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Oh how I love newborns- Meet Princess K

Before I jump right in and share with you the beautiful Princess K I have to preface the story.  You see, Sharon is the Mom of my son's best friend.  My son Donnie and her son R went to daycare together since they were itty bitty. 

Even though they go to different elementary schools now, they are still best of friends.  Well, when I found out Sharon (aka Princess K's mom) was pregnant I basically threatened her that i was taking photographs of her new baby.  No, seriously, I would see her and would drill in her head 5-9 days after you give birth I will be at your house. 

And you see, a little "I'm showing up at your house to photograph your kids" jedi mind trick worked because I was able to capture this:
Look at this face!!

Princess K fussed for a bit in the beginning but then she was pure sweetness!! See, I have pictures to prove is.. look at this adorable-ness!!
Look at how comfy she is here..

One more of big brother.. he was so, sooo sweet with her..

Thank you so much Sharon & Tim for allowing me to photograph your family.  Princess K is beautiful and that R.. well you know we feel about him!! (love love!!)

If you want to see more of this sleepy little princess, head over to my Facebook Fan page.. :)



Blonde Hair + Blue Eyes + Pink & Purple = ADORABLE

When little C first showed up for her photo session her Mom said "she just woke up from her nap".  So I thought that it may take a little time to warm up to me.  Boy was I wrong! When she stepped out of the car and onto the beach it was like Tyra Banks was trained by HER!!

You don't ask sweet little C to pose, she does it for you naturally. 

Give her space and watch her work her magic on you. 

Did I mention she is THREE?  :)

I mean look at these eyelashes!

Give her a hat and watch her rock it out!

A quick wardrobe change and the magic continues..

And when I first uploaded and saw this picture in full resolution I said out loud.. AWHHHH..

Okay, I have to share one more.. just one more.. and then you need to head over to my Facebook page to check out the rest.. because little C was such a model. 

Thank you so much to Kristi, Kim, Theresa and Jamie for such a fun photo session.. Little C made my job easy!!!


This is my job. Amazingly.

This is my job.

I get to photograph "oh my goodness those cheeks"

I get to photograph little pixie fairies

I get to photograph happy.

I get to photograph handsome

I get to photograph innocence

I get to photograph angelic

I get to photograph sisters

I get to photograph love

and love

This is my job.
I am blessed.
I am blessed to have clients that let me in.  Not just the front door.  But they let me inside of who they are as a family. They allow me to find their beauty.

Photography has given me so much in my life.  It shows me that regardless of how ugly the world can be that there is so much love.  So so much love.   You just have to stop and watch.

Thank you so much Danielle and Jim for letting me in.  For choosing me to photograph your family, and for allowing my camera to capture the magic you all create together.

Go here to see more of this gorgeous family.



The End - And The Beginning

Last weekend my boys, my Mom and my nephew packed our bags and headed upstate to my Aunt's house in Windham.  It is a little over four hours from our home on Long Island.  Now I love road trips.  Seriously, back in the day my girlfriend and I would drive to North Carolina for the weekend (that is like TEN hours there, and TEN hours back). 

I didn't say we were very smart.  But my point is I don't mind driving. My mom on the other hand gets lost driving around the block.  She has never driven on the expressway.  Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but the last time I remember her driving on the expressway Bush Senior was President. 

Wait, where am I going with this?  Oh, our weekend get-away.  My Mom is the worst co-pilot ever.  I mean I love my Mom to death but her silent movies she puts on while I am driving, thinking I don't know see what she is doing is almost America Funniest Home Video worthy.  And then throw in the boys who did nothing but ask for things like "I am thirsty, I am hungry, make it lower, make it louder" and of course the "are we there yet?" 72,000 times..

Yet, it was all worth it because you get out of the car breath in the clean mountain air and see amazing scenery like this

or watch your oldest smile ear to ear after getting his fourth hole in one in miniture golf..

and then watching my little guy concentrate so hard to get his ball in ..

having Grandma help you beat your older brother..
As we drove home my boys slept and my Mom and I talked.  About everything and nothing yet in the back of my mind I knew it what was around the corner...
the end.
welcome school year 2011

good luck to my little man starting first grade.
I love you and I hope this year brings you more smiles than last.


