Prom Night {New York Senior Photographer}

Last night was the Senior Prom for our local high school. I’m not sure I need to say more. Oh wait, there is one more thing: I love being a portrait photographer, but now I better understand why some photographers choose to work exclusively with couples in love. It’s soul-feeding—to be around such unbridled joy. And also maybe why working with High School Seniors has such appeal to some photographers. These kids inspired me! So much ahead of them—so much potential waiting to be realized. My own son is only two years off from this moment and it was really all I could do to see through my lens during this shoot—being as teary and choked up as I was. Also, aren’t they both gorgeous? Best wishes to you both for all that lies ahead, you crazy kids.

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Grandparent Love, There’s Nothing Like it {New York Lifestyle Photography}

To say my family is close is an understatement. My aunts have always been second mothers to me, and I’ve never taken for granted how unusual that is. I’m lucky and I know it. So when my cousin asked me to photograph his baby with his parents, my aunt and uncle, I cleared the calendar. I took these at their home and my aunt kept saying “Come, get closer, photograph his gorgeous face!” But I stuck to my mandate and tried to really capture what they look like as new grandparents – in love, infatuated, in awe? Smitten. Yes, smitten.  2014-06-09_00022014-06-09_00032014-06-09_00042014-06-09_00052014-06-09_00062014-06-09_00082014-06-09_00162014-06-09_00102014-06-09_00112014-06-09_00122014-06-09_00132014-06-09_00072014-06-09_0001

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The Time In-between ~ Photographing your ‘tweenager (Katonah, Bedford, New York Children’s Lifestyle Photographer)

If you’re anything like me, you took a bazillion photographs of your children as babies and toddlers. And those super cute years when they lost their front teeth? Adorable! Later, when they are getting ready to graduate high-school and move on to higher learning, many of us mark the passing of time with senior photos. But what about the time in-between?

The years we have come to refer to as the ‘tween years are often under-represented in our family photo albums. Not least because our children have likely shut the doors to their rooms and held up in there for hours on end, coming out only to eat and moodily shrug answers to our ridiculous questions. (How was your day? Do you have any homework? Have you lost your voice?) They’re not exactly happy to have their photos taken or willing to invite you into their sanctuary. And, the way I understand the psychology of these years, that’s all okay. They’re supposed to be moving away from needing us to be their “everything”, and dipping their toes into the waters of independence. It’s not always pretty (mood swings much?) but it is all part of the slow march toward adulthood.

They’re such complicated beings that ‘tweens actually make wonderfully compelling and expressive subjects – if you can get them to oblige for a few minutes. Here are some things I’ve learned, both as the mother of a teenager (who came out the other side of the ‘tween years) and as a family photographer who has had the great privilege of photographing my fair share of these not-tiny/not-yet-full-grown humans.ChildrenAllow them to be themselves. Asking a twelve year old girl to wear clothes or do her hair in some way that makes her uncomfortable isn’t going to end well. I promise. Ask your daughter to wear something that feels good to her. Or even better, don’t even mention clothing. Just let her know that you’d like access to her world for a few quick photos. Tell her she doesn’t even have to stop what she was doing. And then keep your word and only take a fewisabelle

Do it on her turf. The details of a young person’s room will tell the story of who they were at that point in time. Your inclination may be to straighten up, but one day you’ll look back at the things she hung on her wall, or the books and other personal items hastily stowed under her bed, and you’ll remember what she was like in that moment.

Ask questions. What is his favorite book? Place? Food? And then photograph him with it. Remember that details can often make or break a photograph. Sometimes it’s all about the expression on his face and other times he doesn’t even have to be facing the camera to have the photograph be poignant.
392528_3863596190310_400635621_nTry to remember what it felt like to be there. Uncomfortable in your own skin, and not particularly interested in anything other than whatever your friends are talking about. While respecting your subject’s feelings is always a crucial piece of the photographer/subject relationship, I suggest that it’s probably never as important as with this age group. Don’t ask for a smile. Sometimes he’ll feel like smiling and you’ll consider yourself lucky. Other times her serious gaze will tell the story even better.Amy Drucker PhotographyLastly, don’t push. Set up a day/time if you have to (as opposed to just popping in to their room and saying “I’m going to take some photos now”). But if it’s not going well, don’t push. Back out of the room slowly and try again another time.

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A Little Bit of Summer | Katonah New York Newborn and Family Photographer

When Kim contacted me early last summer she wanted unposed photos of her family as they were during that time in their lives: she, pregnant with their third (a boy), along with her two adorable girls, Daddy and their very special au pair. At the time, I had no idea that we were neighbors. When I walked through the door for our first session, her older daughter literally came running and hugged me so hard I fell down. I knew right then, that we were going to have a great time. A month or so later, I was able to visit Kim and Brian in the hospital less than twenty-four hours after Baby T was born, and again when he came home. I love the collection of images from these session and the story that they tell: a young, growing, tired, happy family. I also love the book that they bought that I’m sure they’ll treasure. Kim and Brian – thank you for inviting me into your home during these wondrous days.

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One Sunday in Maine [New York Child + Family Photography]

Among the positive things that I attribute to the Internet, at the top of my list is unquestionably: the relationships. No matter where you live, no matter what your local community, there is a larger Neighborhood out there of like-minded people who are looking to connect. I’m not talking about on-line dating, though I understand that’s not weird, the way it was back in the day when I was dating. I’m talking about making friends. Five or six years ago Stephanie and I met and for months we were friends who had never heard each other’s voices. Our relationship progressed to talking and visiting and all these years later I treasure our friendship. Last summer she and her lovely family hosted me and mine at her new (to her) home in Portland.

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