I love getting the opportunity to do a photo shoot with kids I know. I met Mollie and her mom when Zoe and I were in the same mommy & me classes with them when the girls were about 6 months old. We wound taking the same classes for almost 2 years. Mollie and Zoe have a lot of fun when they get to play together (along with their other friend Abby.) It was a chilly day and I knew we would be challenged with posing 2 month old baby Grace. But Mollie and Owen are such amazing siblings, they held her really well! We had a slight meltdown with Mollie and Owen in the beginning, but we eventually got gorgeous pictures of them and a wound up with a LOT of incredible pictures of Owen!

All three kids looking at the camera. Sometimes miracles happen:

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Owen was very suspicious of me:
fall siblings photo shoot
Sweet baby Grace:
fall siblings photo shoot
Sisters, such a sweet bond:
fall siblings photo shoot

Owen finally really warmed up when he was given permission to run:

fall siblings photo shoot
fall siblings photo shoot
But he would only run with his big sister:
fall siblings photo shoot
I adore Mollie:
fall siblings photo shoot
How cute are they:
fall siblings photo shoot
Oh Owen, you are seriously just the cutest boy ever:
fall siblings photo shoot
This pout:
fall siblings photo shoot
fall siblings photo shoot
fall siblings photo shoot
And while all that was going on, Grace fell asleep and I could help but posing her:
fall siblings photo shoot

 

  • Lai - November 18, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    These are gorgeous children photos! I always like your style of capturing children and your editing style. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Jason - November 19, 2013 - 9:20 am

    What a beautiful session, really nice work :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ramsey - November 19, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    I love love these!! Your work is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen McShane - November 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    These photos of my grandchildren, Mollie, Owen and Grace are perfect! Their personalities, even Gracie’s came through in each shot. You are a wonderful photographer.ReplyCancel

Yesterday, my peanut turned 4. Oh my, where is the time going?!? I know all us parents feel the same way and we are always told “it goes by so fast” and it truly does. Often way too fast. One minute you have a newborn baby and the next she’s a sassy 4 year old with her own opinions and ideas.

3 was a tough age for Zoe. She didn’t really have the terrible 2’s as much as the terrible 3’s. It often felt like a daily fight with her, that she never listened and was always getting into trouble. I’m hoping all that is behind us because it was very exhausting. I also felt guilty just about every night over how much I yelled at her. But lately it seems like we are having more and more good days.

We celebrated Zoe’s 4th birthday with 4 days of festivities. We started Saturday by taking the girls into the city to see Pinkalicious: The Musical (Zoe was Pinkalicious for Halloween!) and a really great dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurant (and we were pleasantly surprised to find out they were very kid-friendly!) Then Sunday was Zoe’s birthday party with almost her whole class. She had so much fun! Then later on we had our families over to open presents and have more cake! Monday, Veteran’s Day, was Zoe’s actual birthday and today she got to have cupcakes in her class and celebrate again. I’m pretty sure I’m more tired than she is!

Zoe is an amazing little girl. She is so kind-hearted and thoughtful, specifically when it comes to her sister, Piper. If she gets something, she wants to make sure Piper gets something too. At her birthday party, with all her friends, she kept playing with Piper and asking where she was if she didn’t see her. They truly love each other and are the best of friends. Zoe is playful, silly and smart. And I know I’m very biased, but she is so incredibly beautiful.

We did her 4 year session last week on a warm day, just her and I. It was so nice to spend some time alone with her. I remember watching her as a baby and infant and would just watch her in awe. She just amazed me every day. Lately, I feel like I am so busy with work, I miss out on just watching her again. I’m looking forward to the quietly winter months with work so I can slow down and watch her again.

Just when I think Zoe is all silly, she strikes this pose all by herself:

4 year session
4 year session

And she kept posing. It was so cute:

4 year session
She decided to tickle herself with the willow. So silly:
4 year session
Silliest of the silly:
4 year session
4 year session
I love the light on her hair. And I love her hair:
4 year session
4 year session
This face is so Zoe:
4 year session
And so is this. I love that smile:
4 year session
4 year session
My little warrior:
4 year session
4 year session
She asked to take some pictures in this spot and I couldn’t say no:
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Then I spied this tree with the gorgeous light:
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4 year session
Next we went to this little field with gorgeous light and even some dandelions, which she absolutely loves:
4 year session
4 year session
This picture cracks me up every.single.time. I look at it. She was in the middle of the inhale to blow the dandelions but it is so hilarious:
4 year session
I couldn’t decide on a processing that I liked on this series but I loved the pictures:
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4 year session
4 year session
4 year session
Oh, how I love this girl:
4 year session
And her hair! All I had to do was talk to her about the chocolate lollipop she was getting in the car on thew way home and she was all smiles:
4 year session
4 year session
I look at this picture and can’t believe she’s only 4:
4 year session
4 year session
4 year session
4 year session

Happy 4th Birthday, my love!

  • cathy - November 12, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    What a lucky girl to celebrate her birthday in 4 days!! I am sure she will appreciate you for photographing so many gorgeous images when she grows up! She’s adorable~!!ReplyCancel

  • Lai - November 12, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Happy birthday to your little girl! Mine just turned 3 last month. I love all the pictures of her you took. Her personality is really coming out. You gave her all the training in front of camera and she’s so comfortable at posing. Great advantage of being a photographer is that you can take as many pictures of your kids as you want. Love and enjoy this!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - November 13, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Gorgeous little girl and lots of beautiful images to choose from!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ramsey - November 14, 2013 - 7:48 am

    WOW. She looks so grown. You have so many great photos and I love so many of them. Great work!!ReplyCancel

I have completely and utterly fallen in love with doing mother/daughter sessions. I have done a few of them now and they just fill my heart with so much love. And when the mom is a beautiful photographer with an equally beautiful daughter, my job is made all the more easier and fun. We had lots of laughs during our session and lots beautiful moments.

