Dominic turns 2 this month! This little cutie is the son of one of my best friends Dina and her husband Mike, and he has always rocked his photo sessions with me, from newborn to 1 year to Christmas photos to now! He's such a happy little guy and he's got a great smile.
For this year's photos, we decided to visit the duck pond in Stony Brook for some socially distanced photos. Dominic loves to visit the geese by the water near his house, so I had a feeling he would enjoy the pond, with its large population of ducks, geese, pigeons and swans. I've shot a lot of sessions at the duck pond and I'm always cautious when I go there because of an incident I had there once, involving a close encounter with a swan. Thankfully the swans kept their distance that day, but the ducks, geese and pigeons practically swarmed us at one point because a passerby had the unfortunate idea to bring out some food! Dominic loved it though and he had a fun time following around the birds, climbing onto stumps and throwing things in the water. Ah, throwing. A two year old boy's favorite past time.
Here are some of my favorite photos from Dominic's 2nd birthday session!
Want your own fun visit to the duck pond? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (631)256-7476.
I got an email recently that made me SO happy. I've been nominated for Best Pet Photographer on Long Island! The awards are presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. If you're an islander, you've probably seen these Best of Long Island signs occasionally hanging in your favorite local shops, in the Long Island Press, etc. I never imagined that one day I'd be nominated for one of these awards! When I heard, I went to my sister, "did you do this?" and she said "I didn't even know I could nominate you or I would have!". I'm still not sure who nominated me, but thank you so much to whoever did! I don't expect to win my first year in the running, but I'm completely honored to even be nominated in the Best Pet Photographer category.
If you'd like to vote for me or any of the other amazing photographers nominated this year, you can do so once a day every day from today, October 1st through December 15th! The link to vote is HERE.
Thanks to Bethpage Federal Credit Union for presenting these awards and giving Long Island businesses your support.
One of my favorite things about photographing babies is seeing them come back every year and watching them grow like weeds. I photographed Nathaniel and Caroline for the first time when they were teeny tiny week old newborns, then again for their 1st birthdays! Now they're 2 years old, running around with their big brother Benjamin Franklin the Airedale Terrier, who has been there every step of the way!
This time their parents joined in on the fun too and we got some super adorable family shots. Even though this year was a little different because we had to keep our distance, it was still so much fun for me to hang out with this awesome family! We decided to do the session in their backyard this year so we could all spread out and the twins and Benjamin could run around to their hearts' content! We started out doing some family photos, then the twins posed on their very cute little lounge set and in front of their playhouse. They also enjoyed some time on their tire swing pushing each other and giggling.
Near the end of the session, mom Sarah asked each of the twins to give Benjamin Franklin a kiss and of course they obliged. It reminded me of the sweet moment when they were tiny newborns and we were contemplating putting peanut butter on Nathaniel's head to get Benjamin to kiss him, but then he went ahead and did it all on his own. He has been the best dog brother right from the beginning!
Here are some more of my favorite photos from Caroline & Nathaniel's 2nd birthday session!
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I wanted to update here that I'm back to business! With the arrival of Phase 4 of Long Island's economy reopening, I'm able to get back to serving clients. I have several sessions that I was booked to shoot in March and April that were postponed because of the pandemic and I've been reaching out to those clients to get new dates on my calendar. I also have a list of everyone who inquired throughout the pandemic to see if I was available and I'll be getting in touch with them in the order that they inquired. If you're one of those people, you should hear from me soon!
Back to business unfortunately does not mean back to normal completely. For the time being, I'll have to suspend my studio sessions, as my studio is too small to practice social distancing. For my clients' safety and my own, I'll only be conducting outdoor sessions until such time as a vaccine is distributed. Since I work with newborns, I have always kept up to date on vaccines that can help protect my clients from harm. The last thing I would want is for one of my clients to get sick, so I want to make sure I am properly protected so that I can keep my subjects protected. So if you book a session, you can feel confident that I will be wearing a mask for the entirety of our shoot and I will stay the recommended 6 feet away at all times. For family sessions and pets, this is not too different from how I normally operate. For newborns I obviously usually do much more hands-on posing which won't be possible at this time. For any newborn sessions I take now, they'll be conducted like family sessions with the baby in parents' or siblings' arms for the duration. I can direct clients on posing from a safe distance away. I know this isn't terribly convenient and possibly not what you imagined for your photo session with your newborn, but I would rather my clients be a little bummed but know for a fact they and their family are safe at one of my sessions.
I look forward to a time when I can meet my clients normally, high five their kids, and hug them when the session is over. This is a really strange and difficult time in all our lives and it's been pretty tough for me to have to stop doing the job that I love. I'm really happy I can get back to it now, even though it's going to look slightly different for a while. Thank you so much to all of my clients who have been so understanding, and to everyone who reached out with interest during the quarantine! Knowing I had sessions to look forward to was very comforting in the scary times of this pandemic.
For fun, here are some of the photos I took during the lockdown. I kept shooting as much as I could to stay sharp during the long break!
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