Archive for December, 2009

End of year Review| Genevieve Fridley Photography

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I just sent out my annual End of Year Review newsletter with slideshow. As always I try to include at least one image from all of my sessions during the year and as always the day after the slideshow goes up I start to find images that somehow got left out. I just realized that some images from one of my favorite sessions of the year didn’t make the slideshow so I wanted to share a few here on the blog.




And if you didn’t get my newsletter CLICK HERE to see my slideshow.

Have a great holiday everyone!


Don’t forget your camera. |Genevieve Fridley Photography

Monday, December 21st, 2009

It’s that time of year when you have family to your home, or you are traveling–and while I’m sure you will be busy cooking, cleaning, and hopefully enjoying the day you should also remember to grab that camera and document the day. These photographs will be the things that help you bring back the memories from that day years later.

This Thanksgiving we traveled  North to enjoy the holiday with Jason’s Professor and mentor from Bennington College.

Remember while photographing holiday events that can be stressful to not add to your stress by trying to take the perfect photo. Just keep your camera close while you are chatting and see what happens.

This dog had the longest tongue ever and was a joy to photograph.


When photographing kids make taking their picture a game and not forced. I think I was hiding behind something when I took this picture as part of a game of peek-a-boo.


Don’t forget to take self-portrait when you get the chance. I like how this one shows me as well as the setting.


Details. Details. Details. These were all taken outside the house. I love this backyard and really enjoyed wandering around to see what I could find that marked the day and the season.


And of course don’t forget the details of the actual meal, place setting, etc. If you have older kids you can put them in charge of taking the pictures as well.


Try to take pictures of any traditions or activities that are going on. And, notice how I didn’t stop the play here and make everyone turn and look at me.


Again, you don’t always need to have someones face in the image….


Finally, if you have an amazing  husband like I do–who actually does the dishes—put down your camera for a bit(but keep it close) and actually spend some time with him–at least that is my plan this holiday season.


My blog might not be as active between now and 2010 as I will be traveling and taking a little break. You can always reach me by email–or if you have joined twitter you can find me there as well under genphotos.

Have a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday!!! My annual thank you so much slideshow will arrive soon in my much neglected newsletter–keep an eye out for it. Cheers.


Toot Toot| Genevieve Fridley Photography

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I’m going to apologize up front, but I am going to toot my horn just a bit.

Last May I got an email letting me know that an image I had entered into a photography contest had been selected as one of the 150 winners. Now, I normally never ever enter photography contests. In fact I believe this was the first (and only) contest I had entered. The reason I decided to finally enter the contest was twofold. First, the competition was based upon the famous  1950s landmark photographic exhibition and book, ‘The Family of Man. I actually have two copies of this book and it I still look through it. Second, I saw that one of my all time photographers was also involved in the competition–Elliott Erwitt was was to choose the winning image, which meant that Elliot Erwitt would have to look at one of my photographs.

I was thrilled to find out that of over 40,000 images entered from all over the world one of my images was chosen to be in the book.

A few months ago I got a copy of the book in the mail.


In the back of the book all of the winning photographers got to submit a little photo of themselves. I included a silly photo of me and my girls making fish faces. I thought it would be nice to get them in the book somehow—–and when I got the book, I open it up to find out that the company cropped my kids out of the image so that it is just me giving a silly face.


And here is the page where my photo is located. Mine is the one on the bottom right.


And in case you can’t see the image that well here is the full image.


Makes you smile, doesn’t it? The great thing is that the image is of good friends. Since I only decided to enter the contest on the last day I only could choose from images that I was pretty sure I could get a copyright release from–Luckily when I called to tell my friends that the image was going to be published they agreed.

Thanks for letting me toot my horn a bit. And thanks to all of you who have emailed about the Holiday CD–I’ll get those sent off in the next day or two. If you still want a CD shoot me an email and I’ll put you on my list.


It’s that time….

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I swear there are not as many days in December this year. I can’t believe it is already the 15th!! And speaking of December 15th where is all of that Central New York snow? I would much prefer a big wallop of snow to all of this yucky cold rain. The rain has made for some nice days behind my computer preparing albums and orders of lots and lots of cute kids and families. Many days while I sit behind the computer I have been listening to my extensive holiday music collection to get me in the jolly mood–and I have been munching on a few holiday cookies.

So, if there are any of you out there that still want to place orders and actually get your prints before Dec. 25th I need you to email or call me today or tomorrow.

