Archive for February, 2010

2 girls | Syracuse, NY newborn photographer

Friday, February 26th, 2010

This was a very last minute session and I’m glad I was able to fit it in. The session happened right before our big snowstorm and it was grey outside, but these two little sisters were adorable and brightened up every room.

When I got to this session I found out that this little baby was born right in this room. How amazing is that! I also found out that her mom is a local business owner  who runs CNY Cloth Diaper Express.

I adore this photo.

Oh, we worked hard for this photo. This little lady really wasn’t interested in much more than eating while I was there, so I wasn’t able to get too many sleeping shots, although I got some great nursing shots. I forgive  her of course and this image is just adorable.

Big sister was just a doll and keep me entertained while mom was tending to the baby.

Dad did some playing as well.

Thanks for having me out to photograph your adorable girls.


baby on the way | Jamesville, NY maternity photography

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Tis the season for maternity sessions and newborns–those folks who can’t hold off on their sessions until the snow melts.

This little man wasn’t too interested yet in what was in his mom’s belly, but he won’t be able to ignore it for too much longer.

What a perfect belly.

I just adore this photo.  It was a moment I captured in between clothing changes, and diaper changes, but I think it just shows the baby he still is, but you can also see the little boy he will be soon–and the curl to his toes doesn’t hurt either.

Now, he is just giving me that baby Gap oh so cute look.

Sometimes I got to photograph just mom and dad–the almost two year old was very busy.

I loved the light and the couch in this room, and well mom and dad looked pretty good too.

We wandered outside for about 5 minutes and I’m glad we did–see sessions outside in the winter in Syracuse are possible. 🙂

Can’t wait to come back and photograph your newborn.


Winter Break and Grandma C.| Fayetteville, NY family photographer

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Winter break is something I am still getting used to.  For anyone not from around here Winter break (or recess) is sort of like Spring break, but in the winter. So, for one week in February kids get a week off of school. At first I thought this was a wonderful thing–we could get out of Syracuse in the Winter and get great deals for vacation out of season.  But then reality set in and I realized that there was no February break for my husband who would be teaching, and the airlines make it just as expensive to travel during February as it is to travel during Christmas.

So….we stayed home and welcomed Jason’s mom for a few days over winter recess.  Apparently it is still inexpensive to fly into Syracuse in February!

Like anyone welcoming their mother-in-law to their house for a few days I asked her to clean out my refrigerator while my husband made a nice breakfast. I was pondering why I still can’t seem to finish remodeling our kitchen while they were hard at work. I did find the time to take this image.

Sadie was busy getting seed orders ready. Winter break is also a good time to start dreaming about spring and planting yummy or pretty things in your garden.

I did let Grandma relax a little after she cleaned up the kitchen. 🙂 Cuddles with Grandma.

She was even entertained by Echo reading her stories.

My mother-in-law texts and uses Facebook–don’t all Grandma’s? Here she is teaching Sadie how to text.

For laughs we took Grandma ice skating. Turns out she didn’t fall–go figure.

Grandma showed me up by giving Sadie and her sore toes (from too small skates) a piggy back ride to the car. I told Sadie she was too big.

One last hug before Grandma left.

Echo got her ear’s pierced over winter break. I can hardly look at this picture she is growing up so fast.

I got behind in my work, but I spent lots of time with my girls last week and had a great visit with my mother-in-law so, I give winter break 2010 a gold medal.


3 months| Cicero, NY family photographer

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I don’t often photograph this age–I’m usually hired for the newborn photos and then again at 6-7 months. And, there are usually some good reasons for choosing those times to hire a custom photographer, but…

O’ my goodness I had fun photographing this little man. He had just started to smile and they were not super consistent, but look at this one!

Loved these huge windows–and a good game of peek-a-boo. I think these (and some others from this series) would make a nice display together.

One smile turns to many smiles.

Sweet baby with dad.

And with mom.

Had to grab a few of the 11 year old big brother.

This is one of those half smiles that you get from 3 month olds, but I thought it fit with the other silly animal smiles in the background.

a pensive moment.

Thank you so much for having me out to photograph your family.


Laura’s family| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I was really excited to be able to help a fellow photographer get some images of her own family that included her. Laura runs a great business in Canandaigua, NY specializing in photographing high-school seniors. I spent Valentine’s Day morning roaming around the college where her husband works, daughter attends, and where she and her husband met–pretty cool.

They brought their dog along who was very adorable..and strong.

I tried to get as many shots of Laura and her husband as I could. Love the laugh.

Her kids were great and easy to work with. I’m sure their mom has taken their photos a million times, but I just wouldn’t know how to work if I didn’t get some of just the kids.

Love the footwear choices.

So sweet-love that kiss.

I knew that this little girl had had been trained well since she didn’t once flash a “school smile” during our session.

The light is this part of the room was just great. I totally would have overlooked it if Laura’s oldest hadn’t just decided to sit there. Perfect.

