Live Love Laugh | Photos by Lena » Ridgewood award-winning photographer; top 10 NYC Family photographer

I’ve been a Ridgewood family photographer for over 6 years and I am known all over Bergen County for my lifestyle family images.  I rarely go to Manhattan or Brooklyn for family sessions but when this Mom called me about scheduling a family session in Downtown Brooklyn I happily agreed to do it.  First of all, this family moved to Brooklyn from London recently and they were referred to me by a great London family photographer – Antonina Mamzenko (if any of you guys in London you gotta look her up!) .  And secondly – I was very excited to do a family photo shoot in downtown Brooklyn – after all – what can be better than having an urban photo session with the most spectacular (at least in my opinion!) backdrop of NYC skyline?!

This session was so fun!   The kids had leaf fights and ticket fights, checked out pumpkins, played soccer and went down slides, and even got some snuggles - all before 11 AM!:)  In her pre-session questionnaire this Mom said that she wanted me to capture them living in their new neighborhood – with its tree lined streets and brownstones and views of the city.   And I think it is safe to say that this goal has been accomplished:)

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It is time to catch up on blogging – I have so many great photo sessions to share!  Let’s start with this one – a combination of studio/at home Ridgewood newborn photo session.  You know that I offer newborn photography at my Ridgewood photography studio and I have clients from all over Bergen County come to me for their newborn sessions – I offer traditional newborn images but put my person spin on them.  And I am sure you also know that I offer at-home lifestyle photo sessions, which work great for newborn images.  These sessions are great to show interaction, joy, love and chaos that the first few weeks with a brand new baby are:)

But did you know that for Ridgewood newborn sessions I give my clients an option to do BOTH – a studio session AND an at-home lifestyle family session! This option gives my clients the best of both worlds – they get beautiful studio portraits of their baby at my Ridgewood studio and then we go to their house for the ‘at home’ portion of their photo shoot!  I am know for my lifestyle photography all over Bergen county and I am glad that I can offer this option to my clients who would like to get a few traditional newborn portraits as well as lifestyle images!

This family opted for the studio/home option and I am glad they did – because images we captured at the studio were completely different from what we captured at their house!  Their brand new baby boy was ADORABLE – as you can see from the pictures!  But not only he was super handsome, but he slept like a champ through most of the session!  He let us dress him up, cuddle him, move him around – and slept through most of that!


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Ridgewood photography studio of Live Love Laugh Photos is a perfect place to hold your Bergen County newborn photo session.  Studio photo sessions are best done within first 10 days of your baby’s birth so it is best to schedule your Northern New Jersey newborn pictures while you are still expecting.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is a perfect time to get pictures of your little ones at our Ridgewood photography studio!  I am thrilled to introduced Live Love Laugh Photos valentine’s day mini sessions!  Besides being great all around and allowing you to capture updated images of your kiddos at our Ridgewood natural light photo studio, these sessions are an AMAZING value!

$500 Valentine’s Day All Inclusive Package:

-30 min studio session for up to 2 children*

-7-10 fully edited high resolution digital images for you to keep

* Due to the nature of these mini sessions, they cannot be used for newborns.


These sessions are available on weekdays in January and first week of February.  Book yours before they are gone!


Ridgewood Valentine

Looking for the best Bergen County photographer to take pictures of your kids?  Look no further – our Ridgewood photography studio is perfect for photo sessions of newborns, babies and children.  To schedule your appointment use the ‘contact me’ form.

It is January and you know what that means?  It means that is time for one of my favorite ‘business’ traditions –  Live Love Laugh Photo’s annual “Best of the Year” Contest!  This is my SIXTH year holding the contest (you can see Best of 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009) and every year clients tell me how much they love it.  I had over SEVENTY (!) sessions this year and took thousands pictures that I loved.  As you can imagine, selecting images for this contest was not easy (it was almost like having to choose a favorite child!) but eventually I was able to narrow them down to the top 30.   Now it is up to you to decide which image gets the title of the Image of the Year at Live Love Laugh Photos – and the grand prize that goes along with it:)

There will be THREE winners:

1) The image with the most votes wins (to vote use the poll below). The winner will receive a 16×24 gallery wrapped canvas of the winning image valued at $500.

2) The Runner up will receive a $250 gift certificate to be used towards a Simplicity or a Signature session in 2015.

3) One random voter will receive a winter mini session valued at $300 FOR FREE!  Just leave a comment on this post describing why YOU want to win a session and you will be entered in the drawing!  If you win, you can keep the session for yourself or give it away to a friend.


Everyone is a winner because if you book a new Simplicity or Signature Session while the contest is running (by January 29) you will receive a free gift valued at $150 with your order!  So if you are thinking about having a session with Live Love Laugh Photos anytime in 2015, NOW is a great time to book.

Please note:

  • Voting will run for two weeks - from now till the end of day Wednesday, January 29
  • I will announce the winners on my blog on Thursday, January 30
  • Please keep things fair – one vote per household – IP addresses will be monitored
  • I reserve the right to disqualify entries or terminate/modify contest if necessary

And now, without further ado, I present to you my favorite images of 2014!   Check out the finalists, cast your vote (using radio buttons below all images) and leave a comment for the free session drawing.

Image1: Party of Five

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Image 2: Here is looking at you, kid!

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Image 3:  Miss Freckles 

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Image 4: Love Monster

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Image 5: Up, Up and Away!

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Image 6: Loved 

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Image 7: First Family Portrait

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Image 8: Newborn Smiles

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Image 9: Miss Adorable

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Image 10: Framed 

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Image 11: Dynamic Duo

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Image 12: Sunset 

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Image 13: Mommy and Me

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Image 14: Daddy-Pillow

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Image 15: Laughter 

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Image 16: Mommy’s Little Boy

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Image 17: Flowers for Our Lady

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Image 18: Fall Colors

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Image 19: Waiting for Baby L.

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Image 20: Sea of Daisies 

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Image 21: Holiday Magic 

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Image 22: Playtime

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Image 23: A Hug from Mom

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Image 24: Tickle Fight

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Image 25: Fall Bouquet 

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Image 26: Sisters

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Image 27:  Sweet

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Image 28: Urban Playground

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Image 29: On the Farm

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Image 30: Sisterly Hug

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  • Julie - All of the images are really wonderful, but “Here is Looking at You, Kid!” really stood out for me. :)

  • Brianna - I’m biased, but I really like “Flowers for Our Lady” :)

  • Elayne - So many beautiful shots! I was torn between Sunset, Laughter and On the Farm and picked laughter since it just made me smile :)

This is my third year when I start the year with a photo session of these two ADORABLE kids!  First time I did it was for Mr. A. Ridgewood newborn photo session  and then we did a kids studio photo session with these guys last year.  We schedule these sessions for my first week back working – first week of January so there is always exactly a year between images.  I think it is so cool to see how much the kids change year to year!  I think every parent should document their kids that way – these images are pretty priceless!

I love photographing kids at my Ridgewood photography studio – especially when it is COLD outside.  And this year, Live Love Laugh Photos limited edition winter studio mini sessions are back by popular demand!  These budget friendly sessions are available till the end of March so book yours before they are gone!

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Live Love Laugh Photos is a premier photography studio is conveniently located in downtown Ridgewood, New Jersey – just 40 minutes away from Manhattan.    We specialize in contemporary portraits of children and babies at our photography studio and serve clients from all over Bergen County and Northern New Jersey.

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