The 7th Year – Candid New York Family Photographer

You are 7. The time has passed so quickly and slowly all at once. You have tumbled and twirled your ways thru life with an enthusiasm that is at turns hilarious and exhausting. You have shown more kindness in your brief years of awareness than most adults I know. I am proud to have shared even a small part in your worlds.

Molly, my independent thinker. You are curious and kind. You are fiercely loyal and bold in your attempts at living. You are a watcher. Nothing gets past you. Dad and I have even resorted to speaking Spanish to try and keep a few things secret 😉

You have a stubborn streak a mile wide, but it will serve you well in life. You know when it’s important to stick to your guns and I’m so proud of that. But, you have also learned when to bend. That has been a hard, and sometimes frustrating, lesson for you this year. But, you know the importance of understanding others and valuing their opinions as you do your own.

You are a shrewd judge of character and can spot a disingenuous person a mile away…and you promptly steer clear. Your love of dirt and gardening and all things bug-related has had me both wildly excited (I really love our afternoons gardening together) and secretly grossed out. If you bring one more nightcrawler into this house, my little buttercup, this mommy just might have a heart attack 😉 I’m glad you’ve found a way to rehome your slimy not-so-little friends…Outside buckets are perfect for dirt and worms.

This year, you have lived your life in song. You sing any where, any time, any day. Your voice is beautiful. I hope you never stop singing or using that wonderful voice of yours to help people. You are a wonder, my Molly Joy. I am in awe of your steadfast spirit. I hope #7 brings an abundance of Joy to you, because you have brought an ocean full of it to your dad and me.

Wyatt, my soft-hearted wild man. You are a firecracker, with your dad’s sense of humor. You really do have the very best giggle. I love the amount of happiness you find every day. Sometimes, it can be hard to focus on the good moments when so much else in the world seems gray. But, your world is yellow.

You are a rainbow of colors and emotions, with all of the energy to match. There’s not much about you that is secret. You wear your heart on your sleeve and your thoughts in your mouth. That honesty is one of the most wonderful parts of you. You are not afraid to share your love with your friends and family – you bring happiness wherever you run.

You are a whirling dervish of activity, but give the best cuddles. Your morning hugs are the thing I look forward to most at the start of each day. And, while you always promise to help me with building projects, you somehow manage to go missing just at the start. 😉 You are a brave boy, Wyatt. You don’t let fear hold you back and confront those scary things head on. I am amazed by you.

The past year has been one of ups and downs for you, and your dad and I have watched a chink in your confidence appear. Wyatt, you are capable. You are every bit as good as your sister and your friends. So, when things seem hard and frustration feels too big. Take a step back and breathe. Go run outside, listen to some music, build a robot. Then try again. You haven’t given up yet…Mom and Dad will always be here rooting you on. Your persistence and drive to learn more is so inspiring. It reminds me to keep going even when I feel like I can’t.

My Twinkles. You are 7. The past several months, I’ve caught myself worrying that I only have 11 more years left with you. While I am nervous and sad that one day you will leave to start lives of your own, I’m also so excited to see what those lives hold for you! You have so much goodness and kindness and energy and passion to share with the world. We’ve weathered a lot together…Dad and I will always be here. For a hug. To cheer you on. To listen. To talk. To play. To help. No matter where you go, there I will be. Always.

Happiest of birthdays to the most amazing humans I’ve ever known. I’m so proud of who you are and who you are becoming. The world is a better place with you two in it.

Love you so much,
Mommy

Joyful & Candid New York Family Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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Moments Flown By – Rockland County Child Photographer

You know, we all have those moments – loud ones, quiet ones, the ones in between. To be honest, the in-between moments are my favorites. It’s like getting a little peek into someone else’s world. Even in my own personal photographs, I lean towards the images of my kids and family (dogs included) that aren’t perfect…that embrace the messy/loud/busy pace of our life together.

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Those little, teeny, tiny moments really do fly by (I’m embracing a tired cliche here, I know). But they do! I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that our son was immobile on the floor or that our daughter had all of her perfect little baby teeth in her head. The important things happen when we’re not paying attention.

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So for me, as a mom and as a photographer, the images that are most special are the ones that tell the story of all those regular everyday moments…the in-between times that we’re not paying any particular attention to. I love them.

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I love being able to look back at the morning everyone was piled in our bed and still too sleepy to wake up.

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I love looking back at Wyatt cuddling with Ruby while watching a movie on a snowy day.

