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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.

Nyack, twins, boy girl twins, kids playing in the backyard, Gorilla playsets

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.

Nyack, Rockland County, boy and his dog

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

black and white child photograph, little girl, Nyack, Rockland County, Westchester NY

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

Nyack, twins, kids reading, kids laughing, boy girl twins, Rockland County, Westchester NY

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.

Hudson River, Hudson Valley, Nyack, Nyack Memorial Park, girl dancing

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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Fave 15 in ’15, Client Edition – Nyack Family Photographer

The #1 best thing about being a family photographer, is all the families I get to meet. Our family has firmly exited the newborn, toddlerhood, and preschool periods. So, when I get the chance to photograph families with young children, it’s like I get to push the “rewind” button for a little while. Not unlike being able to rewind, photographing families with older children is like getting a sneak peek into the future. I love giving families the opportunity to just have fun with one another, maybe explore someplace new, and preserve what life was like then. It sounds terribly cliche, but it’s so true. My goal is just to have fun whenever I have somebody in front of my camera. If we can have fun, everything else false into place.
So, I give to you my favorite 15 client images of 2015. Many of these sessions have yet to be blogged (eek!), so enjoy the preview.

15) Miss Isabel and her mommy & daddy came up to the studio just before Christmas. At 9 months old, she has the perfect chubby cheeks and most excellent piggy tails. She didn’t stop smiling for one second during our time together. And, dad knows just how to entertain his little girl, “Icky sticky, Isabel!!!”

Garnerville Arts Center

14) Peter “the great” has a sister. A twin sister. And this in-home session was all about these two little nuggets at that exact moment in their lives. What I loved about this session, aside from the family video we also made, was John and Katie’s obvious enjoyment at just spending a lovely cold afternoon playing with their kids. Seeing how these two piled their pillows and blankets on the floor for a nap time cuddle, watching Peter play catch, and hearing Juliette sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – it was toddlerhood in two hours 🙂

Blauvelt, twin boys, family photographs, toddlers

13) Greyson is a doll. His mommy is a doctor. His daddy is literally trying to help the world, one kid at a time. And, Greyson is a smiling happy doll. I got to see this family twice this year and watch how he changed in between. There were dogs, and drool, and smiles. Lots of smiles.

Yonkers, NYC family photographs, infancy

12) Let me say this, Matthew has KILLER baby blues. The kind that are going to melt hearts when he’s older, and maybe a few right now 🙂 We saw sheep, we played till we started sweating, ran up hills and then down again…we saw deer in the sunset. It was an awesome evening! Seriously awesome!

Rockwood Hall State Park, outdoor family photographs, Sleepy Hollow

11) Yup. It was so excellent that two from this session are among my favorites for the year. I love the sweet, quiet moment between Brooke and Matthew here…just after spinning around in circles like a couple of crazies. Something as simple as a little spin. We’re never too old.

Rockwood Hall State Park, mother son photos,  BW child photography, Sleepy Hollow

10) Sarah and Will are transplants…from my home state! Go Lakers! It was a fun morning up at the studio. Wrangling three kids can be challenging at times, but it’s nothing a little bed jumping and some vanilla oreo cookies can’t fix! Oh, and sprinkle pancakes at my favorite Nyack diner afterwards. I hope you guys loved them!!!

Garnerville Arts Center, sisters, Rockland County, family photographs

9) Tiffany is a friend of mine and she graciously allowed me to film our session together for part of my online workshop that I teach. Cristiana was up for anything I suggested (that’s what happens when you’re 4 and adorable!). So, while it might not have been the most natural thing to dance in the middle of an open field to “Happy”, that’s precisely what we did. Because the kids had fun. I love that Chris was unsure what to do at first but then followed his little girl’s lead. It. Was. Excellent! Picnicking afterwards always makes for a perfect end to the day.

Rockwood Hall State Park, outdoor family photographs, Sleepy Hollow

8) This family of 4 was quiet and inquisitive and quite obviously loved spending time together. Maria’s brood of boys swirled around her and she was utterly unfazed. I enjoyed hunting for the moon with them and hearing about the boys’ favorite (and not so favorite) teachers!

