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Girls weekend in Austin | Ridgewood photographer

A few weeks ago I went to my annual girls-weekend with my ABSOLUTELY AWESOME photographers girlfriends.  This is our third trip - last year we went to Cape Cod and the year before we met up in Chicago.  It is hard to believe that I’ve known some of these girls just for a bit over 2 years because it seems that we’ve known each other forever!  To say that this trip was BEYOND AWESOME would be an understatement – I cannot put into words what this trip meant to be – and not because English is my second language:)

Our hostess – Michel and her family not only opened their beautiful home (AND a POOL!) for us, but she did an amazing job planning out our four days together.   We were so well fed (free-range eggs picked from her chicken coop along with home-grown tomatos and basil picked in the backyard tasted SO GOOD!), and taken care of – think organic body lotion made by Michele.  Seriously, I don’t know where she finds time to do all that she does!  Having an amazingly supportive husband (who we all had the pleasure of meeting!) definitely helps, I am sure:)

There were outdoor showers and private jokes, midnight swims in the pool and talks into the morning hours, ‘feel-good’ portfolio reviews and business discussions, chocolate chip cookies and late night Kalhua s’mores,   But most of what stands out from the whole weekend for me was love and laughter.  I am so lucky that fate (disguised as Michele) introduced us all and I will treasure their friendships forever.  It feels amazing beyond words to be able to have friends like these ladies – of all ages and backgrounds – that really GET you, treasure, support and love you.

And because pictures are worth a 1000 words (and because I am a photographer after all!) no blog post can be completed without a few images.  I barely picked up my camera during the whole trip (I do hope that between 11 of us this trip will be very well documented though) but here are a few images that will always bring back very fond memories for me.

We started out with an amazing fiesta (completed with fiesta dresses, Paco the pinata, handmade pinata cookies, maracas, margaritas and all fiesta related accessories that you can think of) and things only got better from there:2014-06-19 Austin_7 B&W

Being photographers, we could not be in Austin and NOT do at least a few hours of shooting so one day we woke up earlier (well, kind of) and spent a morning in downtown Austin photographing cool graffiti walls:

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and we photographed each other::)

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And the rest of the time we had lots of yummy food:

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and lounged by the pool:

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Want to see more images from our awesome weekend?  Click here to check out what my friend Heidi (who is an awesome photographer in St. Louis, Missouri ) captured!

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A party of four | ridgewood family photographer

Here is a sneak peek from an awesome lifestyle family session I had in Mahwah over the weekend!   I love so many images from this session – it was not easy picking out just two for this sneak peek!:)

And if you want to get beautiful lifestyle images of your family, now is a great time to schedule a family session because you can take advantage of my  Christmas in July special.  Book and hold a Signature or a Simplicity session by September 15 and receive a FREE set of 24 holiday cards with your order!  Just mention ‘Christmas is July’ when booking your session to receive your cards!

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Ridgewood lifestyle newborn photography | capturing tender moments

Awww – how I love photographing Dads and their little girls!  Here is a sneak peek from a newborn photo session I had at my natural light photography studio in Ridgewood yesterday.  We got some typical studio newborn images but this lifestyle shot just jumped out at me when I was looking through the images I captured that day – love this tender moment between them!

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If you would like to learn more about my lifestyle and newborn studio photography in Ridgewood please contact me at to get more details.

Holiday family pictures in Ridgewood | Christmas in July!

Winter holidays seem so far away, especially when it is so hot and muggy outside, but holiday season will be here before you know it. And with the holidays there is always an inevitable task of picking out images and designing your cards. Well, you are in luck because it is time for my ‘Christmas in July’ special! If you book and hold a new Signature or a Simplicity session any time between now and September 15, you will receive a complimentary set of 24 custom designed 5×7 cards with your order*! Just mention the code ‘ Christmas in July’ when booking your session to take advantage of this promotion. And then cross ‘Getting Holiday Cards done’ off your To Do list and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Ridgewood photographer | Brother and sister in a sea of daisies

Awww – how I loved this photo session with a super sweet brother/sister duo from Ridgewood.  I’ve worked with this family twice before – once for baby A. first year photo shoot and second time at my photo studio in Ridgewood when they came in for their studio holiday photo session.  I look forward to their session every time – not only because I love to see how much the kids have grown and change but because I just love working with this family – they are wonderful, down-to-earth, laid-pack and really nice people!  And you may be surprised to find out, but I like nice people:)

We had to reschedule this session twice – once due to weather and another time due to unexpected business trip.  Third time was definitely the charm for this photo session although it did not look like that from the beginning.  Their nanny called in sick, Dad had to work and Mom had to work till about 15 min prior to the session so she did not have much time to get ready.   But needless to say, it all worked out so well in the end and we got beautiful images!  The Mom (who cried upon seeing the photos) told me to tell my future clients – and I quote here ‘you don’t need to have makeup on or have your hair done, you will still look beautiful and LOVE the images!”  And she definitely looked beautiful and oh-so-happy!   So all Moms out there who are looking for the perfect time to take pictures, who are waiting to loose those stubborn 5 or 10 lbs, keep this in mind – when you are happy, it shows on the outside and you look beautiful!

Now back to these sweet kids.  Baby R. turned one right before we had this session so I focused a bit more on him in the beginning.  We started the session at their house in Ridgewood – I really wanted to capture a few images similar to what I did for his sister just a year ago and we did that!  And then we headed to a park in Wyckoff for a chance of scenery and to capture images of the kids in a field of wild daisies.  I can have family and children photo sessions in that park every day of the week and never get tired of it – wild flowers look SO stunning in real life and in pictures!  And the kids loved sitting among daisies - they were completely fascinated by them!

It is funny what different personalities these brother and sister have.  Big sister A. is very serious and wants to do things her own way – I loved capturing her many different expressions.  And this fine art portrait I took of her at this session is one of my favorite children images to date!  I just love how it captures her and childhood so perfectly – a wispy blond ponytail, chubby arms and all:)

And baby brother R. is one of the happiest babies I’ve seen – he was happy at home, he was happy swinging in a swing at the porch, he was happy sitting in a field of daisies, he was happy playing with him Mom – I have a hard time picturing him not happy!

So check out these images – you can see why I loved this Ridgewood family photo session so much, right?:)

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And don’t forget to take advantage of my Christmas in July special: book and hold a Signature or a Simplicity session by September 15 and receive a FREE set of 24 holiday cards with your order!  Just mention ‘Christmas is July’ when booking your session to receive your cards!

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