Danielle and Kevin are going to be first time parents soon, and I'm positive that they're going to be very very good ones. They have been getting good practice with their two French bulldog pups! These two were so sweet and loving to each other during their maternity session, I know they're going to have a lot of love to give to their baby. They made each other smile and laugh the entire time we were shooting. At the end, Kevin even told me he had fun! Let me tell you, most guys think taking photos is a chore, so it was a really nice change to hear him say he had a good time! I had a great time working with them too, and I can't wait to meet their little one soon! It was hard to narrow them down, but here are a few of my favorite photos from our session!
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Lovely Lilly was a little more than a month old during her first photo session, so she was a bit more alert than a lot of the babies I photograph. I’m not used to seeing open eyes during my sessions, but hers were so pretty, it was a nice change of pace! She was very good at looking at the camera too, which was pleasantly surprising to me.
Even though she was awake, she was a very happy baby throughout the whole session! She didn’t even mind being wrapped up in a scratchy flag during some special photos with her dad, who is a firefighter EMT. Shockingly, she actually nodded off a little bit when we put her into his helmet, which was probably the most uncomfortable set up we did that whole day!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Lilly’s session!
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For the past 10 weeks, my sister was driving around with a sealed envelope in her car. No one but a few of the women that work at her OB-Gyn office knew what was inside that envelope. It contained the gender of her baby. It took tremendous willpower for all of us not to rip open that envelope every time we got in her car. But yesterday at her gender reveal party, we finally got to know what’s in that envelope!
When guests arrived, they got the chance to cast their vote on what they thought Lisa’s going to have. I was pretty torn. I kept going back and forth. Scrutinizing the sonogram didn’t help because, let’s face it, those things are unintelligible blobs. I ended up guessing boy, because I have a really cute baby shower invitation picked out if it’s a boy. I’m going to love and spoil this baby either way, so it doesn’t really matter to me. When the guesses stopped, the votes stood at 15 for girl, 14 for boy. It turned out later we found out that Lisa and Will's adorable niece Peyton voted twice (once for her My Little Pony), so really it seems like it was a dead tie!
After we all ate and drank and the parents in the room had a chance to extoll the virtues of having either a boy or a girl, it was finally time for the big reveal. Lisa was so nervous, she was putting off the cake cutting, but all our friends pushed her until she gave in! Lisa and Will nervously cut into the amazing “What Will it Bee?” cake made by Lil’ V Pastry Boutique. The first piece revealed.......NOTHING! They didn’t cut deep enough to reach the colored candies hiding inside. Everyone was on tenterhooks and Will got impatient and just hacked right down the middle and they both started celebrating...
It’s a BOY!
I’m so excited! I can’t wait to meet my nephew. He is loved so much already.
I think any form of exercise could probably be improved with the addition of puppies, to distract you from the fact that you’re not eating chocolate on your couch. Yoga is no exception. Since yoga is pretty slow and deliberate, it’s the perfect activity to mix safely with puppies, who can tend to get underfoot! I was so happy to be at JABS gym in Cutchogue to document their first ever Puppy Yoga class, which gave new meaning to the phrase downward dog! The class filled up in only 2 days and the registration fee went to benefit the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Originally, the event also had an aim to get a litter of puppies adopted, but by the time the class happened, they’d all been placed in their forever homes! The owners graciously brought their new pups into the studio for participants to snuggle and enjoy while they exercised.
The puppies were so full of life and they happily entertained all the yogis while they stretched. There were a few instances of furry mischief, like when one of the pups grabbed someone’s cell phone and ran off with it, but mostly they behaved beautifully! There were only two minor accidents of the bodily type, also. Not bad for doggies so young! No doubt this was the most fun yoga class attendees had ever been to, and I was so glad I was there to photograph it! Here are some of my favorite photos from the class!
There were whispers of a possible upcoming kitten yoga class....Stay tuned for more!
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I’m very excited to announce that my sister is having a baby! We are all so happy that we’re going to be welcoming a new member to the family. We are made even happier because it was a very very hard road getting to this point.
Lisa and her husband Will started trying for a family in November of 2015. The first time Lisa told me she was pregnant was in October of 2016. I was overjoyed. Unfortunately, in December we got the heartbreaking news that Lisa had suffered a miscarriage. It hit our family hard. It was painful to see my sister going through something so unimaginably devastating.
