Alison & her family in Riverside Park

It’s incredibly rare to meet a family from Manhattan- legit, born and raised, and for more than 1 generation! When Alison and I talked prior to our shoot together, she mentioned wanting to spend time together in Riverside Park, in particular, on these rocks and at this playground since this is a special place to her kids & husband (he played here as a child, too!). It’s so fascinating- this job is- learning and being a tiny part of lives for an instant is such a joy. I realize my photography style isn’t for everyone. But I shoot the way I love to see the world- I shoot the way I want to be remembered. And I hope I’m able to grab an hour of the lives of others in a way that they’ll remember. The sticky, dirty faces. The sibling rivalries. The glances between partners. The way the blazing sunlight hits hair and freckles and wrinkles.

This is what makes photography magic to me- the relationships between others and their world. I can’t get enough!

CAP Beauty's Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima for Glitter Guide

Living in NYC has been fulfilling for my soul in so many ways- I feel like I've always been more pragmatic than creative, but being surrounded by such diversity, creativity, and an innate fight for individual passion leaves me with a desire to dig deeper! It's been such a fascinating look into the minds of others- how and why they create. Motivation. Success. Redefinition.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to shoot Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima at their West Village store, CAP Beauty, for Glitter Guide. CAP Beauty focuses on clean, pure, natural beauty products and services. Not only was the store a total sensory dream, but it literally felt alive- bright, airy, and cleansing! You can read the full story about CAP Beauty here on Glitter Guide

bourne family: from holland to brooklyn

trust me when i say that pictures are the best souvenir ever! it could be the pregnancy hormones, but man, this shoot just made every part of me tingly with joy and love and excitement. whether you're living in the city or visiting the city, i want to capture it all- let's meet up!! i also want to add that one of the best parts of these sessions together is that the pressure is off. no holiday card obligations. no perfect outfit searches. no forced poses or meaningless locations. it's about your family- your time, your interactions, your reactions, and your experiences together. it's FUN.

yana & her family were visiting nyc from holland, and i was thrilled when they reached out and asked to meet up in brooklyn, letting me tag along as they experienced a little part of new york city. clearly, they're BEAUTIFUL, but my gosh, they were the absolute kindest, most loving, genuine family. complimentary and gentle, and incredibly hilarious (in both their interactions with each other and with me).

here's a bit from our tour-o-dumbo + the brooklyn bridge just before dusk on a beautiful almost-spring eve...

Lucy turns 1!

happy 1st birthday to sweet lucy! the birthday girl was so sick for her party that she didn't leave her mom's side the entire time- but she was such a champ (she faired much better than i do when i'm feeling terrible)! lucy passed out cold during her cake cutting/singing time (equally sad & hilarious), and miraculously only cried once at the very end! 

the party was beautiful!! i'm always so touched when as hard as i try to blend into the walls, people welcome me with open arms- which these guys did. congratulations to this darling family for thriving during that crazy/awesome first year!

have a celebration coming up?? let me know! rain/shine/freezing weather- you name it (stella the march blizzard is happening! as we speak)!

Adams Family

melodie & her family are a photographer’s dream. they oozed style, class, and massive amounts of love and awesomeness. they were casual and fun, and truly let us do my favorite thing there is to do in nyc- EXPLORE (insert me stalking them with a camera;) 

we walked and rode and ate our way around central park, bryant park, the plaza hotel, and more. it was a holiday dreeeeeam! also, we discovered probably the greatest hot chocolate i’ve ever had at no chewing allowed. in case you are in need.

if you’re in nyc and want me to get all up in your personal space, shoot me an email!

Phillips Family

i said this already on instagram, but i feel like when young people imagine themselves with kids, they probably envision themselves as these guys (#cool). jenn was the first person to befriend me after we moved to the city- her husband worked with my boss in dc, so we were connected that way. (thank heavens for good connections!) jenn always makes me feel included and way cooler than i actually am. she’s my nearest neighbor, and she’s hilarious & a ridiculously fun mom. if anyone needs to know how to make nyc work for a family, jenn’s the girl you need to talk to.

now that january is here it's time to catch up on some reeeally fun shoots i did right at the end of 2016. starting with the phillips right here in our 'hood.

looking forward to all 2017 has in store!! 

