Jason and Katie’s 10th {Long Island Anniversary Party}

For the past ten years, I have been secretly enjoying someone else’s marriage.  That of my sweet college friends, Jason and Katie.  And the other weekend, we all got to celebrate!

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Here’s to 10s of many more.  <3

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P.S.  See all the photos at their web gallery!

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Child Modeling Photos {Hudson Valley Portrait Photography}

My daughter is an actor.  A Shakespearean actor, to be precise, though she also loves musical theater.  She’s really pretty good and has some great pipes, if I do say so myself.  It’s fun keeping up with her headshots.  For this session, we needed some modeling-type shots, as well, as there’s a talent agent interested!

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Zoe Frances Harvey theatrical 2014 wmI love this age.  They can turn from a little girl into a teenager and back again, in the blink of an eye.  My eyes are watering, trying to keep them open.


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Kelly & Tony {Engagement Photos at Kingston Point Park}

“I’ve got waterfront, boats, bridges, old railroad tracks, some woods and trees, a playground, a beach, you name it!” I told Kelly and Tony.  And I do, just within a mile or two of my studio.  Kelly and Tony narrowed it down to the woods for a Texas vibe… and they’d take some waterfront and tracks, too!  I love how it always ends up being such a different shoot each time I photograph a couple in Kingston Point Park, customized just for them.

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Barn Venue Textures {fine art photography}

Sometimes things in life just match up perfectly.  Like me photographing weddings in the Hudson Valley where there are so many gorgeously renovated barn venues.  There’s something about a barn that makes me swoon: the raw, empty space; the light leaks through the wooden slats; the doors with their antique handles and rounded ways and historic dates marking their tops; the sound of feet dancing on those thick, barnwood floors.

HHP Light LeaksLast weekend, I photographed a wedding at Grasmere with Hudson River Photographer.  And during a very fun day of shooting with Diane, I made these texture photos on my iPhone, just for fun.

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Instagram Action

Make a photo a day.  That’s the challenge I gave myself this spring.  Such fun.  Here are some of my recent faves…

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My Failed Pinterest Party

I am a Pinterest-party-planning wannabe.

No one in my family is born in the summer.  Until my second daughter, Sabine, came along!  Her birthday is the one chance I have all year of throwing a lovely garden party.  And lucky for me, she is a happy collaborator when it comes to planning something particularly girlie and sweet.  This year, Sabine and I trolled Pinterest looking for fun party ideas.  Mermaids?  Strawberry shortcake?  Blueberry shortcake?  Eventually, she settled upon a fairy theme.  Very appropriate, don’t you think, for a 5th birthday party?

HHP FairyParty_0028And Pinterest is a treasure trove of fairy party ideas!  Unfortunately, many of them didn’t work for us in real life.  Our fairy dust came out black instead of pink.  I needed a net to ward bugs off the snack table.  And our toadstool cupcakes, while wildly delicious, needed some explanation.Untitled-2-3Untitled-1 But, in the end, I think we put together a beautiful party… on Pinterest.  And in real life, we had a great time with friends who cared more about celebrating with us than about how red our icing turned out.  All the big sisters did a beautiful job with the face painting.  The boys made a super-fun train track.  And Sabine and I spent wonderful hours licking that icing bowl together as we prepared for the big day!HHP FairyParty_0017 HHP FairyParty_0014HHP FairyParty_0025 HHP FairyParty_0031 HHP FairyParty_0030b HHP FairyParty_0021If you’re like me, you might want to call my party-planning-, party-designing- savvy friends at Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Cinderella4ADay, Floral Fantasies by Sara and A Night in Bloom, for whom I have *even more* renewed respect!

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Sara and David {Anniversary Session in Mt. Kisco}

Good things come to those who wait.  In this case, we waited about three years to do a True Romance shoot with Sara and David.  (A True Romance shoot is often right after the wedding, where the couple gets all dressed up again for more portraits in their wedding finery.  Also called, a Trash the Dress shoot.)  But Sara’s dress was this amazing creation, handmade by her talented mama.  So we thought about using a different dress.  But eventually, the shoot started to coincide with their tenth (dating) anniversary, and an anniversary shoot it was.  And it was soooo good!

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