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

After taking a nice long break in January to recover and re-cooperate from the busy holiday season, I was thrilled to be back at in Ridgewood photo studio to photograph this sweet girl who is an ambassador for the Free2Luv #FriendsDontLetFriendsBully anti-bullying campaign.  Free2Luv is a great non-profit organization and their goal is celebrate individuality and quality and stand up to bullying through art and creativity.  It is all about spreading kindness, acceptance and love – and what can be better than that?!

Madeleine is a talented young actress (she appeared on Broadway and on the small screen!) and was such a pleasure to photograph.  Her Mom brought a whole lot of outfits to the shoot – think tutus, funky hats, sparky dresses, colorful converse sneakers, glittery headbands, fake furs and of course some pretty cool Free2Luv apparel!  I cannot even say how much I loved looking through all these goodies and coming up with funky and fun outfits for Madeleine to wear!   Originally we thought about doing the whole photoshoot in the studio but the weather was nice and I suggested that we go outside for a change of scenery.  There is a beautiful blue door across the street from my studio and it provides a cool backdrop for portraits – which is exactly what we needed for this session!

And if you are looking to vote in our annual Best of the Year photo contest scroll below to cast your vote and leave a comment for a chance to win a free mini session!


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It is time for one of my favorite business traditions –  Live Love Laugh Photo’s annual “Best of the Year” Contest!  This is my SEVENTH year holding the contest – you can see Best of 2014,  2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 – and every year my clients tell me how much they love it!  I had over 80 sessions in 2015, took thousands pictures and had to enlist my photographer friends to help me narrow down images 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 FOUR Winners:

1) The image with the most votes wins.  To vote, cast your vote using the poll below and ‘like’ your favorite image in the ‘Best of 2015′ album on Facebook. The winner (an image with the most combined votes) 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 2016.

3) TWO random voters will receive a FREE winter studio mini session valued at $300!   It can you YOU!  See below on how to enter in a drawing for a mini session.

How To Win A Studio Mini Session:

There are TWO ways to win a mini session.  In order to increase your chances of winning you should do both of the following:

  • Leave a comment on the blog describing why YOU want to win a mini session – scroll below the images to do that
  • Share the ‘Best of 2015‘ album on Facebook – here is a link to it.  To do so just click on the ‘Share’ link to share it on your wall. You can write a nice comment as well:)  Just make sure you let me know that you shared the album – otherwise I won’t know that you did and you won’t be able to participate in the drawing

I will randomly select one comment from the blog and one “share” from Facebook and two lucky voters will receive free winter studio mini sessions.


Everyone is a winner because if you book a new Simplicity or Signature Session while the contest is running (by February 13) 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 2016, NOW is a great time to book.

Please note:

  • Voting will run till the end of day on Saturday, February 13
  • I will announce the winners on the blog on Sunday, February 14
  • Please keep things fair and vote only for one image – IP addresses will be monitored
  • I reserve the right to disqualify entries or terminate/modify contest if necessary
  • This content is not sponsored by Facebook

And now without further ado, I present to you my favorite images of 2015!   Check out the finalists, cast your vote (using radio buttons below all images and FB) and leave a comment for the free session drawing.


  • Melissa - Cannot help but love that face – she is daddy’s girl!

  • Karyn Field - Beautiful!

  • Lesley Riley - Live the colors in this one and the pose is so expressive of the bond between sisters.

  • Samantha - Nothing like the bond between sisters!

  • Jennifer DeCangi - I want to win a “mini session” because I believe that having photographs are so important in your life. Having photographs taken enables you to capture and remember life’s most precious moments forever. I have a daughter and it seems like yesterday we were doing her infant photos and now she’s two years old! Life flies by so fast and having photographs of her growing up allows me to go back in time for a moment. It helps bring back those feelings and emotions that I had during those special times in her life, in my life. Photographs visually show your life’s story and to me, that is such an important thing to have and cherish forever. Winning a mini photo shoot would allow me to continue building my daughter’s story through pictures!

  • Neil - Love the pics

  • Tara Miller-Jones - Pure happiness!

