Last Saturday, I traveled to the Jersey Shore to photograph the amazing 1st birthday party for a lucky little guy named Logan. Surrounded by adoring family and friends, Logan welcomed his first year in immaculate Dr. Seuss style. His lovely parents, Amanda and Danny, threw the most spectacular themed party I've personally ever attended. Amanda's attention to detail was obvious everywhere you looked; exciting centerpieces exhibiting custom paper goods created by Rose Garrett, an entire room full of Dr. Seuss themed games, hand drawn illustrations (and photo booth) in the style of Dr. Seuss made by Danny, a gorgeous multi-tiered Seuss cake made by Amanda's sister Stephanie, [email@example.com] as well as life-size balloon sculptures of The Cat In The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and others made by Perfect A Party. Logan was thrilled! His face lit up the moment he came into the space, and he clearly had a great time throughout the whole party.
On Father's Day, I had the honor of photographing a family that I've become close to over the last year. Little Mei, her mom Rie, her baby sister Asia (Ah see ah) and dad Luca have become good friends through my time spent in Crown Heights. Amazingly for them, a move to Hawaii is on the horizon for their family! While I selfishly feel sad that I won't be able to spend time with my friends, I am incredibly excited for their new chapter (and really, I just imagine Mei becoming the most perfect little hulu girl ever!)
Sunday afternoon's family session in Central Park was a ton of fun. It's rare that I get to photograph multiple generations of a family, let alone one with international relatives. Sachiko contacted me to commemorate her parent's visit to New York from Japan. This was an exciting occasion for little Hana, as both sets of her family live in different countries, Jamaica and Japan respectively. Hana is a true ball of energy, and certainly kept me on my toes! Running around Central Park and documenting their time spent together was lovely!
Saturday morning I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my favorite families at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Just over a year ago, I photographed newborn Penny with her awesome parents, Colleen and Andy. Capturing the energy of the family was so refreshing; the three of them are incredibly fun loving and spirited together.
Growing up, Colleen's father use to photograph his family at the local Botanic Gardens every Easter. It was an honor to carry on this tradition for Penny, Andy and Colleen.
This photo session was a gift from me, to my very deserving friends Amber and Dan. To say that this was important for me to do for them is an understatement. I met Dan in preschool, probably 25 years ago; we've known each other forever. Amber and I have been friends since middle school, our friendship ranging from student government, camping in the woods and making pottery together. Four and a half years ago, when they were getting married, they hired me for my first wedding shoot, starting me on the path that I am on to this day for which I am incredibly thankful for. When I learned that Dan is going to be serving our country later this month, I knew I wanted to celebrate their family together with them and to create photos to ease their year apart.
Last Saturday night, an hour and a half north of New York City, I attended an excellent party as a guest. Caitlin, one of my best friend's ever, invited me to a benefit at our friend Galilee's house. Typically, I wouldn't post snapshots or personal photos on my blog, as I consider this to be a place to describe my professional work, but this night was special. Galilee's husband, John, is a talented guitar player and singer. At their gorgeous lakefront house in Rock Hill New York, they host a benefit party/performance every few months to donate proceeds to local charities. Knowing this, I brought a bottle of wine to donate to the bar, and left $10 at the door, excited to see what the night would bring.
A little over a year ago, I photographed the wedding of Ashlee and Tim. When I learned they had a baby just before their anniversary, I knew I needed to pay them a visit. Not only was it wonderful to catch up with a couple that I really enjoy, it was amazing to see such a tiny person with so much personality! At only 3 months old, Mia has character. Strong willed and funny, she was a joy to photograph.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet the loveliest two-week-old baby, Penny. Born to my friend Colleen and her charming husband Andy, Penny is as precious as they come. It was incredibly exciting to see their brand new family function together; Andy and Colleen exhibited perfect team work during outfit changes and keeping Penny engaged, and she was her happiest snuggled up next to her parents. While editing this shoot, I was overwhelmed by the family's radiant energy and happiness, which I hope I captured in these photos.
Last week, my boyfriend Josh and I did something we haven't done during the 4.5 years we've been together - we went to his hometown in Michigan for a holiday. Being out there is relatively rare for us, we usually only head to Grand Haven once a year, so our friends Stu and Mary decided it was a perfect time to score a mini session photographing their family. Robbie was born the week Josh and I met, so seeing him age is mind blowing to me. He is the best of both of his parents - Stu is incredibly witty and smart (he's an electrical engineer!) and Mary is vivacious and creative. We explored the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which was quite impressive for a city museum. Robbie loved checking out the exhibits and goofing around and we all had fun spending time together.