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Adelaide and her parents live in a very sunny apartment, and her mom told me ahead of time that she was most interested in using a big white wall in the space to shoot some studio-like portraits. I was more than happy to oblige; I love shooting against a wall with natural daylight (as opposed to studio strobes)!

One of my favorite photos from this set is one of Adelaide’s parents swaddling her. I consider myself an expert swaddler (comes with the job over time) but when possible, I much prefer to sit back and photograph new parents figuring out the best method. Adelaide was very patient with hers while they worked on it, and they did a terrific job! Her arm didn’t hulk out of the swaddle until the very end of the shoot, and that’s a success in my book!

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Bonus photos of extended family! Could these two grandmas be any happier??? Below them, we have an auntie on the left and a grandpa on the right. All glowing and so happy to welcome their newest family member!

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I love serious babies, and Henry was one of the most serious I’ve ever met! Let me explain – the serious baby is the one that doesn’t fuss and isn’t crying or cranky for the shoot, they’re just stoic-faced. The serious baby is not in a bad mood, and doesn’t even necessarily mind having their photo taken. They just haven’t found their smiles yet, and it doesn’t matter what silly antics mom and dad are doing behind me, what toy or rattle I wave around, music we put on, none of it. Not even his puppy brother Louie could do it!

Serious babies know I’m there for business and they’re all about the business. That said, even THE MOST serious baby can’t resist grinning a few times here and there for me, it’s my super power!

P.S. I follow Henry on Instagram, so I know that months later he has found his smile and is a very happy little man 🙂

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I went to high school with Mrs. M, and just about every year we connect to take some photos with her beautiful family for their Christmas card. I’ve been honored to photograph both her sons’ baptisms (see one here) and I took some newborn portraits of her younger son Brandon. Last fall, we met up for their Christmas portraits at Fort Hamilton. There is a decommissioned cannon perched on a hill that overlooks the Verrazano Bridge, and the boys love to climb it!

Mrs. M is a SUPER MOM and to that end, she always goes above and beyond with adorable props at the shoot. As her children get older and are more cooperative (and willing to be in photos in exchange for candy bribery), we’re able to play around with more complex prop setups. In 2017, she brought a whole mailbox for the boys to drop in their letters to Santa!

Amazing.

I hold the M family very close to my heart, even thinking of them as extended family. Over recent years, around 98% of the people I meet in Brooklyn that are around my age were not raised here but moved here as an adult. The older I get and the more cemented into NYC I am, the greater urgency I feel to keep in contact with friends I know who grew up here like I did.

Us born-and-raised-in-Brooklyn kids have a unique shared experience, watching our city grow and change over 30+ years. Plus, I love hearing Brooklyn accents around me as much as possible 😉

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At the very end of the session, Mrs. M wanted to try and get one photo of her alone with Mr. M, and one of her mom and her dad alone. We almost got it, but seeing as grandparents are always happier with their grandchildren by their side I’d say it worked out perfectly 🙂

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Charlie might be the MOST smiley child I met in 2018. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a constant million-dollar grin on such a tiny person! We started the T family’s session in their home (to include puppy brother River in some shots), then wandered around Battery Park City before finishing up in TriBeCa.

For sessions with an active toddler (is there even such a thing as a chilled out toddler?) changing the scenery and walking around a lot while we shoot is typically the best bet to keep things interesting. We used this method and Charlie was delightfully engaged for the whole shoot! Hard to go wrong on such a perfect spring day 🙂

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Dylan was 9 days old when I traveled to the far-off land of Jersey City to meet her and her parents for a newborn session. It was SO worth it! They have a ridiculously gorgeous, sunlit, loft-like space. A newborn photographer’s dream.

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I especially loved the way Dylan’s nursery was decorated! That’s one of my favorite parts about my job, getting to experience parents’ creativity in the nursery. I’ve seen so many wonderful spaces, big and small. (Ok fine, mostly small – it is NYC after all!)

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