Highlights from April
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Highlights from March
Still a cold month, but we were outside much more. There was one day where it was hard to get up and go to school, up too late the night before! We spent a day at the American Museum of Natural History and had a delicious vegan dinner at Peacefood Cafe on the Upper West Side. A wonderful surprise, we walked past a preserved Banksy! We began year 7 as a family and 14 years of marriage. I am grateful always for my boy and my husband.
In February, we had cold weather as expected on Long Island, so most of our days were spent at home. We had a snow day! On the snow day I documented an hour of our day. We made 100 pieces of popcorn out of tissue paper for the 100th Day of School project. During winter break, we had unusually high temperatures on LI. Many photos for that week were taken outside. On day 55, we went to Planting Fields Arboretum which is a historic state park in Oyster Bay.
She was just 7 days new when I came to this family's quiet home just before Christmas. It started to snow during our session, I think for the first time this winter, but it was cozy in their home and the presence of love was abundant. Their first baby... with the most beautiful face and skin... they could not stop looking at her. This couple has a visibly special connection with each other and watching them with their baby... now a family, two became three at home and it was a beautiful thing to witness and capture.
Here it is, the first 31 days of my 365 project. My goal when I began this project was to simply take a photo every day, to honor the commitment of that, regardless of how I was feeling that day or how truly mundane the day seemed. I am not the most self-disciplined person... on top of some recent medical problems and battling chronic conditions, I felt that simply following through with one photo a day was going to be a mountain of an undertaking in itself.
I started to realize early on in this project how much I depend on my comfortable way of doing things. That I don't push myself often to do new things when taking pictures. I prefer certain light, I book clients for outdoor sessions during the golden hour, I avoid using flash, I am anxious about grain and ISO +3k. I am insecure about shooting in public places - places where a good amount of life happens - restaurants, shops, parks, the library... I will push myself to photograph my family's important moments outside our home.
I'm grateful that my boy has enjoyed participating in this project with me and that it has given us an opportunity some days to be creative together.
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It is seldom that I can produce words for pictures. I am insecure about my ability to express myself through words, I never seem to have the right ones to tell the story of my heart or what I see when I am making pictures for you.
But today, I my heart feels open and so I have a little story to not only show you, but to tell you.
It begins before the pictures. A couple of years ago, photographer Jennifer Johnson and I began talking through facebook messenger about photography and then about heavier stuff. We found we had a lot in common and had many heartfelt conversations over a year online, before ever meeting in person or hearing each other's voice.
One day, she asked me to photograph her family at their home on the east end of Long Island. I was nervous, as I always am, to photograph another photographer's family... but I was excited, too. Knowing so much about what she loves and what she values her put a fire in me to produce pictures that would make visuals for her heart's voice.
It's a story of absolute passion for her handsome, strong, funny husband. About the joy her two boys bring her... their humor and sensitivity, athleticism and playfulness... These pictures portray dream life and I think in many ways she really has it.
We began in her light-filled home...
then moved to her back yard, where her boys play baseball and other games. She also uses her back yard for sessions. What a perfect place! I have location envy!
As the day progressed, we took a ride in the family's 1978 Ford Bronco for a game of wiffle ball at a nearby farm.
But first we made a stop. Jen's oldest son had gone out one day on his bike and returned with flowers for his mother. I think any mother would have loved to have seen this story unfold... Jen asked me to photograph it, so that she could have these images always. Does your heart just fill up at the thought of this?!? Mine does... I loved taking these pictures!
Off to play wiffle ball... These boys are both sweet and pranksters. The ride over was full of silliness.
I am grateful to my friend and her family for trusting me with photographing them in such a way that requires openness and trust. Their session will be one I remember forever.
I am grateful for every family that welcomes me into their home and into their day, to make into pictures the story of what is meaningful in life.
Clothing: Hanna Andersson
Every year I photograph moms and their babes in my gardens in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. I offer breastfeeding portrait sessions year round in your home or at a place that is special to you and your baby.
While breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy to do. Many women struggle with low supply and babies have difficulty latching for various reasons including discomfort, lip or tongue tie, etc. Joy is part of our local breastfeeding support group. She and our other mothers offer advice and encouragement to help each mom reach their personal breastfeeding goal.
While breastfeeding is on the rise again, nursing mothers are still met with criticism and judgement regarding many aspects of it including breastfeeding in public. I hope that these images will show the beauty that is a part of feeding our children our own milk.
For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit:
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H a p p y B i r t h d a y, my beautiful husband. I hope this was a great birthday. xoxo - Jennifer
My garden in Northport, Long Island will be available as a location choice for stylized portrait sessions for children ages 4+.
Being together. That is what this story is about. Just living life while Grandma + Grandpa are visiting from Alaska. Baking cookies. Playing a board game. Flying a kite… Pictures of what Daddy looks like when he's thinking… or being silly. Mommy's gentle touch. Grandma is playful and really sees me and likes who I am. Grandpa's smile while he reads the paper… I am so glad they came to visit and stayed for so long.
