Family Session in Chelsea

I received so many intense stares from this little one, and adored each one.
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Sweet Brutus, the havanese wonderdog, never wanted to be left out of the fun.
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

Brutus clearly has a hard life.
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

It’s quite common for little kids to be drawn to my camera, and she was no exception. I showed her how to press the shutter button, and she loved the sound it produced. So I have quite the collection of close-ups from this session.
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

The family had a beautiful view from their Chelsea apartment, which she loved to take in.
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

It’s a good thing fingerprints can easily be cleaned off lenses.
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

Snack time for all
chelsea new york family portraits toddler havanese dog

Chicago Family in the Wilderness

I loved spending time with my dear friends and their super cute baby. It’s pretty rare that babies actually want to sit perfectly still and smile for a posed portrait, so I embrace the many faces and movements they make.

She loves yanking on mom’s hair
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And dad’s hair too
family portrait baby photography

WHAT are these people doing to me?!
family portrait baby photography

Mmmm… leaves. High in fiber, right?
family portrait baby photography

The many faces of a baby, complete with eating a leaf of course
family portrait baby photography

Weeeee!
family portrait baby photography

It’s time for my super close-up
family portrait baby photography

UWS Family Chaos

When I enter a home for the first, I never know how the kids are going to react to me. Some will hide behind a parent’s legs, some will drag me to their playroom right away, while others will just stare, not yet sure what to make of me.
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This little guy certainly loved to entertain his sister.
new york Indian family photography

She watched me wherever I walked for the first part of this session.
new york Indian family photography

new york Indian family photography

new york Indian family photography

Helping to untangle mom’s hair
new york Indian family photography

It’s rarely calm with three kids around.
new york Indian family photography

Grumpy time… mom and little brother were trying to cheer him up.
new york Indian family photography

Sometimes the kids need some alone time.
new york Indian family photography

new york Indian family photography

Harlem Family

Baby toes!
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new york family photography

Kitty is still not quite sure what to make of this small human.
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new york family photography

new york family photography

You’ve got a little something on your face, kid.
new york family photography

new york family photography

new york family photography

Nightly Routine on the Upper West Side

A nightly routine is a beautiful thing for a child to have with her parents. I was honored to witness this family’s special time with their daughter as they closed out the evening.

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Bath time isn’t always the most fun time of the evening.
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A sweet goodnight
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A Wintery UWS Family Exploration

An intense game of checkers was already in progress when I arrived that afternoon.
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new york uws family dog documentary portraits

new york uws family dog documentary portraits

new york uws family dog documentary portraits

The relationship between animals and kids can be so special. Plus, I find it great that a small child is walking a dog that’s almost as tall as her.
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

Race to the end of the block!
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

A small mid-walk photo session was requested. How could I say no to this face?
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

There’s not a lot of serenity in their family walks, which makes them all the more fun.
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

Snowball fight!
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

This guy was done with shopping at this point, but his sister wanted to help out mom a little more.
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

Their favorite bakery – a perfect way to wrap up a walk! The reflection on the right is dad looking in, as he had remained outside with the dog.
new york uws family dog documentary portraits

An Afternoon at Home on the UWS

From the sweet & tender moments, to racing loudly around the apartment, life at home with a kid is never dull.

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

Like father, like son
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

A wonderful yoga demonstration
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

See more of this family’s afternoon in their slideshow:

A Busy Afternoon with an UWS Family

One afternoon can bring such variety with a family. In just a few hours with this family, we had playtime with grandparents, bath time, a couple tantrums, and a quick birthday celebration.

Oftentimes the expressions that adults make are more amusing than the children’s.
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She was NOT in the mood to put on pants. I can sympathize.
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

I love teeth brushing photos. And this awesome toothbrush even lit up!
new york uws family documentary portraits

Mom needs help brushing her teeth. What a helpful toddler.
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

Big brother is coming down the hallway!
new york uws family documentary portraits

Quality control – he has to make sure the cake is perfect for the rest of the family.
new york uws family documentary portraits

The way he holds on to her arm is so sweet.
new york uws family documentary portraits

Costume? Check. Now the party can begin.
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

Bath time!
new york uws family documentary portraits

new york uws family documentary portraits

I believe the sudsy mohawk is a required photo for all children.
new york uws family documentary portraits

Quiet family time? I don’t think so.
new york uws family documentary portraits

Family Game Night in Brooklyn Heights

A game night is such a fun way to spend an evening with the family.

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

I never pass up an opportunity to include the family pets.
brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

A few quick portraits are always a nice addition for the family.
brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

brooklyn heights family documentary game night portraits

A New Train Set and Bagels

Families will often ask me for ideas on what they should do for documentary in-home sessions, especially if the weather outside is gross (as it was this particular day). I love seeing everyone interacting, so games and toys are a natural activity to bring out fun family moments. This mom and dad had just purchased a new train set for their toddler, so they waited until I arrived to present it to her.

She wasn’t quite sure what her mom was doing at first as the train set box was being opened.

And she definitely didn’t know what I was doing there in her living room (very soon after, she forgot about me).

Little moments between family members like this are what I love about these sessions.

Sometimes it’s not the children who find the most joy out of a new toy for the house.

Breakfast time! Mom gives her a ponytail every morning to avoid having to clean cream cheese from her hair (a wise move).

She was very kind and offered a few bits of (pre-chewed) bagel to me. Mmmmm…

Cheers!

It’s nice to share with mom, too.

Some table entertainment from dad is always welcome.

I always approve of family music time.

Helping mom put on makeup

She was ready to go running off the edge of the bed. Luckily, mom and dad are quick.

I love teeth-brushing photos. Lots of toddlers love this time, so I get great expressions (and even if they don’t – screaming photos can be just as fun). I also love the challenge of shooting in NYC bathrooms – for this one I had to sit on the toilet to get myself out of the mirror.

She insisted on walking me to the elevator as I left, and of course the doll in the stroller had to come along. I love send-offs like this.