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!
Fellow Mommas, why do Mondays feel like Fridays sometimes? I had a vision of starting this week awake, rejuvenated, and ready to take it on. Supermom versus the world! However, when my eyes opened this morning, I felt as though I had not slept in days. The week ahead seems daunting. My body tense. The stress was already working its way through my muscle into my mind. We have all been there, probably more times than not. We carry on, check off items on our To Do List, juggle a work schedule, and take care of those we need to. Of course, we are happy to do so. I always feel fulfilled in doing such, but sometimes that demands more energy that we might have available within us.
Yet, when you hit that "wall" do you recognize it? Permit yourself to listen to your body and mind? Do you slow down to recharge?
In Portugal, for a small period, I found myself completely alone in the gardens surrounding Palacio da Pena. For a moment, I felt the compulsion to rush and catch up with my husband and daughter. But I stopped myself. I concentrated on taking deep breaths. To take in my surroundings completely. The silence. The air. The smell. The peace. The things that I would frequently miss in my everyday life.
I sat in the middle of the path, and I watched the fog roll in around me. It felt like an embrace. An acknowledgment of sorts from Mother Nature that self-care is essential. A lesson from Her to root yourself in the moment and realize that the energy of your environment can be healing if interpreted correctly. The acceptance that such moments are not selfish. That those moments are essential because I am taking better care of my family by taking better care of myself.
What do you when you hit your "wall"? Where do you find yourself most able to recharge?
Maybe you have already completed your holiday shopping, or perhaps you are a bit like me and are just finishing up as the countdown begins. The holidays are a time when families come together, create memories, and start new traditions. I have put together a last-minute gift list that will show your family how much the memories you have created together mean to you.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
This holiday season, give the gift of preservation with a gift certificate for family documentary photography with Photography by Jessica Leigh.Read More