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I am back from my great European adventure (Sicily and Malta were awesome and deserve a dedicated blog post, which will see the light of day eventually) – and while I was away I got some great news. One of my images got a merit award at the International Image Competition held by NAPCP (National Association of Professional Children Photographers)! This is a very well regarded photography competition with literally thousands of professional images submitted from all over the world so receiving this award is a HUGE honor! And the fact that both of my girls are in this award winning picture makes it even more special!:)
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.
Enjoy this blast from the past in this edition of blog Throw Back Thursday
One of my favorite things about being a New Jersey family photographer is meeting children and families from all over in Bergen County. And one of my favorite things about meeting new families is seeing love and interaction between parents and kids and brothers and sisters. And there was so much love at this family session – so much of it that I could almost physically feel it! As the youngest child and the only girl in a family with two big brothers you expect this young lady to be loved and doted on. But to say that this baby girl is loved is an understatement. She is absolutely ADORED by her big brothers and parents. The brothers were showering her with love (and grass!), kissing and hugging her and making her laugh. She is one lucky little girl:) Actually all five of them are pretty lucky because they belong together!
I am so grateful for my Ridgewood photo studio during winter months – it is absolutely perfect for newborn and kids sessions especially when it is cold and grey out. But my first love is on location family photography and by April, after spending months photographing at the studio in the winter I am so excited to be heading outdoors for family sessions. This session was my first outdoor session of the year and it was glorious! The trees were starting to bloom, daffodils were out and there was no snow in sight!
I’ve photograph these guys for a few years now and I love seeing them year after year. Ms. K. was a bit shy at our first session, then less shy a year later and this year all the shyness was gone – she was holding my hand, ‘helping me’ make her brother laugh, and singing her heart out! And her brother slowly transformed from an adorable toddler to an equally adorable little boy who was entertaining me with a very interesting rendition of Feliz Navidad – crinkly nose and all:)
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!