Pierson Park, outdoor family photographs, Tarrytown

7) Griffin. Griffin. Griffin. Already a Razorbacks fan from birth, this little man is the newest addition to Nyack. Big, happy, and healthy…with a gorgeous mommy and totally devoted dad. It’s a pretty great way to start the ride!

Nyack, Nyack NY, newborn photographer

6) Greyson got me again. Chris and Taryn are lighthearted, caring people and so is their little dude. His happiness just doesn’t end. Even an enormous colony of miner bees didn’t phase him (though the adults were certainly quick to run away, me included).

Rockwood Hall State Park, outdoor family photographs, Westchester NY, Sleepy Hollow

5) I just loved this. Tatyana & Gene and their two kids were proof positive that we can still be close with our children even thru the teenage years! They played tag (yes, you read that right), dipped their feet in a creek, and just wandered together. A mom’s hand is always ready to hold, no matter when or where.

Rockwood Hall State Park, outdoor family photographs, Westchester NY, Sleepy Hollow

4) So, Albert is 5…and as most 5 year old boys do, he has lots of energy. Connor, the baby of the family, wasn’t far behind him. And, then there is sweet beautiful Elsie. Quiet and shy, especially after slipping on a rock…but still ready to be present with her family. I love how her face lights up at her brothers’ crazy antics.

Pierson Park, outdoor family photographs, Tarrytown

3) Hannah and Ryann. Magazine-worthy in every single way. Hannah had energy enough for both her brother and sister. Ryann had the most gorgeous smile and the best giggle. And, the two of them together? Golden!

Garnerville Arts Center, sisters, Rockland County, family photographs

2) Hudson is almost one year old now! But, one of my favorite images from this year was taken while he was still brand new! The family cradle, the Hudson River behind them…even the dogs Ticket & Minnie chomping on bones on the sidelines. Newness never gets old and it’s something we should all try to remember.

newborn, family photographs, Piedmont, Nyack

1) My favorite image of the year is a quiet one. There’s no show-stopping scenery, or jaw-dropping light. It’s a quiet moment of Lisa and her oldest little boy, Andrew. The love mothers have for their children isn’t always flashy or colorful or loud. It’s quiet and constant and persistent. It doesn’t go away. Nor will she.

Garnerville Arts Center, mother son photographs, Rockland County, family photographs

So, while I do love photographing my own family. I also love photographing yours. It’s a privilege to be a part of your day, and to see you how you might not always see yourselves…as a unit made of color and emotion and light.

Honest & Natural Nyack Family Photographer

Gina specializes in natural & emotive storytelling images. Using carefully chosen locations to provide a backdrop for each family’s story, she is able to create an adventurous and fun-filled session atmosphere. Visit the Session Info page for more details.

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Fave 15 in ’15 – Rockland County Photographer

Each year, it’s fun to look back on the hundreds (eh hem, thousands) of images I’ve shot, both personally and professionally. It’s a quick trip down memory lane, revisiting all of the fun things my family and I have done together. And, the wonderful new families I’ve met!

So, without further ado, I give you my favorite 15 personal images taken in 2015.

15) In the dead of winter, particularly a winter like we had last year, fun can be hard to come by…particularly if a certain small fry refuses to go sledding with his mother. Being a superhero stuck indoors is tough work.

winter play activities, indoor play, preschool imagination, Nyack

14) This summer was filled with so many firsts in our house. It truly was the happiest two months of our family life ever. Wyatt learned how to dive, and Molly swam underwater for the first time.

Haverstraw Marina, learning to swim, children swimming, underwater photography

13) Each spring Molly helps me plant flowers in the pots on our little patio garden. Wyatt usually just ends up digging holes in the dirt. These little pink beauties came by way of The Home Depot and we managed to keep them alive thru the beginning of fall!

golden hour light, backyard gardening, Nyack

12) This summer, we took the kids to the beach for the very first time (or at least the first time they remember it). Wyatt LOVED every single second he spent in the water. And, Molly thoroughly enjoyed her bathing beauty status.

Jones Beach, Long Island beaches, Atlantic Ocean waves

11) Fall leaves. Need I say more? My Captain Crazy was outside jumping in the gigantic piles every. single. afternoon. He has the best giggle.

fall leaves, New England fall, autumn, backyard play, Nyack

10) The Nyack Village viewing pier was just opened this past October. We hadn’t yet been to see it. Beautiful morning light, low tide and cocoa in the park seemed like the perfect excuse. I just love the happiness rolling off of her.

