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Live the Fourth – Nyack Photographer

When I was in high school, we were able to participate in a senior class retreat called Kairos. It was a four-day retreat that culminated in the students’ return to their families amidst applause and newfound self-awareness. And, within the bucolic and idyllic confines of that four-day retreat, kids (hopefully) came to know what it is to “Live the Fourth”

We have all endured the small hurts of everyday life…the avoidance, the exclusion, the forget. But the point to living the fourth is not to ignore them but to instead acknowledge them and try to do better…if not for ourselves, then for our kids.

As I sit here, on July 3rd, the irony is not lost on me that the most important 4th day of any month of the year will occur tomorrow. And, I’m harkened back to what it means to “Live the Fourth.

In essence, we be our best selves…we remember the lessons we’ve been taught. We take them to heart. We do our best to appreciate the small moments of the normal everyday…and we say “thank you.” That thank you feels so enormously big on a day like July 4th. It is, unarguably, my favorite holiday of the year. It always has been. I love the pomp and circumstance…the small town parades…the family togetherness…the remembrance…the tradition…I. Love. It. All.

But, what I don’t love, is the divisiveness that pervades our current social climate. The emotional rigor of my Kairos retreat, albeit so many years ago, taught me to value differences and differing opinions. It taught me to appreciate the unimaginable ways we can each positively impact each other’s lives. It taught me to slow down and think before I speak (or type)…It taught me to live the fourth. To try to think about each day as if it were my last. To ensure that each of my friends and family knows how important he or she is to me.  To be truthful, there are days that I am far more successful with this than others.

But, when a friend from elementary school takes time out of her busy travel schedule to visit me and my family, from 2,000 miles away? It’s a reminder to live the fourth. When my sister calls me to say “Hey, pal” after not having talked for a week, it’s a reminder to live the fourth. When a friend from high school, calls to say she was thinking about me and had a few minutes to talk on her long LA commute home, it’s a reminder to live the fourth.

It’s a reminder to be a better version of myself. To uphold the ideals I espouse to my kids…to be honest, to be kind, to be persistent, to be available.

So, America, let’s live this Fourth…let’s make this next year of our country’s birth a better one than it saw before. Let’s find a way to listen…to understand…to be tolerant and accepting…to be strong and steadfast. Because, we can. If there ever was a country on a continent, on a planet, in a galaxy, in a universe that could do it; it is us. Let’s use our voices to champion our strengths…use our voices to uplift our weaknesses. We are certainly not without our faults, but we are nothing if not dogged in our persistence.

Happy birthday, America! Live this fourth!

 

Honest & Natural Nyack Photographer

Gina specializes in natural & emotive storytelling images. Emphasizing play and togetherness to help tell each family’s story, she is able to create an energetic and fun-filled session atmosphere. 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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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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Man’s Best Friend – Nyack Family Photographer

While I’ve been, admittedly, remiss in keeping up with the blog in the past six months, I’m honestly trying to get back on the bandwagon. And, if you’ve followed my studio Facebook or Instagram pages, you’re well aware of my family’s love affair with our dogs.

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We lost our old guy Maxx last winter and it was our kids’ first experience losing someone/something that mattered so greatly to them. My daughter still says “goodnight” to Maxx’s star every night.

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Steve and the kids and I all wondered how our tiny pup, Ruby, would fare once her buddy had gone. And, it was iffy. She’s sensitive (like many little dogs are).

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So, while we weren’t planning on getting another dog any time soon, all the sudden there was a Rufus.

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Rufus is a HUGE (literally & figuratively) ball of energy. Almost 90lbs of energy to be exact. Did I mention he LOVES the water? Anytime there’s a hose or sprinkler involved, he’s your guy!

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So, what’s my point in sharing all this? If you have pets that are a part of your family, I encourage you to make them a part of your family session. Yeah, it might be a little more busy, but I can 100% guarantee that those moments of your children and their furry or feathery or scaly buddies will be something on which you’ll all look back and smile. Honestly, some of my favorite images of my kids involve our dogs…there is laughter and tears…all the real stuff that makes life an adventure.

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So, bring your pets…or let them hang out while we’re shooting in your home. But, let them be with you. You’ll always be thankful that you did.

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Honest & Natural Nyack Family Photographer

Gina specializes in natural & emotive storytelling images. Emphasizing play and togetherness to help tell each family’s story, she is able to create an energetic and fun-filled session atmosphere. Visit the Session Info Page for more details.

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Mama’s Boys – Rockland County Family Photographer

When Lisa contacted me to photograph her family, I was excited at the prospect of photographing not just her and her boys, but also her parents with them. My kids’ grandparents live on the other side of the country, so any time I get the chance to include grandparents in a family session, it makes my heart happy. And, how cute are these two little redheads?!?!

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I loved their willingness to play and have fun and just enjoy being together. We met at my studio and did all the things little boys love to do.

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We wrestled with mom.

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We got some cuddles.

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We hung out on Grandpa.

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We gave kisses to Grandma.

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And, of course, we played superheroes. (I mean, who doesn’t love a good cape?)

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Garner Arts Center, superheroes, boys playing outside, boys playing dress up

It was a good day. A really good day. And, I so look forward to seeing these two boys and their gorgeous mommy and wonderful grandparents again really soon!

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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