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I love seeing Molly’s amazing bed head fresh from a night of sleep.

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I love seeing the kids reading and laughing together in Wy’s room.

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I love watching them playing the snow…


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Or swing on the swings at the park…

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Or breakdance in the kitchen.

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Or twirl in the river when searching for seashells at low tide.

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Life’s best moments (for me, anyway) aren’t the ones that are big and planned. They’re almost always at home, in our little village. They’re messy. They’re loud. They’re mad, sad, glad, and everything in between. They’re the in-between ones that are the best. Go live them!

Joyful & Honest Rockland County Child Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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Hey Baby – Rockland County Newborn Photographer

They say a baby changes everything. They are right! Super cute Daphne bounced into this world, and landed smack dab in the middle of the best family ever. Seriously, she hit the grandpa goldmine! But, this little dewdrop is just as sweet and adorable as they come. My own kids are totally smitten with her because, as they put it, “she’s always so happy!”

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In-home newbies have become my honest to goodness favorite type of session over the past several years…for a couple of reasons. I love that dazed wonder that happens after a new person comes home. A healthy mix of fear and excitement all rolled into one. It is at turns heartwarming and hilarious. You can’t capture all of that mixed up emotion in a studio. It needs to be at home.

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I also really love being able to capture the controlled chaos that inevitably seems to erupt with a new birth. There are diapers and wipes and dishes in the sink and toys on the floor and sometimes older siblings straining for attention too. Life is messy and wonderful. It’s great. It’s family. While those dishes or clutter certainly fade to the background, they are still an element of the story.

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I think that’s what appeals to me most. When shooting an in-home newborn session, I get to tell a complete story…one filled with such enormous emotion and hope. It’s the best of beginnings.

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So, baby Daphne is a doll. She is the center of her mama and daddy’s world. And, she has two fur sisters who are quietly inquisitive about this new little bundle. On a dark rainy day, I got to spend the morning with this entire crew. Filled with so many quiet loving moments and lots of laughter. And, yes, there were dishes in the sink.

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Joyful & Honest Rockland County Newborn Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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Home Base – Rockland County Photographer

So, this fall…just a few short months ago, I nervously made the decision to move studio spaces.

I’ve been happily ensconced in the Garner Arts Center for the past several years. It is a beautiful, and incredibly historic, old arts & industrial complex in northern Rockland County, NY. But, for a while, I had known that I needed a change. I needed something that felt light and peaceful. More nature, less industrial. That’s when I found Bell-Ans.

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Another complex steeped in a rich history extending back to the late 1800s, I couldn’t be happier!

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More centrally located for clients…a wall of big, beautiful windows…an expanse of green lawn and trees…heck, there’s even a small farm!

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I big puffy heart love it. And, while I still haven’t figured out how/where to hang my tree swing, I do love my chalkboard wall. Chalkboard drawing is good for the soul, especially when little kids are imagining it! Jumping off furniture doesn’t hurt either 😉

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So, if you’re ready to have a little fun…come on over for a visit. Kick off your shoes, and embrace the happy.

Joyful & Honest Rockland County Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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A Little More Happy – Rockland County Family Photographer

I fell off the wagon again. Seriously fell off. I mean how long has it been since my last blog post??? Halloween. Ugh. Epic fail.

Well, I can’t think of a better way to get back on the horse (or wagon, or whatever) than by sharing one of my favorite family sessions ever.

January sometimes tends to be a slower month for photographers, as most families are coming down off the high (and, um, expense) of the winter holidays. But, I’m fortunate to have clients who embrace the off-season and the beauty that winter brings. Seriously, an in-home session where we get to play in the snow too?!?! Yes, please!

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Sherri called me at the end of December to schedule an in-home session for she and her husband, their two little nuggets, and their great big doggy. Yes, please! I’ve heard some people bemoan photographing the toddler set because, well, they don’t listen. But, for me, that’s what makes it fun…because they are the activity directors instead of me. It’s such a fun and infectious energy. And, with pets involved???? Golden.

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There is nothing better than capturing authentic family moments. Things don’t have to be so orchestrated. Honestly, really seriously honestly, life’s most beautiful moments happen in the in-between…in-between scheduled activities or important events. It’s those in-between moments that make my heart happiest.

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We could all use a little more happy these days. So, enjoy it…Sherri, Elie, Micah, Talia, (and Zuma) – thanks for sharing your happy with me!!!

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Joyful & Honest Rockland County Family Photographer

Gina specializes in modern & emotive family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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