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Blessings.  This is the time of year that I reflect on life, love, and living.  Life and living are totally different to me.  Because I have my life, but there are times I am not living and only existing. 

Thanksgiving gives me a reason to say, hold on.  Breath. 

This year I want to list, a simple list of things I am very thankful for in my life. 

My boys. 
Their laughs.
Their piggy pops.
Don - my heart, my glue
His scruff when he doesn't shave
His smile when I do something funny and he doesn't want to laugh out loud because he knows it will egg me on.
Really loud music.
My mom
My moms strength
FORGIVENESS - In my mind, without this word in your life you are guaranteed to never feel true happiness.
Bad TV
This past summer
Friends that never judge and always love
Friends that are forever no matter how much time come between them
New friends
Listening to Aaron sing
Watching Donnie do karate
Mornings that we don't have to rush
My friends & family that allowed me to practice on them so I can grow a hobby into a business.
My clients that trust me with their memories.
Chunky peanut butter
Mac lip glass
Dexter even if he smells really, really bad
Hats for bad hair days
Jeans, Jeans, and Jeans

I can go on and on.  The little things like a perfect chunky peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich can make a bad day a deal able one, and for those little things I am thankful for. 

Inside me is so much gratitude for every person that loves me.  Because that is not an easy task.  Seriously, they all deserve an award or payment of some sort for dealing with my roller coaster scattered brain.  But without them in my life, I couldn't live. 

So Happy Thanksgiving to all of your families!  I hope it is filled with memories, good food and giggles.  


Finding my About Me

It took a long time for me to find an identity.  About 35 years to be exact. 

Let me back up a bit.  You know when you were younger and some of your friends danced.  Or played an instrument.   Or maybe they are amazing writers or artists. 

It seemed they had something that helped define who they are and where they were going to be in life. 

My friend Lisa for example, even in her late 20's was dancing in performances.  And to boot, she is a kick ass writer.  I remember sitting at one of her shows and being is awe of her talent and her dedication because of the happiness dance brought to her life.

I never had an identity outside of being Kim.  Quirky, not funny, corny Kim.  Then something amazing happened.  I became a wife and a Mom.  And being just Kim was not enough anymore.  I tried on a bunch of hobbies.  I really tried to be a scrapbooker, but O.M.G.. who has the patience for that?  Then I tried knitting.. Really?  that is fun?  Not for me.  

And then Photography found me. 

It is totally my husbands fault.  I joke all the time that he purchased my first SLR as a gift, little did he know that it would unravel into a business and my continuing love for yummy lenses.

Photography has given me patience to wait.  Wait for the shot.  Wait for the moment.  Yet, I laugh because I am still trying to find my patience when I ask my boys to hurry up and they decided they want to pretend they are stuck in slow motion mode.  :)

I still can't believe it is me sometimes.  When people ask what I do now, I say I am a photographer and it gets me each an every time.  I get to live my dream that I didn't even know I had. 

Once a person hears you are a photographer they always ask, how long have you been doing it and what kind of work do you do?  When I tell them it has only been four years since my husband bought me my first SLR they look confused. 

And I get that. 

I would be confused too.  Because like I said, most people have their hobbies already planned out when they are younger. I waited until I was 35, and I didn't even know I wanted it.

Yet now it consumes me.  I am constantly learning and trying to push my limitations.  Learning all about light is my biggest challenge.  Anyone can learn how an SLR works.  But introduce light, yummy, ever changing light and that is where I find the challenge and beauty in it all.  Each friend, family or client I have ever worked with teaches me how light can change the look of any photo.

I guess what I am saying is that one day when my boys are old enough to understand I will be able to say take your time when finding your own "About Me" because you never know when it will happen, but once it finds you, you will know.

(my boys at the beach this past September)


Candles, Cake and Mush OH MY

I may not be the best cook.
I may put the coffee spoon in the dishwasher before he finishes stirring his cup.
I may make him play "Where did Kim put my stuff again?" wayyyy to many times. 

But birthdays I never screw up.  I own them.  I truly believe that birthdays are the "SPECIALIST" day of the year.

My husband Don's birthday is today.

Today I make sure I don't do any Kim'isms. 

Like burn dinner or forget to make it.

I can't wait to make a big deal out of his day.  Because he is a big deal to me.  And to our boys. 

Dear Don,

I see how hard you work.  Even when you think I don't.  I can't pretend I understand it all, but I try.  I won't get any mushier, because I want to say everything in my heart to you in person later on today.

But for now please know that I would be lost without you. 

Thank you for every single thing you do for us.

