Category Archives: Family Photography

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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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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In this edition of Throw Back Thursday I present to you a Ridgewood family session from 2015!

As a New Jersey family children photographer, I have a lot of repeat clients who come back to me to have their family portraits done year after year, session after session.  I love catching up with parents and always look forward to seeing how much kids change from session to session.

Take this Ridgewood family.  I first met them for a session for big sister E. when she was turning one and her baby sister L. was still in her Momma’s tummy.   Then we did L. newborn session at my Ridgewood studio – it was awesome to meet this adorable baby girl face to face.  Then there was a studio Holiday session at my Ridgewood photo studio – it is amazing how different baby L. looked from her newborn photos.  And lastly there was this session – to celebrate baby L. turning 1 and this amazing Mom (and Dad) surviving a year with two kids under two:)

These sisters are both adorable but are so different in terms of personalities, which was so interesting to witness.  Big sister E. is a bit dramatic and L. is so laid back and easy going!  I was able to get lots of smiles from both of them though:)

I am thrilled that a beautiful collage of canvases that I designed for them with images from this session will join a beautiful collage of canvases with images from a session last year that I did of them!  I love when my clients decorate their homes with wall art from their sessions – I think there is no better way to bring a home to life!

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In business since 2008, Live Love Laugh Photos is an award winning photographer known in Saddle River, Ridgewood, Franklin Lakes and other towns throughout Bergen County for authentic family photographers that capture the essence of kids and families.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Christmas in the Summer photography special: if you book and hold your session by September 15 you will receive a set of 25 custom designed Holiday Cards with your order! Availability is limited so email lena@livelovelaughphotos.com to book your session!

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To all moms out there – Happy Mother’s Day!

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