Archive for January, 2012

2011 year in review| Syracuse, NY family and wedding photographer

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I just sent out my last newsletter ever. If you missed it–here is what it said. And because posts are always best with photos–I’ve included a few of those “best of” images.

2011 Year in Review Slideshow

It looks like my newsletter is just becoming a way to show off my end of the year slideshow. There are just so many things to keep up with these days–my website (neglected), blog, facebook, twitter, and now pinterest (more on that in a bit), that the email newsletter just seems like a dinosaur. Still, tradition is tradition and I do love putting together my slideshow. It gives me a chance to look back at all of the families and weddings that I photographed last year and really remind myself how lucky I am to have such a cool job. As always, I am just so overwhelmed that you all have selected me to document all of these special moments in your life.  To view the slideshow click

 One last Look

Do you want one last look at your gallery? I am switching my ordering site come March so for one last time all galleries since April 2010 will be reactivated. This will be the last time to order from these images. You have until 2/28 to place your orders.  Lost your link?–email me.

Winter Baby Special

For my 6th(!!!) winter here in Syracuse I am once again offering my Winter Baby Special. This year during the month of March I am offering 50% off the sitting fee for sessions with infants 12 months old or younger(this does not include newborn sessions). For these sessions the baby must be the focus of the session. New clients are welcome. Contact me to get the full details and reserve your session.


Are you interested in Pinterest?  If you have no idea what I am talking about Pinterest is a virtual pinboard on the web. I started it as a way to collect photo display ideas for all of you. To really understand it you just have to go and check it out. Here is a link to all of my photo display ideas. I hope it gives you a little inspiration to get your photos up on your walls.

Of course, I got distracted (a real problem on Pinterest) and now have lots of categories such as recipes, hair, crafts…come on over–it’s fun.

My last newsletter

This will be my last newsletter, but please keep up to date with all of my current photos, offers, visits to NC,and much more on my blog and via my fanpage on Facebook or even via twitter. I am taking a few weeks off from photographing to redo my website, ordering site (new offerings coming soon), and I hope you like the changes.

As always I appreciate your comments and questions. You can find me all over the place. Online at, via email at, on twitter @genphotos, and on Facebook at Genevieve Fridley Photography. If prefer to hear my voice call me at 315-532-8468,


almost a family of 5 | Syracuse, NY family photographer

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Big changes are in store for this family. I can’t wait to see what their new little one will look like.



The youngest for only a little bit longer.

The fun and fabulous oldest.

Thanks for having me out again!



Paris, France| Travel Tuesday

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Academy Award nominations were released today. On the list for best picture was Midnight in Paris. I just saw that movie over the holidays and I was probably very annoying to our family that watched with us because I couldn’t help but blurt out whenever I saw a place that I visited when we went to Paris last June.

And, it was wonderful. I have visited some amazing places, and I have so many more that I want to visit–but I will go back to France I hope more than once–it was that amazing.

Here are some images from Paris.

Right across from our hotel.

It was fun to photograph people making photographs.

The Louvre.

You could take photographs in the Louvre. It was fun, but I swear no one was actually looking at the art–just snap, snap, snap…

The Eiffel Tower at night was as cool as you would image.


a winter session| Syracuse, NY family photographer

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It isn’t often that I get to do a winter session outside unless we are going for snow photos. This day, was so unseasonably warm that I had to venture outside for a bit.

This little sweetie turned one on the day of the session.

big brother

Love these shots with the little girl and her daddy.

Thanks for having me out again.


Friday Finds |Syracuse,NY family photographer

Friday, January 20th, 2012

There are so many photographs I want to show off. There are sessions that never make it to the blog because I am too busy. There are images that are never ordered. There are images that were okay when I first viewed them, but then when I come back again to the images they really stand out.

So, to address some of this–I have created Friday Finds for my blog. Every Friday I will find an old image that either never got ordered or never was really given a chance to show off on the blog.

And, just to make it more fun–if the image is of you or your family and you send me an email within 24 hours of the image going up I’ll email you the file–or send you a print if you already have the file.

First up–these fun brothers showing off some wrestling moves.


on the way| Syracuse, NY maternity photographer

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

When I arrived this little girl was listening to a book while sitting next to her mother. One hand was on a sippy cut and one hand was on her mom’s belly–more specifically the belly button. For the rest of the session she stayed close to the belly. I wonder if she will be as excited about the new baby when it arrives.

