My big girl is 8 today!!!! Man its crazy how fast these years go by. It has been 8 whole years since I'd spend my days holding this little baby with a beautiful round head on my chest for hours. All the older ladies would tell me to stop holding her so much and not to get her used to being in my arms. Well I sure am glad I never listened to them because I held that little baby as much as I could possibly hold her because I knew those days wouldn't be forever. Those days were the best. I had not a single other care in the world just one little baby that I could give all my time and attention to. She has grown up to be quite a special girl and I am pretty damn proud to be her momma. She is bright, considerate, funny, kind, a strong leader, pretty goofy, and just damn awesome. She is an old soul like her momma and has a really good heart. Here are some shots we took, she requested I get her roller skates after seeing a recent shoot of mine. Love my girl,
This baby did not want to sleep! I arrived at this family's home and the baby was sleeping. I started taking a couple of shots and within 2 minutes she woke up and that was it! We tried everything but she just wanted to be part of the action. It happens! I always go with the flow of the newborns. We go along with their schedule and if being posed and positioned is not on their agenda we work around it. This time we got to get a lot more lifestyle shots and I happen to really love lifestyle shots especially when it comes to newborn sessions--theres so much emotion to capture and looking back on these kind of photos is pretty special. This couple was super sweet and awesome to work with . And Dads, take note! This guy was Super Dad and was super involved in all the care taking and even diaper changing and bonus: he kept humming the theme song of Indiana Jones to sooth his little girl, so SWEET!!!
Seriously, the baby making days are the best and happiest days ever. While I wouldn't want to go back there I certainly do miss them. There is something so incredible about bringing a new baby home. Their tiny toes and little hands, their yummy smell, their tiny little cry...All so special. Those days were exhausting I will admit and sleep seemed like it would never again be in my future. But dealing with a baby that just wants to be held seems far simpler now than dealing with older kid needs! I love capturing growing families as they welcome new babies into their homes and adjust to the new dynamic. Its nice to see when older siblings like this little guy are super excited for their new sibling and just want to help and hold them. And, not only was this little baby so cute but she was sleepy and didn't cry a peep! So much love here...
Recently got to shoot a behind the scenes during a photo shoot for Amur, a really awesome clothing line that has beautiful designs using resources that are mindful for the environment. The shoot was in an artist's home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and it was probably one of the coolest places EVER. Every room had its own unique style and there were random but super cool pieces of art everywhere. Here are shots from the day including some detail shots of the place itself. Such inspiration all around. I was in HEAVEN.
I recently attended a workshop with a model and a few different lighting setups. It was unlike anything I've ever done--lighting setups are foreign to me. Basically it was a room of photogs all shooting at their own pace and experimenting. It was fun, I enjoyed the change of scenery. However I think I will always love natural light photography the most.
The summer always seems like it will be so long and I always have so many intentions of doing different things. And then just like that it's over. Back to school is always bittersweet. While I get to get back into routine and have some me time I do end up missing my little people. Off to PreK, 1st grade, and 2nd grade they go.
Funny how having another baby changes everything and yet once they are here you can't imagine what life was like before them. I always like watching families as they grow and capturing their new family dynamic. My baby days are over but at least I get to live vicariously through clients and get my fix now and then. :)
I have always loved looking back at old photos-mine, my mom's, my grandma's. I would go to their houses and take out their albums and look at photos over and over again. I loved getting to look back at photos of my mom when she was younger and get to see how she looked at every stage of her life. I loved seeing the way she dressed, her hair, and even her mood--I'd wonder why she looked so serious in some or what made her smile in that way in others. Nowadays we are all camera happy with our iPhones and have a ton of selfies in front of mirrors or with wacky snapchat filters. But I wonder how it will be to look back on those kind of photos. Having real photos is a treasure. Being the picture taker often leaves me documented the least. Sometimes I get jealous of my clients' after I give them photos of them and their families and I just want to be in some photos like that. Actually as awkward as I feel when other people take my photo for whatever reason I have always loved taking pictures of myself. Since I was in 6th grade I would get dressed up and use my camera's self timer to take photos of myself. My mother can attest to the rolls and rolls of film I'd have her get developed of me in all sorts of wacky outfits. Sounds silly, I know. But they are fun to look back at. So these days I don't do that all too often but I do once in a while want to be in front of my own lens and capture myself and my emotions and have photos for myself and my kids to one day look back at and remember me at that point in time. They really are nice to have. I'd suggest to anyone to make sure to document themselves regularly or even book a shoot for themselves and have a visual to tell their story.
Such fun capturing this happy and loving family. The momma warned me about her sassy little girl not cooperating but I think she did super! We got lots of great ones!
Got to spend some time capturing this family at their favorite park before they moved from NYC all the way to Denver, CO. Gotta be bittersweet. This little baby had the cutest expressions.
Let's see if I can keep up with this blogging thing again. I have a passion for capturing souls and emotions. I've been experimenting with shoots that allow me to do just that and really let my vision come to life. Hope you like them. Here is one from over the summer. My gorgeous muse in Greece.
So I've really fallen in love with the fitness world. I began working out regularly almost 2 years ago and what began as a healthy habit turned into a fascination of what your body can do if you keep pushing. Getting stronger is an addiction. I've met a lot of people and have had some fun doing lots of fitness shoots. I love coming up with wacky ideas for them to do to demonstrate their strength on camera. This shoot was with Michelle who is beautiful, strong as hell, and also a super bendy yogi. We had lots of fun and she was willing to do all sorts of craziness including climbing a rusty iron post in the Hudson River and doing an arm balance on it.
Love the vibe of these. Location + model worked really well. I prefer capturing souls over smiles. Unguarded moments where you can capture your subject's raw emotions are what to me make the perfect photos.
gorgeouuuusssssss. Was so nice to connect with an old friend. She truly got my vision and helped me nail it. Her beauty is captivating.
I absolutely love cloudy skies and also love the ocean. Doing this shoot and being able to capture both along with my beautiful subject was just awesome.
I never got around to sharing all of these. But, on a few occasions I had the privilege to capture Alec and Hilaria Baldwin's family. Not only were they a pleasure to work with but I also got to have my work published in magazines throughout the world! This was such an amazing experience.
I just love these little people. They are what make my blood flow and my heart beat. Hope your heart's song keeps you afloat this day and every day.
Love evolves as we become parents and it will never be the same. Our hearts beat faster, our blood flows stronger, and it is as if all our senses are enhanced. So much of ourselves are focused on this new little being that makes our hearts explode, but the love between us also intensifies as we appreciate what we amazingly created TOGETHER...
There is NOTHING like bringing a baby into your home for the first time. The amount of time you can spend adoring your first born and this very special new bond is like no other. Such an amazing new start in your life, so much to love and be thankful for. How beautiful is this new family !?
ooooh the excitement of becoming a mom!!! the gorgeous glow of this mom to be just shows the happiness of such a wonderful time.