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

At 8 weeks at the time of his photoshoot E. was, what photographers consider, an ‘older’ newborn’.  A lot of newborn photographers would tell you that the best time for a newborn session is as close to the birth as possibly – usually within first 10 days.  And I do tell this to my clients as well – when they want to get typical posed newborn images.  And while I love squishy sleepy newborns, as a photographer who is known for her lifestyle family work, I have to say that I love lifestyle family sessions with older newborns.  When babies are between 6 and 10 weeks they are beginning to loose their ‘newborn’ look but instead they are a lot more aware, awake and their personality definitely shows.   Having a session a few weeks after the birth also gives new parents some time to get used to having a baby (and not sleeping at night!) and time for Moms to recover.

From the moment I walked into their Wyckoff home for an at-home newborn photo session I could feel how special these guys were.  From little personal touches everywhere in their home to the way they looked at their beautiful baby boy – you could almost feel love in the air!   It was grey and rainy outside that day but inside their home it was warm, loving and cozy.  I loved baby E. Disney inspired nursery with adorable prints, lots of special toys and a hand made sign post.

In the pre-session questionnaire this Mom told me that E.’s Dad could make me smile and he did just that – it was so special to see their bond and E.s dimply gummy smile!  This guy was just 2 months old but he had his parents and grandparents wrapped around his perfect little fingers!  I loved creating first family portraits for this family of three and capturing baby E. with his adoring grandparents.  And I cannot wait to photograph them again in the future!


Did you know that my Ridgewood studio holiday sessions are not just for kids?  I love photographing families and my studio is a great place to do it – especially during cold winter months!  I loved seeing these guys at my studio – I’ve photographed them a few times – we did a family photoshoot as a birthday surprise for the Dad and a whole bunch of headshot photoshoots.  This was the first time when I had the pleasure to photograph all of them together!  ridgewood-photo-studio001ridgewood-photo-studio002ridgewood-photo-studio003ridgewood-photo-studio004ridgewood-photo-studio005ridgewood-photo-studio006ridgewood-photo-studio007ridgewood-photo-studio008ridgewood-photo-studio009ridgewood-photo-studio010ridgewood-photo-studio011

More Christmas studio awesomeness is ready to be shared with the world!  These three siblings came to the studio for their Christmas photos, they laughed and joked and were silly and we got great images.  But I think my favorite image from this whole session was this one – a quiet moment with the oldest sister – something about it just speaks to me.


I am catching up on blogging a few 2016 sessions that I have not had a chance to blog till now.  Sessions like this holiday studio session with absolutely ADORABLE kiddos!

When I asked their Mom about how she found and chose me to take their holiday pictures she replied that when she asked people for a children photographer in Ridgewood everybody told her to go to Live Love Laugh Photos!  As you can imagine I was thrilled to hear that and loved meeting this dynamic duo.  They came prepared with their PJs – for the cookies and milk part of the photoshoot as well as pretty stylish outfits for the ‘free style’ portion of the shoot.  I have to say once again milk and cookies delivered – kids just love them!  They did have a pretty great time in their ‘fancy’ cloths’ as well:)


I am baaaaaaack from my winter break!  Well, sort of.  I have a few sessions scheduled for January but I decided to take it easy in the beginning of the year to relax, recharge, do some housekeeping things for my business, catch up on my favorite shows, have lunches with friends, take leisurely walks with my dogs, play boardgames with my family and be a tiny bit lazy – I figured I deserve it!   I will be catching up on blogging studio holiday sessions and getting ready for my Best of 2016 photo contest – stay tuned for those!

In the meantime I wanted to share what I’ve been up to last couple of weeks.  In the past I was selective about personal images I shared on the blog – I felt that being a professional photographer all images I share with the world had to be perfect in a way – well composed, well processed, well lit.  But life is not always perfectly composed, edited or lit and I along the way I realized that it was OK for me to create images that were less than perfect.  Like these ones – most of them were shot in the evening at very high ISO (which means that they were grainy and color was a bit off) , between cooking and chatting.  Some of them are posed, some of them are silly but all of them are authentic and capture moments I want to remember.  And I feel that’s what photography is all about – at least for me! So if you want to see what I did – here you go:

We hosted our 7th annual Christmas Eve dinner with our whole family – it was loud and crowded and a bit crazy and absolutely perfect!


We snuggled up with Millie:


The girls wrote letters to Santa and said good-bye to Snowflake – our Elf on the Shelf:


We opened gifts on Christmas morning in our PJs – I don’t think Millie was impressed with her gifts from Santa Paws:)


We did some skiing and hung out with our friends at a ski house  – there was made-to order cocktails (curtesy of our friend!) and bourbon challah french toast casserole (made by yours truly!) – as well as lots of tickles, board games and staying up way past our bedtime.


And there was an annual New Year’s Eve celebration at my parents where we said good-bye to the old year and greeted the New Year surrounded by my favorite people!


It was a perfect winter break!  Hope yours was just as perfect!




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