I can only guess what this little girl thinks when she sees these pictures… and what she will think thirty years from now when she looks at them. Will she see things the way I saw them there that day? I saw a little girl with a big imagination, in a house with parents who are thinkers and doers… A house with the energy of Ideas and yet it was a quiet house, nothing felt rushed that day… baking cookies from scratch, planting flowers, talk radio, flying a kite… A well-thought-out house, with a place for everything and everything in it's place…
A cat named Cheese who I am sure cannot read, perfectly places himself next to a board game piece that says "Feed Me", poses for a picture and fifteen minutes later the little girl is placing food in his bowl… Unscripted. No posing or planning…
We are expecting snow this weekend, reminding me of photos I took of my son last winter - pictures that capture a season of play, but also a time in life when he was moving out of this very special capsule of time that we had created together - his years of being home with me. He is wearing the same coat this year, but the boots don't fit and he has outgrown the rest. The hat and gloves and pants are folded up in the basement waiting for the second child that I still pray to have. Long Island was covered in snow for what seemed like three months last year. We spent more time inside than usual. Hot tea, warm almond milk… Raffi Radio on Pandora… in a few weeks I would be registering him for kindergarten and he would be gone "all day". Time was slipping away… I took a lot of pictures to try to preserve what is intangible and fleeting.
He spent hours each day deep in imaginative play. For the first time he was really lost in his work as a child. He was in a different place from me, though I sat right by him on the same floor. He was a sailor, a knight, a fox on a boat… He was a superhero, a baby, a world explorer… I was invisible, in the corner, capturing Quiet and the smooth sound of wooden toy moving across wooden floorboard.
I am very introspective all winter. It is my way of hibernating. I go inside and get quiet. And the light is like that through the windows, quiet - while nature is asleep on the other side of them.
I was 40 and just starting to feel like a real grown-up… and at the same time becoming acutely aware of time. I am in a place now, a year later, of trying to hold onto things that I have no control over. Mainly my son's growing away from me. And so I take his picture. It is my "woobie" right now, my security blanket.
And so it has been a year. And he IS gone "all day". And I am alone in the quiet light of winter. Working on pictures and learning more, as he is having his own time at school. Sitting down at my computer today, I found these images, some that I had not worked on, some that I thought were "throw aways". They are gems to me now. I get the housework done while he is at school and we have time together to just Be. Last year I knew that I couldn't keep him little. And this year I am learning that I wouldn't really want to.
Why a documentary-style family photo session?
Photographs have the gift of giving back to us a memory of a moment. And sometimes when we look at the images we can even remember what the air around us felt like, what our emotion was in that second… and the textures and colors are so vivid, it's like the moment is not lost.
And this type of photo session is not just for you. It is for your children - yes, it is fun - they don't have to sit still and they can play and be themselves… But when they are older, they can look back on the images from this type of photography and really see what they were like. They can see what your family connection was like. When I look at the Polaroid and Kodak film prints of my family, I see these expressions that I clearly remember my father making. Contemplation, joy, curiosity… Those are the photos that make me feel close to him again. I can remember him really well when I look at those. I don't remember him holding my hand. But I have pictures of him doing it and so I know that it happened. And I can feel his hand again. It's amazing!
I imagine as adults we all look back at photos of ourselves when we were really little and it helps ground us… We say to ourselves, "I was there." "I was so happy." "Look how well my parents took care of me." "I loved that toy." "I remember that place!" What a gift it is to be able to give this to our children.
When you book a session with me, I ask a little bit about your child so that we can incorporate their hobbies, interests and favorite play into the photo shoot. This stylized photo session is based on a little boy's love for picnics and exploring the wilderness.
I offer a style guide and wardrobe assistance with every shoot. When you book a session with me, I ask a little bit about your child so that we can incorporate their hobbies, interests and favorite play into the photo shoot. I may even have what we need in my prop closet!
Connection Is Everything | Environmental Portraiture
More and more, families are coming to me to capture their real story, a glimpse at an hour of an ordinary day. They are putting their masks down, they are relaxing their shoulders and connecting both with their children and with me in a way that only lifestyle and documentary-style family photography can capture. I am grateful for this relationship of trust that is being built with my clients and friends.
Thank you S. for inviting me into your home to capture these portraits of you and your family!
This session was a Cousins session. Having just returned from a week in Montauk, they met with me at sunset to document their evening of play at the beach.
When I am photographing a new family often I don't know their story - and instead of asking of questions, I sometimes just sit back and observe, snapping what is happening the way I see it. This night I saw adventurous, care-free children absolutely one with nature… at home in the sand and with each other in play.
How wonderful it must be to be a child with the sun in your hair and a friend by your side, knee deep in the water, feeling big and fearless...