Summertime!!! Well, not officially quite yet, but its finally warm in NY and I’ve already been to the beach once, so its summer as far I’m concerned! One of my very favorite things about summer are the warm evenings that can be spent on the beach. And I love it even more when I get to do a sunset photo session at the beach! I wanted to share a few of my favorite beach pictures to get you in the mood and think about hiring me for a beach sunset shoot this summer!!!
For those of you that have iPhones, I urge you to get the Instagram app now. No, like right now. Head on over to your App store app and download. I promise, you will become addicted.
Here’s how they describe their app: “It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?”
So doesn’t this make you want it?? If you aren’t yet convinced, I decided to share a few of my favorite shots I’ve taken with Instagram.
This is Devo, sporting Zoe’s butterfly wings:
One night, Rob went out and Zoe and I were left to fend for ourselves for dinner. She was taking a nice, late evening nap and I decided to whip up a little dinner for the two of us. I made peirogies with broccoli and cheese sauce. It was SO yummy:
Out to dinner with the Zoe-monster. We discovered she likes to play with pens:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
A little late March snow storm:
Out to lunch and Zoe sporting her first pigtails:
Zoe showing off her “cools” while shopping:
Playing with cousin Connor:
Coe Hall at the Planting Fields Arboretum, which is actually where we took our wedding pictures:
Asleep in the car after a fun photo shoot, at the above arboretum:
Rob surprised me with vegan marshmallows. They were SOOOO good:
Falco pathetically hoping for some table scraps while we eat dinner:
Zoe was playing with her giraffes and this is how she left them. How could I not snap a picture?:
My beloved Lexus the day I turned it in. The lease was just about up and I need to upgrade back to a truck. I miss driving this car and being about to take turns at 60mph and gun it when the light turned green…luckily I love my new truck, so all is good:
Out for a stroll:
Blowing on the dandelions:
Just chillin’ in the yard with Daddy in the evening:
My first Mets game at Citifield. Its really a beautiful, well designed stadium:
So are you convinced now? Yeah, I thought so.Oh and I forgot to mention you can follow people and they can follow you. Search for me and follow me! I’d really love it!
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!
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.