Mom wanted to do this session because she suddenly realized her little girl was growing up so fast, having just started kindergarten and wanted, just for a couple of hours, freeze time and remember this time:

Mother daughter fall session
Some secrets can only be shared between mother and daughter:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Love these moments:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
This picture made *me* cry:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
This is how they snuggle every morning:
Mother daughter fall session
These two:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Love the above shot in b/w too:
Mother daughter fall session
So fun:
Mother daughter fall session
So poised for a 5 year old:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
We found the last of the dandelions in the field, so naturally we had to blow them:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
This beach is the beach they spend many days and evenings on during the summer, so we had to finish our session here:
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session
Mother daughter fall session

 

  • Michael and Carina - November 5, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    OMG so lovely!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana M - November 5, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    These are gorgeous! I’m sure both mom & daughter will forever cherish them :)ReplyCancel

  • lorena - November 5, 2013 - 11:06 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I can’t wait for my son to outgrow the terrible threes. I want lovely canvas worthy images of him and I together. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ramsey - November 6, 2013 - 9:52 am

    I love these!! It makes me want to do something like this with my girls. Beautiful work!!ReplyCancel

  • melissa - November 6, 2013 - 10:01 am

    wow – i love every single one and what great memories for them to have captured!ReplyCancel

  • michele - November 6, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Words can not describe the feeling I have when I look at these images. After many conversations you knew how overwhelmed I was at her growing so fast and I needed to have some memories of my own. So often like you I am behind the lens capturing other peoples memories and never enough of my own… Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You captured so beautifully the relationship her and I share. You are a gifted artist and I am grateful to call you my friend :) XxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Eden - November 6, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    Awww, love these images especially the B&W! I need to get my portraits done with me and my daughters.ReplyCancel

I don’t do enough beach sessions every year. I live 10 mintues away from world-renowned Jones Beach and a myriad of other gorgeous beaches. As a family, we go to the beach every weekend we can in the summer. But I don’t shoot there often enough. Note to self (and clients!!!): let’s do more beach sessions next year, ok?! Beach sessions are even more fun when I have two beautiful-and willing-kids to play with, such was the case with Connor and Amelia. Connor was a rare boy who absolutely LOVED the photo shoot, didn’t want to stop (his poor sister was soooo cold though) and wants to do more sessions. LOVED that boy. And Miss Amelia was an absolute sweetheart and will be in kindergarten with my Zoe next year (and we are really hoping they end up in the same class and become best friends!)

It was easy to see the love and respect Connor & Amelia have for each other:

summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
They made each other laugh often and never minded snuggling up together:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
Obviously, Connor is a very good big brother:
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summer sunset beach photo shoot
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Love this sequence:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot

8 & 4 and this is how awesome they were:

summer sunset beach photo shoot
My little Ralph Lauren model here:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
This is one of my favorite pictures I have EVER taken:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
I could have photographed these kids all.day.long:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
Yup, definitely:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
A reward for being so good? Giant lollipops:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot
Connor never got tired of jumping:
summer sunset beach photo shoot
summer sunset beach photo shoot

  • lorena - October 24, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    what a great beach session! & you’re right…he does look like a Ralph Lauren model.ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - October 24, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    What great “models!”ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn McGuire - October 24, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Your beach photos are magnificent. Brianna is my daughter in law’s sister & I would love to take a picture of my 10 grandkids on the beach. The pictures of Connor & Amelia are breathtakingReplyCancel

Mother/daughter sessions are quickly becoming my favorites sessions to do. So naturally when Claudia, a fellow photographer herself, contacted me about doing one, I was so excited. And honored. I’m always humbled and honored when a fellow photographer chooses me to capture their memories. Little Miss Lola is SO sweet, all she wanted to do was run up and give me hugs between shots! And I LOVED every second of it! And for a two year old, she took direction quite well. She is a very gentle soul with a very sweet voice. Claudia trusted me completely with everything I asked her to do, even getting to a creek! And she never knew her rain boots had holes in them until she stepped into the water! I think there was as much water in her boots as there was in the creek (don’t worry, it s VERY clean creek that gets filtered and cleaned!) We had a great time on our shoot!

Red hair and blue eyes, she is just so beautiful:

mother daughter photo shoot
And she has perfected the pout:
mother daughter photo shoot

She also gave lots of hugs and kisses to momma:

mother daughter photo shoot
Love little tickles:
mother daughter photo shoot
Did I mention Lola loves to hug?:
mother daughter photo shoot
She wasn’t the least bit afraid of this bridge:
mother daughter photo shoot
mother daughter photo shoot
Lola as a little woodland nymph:
mother daughter photo shoot
mother daughter photo shoot
Such a sweet girl:
mother daughter photo shoot
More kisses for momma!:
mother daughter photo shoot
I die. Seriously. I love this picture for so many, many reasons:
mother daughter photo shoot
Dip the toes:
mother daughter photo shoot
Claudia and Lola’s Dirty Dancing moment, mother/daughter style, of course:
mother daughter photo shoot
mother daughter photo shoot

  • Jenn - October 21, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Wonderful images Jen! I love how you styled this beautiful mother and daughter moment.ReplyCancel

  • donna beck - October 21, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love ‘em all.ReplyCancel

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