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Archive for August, 2012

The perfect location

Sometimes, choosing the best location for a photo session can be a bit tricky. I like to use places where kids feel comfortable, there aren’t tons of people, and, of course, we need an interesting and/or beautiful backdrop for the images. In this case, it took about 2 seconds to decide on the perfect place for our shoot: the beach! These kiddos live so close to the ocean that they spend most summer nights picnicking here at sunset. Not a bad way to grow up, huh?
So, on the night of the session, Mom packed some yummy treats, a few beach toys, and met me at their family hang-out. I just happened to be there with my camera 🙂
I love how organic, spontaneous and natural these images are – all because everyone felt right at home.

Family, Kids, Lifestyle
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Go with the flow

It happens at almost every newborn session involving an older sibling: Mom or Dad answers the door and immediately warns me that I’ll have my work cut out for me because big bro is having a rough morning.

And you know what? It always works out 🙂

We take our time, have fun, make jokes, and suddenly….that cranky, clingy toddler is actually smiling! And hugging, and laughing…and the session just works. This one was no exception. Not only did we get the whole family to relax and enjoy themselves, but I had the privilege of rocking baby sister to sleep for a nice long while. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!

Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Newborn
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Our place

Cape Cod is our family’s place. It’s where we go to focus on ourselves and each other without the stress of work, obligations, or schedules. Every summer, we escape to this little slice of heaven and totally, completely, unabashedly relax. Bedtimes are vague, activities are spontaneous, and meals are often eaten picnic-style on the beach.
My husband and I vacationed on the Cape every year with our own families when we were younger, and it has been magical to watch our boys fall in love with the same things we remember looking forward to all year. Little things like outdoor showers (it’s a Cape Cod thing…), tidepooling at First Encounter beach, playing mini-golf, fried food, riding the waves at Marconi, and relaxing with some drinks and snacks on the deck after a long day in the sun…these all mean summer to me.
This year, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and lots of friends and family to share our time with. Not to be overly sappy, but it was truly so wonderful that we may have already begun planning for next year’s Cape Cod vacation 🙂

Family, Kids, Lifestyle, Newborn
  1. Lena says: Awww - love it Sarah! The images are beautiful, and the writing also made me feel like I was there with you guys:) Love it that you used to go there as kids and now take your own kids there! It is so nice to have a 'special family place' like that... Our Jersey Shore vacations seem to be quite similar to yours and it makes me so happy just thinking about taking the girls there year after year and building family memories... Sorry, I am so sappy:) on 08.13.12 @ 8:54 pm

Mexican Marriage

I apologize in advance for the length of this blog post. It’s just that my LITTLE SISTER just got MARRIED! And that, I believe, is a good reason for lots of beautiful images.

When they first got ENGAGED in December, the happy couple’s first thought was to plan for a Summer 2013 wedding. After thinking it over for a while, however, they decided to move up the timetable by a bit. Well, by a year! Oh, and they chose the gorgeous island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for their intimate and very special ceremony. Not only did both of their immediate families join them in Mexico for a week of love, laughter and matrimony, but we all contributed something special to the event. I did my sister’s hair and photography, her new sister-in-law crafted the beautiful bouquet, my husband performed the ceremony, and my mother sang. We even all chipped in and decorated the wedding golf-cart (the transportation of choice on Isla Mujeres) and sent them off in style.

The island is a unique place for many reasons, but my favorite is the brightly colored, slightly worn buildings in town center. I’ll start by sharing pics we took here because they were my favorites of the day!

Of course, the little details also made a big impact on the day. Check out that bouquet! Remember I said that it’s hand-made? By an amazing woman who is NOT a florist?! Let’s just say that I’m glad that wasn’t my job…

The actual ceremony took place in the upper palapa of the seaside home we all stayed at. Despite the oppressive heat, we were all happily surprised by the gentle breeze and shade that greeted us there.

After the ceremony, we loaded into the golf carts, hung out by the ocean for a bit, and then headed into town for a mouth-watering dinner at a spectacular little gem of a restaurant.

Congratulations, Rebecca and Abe! We love you and were so happy to share in your special day 🙂

  1. Yair Haim says: I have to say you did awesome job!!!! Your pictures are so clean and beautiful!!! on 08.10.12 @ 5:30 pm

A Family Day

My husband may be the car buff in the family, but I had such an awesome time at the Smolak Farms antique car show today! There were TONS of cars, crafts for the kids (make your own air freshener?! Cool!), delicious BBQ, hayrides, bouncy house fun, and, of course, the awesome playground. We didn’t pick any fruit today, but I think we’ll be back again soon…

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