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Entries in Long Island Photographer (40)

Saturday
Apr282012

Things really do happen for a reason....

It was a chilly day in January 2010 when I received an email inquiry from an expectant Mom inquiring about newborn photos.  I remember I was at a stop light and did something I NEVER do when I first get an email inquiry; I picked up the phone.  That may sound strange, but when I get an email inquiry in I 100% of the time reach out for my first touch with an email back to them within 48 hours. 

Libby answered right away, and click.  Seriously, it can be explained as simple as that when I spoke to her, we just clicked.  It has been a little over two years and I my relationship with Libby has planted roots. 

That ONE little email inquiry back in 2010 has defined a new path, with new relationships and friendships.  I find it hard to express in person how thankful I am to Libby and Tommy.  There is no card, or poem, or expression to really convey how blessed I feel that our paths crossed.  I think of that email inquiry often, because for some reason on that morning I changed the way I did things and it open a door .. a gateway of some sort (I know how silly that sounds but it is the best way to explain).  Her and her husband Tommy have been so amazing by believing in my work.  And then there is Tommy's dad, and Mom, and Sister, and Libby's best friend... I can go on, and on.

Libby and Tommy are expecting their second little one any day now and I cannot wait to capture how the next chapter of their life unfolds.  The photos below were taken of their family at two separate occasions.  I kept delaying posting the images because I wanted to create the "perfect" blog post on how to say THANK YOU to them both for being so amazing to my family, especially my boys.  Alas, I don't think I there will ever be an expression of thanks that will be large enough.

so thank you Libby & Tommy for every person you have put in my path ... especially your family and closest friends..



Tuesday
Apr102012

The beautiful Nicole.. - Long Island Photographer

When I was in my early 20's I had no clue who I was or where I wanted to be in life.  When I met Nicole on a beautiful winter day earlier this year she blew me away with the confidence and determination of the direction of her life. 

A dancer, an actress, a college student with plans.  Big plans.  She wanted and needed head shots that were different and not in a studio.  I know some day I will be either see her dancing in a major play or starring in a movie. 

Here are some of my absolute favorite from the session:



Thank you again Nicole!!!! To see more images from this session, please head over to my Facebook page.. :)

Wednesday
Dec142011

An entire session of smiles.. 

This past summer I had a session with this beautiful family.  The session took place a day before Long Island ws hit by Hurricane Irene.  The weather was spectacular.  While the rest of the island was rushing around getting ready I was off photographing Monica and her beautiful family.

When I first arrived the kids were getting dressed.  The little girl came down stairs and this was my very first shot...I knew after I captured it, that it was going to be a great session.

My favorite from the session is this image.  They were belly laughing at one another.

Not even joking, I own the exact same shoes this handsome little man is wearing.


How adorable are these two?

Mom and Dad were equally as flawless..



Thank you so much Monica for such a great session.  Your children were simply wonderful to photograph!!

Wednesday
Oct132010

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

Tuesday
Jun152010

A Beautiful Family Referral! - Long Island Family Photographer

When Katie emailed me for a photo session she referenced that Samantha recommended me, whose son I had photographed a little while back (see cuteness here).  I was super excited because I was going to be trying out a new location I had just scoped out a week prior. (THANKS KIM!!)

The weather was perfect and I couldn't get over how fast this session went because it seemed to flow with not one hiccup. 

Here are my favorite from the session..





Love this one of Mom and Dad.. so beautiful...

Thank you again Katie for choosing me, and thank you Samantha for recommending me!!!

Please head over to my Facebook page to see more from this session.

Monday
Jun072010

Just my kids.. and a cute idea for your kids

I took these over the last couple of weekends.. most were taken during the Memorial Day weekend because I stayed home a ton and just let the boys play..

As a photographer I am riddled with guilt sometimes that my boys hate my camera.  Well, they like to take photos, just not be in photos.  In all honesty though, I do bother them a ton to practice on.. lol..

Before I forget.. a cute idea I have been doing with the boys for a few months now that I have been meaning to share for you to try with your kids, or your nieces, nephews, cousins, etc... Go to the dollar store, or to Target or Walmart.. anywhere that sells disposable cameras and pick one up. 

Give the camera to the child and tell them to have fun taking photos of anything they want.  They don't need to use all the photos in one day (which is never the case with my kids because they use the entire camera in like 15 minutes).

Now, go get the disposable camera developed and prepared to be amazed.  Seriously, you would be amazed what they find to photograph.  It is a great fun, inexpensive idea to have any child be creative. 

I do it once per month with my boys now and the whole project costs me about $15.00 for two disposable cameras and getting the prints developed.  When I get the prints back I gush over how creative they get each month.  My oldest actually lines up shots before he takes them now.  It is adorable!!! 

Okay, so these photos.  I love my kids to death and they are so cute and I miss just taking photos to take photos so I have been more mindful to just snap and not compose.  These are some of my favorite shots I got because of it..

So remember.. take the camera out and don't worry about being technical sometimes.. it is freeing, fun and can turn into some magical memories.. :)




And a pretty, pretty Rainbow!!!

Happy Shooting!!!