Can’t wait to meet the new baby in February.


Hi there| Syracuse, NY newborn photographer

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Hi there little sweetie.

I love getting to hang out with and photograph first time parents. For just a little bit I get to remember that feeling that I had when I became a parent for the first time–the fears, the excitement, the special form of sleep deprivation. It was a time when you could still remember your life before kids, and no matter how much you were warned, you still thought it wouldn’t be this hard. Remember?


baby love | Syracuse, NY newborn photographer

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I was so happy to be asked to photograph this newborn. I first photographed this family when the older brother was still in his mother’s belly and now he is the big brother. How wonderful.


France–part ???| Travel Tuesday

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

It is taking me so long to get through my France photographs that I can’t really remember what part I am on.

Travel Tuesday continues in France–still in the Burgundy wine region of Beaune.

I might have picked a cleaner window to take our portrait in, but the wine makes you not care about those things. 🙂

Just wandering around in the vines.

It is great to have a car to travel about, but I always wondered what we would do if another car tried to go the other way–such narrow roads.

One tree to take your nap under while tending to the vines.

Having fun with a little tilt shift lens.

Jason said that this pavement reminded him of Missouri.

After wandering around the vines we stopped off for a lunch and fabulous wine tasting of the Oliver Leflaive wines.

Street photography.

Finally back to our bed and breakfast for a rest before heading out to stuff ourselves again.

While walking about we came amount this little restaurant–Le Goret (The Pig). It is in the photo below. The cook lived upstairs with his teenage children, and his dog rested in the restaurant while we ate.

The menu hung from the walls–I think this is what we ordered.

Jason said this was his favorite meal while we were in France. His was the one on the left, mine on the right. I have no idea how we finished our meal, but we did.

Next up—Paris!


2011–My Year in Books

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Happy 2012 everyone! After a nice vacation visiting family in Arizona I am back to work. This is the time of year that is filled with newborn and maternity sessions (people who don’t really have a choice of when to get their photos done), and business stuff, website updating, and the ever needed–get organized before the crazy season. I also have hopes of getting out a newsletter, end of year photo review, and getting some of my own images printed! Even though this sounds really busy, it is actually my slow season. The time of year that I get to catch up on movies, TV shows (yeah Downtown Abbey), and I get to read a little before crashing at bedtime. Over the holidays I loaded up my kindle with lots of books and I am excited to get reading.

Every year I keep a simple journal to keep to track of the books I have read over the year. I can’t remember how it started. I don’t journal and can barely write words with my blog posts, but I am so happy to have this simple record of my year.  I know that there are all sorts of online ways to keep track of this stuff, but I’m sticking to my journal–although now that I have 6 years worth of books in it I wish I had picked a cuter journal. Ahh, well. This is my third year blogging about the books  I’ve read. You can see 2010 HERE, and 2009 HERE.

2011 didn’t see me reading that many books. I actually started quite a few books that I then got stuck on or never finished for a varitey of reasons.  I’ve included them on my list just in case I decided to come back to them later and can’t remember if I’ve read them or not.

1. Just Kids by Patti Smith

This was the first book I read of 2011 and I still remember it. I knew more about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe than I knew about Patti Smith. I actually ended up googling her to listen to her music before I really got reading.

I loved this book. It was sweet and sad (not what I expected) filled with good stories, and it made you think about what it meant to be an artist. I cried when it was done.

Just Kids

2-4. The Huger Games Triology by Susan Collins

I downloaded the first Hunger Games book after reading lots of people say it was one of their favorite books of 2010. I read the first chapter slowly, but after that I stayed up all night to finish it. It had been a long time since I couldn’t put a book down and it felt great to have that experience. I made myself wait a few months to read the other two books because I knew I would end up ignoring my family and getting behind on work once I did. I then made my book club read them, and my daughter just finished the series. I even got my husband to read the first one. And, even if you don’t like series books you can read just the first one in the series.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set

5. My Life in France by Julia Child

I went to France this year and decided to read a few books that took place there before I went. This was such a fun read, and it really made me get a whole new view of Julia, and especially her relationship with her husband. If you only know her from SNL skits, you will be surprised at the Julia you find in this book and the love story that it is for Paris, food, drink, and her husband.

