Kelly and I went to high school together and although we weren’t friends then, we did hang out in college. I remember having some pretty crazy nights whenever Kelly was around. She hasn’t lost that wild side and I only wish I had a fraction of that sort of confidence! But from wild child to mom, Kelly has proven how much she has grown up and matured and is managing to raise two of the sweetest, most loving, kindest kids I’ve ever had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with and lucky enough to take their pictures.

When it came time to choosing a location for our shoot, Kelly left that up to me. For some reason, I wanted to go to the Sands Point Preserve, even though I had never been there! So a few days before the shoot, Rob and I drove up there and scoped it out. It couldn’t have been more perfect. We had awesome architecture, woodsy areas and a beach. We didn’t get to use all the locations I had originally planned, but I didn’t even care! This was seriously one of my very most favorite shoots I’ve ever done. And I’ve  been SO excited to share them all with you!

As I was busy taking pictures of the kids inside the arch, warming them up and getting them used to me and the camera, Rob was wandering about. He comes back in and suggested having the kids go stand on the stone pedestals. I looked at Kelly and she was game, so we asked the kids and they were all for it! So Rob lifted them up and voila! They were totally comfortable up there and we attracted quite a few stares from some tourists. Later on, we saw the same people putting their daughter up on one of pedestals and taking her picture!!! We all had a great laugh about it and I’m pretty sure their pictures looked nothing like this:

I love this family’s energy. You can see how much they love and respect each other. And I could feel it too:

Other than the stone being a tad cold, James & Kayla didn’t mind being up that high at all:

I don’t know what these structures are, if they are anything other than sculpture, but they sure made great props:

How cute are they?:

James brought along his fishing pole and showed us how to fish:

I love this shot in color, above, but there is something about it in the b&w that is magical:

Miss Kayla and her beautiful eyelashes:

Apparently Kayla isn’t into her guitar as much since we did this shoot, but I’m hoping these pictures inspire her to get back into it. She looks so comfortable and graceful:

Seriously? LOVE this shot:

James is such a sweet little man. He’s not a boy, he’s a man:

And can we talk about those eyes? Watch out little ladies…I think he might break your heart one day…:

The shore of the sound provided endless goodies:

I love this picture of Kayla:

Love the composition of this picture:

James has oodles of personality:

I brought my red Radio Flyer wagon with us to cart around accessories and James and Kayla had some fun trying to pull each other around:

What can I ever say about this shot? It certainly doesn’t look like it was shot on The Long Island Sound, that’s for sure:

While Kayla and Kelly were posing all nice, James decided to show off some John Travolta-a-la-”Pulp Fiction” dance moves and cracked us all up:

James found this cool crab leg laying on the beach. Kelly told me he kept it and still has it! I love that he has a souvenir of our shoot:

I had brought some umbrellas with me just in case it rained, and even though it didn’t, I couldn’t resist getting Kayla to pose with one:

A couple of days before our shoot, I was in Home Goods and came across these masks. I remembered to bring them with me, but Kelly had to remind me to use them. So glad she did:

Kelly’s eyes are insane, are they not?:

And so are Kayla’s. In fact the whole family has gorgeous eyes:

Kelly & Kayla had so much fun with the masks and we were all laughing by the end. It was the perfect way to end an awesome shoot:

Thank you Kelly, Kayla & James for letting me hang out with you for a while and capture these incredible moments. You were dream clients and amazing kids and I can’t wait to work with you all again!

  • Patty Williams-Brutlag - May 17, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Wow Jennifer. Best work I have seen!!!
    Very well done :) ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - May 17, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    LOVE these!! :)
    Love all the different stuff you got, love the colors, love the overall feel. Great job, Jennifer! :) ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - May 18, 2011 - 12:25 am

    Would you believe that a Texan who lives in California has actually been to where you photographed them? Well, I have. And I didn’t realize that it would look so awesome in photographs. The three of them are adorable and you did such a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - May 18, 2011 - 1:11 am

    These kids are just too cute! Lovely ideas! :D ReplyCancel

  • Laura Beekmann - May 18, 2011 - 9:45 am

    What a fun shoot! I think that these would be so cute in an album so that they can remember the whole day. It looked like so much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Chavez - May 18, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Love this session!!!! it seems they’ve come from a fairytale!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Landstedt - May 18, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Looove love love these, as you already know:)
    The fishing and the guitar, the colourtones and so om. Love them!ReplyCancel

Today Zoë is 18 months old. I know its not an official birthday, but I still feel like its a milestone. A year and a half old. I can’t even begin to name all the ways in which my life has changed in a year and a half. But the best part by far has been getting to be home with Zoe everyday and watching her grow and develop. She never ceases to amaze me on a daily basis. I love watching her figure out a problem or learn a new skill. Naturally we have our bad days, but they are so outnumbered by the good ones.

Poor little peanut has been suffering from a cold since Friday night and today she had to go back to the doctor due to a sudden cough. But its just a little illness. And yet, despite coughing, sneezing and a very runny nose, she has been so sweet and happy all day. Just one of the many reason I love her so much. We have finally been having some nice weather in NY and I was so happy to take advantage of the warmth and sun and do her pictures outside! And the day before, I got the most beautiful Zozobugbaby dress in the mail and it fits Zoe perfectly! The house behind us is bank-owned and the yard is completely overgrown with weeds, dandelions and some grass. So we literally hopped the fence and did her shoot there! Of course, now I’m wondering if all the dandelions are what caused her reaction today, but hey, suffer for our art, right?

Lovelovelove this shot:

Zoe sometimes has texture issues and was reluctant to hold the dandelions at first, but she eventually got over it:

Here she is blowing on the dandelions:

She didn’t love walking alone through the weeds and grass, but she did cooperate a little:

A cute little outtake:

Arm up for balance:

Zoe was sitting on the chair and suddenly spun around. I dashed over and caught this adorable sequence:

I changed her into this sublime dress from Joyfolie, but she was very overdue for a nap and wasn’t very happy at this point. But the dress looked so dang cute on her:

My sweet little girl:

Happy 18 months, my dear Zoë Olivia. Can’t wait for another 18 years, which I’m sure will be here before I blink.

  • Jennifer James - May 15, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    MAGICAL!! So looking forward to meeting you next Sunday!ReplyCancel

Last month, I had a really great family session at The Sands Point Preserve. The weather wasn’t what the forecasters said it would be-shocking, I know-but other than than, it was an almost perfect shoot. I’ll do a full blog post very soon, after the family gets to see their pictures. So in the meantime, enjoy this sneak peak:

  • Amanda Lamb - May 4, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Nice work! I knew you had to be a hipster….love the emotion of these! :) ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - May 10, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Cute portraits! I can’t wait to see the rest, Jennifer! :) ReplyCancel

As if I could ever just put Zoe in one outfit for a fun, relaxed afternoon shoot….nahh! What fun would that be? So when my friend Jessica and I took our girls to The Planting Fields Arboretum last week, I made sure I took plenty of cute dresses for Zoe to play in. She’s such a good sport and loves to play dress up, so she doesn’t seem to care at all. Crossing my fingers she’s always that easy.

This dress is just so sweet. I need to go back and get it for her in every size so she never grows out of it:

There she is, crossing her arms again:

Running and singing:

So happy:

I love how it appears that she’s giving complete attitude in the picture on the left, but she really isn’t. And the in picture on the right, she suddenly needed to lift up her dress and check out her boots. Such a silly girl:

And one more of Zoe giving me a “muah”. Thank you Jessica! I love this picture!

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