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Little Miss B has no shortage of hugs and kisses from her two big sisters. When I arrived for B’s newborn session C and G met me at the door and wanted to help me bring all my props etc in from the car! Such a wonderful reception. It was clear straight away that B has been welcomed with open arms by C and G. They were so excited to show B off to me. They were brimming with pride and excitement. Added to the fact they looked adorable dressed in matching white dresses for their photo session.

We started off capturing images of the three girls together. My heart was melting just watching them tenderly hold and kiss their new baby sister.

After the girls had their photographs taken together it was time to get little baby B off to sleep for some dreamy newborn images. Capturing the details I love so much. It did not take long before she was deep asleep.

I am sad that the M family are going to be moving away from the area this summer, thankfully not too far away. I have been photographing the girls for three years and have enjoyed watching the grow. Cannot wait to visit their new home in CT.

I feel so fortunate to have made one of the rivertowns the location of our family home and my place of work. We are surrounded by such incredible scenery and steeped in history. Afterall this is The Historic Hudson Valley! When the R family contacted me about photographing their youngest daughters First Holy Communion Celebration at Sleepy Hollow Country Club I was thrilled. Having visited the club as a guest on several occasions I was aware of the grandeur of the former estate of the Vanderbilt Family and its majestic, sweeping views on the Hudson Valley. What a perfect backdrop to an elegant family celebration.

The R Family, their extended family and friends were so delightful to work with. The children had a fabulous time playing out on the pristine lawns, whilst the adult guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace and were serenaded by the exquisite violin music played by James Graseck. James has played for several R family events over the years, including K’s parents wedding and K’s grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. I could have listened to him for hours on end, he is such an incredible musician. I hope our paths cross again at a future event.

K looked stunning in her communion dress and was a great model for her formal shots with the family.

I had the pleasure of sharing the gallery and a slideshow with K and her mom yesterday evening. I always look forward to spending time with my clients as they view their images for the first time. It has to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Just to think I used to miss this when I sent the link to the gallery via email. I cannot imagine doing that now.

Thank you R family for choosing me to photograph your special day. I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Venue Sleepy Hollow Country Club
Flowers by The Cheshire Tree
Cake by The Pastry Corner
Music by James Graseck

He decided to come a little early! Mom and Dad had been to view their maternity gallery the day before. When I did not hear back from Mom in reply to an email I had sent, I had a feeling they may be otherwise occupied. Sure enough the next email I got was informing me of his arrival!

Mom and Dad wanted a surprise and so did not know if they were expecting a boy or girl. The theme for the boy nursery was Retro cowboy and so I contacted the most amazing knit/crochet expert, Laura. She whipped up a stunning newborn sized cowboy hat. I was SO thrilled that baby F was a boy, so that I would have the opportunity to use the hat!

James was still adjusting to night and day, and was favoring sleeping during the day. He took a while to convince that he needed to sleep through his first photo session though. However once he was asleep he was very content. Mom and Dad informed me he sleep for the rest of the day after I left!


I think you will agree, he is a little cutie. Mom and Dad came to view their gallery this weekend and reported that James is still favoring the day time sleeping. Oh how I remember those first few weeks. SURVIVAL. Life is such a blur on a lack of sleep. I love that I have helped create memories of this important time in their lives, so that they can reflect and remember how tiny their precious baby once was.

I always love capturing the details. The perfect little lips, the tiny fingers and toes, but the thing I love the most is the “fuzz” on top of babies ears! It gets me every time.

With Mother’s Day the day after the viewing appointment I created this beautiful storyboard as a gift to Mom on her first Mother’s Day. She loved it.

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet the F family. Looking forward to seeing James and his Mom and Dad again very soon.

For the first time ever I am offering mini pre or post communion photo session packages. If your child is making their First Holy Communion this spring what better way to create lasting memories of the occasion than to book a mini photo session with Debbie Allan Photography?

Here are the details:

30 minute session time

The price: $495

I will capture approximately 10-15 images of your son or daughter in their communion attire.

We can meet at your home, church or favorite local beauty spot.

Images will be available in a private online gallery for 7 days.

Session fee will include 6 high resolution digital files with print release and a 5×7 print of each of the 6 images you select.

(additional images can be purchased for an extra charge)

Dates and times are subject to availability. Session must take place by 1st June 2012 and within 10 miles of Tarrytown, NY.


Interested in booking a session? Email me at debbie@debbieallanphotography.com to book your session today.

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