What the heck? Friday - Oh yeah, I am back!!!

Holla!!! Yep, I am going to bring back What the heck? Friday's.  Well until I run out of topics to write about! :)  Soooo, if you ever have any questions at all for me, email or comment them and I will answer 100% to the best of my ability.  :)

A little while back I was asked:

"I have been using my prime lens a lot more lately, but I have problems getting the image in clear focus. I blame my bad eyesight. Right now, I take the shot, look at the preview and zoom in to check. If it's not as clear as I want, I delete and try again. Any tips on that?"

My answer may be winded so I am sorry.. :)  First, have you checked your diopter?  (sounds all fancy right?  It is just the little dial thing on your camera with a plus-minus sign on it near your eye piece - assuming you are shooting with an SLR).  The Pioneer Women just did a GREAT article on this, so I will point you in that direction first.  When I first checked my diopter (say that three times fast) it was off and did make a difference in my photographs!

I will say this though, The diopter setting does not have an affect on your cameras auto focusing.

The diopter helps you to clearly see the focusing screen when you are looking through the viewfinder helping you get the correct sharpness as you focus and shoot.

My second part to this is a blanket response because I am not sure exactly what you are shooting when you are not getting the clarity you want to achieve.  Since I photograph portraits I will give you my rules of thumb that get me by (though I tend to break these rules often).

Always try to keep your shutter speed at at least 1/125 for kids and double the focal length of your lens.  So if you are shooting with your 50mm lens = 1/100 shutter speed, Or with the yummy 85mm = 1/160-1/200, etc.

Now even with that basic rule of thumb I can still get motion blur at those speeds and that will result in a loss of clarity.  I tend to rely now on what kind of light I have, how fast my toddler is dodging me and then take the rule of thumb and adjust. 

And lastly, I love to shoot wide open.  I am still trying to rock shooting at a 1.4 all the time with toddlers, but it is taking longer than I thought (it is HARD to nail that).  With newborns it is easier because well, they don't roll their eyes at me much.  LOL  Just keep in mind the depth of your focal plane is as dependent on distance as aperture. If you are further away from what you are shooting, the wider play you have on your focal plane.   And vise versa.  The closer you are the narrower it gets.

Get to know your camera though because nailing clarity ahs a ton to do with knowing your camera's limitations.  My last camera always over-exposed by what looks like a half a stop so I always had to compensate for that.  My shiney new camera nails it as I see it through the metering but it took time with me playing with it to figure it out. 

Okay, I lied, that was not lastly.  I wanted to share how I keep my camera settings.  I always use spot focus/local metering and I set my camera so that it takes one shot at a time.  And I use back button focusing (I'll explain that in another post if you would like).  I used to custom white balance, and it is super helpful to know, but now I keep it on auto.  Why?  Because I use photoshop and I shoot raw so I can fix any white balance issues I may have while processing the images. 

I hope that helps!  And if you have any questions please ask away!! :)

Happy Shooting!!


Elementary Flash Back

I have known Leon since I was --> <--- that little.  Way before crows feet and kids came along.  There is a common bond you share with friends that you have known before you even knew who you were.

And old school friends accept you for who you are.  I mean Leon has seen my big hair, long black trench leather jacket days and he still speaks to me!

When I first photographed Leon's family it was right when I first identified my style.  I was still ironing out the kinks but I managed to get photographs they loved.  When he contacted me to photograph his family again this year I was ecstatic.  I mean I am still growing as a photographer, but I don't feel as paralyzed as I first did when I photographed his family the first time.

Let me just talk to you a bit of Leon and Patty's boys.  They are all sorts of funny.  Here are three boys so very dynamically different but who mesh so well that they are almost like a comedy routine. 

And? They totally have me convinced that they like me. LOL

Look at how handsome they are!

And here are Mom and Dad.. I so love this photograph of them..

Can you hear them laughing?  Makes me smile!!

This photo is one of my favorite from the day..

I want to thank Leon, Patty and their very cool little men.  I had a great time re-connecting with you again and I can't wait to see you guys soon!