In May of 2017, we found out Lisa was pregnant again, only to get the crushing news in June that she had had a second miscarriage. Compounding Lisa's sorrow was the fact that several close friends and family members gave birth around the time of both miscarriages, the fact that I'm a newborn photographer, and the fact that Lisa works at an OB-Gyn office. Every day, more salt was poured in her wounds. She was very close to giving up on having a family, but Will convinced her not to give up hope, and I'm so happy he did.
Her doctors began doing exhaustive testing and found that she has two different blood clotting disorders that caused her miscarriages. She now has to take aspirin every day for the rest of her life, and has to inject herself in the stomach with medication every day for the rest of her pregnancy.
Lisa became pregnant in November of 2017, and was understandably a wreck for the first many weeks. She didn't even tell our parents that she was pregnant until she was 15 weeks. She's at 18 weeks now and is still very hesitant to share her news because of how she was burned twice before. Every impending appointment fills her with dread, only to be relieved right after that the baby is perfectly healthy. The worry will probably never go away, but she is making a valiant effort to be positive and to share her news with the world.
Yesterday, I went to her doctor's appointment with her and saw the baby move on the sonogram for the first time. It was an incredible experience. A rainbow baby is a baby that is born after parents suffer a miscarriage or still birth, because a rainbow comes after a storm. I cannot wait to meet this rainbow baby and document its entire life.
We started the process with a photo shoot with my dog nephew Ash, and a few photos to commemorate the struggle that Lisa has been through.
I got Lisa's permission to share her story. She and I both think that miscarriage is a thing that should be talked about more. Most women are silent about their struggles with miscarriage and infertility, making it an isolating and even more painful experience. If you know someone who is dealing with this horrible situation, please try to be there for them in any way you can. It's so easy to celebrate someone's joys with them, but it's so much harder to comfort them in their sorrows. Let them know you're thinking of them and ask them how they are. Even if they don't want to talk, they'll know that you care, and that can make a world of difference. If you yourself are going through it, please know that you aren't alone, and try not to give up hope for a rainbow baby of your own.
Last July 4th, the world lost a strong, intelligent and wonderful woman when my Aunt Cathy passed away from cancer. Her daughter, my cousin Marissa has been a beacon of strength in the face of this tragedy. Next week, she is honoring her mother’s legacy by joining with JABS in Cutchogue, their much-loved gym, for a LifeRide fundraiser to benefit Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
There will be a group LifeRide session, raffles, 50/50 and more. I’m donating a basket to their raffle with a gift certificate for a free photo session and a $100 print credit. I’ll be there supporting my amazing cousin, so come down and say hi, and help support this wonderful cause.
My dog nephew is very used to me sticking my camera in his face, because I've been doing so since my sister Lisa adopted him as a puppy in 2009. What he never got used to was walking up a flight of stairs. Ash is terrified of steps and refuses to go up them. So since my studio is upstairs, I carried him to the top. Now, I'm used to my Gracey's little 17 pound frame, so I needed a little break once I got Ash's 45 pounds up there. Phew.
After 9 years, Ash knows when he gets to the studio, it's time for business. I sat him down on the rug and that's where he stayed until we were done. He didn't even complain when I draped fake roses over his head. Such a good model. Look out for some more really exciting photos from Ash in the near future!
Here are my favorite photos from his Valentine's Day shoot. Enjoy!
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Everyone knows that dogs are very important members of the family unit. They're sweet, they're affectionate, and they don't talk back or clog up the DVR with their reality TV shows.
Fido's your best friend, so he deserves more than a blurry cell phone pic in your family's photo album! If you're looking to have a beautiful photo session for your pup, follow these guidelines to make sure your buddy's photographs come out as amazing as he is.
Figure out the When and the Where
Are you planning to shoot in the studio or outdoors? If you plan on an outdoor session, consider the time of year. In spring and autumn, your dog should be fine to stay outdoors for the length of a photo session, but a long-haired dog might not be as comfortable shooting in the height of summer, just as a short-haired dog might not be able to handle a snowy session in the winter.
Choose your location wisely. Always call ahead to make sure that both dogs and professional photography are allowed at your desired location. Here on Long Island, there are countless beaches to choose from, but there are many that don’t allow pets, so make sure you can bring your pup before you get your heart set on a location.