This has to be my favorite shot–I knew when dad peeked out behind the mask that this was what it needed to make the image work. Doesn’t everyone what a family shot like this?

And a cool wall of paint tubs makes a fun background. I especially like the poster to the left and had to include him in a few of the shots.

Very serious.

Like mother like daughter.

Again, I’m having fun using the unique backgrounds in the art building on campus.

Laura, thank you so much for inviting me out to photograph your family. It was a pleasure.


Adam and Jillian are Married!!| Syracuse, NY wedding photographer

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I can’t wait to share this winter wedding with you. As I share some of the images and the slideshow I am also going to link to some of the other wedding vendors that were a part of this wedding. I am hoping that these links will be helpful to other couples who are still in the planning stages.

I’ll start off with one of my favorite moments from every wedding.

Adam and Jillian have been amazing to work with and I was so honored to be their wedding photographer.  I knew I would be right for their wedding when I found out that they wanted to hire me based on my work with children and families. Adam works with Kevin Pole, and has seen the pictures I have taken of the Pole family, recently here and here .

They had a wonderful wedding with a winter wonderland look that I just loved.

It was a sunny, cold,  day with a light dusting of snow.  . The ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church.

So cute!

Jillian looked so amazing. Actually, she looked amazing in big red rollers when I arrived, but I sure did love her dress and style. This image was made to look like a similar wedding portrait of Jillian’s mother.

The reception was at Traditions at the Links. This was my first time photographing there and it looked awesome. I have so many detail shots from this wedding because I just couldn’t help myself.  Adam and Jillian worked with The Events Company to transform the space and provide lighting. It really was lovely. I’ll probably end up sharing more details in another post.

Cute bird.

And speaking of the details I have to put these ladies on the blog. They made the most amazing cookies for the reception and thanks to the plate I got to take home they provided my breakfast (yes breakfast!) for most of the week.

And, I can’t leave out the awesome cake by She Takes The Cake. I love this shot of Jillian getting the first look at the cake. I believe it was red velvet or at least the part I got was red velvet and it was sooooooooooooo good. Unfortunately, my fork got taken away before I was able to finish and I’m still thinking about the bites I didn’t get to finish…

Adam and Jillian. Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your wedding. I do hope you think of me when and if babies come along because they are just going to be too cute.

Once again, I had the wonderful Stephanie Antshel helping me out for this wedding. She got some amazing shots (a few of which are in the slideshow) and we helped each other to stay calm when we each had a camera break during the reception!!

To see a bit more from the wedding view the slideshow from the day CLICK HERE


Winter Chills| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Chills, I’ve got them. My space heater has been working on overtime and it takes a lot to force me outside these days, but I do try. I love the stark clean look that snow gives everything so I try to bring my camera out as much as I can. I do wish there was a trick to keeping my hands working during these outdoor sessions. After about 10 minutes I start to lose feeling in my fingers and well, my ability to control my camera really diminishes.

We swore when we moved from North Carolina to New York that we would learn some winter activities. So far I enjoy snow shoeing, and I’m trying to get the hang of cross country skiing. I’ve learned that I will never be a down hill skier–I’m too scared of going fast.

These were taken at Beaver Lake Nature Center during a recent snow shoeing outing.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, tomorrow I will get the slideshow from Adam and Jillian’s super lovely winter wedding on my blog. Oh, how I wish we could have stayed out in the snow for longer to take portraits. It was so beautiful–but as this image so perfectly illustrates thanks to Adam’s expression–It was freeze your nose off cold out there!

Stay warm!


Coming soon….|Syracuse weddings

Monday, February 8th, 2010

the lovely wedding of Adam and Jillian.


Hospital Land| Fayetteville, NY child photographer

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Some days I just can’t stand it that I work most weekends. I miss out on my friend’s weddings, I miss birthday parties, bbq’s, t-ball games and lazy Saturday mornings eating waffles. So, when I am getting down about what I miss out on I try to remind myself of the many positive aspects of owning my out business.

One of those positive aspects is being able to help out at school. Three years ago I helped out with Echo’s first grade field trip to hospital land where the kids learn all about going to the hospital and hopefully if any of them do have to make an actual visit they won’t be too scared. It is such a cute program. When I went with Echo’s class she got picked for a role play in which she got to be the doctor.

Here she is all ready to operate.

So, when I got the notice that Sadie’s first grade class was going to visit Hospital Land I asked right away if I could go along. Echo encouraged Sadie to put her hand up to be “doctor” when they did the role play and what do you know—she got it.

This Saturday I will be working at an amazing wedding, but this Monday I got to hang and have a great time with a bunch of 1st graders.


love the love| Syracuse, NY newborn photographer

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I love showing up for a newborn session where there is a new big brother or sister and seeing how they react to the new baby.

What a darling perfect little guy.


This little guy loved sleeping on top of someone–he didn’t so much love sleeping when someone wasn’t holding him.

I think this is the most adorable thing e.v.e.r.

And, I gotta show off this great display of my work. Love it.

Thanks for having me out again.