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


Me, Me, and Me... oh and Me

I have blogged on and off now for three years.  It is something that is super addicting to me which makes no  sense because I am literally the worst writer ever.  No seriously, if my blog posts were graded I would get the big ol' "F" on each one.  (if my friend Angie is reading this I totally know she is shaking her head!!)

My blog.  Ugh, I hate the word blog.  You mention you have a blog and you get the look.  And for those of you who blog you know exactly what that look is like.  Kinda like the look Nina Katz gave Carrie Bradshaw in the bathroom in Season 5.  If you were obsessed with Sex and the City like I was you totally get that sentence, but if not, you can move along to the next paragraph. lol

This blog here has taken on various overhauls.  I can never make up my mind. I love the idea of being real and who I am, but I also like the keep it professional side too.  However, I am jumping ship to the more personal side of me for now.  For a while anyway.  I want you to get a sense who I really am, and not just the posts about how amazing my client sessions were.

To kick off things off I am going to present you with random Kim-ism's so you can get to know me both professionally and personally.

~ I love how library books smell.  (random why that was my first share, but lets go with that).

~ I never really know where anything is.  This drives my husband insane because I will send him 14 other places to look before I finally remember where "it" really is.

~ Before every photo session I still get super nervous and wonder why anyone hires me. 

~ Starbucks Venti Chai Tea Lattes are laced with some sort of crack.  They are ADDICTING!

~ Being 5'11" you are never considered "cute".  I am WAY to big of a girl to be cute.

~ I quote movies all day long.  To myself.  Because if I said them out loud people would be giving me that Nina Katz look I mentioned earlier.  Just to prove the point, there is a quote from Duece Bigalow, Male Gigolo that I would totally say to my previous random fact but I won't say it for fear of Google slapping me on the "potty mouth" blog list. 

~ I used to make my Mom video tape a cartoon called "Pepper Ann" so I could watch them when I got home from work.  I was 25.  Thankfully now we have DVR and I can hide my inner child and catch up on all the iCarly's I miss all on my own.  (that Spencer is so nutty!!)

~ Reading makes me happy.  I love to read.  Though now I know you don't believe me after that last random fact right?

~ Reality TV is 85% of what I watch.  I am addicted.  Throw "Real Housewives" in front of any city and you can probably bet I am watching it (though I am sooo out on DC and Georgia.. LOL)

~ Cooking.  blah.  It gives me chills thinking about it.  If I had my way everyone would live off of Chai Tea Lattes, or have a personal chef.  Now I know why my Mom would hand us boxes of cereal when I was a kid and say dinner is served. 

~ Kraft macaroni and cheese is the cheesiest.  Velvetta is just wrong and tastes like Elmer's glue.

~ I secretly hope one of my boys falls in love with photography. 

~ If given free time you will find me napping.  Napping is underrated.  A great nap totally triumphs things like, hmm, the fall sale that is going on at Lucky Brand Jeans. (which is amazing by the way!!)

~ I own at least 26 pairs of jeans.  No lie.  And some of them are like 15 years old.  I know, I know, but old school Gap Long and Lean are like magic pants and I will never part with them.

Okay, maybe I will stop here.  Only because the Housewife of NJ reunion special is on (see fact #9 )

**just a small side note, I am doing a What the Heck? post on Friday.  If anyone has any other questions you want to ask me about photography please feel free to email at  I always keep who wrote the question anonymous, so if you worried about that, now you don't have to be!!


I Heart Faces Photo Entry - Photojournalism

Have ya'll checked out I Heart Faces? It is a great site for photo loving people like myself.

This week I Heart Faces theme is Photojournalism.  I love Photojournalism.  It is seriously my love.  There were so many photos that I thought of entering for this weeks challenge but I narrowed it down to a favorite of mine.

This is little T.. I love how he is staring out thewindow of a very cold winter morning holding his little blankie buddy in his diaper.  I Heart Faces said we were allowed to share up to five photos to tell the story, but I think little T does a good job with just one.  :)


The missing sock memories.. 

