Welcome, Knox!

It's no secret that I have a certain love for newborn sessions.  The newness, innocence and those tiny baby yawns and movements are so special.  This family welcomed baby Knox to the crew and he is such good little guy!  His big sister is just as sweet.  I feel so thankful that families allow me to document such a significant time in their lives.  

Autumn: "a beautiful little girl who sees in colors that other seasons haven't seen"

In July, I was graced with the opportunity to shoot a session for Spectrum Inspired.  If you don't know what SI is, please check it out!  Given that working with children with autism is my other profession, I was very excited to be able to do this.  I was so moved when I read Autumn's application and her mother's words.  

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From Patricia (Autumn's mother):

"Autumn is our only child (unless you count the fur pup). She's five years old and was diagnosed with autism right after she turned two years old. The diagnosis wasn't surprising, if anything, it brought us relief. Ever since, we've been on a path at making sure Autumn has the best life and opportunities possible. She continues to thrive daily and accomplish tasks I didn't think that she could do at one time in her life. She's my inspiration and main reason for living. 

... I wanted to share the backstory on her name. My husband and I decided to wait to start a family and we always hoped to have a daughter. When I became pregnant, I just knew that I was having a girl. One night in February (about half-way through my pregnancy), we were watching a movie and the name Autumn was mentioned. During that moment, my husband and me looked at each other and knew that the name Autumn was meant for our little girl. It was more than just hearing the name in a movie. Autumn represents when we actually met and fell in love way back when. My husband figured that it would be the perfect name for our daughter; her name signifies the love that we have for each other. Autumn is a constant reminder of our true love. Plus, Autumn has always been my favorite season. Thus, we had a summer baby we named Autumn. A beautiful little girl who sees in colors that other seasons haven't seen. She's our everything."

Autism IS beautiful.  Autumn, her family and their incredible love are beautiful.  

I hope you enjoy these.

A 'Farewell Hoboken' Session | NJ Family Photographer

It was so difficult to pick favorites from this session.  The Williamson Family was preparing to say goodbye to the little city that they called home for years...the city where they started their beautiful family. We spent time capturing the family in their local neighborhood doing what they do, strolling the piers, visiting the parks, making some art with sidewalk chalk.   I mean when the NYC skyline has been your "backyard" for years, you have to document it!

Best of luck to this foursome in their new home!  

Miss Mary Katherine | NJ/NYC Newborn Photographer

How happy I was to photograph my very good friend, Erika and her growing family!  Miss Mary Katherine made her arrival this summer and was as sweet pie during her session.  I loved how she always kept those tiny hands snuggled in close to her face!  Big sister, Alexandra offered songs and kisses!  Mom thought Alexandra would wear a white sundress to match the baby, but Alexandra had her own ideas on wardrobe (see below).  Some of my favorite shots of the session were the family shots with the toddler doing her thing while rocking the American flag, tiara, hot pink dress and a glittery tutu!  She also let us know when she had her fill.  It's real life people.   I love when parents embrace the honest moments and are cool with documenting life just how it happens.  

So much love to you P Family!

Amy + Mike's Engagement Party | Dozzino, Hoboken, NJ

While I am not currently shooting large events, I had the opportunity this past summer to capture a small engagement party here in Hoboken.  Amy and Mike are Mile Square residents and hosted a fun afternoon event at Dozzino, a local place that makes oh so good artisanal pizzas (and more!).  

Before the guests arrived, we were able to capture some shots of the couple.  Afterwards, they greeted their guests and had a wonderful afternoon!  May I also say that the couple did a great job on the details of the party.  Check it out below!

Wishing you all the best, Amy and Mike!  Such a pleasure to work with you.  

An Afternoon with Rambler

While we were in Winnipeg a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law's friend, Diane, invited the kids to ride out and see her horse.  So Michele (my SIL), Emma and her cousins, Adam and Claudia spent an afternoon on the farm with 19 year old Rambler.  Approaching his golden years, Rambler is a sweet old boy who was so gentle with our crew.  The kids enjoyed brushing and riding Rambler.  Toward the end of the visit, we were able to feed Rambler some of his favorite treats...apples and carrots.  

