A season of reflection and growth

These past few months was in season of reflection and quiet, like the seeds under the fertile soil waiting for their chance to emerge in the bright sunlight of spring, gosh that was corny.  I am not a writer, I am not eloquent lol.  

This winter was a hard one for me.  My anxiety was pretty rough and I was feeling not good enough, uninspired, depressed.  So I took a break.  I put my camera away and rarely touched it, I stepped away from posting my work on social media, and I hibernated from my photography. 

I worried that by not posting on social media my clients would forget me, think I had quit.   I decided to that I needed something that planted a seed in me, or lit a fire again.  I enrolled in a course on film called Everyday Films and I began picking up my camera again.  I slowly started feeling myself getting inspired again, excited again, not just about this new passion of film making but also about still photography.  

Sometimes in our lives I think we need a period of quiet, to reflect on where we have come and to decide on where we want our path to lead. 

I am sharing with you my final project from my workshop.  It is always scary sharing something new but I also know that sometimes you have to trust the magic of beginnings. 

Another Beautiful Beach Session

The clouds on this night at the beach were so amazing. I love how the sky changes so much, and the sky on this particular night was just so beautiful!  I have photographed this sweet family since big brother was a baby, and I love watching their personalities and height grow.  Thank you for letting me capture your fun family again.

Family Beach Session

I realize that the last time I blogged was way back in July.  Sorry for stepping away for so long but this summer was so busy.  I was photographing two camps, plus trying to just enjoy summer.  I really tried to take a step away from the computer this summer and take a break.  I am glad that I did but also ready to dive back into my business and blogging and showing off my work.

 

Summer sunset beach sessions might be some of my favorites.  Being at the beach in the evening has such a different vibe than being there during the day, it is quiet and so beautiful.  You can see how much fun families have at the beach at sunset.

A trip the Met

The weather in New York has been a bit on the colder, cloudy rainy side recently so finding things to do when you can't go to the beach or the pool can be a struggle.  However, I have promised my kids for awhile now that I would take them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They both are very into drawing and have been studying famous artists in school so they were more than eager to get a chance to see famous art in person.  My husband was away this weekend so my mom came with me and the kids and we had a really great time at the museum.  

Long Island Indoor Lifestyle Photography Session Reyes Family

So I know I have talked about this a lot, and you might not want to hear about it again, but I seriously LOVE doing indoor lifestyle sessions in my clients' homes. Here's the thing, you feel most comfortable in your home, which lends itself to getting more natural photographs of your family interacting and being together. Kids, especially very young children, feel more comfortable in their home. When the children are comfortable the photography session goes really smoothly and who doesn't want a smooth and easy photography session. And since the kids are relaxed, mom and dad become relaxed; win, win, win, I say! I think most people hesitate to do an indoor session in their homes because we all get hung up on the things we don't feel are "picture worthy" in our homes, maybe it's not as clean as you want it to be, or there is an area of your home that you don't really feel is decorated well, or you have messy kids, like me, and your house is always a little bit of a mess. I get it, I live the same way you do, but your house doesn't have to be perfect for an in-home session, I promise you. I tell clients to tell me the rooms that are off limits, for me that is my office, it is so horribly overcrowded with crap, I would NEVER want it to be photographed, but my kitchen can be de-cluttered in about 5 minutes and gets great light. Plus a lot can be cropped out, trust me, that pile of clothes over in the corner of the room gets hidden by the bed. But being at home can be so wonderful because I get to capture your baby carrying her blankey, or that arms up that they do when they want you to lift them out of their crib, or the way they like to make silly faces in the hallway mirror. These are the images you will cherish when they are older and their blanket that they had to take everywhere is now somewhere under their bed collecting dust because they haven't needed it to sleep in 5 years.

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