Long Island Vacation!

Modern art, ocean beaches, lighthouses, wine tasting, horseshoe crab encounters, fish shacks (dock- and road-side), ferries and boats, small town vignettes, historic features, farm stands, gourmet burgers and shakes, vintage dime-store thrills, sunshine and lots of family time.  This is my Hamptons.

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-Hillary

P.S.  See all the pretty beach pictures on Instagram!

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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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Hillary

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.

-Hillary

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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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-Hillary

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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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-Hillary

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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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