My ultimate goal in my Unscripted Life Sessions is to capture the true essence of a family and their personalities. I never force a smile and I encourage natural and even serious expressions. For 2018, I decided to completely revamp my Fine Art School Portraiture as a way to provide parents with a taste of my Unscripted sessions through genuine and timeless school portraits. I aspired to carry the message of embracing and cherishing life - in the here and now - further than just the families I have the honor of photographing.Read More
It is a privilege to be invited to document a family's milestones. I am incredibly thankful for repeat clients as I get to witness a family's love and dynamics grow and change. I first photographed this gorgeous couple in 2011 for their engagement. The affection between Beka and Mike radiates! They are a fun-loving couple, and they will bring a smile to your face from the moment you say hello to long after you have parted ways. We have kept in contact over the years, and I was so delighted to hear that they wanted to make a trip to the city for me to photograph them again. This time with their adorable little man, Camden!
Camden led the way through The Loch in Central Park laughing and exploring the entire time! What a sweet and curious little boy. He roamed the paths of the North Woods with his parents taking in and enjoying his new surroundings. His adorable laughing when Mom and Dad tossed leaves into the air had me in giggles as well! Throughout our session, this adventurous little one repeatedly asked for shoulder rides and tosses in the air from Dad. Best buds for sure those two are! And still, his love for Mom is evident in the quiet and affectionate moments they shared by the water. Such strong bonds always shine so brightly.
Thank you to this beautiful family for once again inviting me into your lives. I cannot wait for the next time!
The Kalyanpur boys are full of life and exploration. If there is no fun to be found, they create it! I am quite sure that comes from the adventures they encounter all over the world with their parents. Their session took place in Central Park and was full of laughter, running, and bubbles! We explored the trails of the North Wood and chased bubbles along The Loch. You could see just how much the youngest adored his brother; mimicking his every move. Every frame I shot, felt like a keeper as the connection between the family simply radiates through the lens.
I am so thankful to have a "job" that allows me to the opportunity to grow deeper friendships. A "job" requires me to capture the love between a family. A "job" that gives me the ability to show them how beautiful they are.Read More
What I love about running mini sessions is the number of new families I have the opportunity to meet and photograph. During my Summer's End Mini Sessions, I had the pleasure of photographing The Frank Family. Let me tell you; a mini session has never flown by so fast as we were having such a blast! We chose to meet at Bow Bridge in Central Park, and the four of us spent the time exploring the trails around the areaRead More
There is nothing quite like watching siblings interact and play. There is an extraordinary bond between siblings close in age. Especially boys! I had the privilege of photographing Tucker and Quinn along with their parents on a beautiful - and warm - fall afternoon last month. For their Summer's End Mini Session, we met and explored Safari Playground in Central Park. The session flew by as my camera snapped pictures of them frolicking, laughing, and spending quality time together.
Tucker surely loved being outdoors! A natural explorer, he jumped through leaves, climbed trees, and created fun little games for him and his brother. It was a joy watching this silly and fun loving four-year-old concur his surroundings. Of course, his 15-month-old brother Quinn was in tow! Quinn followed his big brother, through the playground and encompassing area, idealizing and attempting to mimic Tucker. Quinn's big smile never left his face during the entire session. I found myself smiling throughout that day just thinking of the fun this family had together. There is no doubt that the adventurous and caring personalities of these brothers are due to their amazing parents, Adam and Tina! They both made sure to create engaging and interactive play. At one point, Quinn just could not stop giggling every time Dad pretended he was an airplane swinging him through the air! There were even quiet moments of snuggles and comfort with Mom.
This loving family was such a pleasure to photograph. I adored every moment of their mini session! Being able to capture Quinn and Tucker's personalities along with each boy's unique and special bonds with mom and dad, was an absolute joy! Adam, Tina, Tucker, and Quinn, thank you for letting me document and create a visual story of such a beautiful time in your lives!