Leavitt Family

you know those people in your life that literally ooze (for lack of a more eloquent word) goodness? the leavitts are some of those people. they are kind and sweet and genuine. they're humble and generous. they're thoughtful and sincere. jenny always has a smile on her face at all times- even through tears, that girl exudes light. it was such an honor to take their pictures as they prepared for their second (miracle) baby. 

and to answer the question i know if on your mind, yes, that is jenny's hair.
and yes, it always looks that amazing.

Kubiak Family

this darling family was the most patient, flexible, and easy-going little bunch. add to the fact that they just traveled from the (warm) west coast to the (freezing) cold east coast for a visit, and they still managed to pull off brave, happy faces... i was SO impressed!

we did my favorite thing to do here in the city- explore!! we met near jane's carousel in brooklyn, and walked around the promenade and around DUMBO, played at the park, and stopped in shake shack to warm our tingly hands. 

want someone to follow you around and document your trip to the city?? let me know!! you won't regret it!!

Pearson Family

Fall was filled with fun sessions- old friends and new clients- it was all that I hoped for. I was miserably sick during my first trimester and the only positive memories I have from October and November seem to be these sessions- as evidence of joy and laughter and family time (meanwhile, my kids ate Fruity Pebbles for every meal, rarely dressed, and watched more YouTube than any pediatrician would recommend during those 8 weeks... There are few photos to show Petersen existence). High five, Amanda! 

Julie is one of the first people I met here in the city- she came right up to me, and I instantly knew she was amazing. She's warm, she's gorgeous, she's an incredible mom, and she has the most generous heart. She has taken care of me in every sense, and her kids are two of my VERY favorite. I adore these guys.

It was a total honor to run around for a bit and capture time of the four of them together in the place they've called home for years and years. 

Kisses, Julie!

meg & jon in central park

i knew of meg before i met meg- i worked with her mom for years (her mom is an equally fantastic human), and although i’m sure our paths crossed, it wasn’t until i moved to the city that i literally fell hard for this girl. megan and jon are gold. they somehow strike that perfect balance between, well, everything. 

we walked all around their “spots” in central park on the prettiest fall morning, as the trees and surroundings peaked in their autumn glory. falling for new york city is easy to do, and even easier when you have the chance to follow people around, viewing the scenary from their eyes. it’s just the best way to crush on this dream land. it's also impossible to not get beautiful shots when pure joy is in the air!

if you’re in the city and want me to follow you around- let me know! it is SO MUCH FUN, and i’m not just saying that. (more info about lifestyle and travel lifestyle sessions here.)

meg, i adore you!

Hollingshaus Family

krista & her family lived across the street from us when we lived in salt lake, and as life became increasingly complicated, her late-night talks and words of wisdom became literal answers to prayers. she was/is a god-send in my life!

she’s a brilliant scientist.   she has street smarts, book smarts, and mom smarts.   she’s funny and she tells it like it is.   she’s incredible. 

it was SO great to be able them again when i was in utah, and to climb up a mountain and take pictures on a chilly fall morning...

lizzie & her boys at the met

before i met lizzie earlier this summer, all i heard about her and her family were the best of things- the highest of compliments, and sincerest of praises.

all that talk was 100% accurate.

lizzie is kind and generous and giving. she's warm and polite and happy. she's the quintessential east coast girl. she's a tender and doting mom. she's an amazing person. i was over the moon when lizzie asked me to take pictures of her and her boys at the met- a place that is incredibly sentimental to her. it was a perfect morning- i followed her around and listened as she talked and taught and played with her boys. we explored and meandered all around the met, and then we sat on the steps and chatted while they boys ate a pretzel and hot dog. it was literally perfect, and probably the most amazing way to see this slice of new york city.

if you're in the city and you want a spot captured that is special to you, let me know

Candace & Scott's Reception

I have never met such laid-back, genuinely in-love newlyweds as these two. Their love was pure and kind and calm. It was stable and seriously inspiring. It was amazing. To boot, their families are probably the greatest- they took me in like their own, and we chatted the evening away!

In addition to partying with them, I also had a bite of their wedding cake- which was probably the best cake I've ever eaten (and it was made by Scott's parents!!!). Also, I must share that the pretzels at the Bavarian Chef... well, there are no words. Heart eyes all day long.