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Country Love

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.

That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook 

Hanna asked me if I photographed couples without children. I hesitated for a slight moment. Thinking, not usually, but at the end of every family session I always focus just on the adults, so I quietly said to her – “Not usually, but I would love to!”

And I am so glad I did … my session with Jimmy and Hanna is one of my highlights in New York with Simply Gray. Not only did I get to roam the most beautiful part of Orange County with a beautiful and fun couple … well they even gave me a ride on their Gator … which I had no idea what a Gator was before this summer evening. In all seriousness – I was honored to help these two document this time in life, in a place that is very close to their hearts. During parts of the session I helped them find the right pose, but most of the time, they just found their natural pose together, one in which they were comfortable and relaxed and well as you can see in love.

Thank you so much Hanna and Jimmy for trusting me to capture this summer for you. Thank you for running through tall grass with me. Thank you for turning over hay bales (Jimmy is one strong guy!). Thank you for helping push me totally out of my comfort zone … it was so worth the initial butterflies!

I hope you treasure these times aways! I know meeting you both will always hold a spot in my heart!

Much Love

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Sweet Beginnings – Hudson Valley Newborn

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There is a reason why when you hold a new baby you just can’t stop staring at them. They hold a beauty, joy and hope that we cannot put into words. So this post today will be short on words, but full of all what new life holds BEAUTY, JOY & HOPE.

My parting will be my gratitude for the opportunity to work with families to document this special time in their lives. They invite me into their inner circle for a few hours … and trust me to help them immortalize this time for ever. I am humbled with the trust they have in me. This is truly one of my job’s and life’s biggest highlights.

Much Love this Fall Weekend – Gray

Hudson Valley New York | Melbourne Australia Newborn & Family Photographer

 

 

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Boys, Trucks, Dirt and Sweet Surprises

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I was thrilled when this family asked me to document this special time in life. This Momma was my Max’s first teacher here in New York. She was only his teacher for a few short months as she left on maternity leave for this beautiful baby boy you see in these photos. Even though their time together was short I am so grateful for the support and care Annie showed my Max.

Little boys …. there is nothing like them. They love their trucks and they love their dirt. And if they can get their hands on both at once – plus their mom and dad … well then they are the happiest people on the planet!

When we were planning this session, Annie shared some pretty exciting news with me … this little boy is soon to be a big brother. I think he is pretty excited. Perhaps a bit nervous (as some of his expressions gave him in). But I don’t blame him … it will be a big life change. But in all seriousness I think he is going to be one AWESOME big brother!

I thank this beautiful family for sharing one of their favorite spots in Rockland County New York. We headed to Ramapo Reservation for the session. A place they visit often.

I will leave you with some of their and my favorite images from their session …. and for friends of this family … I think there may be some more news soon:)

Much Love,

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To Never Forget …

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I was asked to photography the love these two siblings share, the fun they have together and their life as they live at their family home. It is a big responsibly I take very seriously – as I do with every family session I have.

I found this quote recently that made me think of these two beautiful children.

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” – Clara Ortega

I hope these two forever remember themselves as they are now … running free … picking up chickens that they gave the most wonderful names to … being able to walk to Grandma and Grandpa’s house from their backyard and of course the love their parents have for them.

When a family shares their life with me to document … It is a honor … one I treasure and am so grateful for. Because one day these images will help them never forget the love and joy of these times.

So enjoy the life these children leave at this moment in time with their sweet parents. Who, we worked out during the session we used to hang out many moons ago in a pre children life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet once again!

Love,

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Life of Boys

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“A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.”

And with these 3 brothers I am sure there will be lots of amazing dreams to be born and beautiful memories to look back on in years to come!

It’s a short post in words, but one full of love and laughter from this beautiful session with a fabulous family taken at the Hamptonburgh Preserve, Goshen New York. The Hamptonburgh Preserve is a wonderful spot preserved for generations by the Orange County Land Trust. It’s worth checking out!

Much Love,

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That Special Place

I am so grateful for the beautiful families I meet in my hometown of Goshen New York. Each family adds a little bit more to my love of this area.

Until I was 10 I grew up at a house with rolling hills and then my parents moved us to the village – only 2 miles away, but to me at the time it was worlds of difference. Today both places hold wonderful memories and every time I find an image of my homes, I hold them close (ask my family …. they will tell you!).

It is a honor to be able to photograph families in their favorite spots, especially when it is their yard. A view we may start taking for granted, but it is a view that means everything to my families at this point in life. And down the road, in 20-40 years time – these children will look back and remember …. those special memories with each other and Mom and Dad in that special place … they called home.

Today I leave you with the beautiful Monti family and their special part of Goshen NY … their piece of heaven.

Love

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