Nyack Memorial Park

9) Each year, we head into the city to visit “the big tree.” It always involves a first stop at the Tarrytown Train Station. I love the documentary feel of this, and the fact that it pretty much sums up every single one of the people in it. Wyatt is a goofball. Steve is always ready to prevent serious bodily injury. And, Molly’s wandering off doing her own thing. My people.

Tarrytown Train Station, Westchester NY

8) The big tree expedition also gives me the chance to see my favorite building in NYC. I love the Chrysler Building. It’s such a gorgeous illumination of human ingenuity. And, light. I’m a sucker for it.

NYC at night, NYC skyline, Chrysler Building

7) We had basically no rain all summer. What the heck! So, the first time we heard serious drops falling from the sky, the kids were more than happy to play in it with me for a few minutes!

Black and white child photographs, Nyack

6) Let me just say, this was HARD. Spinning around in circles, whilst trying to stabilize the camera and fire a remote shutter at the same time. Oy! But, for me, it was so worth it! We were having so much fun together…I love it when he laughs. His whole face lights up.

Nyack outdoor child portraits, backyard fun, Nyack

5) This was the summer of the swimming pool. They would have slept there if I let them! I love this picture of Molly…with her special button (she has an umbilical hernia), and her sweet little girl swimsuit. The light, the reflection off the water, the perfect little girl…this makes my heart happy. It says absolutely everything I want it to say.

Haverstraw Marina, summer in NY, Nyack,

4) The year the Supermoon was eclipsed. Let me say this, it was SPECTACULAR! I spent all night outside, photographing the moon that evening. Even though the eclipse was really so cool (our universe really is awe-inspiring), my favorite from that night was the rise of the Supermoon.

supermoon, Tarrytown NY, Pierson Park

3) I love this. I had this idea in my head for a while, but didn’t want to force it. So, when Wyatt asked me to help him build a fort one afternoon last Spring, I was more than happy too!!! This image was actually picked up by National Geographic, which was exceedingly humbling. I love Wyatt here. Mischievous to the core.

low light child photographs, NY

2) It was cold outside. She was sick. And, she was not happy in the slightest that we couldn’t go to the library. There are some days that happy just isn’t called for. Emotion, whatever emotion, is a beautiful thing. For me, it’s all about her gorgeous & sad baby blues. I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.

ballerina, lowlight photographs, indoor photographs, Nyack

1) My family. My people. They support all of my crazy ideas, and are (usually) willing participants. 2015 was the year in which I made a point to photograph us TOGETHER. It’s a rarity for all four of us to be in one frame at the same time. So, while I love the pictures of us being goofy and silly and just spending time together, for me, this is us. We made a special morning out of what would have otherwise been just another day. We dressed up, went and played and photographed at my studio…and then we had Chinese food together in our dress-up clothes. Making something special out of something terribly ordinary is a pretty extraordinary in my book.

Garnerville Arts Center

What are your favorite 15 of ’15? I’d love to see them!

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 Project 365, the highlights – Westchester NY Family Photographer

This year, I attempted a 365. One image a day, every day, all year long. The making pictures part isn’t what has proved to be most daunting, however. It’s culling and editing all of the images.

Westchester NY Family Photographer

As a mom, I find it difficult sometimes to just stop at one. As a working mom, I find it difficult to carve out the time to go through them all. Because, look, at the end of the day (just like any other parent) I want the images of my family to actually be visible. I don’t want them to just languish on my hard drives. Those memories are so important. And, not only do my husband and I love seeing them, our kids actually love looking through those old photos too! Molly routinely heads over to the bookshelf where we keep our photo albums and pulls them down to look at them. Wyatt can often be found inspecting the photographs on the walls lining the stairway. These are important memories for them just as much as us…maybe even more so.

Westchester NY Family Photographer

We live in a time when most people just don’t print their images anymore. Sadly. Very sadly. If nothing else, this 365 has taught me that printing those memories is as important as the making of the pictures that documented them.

Westchester NY Family Photographer

I have only four photos from my childhood, so I am (admittedly) a little more conscious of this need for physical prints than others might be. But, it’s important. We should all be able to look back on family members, and friends, and events, and in-between moments and recall what life was like way back when.

