Look who turned 1

My precious niece just turned 1 this past weekend. She is fun to be around with. She is full of emotions, she is a little happy baby.

Happy birthday Liora, and thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for allowing me to be a photographer to capture the story of their family.

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5 Years of joy and happiness

My sweet heart turned five. She turned from a toddler into a little girl right before my eyes. With all of the changes, you have been a challenge, though. You don’t listen to me. You talk back. I have to beg you to brush your teeth and put shoes on and clean your room. I know that doesn’t sound terribly trying, but it is incredible how hard it is to get someone as small as you are out the door.

But we end every day the same way. Kisses and hugs and I say “I love you and say: “I love you too”

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Love,

Mommy.

A picture is worth a thousand words

The saying goes-‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Nowadays, social media and the concept of photo upload has immensely boosted the photography industry. But even the best moments captured by any camera need a slight retouch to achieve that perfect look which earns the picture great praises. Photo retouching in fact, is quite a flourishing business. Smartphones and laptops have opened up this arena for the average individual, by offering basic applications and software for improving the quality of a photo, or re-sizing.

Nevertheless, the quality and sophistication of a professionally edited photo is unparalleled. It adds an edge to your best memories, rendering it truly superb looks. And in some professions, professionally edited and retouched photos are a necessity for making a portfolio. Also, mastering the technical aspects of software like Adobe Photoshop is not a piece of cake for everyone, without proper training and practice.

This is not my view and not my shot of this gorgeous girl. I got this image from my friend who was not happy and satisfied with a photo session for her daughters graduation. I agreed to help to make this family happy. I personally love the original and if the photographer would just spend at least few minutes to enhance  the picture, I think my friend Irina would be delighted with the results. Words a side, it took me 20 minutes to set s proper lighting, boost colors, dodge the eyes (which I always use as a catch point for any portraiture sessions). Bonus was a retro vision of this image. I love and absolutely adore black and white images. They do bring so much life into the pose, beauty and the story that was told in collaboration of a camera, photographer and the model.

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Emotions

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. Lesson learned from school.

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“All of God’s grace in one little face.”

I was very thrilled to be a part of this family on their special occasion. Dearest Father in Heaven; Bless this child and bless this day of new beginnings. Smile upon this child and surround this child. Lord, with the soft mantle of your love. Teach this child to follow in your footsteps and to live life in the ways of love, faith, hope and charity. Blessings be with you.

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Mommy and me

Julia and Leona are a good friend of ours. We decided to go for a walk in the park once with our daughters and Julia asked me to shoot their moments together. Of course my girl and Leona are friends from the day care, always together was born a week apart from each other decided to play Monkey see and monkey do….. I had to be fast enough to get these images and mommy Julia was very helpful.

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A new path

When speaking with my girlfriends about sending your children to school for the first time, I often say I will be very emotional mom. It was two years ago with my son and I still remember it like it was today, 5 minutes ago.  I was wiping my tears after the bus picked him up from home. But it is different when your daughter begins her new journey to knowledge. As I was preparing her cloth from the night to the morning routine and special hair due, I was remembering myself. I was always dressed neatly and beautifully. My mother would spent the entire summer running from store to store, finding us very expensive European uniform and she always did extra from knitting to creating hair pieces. After we were done this morning, I looked at my precious gem, hugged her and cried. If only my mom would be with us, she would have been happy and emotional like me.

For all schoolchildren fall marks a new beginning. I wish my daughter to be as happy and as beautiful as she was back in Pre-School. May all her dreams come true and may this path to be as excited and interesting as it was while we were dreaming BIG!!!

 

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Tough Guy

This session was very quick and unplanned. Our family were vacationing and I decided to shoot this little fellow. He is very tough, but so adorable. Sneak Peak….

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