AND, for any of you that can still stand to listen to holiday music I am in a giving mood. Just shoot me an email or post to the blog and I’ll send you a mix CD of some of my favorites.

And, for your enjoyment–here are my two favorite girls.



Ari’s BarMitzvah

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I hope everyone is staying warm now that the weather is officially really cold. I’ve been busy designing cards, getting order’s ready, and proofing sessions.

Last weekend I got to photography my first Bar Mitzvah. It was a casual event, but I could tell that it was a big deal and that Ari had done a lot of hard work to get to this day.



The actually ceremony was very quick and many of Ari’s siblings and cousins were up there with him.


Here is Ari with a few of his friends. People don’t often hire me to photograph their 13 year olds, but I really like this age–braces and all.


Dinosaur BBQ was able to cater the event. Yum.


Love this shot. I think it is a classic boys on the edge of the dance floor image. Plus love the body language.


Up he goes.


This is my favorite image of Ari with his parents.


And this shot is all about Ari and the people who came to celebrate with him.


Ari seemed much older to me than his 13 years. I could tell he made a point to dance with his little cousins and chat with family despite all of the fun games and friends that were there for him. And check out that confidence–I certainly don’t remember having confidence like that when I was 13.


What a crew.


Another favorite–Ari and his dad being goofy.


Congratulations and Happy Birthday Ari. Thanks for sharing your celebration with me.


Just one Joyful pic

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Love this one.



Baby B| Fayetteville, NY newborn photographer

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

This little guy arrived early–in fact I had just photographed this family’s maternity pictures and then less than two weeks later this little guy arrived the day before Thanksgiving. Isn’t he sweet?


I adore this picture.


Mom really wanted a yawning picture. We were able to get a few yawns, but I love this one with his big brother’s hand giving him a little pet.


And any of you who have tried to get a family photograph of a toddler and a newborn can relate to how proud I am of these two images.



What a beautiful family.


BrideDesign kiddos| Syracuse, Ny child photographer

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I was really excited to photography Erin’s kids again. I met Erin last year and found out at our session that we both own our own business and we both often work with wedding couples. Over the lat year I’ve had a chance to get to know Erin a tiny bit better and she was kind enough to let me interview her once on my blog (by the way–interviews will start up again this winter…).

Unfortunately our session had to be on one of the grayest, dreariest days in CNY and that is saying a lot coming from this grey city.

Her oldest daughter even spent a little time drawing her view out of the window.


She also showed me some of her ballet moves.


I like the wings in this picture.


I noticed after our first session that Erin wasn’t afraid of the non-smiling pictures. While we all enjoy seeing pictures of our kids in full smile,  is is sometimes in the in-between moments that we can see something else.


Or sometimes it is in the details.


This picture for me is all about those wispy baby curls that are still hanging around.


Another in-between moment that I liked.



I’m so glad I got to catch this little moment–it probably happens many time a day, and is so familiar, but probably rarely photographed.


An image I like for the forms and patterns.


Goat hat!!


Thanks so much for having me out again. And for those of you wanting to see the new creative thing Erin is doing check out her new blog Erin Illustrates!


One little monster| Syracuse, NY baby photographer

Friday, December 4th, 2009

I got to hang out with this adorable family recently. They have a golf course right across from their house which was perfect for a few shots. I keep getting nervous that a golf ball would fly our way (I know nothing about golf), but they kept assuring me that this wouldn’t happen.


Here is the little monster. Really, the parents told me he had some colic issues when he was a newborn, but he was pretty much all smiles when I was there.


Really big smiles.


Here is the lovely bassinet that he never slept in. It does make a fun place to play.



Oh, I remember those days (just barely)—getting in so close for a baby kiss, the soft skin, the baby smell, the easy smile.


Thanks so much for allowing me to photograph your little man–just adorable.


Full arms| Syracuse, Ny children’s photographer

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I think this mom could use an extra pair of arms. This image happened near the end and it was so classic. Mom was interacting with one kid—the other two kids noticed this and decided that they too needed mom’s attention. I’m sure parents of more than one kid can relate to this.


Dad can still hold two of the kids at the same time–and he worked really hard for this shot.


Remember the pensive look I talked about in my last post. Here it is again….


It took me quite awhile to win this guy over and I had to sacrifise the background–and let him hold a sippy, but you gotta love that smile.


No smile here, but I still love it.


Too bad I couldn’t fit all three kids in the laundry basket!


Thanks for having me out!