Posted on April 2, 2018
Wow it has taken me a while to get to writing this post. Easton is 5 weeks old and already so different than the Fresh 48 photos I did below. He’s a pretty mellow baby, doing all the normal baby things – eat, sleep, poop and look cute.
Here is his birth story.
I had woken up at 1:30 in the morning feeling something, not quite sure if it was the real deal or just Braxton Hicks again. They were real and I had a hard time getting sleep so I got up and tried walking around the house quietly while everyone else slept. I really just thought it was false labor since I was only 38 weeks and both babies before were late at 40 and 41 weeks. I was able to do that for about 2 hrs until Brendan woke up and asked if I was ok, and I shrugged it of like it was no big deal and said “yeah uh-huh, I’m fine. Go back to sleep!” Then I had a contraction and he asked if it was go time. I calmly said maybe but that he should try to get some rest if it was. That was not happening, he was WIDE awake now. So I labored a little more and took a shower to see if I could get them to slow down or go away and they just became more intense. So we called in the calvary to watch the big kids and called the midwife to see if we should head in.
Around 6 am we headed to the hospital and of course they started to become much more spread out and short once we arrived and got into triage. So they sent us out to walk for a few hours, eat and see if they picked up again. We went to Avalon to walk the stairs and get some fresh air and walk the labyrinth. At this point I knew they had slowed and nearly stopped and was trying to not become discouraged and think about Emily’s 4 day laboring event. We returned to the hospital just to get checked again and no progression had been made so we went home. I had lunch and tried to nap for a bit despite both kids being home.
Around 4 or so contractions began to pick up again and were much more intense. I made the usually monday evening dinner of waffles and eggs and sent emily off to ballet and told her goodbye hoping that maybe we’d be leaving again before she got home. She was disappointed (again) when we were home still with no new baby! At this point contractions had become more WAY more intense and a little more constant so grandma and grandpa headed over for the night and we left for the hospital (again) around 8:30pm. I joked on the way that if we were going to have another Monday baby we only had til midnight to make that happen.
From here they story picks up – quickly! He made his way into the world quite swiftly once he decided he really wanted to come.
Once we get parked and into triage its about 9pm. Contractions are strong but not all that consistent but strong enough I think we should be at the hospital. I get hooked up to the monitors and they watch the heartbeat and my contractions. The midwife comes in and checks me and I’ve progressed from 3 cm to 4 over the course of the day… and they think we should go walk around the hospital and eat something. I break out into tears because I fear that this is going to last much longer like it had with Emily and I’d be going home yet again. So the midwife works on discharging us. All the mean while I’m tired and upset just wanting to sleep since I had been up since 1:30. As the midwife walks back in my water breaks – it’s about 10:30 at this point. She says “Ok well, lets get you admitted and into a room!” Yes! Finally!
About 5 min later contractions start coming very consistently and picking up. I get up to go pee and on the way back I can barely walk. A this point contractions are about 1-2 min apart and soooo painful. I can’t talk and am screaming through the pain. I had never felt contractions like this with my previous two because I had an epidural by the time they were this strong.
By now Brendan is freaking out – he’s never seen me in such pain. He calls in the nurse and midwife. With each contraction I can’t help but bear down and push. Note I’m still in triage waiting to get taken to our room and it been about 20 minuets since my waters broke. They see that I need to get into a delivery room ASAP and rush me into a wheelchair. I can’t talk and contractions are back to back. The nurse is literally running me to my room with the midwife next to me trying to keep me calm.
We get into a room and Brendan helps me on the bed and the midwife wants to check me to see where I’m at, because obviously somethings happening. She lifts my legs and says “Well, there’s the head! Push!” A push and a half later she says “It’s a boy!!!” All the pain is gone and our little guy arrived at 11:01pm. Shear bliss and shock all in one moment. I finally and unexpectedly got the epidural free birth that I wanted to have. But this time it wasn’t by choice…. I didn’t even have the chance to sign my admitting paperwork.
Overall it was a grand finale to our last birth and baby. And as a mom I’ll always remind him of how dramatic he was.
Here are the Fresh 48 shots I did at about 15 hours old. We hired a photographer friend come and take shots of all of us together and the kids meeting Easton for the first time. I can’t wait to see how they look.
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.
Posted on December 18, 2017
How can it be that Edward is turning THREE in just two short months? My baby, my little guy who is already growing larger than his big sister. Who will now become the middle child in March… already three? He is smart, silly, caring, a tornado, strong willed and the best snuggler around. I cannot believe how fast it’s gone, it seems just like yesterday he was a little (ok not soo little at nearly 10 lbs) baby and we were bringing him home.
As I have been updating my website, which is FULLY part of this blog site now(!!!), I have been going though my archives and stumbled upon Edward’s fresh 48 session that I did on his second day. In “The Blur” of having a newborn and a toddler I had only edited a couple to share on Facebook. Not only did I not edit some really special ones but I also saw how much my style has evolved. So I took a little time this weekend and really looked at them again and edited them all over.
I love doing Fresh 48 sessions and getting to capture that “blur” and love at first sight with each baby and their new parents. I cannot wait to capture some of our new baby this march as well as having another photographer friend come and get some with me in them too when the big kids come to meet their new sibling.
Posted on December 11, 2017
Again this October over the Columbus day weekend I had the pleasure of getting to go back to California from Long Island and see all of my favorite west coast families! This year a majority of the sessions I did were shot at China Camp Village in San Rafael. I can’t believe I had never shot there before! It was gorgeous and truly picturesque at all hours of the day.
It was so much fun to catch another year with all of these great families and meet a few new families too! I’m already thinking about and planning for 2018 – where I’ll have a new little assistant with me helping out, or just looking super cute. Any suggestions CA families on where we should shoot?! I’m thinking Stafford Lake in Novato, A Nicasio location or Cavallo Point in Sausalito – comment below and let me know what you think!
NOW here are my 2017 California favorites from the sessions that took place this year.