” – Kate Mercier, Leicester
“We first started working with Barnes Portrait Design 5+ years ago after a former co-worker highly recommended them. Our first session was 3 weeks after the birth of our first daughter, so to say we were stressed is an understatement. The session couldn’t have gone any better. Rich and his assistant have amazing (and funny!) personalities that instantly make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is never any sense of time pressure and you always feel as though you are getting outstanding service. Since this first meeting, there was never a question that Rich would be our Family Photographer. He has photographed our other two daughters since and just recently we commissioned Richard to photograph our family on the porch of our new home. The portrait came out absolutely amazing.
Rich’s passion for photography shines through in his amazing work – the images are truly works of art. We’ve never felt so much emotion while looking at a photograph.
We can’t thank him enough for capturing such beautiful images of our girls. We proudly display all of our portraits throughout our home and will treasure his work forever!”
Karen Zidonis, Shrewsbury, MA
“Thank you for the beautiful portraits. I couldn’t be happier. I find myself lost in thought when I look at them. It is one of the greatest gifts I have given myself and my family. It is truly a gift of memories. This is what I see when I look at my portraits. I see the whole moment. These moments are relived again and again with every glance. One day my children will inherit these portraits and they too can relive the many fun times we all got together to make a memory. Thank you so much, Rich and Kristen!” – Tracie Cahan
“Kristen and Rich,
We want to thank you for one of our best memories! By this I mean mother and son, and a great host to shoot our babies senior portraits!
The portraits are terrific, and Kristen’s help to make Steve’s last year at Quabbin Regional is a success!
He will leave this fall for the Marines, which breaks my heart, these photos mean more to me than words can describe. Thank you!” Our Best, The Morrison’s
“Getting pictures taken is always such a stressful experience; from figuring out what wear to making sure everyone looks their best. Barnes Portrait Design is very accommodating in every aspect from answering any questions about clothing to picking a beautiful outdoor location.
The studio is beautifully manicured inside and out and the staff is warm and welcoming!
Rich has done my senior portraits, a family portrait, my sister’s senior portrait as well as pet portraits for me within the past 5 years!
He is such a talented photographer who shows endless amounts of creativity and energy. His sense of humor is a bonus during the portrait sessions. We usually have all we can do to keep from bursting out laughing while he is photographing us. His assistant always makes sure everything is in place, clothing, hair, etc. They make a great team and in the end every product is always phenomenal.
I was extremely impressed every session, especially the pet one. Rich came prepared with a variety of horns and his assistant would meow and woof in order to get my dog into the perfect position!
Kristen is always such great help in deciding which pictures or packages to get and works around our schedule for appointments.
Kristen and Rich are extremely professional and truly excel at what they do. I always know what photographer to recommend to people and will definitely be using Barnes Portrait Design to capture many more memories in the future!” Steph Morin, Spencer
“I’ve been taking my family to Barnes Portrait Design for many years. Rich does such a wonderful job capturing the true nature of my family (and our pets!) and captures the most wonderful memories! I recommend Rich to everyone I now because I’ve seen many photographers’ work and none compares with the quality and essence of what Rich is able to do. I honestly feel like Rich, Kristen and everyone that works with them are a part of my family and our legacy. My portraits, large and small, are heirlooms that will be passed on for generations to come!”
Michelle Petriaitis, North Brookfield
“I discovered Barnes Portrait Design right after the birth of my oldest daughter in 1997. It’s hard to believe that in another year, Rich will be taking her Senior Portraits!
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller “Life mores pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it!”.
From our very first session it felt like we were visiting an old friend. Kristen, Rich and their staff made us feel right at home with an easy rapport.
Our family grew from three to six rather quickly with the birth of triplets in 1998. We had some wild times then! The toddler years went by in a blur. I am always touched when I look at the portraits from those years and see how Rich captured their growing personalities. Some of my fondest memories are of dragging my workaholic husband out of his office for our family sessions, especially when we hit the beach at Cape Cod. Not one of us can help but smile when we mention that day! My kids wanted to take Rich home with us.
When selection times comes, Kristen is the best! Ever the professional but with the insight only a mom would have! All the portraits are gorgeous and it’s so hard to choose, but she always knows what works. From the little scrape on my son’s knee that is completely endearing, to the advice that I should get the portrait of the family standing on the beach because the next time we are photographed, the kids will be taller than us (they are!). The kinship of have four kids of her own brings so much to the experience!
