My sister, brother in law and my nephew accompanied me on my shoot at Prosser Pines with our friend Lauren this year. When they were there they took a walk around the preserve and afterwards said "Ok, can we do our Christmas photos here too?" Of course! It's such a beautiful spot for it!
Lisa had the idea to use Seth's Little Tikes car in the photos and put some of my little tree props on it as if Seth had gone to the woods to chop down his own tree. The problem was that his car is green with yellow dinosaur scales! But that's where Aunt Laura's years of Photoshop practice came into play. It was more time-consuming than my normal edits but I was able to turn his car red to match her vision for the photos. We wrapped a string of fairy lights around it to complete the look and Seth was happy to pose in it, because he loves his dino car! He wouldn't wear the trapper hat we brought for him, but that's ok because they still came out super cute.
We also took some sweet family shots of the three of them, but most of the photos were about Seth, because he's obviously the star!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our session!
Zeus is definitely my most famous client. I first photographed him a few years ago. I had been following him on Instagram for a long time and then his mom Katrina posted in her stories asking if anyone knew a Long Island pet photographer. I messaged her and said I was, but I knew she was a little far from me, so I suggested a few dog-friendly photo spots for her to look into. Turns out she was ok traveling for photos of her beloved pup, so we met and had a double session at Blydenburgh Park and in my studio. We had so much fun! We have a lot in common because we're both utterly obsessed with our dogs!
When I first photographed him, he had around 10K followers on instagram. He has tons on TikTok too and he's gone viral on there for some of his adorable videos! Once Zeus reached about 22K followers on Instagram, their account was accessed and held hostage by a hacker who demanded tons of money to get it back! As disappointing as that was, Katrina made Zeus a new handle and he quickly gained most of his followers back. He's at 15K followers now. Go check out their account @handsome.zeus
if you want to see some serious cuteness in your feed!
We met again on the beach this time for our session and Zeus did such an amazing job. He's well used to being on camera, as his mom has become a great pet photographer in her own right by practicing on him so much! We did some fun action shots of him running, he modeled his flower crown, and we did some really special silhouettes of Katrina and Zeus together against the sunset. It's always great to see this sweet and beautiful boy and his awesome mom!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our beach session!
You might remember Dominic's adorable session at the Stony Brook duck pond recently for his second birthday. I was so happy to get this little guy in front of my camera again for a Christmas and family session at Prosser Pines in Middle Island! His mom brought a super cute mailbox and a letter so Dominic could send out his wishlist to Santa. I hope he gets everything he wants!
We did some individual photos of the handsome boy and a lot of family shots too. The light was so beautiful that day in Prosser Pines and we had a lot of fun exploring the trails, despite one alarming incident where Dominic dropped his Larabar snack on the forest floor and was NOT PLEASED when it got taken away from him! I feel you, buddy.
There are these cool tree structures in the Pines that Dominic loved to dart in and out of. I'm not really sure what the story is behind those or who made them, but they look pretty cool. If anyone has any insight into how those came about, comment below because I'd love to know. Google has failed me and I'm curious!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our session!
Lily's parents Brandon and Richelle are friends of mine, so it's always nice to photograph her because I get to hang out with her awesome mom and dad too! I haven't seen them in a long time because they live in Connecticut and because of this darn pandemic we've all been dealing with for what feels like forever. But we got together for a socially distanced photo session where Lily could have her run of the yard and stretch those legs out after being in the car for so long!
Lily wasn't super interested in sitting on any of my little rugs. She wanted to RUN. She was having a blast finding acorns, holding up gigantic sticks and ripping leaves off the trees. At one point Brandon said "These are going to be the weirdest Christmas photos ever", but you know what? I've been a photographer long enough to know that a 2 year old just does their thing and I have to be quick enough to capture the smiles when they happen! Luckily from years of experience and from photographing my nephew Seth so much, I have a very quick trigger finger!
After she was done exploring the grounds to her heart's content, I finally lucked out with a prop she was interested in. My trusty Radio Flyer wagon with a tree plopped inside of it never goes wrong. She had lots of fun pulling it around and also using it as an acorn receptacle. Whatever keeps them smiling for the camera is alright by me!
Here are some of my favorite photos from Lily's session!
This was such a sweet and exciting session to photograph! Jackie and Caroline are friends of mine. My sister Lisa met Jackie years ago at the office they worked at and they've stayed super close even though they don't work together anymore. Caroline proposed to Jackie this year on her birthday and we were so happy for them! Jackie decided to book an engagement session with me for her, Caroline and their adorable pup Charli, and Jackie had a surprise up her sleeve....
She told me she wanted to surprise Caroline at the session with a ring of her own! We discussed beforehand what our code would be for when she decided to get down on one knee, so that I would be ready and waiting to capture the moment! We got some great shots of the surprise and tons of other beautiful portraits set against a gorgeous sunset at the beach. Thanks to my sister Lisa for tagging along to hold the prop bag and to keep a hand on Charli in between her close ups!
Congratulations Jackie and Caroline!!
Here are some of my favorite shots from their romantic session!