Sweeeeet 16!

We should celebrate when children have one foot in each world, childhood and adulthood. There is no one brightline that actually demarks that moment. But there are a series of small and not so small moments. One is your birthday. It’s a moment. When you’re young, it’s a big deal. When you’re older, it’s mostly not. But in between, we shouldn’t be so eager to move children to adulthood. Personally, there are more than a few times I’d trade with a 5 year old, or even my 19 year old self, any day of the week.

Sweet 16 candle lighting

Sweet 16 candle lighting

So a party to acknowledge that moment - that fleeting moment - is a good thing. It’s to celebrate this very moment. A moment where your child is in both worlds and not fully in either.

The lady in red!

The lady in red!

Celebrate life. Enjoy it. Enjoy your children. They will be grown and flown soon enough.

Flowers by  Lotus Petals , Maplewood NJ

Flowers by Lotus Petals, Maplewood NJ

The cake by  The Able Baker  - and it’s gluten free!

The cake by The Able Baker - and it’s gluten free!

My Office has patterns

Our minds are comforted by patterns. While there are adrenaline junkies in our midst who constantly strive for excitement,, they too crave and are comforted by patterns. It's just that their patterns are thrills. The mind loves patterns, they are paths, maps of what happens next. It's comforting to know what happens next. Here is a image from last week. The repeating wood grain and lines of the benches - pull the eye thru the image - you know what happens next! I chose to make the image b&w to accentuate the patterns. The space was all wood and I had to either bounce the flash off the walls/ceiling and get an 'orange' glow or use direct flash that would have created a distracting shadow. I chose the bounce. While I could neutralize the orange tones, I felt the image was pretty strong in composition and I could strip out the color and have a strong image. And it is.

mitzvah symetry

My Office in April's Cherry Blossoms

Did you know that Newark's Branch Brook Park has about 5000 cherry trees in 18 varieties, the most in the US. Even more than their famous cousins in DC. You can read more here. This past April, I had the pleasure to photograph a wonderful young lady amidst the blooms. So many photo ops! So many great places to pose! Every turn, another beautiful vista to take advantage of and enjoy. I love getting outside and trying new spaces with clients! 

mitzvah glamor session in cherry blossoms

My office with flowers

Sometimes it's the simple small things that make me smile. Here is a simple flower floating in a bowl. It's a Gerbera Daisy - one of my favorite flowers since they are, IMHO, one of the happiest flowers around! The decor for this bat mitzvah was simple and elegant in rose and gold tones. It was beautiful. Decor: Laura Himmelien from Party Cake, Party Cake

gerbera daisy at bat mitzvah