25 June 2015

Watermelon Bubblegum

It's that time of year when everything is watermelon, bubblegum and orange creamsicle: I don't hate it one bit. Here are a few favorites inspired by summer's boldest colors...

1). Citrus Art! I would hang an oversized version of this in my kitchen.

2). The perfect pop of red by Ilia Beauty (all natural, too).

3). Giant confetti balloons. Hey mom? Maybe we can incorporate a few of these into my baby shower this fall?

4). A polka-dotted children's ukulele just because it's adorable.

5). The most gorgeous set of building blocks...ever.

6). I'm quickly learning that baby rompers are my biggest weakness in life.

7). A favorite book for little hands by none other than HervĂ© Tullet.

8). This beet, avocado & fried goat cheese salad is what all my culinary dreams are made of.

9). Britt Bass Turner's original paintings on canvas and wood = happymakers.

23 June 2015

Clinton Hill Family Session

I adored meeting this family of four a few weeks back at their beautiful home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. I spent the first few minutes of the session hanging with two-year-old Lucas, who was so sweet and chatty with me. Next up, I focused on his brand-new baby brother, Julian, who was one of the most alert newborns I've ever photographed! See for yourself...







We moved on to an assortment of cuddly candids with dad, mom and big brother:



And of course, some detail shots of Julian's teeny tiny features: ears and nose, fingers and toes!






We realized it had been several minutes without hearing from Lucas: we found him in the master bedroom typing casually on dad's computer.


We headed outside for some family shots in their backyard garden:




Lucas swept the patio before heading over to his little bro for some big brother lovin'. But, Julian wasn't too sure about being held by someone other than Mom or Dad...



But then, after an outfit change, we detoured to their front steps where this sweetness happened...



And this...

Last, we took off on a short stroll to the exceptionally-photogenic Pratt institute campus, located just around the block from their apartment.









Julian conked out right at the very end: what a trooper! And what a pleasureful two hours with delightful clients.

22 June 2015

Book Report: June 2015

I've been reading for pleasure a lot more now that school's out for summer (actually, school's out for the entire next year! I'm taking the 2015-16 academic year off from teaching to stay home with the baby).

Thought I'd round up what I've read in the past month or so and share it here, book report-style. I always find the best recommendations for new books by sharing and talking to other people who have similar tastes.

1).  All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Jennifer Senior): This is one that I find myself picking up and reading a few chapters here and there instead of all in one sitting. I especially enjoy the snippets from real-life case studies of how having children changes us as people. It's a book about parenthood, more so than parenting.

2). The Girl You Left Behind (Jojo Moyes): Much like everyone else, I'm currently on a Jojo Moyes kick. I love her writing style and commitment to historical story-telling. This one chronicles two parallel story lines: one in war-torn WW1 France and the other in present day England. If you like romance, art history, mystery and intrigue, this novel will suck you right in. I loved it (and the characters!) so much.

3). Eeny Meeny (M.J. Arlidge): I happen to adore thrillers and crime novels. Tiho doesn't understand my fascination with psychologically disturbing movies and books, but I can't get enough (even if I need to leave the lights on after reading at night). This was a quick read for me: A female detective investigates a string of murders in which a pair of people is kidnapped and then left in an abandoned place with no escape, food or water. They are given a gun with a single bullet by the kidnapper and one of the two is let free--but only after the other dies. Ah! Super intense, with a good ending, in my opinion.

4). The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins): I feel like most of you are familiar with this one: it's all over every book club and best seller list! Another psychological thriller with a similar feel to Gone, Girl. I got sucked right in and read it in two days. I started to figure out the ending a bit before the twist was revealed, but still found it highly satisfying. As someone who commutes by train every day, its premise was especially intriguing!

5). The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty): I recently discovered Australian author, Liane Moriarty, and am thoroughly enjoying reading through her collection of books. The Husband's Secret starts out with a letter only to be opened in the event of its writer's death. It reveals a horrible secret that ends up weaving together the lives of three main characters. I found it to be surprisingly addictive (couldn't put it down!). It has an overall light-hearted tone but deals with some heavy subject matter: I both laughed and cried at various points throughout.

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Any recommendations on what to read next? We're headed to Cape Cod this weekend and I am so pumped to pound through at least five more books over the course of several days (I often spend hours doing nothing more than reading and lounging in the hammock. Bliss!).

18 June 2015

Central Park Family Session: Swedish Cottage & Gardens











This sweet family is British (currently living in New York), which automatically made me fall in love with them. And can we talk about style for a second? Obviously, Mom Lauren is stunningly gorgeous, but I almost couldn't contain myself when she and two-year-old daughter Adrienne showed up in matching leather bomber jackets. I mean...

This was such a fun and laid-back morning in late May, spent frolicking outside near the Swedish Cottage and Shakespeare Garden in Central Park. There was twirling, spinning, shoulder rides from dad and plentiful cuddles.

And that last photo up there? Final frame of the day, and easily a new personal favorite in my entire portfolio.