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It was my pleasure to spend some time on Saturday afternoon with the F family. Mom and Dad had bid on the session at the Tarrytown Nursery School fundraiser back in the Spring. We had rescheduled due to a downpour on the original date back in August, so I was relieved that the rain held off this time.

The afternoon turned out perfectly. We decided that the Beach Club was an ideal location for their family shoot. It was actually the first session I had ever shot there. As you know I LOVE the river and the views we are so fortunate to have right here in the neighborhood. The children felt relaxed in a familiar place and so it turned out perfectly.

I cannot wait to share the full gallery with them. So many great ones to select from, but here are a few instant favorites.

What a gorgeous September morning we had for our shoot for the M family. We met at one of my favorite locations, overlooking the Hudson River. The former site of the home of William Rockefeller, Rockwood Hall. I could shoot here for every family session and I would not tire of it!

I feel so fortunate to work with some wonderful families. The M family give off such positive energy, which translated into beautiful images of them loving their morning together. Sounds corny I know, but it is SO true. Hang out with them and you will know what I am talking about.

Here are just a few previews for them. I know T and D will be keen to get a sneak!

I am thrilled to announce that I am now including personalized image boxes in one of my collections. These beautiful storage boxes are created to hold up to 18 5×7 images from your session. Each 5×7 print is mounted on matboard, which provides an extra sturdy back, perfect for preserving the value of your print over time. Also making them suitable for display on a easel for an ideal, ever changing desktop display.

The image box is personalized using one of your favorite images from the session to adorn the front of the box. Text can be included too if you wish. Totally customized to suit your taste.

Wishing the sweetest little girl a very happy first birthday. Such a special day. I remember so well hearing the news that you had arrived. The boys and I came into the city straight after school to meet you when you were just hours old. How time has flown and how you have grown into a beautiful, funny little girl.

Cannot wait to see you again soon.

Hurricane Irene had delayed this very important occasion initially, followed by heavy rain the week after. Finally, third time lucky, the weather was perfect. Security in the city was intense in the run up to the tenth anniversary of September 11th, but fortunately we were able to proceed without any delays.

Natasha and I arrived an hour ahead of the shoot, so that we could scope out the best location for E to propose. The bridge is such a beautiful piece of NYC architecture, I never tire of taking photographs of it.

I have to admit I was a little nervous about being downtown that day. I have never felt scared or afraid of being in the city, but for some reason I had a bad case of the jitters on the train on the way in. Once the shoot was underway my mind was on the job in hand. Meeting E and O for the first time at the foot of the bridge I could tell that Natasha and I were in for a fun time. O had no idea that E had a ring box stuff safely in his sock! We had a plan that we could give him a cue as to when we were in a good location for him to pop the question. We did not want to keep him waiting too long as we could tell he was keen to ask O to be his wife, so that he could relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon, supping up the excitement of the moment.

This was the first time I have photographed a proposal. I felt so honored to have been asked, along with Natasha, to be part of E’s secret mission. O was surprised, shocked and elated when E showed her the ring. She was shaking with excitement as he tried to put the ring on her moving finger!

Once O had realized what had just happened we spent some time capturing the excitement and joy as they began their life journey together before they headed off for a celebratory dinner for two.

Note: O is wearing her engagement ring on her right hand – a Russian tradition. You learn something new every day, or at least I do!

I look forward to following the journey of this happy couple, so very much in love. Congratulations.

We made it. Successfully got everyone out of the door on time this morning. No time for the usual outdoor photographs before heading for the bus – it was POURING and so we quickly took a few and then each parent took a child to their respective school.

I am happy to report that both boys seems ok about heading out for a new school year. We shall see what the report is when they come home!

I will try to get one of them together this afternoon. I think they deserve a visit to the ice cream store.

Wow, it feels like summer only just began. The boys go back to school tomorrow and I have mixed feelings about that. I am sad that our days will not be carefree, fun packed, filled with memory making moments, sunshine and sand; however I do need to get us all back in the groove of WORK!

It has been wonderful to take a few weeks off and have some quality family time together. However Fall is rapidly approaching and with that comes school, homework and a busy schedule for all of us.

We took a well deserved back to Cape Cod in August, with our good friends. We were so lucky to have excellent weather every day. We were closely following the weather reports as Hurricane Irene was due to hit the east coast at the end of our week. We made a last minute decision to head home a day early, which was not something that any of us really wanted to do. However we felt that it made sense to get home and prepare our home as best we could for the possible arrival of Mother Natures unwanted visitor.

As it turned out we were very lucky, we had a great ride home, allowing us plenty of time to pack up garden furniture into the house and generally ready ourselves. We were relatively unscathed, with the exception of a few tree limbs down and loss of power for several days. Thankfully no flooding or other damage, unlike many thousands along the Eastern Seaboard.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from our relaxing vacation in Falmouth, MA. I came home thinking that I would LOVE to move to Cape Cod. How do I make that happen?

One of the many reasons I love the Cape is for its network of bike paths. The one close to the house we rented is called the Shining Sea Bikeway. It is just over ten miles in length and offers amazing views for its entirety, passing through salt marshes and hugs the Vineyard Sound coastline.

We headed east on Wednesday to visit the Moody family. We had a wonderful afternoon catching up with everyone. We had a swim in the (neighbors) pool, kayaked on the bay and beach combed for a while too. A full afternoon of summertime adventures.

We figured that is really was a good time to leave when we saw the beach front houses being boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Irene! Sad to have to head home, but we had a magnificent time and cannot wait until next summer to do it all over again.

Watching the slideshow bought a tear or two to my eyes – why did summer have to pass by so quickly? I know that I will sit and watch this over and over again in the depths of winter, when the snow is on the ground. I hope it warms me just a little.

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