Posted on September 19, 2018
When planning Candice’s maternity session I just knew shooting her in this dress by the beachside would be perfect, and it was! This dress perfectly showcased her growing bump and all her beautiful tattoos. It also was the perfect color on her with the glowing golden light we had that evening. Her and her guy were so happy and excited for their first little baby boy together and it truly showed in their images of them. Their sweet little Spencer will also get to share a birthday with my Emily which is a fun tidbit we chatted about during the session.
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Posted on September 10, 2018
I wanted to share Mable and Ada’s beach session on this gloomy rainy monday morning. The last bits of summer are slipping away and fall is in the air. Leaves are starting to fall and pumpkin everything has hit the shelves at stores. But lets go back to just a few weeks ago when I got to run around West Beach in Port Jefferson with these girls! I have been documenting these girls for almost two years now. I met Nicole while she was pregnant with Ada and did Ada’s Fresh 48 session. We’ve done so many sessions since then i’ve lost count! Nicole wanted to capture the girls at the beach playing and having fun, the weather was warm and perfect during our session and the golden light was amazing.
I love watching families grow and change over the years and I can’t wait to capture many more years with these sweet girls.
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Posted on August 28, 2018
There is always a first for everything and this was a first for me just a couple of months ago. Yes I know I’m behind on blogging this … summer with 3 kids is CRAZY!! Anyways, I was so thrilled to get to add twins to my fresh 48 portfolio and they were cute to boot. It was a full room when I arrived to meet the Antionu family and their sweet new baby girls. There were two babies, two parents, two big brothers, two grandmas, one grandpa and one aunt… and me! Boy was it busy busy but we made it work and I had the big brothers help me at times too. Watching their fascination with their little sisters was fantastic. A baby for each of them, no fighting on who got to hold the baby. Which is something I deal with daily in my house since Easton came home. They were sweet, kind and pretty silly too, just like most big brothers are. They were constantly looking and touching and making sure the girls were doing ok and observing their little features. Mom and dad have such a full house and over flowing hearts now.
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Posted on August 20, 2018
All sessions are special to me but some are just extra special, this one is one of those sessions. Why? Well because this one was for my sister in law who is expecting her second little baby in just a few short weeks. A little girl! We are all so excited to welcome another precious baby into the family and have more cousins for my crazy kids. Emily is especially excited because as of now she’s the only girl.
We decided to use her property again like we had with her first, though raining we really got some beautiful shots. She really makes being pregnant look like a breeze most of the time. I wanted to really make this new dress pop so I decided to really just play with the greens of the garden.
I really cannot wait to meet this sweet girl soon, stay tuned for her Fresh 48!
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Posted on August 7, 2018
Popsicles could be my favorite treat, they are generally easy to make and very adaptable. Usually I am able to make with what I already have in the fridge. They make the perfect warm day treat for everyone to enjoy and cool off a little. They also bring a bit of nostalgic memories to summer days at grandma’s house sitting on the porch dripping in popsicle juice. I’ve gathered some really fun, easy and scrumptious recipes for you and your kids to try on your next warm day, even one for just adults.
Easy Breakfast Yogurt Pops –
A little breakfast popsicle to get your morning started. Surprise your kids with a little treat to start the day off.
- 7 oz. greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tsp. wildflower honey
- ½ cup granola
- 1 cup berries diced
– Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp. of the honey.
– Place a few berries into the bottom of each mold.
– Divide the yogurt mixture between your popsicle molds.
– Add another layer of berries and top off molds with the remaining yogurt
– Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mold and top the yogurt with a little granola
– Place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 5 hours before consuming.
Creamy Lemon Raspberry Pops –
These pops were a real hit at our house with both kids and adults! Sweet, tart and creamy all in one for something a little different than your usual fruit juice pop. Made with fresh squeezed lemons and mashed berries there’s nothing but wholesome goodness in these pops.
