Category Archives: Children Photography

Yesterday for the last day of school for my kids and tomorrow is the first day of several of our summer trips – summer is officially here!

A couple of years ago I realized that despite spring being my favorite season, I actually do really LOVE summer.I love laid back days with no schedule or agenda, sleeping in (well, as much as I can sleep in with my dog asking me to go for a morning walk), reading in bed, going to the pool, watching movies, having picnics, watching my kids and their friends play in the backyards and run through sprinkles, eating ice cream and enjoying lazy evenings with my neighbors in our backyards.   I remember working a lot over the last few summers and feeling that I did not get to enjoy summer much at all because of all the sessions I had planned.  And as many articles on my FB feed keep reminding me, you only have 18 summers with your kids at home before they leave the nest go to off to collage; my girls are nine now which means that half of those summers are already behind us.

I don’t want this summer to pass me by while I am too busy editing and shooting and marketing and doing all those business things that I do really enjoy but that take a lot of time.  So this summer I am making a conscious decision to make it easy, to relax and recharge, give myself permission to be lazy and really ENJOY it.  I will take a very limited number of sessions this summer (most of them while my girls are in collage) and will do some off-line work (again when my kids are in camp) but will try my absolute will best to be present and enjoy every moment of it.  

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What do you get when you have a wonderful couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, their two beautiful grown up daughters with spouses and 5 grandkids ranging from not even two to eight years old?  You get lots of running and laughing and tickling and jumping and butterfly searching and hugging and kissing – in other words you get loud messy loving happy CHAOS!  And I absolutely LOVE it!  This family reminds me so my of my own – I also have a sister and between two of us we have five kids.  And whenever we get together at our parents house it is just as loud and loving as it these guys were!

This session was a 50th anniversary gift for my the Grandparents and I honestly think (other than an awesome trip somewhere exotic) this is the best anniversary gift I can think of.  I think I may need to arrange a big family photo session for my own parents 50th anniversary!  And I hope that I will be so lucky to get to celebrate my own 50th anniversary and that my own kids will arrange an awesome photographer to come and take pictures of all of us:)

But back to this session… We did this photoshoot at the family’s home in Allendale, Bergen County – this is the house where both sisters grew up and I think it was so special doing their session there.  The Grandma (who looks amazing by the way!) said that she wanted posed portrait of all five grandkids together and normally it would not be an issue but three of these kids just travelled all the way from Maryland and the other two – from New York City.  They were all rallied up and excited to see each other and having them stand perfectly still and posed was somewhat of a challenge.  The daughters were somewhat skeptical about getting posed pictures of all the grandkids but being a professional that I am, we were able to do that.  But their favorite picture with the grandchildren was this one – to me it embodies chaos that is life with small children and when this Grandma saw it she said that it was just perfect because it captured exactly what their family was!:)  And to me, always striving to capture authentic images, there is no higher compliment!

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In this edition of Throw Back Thursday I bring you a summer family photo session that I did with a great family in Wyckoff – enjoy!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may noticed that I often write how much I loved a certain session or a family… and it may sound redundant when I say that time and time again but it does not make it any less true – I do love my families and the images I create for them.

Case in point is family/session – this was my first family photo shoot with them but I’ve known them for a while –  big sister S. is my Alexa’s best friend and because our kids get along so well we met up with the parents and would not you know – we get along great with them so now we are family friends!  And if that was not perfect enough – they also have a wheaten terrier and you know that since getting our Millie I’ve been obsessed with all things dog related:)

It seems that every parent comes to a photo session worried about their kids ‘behaving’ and I always reassure them that kids just need to be themselves – they don’t need to pose or smile on command at their photo sessions with me.   And once parents let go of their expectations of that their children should be doing we all start to have fun!

At this Wyckoff family photo shoot the parents were relaxed from the very beginning and their mood reflected in their kids.  The kids were being kids – happy, silly, loud, loving and I got to capture just that.  And while every family session I photograph is unique in its own way, what is common among all my family photo sessions is that I capture emotions and love and it makes me so happy to do that!

Looking at these images makes me smile and what’s even more important it made these parents smile:)  At their viewing/ordering session there were so may ‘awwwwws’ and at the end this Mom told me that these photographs were exactly what she wanted captured.  And to me there is no higher praise than that!

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From wrinkly sleepy newborns to coos of alert babies to toothless grins of mischievous almost-toddlers; learning how to sit up and how to walk, the first year of your child’s life is full of amazing milestones.   As a Mom I captured these milestones of my own children and I would love you to be able to have these memories captured as well.  And that’s how the idea of my Baby’s First Year Plan was born.

Baby Plan membership fee covers sessions during the first thirteen months of your baby’s life. It is $2500 and includes:

  • Two weekday Signature Sessions and a $750 print credit for each session – total credit of $1500
  • One studio all-inclusive Milestone Baby session (optional upgrade to a family session is available)
  • One 11×14 canvas for every session held during the Baby Plan period
  • One set of 25 birth announcements or holiday cards
  • Priority Booking for Annual Free Holiday Studio Mini Sessions (includes a complimentary mini session and one digital image)

With a Baby Plan you can add the following optional add-ons to the package:

With a Baby Plan, between canvases and custom cards you receive over $1350 worth of boutique goodies!

Because of the amount of time invested in each Baby Fist Year Plan, I will be taking only a limited number of Baby Planners a year.  So if this sounds like something you would like to do, reach out to me ASAP to book your spot!  And then start thinking about where you will be displaying beautiful canvases that you will receive with each session!

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One Saturday morning bright and early I met with this family in a park in Wyckoff, New Jersey to do their family photo session.  The weather was perfect, the flowers were blooming, the outfits this Mom picked out worked so well together, the kids were adorable and funny, the parents were  loving and up for anything – and all of that made for a perfect family photo session!

There were lots of sweet unposed moments:

and giggles:

many rounds of red light/green light:

a few cool dance moves:

quite moments:

and an unscripted tree climbing – seriously, how cool is this MOM to be able to do this??!!!

and lots and lots of laughter:

Lena Antaramian of Live Love Laugh Photos is an award-winning Bergen County children and family photographer located in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  If you are looking for a fun and natural family or children photo session look no further and let Lena capture sweet natural smiles of your kids.

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