I am taking some time to relax and recharge before a busy fall season photographing families.  So if you are looking for me – I will be enjoying sun (hopefully) and delicious food (definitely) in Sicily and Malta!   I will be back replying to emails, editing and photographing my clients the week of October 2nd.   till then – a presto!

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Can I just say how much I love photographing babies ands toddlers at my Ridgewood photography studio? I may be a tiny bit subjective but I think my studio is perfect for that!  It’s got great natural light, comfortable furniture, great colored walls (that photograph really well) and yummy snacks – what else can a toddler possibly want? 🙂  And it is very conveniently located in Bergen county – in Ridgewood right on the border with Hohokus!  So if you are looking to do a photo session with your baby and toddler somewhere in Bergen county or Northern New Jersey – definitely check it out:)

I loved meeting this sweet two year old boy for his milestone session.  He came with his favorite stuffed animal and his book and was a charm to photograph – I adored his mischievous smiles and his pouty lips:)  And I think that an acrylic print his Mom ordered with one of his pictures will look absolutely amazing in their home!

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You know what they say  – “man plans, God Laughs?”  That is what happened with this Ridgewood family photo session with one of my oldest clients.  For their extended family session (they had family visiting from out of country and wanted to get images of everybody together) we thought that it would be nice to split the session into two: we would start downtown with a session with  the immediate family of three – Mom, Dad and one of my favorite girls in the world – G.and and then head over to their house for the extended family portion of a photo shoot.   Well that’s not how it worked out (we’ve got a smoked chicken to blame for that!) and instead we ended up photographing four girls downtown.  It was definitely a different session from what we had it mind but probably a more fun one – there was lots of hugging and laughing and jumping and ice cream eating:)

 

 

and then we did go back to their Ridgewood home for the second part of the photoshoot – and there was more hugging and laughing and even some pool diving:)

I am seriously very lucky to have such amazing clients – who come back to me year after year after year, allow me to watch their kids grow from adorable toddlers to beautiful girls (and boys), who laugh with me and give me hugs when I need them.

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We love to travel and almost never go back to a place where we’ve been before – there are always so many new places to discover.  The only constant exception for this rule is Ocean City at Jersey Shore.  We first went there when the girls were just 3.5 years old (back in 2011) and we loved it so much that we went back year after year after year.  We spend a week in August there and always do the same things – we go to the beach and to the pool, we eat at our favorite donut place (if you are in Ocean City you need to do yourself a favor and try Fractured Prune – made to order hot donuts – need I say more?!), and go to our favorite restaurants, we eat funnel cake and home made fudge, we eat the best pizza (Manco Manco is a must!) and go to rides at Casteaway Cove Amusement park, we sleep in and have in-room family movie nights.    The girls love it and so do we; never in a million years would I think that I would love Jersey Shore this much and yet here I am – loving Ocean City.

This summer we took the girls to Iceland and France (here is a post with our highlights from Iceland – France is coming to the blog soon) and as result did not get to spend a whole week in Ocean City.   Once day Victor and I were talking about how much we missed Ocean City and realized that if we cannot go for a whole week there is nothing stopping us for going for a weekend.  Our next door neighbors (who have twin boys a year older than my kids) go to Ocean City as well every year and they decided to come with us.

Last weekend I pulled my kids out of school early (I feel that it takes them a while to get into the ‘learning’ and skipping half a day during first week is not a big deal) and off to Ocean City we went.  After Millie died I was moping around the house all day long and it was nice to get away, change scenery, breathe some ocean air, go for a run on the boardwalk, listen to seagulls and spend time with my family.

We packed a whole lot in the 48 hours we spent in Ocean City.

There was a mini photoshoot of the girls on the beach:

that ended with the girls and their friends playing in waves:

and time spent at Castaway Cove riding all kinds of crazy rides:

there was time for ice cream and hot custom made donuts:

and time for building giant sand fort (complete with mini soldiers):

there was time for boating:

and time for stunning sunsets on the beach:

It was a great weekend in a beautiful place with my favorite people – and it was exactly what I needed.

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I’ve lived in Ridgewood for over 8 years and I love this town more and more every day.  Not only it is a great place to live but it is a wonderful place for family photo sessions!  It’s got so many cool spots with colorful doors, green ivy, cool graffiti – it has textures and personalities and truly is a photographer’s dream.  No wonder I photograph so many families there:)

These guys came all the way from Hoboken for their family photo session – and they loved what Ridgewood had to offer!  I first met them for the little brother G.’s sitting up studio session (you can see it here).  They were so wonderful to work with and I was really looking forward to their family session so that I could photograph all four of them.  The Mom did a great job picking out outfits, they were early for a session (a huge accomplishment considering that they were driving all the way from Hoboken and had to get not one but TWO young kids ready) and all of them were excited about the session.  I had a blast capturing smiles, hugs, giggles, kisses and love them all shared.  It was such a great family photo session – if I may say so myself;)

 

 

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