Travels through Illinois

Neal and I traveled to downstate Illinois last month to visit his dad, and were lucky enough to find other family members in town as well.

Little Zella wasn’t quite sure of what to make of me at first
illinois baby portrait

But then she warmed up
illinois baby portrait

Checking out the rain with Grandma
illinois baby portrait

illinois baby portrait

Fun times with Grandma and Monte (Neal’s dad)
illinois baby portrait

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Ridiculously adorable Pomeranian
illinois dog pomeranian

How can you not smile with that little face looking at you?
illinois dog pomeranian

My Family in Maine

A few random images from a recent trip to see my family in Maine

maine farm dog sheltie

One of the rooms in the house was temporarily being used as a nursery for baby chicks
maine farm baby chicks chickens

…and baby guinea fowl (I just learned these are called keets)
maine farm baby guinea fowl keets

My stylish brother-in-law
maine farm

Mom having fun driving her tractor
maine farm tractor

Haydn in Maine

I was quite excited to see my friend Kerry in Maine while we were both visiting our families, and to finally meet her sweet little boy, Haydn.

While Haydn took a nap, I made friends with the family golden retriever
maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

He was fascinated by the tanning oil bottle
maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock

Sweet mother-son moments
maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

maine portrait children water lake dock dog golden retriever

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children water lake dock

maine portrait children woods trees

My Parents

About a month ago I prepared an anniversary post on Facebook for my parents (43 years!), and went searching for a portrait of the two of them. I realized that the most recent portrait I had done of them was five years ago! So the next time I visited, I made sure to carve out some time for updated ones.

We went to the barn, and dad immediately went searching for props. And of course no portrait session in my family is complete without at least one animal (the darling sheltie, Iszy).
maine portraits couple barn farm dog sheltie

maine portraits couple barn farm

I convinced dad to drop the props for just a few photos. They’re so cute!!
maine portraits couple barn farm

Little N with Kitties

Snack time for the kitties!

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

Who says cat toys are only for cats?
family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family kid child cat pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

Squirtle the Turtle

My first opportunity to photography a pet turtle! Heather invited me to her home to photograph her two sons and their pet turtle, Squirtle. She’s quite the cute little creature.

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

family turtle pet portrait nyc new york manhattan

Family Session on the Hudson

It’s always nice to have a chance to escape the city for a bit, especially when it involves a really fun family. I headed up north to meet April and her family for an outdoor family session.

I believe their dog, Keagan, had just slobbered (lovingly) on Guy
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

Such beautiful siblings
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

I wanted to capture a few portraits of Eva alone…
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

…but Keagan didn’t think that was necessary
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

It’s pretty clear this dog has a splendid and happy life
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

April with all her kids
family dog pet portrait nyc new york

family dog pet portrait nyc new york

Killian and Company: Astoria Family

Killian is quite lucky to be welcomed into such a fun and loving family: two fabulous parents, 2 cats, and 2 dogs! I loved the chaos of this session, with cats crawling on me and my equipment, dogs wanting to be included in everything, and a sweet newborn just taking it all in.

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

astoria queens family photographer newborn cats dogs pet nyc

Max and Company : Long Island Family

I had a really fun morning with sweet (almost) year-old Max, his min pin Darth, and his mom & dad.

Max was in quite the good mood
long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

Darth was always happy to bring Max the ball
long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

Max’s expression is priceless here
long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

They had some balloons, which both Max and Darth loved watching
long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

long island family portrait kid dog min pin nyc

Yorkie Gathering

I spent a recent afternoon in a room full of yorkies, many of whom enjoyed running into my lap as I photographed their friends. The party was held at New York Dog Nanny, so we also had some other breeds who were being boarded there. Many thanks to Erika of The Pup Diary for hosting this fun party.

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nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

I loved the doggy shirts on Thing 1 and Thing 2 – otherwise known as Cubby and Ginger

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york

nyc yorkie dog new york