Rich and Kristen are the perfect combination of wild creativity and motherly sensibility. We are looking forward to a lifetime of memories preserved and some delightfully funny photo sessions!” Sandy Bosnaskis, Holden
“Before I went to Barnes to get my Senior Portraits done I was really nervous about what right outfits to wear, poses to do and if it was going to be quiet due to my shyness. Right as I walked through the doors, I was welcomed with comfort and open arms! Rich helped me with choosing all of my outfits for the amazing sceneries where we did the shots and made the atmosphere very energetic and comforting. Rich had a great personality, and kept my family that came alone with the photoshoot involved and entertained! I also brought props with me that Rich incorporated in the shots fantastically!
Rich always went out of his way to make the shot look great! I had so much fun, I can’t even explain it! The photos came out amazing and I would recommend Barnes Portrait Design to anyone!!”
“Rich was wonderful with the kids, so funny, he had them all in hysterics and my nephew even left the beach slapping his hand against his forehead yelling “Oh Man!” just like Rich had been doing! It was so cute!
Luckily, Rich is doubly gifted – part comedian and part photographer which makes for some awesome pictures!
My family was so impressed with Rich at the session. I don’t know what they expected, but I think they were all dreading a family portrait on our last night at the Cape, but it ended up turning into the “highlight of their vacation”! They couldn’t believe how funny Rich was and they thought he was so professional and gifted, etc!
I could go on and on, but I have a million emails after a week off, but I did want to pass that all onto you guys! Thanks, Rich and Kristen for a beautiful portrait session!”
Dr. Kelly Bouchard, Sturbridge
“Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture the most subtle aspects of our girl’ personalities in his portraits! Time and time again, we find ourselves commenting, “that is so her”, amazed that he was able to memorialize the little idiosyncrasies that are so unique to each of our children! It is a treat to watch them during the photo sessions, smiling and giggling so naturally as he runs through several backdrops and outfits from the most formal to the most casual at a perfect pace! The first time he photographed them, they asked, ‘Mommy, can we do that again next weekend?’. He inevitable brings tears to our eyes as we view his amazing work in a musical slide show presentation as we make our final choices.
Richard is a true artist and his portraits, timeless masterpieces!” Dr Jane Molinari, Shrewsbury
“When our little girl finally arrived, we knew we wanted Barnes Portrait Design to capture hew fun loving spirit! Rich & Kristen did such a great job of making her laugh and smile to catch that perfect picture of both her and our new family of three!
Watching Rich work by making his silly noises and faces that made our daughter laugh endlessly, made us laugh too! We now have some great moments frozen in time for our little lady to have for the rest of her life. Our family portrait is just perfect and makes such a great focal point on our living room wall. We receive so many compliments on our new portraits from our family and friends. We look forward to working with them again in the future as our daughter grows and gets bigger and can’t wait to see what creative ideas (and laughs), Rich has in store for us next!”
Kate Paquin, Spencer
“We first met Rich when he photographed my husband and I twenty years ago for our wedding! We hit it off and had such a blast , as the music was jamming in the background in the studio!
When our first son was born, we began photographing him with Rich at 6 months old and then we took our first family portrait! The photos combined with the baby chicks and bunnies – we made sure that we came to Barnes at least once a year to capture all of the precious moments with all three of our children!
We have so many beautiful portraits in our homes and inside our photo albums from over the past 20 years, all taken at Barnes Portrait Design. I would NEVER go anywhere else – the atmosphere and the professional quality of the photographs are PRICELESS to our family!
From beautiful fall foliage family portraits to now both of our son’s senior portraits, we could not be happier. Rich and Kristen are a class act and we will keep coming to them with future visits at each important stage of our lives! Thank you for helping us create such beautiful memories!”
Rachel Economos, Worcester
“I have been taking my son to Barnes Portrait Design for the past 10 years! The atmosphere is very welcoming from the moment you arrive. The studio is beautifully decorated with an array of captured moments that are timeless pieces of art gracing a wall.
I have twelve of those captured moments hanging on my wall, each one a favorite.
It is truly amazing to watch Rich capture my son’s personality! The session is filled with smiles and belly laughs that I can recall with each photo. Then, Kristen takes you through all of those precious captured moments set to music, guaranteed to make you cry! She helps you decide offering “motherly” advice, pointing out something to make the decision easier. Then helping to pick out the perfect frames!
Thanks so much, Rich and Kristen!!!!”
Cindy Rice, West Brookfield