  • Mary Frances Cone - My gorgeous girl!

  • John Cone Jr. - My beautiful granddaughter!

  • Michael - Great photos

  • Abby drucker - Beautiful ! Pure joy and happiness

  • Breda - A very special little girl

  • Becky - Congratulations on another successful year! The photos are beautiful as always!

  • Jerzie-Ann Coppola - Its so hard to choose a favorite- even when my own little one is in the running:) We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Lena in the past but would love a mini session to capture another magical movement. Looking forward to daisies in the Spring ;)

  • Jessica Pickholz - There are so many great pictures — your talent is really amazing! Pictures of my girls are really important to me. We are often so busy (even the kids now are busy with school and sports and friends) that we don’t have the time to really “see” them — how they’ve grown, the traits they’ve developed from family, just to revel in their smiles and laughter. Our photo session (and the reason I’d love to win another) gave us an opportunity to spend really amusing, relaxing, quality time together; to laugh with our girls (even over some of the silliest things) and to look back, through all of the gorgeous pictures that were taken, at the two amazing, wonderful, beautiful, smiley little girls we are lucky enough to call our daughters.

  • Merri - What a fabulous picture. It shows a beautiful little girl with a very thoughtful sincere look. Loved the background of the fall leaves. it all works.

  • Erika - What a great idea! Thanks for choosing us!

  • Cathy - LOVE THIS PHOTO!

  • Charles Swenson - Great photo!

  • Christine - Great picture!

  • Robin Berenstein - Loved the way Lexi looked. Natural,but because she’s my granddaughter also beautiful inside and out.Great work!would love to see more .thank you for the opportunity.Robin Berenstein

  • Kathy Brazell - Loved #6

  • Sherri d'alessandro - Beautiful

  • Joyce Pickholz - Beautifully composed,lovely model, colorful and great background

  • Joyce Pickholz - Beautifully composed photo. Great model and good choice of background

  • Patty donohue - Ginger power!!!!!

  • Dave Benyola - Love this redhead!!!

  • Veronica Siller - I realized I left a comment about the picture I love but not why i’d like to win a session. Life is so hectic and it would be so wonderful to win a session and get a date on the calendar to take some beautiful pictures of my amazing family with my 3 gorgeous girls ages 2, 5 and 7! Many thanks!

  • Barbara S Falk - I’m a redhead and have a special place for little and big redheads!!!

  • Sherry Frank - You’ve captured the joyful essence in every subject photographed. One of my favorites is #1. The genuine smile and exuberance on that sweet little cherubs’ face is magical! Often times special moments are lost, but an excellent photographer like yourself, can capture an emotion and preserve it for generations to see and appreciate. I would love to have a mini session with an artist like YOU Lena. It would be a priceless gift for my family. It would be amazing to capture a beautiful moment in time.

  • Amanda smith - Great picture

  • Kristin - My favorite is the dad with the beautiful red head daughter????

  • Fran - Love!!!

More adorable kiddoes who came to my Ridgewood photography studio for their Christmas pictures.  Loved meeting these two – their Mom said that Ms. A. was a bit shy and reserved but she opened up to me right away and I got pictures of her beautiful smile!  And her little brother – this guy is even more cuddly in person!  I had a hard time containing myself and focusing on photographing him – all I wanted to do was to squeeze and hug him:)

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What do you get when you have two sweet and loving sisters, adorable outfits and a few pretty cool (if I may say so myself) studio holiday sets?  You get wonderful holiday pictures!  I loved meeting these two girls at my Ridgewood studio when they came in for their Christmas session.  They were funny and very well educated about sharks!:) And they loved playing with fake snowballs, snow flakes and snow at our Ridgewood photo studio.  A few weeks after the session I received their Christmas card with the pictures I took (can I just say how much I LOVE getting holiday cards from my clients!) and a sweet note from big sister S. thanking me for capturing their images.  So now only these girls are beautiful, smart and funny but they are very polite and thoughtful as well!

I cannot wait to photograph their whole family in 2016!

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