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Let’s talk about two people that are so full of joy and exude positive vibes. They love so openly and wildly that I swear their life should be made into a movie. I’m talking about Krystal and Chris. First of all, I’ve been on a real in-home lifestyle kick when it comes to photography. So I practically did a backflip (or tried to) when I heard they were interested in me coming to their home for their engagement session. They just wanted photos in the place they’re most comfortable and are proud to call home. What did we do? Everything they always do! We hung out and got to know each other. They cooked and snuggled their adorable cat, Gizmo. They gave me a tour of their house and not to mention they sent me home with baked goods! It was an amazing afternoon spent and I can’t thank them enough for being open to my ideas. And of course, thank you for the wonderful hospitality! I’m looking forward to this wedding!!

When I gave birth to my daughter Lily, I feel like something changed in me. Well, obviously a lot changed in me. A sweet combo of sleep deprivation and aching love suddenly encompassed my life. My heart spilt into two and Lily forever holds my other half. I could finally relate to how it felt to be a parent and it’s riveting, scary, exhausting, selfless love. Ever since I have been photographing my daughter grow and create a whole new family dynamic with myself, my husband, and our pitfall mutt, Zissou. I knew I wanted to try photographing families. And it took me a year and a half to muster up the courage to do so. So here I am, here is my journey into a new branch of photography. Something that fascinates me because I think we’re all in this parenting game together. I just want a window into your family dynamic in hopes to capturing it in its deepest and purest form.

Here I begin with the Perkins family whom is awaiting a baby boy in September. Cosima will be a big sister and their family love will grow. Cosima is a beautiful little girl with long vivacious hair which reminds me so much of her mother. Cosima showed me all of her favorite stuffed animals and served me a cupcake from her kitchen. Afterwards we jumped on her trampoline. My afternoon was well spent.

I met Maria and Elliot at Green Lakes State Park where Maria was wearing a beautiful lavender dress and Elliot looked amazing in a suit. I knew that they met in Manhattan and they definitely brought that style to upstate New York. Maria and Elliot actually moved from NYC to be closer to family and I always respect that move because being near family is never a bad decision. They were juggling the idea of an upstate wedding versus a wedding in Mexico and they chose Mexico! I can already envision them basking in the sun in full force wedding bliss. Congratulations to Maria and Elliot on their engagement!

This post is for the people willing to bring out their top dance move to keep the party going or the person that knows how to belt out that rock ballad for the bride and groom. Yup, a whole Best of 2016 section of Party People Photos because marriage is best celebrated with people who can let loose or have a great sense of humor. Sometimes I find myself dancing at receptions and laughing at all the crazy antics. Here are the best of 2016 Party People photos.

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Portraits are certainly the most creative part of the day but I feel that they are a true success when they show the couple’s personality. I have shot all kinds of portraits in all kinds of environments with 30 minutes to 2 minutes. It’s always a challenge but effort comes with some artistic rewards. Here are the best of 2016 portrait photos.

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