Thank you, 2013! Hello, 2014.

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Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you!

This past year was a big one for me–it was our babies’ first full year (that’s them up there; they’re 13 months old now–I can’t believe it!); in March I went back to work at my day job; and then later in the spring, I began working on re-launching my photography business here in a new city, basically from scratch.

I’ve met a lot of people here, virtually and in person, and I have really enjoyed meeting every one. I feel so privileged and grateful to have worked with the clients I photographed this year! I have SO much fun at every single session, and honestly, I always wish that we could just sit and gab at the end of a session–it feels like we’re just becoming friends. 🙂

Balancing two jobs plus hanging out with family has been probably the biggest challenge of the year, which is why I have been so slow in doing things like getting sessions up on this blog.

I have a number of goals and hopes for 2014, and since sharing is a great way to stay accountable, here we go:

-One important goal is to create some structure and schedule for social media and blogging–so I hope you will join me! I plan to blog more often/more regularly, so please feel free to subscribe or ‘like’ the blog so you see the updates. And of course, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter. I also just started on Google+, so you can follow me there too.

-I plan to do some branding/appearance updates to my blog and website–hoping that will be completed in the next month or two.

-I have a few fun promotion ideas in the works for this year, and of course I will be announcing and sharing on social media, so keep an eye out. In fact, one will be coming very soon!

-I will be creating a referral / reward program for past/returning clients.

-I will also be creating and sending out an occasional e-newsletter with info on special promotions and offers. I’d love to have you on that list–please click here to subscribe!

-Most importantly, though, my goal is to continue taking photographs and making people happy. 🙂

Can’t wait to find out what 2014 will bring! What are you looking forward to this year?

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NYC Senior Portrait Photographer: Battery Park Friend Session

This was a really fun shoot for me. These two girls, M and M, were my students six years ago, when I was teaching sixth grade English out in Queens. Both of these girls were smart (one was a little sassier than the other!) and I liked them a lot. They each got into top New York high schools (Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech!) and became/remained good friends. So this session was the first time I’d really seen them since they were in middle school. We got to catch up and I had so much fun talking with them (about books, boys, college, careers). They are still sharp, smart, thoughtful interesting young women and I could not be prouder of them. Enjoy these shots of these two great senior girls who are graduating next week!

New York City Family Photography: Baby Julian

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing an adorable family on Roosevelt Island. Julian is six months old, and full of joy! Look at him–he had just woken from a nap with nary a peep, and  within a minute was smiling all over the place!

Parents J and D have a side book business, so we made sure to pose him carefully with a big pile of books. (Don’t you love those chubby hands and arms??)

Seriously happy baby!

All three of them are a really sweet family.

They live on Roosevelt Island, and their building has a beautiful roof deck with an amazing view of Manhattan.

Don’t you just love them!

NYC Newborn Photography

Happy 2012!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything this whole month! It’s been a super busy January, with my non-photography work ramping up, and a lot of photography too.

On the weekends, I shoot newborns at hospitals. It’s always fun to meet the babies and their excited parents and families. It’s a very limited time that I have with them, in their hospital room. Sometimes the babies are asleep and pliable, sometimes they’re awake and calm, sometimes they are fussy. Often, they’re a combination of all three. 🙂 So the shots I take are not like the traditional “artistic” studio newborn shots that you see on photography blogs, with sleepy babies draped in baskets, folded up just so. Those shoots take several hours, lots of props, lighting and backdrops, not to mention the magic to keep the baby sleepy and clean. For these shoots, I have a boppy, a hospital blanket, and a hospital bed, for about fifteen minutes. Still, it’s fun to capture each baby and hopefully one or both parents–so much personality and excitement! I love the thought of these photos being treasured for years.

 

NYC Portrait Photographer: Felicity-style

Last week, I met up with Catherine, a young stage performer. She’s putting on a one-woman show next month, and was looking for publicity photos in the style of the Felicity credits–black and white, very New York, personal and pensive. We wandered around the Meatpacking district and the Highline, for a variety of places and textures. I had a great time with the shoot and I love the photos–check out a few of my favorites below!

 

NYC Author Photographer: Bob

Bob was referred to me by Keith. Bob is also a former teacher and filmmaker–he’s finishing up his vampire flick, which he wrote, directed and produced! He wanted author photos for his website, and specifically wanted very serious, almost intimidating shots. I think we definitely got that!

He suggested we meet in a spot he used in a few scenes of the movie, the Carroll Street Bridge in Brooklyn. It was a great spot for portraits–tons of different colors, textures, and scenes.

Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot!


I *love* this one–he looks like Clint Eastwood about to kick some punk ass!

Isn’t this a great evil little smirk??

I couldn’t help grab a laughing shot too, just in case!