- 1 1/4 cups fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz. greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– Place the fresh raspberries in a fine mesh strainer. Add the granulated sugar into the raspberry puree. Stir to combine. Set aside. After about 5 minuets press the raspberries with a spatula and continue to work it until all of the juice is in the bowl and only the seeds and some skin is left in the strainer. Discard seeds.
– In a mixing bowl, add in the yogurt, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to incorporate.
– Scoop the yogurt into four popsicle mold cavities. Try to keep it even.
– Put the raspberry puree into a cup with a spout or spoon it into the molds to the top.
– Using skewer, poke the raspberry puree down into the yogurt mixture until it’s mixed to your liking. Avoid stirring to get the swirled effect like mine.
– Place the popsicle sticks or tops in. Freeze overnight until set.
Coconut Blueberry Cream Pops
These pops were probably the simplest to make using just four ingredients and a smoothie blender. You can even substitute the blueberries for any fruit or berry to mix it up. I found these make a great alternative too to the store bought yogurt tubes if you’ve run out.
- 1 can Thai coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
– Mix the coconut milk, honey and vanilla in a blender until smooth.
– Add the blueberries and pulse until they’ve’ been “smashed” but not completely blended.
– Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours.
Peanut Butter Banana Pops –
Another crazy simple and unique popsicle that takes less than 10 minuets to whip up. After they have been frozen the dipping and topping options are pretty endless. We went simple and just did chocolate, but you can add peanuts, sprinkles, pretzel bits, sea salt etc. etc.
- 8 oz. plain greek yogurt
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- melted chocolate, for dipping (optional)
– In a in a blender blend together the yogurt, peanut butter, banana, milk, vanilla extract and sugar.
– Divide the mixture into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze the pops until frozen solid, at least 4 hours.
– When ready to serve, remove the pops from the freezer and release them from the molds.
– Dip or drizzle them with the chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
Pomegranate Champagne Pops – Adults only!
Here is a great pop to end those endless summer days or a fun backyard party treat. A little something for the adults to enjoy too on those warm nights when the kids are finally in bed and tucked away.
- 1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 limes
- 1 ½ cups Champagne
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 lemon
- Dixie cups
– Combine 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar, then whisk until sugar is completely dissolved. Divide the pomegranate syrup amongst the Dixie cups and add your popsicle sticks; freeze it for 2 hours.
– Combine the juice of 1 lime, the remaining sugar, and a splash of the champagne. Whisk the mixture together so that all of the sugar is dissolved. Now add enough champagne to measure out 1.5 cups. Give it a gentle stir to combine with the lime syrup.
– Slice remaining lime into thin disks and seed the pomegranate.
– Remove the popsicle mold from the freezer and fill each individual mold with a few some pomegranate arils. Now top off the molds with the champagne mixture and lime on top and place them back in the freezer.
– Let the popsicles freeze for about 10 hours before serving.
Tell me what your favorite one is! I think ours was the Creamy lemon ones.
Post originally featured in Volume 11 of Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s Family & Child issue.
Posted on July 25, 2018
I have had this vision for sometime now. I wanted to do it with myself while I was still pregnant with Easton, but he decided to show up early so I wasn’t able to do it. So when I found out Stephanie was also going team green I thought it would be really cool to shoot her second pregnancy and use the smoke bombs for her.￼ Since my in laws garden was in full bloom for summer I thought it would be beautiful to shoot the session there. Seeing how it turned out to be a secret garden magical shoot. I’m so ecstatic with the end result. The light was perfectly golden and the smoke really came out how I envisioned.
After we were done playing in the garden we decided to change dresses and head down to Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson and do a few shots there too and cool off in the water since it was about 100 degrees that day.
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Posted on June 21, 2018
I’ve gotten to know Alice and her family pretty well now since our move back to Long Island two years ago. She’s not only a long time friend to my husband but she’s become a really great friend to me too! And she’s crazy creative and artsy too… like the knitting she does is 10,000% – check out her insta here!
