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.

Early Morning with an UWS Family

Starting a family session at 7am is fantastic – okay, not the “getting up by 5am” idea for me, but I love seeing what families have established as their morning routines. Little things the parents do that seem like nothing – braiding hair, making oatmeal, helping the kids decide what to wear – are actually full of amazing little moments and connections.

I was offered a plastic cup immediately upon my arrival
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new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

When I first talked with this family, I asked for one thing that made them unique. The mom wrote “we have a family band.” Wanting to be surprised instead of inquiring further, I was very curious to learn what she meant. Every morning before the family members disperse for work and school, they all sit down with instruments and sing traditional Jewish songs together. Amazing. Just ten minutes a day, but it’s something these kids will remember for years to come.
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

This was a Friday morning, and at the end of family band time the little boy asked his mom, “momma, is it time for Baby Shabbat now?” I nearly died of cuteness overload. She explained that first he had to go to preschool, and then afterwards would be Baby Shabbat. He seemed satisfied by this answer.

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

Good-byes are said before heading out for the day.
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

On his way to pre-school!
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

A quick little nap
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

Must…reach…phone….
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

A quick nursing before nap time
new york family portraits documentary uws upper west side

Baking Cookies in Maine

It’s cookie baking time! I love seeing little kids introduced to family activities and traditions. Homemade cookies were always a staple in our house growing up, so it was high time we introduced my niece to this wonderful tradition.

First step: clean the counter. (with a little distraction from Auntie J)
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

Measuring cups have often been a favorite toy of hers, and now she gets to witness their actual purpose.
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

Mmm… that looks intersting
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

Stirring the batter with Nana
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

So much for keep her dress and face clean
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

She found great joy in drumming on the plastic wrap.
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

But then tragedy hit when she learned her drums were to be taken away. Oh, the sadness…
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

Clearly that didn’t have a lasting effect.
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

And even better once she climbed on to the counter
maine cookie baking documentary day in the life toddler

Are you interested in having your family traditions captured? Get in touch and let me know what special activities your family does this time of year.