My kids hate my camera.  They literally throw their little hands up and run.  Ask them to look in the camera so I can see how stunning their blue eyes are and they squint so much you can barely see the pupils. 

Little monsters is what they are.  Or.  Just maybe I am a p.i.t.a.  (insert giggle)

Last week while picking up my youngest from daycare the teacher shows me some photos they had taken of him when he was an infant.  My heart melted.  Because standing next to me was a three year old that can talk your ear off until the cows come home.  Not that I have cows, or have ever waited for them to come home, but I would imagine it takes a very long time.  :)

Or even just recently going through the photos I have taken from this summer.  The summer which I clearly remember saying to my kids on the first day of it, that it will be so much fun, is coming to an end. 

And I know I didn't take enough photos. We went to the beach a million times and I have one photo.  Or to the icy store where we sat outside and counted cars. I said to myself, ah, next time I will remember.  Now the end of the summer is here and next time is too late.

Just a few days ago I missed a moment when my little guy dragged every pot and pan out onto the floor to make me dinner.  At the time all I saw was a HUGE mess, but now, sitting here thinking about it all I can do is smile.  A memory that is missed because it is not on a photo.  It is a memory that will quickly be replaced leaving it to the "missing sock" pile of memories.

It drives me bananas because this is what I do.  I take photographs so that others can treasure that time and place of their lives and I am constantly missing my own.  All due to my own fault.  I let my over crazy brain take over with how things need to be in "order" and I miss out on the fun.  (stop shaking your head for all that know the real me.. LOL)

I know I have said this here before here on the blog.  And if you are a client I am always telling you to make sure to take pictures of "piggy pops" (their little feet) because their feet grow so quickly that they alone tell a story.  Well, so to be repetitive I want to say it again.  Take a photo.  Even every other day.  And then take those photos and save them up online, and wait for a, or a to offer you a photo book for $10.00 and get those photos printed into a keepsake book. (usually every two months they offer these types of deals and now that the holidays are quickly approaching you see more and more of them!)

Here are two photos of my boys that I took one night last week that I love.  They had just finished washing my husbands car with him and they were being sooo silly.  I love it because it quickly reminds me how we were dancing outside, nearing dark and just being fools.  This is a memory that could have been lost forever, but now I have it and one day I can show them and tell them the story.

Now, someone pass me my camera.  :)

Happy Shooting..


Thank goodness for Facebook - Long Island Family Photographer

I love Facebook for so many reasons but my number one reason it has introduced me to so many long lost friends, and to new amazing photography clients. 

Meet the "M Family".  Now, the "M Family" was the best of both worlds.  I went to school with Jenn and Paul.  Like way back in the day, junior high school.  And what is so crazy, they live like right about the block from me and know so many of the same people. 

I was extremely honored to come to their home and photograph their ridiculously cute family.  When Jenn told me they had a ten year old boy I was nervous.  Sometimes boys at that age get shy in front of the camera but Lil' P proved me w.r.o.n.g!!!

Look at this face - a true smile!!!  And then when I asked him for a serious face, he nailed it again.. How handsome right?  And he helped me with some tips on how to get "the dark dude" in Harry Potter.  Score!
Now meet "G".  She was hysterical.  Giving her brother rabbit fingers behind his head while we did family shots, telling me all about her friends and that she is on Team Jacob.  I told her I would still like her because  I am soooo Team Edward!  :P  Her bedroom was amazing.  Right down to a mini chandelier on the ceiling.  She also allowed me to photograph her and her best friend since she was little, little.

And, now, please let me introduce little O.  She is two.  Two and so full of personality she kept me rolling.  She was so incredible taking directions on where to stand, where to look, and how to sit.  Did I mention she is two?  Umm.. that usually never happens!  She adores, I mean ADORES her brother and sister. And the girl knows how to rock a tutu!!

Can you stand how cute they all are together?

And check out how adorable they all are together!
Umm.. wow did I ramble on this post.. what can I say, I had a great time.  Thanks so much Jenn and Paul for a GREAT photo session. 

To check out additional photos from this session (yes, there are so many other great ones!!) Head over to my Facebook Fan Page.

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