Before it turned winter overnight here in New York, I had the privilege of creating photographs for the Frankfurt family during their Summer's End Mini Session. We explored The Pool, The Loch, and all the North Woods of Central Park. What an adventure it was! This mini session was not the first time the Frankfurt's have been in front of my lens and watching Henry grow, and change has been incredible!
Henry is such a vibrant, spunky, and caring little guy. The confidence his amazing parents have instilled in him is evident as he was always ready to explore and discover no matter the environment. Watching mom and dad play with, listen to, and hold their beloved Henry with such joy as we chased one another through the park was contagious! I could not help smiling the entire session. As I culled through the images, one thing was so evident - quite frankly - it pulled at my heartstrings. No matter how much fun we were having, Henry always made sure to keep an eye out for his parents. He would stop playing to give them some attention and love. Seriously, tearjerker!
I enjoyed spending time in Central Park with The Frankfurt's. I am so grateful to them for allowing me to create a visual story of this extraordinary time in their lives!
Sunday changed me. It changed me in more ways than I probably can put into words. My soul changed. My body changed. My willpower changed. On Sunday, I ran the TCS New York Marathon. As I write this blog post, my body is aching, begging for fuel and attention. I am mentally and physically exhausted - close to how I felt after childbirth. And yet - similar to how I felt after birthing my daughter - I feel powerful and exhilarated.
When I run, I find the ability to concentrate on one thing only. I put my headphones on, tune out the world and all its noise, and focus on my body. Running has always been independent for me. I am a member of only the New York Road Runners, and I shy away from running clubs. Running isn't social for me; it is therapeutic.
On Sunday I was prepared, rested, and game for a hilly 26.2 miles through New York's five boroughs. I had my playlist synced to my step count. Every detail was meticulously planned out to put me over the finish line at around four hours. I knew I could do it. I was ready to do it no matter what mother nature threw at us runners that day.
The rain started just as the cannon went off for my wave. That didn't matter; I was prepared. Mile one through 14 I was steady and my energy high. And then the Queensboro Bridge happened. I did not anticipate how slippery the metal channels of the bridge would be. As I began the steep and long incline I stepped on one, and my right knee went right, and my leg went in the opposite direction. I heard a pop as I stumbled a bit, but never stopped. I knew if I looked down or acknowledged the pain the race would be over for me.
I made it all the way to the Willis Avenue Bridge before fatigue caught up to me and I could not tune out the pain. I began to slow down into a hobbling lope. I saw an end before the finish line, and it was crushing.
I looked to my left and saw a man struggling like me. I saw the pull of his hamstring and the pain on his face. He was as depleted and in as much pain as me. I pulled my headphones off for the first time during a run and said to him, "We need to do this together." I needed someone to support and encourage me, or I would have failed. My music wasn't enough anymore. My willpower wasn't enough anymore. I needed help. I needed someone other than myself. At that moment, I found my team in what I considered a solitary sport.
For those last few miles, we encouraged one another, pushed one another, and in the last 200 meters he grabbed my hand, and we ran. We ran faster than we had in those preceding miles together and finished the race, hand in hand, before collapsing over the finish line. And without my headphones on.
We thanked and embraced each other, and in a cluster of other finishers, emotions, and marathon volunteers we walked our separate ways to find our families. As someone hung a medal around my neck, and a poncho draped over my shoulders, I broke down. Yes, partly from exhaustion and my knee pain, but mostly because the realization of speaking about "Creating A Tribe Of Motherhood" isn't just in raising our children. We need a team to help raise ourselves. We need a team to show us what we are capable of achieving. And what is possible if we have the support and strength from those around us.
So thank you to the stranger that broadened my Tribe yesterday.
Marathon #1 accomplished!
A litter girl exploring the woods of The Ramble in Central Park during a family mini session.Read More
This beautiful documentary family session was photographed by Photography by Jessica Leigh during a family outing in Central Park at the Three Bears Playground.Read More