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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.

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 :)

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!

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