Category Archives: Family Photography
This was my second session photographing adorable Ms. E – first time I met her was for her Ridgewood studio photo session when she was a year old. This was the first time when I photographed this whole family though and it was a blast! These guys chose downtown Ridgewood as a location for their fall family photo session. I’ve said it so many times that Ridgewood is a great little town for Bergen County photo sessions – I have clients come here from all over – Tenafly, Franklin Lakes, Cloister, etc. And for families who live in Ridgewood, like these guys, having a photoshoot in downtown makes it even more special because that’s their town. One year we had our own family session in Ridgewood because it is so cute and I wanted to capture the town of my kids’ childhood in pictures.
This family session was just perfect – the weather was great,Ms. E was absolutely adorable (always on the go!) and the family was so happy and absolutely in love with their little girl. You may think that I only chose images in which they are laughing but that’s how every single image from this session was – genuine laughter and joy of being together!
For these guys’ fall family photo session we decided to meet up in downtown Ridgewood. Ridgewood is a great place for urban photo shoots – it is full of fun and colorful spots there and I love photographing families (especially Ridgewood families) there. It works great for little kids and teens and tweeens. And it worked great for this family session. These three are something else… they were crazy and funny and silly and sweet – just like their Mom told me they would be. Big sister N. is turning 13 and is well on her way to her teens – she is edgy and cool and can make anyone laugh. G. – the middle one – is a ‘space cadet’ according to her Mom – she is mellow and very sweet and I loved how confident she is (when I showed her a few pictures I took of her and to every one she would say ‘I look great!’). And little brother S. – he is absolutely ADORED by his sister and his parents! I wanted to capture the kids being themselves and that included some silly stairs at their brother, a few cool poses and a few thoughtful/quiet looks.
And of course, even though the focus of this photo session was on the kids, I did capture a few images of this family of five together – family images are very important in my opinion!
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.
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.
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;)