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 - A rather uplifting mitzvah

Nothing quite like being carried in as a grand entrance! This is one for the books. So very cool!

Fly in!

Fly in!

N had a grand time at Cedar Hill Country Club! N and his family had a wonderful fun time! From the grandest moments to quiet and touching…

a father’s love

a father’s love

This, is what it’s really about. Nothing more or less.

mom's love

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 is in Brooklyn

I traveled to Brooklyn Heights for a wonderful 1st Communion this month. The family was so warm and open and the brownstone was a incredible canvas to create upon. Everything came together so perfectly. I love the fact that brownstones are built 'up' - 5 floors+ that would be a 2 floor home in the 'burbs. I used the narrowness of the space and the side lighting to make this image. I saw the repeating patterns of the steps, shadows of the balusters, the leading lines and loved how it all came together! And then I saw the shadow of the girl 'breaking' the continuity - I loved it and then I decided it had to be in B&W. While the colors were subtle, in the org, I wanted the composition to be in front. I think it works very well.

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