More importantly, thank you for loving me. 

I love you Donald Joseph.
I love us.


Lollipop, Lollipop... 

As I walked around the park with A & C's Mom she shared her story.  A story that just melts your heart and makes you realize that she was put on the earth to spread good.  Her little girls were full of laughter and light.  We had such a great time walking around the park.

What I love when I photograph siblings is that the younger one is always trying to emulate the older.  I find it so endearing and heart warming. 

Look at the sister sweetness here..

And how they gazed out onto the lake together..

Look at these curls!!

And this light in her hair!! LOVE IT..

And they LOVED the lollipops I gave them at the end of their session..

Thank you so much Elizabeth for allowing me to photograph your beautiful daughters.  :)

To see more from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan Page..



Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.  ~George Iles

Hope.  It is a word I have come to put so much faith in.  It is was allows me to find light in my heart.

Today my boys and I awoke especially early to pick up my Mom and head out to Jones Beach for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. I was joined by my two younger sisters, their boys, and my beautiful cousin Jenna and her fiance Chris. 

I don't know how many others were there for the walk.  My guess would be about 10,000. 10,000 strangers walking for a cure to stop breast cancer.  For every bright pink shirt with the words SURVIVOR on the back of it you would see a sign remembering a loved one that lost their fight. 

It was overwhelming. 

In "life" I am a cornball.  A person that is usually laughing making a sarcastic joke out of everything. I try to really filter out how my moms illness affects me because I easily spiral out of control and end up in funk that I am often to mentally exhausted to explain.

That is when I lean on Hope.

When I watched my Mom receive a medal today for being a survivor I wanted to drop to my knees and cry.  Because the pessimistic side of me wants to be so angry.  I want to be pissed off that inside my Moms body is an evil that nothing can stop and continues to lie dormant until it makes the decision to make the next move.  And at Stage 4 of her disease there is no counter move she can be waiting with to retaliate.

That is where Hope falls in again.

Hope is why she is receiving the medal.  Hope is why she is a survivor and why she will receive the medal again next year and the next.

10,000 + strangers today have the same Hope I do.  The same Hope my sisters and family carry in their heart. 

To find a cure.


Two Sisters + One Brother = Precious Sweetness

It was a perfect morning for photographs.  I had never been to this park, but it was right on the bay and had the best of both worlds.... green, green lush grass areas with a beach and a bay.

I met T, A & J for the first time.  Little A is 17 months and she adores her big sister and brother.  I mean truly adores them..

Then there is T.  She is simply one word.  Stunning.

Then there was J.  He was hysterical.  He tried bargaining out of taking his photographs.  But in the end I won.  Look at how adorable he is... he looks like a professional model with this pose..

Take a look at Baby A and how adorable she is in this dress..

The one thing I did not mention about this morning is that we were only at this park for about 15 minutes or so because the mosquitoes were attacking the kids something awful.

This photograph was seriously one were I was like "Okay, sit, here, here and here".. snapped the picture and had Mom and Dad run them back to the truck because they were being attacked!!

But I will say I love how the end result was captured..

Thank you so much Caroline and Danny!! I truly loved photographing your beautiful family!

I posted the other fabulous photographs from this session over on my Facebook Page.. go check them out! :)


Love. Pure & Simple

When Lauren contacted me to take her engagement photographs I will admit I was a little nervous.  I mainly photograph newborns, families, toddlers, and children.  She was recommended to me and loved my style so we booked an appointment. 

The day of the session was just spectacular.  The weather was as if I had hand selected the day, and the Oyster Bay Arboretum was the perfect backdrop. 

While walking to through the arboretum I was able to get to know who Lauren and Greg are, and what they mean to each other.  I swear that they both beamed when their eyes connected with one another.   Two words.. true love. 

Look at this fierceness!!

When I tell you Greg and Lauren rocked it out, i am not even kidding.  You can see their love, and that makes me giddy..

Did I mention the light was a.m.a.z.i.n.g?

Lauren is going to make a stunning bride.  And Greg will for sure be a very handsome groom.  I was super lucky they trusted their engagement photographs with me. 

Thank you Lauren and Greg.  For opening up and letting the day be completely effortless and full of emotion.

To check out more from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan Page


Pink Heroes - A plan of action to find a cure


Friday, October 1st is the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

In ONE MORE DAY a whole month is dedicated to help raise awareness and money to find a cure.

If I had a mega phone I would shout it from the top of the Montauk Lighthouse so that every single person on Long Island could hear.. and I would yell so loud that my voice carried over to Connecticut, and down to Florida, and over to California. 

