Posted on February 23, 2018
Last week I had the pleasure of working with another creative friend for her gorgeous golden hour maternity session. I met Jessica though our local Tuesday’s Together group – where other local creatives get together once a month and chat about different topics and small business types of things. She owns Whimsy B Paperie which offers up these stunning custom invitations – make sure to check out her instagram too for her gorgeous work.
Jessica is expecting her second baby boy this spring and was so excited when she said she wanted to do a session with me! We had originally planned on something beachy but when she saw the golden field self portraits I had done she really wanted to do them there, and it turned out stunning. She rocked one of the dresses from Sew Trendy that I offer to match up with the golden field and beautiful light we had that evening.
Posted on February 7, 2018
6 – Nose Frida
Hope you enjoyed my list, what was your favorite thing for the newborn days? So many new things have hit the market since Edward was born.
Posted on January 29, 2018
Last week I hit 33 weeks in pregnancy and boy am I getting big! With all the cold weather and wind we couldn’t make the previous week work for portraits with the kids. So when we finally had a a good slightly warmer sunny day we made a family maternity session with the kids happen. Of course we ventured over to my favorite field of golden grass to capture the shots. The white dress really popped against the golden tones. This week I had help from the whole crew to get some really great shots, mostly my husband, but the kids each had a turn taking some too. They really enjoy getting to take shots with the “big camera”.
Emily is beyond excited to welcome a new baby and thanks me almost every day that I’m pregnant. Edward on the other hand doesn’t fully grasp the idea that there will be a new baby joining us, only that he wants it to be a little brother when we ask if he thinks it’s a boy or girl. He though has been very very sunggly and attached to me like no other, which is very similar to how Emily was when Edward was set to arrive. We are “Team Green” this time so the guesses are coming in from every one that ask – what’s your guess?!
Posted on January 22, 2018
Today I wanted to show you all about the before and after of retouching and work that goes into each session with me. After we are all done at your session I go home and upload your images to my hard drive and review them. I use a program called Adobe Bridge, this allows me to see everything in one place next to each other and select the best from each burst.
After selecting the best I pull them into another program called Lightroom where I make minor ( sometimes major!) adjustments to the white balance, exposure, and colors. Then I export them ready for work photoshop.
When I open them in photoshop this is where a lot of the work is done. Each image can take anywhere from 5-30 minuets depending on what needs to be done. Usually I don’t do a bunch of editing on images unless they really need it or I have a vision that is to make the image very dramatic. With newborns there is quite a bit of skin to edit and backgrounds to touch-up. With my maternity session I love to make them really dramatic and touching up mommas skin here and there. Below are some examples of where the images begin straight out of camera and the final product. I generally spend about 3-4 hours finishing up a gallery for each session, sometimes even more if the gallery is really large or there are a lot of edits needed.
Check out more info on sessions I offer over on the Investment page – I can’t wait to work with you!
Posted on January 15, 2018
Who doesn’t love a good cocktail; especially one that’s perfect for these cozy evenings in and parties for the new year! I wanted to create something that was warming, simple and versatile. You can even omit the liquor for your expecting friends and it is still equally delicious. I used a local unfiltered pressed apple cider and all fresh ingredients to create this tasty cocktail. I made this for family over the holidays and it was such a huge hit.
- 8 oz. of Cinnamon liquor of your choice (Fireball is a popular choice)
- 1 ½ cup unfiltered apple cider
- 4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- Sparkling apple cider
Combine all ingredients except sparkling cider in to large shaker or pitcher with ice. Shake until well mixed. Pour over fresh ice to 2/3’s full and top with the sparking cider. Garnish with apple slices and a lemon twist. Sip and enjoy!
Posted on January 8, 2018
I got to close out 2017 with this Fresh 48 session of Matteo. He wasn’t set to arrive until mid January but he had other plans and wanted to make sure he arrived in time to have his first Christmas at just a few days old! Usually I check in with my mommas about 4 weeks out from their due date to see how they are and how baby is progressing and if there are any changes to their birth plan. This keeps everyone on their toes to make sure they get in contact with me too when labor starts so I can plan my time getting to you within the first 2 days! Well, I am so glad with the christmas craziness and rush I checked in with Elizabeth because just 2 days later she told me she was being induced for low fluids. Matteo was born the following day at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip weighing 5lbs 11oz and 19in. I got to meet him on his 2nd day around 30 hours old and he was a feisty little guy who really liked to nurse and be swaddled.
Posted on January 2, 2018
A much belated post as I was set to write this before the actual new year but, well… life got the best of us this holiday season, 2017 ended quite chaotic. What I though was just the kindergarten plague days before Christmas turned into really being the flu, pneumonia and a really bad asthma attack because of those wonderful little virus’. And not just me but both me and my husband were sick. Christmas was a blur and ended with my husband at the ER… and 2 days later with me at the ER! I sadly ended up being admitted for 3 days to get me better and make sure baby #3 was all good in the process. Thankfully we are feeling better and on the mend for the new year. I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds and to meet our newest addition.
Floating into 2018 and looking back on 2017 and how it was such a transformative year for me and my work. I think I really finally grasped my style, emotional feel and how I want my images to look in the end. Meeting and connecting with so many great people both on a creative level and on a personal level – so many new friends made. From the local Tuesdays together group to my ladies over in The Motherhood Society to clients who have come back many many times this year after meeting.
Starting to see the foothold take place here in NY and finding my groove and connecting with new clients and giving them the best experience I can. I’m ready to take off running in 2018 with everyone and new clients who come my way.
I want to wish everyone a happy new year and hope that everything you wish for comes true! Here are some personal favorites from 2017 mostly from my 365 project that fell apart towards October. Not sure if I want to try again this year…. still out on that one.