My Life in France (Movie Tie-In Edition)

6. Major Pettigrews Last Stand by Helen Simonson

This was a book for book club that I think most of us enjoyed. It took place in England, so I automatically had a soft spot for it. It wasn’t too heavy, or too light–just a good read–although at times I think the target audience is someone a bit older than I am.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

7-9. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris–books 7,8,9

Still reading these books from time to time. They are good on a plane. I think I read one on my way to Guatemala. I got a little bored near the end of these books, and I was a bit bored with the TV  show based on this series as well (True Blood). Still a fun series with lots of blood, gore and sex.

All Together Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)

10. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

This was another good read for my book club. It was a fast read, with good characters set in the south during slavery time.

The Kitchen House: A Novel

11. Madame Tussaud: A novel of the French Revoloution by Michelle Moran

This book took me quite a while to read, but I was glad I read it especially as I walked around Versailles. A good read for those who like historical fiction.

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

12. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I actually read this book while in Paris.  It is a story about Ernest Hemingway told in the voice of his first wife Hadley. The author said that she was inspired to write the book after reading Hemingway’s, A Moveable Feast, where at the end he says:  “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.”

This was among my favorite books that I read this year.

The Paris Wife: A Novel

13. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

I read most of this book in short burst sitting outside in the sun. I laughed aloud many many times.


14. The Secret History by Donna Tart

This book had been on my “to read” list for a long time. The author went to my college and the setting was supposed to be a thinly veiled version of Bennington. It is a smart read–a psychological thriller I think it is called.  Having just read up on Greek mythology with my daughter it was fun to follow in those references as well as all of the descriptions of Bennington. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was in a class discussing it–I’m sure I missed many references to classics and how they influence our lives.

The Secret History

15. Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Another one of my favorite reads this year. I am not usually a person who pays a lot of attention to the actual writing or words used to describe something. This isn’t to say I don’t enjoy a well written book, it is usually that I think a book is well written if I don’t think about these things much. Swamplandia had me stopping and enjoying descriptions and sentences like I have never done before and it was in a very good way. She has a totally unique style, and the story pulled me along as well. I’ve recommended this book to quite a few people.

Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)

16. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

I read this book on the beach. A perfect vacation book with great characters. Loved it.


17. The Loves Dictionary by David Levithan

This was another book club book, but I didn’t really get that into this one. It seems to be a love it or leave it book, and I was more on the leave it side of things. It was written by an author who has written many YA books, many which I respect, but I just didn’t get into this one.

The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

18. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I can’t remember how I got a hard copy of this book, but it sat around for quite awhile. When I picked it up I was happy to be back in the fantasy world with witches and vampires, and it had a pretty good start, but by the end I was bored. Then, when I realised it was a part of a series I was really annoyed. Perhaps, if you like the fantasy genre try this one again when the whole series is done.

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

19. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This is a YA book, and part of another series (ugg), but it was a good read. It takes place in the future where love is considered a disease that you get cured of on your 18th birthday with a surgery that frees you from love forever. I’ll probably read the next one when it comes out.

Delirium: The Special Edition

20. Then Again by Diane Keeton

My last book of the year. I’ve always like Diane Keeton and just picked this one up for something easy. Her mother kept really good journals which she used along with her own memories to make a book about her, her mother, and her family. I enjoyed her mothers journals, especially when she would write about Diane, or going out to eat with Diane and Woody, and the scrap books she kept of Diane’s rise to fame. I love the sections where she talked about the movies she has been in, and the men she has been involved with–Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty. I watched Annie Hall when I finished reading the book.

Then Again


I don’t keep great records of the books I read aloud to the kids, but a few that I do remember and recommend were:: Gregor the Overlander (books 1 and 2–same author as the Hunger Games), Coroline, Ella Enchanted

Books I didn’t finish: House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamontt, The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates, Life by Keith Richards, A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I will probably come back to all of these books. They were put down for a variety of reasons, but not because they were not good-they just were not at the right time.

AND–that took me much longer than I thought it would. I am really out of shape when it comes to putting words together. Happy reading folks.

It is now time for me to get back to some photos.

Oh, and what was your favorite read of 2011?