Thursday
Jun032010

Sweet Little Girl - Baby E - Nassau County Newborn Photographer

I travel around Long Island to take photos of sweet little newborn, families, children, etc.  Long Island is pretty big and I have no fear driving anywhere on it to go to my sessions.  But ask me to cross over to one of the five boroughs and I panic. 

But look at this face!!!!

How could I pass that up?  Besides, driving to Whitestone was not that bad at all.  Actually, it was fun because I got to have scenery I normally don't get like the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the city sky line. 

Baby E was the perfect little girl.  She let me put bows on her, change blankets without making a peep.  She waited to the end to even fuss she was hungry.

Look at how beautiful this little girl is..




Thank you so, so much to Baby E Mom & Dad for choosing me as their photographer!!!!

Friday
May282010

Such a little man with such great hair!! Baby Y- Nassau Newborn Photographer

When I first met baby Y he was all bundled up in a little blankie so all you could see was his incredible hair! 

SO ADORABLE!!  How do you NOT say awh to this photo!!  :)


His nursery was such a cute bear theme and Mom asked if I could incorporate one of the stuffed animals they have with little baby Y. I was all "OH MY GOODNESS, how CUTE!!"

See how cute:
 
Baby Y was such a great little sleeper for me.  Here are some of my other favorites from this session.

Look how tiny!! and that HAIR!!

Look at those lips!!!


Thank you to Baby Y's Mom & Dad for allowing me to photograph their first born!  And thank you to Helena for buying them a gift certificate!!

Please head over to my Facebook page to see more from this session.  Baby Y is that cute, you have to go check him out!! :)

Tuesday
May042010

Meet Dominick - A Little Hero - Littlest Heroes Project Photographer Long Island

A while back I applied to become a photographer for a GREAT caused called The Littlest Hero Project.  When I found out I was chosen I was elated.  Then when when a family picked me to photograph their son I was "over the moon!!"

Have you heard of the Littlest Heroes Project?  The Littlest Heroes Project is a non-profit based organization founded in January 2008 by Felicia Reinhard, made up of professional photographers nationwide that provide free photo sessions to our nations Littlest Heroes. Through the power of photography we are giving back and taking a stand for these children who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. We are here to let them know that they are heroes to many, and to share their inspirational stories and photos with the world.

Here is Dominick's story told from his Mom, Samantha.

"Dominick was born on September 27, 2008.  Truly our miracle baby.  Dominick was in the NICU unit for a suspected inspection when a heart murmur was found.  A heart murmur turned into a routine echo that found Coarctation of the Aorta and Bicuspid Aortic Valve.  Dominick was transported to another hospital where a closed heart surgery was performed.  At 5 months old, a balloon angioplasty was done to reopen the narrowing in his aorta.  Dominick has many small problems with the left side of his heart and will probably need one additional surgery.  Dominick also has a slight case of asthma.  You would never know by looking him.  From the outside, Dominick is happy (always giving a stranger a smile!), playful, loving, and occasionally getting himself into trouble by climbing, playing in dirt and leaves and doing normal boy activities.  He is our everything."

When I met Samantha (Dominick's Mom) she was so warm and friendly.   She started to share her story and I immediately got chills.  Here is a woman that was told her husband has testicular cancer and that they have nine days to get pregnant before he has to start chemo.  Guess what?  They get pregnant that quickly.. Miracle number one. 

Sam says she had a great pregnancy and that her birth experience was great, but then little Dominick was taken away from her to be treated after the heart murmur was found.  My heart just fell.  I could not pretend to understand how she must have felt just watching her husband fight, and now to watch her new little man fight must have been too much to bear.

Yet, you would NEVER know there was anything wrong with little Dominick. Miracle number two.  He was sooo cute, so full of those adorable shy smiles for me.  I could not have asked for a better session.  We were able to go play outside and that is when Dominick let go and let me in.. 

When I drove off and processed how much Samantha and her husband went through it reassured me that miracles are real.  Sam, Dominick and her husband are living proof that miracles do happen.

It was such an amazing gift to be able to give back to this family.  I truly hope Dominick moves mountains as he grows. 

Thank you again Samantha for choosing me to photograph your family.  You all touched my heart and I am forever thankful for it!!

If you have a child, or know a child, who suffers from any type of serious illness or life altering disability, please visit the Littlest Heroes Project website at www.littlestheroesproject.org for more information or to apply for a photo session.



Saturday
May012010

Sweet, Sweet 16 - Suffolk County Long Island Teen Photographer

I met Kim at Flexx Appeal Pilates.  She is the owner of the studio and she is one of those women whom you have an instant bond with because of how funny and straight forward she is with you.  Kim has an almost 16 year old named Jamie. 

Kim talks about her daughter and she glows.  Jamie is a speed walk racing star.  When I met Jamie you can easily see why her Mom is so proud of her.  She is funny, sweet, engaging and so, so beautiful. 

The session was at a local beach on Long Island, and the weather could not have been more perfect.  Below are my favorite from the session.


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

Thank you so much Kim for trusting me with your daughter's portraits.  Jamie, thank you for allowing me to photograph you!  I hope we can do it again soon!!