I have done countless session with her from her maternity to her home birth to newborn images of Ellie. I was really excited when she wanted to gift her in-laws-to-be a extended family session for the holidays. We waited until we had one of those sneaky spring days back in May when it was warm and the sun was shinning so golden. We choose to have the session at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson. The tide was low and the wind wasn’t so bad – I absolutely adore how this session went!
Once the big kids ( not shown here for privacy reasons) started laughing at my corny jokes we were getting some genuine playful smiles! After the whole family was done Alice, Adam and Ellie wanted to venture onto the dock for some more and I of course happily obliged – I mean, who wouldn’t.
I can’t wait for August to get here and watch Alice and Adam get hitched – it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous.
If you love what you’ve seen and want to book your own extend family session I’d love to send you more info about it – head over to my investment page to send me an email!
Posted on June 13, 2018
Last month I got to meet baby R and his sweet family during their Fresh 48 session. Usually these sessions take place within the first 48 hours – hence the name fresh 48, but I met this little guy about half way through day 3. He had to spend just a little time in the NICU upon arrival so our session got pushed back just a day later than usual. None the less he was absolutely adorable and the sweetest little guy his mom and dad could have wished for. He also LOVED his paci which I find pretty normal for NICU babies; my oldest was obsessed with hers! Take a peek below to see how cute mister R is.
– The Traveling Dress – A Special Project with Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine – Jessica Michelle Photo
Posted on June 5, 2018
The Traveling Dress Collaboration is a brilliant creative project brought together by several photographers within the Motherhood Society (Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s endorsed professional motherhood photography communication). As elite creatives, each photographer was impressed with one another’s different photography and editing style and they decided to celebrate different women, all from different ethnicity, different stages in their pregnancies and in different settings, using the exact same dress to make their unique visions come to life. Each photographer had one single week with the dress, a custom design from Sew Trendy Accessories; styling the dress with their own creative vision and shooting it with their own style, before mailing it off to the next person. To avoid creatively influencing the vision of one another, the participating photographers agreed to refrain from sharing the images until each of them had the opportunity to shoot with the dress and submit their images for publish in the magazine. The dress traveled around the United States between eight participants, each very different in shooting style and artistic voice, we are so excited to share this collaboration with you!
I had the pleasure of working with Dana who was about 22 weeks during the time of our shoot last August. I wanted to do something fun and different that I had before. Dana is an art teacher here on Long Island, so I wanted to incorporate that in some way. I originally wanted to shoot at the MET in NYC but they don’t allow editorial shoots. So I went in a different direction and played off the teacher part and what is so commonly associated with teachers? Apples! I reached out to my favorite orchard on the East End and set up shooting before harvesting began. Harbes Orchard was in its prime and the trees were full of apples that hadn’t been touched yet! Dana was stunning in the dress and the light was so dreamy. After we did some in the traveling dress I had her switch up her dress and do some in another dress I had.
Check out Dana below as well as my favorite from each of the other photographers who participated in The Traveling Dress project.
Dress : Sew Trendy Accessories
Makeup : Heather Ann Makeup
Hair : me
Location : Harbes Orchard & Gibbons Family Estate
And here are my favorites from the other ladies who participated in this beautiful project! Be sure to check out their blog post too with more from each of their sessions linked below each image.
Posted on May 30, 2018
Springtime is here and I’m so excited! I’m ready for the warm weather and to be outside enjoying the sunshine. All last week everyone in the house was sick, except for me, of course! So once everyone was feeling better on Monday we decided to venture outside and do an impromptu little photo session once the sun peaked out and the grass was still tall. I put Emily in these pretty pink velvet overalls that I had since the fall that I had planned on using for her birthday photos that we never got around to. For Edward we dressed him up in a charming blue button-down and jeans; he decided to add his cool plaid hat. It’s been a staple for his look for the past few months I think it’s pretty darling. Easton wasn’t feeling great so we only snuck him in for a few shots. I’m so glad we were able to capture some cute springtime photos even though not everyone was feeling great.
These two fight like cats and dogs but are also the sweetest with one another – I can’t wait to see how Easton mixes in.
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