This mom was the lucky recipient of my free 1,000 like contest over on my Peanut and Pip Photography Facebook page. The truth is, I feel like I won because her 3 girls were SOOOO good for our shoot. The two older ones are almost the exact same age as my two (and middle sister Hannah was amazing similar to Piper in her personality!) I only WISH my girls listened and behaved this well on shoots. Baby Julia did eat a little dirt (that’s good for them, right??) but she smiled and clapped and stayed where we put her. I had so much fun with these girls and my heart almost burst at the end of our session when Brooke and Hannah each asked to hold my hands when we were walking out. I seriously love what I do!

I swear the stars aligned for this photo shoot. It was warm, it was sunny, it wasn’t buggy, the girls were amazingly well behaved and I think these might be the sharpest pictures I’ve ever taken in my life. Pure perfection.

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This super fun family wanted to do their first ever family photo shoot right before their oldest child was about to leave to college. Yes, they had never done a family shoot in all those years. They really wanted the beach and we had such a gorgeous night. And the super moon was rising too! Not only is this family so fun, but they are all tall (I felt shorter than normal) and they are all gorgeous. It turns out that mom & dad graduated high school with my sister and they still live in our town. I love when I get to work with families from my town, because I get to see them around. Photography has been such a gift in bringing people into my life. I feel so fortunate.

Mom Deb also coordinated everyone’s outfits so perfectly. I am always so impressed with my clients. Of course, I offer help and even pick out outfits sometimes, but sometimes they show up to the shoot and they look perfect. This was definitely one of those times.

family summer beach photo shootI love these playful images and I was so beyond thrilled that the family loves them too and will display some of them in their living room: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootI don’t think I stopped smiling this whole session: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootThe best reaction at their presentation was to this picture because no one even knew it happened except for me and Finn: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootDuncan left for college only a few days after our session: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootLove this moment and it brought tears to my eyes when I was editing it. I only hope I will pictures like this of me and my girls like this one day: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootI totally forgot the super moon was rising that night but we made sure to get a few shots with it: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootAgain, I LOVE that the family loved this picture and wants to display in their home as well: family summer beach photo shootLindsay is 14. Yes, 14! And SO sweet: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shootCan we just stop and talk about how hot mom, Deb is?? I mean, come on!: family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot family summer beach photo shoot

Way back in September, on the first day of kindergarten, which was a short day, and a hot day, I took my girls down to the beach to meet a fellow photografriend with her kids and a cool car prop she had just gotten. We were supposed to get pictures of all the girls together but that didn’t happen. But I did manage to get some amazing images of my girls. When Zoe turns it on, she really shines. She really amazes me sometimes. We had a sick sunset (that sunset is completely real in these pictures) and the girls were happy and cooperative. I loved them in the giant, floppy hats, glamorous sunglasses and vintage style swimsuits. My girls are always my muses and my favorite subjects.

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Mom warned that Lucia liked to run. She warned me she wouldn’t stay still during the shoot. Do you think I was worried? Nope. But I probably should have been. Lucia did not like to stay still. She did want to be held. She did not want to listen to me but her soft, sweet “no” when I asked her if she would do something for me made me smile. Mom thought the session went horribly and that we didn’t get any good shots. But that’s where she was wrong. Yes, Lucia wasn’t easy but once I stopped trying to get her to do things MY way and let her lead, things went a lot easier. And we did get some great shots of the family. And lots of one with Lucia running away and mom and dad in the background. And until she figured out how to get off my gorgeous, carved rocking horse, she stayed still. I always have a trick!

I adored sweet Lucia and totally empathized with mom and dad’s exasperation (have I ever mentioned how uncooperative Piper is during shoots????)

No, she didn’t stay still for long:

sweet family fall photo shootOk, maybe for a few minutes: sweet family fall photo shootAnd then she was off: sweet family fall photo shootAnd very proud of it too: sweet family fall photo shootBut then she was stuck on the rocking horse for a while and I got some truly amazing pictures of her. In fact, when I was editing this set of pictures, I realized I wanted pictures of my girls like this to hang in their rooms. I tried to recreate these for with my girls (with slightly less success): sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shootAnother of my favorites shots: sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot sweet family fall photo shoot

This week, Long Island finally saw its first snowfall of the winter. It was really only an inch or 2, but I was so happy. You know I love me some snow. And even more when I get to take pictures in it! Zoe was at school but I had my Piper with me and so we went out for about 2 minutes. It was all we needed to grab a few great shots. Piper has gotten SO much better at taking pictures with me and even listening to directions. I just hope that lasts for a very long time. Hey, a momtographer can wish, right? I love these few pictures, but I especially love the last one. What’s better than catching the falling snowflakes on your tongue??

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  • Jamie Frayser - January 9, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    Oh goodness gracious. This is beyond adorable. I love snow sessions.ReplyCancel

  • Corey - January 9, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    Piper is adorable! These are beautiful snow photos. Love the ones of her catching snowflakes on her tongue – so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne - January 9, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    What a lovely Long Island snowy scene. I absolutely love the magical quality in your beautiful children’s photography. These are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Brockpahler - January 9, 2015 - 2:51 pm

    These are amazing! I love snow photos! She is adorable and these are definitely frameable!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - January 9, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    I so want snow!!! These are so lovely. Beautiful Children’s Photography!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren W - January 9, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Beautiful, soft and whimsy!ReplyCancel

  • patricia - January 9, 2015 - 4:28 pm

    incredible well composed and the color are incredible cute little girlReplyCancel

  • lorena - January 9, 2015 - 8:27 pm

    OMGosh! These are great! I want some snow…just a little bit. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lai - January 10, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    Love these snow shots. I always enjoy seeing your daughters pictures. Feels like I know them.ReplyCancel

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