Westchester NY Family Photographer

This 365 has really brought that importance into crystalline focus. So, in the spirit of a year in photos…print them out! I’ll definitely be keeping this in mind at the start of the new year, when considering changes/upgrades to session offerings for clients!

Here’s to a fabulous trip around the sun!

Honest & Joyful Westchester NY Family Photographer

Gina specializes in colorful & modern storytelling images. Using carefully chosen outdoor locations to provide a backdrop for each family’s story, she is able to create an adventurous and fun-filled session atmosphere. Visit the Session Info page for more details.

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Trick or Treat Photo Tips – Rockland County Photographer

Each year I have these grand ideas of capturing something totally spooky or fantasy-filled on Halloween Night. In our village, Halloween is a big deal. Read: A very BIG deal.

But, unfailingly each year, my grandiose plans fail. Here’s why. Just as with all things kid-related, the kids are the ones running the show. And, on a day that is built for imagination and a little bit of mischief, fun is what’s in order…not mommy demanding the kids stand here or look there. Though, let’s be honest, I almost never dictate my kids’ movements. But, that’s just because my style is more go with the flow.

That being said, I want to have a few captures that not only speak to me as a mom, but also as an artist. It’s not as hard as it might seem.

1. Details!
Halloween is filled with so many small moving parts. The face paint, the hands held out for candy, the candle in the pumpkin, the hand holding as it gets dark, the little princess shoes, the superhero cape fluttering in the wind (or if you’re my daughter, the sparkles from her blue fish costume). The details are the answer to why we celebrate each year. Because of sweets. Because we get to stay up a little past our bedtimes. Because we get to play dress-up. Because it’s fun.

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2. Capture the In-Between Moments.
Trick or Treating isn’t just about knocking on a neighbor’s door. It’s about those little steps we take as we try something new, and go somewhere different. One of my favorite photographs of my two crazies (ever!) was taken two years ago on Halloween. It was their first time Trick or Treating (at 3.5!) – the first year they were too tiny, the second year we had a freak snow storm, the third year, there was a hurricane. Let’s just say they were overdue.
At any rate, they were unsure and a tiny bit nervous. This was their adventure that night in one adorable nutshell. Clinging to each other, looking back to make sure we were still accounted for, but still moving forward. Candy! Make sure you shoot more than just that knock on the door. Photograph those in-between moments that show more honest &emotive expressions.

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You can also play with intentionally making your image out of focus (OOF). Especially for a day like Halloween, OOF images have such a sense of magic and mystery about them. It’s beautiful! But, make sure you have some light to bounce around inside your frame, if you do this.

Candid NY Family Photographer

3. Change Your Perspective!
It’s so incredibly easy to park ourselves either in front of or behind our kids on Halloween. But, frankly, it’s boring. Mix it up. Try shooting from above. Move to the side of them. Shoot from below. Experiment with how you view them. Changing up our perspectives also helps to emphasize the difference of that one night. It’s quirky, and fun, and a little bit weird. Sometimes, it’s okay to get weird 😉 Here, I was laying on the ground, to get a sense of the space and also catch the movement of his octopus tentacles that were bouncing around his feet. And, don’t think that my laying on the ground is limited to our yard. I’ve been known to be found laying down in the street to catch the same shot. Luckily, I haven’t been run over yet 😉

Nyack Family Photographer

4. Embrace the Shadows!
This last might seem obvious. I mean, it’s dark. Duh. But, I think our natural tendencies are to expose our subjects so that they are more brightly illuminated. (Usually, not always). But, if there was ever a day/night of the year that called for truly embracing the shadows, Halloween is it! If you’re shooting in manual, try exposing for the highlights of your image, rather than your midtones. If you’re not shooting in manual, don’t avoid those areas of your walk that seem too dark. Experiment! Part of the fun, is the mystery of something unexpected (though hopefully not too scary) peaking out from the dark. In this case, it was a mischievous tree frog in the park, and a sparkly blue fish 🙂

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Above all, though, have fun! Enjoy these moments with your children and their little friends. It’s adorable and funny and exciting all rolled into one. But, God help us all when they find where we’ve hidden the candy stash!

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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