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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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Fly Me to the Moon – Nyack family photographer

Dad was taking care of bedtime duties last night, so I took advantage of the time to haul my behind outside. Let me just say that parking my butt in over a foot and a half of snow in the middle of the night wasn’t one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever done. But, there’s always worse.

Did you catch the Full Snow Moon too? I have to say, it was worth trudging out in the cold and snow. Jupiter was very clearly visible to the left of it as well, but it just made more sense in my head to have as many stars possible shining around that great ball of cheese.

full snow moon

If you didn’t get to see it, and preferred to stay cosy indoors…well then, you’re welcome. To see more of my favorite landscape shots, head on over to the Environment Gallery. Being a Nyack family photographer isn’t only about the smiling faces. It’s also about capturing the beauty of the amazing place in which we live.

Happy Winter, kids!

Adventurous & Modern Nyack Family Photographer

Gina specializes in fun, emotive, and energy-filled family imagery. By focusing on the playfulness of childhood, and the adventure to be found in nature, she is able to bring her clients’ family images to life. Visit the Session Info page for more details.

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Let’s start at the very beginning…Rockland County Family Photographer

Like Julie Andrews said, “it’s a very good place to start.” I know so many people make resolutions at the start of the new year. I am not one of those people. However, I AM one of those people who starts making lists of new projects to accomplish…very, very rarely do they all get completed. I was determined to start off this new year on the right foot, though, and a blog redesign was at the top of the afore-mentioned list 🙂 Over the past year, I have been doodling and thinking and dreaming up what I want the face of my studio to be (aside from myself & the images of my clients, of course)…As a Rockland County family photographer, I really wanted it to be reflective of my own style of photography and of the experience I try to give to my clients. It has been a labor of love, for sure. But, I’m pretty much in love with the way it all turned out! Take a look around and tell me what you think

In addition to the website overhaul, Joy Alexander Photography is going digital. Over the past year, I must have been asked “are digitals included” a bazillion times…not a bad thing. I’m the kind of person who likes to have something tangible, so when I opened the studio doors for business, I did so with print packages in mind. However, based on the needs of my wonderful, amazing, fantastic clients…and the hectic pace of my current life, the studio will now be offering all-inclusive sessions ONLY. No separate session fees. No separate print order minimums. At least 30 hi-res digital files will be included in each newborn or portrait session, delivered on a custom USB drive. You will also receive a bound 4×6 proof book of each image from your gallery. Prints can be ordered a la carte – don’t worry.  We want to see your beautiful photos on your walls as much as you do!!!  Sound pretty great??? Check the “details” page for more information.

As a special “thank you,” all sessions booked in advance by March 15th will receive a 10% discount off their custom portrait session!



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