Make sure your dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations and is currently on flea and tick preventatives at the time of your session. Sticking to these guidelines will protect both your dog and all the other dogs that may come into the photographer’s studio.
Talk to Your Photographer about Your Dog
Every dog needs to be handled differently. Some don’t like their bellies touched. For others, paws are a no-go. My Gracey (the cute chihuahua under the heart garland up there) is terrified of anyone who bends down over her. Let your photographer know if there's a way your dog doesn't like to be handled, which may scare it or cause it to become anxious or aggressive. The last thing I want to do as a pet photographer is make my subject uncomfortable, so let me know how I can avoid that.
Walk your dog 1-2 hours before your session time to expend some energy. A dog whose been tired out a little will be much more obedient for photos.
If you’re going to get your dog groomed before the session, try to make that appointment a day or two before the photo session. Doing both in one day might be too much for some dogs, and a stressed out dog doesn’t photograph well.
If you have some time, practice sit and stay commands with your dog for a few weeks before the session. Bonus tip: my dog Gracey’s trainer had me teach her the “watch” command for when she barks at other dogs on our walks/makes my cat’s life a living hell. It’s also come in very handy when I want her to look at me for a photo. To teach this command, say your dog’s name and “watch!”. Reward them when they look you in the eye. Point to your face when you say the command if you like to add hand gestures to your training.
What to Bring
An outfit, bandana, special blanket or favorite toy can really enhance a session. Make sure that whatever you want to bring is not going to get your dog too riled up. A dog that is too focused on getting at his favorite monkey toy will not be paying attention to the camera.
It’s a good idea to bring a bowl and a bottle of water in case your dog needs a break to rehydrate. Bringing some of your dog’s treats is also a good idea, but use these as a last resort to get a dog to look at the camera, because they can make some dogs a little slobbery.
I have endless amounts of patience. That’s why I am particularly well-equipped for newborn and pet photography. At a mini session event last year, I had an owner tell me “there’s no way we’re going to get a decent photo of my dog, she’s too nervous”. I just sat there, casually throwing a few treats to the dog for a while. Eventually she calmed down and was able to sit, and her photos became my favorite ones from the entire day. A lot of times, the first 20 minutes of the session will just be the dog situating themselves, especially in the studio, which is a new place full of different smells. Don’t get frustrated if your dog doesn’t seem to be sitting still for photos. Most people don’t realize how fast a camera shutter can be. I can catch a beautiful moment that you didn’t even notice happened because it was so fast. Plus, dogs can pick up on their owner’s frustrations and it can make them behave even worse if they feel you getting stressed. Keep calm and have fun and your dog will too!
I hope this post helps you and your pet have a really successful photo session!
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I was afraid that photography was going to stop being my passion and become only my job.
Then I read an interview with photographer Nina Kling on clickitupanotch.com. She mentioned a photography project that she was involved with called 52Frames. Every week, a photography challenge is issued around a central theme. Photos submitted have to be taken in that week, not just dug up from your archives. It seemed like the perfect way for me to spark my creativity and create some personal work to keep growing as a photographer. I joined immediately.
Since I joined, I have submitted every single week, earning the title of Weekly Warrior a couple times over. I’ve invited friends to the project and I’ve also gone on many photowalks and made new friends within the project. It’s a truly inspiring community of photographers from all over the world, at different ages and skill levels, all working to improve their photography and push the limits of their creativity. I love it so much, I even became a Patreon patron to support the growth of the project.
If you’re interested in photography at all, I urge you to join 52Frames. I’m so proud of the work I’ve submitted to the project every week. It keeps me inspired and creative and I’m constantly learning things from my 52Frames pals.
I put together this collage of all the photos I submitted in 2017. If you’re really eagle-eyed, you’ll notice there are actually 53 photos in this collage, owing to the fact that there were 53 Sundays, which is the deadline for submitting every week. Following that are a few of my personal favorites from the year’s photos. This is my year in 52, ahem, 53 Frames!
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Thomas, not one to be outdone, impressed me with his unbelievable climbing skills. He got up between two huge rock faces like he had mountain climbing gear on. Someone needs to warn Spider-Man that this kid is going to put him out of a job.
Here are my favorite photos from our session! Enjoy!
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