I hadn’t been to Grenada in about 8 years. I remembered the beauty, the wonderful food and the gift of family. I also remember that by the time 2 weeks hit I was ready to get out of Dodge. I guess that was the teenage me because the adult Nas was ready to stay am take in the joy of life on this little island. The beaches are so amazing that no matter how long I sat with the waves crashing against me I kept feeling overwhelmed and surprised by its great beauty.
When Nailah called me to photograph a few items from her new children’s styling and boutique website, Suki Lulu’s, I was super excited. Nailah has such great taste in children’s clothing and I cannot wait for her to offer boys clothing which is coming soon. Her 2 little models were so much fun to work with. Its so funny observing children during sessions and wondering just how their current personality now will translate into their adult persona. That is definitely one of the things I love about photographing children.
I had so much fun spending the day with these beautiful little girls. I definitely had baby girl on the brain for the rest of the day!
I always have fun shooting in the area around my studio. Laura lives nearby and so we even got to take some shots on the steps of her awesome brownstone home. It was lots of fun chatting with her about the upcoming reading of her play at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and having little ones in Brooklyn.
Cynthia and Richad were so much fun to photograph! It was the little things like her hand being tucked neatly up his sleeve to the double kisses that fell from their lips that allowed me to see just how in love they are. How lucky am I that I get to capture these wonderful moments! We got some great sunset portraits on this beautiful summer night, and had fun chasing the light together!
I don’t even know where to start with these two! Let’s just say instant chemistry from the start! No I am not talking about their relationship! I am talking about OUR relationship! From the first few emails I could tell that Lanita was definitely a girl I could roll with, and when I met Raki at the consultation it just sweetened the pot! Nothing better than clients who you would love to call friends! The wedding is one year away and I cannot wait! Yes I love exclamation marks, so please forgive me. I just get really excited when I get to have such wonderful people as clients!
On the day of the engagement shoot we met super early in Central Park because it was going to be a scorcher. By scorcher I mean heat advisory, don’t take your dogs outside hot! Lanita and Raki had already scouted out the locations they wanted and it was awesome because I am known to get a bit turned around (just plain lost) in Central Park. We didn’t exactly beat the heat but we avoided the worst of it. I think! It was pretty hot.
One of the locations almost got me eaten by a lake monster. I really didn’t think there were fish in the water. Do you see how calm the water looks behind them? Well a HUGE fish jumped up and made a Loch Ness Monster sized splash while my back was to the water. It definitely shocked all three of us.
So Raki and I both share a crazy fear of insects. I was glad she could understand me when I went running from the biggest bee I ever saw that seemed to have a crush on me. Really, it just kept coming back for more. Then Lanita, lover of nature, explained to me that Bumble bees don’t sting and that is why they are so big and loud. Their size and buzzing keep away predators! Ha! Who knew. See that! How could I not love this girl! By the way Lanita, that info helped me on my trip to Grenada.
All love, hugs, and smiles! Thanks for making me a part of such a great time in your lives!
In celebration of Back to School I want to share one of my fav little clients. This is the final session from his Baby Steps Collection and I know am going to miss him. So far I have photographed him as a newborn, at 6 months, and now as a one year old big boy! It has been so great watching him grow! Little things like the new faces he makes, his wobbly new walk, and his fast growing curly hair really makes me smile. The thought of not seeing him until his 2nd birthday is a tough for me to swallow. Mom and I always spend some time chatting after sessions, which I truly enjoy, while I sneak in a few more moments with him sans camera. Thanks for making me a part of such a special year!