We need to find a cure.
I say WE because so many, let me rephrase that, WAY TOO MANY are suffering from Breast Cancer.  And WE as a collective force can help raise awareness and money to beat this awful disease. 

Am I preaching? Maybe.  But you see my Mom has Stage 4 Breast Cancer. 

I cannot come to terms with it no matter how hard I try. 

What can I do?  Because I can't cure my Mom no matter how much I beg God.

I will walk.  On October 17th 2010 I will walk with my Mom, and my sisters.  I will walk with other families that know someone with the disease.  With the amazing donations from my friends and family I have almost $400 to give the American Cancer Society. 

But I will not stop there.  For the entire month of October I am donating 10% of every session fee I collect. At the end of the month I will send a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  It may not be a ton of money, but every cent given counts.

In November I will be participating in an event called Images for a Cure: Photographers uniting for a common cause.  The goal:  "We will unite our talents to contribute one day of session fees in support of breast cancer research. 100% of all session fees collected on this date will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. We are hopeful, that with your support we will find a cure in our lifetime."

My friend Kim who owns Flexx Appeal Pilates studio near me is hosting an event on October 21st.  It will be a fundraiser and any proceeds she collects is going to the Breast Cancer Research Association.  If you are on Long Island, stop down and say hello because I will be there supporting her and you can maybe win a prize!

And last but soooo not least....

My very darling, sweet, talented friend Rachel is also going Pink next month.  Her blog A Southern Fairytale along with her friend Tricia at Once a Month Mom are pulling together an amazing project.  They are gathering stories and recipes celebrating "someone who has fought with, is living with, is kicking cancer’s ass, has lost the fight"…They will be posting one recipe and story every single day in October.  They will then take all the stories and recipes and create a book.  The book will created for others to purchase and every single dollar will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

I will share my story, as a daugther watching her Mom fight.  I am sharing my favorite recipe that my Mom makes that my sisters and I fight over.  Then when the book is ready, I will purchase a copy for my mom and I. 

A cure needs to happen. Now.  Because of her.

Because she has so much to live for:
(our family last November)

And I can't live without her.


Double blessing, beautiful Mom to Be

Jennifer contacted for a maternity photo session to capture this amazing time in her life.   She had shared that she is pregnant with twins (I was silently jumping up and down!  TWINS.. how exciting!) When I arrived at Jennifer's home and met her for the first time  I was like WOW!!! 

I am totally not even exagerating, look at her here..

And the beauty does not stop there.. look at how amazingly the light surrounds her...

Then there is the nursery the two little princess's will be sleeping in.. Isn't it the sweetest thing ever? 

During the entire session I was blown away by Jennifer's beauty and glow.  It was such an amazing maternity session that it made me truly fall in love with maternity photography.  Thank you so much Jennifer for choosing me to photograph this amazing time in your life!

If you want to see more amazing photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan Page.. :)


I blinked ... 

For those of you who know me in real life you know that my boys are my life (big and small).  My life truly did not begin until I became a wife and a Mom.

Becoming a Mom made me pursue dreams and goals I never knew I had.  My boys make me want to make this world a better place.  There is nothing, and I mean nothing I will not do to make them smile.  And they will never truly understand the miracle and blessings they are to me.

And it was six years ago today I finally understood what it meant to be selfless. 

Today my oldest celebrates his sixth birthday.  He will wake up and see the house decorated as he does every year.  He will get to eat chocolate birthday cake for breakfast, and then ice cream cake for dinner.  He will hear me say Happy Birthday 900 million times. 

I want him to know he is a big deal. 
I will show him that his birthday is better than Christmas.
I need him to know that every year I am his Mom is the "bestest" year ever.

Because it started with him.  My son Donnie.  My peanut. 

The second they put him in my arms and felt him breath in rhythm with me is something I will never forget.
If I close my eyes and think back I can still smell his baby breath.

I danced endlessly holding him in my arms in the kitchen to make him stop crying as an infant.  And now we dance together falling down with laughter.  And I feel like all I did was blink.  How does it go so fast? 

dandme this is still one of my favorite photos taken with him..

Happy Birthday Donnie..

I want you to know how proud I am to be your Mom.  Watching you experience life is so, so scary but so very rewarding.  You know who you are inside even if the outside world sees a shy little man.  Remember that no matter what, I will love every ounce of you all of the time.  And one day when you are old enough to understand I will explain to you just how much allowed me to grow just by watching you grow. 

I love you peanut and I cannot wait to watch you blow out your candles tonight..

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