I wasn’t anticipating taking a lot of images, but as soon as we arrived, I was happy I had my camera with me.  Unlike shooting in the city, this was something totally different for me…a new, yet super beautiful setting with different characters (the equine type!) and many unique details.  I loved documenting the afternoon using low light, shadows and silhouettes.  I used both my Nikon and Fuji cameras, in addition to my favorite 35mm and Lensbaby for these images.  My creative heart was aflutter and I could have stayed all day!

Thank you so much Diane and Rambler for a fun-filled afternoon!  Diane is an amazing owner to Rambler.  One can tell that she certainly loves her boy!  She also takes some treats for the aging horses who can't graze the fields anymore.  

P.S. - I never saw a horse roll until I met Rambler!  They really do roll!  🙂

Image heavy...however , in my opinion, the story is much better told in images as opposed to words.    

 

 

Colliding | Spectrum Inspired + Heart of Surfing | NJ Photographer

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" - Rumi

My two worlds colliding.  

In June, I had the awesome opportunity of photographing a surfing event for individuals with special needs. I couldn't help but think that finally my two passions in life were coming together.  (For those that don't know, I am a behavior analyst/special educator, having worked in private and public schools for individuals with special needs, namely autism).  I loved every bit of this day and the beautiful and inspiring faces and hearts in front of my camera.  

The Heart of Surfing is an organization that offers individuals surfing lessons at the beach in Ocean City, NJ.  Throughout the year, the organization offers other indoor and outdoor recreational activities.  By the happy smiles on everyones' faces, it is easy to see that this weekly event brings so much joy to all involved.  The East Coast Dog Surfing Association joined Heart of Surfing to add bring some surfing dogs into the mix!

I covered this event for Spectrum Inspired, "a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders".  Spectrum Inspired "uses Lifestyle Photography to document a diverse group of children on the spectrum and their families across the globe in effort to normalize and destigmatize ASD. It is our mission to give families a platform to voice their struggles, celebrate their victories and share their story; all the while, removing the stigma and stereotypes of what is thought to be representative of Autism and show the world just how broad and beautiful the spectrum is."  Spectrum Inspired's mission is close to my heart and I am honored to be involved with their cause.  

You can get your own copy of the amazing magazine here

The following are just a few (maybe more than a few) images from the day...

Amsterdam Family | NYC Family Photography

I got to head into NYC on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to visit with the A Family once more.  So happy to be called upon to document the first birthday of little sister this time.  Both girls were ready with sweet smiles and playful hearts.  We captured some images in their apartment and then headed up to the roof of their apartment building to grab some family photos.  Always love my time with you guys!   

Welcoming Ella

I was so happy to photograph this sweet family that I met last fall as they welcomed their second beautiful daughter.  Even better, the family asked to incorporate the grandparents...how special!  Congratulations D Family!  Here are just a FEW of my many favorites!

We Go Together - A Morning with Sweet Sisters

I was so happy to meet the G Family and be able to capture life in motion for them in the way of a family film.  The adorable twin baby girls are on the brink of two years old.  Both are SO sweet and curious, one is more of the "go-getter", the other a more reserved undeniable daddy's girl.  These sisters interacted so lovely together, showering each other (and their parents) with hugs, kisses and tickles.  

When speaking with mom in preparation for our session together, she stated that she and her husband most definitely wanted the girls to be the focus of the film... just being themselves, taking the family dog for walk in their neighborhood and playing at the park.  We had a jammed pack morning full of fun!  

In addition, I very happy that I was able to provide some documentary images of this stage of family life!  (scroll down to see)

Contact me to schedule your family film session - it is truly a unique keepsake!  View more films here.

Welcoming Baby John

My first official blog post on my new site!  Let's hope I keep it up.  

I'm always so honored when I hear from former clients to come and photograph them again...especially when they are welcoming a new family member!  It was so nice to catch up and meet baby John.  He is such a sweetheart and has two wonderful older sisters looking out for him.    Check out the slideshow (at the bottom of this post) to see some more images and video clips.  

 

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