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I was going to write a nice blog post about photographing these beautiful, funny and spunky kids and their gorgeous momma at my Ridgewood studio. I was going to write about how I hard laughed watching K. dance to Meghan Trainor or listening to her ‘directing me’ and asking me to take a picture of her feet and the feet of her doll (which I did!) or how funny her expressions where or how she was the feistiest 6 year old I’ve seen in a long time. And I was going to write about her sweet brother J. who loves his blankieand his stuffed; and how sweet his giggles were and how much he loved snuggling with his Momma. But instead I will just use a few quotes their Mom posted on FB when she saw their pictures:
“We did a session with Lena today and she was magic. She gave me permission to not stress about my kids and their behavior. She made them feel so comfortable and relaxed. She coaxed out their real personalities by inviting through fun, humor, and laughter – and encouraging them to bring along their favorite toys (in this case a blankie and favorite stuffed animals). It was just so good!!! This my friends, is why Lena Antaramian does what she does and is who she is.
Anyone can take a photo. But to capture the true essence of a 4 year old is a whole other story! This is literally a snap shot of J. at 4 years old. His every night. His ‘guys’. His ‘blankie’. His world. His life. His brain. His experience. And somehow, Lena captured it in a 30 minute session. Thank you mama!!!!”
She gets me… This is exactly why I do what I do and why I love it so.
If you follow my blog that you know that I am absolutely, head-over-heels in love with New York. I’ve lived there ever since I moved to the US in ’94 and after I got married I moved to Manhattan. We stayed in the city as long as we possibly could but eventually Mia and Alexa’s stuff overtook our apartment and we did what so many other families do – moved out to the suburbs. I love the town we live in now and we are a short train ride away from the city, although our idillic town seems worlds away. But every once in a while, I ‘treat’ myself to a day in the city – and it makes me fall in love with it all over again. Yesterday was one of these days – I met up a friend for lunch and then just walked around midtown being a tourist, taking pictures of everything. I brought two lenses with me – my trusted 24-70 and a lensbaby composer pro. I rarely use my lensbaby but it lended itself perfectly to capture the energy of the city!
and here is one that i took from the train on the way back home – 10 min from manhattan but worlds away!
I have not shared any fine art images here in a while so here are a few that I took on the way to Brooklyn yesterday. I LOVE Manhattan – no matter how long I’ve lived here it never ceases to amaze me!
I usually post only a few images in a session sneak peek and as result people rarely get to see what a full gallery looks like. So to show you guys what you can expect in terms of the number and variety of images from a signature session with yours truly, I decided to share a full slideshow of images from a session.
I chose to showcase this session because I really pushed myself with it- I stepped out of my comfort zone of capturing typical newborn images and did a lot more of lifestyle photography. Michele is a genius at capturing lifestyle images and I was inspired by her amazing work. I am so happy with the result and will definitely be adding lifestyle photography to my newborn sessions. Enjoy!
I was very excited about this newborn session for a variety of reasons: first, because I LOVE photographing newborns and second – because this newborn session was in Tribeca in Manhattan, which is right next door to the area where we used to live before we moved out to the suburbs. It was so nice being back in my old neighborhood and walking familiar streets where we walked so many times… I even stopped by at my old favorite restaurant ‘Kitchenette’ for a little snack after the session:)
The stars have aligned and the session turned out perfectly – adorable baby, loving parents, beautiful apartment, amazing light. The little girl was so precious! She was a bit older than a typical newborn I photograph – although for someone who is barely three weeks young, the term ‘older’ seems hardly appropriate:) But she ‘behaved’ perfectly – first she was awake so we were able to get a few open eyed images and lifestyle images but after a snack she fell asleep and I was able to get typical newborn poses.
My favorite part of the session was watching this family just being themselves and loving their little girl. You could feel the love everywhere: from the way her parents’ faces melted every time they looked at her, to the many special blankets (the pink one in the image below was knitted by her Grandma!) and toys she has, to the unique touches in her nursery ( her Mom bought a tapestry for her room in Thailand even before this little one was born!) – love was all around. It was such a privilege to witness and capture it!
Love this ‘bundle’ of joy:)
If you like these images and are expecting (or know someone who is) don’t forget about my Maternity and Newborn winter promotion that is going till the end of February – your entire session fee is credited towards your purchase as a print credit!