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Good Night “Super Moon”

Today the moon was expected to be brighter and appear closer to the earth than in almost 20 years. My kids are fascinating with the moon and one of their favorite books is Good Night Moon. So tonight before bed, we all cuddled together and read our favorite book while admiring this rare sized full moon.

Hope you are all having a great weekend! 

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For Japan with love-A silent Friday

While a lot of our days are filled with seemingly important details, sometimes events come along that remind us of what truly matters.  The recent destruction in Japan is one such event.  The 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami delivered a catastrophic blow to the coastal region of Sendai.  In less than 5 minutes, an entire seaside region was engulfed and the coastline of Japan forever shifted a full 8 feet.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the those lost and their families, and the thousands still missing.  As time draws out the devastation is setting in, emergency supplies are running low, and the ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant have many fearful that a meltdown will occur.  We all stand united at times like these – and we stand with the people of Japan and others affected by this tragedy.

In a effort to raise awareness and to pay respect to the people affected by this tragedy I am joining forces with Lydia from Ever Ours and Lucy and Henry from Utterly Engaged. They have initiated a fundraising page, For Japan With Love with all proceeds going to Shelterbox.

ShelterBox was one of the first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake.  Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.


1. If you have a blog, please join us in a day of silence this Friday, March 18th.

2. Tweet and Facebook about it.

3. Donate and ask others to donate whatever they can.

4. Spread the word, spread the love.

God Bless and in the words of one of my favorite people and show host, Be kind to one another.

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WPPI 2011_ My Journey

When I heard about WPPI convention last year, I was bummed that I had just missed it and resolved that I would be there this year.  Leading up to the event, I had a lot of expectations and was super excited about the things I was going to learn and implement back home. Then I read David Beckstead’s article in The Rangefinder – WPPI Preview Issue.  He wrote about how WPPI changed his career.  The article had many great points which I had not taken into account: “People often think they are going to WPPI with specific concepts and ideas they are going to learn and that they will run straight into them. They plan every minute of every day. I find WPPI to be more fun and more powerful if you let yourself learn from the unlikeliest places.” Was I one of those people with the crazy spreadsheet and a planned schedule for eight days? YOU BET!   So, I revised my schedule to be more flexible, and left for Vegas with an open mind, a great desire to be inspired and to learn as much as I could.

I was not disappointed. I have to say, George Varanakis and his team did an amazing job at making sure everything ran smoothly. Everywhere I turned,  Mr. Varanakis was talking to people and making sure everyone was doing ok.

Then there were the speakers, who are not only amazing photographers but amazing people as well.  As a full registrant of WPPI, I was able to attend a Plus class, where you get the opportunity to interact one on one with the speakers. This year, I had the pleasure of spending two days learning from the amazing Bob and Dawn Davis. They are such an inspiration both personal and professionally. I feel blessed to have been part of this class, and to have finally meet Bob and Dawn, as well as some of the other participants. Thank you Bob and Dawn for such an amazing experience!

I also attended WPPI U, which was worth every penny. Hearing from speakers like Dane Sanders, Cliff Mautner, Jason Aten, Julianne Kost and Joe McNally, just to name a few, was inspiring and insightful at the same time.

Some of my favorite platform speakers were Roberto Valenzuela and Kenny Kim.  Being able to say hello and chat with them at the Go|Bee party was icing on the cake! Joe Buissink’s platform reminded me again why I love photography so much. He is such an inspiring man.  Jasmine Star rocked her platform and made me feel SO normal.  So much rang true to where I stand  now and to where I want to move to.

Ahh, and lets not forget the goodies that are given away in every class. I won a free year of Showit from Bob & Dawn’s Plus class and Instax camera from Adorama!!!  Thank YOU!

Last but not least, my roommate. This WPPI experience would have not been the same had I not asked Binita Patel to be my roommate. She is a great photographer from Boston whom I met at a Carla Ten Eyck Workshop. I am so glad we got to know each other a bit more in Vegas.  Thank you for sharing this crazy, amazing journey with me.


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Happy Valentine’s Day

From my family to yours,

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Baby Bella | New York Baby Photographer

A few images of my cousin’s sweet baby girl. Welcome to the world Baby Bella!

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Grace, Stella and Jack | Child Family New York Photographer

Another favorite holiday session that I just got the chance to blog about….

I had such a great time photographing Grace, Stella and Jack. Despite the freezing temperatures, they kept their sense of humor and natural smiles. We played for almost two hours in the cold but barely noticed the time between our running/warming breaks and jokes about Jack’s imaginary dog named “Fido/Bingo”.  We tried lots of shots, and different settings and before we knew it, it was soon time to go home.

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Alana & Juliana | Bronxville Child Photographer

It was so cold and windy on the afternoon of the shoot, that we turned the session into two. What a difference a day made. The girls were so much happier and willing to be photographed. Don’t get me wrong, it was still chilly and I still work it, but I just love to play and be 100% involved with my subjects.  After all, they are my inspiration and rather than posing them, I just encourage them be who they are…and sweet they are indeed.

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Happy New Year!

My new year is off to a good start indeed.  Have a look at the beauty I had the honor to photograph as my first baby of 2011!!  Ellie is 4 months old and I am thrilled to document this stage in her life.  I had such a hard time picking just a few images to share and am sure I will post more images soon.

There will be major changes coming to the blog, so stay tuned!  I also have some catching up on other sneak peeks I neglected to post… Thank you for reading my blog and for your wonderful comments.  Keep them coming and let’s have a great NEW YEAR!!!

Ellie=Love, Joy, Bliss

A few more images as promised!

All done!

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Happy Holidays!

Time is just flying by! I want to take a minute and wish you all a blessed and wonderful holiday season. I can’t believe we’re already here. Much has happened since my last post over a month ago. I’ve met wonderful new clients and had a blast shooting holiday sessions.  Most holiday sessions and orders have been completed and the Christmas tree at home is finally trimmed. Ahh, Breathe….Ok, now is that magical/stressful(for me) time of the year when I get to play Santa’s elf and figure out what to get everyone for Christmas.  It’s all is worth it for the smiles and the hugs you get in return.  Stay tuned, a couple of sneak peeks are coming soon!

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