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little lady

Another mommy and me session.. I've said before how one of my favorite times in life was when i was able to be home with my first after she was born.  It's such a special time and flies by so quickly.  This little lady was great, learning to sit up on her own, and giving huge smiles and laughs for her mama.  You can tell these two share a special bond.  And don't overlook that beautiful nursery!  Ali is an interior designer and you can check out her page at Inspired By Designs.  

Images shot on both digital and film using Portra 800.

Just like today

"If I had a day that I could give you, I'd give to you the day just like today.
If I had a song that I could sing for you, I'd sing a song to make you feel this way."  ~ John Denver

These sessions are my favorite, when everyone is laughing, being silly, and just having fun.  And my day is made when a family can look at their images some time later, and wish to have a day just like that one.   Because time has passed and maybe the little ones don't look *quite* as little as they did in those pictures, even though it really was just yesterday.  That's why it's so important to document these memories.  Contact me if you'd like to make some images of your own.   I had a blast photographing this family, as always!  xo

All images on film (but 3) using Portra 400. Ilford hp5 for black and whites.

Paint night

These girls had a blast at this session, getting to paint in the park and make a mess. Who wouldn't love that? We were running late and at the end ran out of light, so we pulled their truck down into the field and used the headlights for some fun shots!  The girls didn't want me to leave and i feel the same way about them - till next time girls! Love you max, xo.

All images shot on film with Portra 400, or Ilford HP5 for black and whites.

Mommy and me

I always say one of the best times of my life was right after my daughter was born.  I decided to take a bit of time off to spend with her before going back to work.  The days were long... adjusting to our new lives, finding things to do, meeting new moms, walking around our brooklyn neighborhood for hours (and hours) on end.  (Iced coffee and blueberry muffins, anyone? ;) You know who you are).  I miss the quiet times and the feeling of having nothing but time, but more importantly, having my days with just my baby, and our dog. This session hit the spot for me.  Just capturing that 'mommy and me' time, when there's no one else around, no errands to run, no sports or activities to get to, pick ups, drop offs, etc etc etc.  Being in their own little bubble.  And i'm so glad i was there to capture some of these moments for them.  I know it sounds cliché, but it's true - years from now, when you're looking at pictures like this, they will melt your heart.  You'll be reminded of what cereals they loved for breakfast.  what toys were their favorite at the moment.  the little faces they made at you when they didn't like what you said, or when they did.  THOSE are the pictures, and moments that i live for. I don't have a shoot like this from when my first was my only, and i'm upset about that, but it's reminding me NOW that i need to be in more photos myself, with my 3.  Before they grow up and and get older, and have more activities and playdates and schedules.  Not before x,y, and z happens. But NOW.   If you want to remember this time of you and your little one(s), contact me and let's do it asap.  Before they get any older. 

All images captured on film using Portra 800.

welcome, baby k

i love photographing newborn babies.  the newness, the squishy-ness, swaddles like a burrito, mom and dad discovering their new baby together, baby feet !!, big sister adapting and helping out, pretending their dolls are their new babies. I love getting it all on camera, and being able to give the parents reminders of what those early times were like. because really, who can remember. i am still in a fog, myself.  This session is a special one to me.  We love you, baby K!

cape cod

Our annual summer family vaca with our BFFs. This time we chose the (long) drive to Cape Cod.  Despite the shark sightings (!) the beaches were absolutely beautiful, and I could have spent all day in the cool ocean water.  The kids had a blast...  catching sea life, mini golf, outdoor karaoke, evening harbor dance lessons, visiting lighthouses, but they have the best time just being together.  A fun summer 2015.. here's to next year! 

All pictures on film with a mix of stocks. Canon EOS3, and a Holga for fun :)

Beach love

i love beach sessions.  not just because the beach is my most favorite place to be... but because families always love it, and feel totally relaxed and are able to just be themselves.  who wouldn't with sand between their toes?!  This family had a blast at the beach, and the weather was perfect for it.  If you want a fun-filled, light-filled sunset beach session for your family photos, contact me asap before the weather gets too cold!

Sherrill + Seth

The surfers were out on Lincoln Blvd, the tide was high, and the sun was shining.  And Sherrill and Seth were ready to tie the knot. It couldn't have been a more perfect day or more perfect couple.  I was so honored to share in their wedding day, thank you Sherrill and Seth for having me capture these memories for you! 

and a special thanks to my buddy Charles Eames for coming out to shoot with me, we had a blast! 

Montauk on film

I knew i'd have my hands full on this vacation with a 6 week old, so I took a leap and left my  digital camera at home.   Took only a 35mm film camera and a few rolls of film.  I don't have hundreds of photos to show for the trip, instead i have a handful that i love.  

This post has been another installment of the Film Mama monthly blog, so now head on over to Lauren Mitchell photography to see her post of the month!

New man in the house

Right from the start of our photo shoot, this little guy was calm and alert, looking straight at me. His mom and i agreed he is an old soul. :)  Big sis was such a cutie too, and who wouldn't love a princess room like that?  Congratulations to this beautiful family on the addition of this little man, he will be well-loved for sure! 

Field of dreams and dress up

First, i headed out incognito...with my 8+ month pregnant belly, yankee hat and sunglasses, (no one noticed me at all) to take some shots at this little guy's T-ball game where dad was the coach, and mom wanted to give him the gift of photographs with his son. Then... back to their house for some play time with little sis.  They love their dress up and had so much together at this shoot, with lots of laughter and giggles. 

film mama blog circle, vol 2

So my post for this month's Film Mama blog is a bit of a mixed bag... some tri-x, some portra 400, and some Fuji 400h.  I have to admit I'm having so much fun shooting film (and even more fun not sitting at the computer for hours on end culling and editing!)  I'm so glad I started this little project - i hope you enjoy this next installment!  

Now head on over to see this month's post from photography by Jen Davis.  Enjoy!

film, take one (again)

I was so excited a while ago to pull out my old Pentax Spotmatic, a camera that I learned photography on over 20 years ago, and give it a whirl.  This was my dad's old camera and I remember going around our Brooklyn neighborhood with him, taking pictures of the boats in Sheepshead bay and some other familiar sites.  At the time my brooklyn photos got to be displayed in Macy's window, through my school's photography contest, and I felt famous at 13 years old :)  I can still smell the darkroom chemicals, a wonderful smell that makes me so happy and brings back great memories. So i got a few rolls of Kodak Portra 400, and tried them out on this 40+ year old camera.  Light meter is broken, manual focus on this is HARD, had some technical difficulties and realized how much I have to learn, but I'm ready to accept the challenge. The waiting for film developing and scans is absolute torture!!!  But it's like Christmas morning when you get them back!

In the meantime I found this amazing group, the Film Mama community on Facebook, that welcomed me as a newbie back to film.  Each month we will be posting up some images in a blog circle documenting our film experience.  Take a look below at my first installment, and then go check out Photos by Misty Smith next, and make your way around the circle until you're back here and have seen them all.   Hope you enjoy!

All images taken with Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Portra 400

 

 

party of 5

This session is near and dear to my heart, since it's not often that you get to photograph your best friend's baby, let alone her third baby!  What a lucky little man to have these two as parents and to be born with two big brothers!   Can't wait to see the special bond they share as they grow up.  I was so honored to be there to capture these special moments for them.  Love you guys. xoxo  

little man in the park

The best sessions are the ones where the families are relaxed, in love with eachother, and HAPPY.  And this session definitely fit that bill.  I first photographed this adorable little boy when he was a guest at a friend's birthday party -- I was in love with his little face and scrunchy-nose-smiley-face (the same one my own son does!) from the start.