parisians...

jake & haley + their beautiful kids after a soccer game near their home in paris.

we were neighbors in salt lake, and, similar to us, they gave up their suburban space for a tiny city apartment. catching up and talking groceries, transportation, city nuances and more made my heart just burst with joy for their beautiful family and parisian adventure. loved catching up, guys. until next time!

au revoir!

pregnancy glow/sunrise glow

the most beautiful family-of-almost-five in central park. kristen is everything i hoped to look like whilst pregnant, but am positive i didn’t pull it off this well. also, for those who ask what to wear for family pictures, i may just say royal blue EVERY TIME NOW. CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE COLORS?!

looking to capture THIS time with your family? are you in new york city or visiting nyc? let’s do it!

mini with marta & her family...

i am behind. SO BEHIND! i had so many amazing sessions the weeks leading up to christmas (which are now feeling lost in my digital files); i found myself in rockefeller center on an almost-daily basis staring at the most incredible christmas sights. somehow, the lights and sounds of the city have a way of never getting old (the crowds? the crowds get old). it's magic in every sense. this mini session with marta & her family can't be forgotten. here are a few from our time together...

lejdja & her family in brooklyn...

lejdja, her husband, and her sweet little man were joined by some of lejdja's family for our shoot in brooklyn. the pictures (and being with them that day) sent my mind spiraling back to my childhood. i said this on instagram, but i just felt my mind flood with memories of my grandpa. of my grandparents. family relationships. uniqueness of our individual circumstances. the bonds we share. and the stories pictures can tell if we use our lens (like our eyes) to just observe and capture...

The Hammells in Central Park

remember lucy?! (click here to see her 1st birthday party.) this time around, lucy was healthy, happy, and pleasant as could be. really, anytime i can get down and hang with small people and they offer to share their toy, i feel like we’ve bonded. you know? :) as we explored busy central park, lucy kept looking back at me- as i crawled around, snapping away with my camera. following her. making an insane amount of noise and hullabaloo as we pranced around. as one does when they're me.

also, please take note of drew's killer shoes- drew is the man behind nike stories. you can see more of his insane sneakers here.

and now, for our time in the park...

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!

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...

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.

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!

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