I was there for the baby shower, the maternity photos, the newborn session, the Christening, the Christmas photos, and now, finally, the 1st birthday cake smash for twin brothers Vincent and Louis! These guys were smiling and ready for their session from the get go. I mean, they should be used to it at this point, right? I’m not even sure these boys would recognize me if there wasn’t a lens in front of my face.
They gave me a ton of smiles and made each other laugh a lot during our session. I have a feeling they’re going to be doing that their whole lives! Once we did photos in their cute outfits, we stripped them down to just a diaper cover and bow tie to get to the main event...the cake smash! Now I thought they were going to take after their cousin Addison, whose cake smash I shot in December. She attacked her cake with gusto!
Vincent and Louis, however, were much more reserved when the cakes came out! They each dipped a finger or two in the cake and took dainty little tastes of the frosting. It wasn’t until we got both boys and both cakes together that they really dug in. I think they were more interested in what each other had, so it spurred them on to get their hands dirty!
I think they liked it! Here are some of my favorite photos from their session. Enjoy!
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I'll be at the 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws Luau at Off Key Tikki in Patchogue on June 3rd from 12-4pm. This event is hosted by LI-Dog, an organization that works to increase access for dogs to Long Island parks and beaches. I'm happy to be photographing this great event for the third year in a row. I always have a great time and meet so many adorable dogs and their awesome owners.
To see all my photos from last year's luau, click here!
There will be a Margaritaville dog and owner costume contest, biggest lap dog contest, and a photo contest to determine the pup that will be the cover photo for next year's event! There's also free food from the grill, music and raffles. I'll be once again donating a basket to the Chinese auction with a free photo session and $100 print credit!
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On Saturday, June 9th, I'll be at the Islip Public Library doing a pet portrait program! This is my second year doing this program on the library’s garden terrace and I’m looking forward to it because I had so much fun last time. Above is the flyer and a collage of some of the participants from last year! You'll receive one free printed photo. The library asks that all pets be clean and good with other animals. Please bring them leashed, or in a harness or carrier. There will be a rain date of June 16th in case of inclement weather!
Registration is open now! The program is open to patrons of other Long Island libraries too.
It's from 1pm to 3 pm and the library is located at 71 Monell Avenue in Islip.
It seems like I've been planning my sister Lisa's baby shower for years. I've had a Secret Board on Pinterest called "DON'T LOOK LISA" for years now with pins of centerpieces and balloon arches and printables of baby shower bingo. With all the trouble she had getting to this point, I was afraid that my mom and I would never be able to give her the baby shower of her dreams, but then Baby Seth came along and everything changed. I eagerly awaited her gender reveal so I could finally go ahead with one of my theme ideas: mermaids for a girl or whales for a boy. When we were thinking of venues, my mother had the stroke of genius to have it at the aquarium, which was perfect for the underwater motif.
I did about 20 and thought "Why do I do these things to myself?" but I was already invested, so I kept with it. This can-do-but-maybe-I-shouldn't-have attitude
also led me to make every shower game in Photoshop, to iron endless decals onto onesies, and to take a fluid painting class with a friend to make Lisa a piece of artwork for the baby's nursery. Not to mention, I also had to create a second invitation as a decoy when Lisa suspected the shower was at the aquarium! I convinced her it was at another local restaurant and that the theme was rubber duckies by "accidentally" leaving the invitation out where she could find it. Needless to say, I was happy to get all the help I could from Lisa's sister-in-law Beth, who made the excellent onesie centerpieces that say "Whale Come Baby Seth"! I had no ideas whatsoever on that front, so I was so excited that she knocked it out of the park.
Thank you to everyone who came to Lisa's shower. She had a really amazing time and got so many wonderful gifts. Baby Seth is well set up! Several people gave her really beautiful handmade outfits and blankets, which were so special.
Here are my favorite photos from the day!
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