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Thanks for stoping by! That's me, and my super cute and spunky 1 year old, Nora. When we're not laying on the floor taking selfies, we also like to bake, take lots of pretty photos, and practice yoga. Aside from posting way too many pictures of Nora on instagram, I also take pretty wedding picures and make pretty baby items. So browse around, and keep up with all the latest.
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Sep
14
2010

With Labor Day come and gone, I sat and thought about my summer, and what a great summer it was. I spent a tremendous amount of time with my sister and nephew and the rest of my family back in New York. I love to go back and see them; we always have such a great time playing card games and sitting around the bonfire at night making s’mores. It’s one of the things I love most about summer (along with going to the beach!)

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

Summer 2010 Highlights

This winter I plan to spend a lot of time planning out my 2011 and what I want to try and achieve, professionally. I still have a lot of work to do on this blog, and on my main website, and I hope to have it all mostly done by the beginning of winter so that I can focus on networking.

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Sep
10
2010

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful baby boy and his nursery for a very sweet family…. My sister and her husband! Baby boy’s nursery was decorated in the most beautiful shades of blues, greens, and browns. I just love this combination of colors, especially for a little boy’s nursery. The attention to detail was so extraordinary, and you could tell how much this little boy is loved from the very minute you step inside their home. I absolutely loved photographing the nursery! It was a great way to document such a special time in the family’s life, and they will be able to cherish these photos for many years to come and remember their first years as new parents. Out of respect for the wishes of the family, I can’t show the photos of Baby Boy, but they did allow me to show some of the pictures from his nursery. Dont you just love the decor and all of his tiny little details??

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Pics of your little one’s nursery is a great way to preserve these wonderful first few months as your new family grows and settles in. I love these kinds of sessions so very much, they are one of my favorite things to photograph! You can use the contact link at the top of the page if you’d like more information on a nursery session, or any other session!

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Sep
01
2010

Summer is by far my most favorite time of the year. I am totally a beach person; I could sit in the sun in a flowy cotton dress all. day. long. and never get bored of it. That said, all good things much come to an end, right? So, reluctantly I will put away my flip flops, fold and pack away my sun dresses, and start pulling out the coats, scarves, and gloves in preparation for the cold weather that will inevitability take away all the joy that summer brings me.

There is always a silver lining to every cloud, though. Fall. I do enjoy fall for so many reasons. First, there are the leaves that change the most gorgeous shades of reds, oranges and yellows. There are pumpkins, and scare crows, and county fairs. There is Thanksgiving (and who doesn’t love a holiday where you spend time with family and stuff your face with pumpkin pie!?!?). And one of my most favorite things of all that only comes this time of year? ALL things PUMPKIN flavored! I’m talking muffins, lattes, pies, ice cream, cookies, breads, cheesecake (from the cheese cake factory of course)…

So, I suppose its not ALL bad, this changing of seasons. I’ll miss the summer sun, but in the mean time, I’ve got SO much to look forward to this coming season!

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Aug
27
2010

Last summer my husband and I got married and like any girl, I was giddy with anticipation for the big day. Oh sure, I’d *finally* get to put on my big poofy white dress, see all of my hard work and meticulous planning come to fruition, marry the man of my dreams… yes yes, all the things little girls dream of. But secretly, deep down inside, I was excited for a whole other reason. You see, after we got married, my wonderful hubby promised me we could adopt kittens! And if you know me, you know how head over heals I am for cats.

I’m talking big time. Like if it were cool I’d wear cat sweaters and hang cat paintings in my house. As it turns out, those things are *decidedly* not cool.

Nevertheless, I do adore kitties. So much so that Greg totally teases me that when I’m old I’ll be one of those ladies with a million cats in her house. ::shudder:: Well, I wouldn’t go that far.

So when the big day finally came, we said our vows, we partied till our toes hurt, we went on our honeymoon, and then when we finally settled in back home, I set out on the hunt for our new babies. We adopted two cute lil kittens in July of 09, and I can’t believe it, but my babies celebrated their 1 year birthday in May of this year! They’ve gotten so big I can’t stand it. Here they are at about 11 weeks old, the first few days after we brought them home. The little grey cuttie is Vespa, and the gorgeous long haired black one is my baby Leo.

Eventually, we brought them outside for their first adventure in the wild (well I’m sure they had many adventures in the wild, they were feral after all). Leo loves to be outside, but Vespa hated it. So much so, that she wouldn’t go on the grass. She just stayed in the garden and hid under the deck for most of the time she was out there, only peeking her head out here and there when she thought it was safe. She is your typical “scaredy cat.” Very timid and shy, where as Leo is outgoing and so friendly and curious.

I snapped these around their 1 year birthday this spring. I must say, Leo is quite the dapper cat now, and Vespa just looks so much like an adult cat its hard to believe she started out as a tiny little fluff ball.

And still, one year later, she wont go on the grass! But Leo will, in fact he even tries to hunt the bunnies in the yard.

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Aug
23
2010

At the end of July, Greg and I drove all the way out to Pennsylvania to visit my extended family. My cousin was expecting a baby boy and we surprised her big time by throwing her a baby shower! It was a lot of fun. Here are some pics from the party.

My sister and I made monkey themed cupcakes in honor of baby’s favorite animal.

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

On our way back to CT we stopped in Philly to spend the day at the Philly museum of Art.

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

We saw a LOT of European paintings. Now. I love me some art. I could walk around the Met allllllll day. But I got a little bored after walking through the 17,568th room of 15th century European art that depicted some old guy in a white curly haired wig. Therefore, this was the only shot I got in the museum.

Philly July 2010

On our way out, we walked over to the famous steps from the Rocky movie, where everyone and their mother did their best Rocky impression by running up the steps while humming and/or loudly yelling the theme song while their friends video tapped/ snapped a pic of them. And I was all like… pffssh *tourists.* (But secretly, I wished there weren’t so many people around so that Greg could snap a pic of me without getting so many strangers in the background.

In the end I settled for a pic of the statue of some famous dude.

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

And a pic of the Rocky statue that was off to the side of the museum. There was a queue of people waiting to stand next to the statue and have their pic taken by some dude. And again, I was all like, pffsh, *tourists.* And again, secretly, I was cursing that the line was so long because we had to get on the road if we hoped to be home at a semi reasonable time. So I snagged a pic in between the *tourists* getting their pic taken with Rocky Balboa, and we were off.

Philly July 2010

Philly July 2010

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Aug
15
2010

We’re in the dog days of summer now, where the sun burns your face and the heat makes you want to slouch in a chair and not move. And I couldn’t be happier! I LOVE summer. I love being hot (as opposed to being cold), I love sundresses, and flip flops and the beach. I also love all of the festivities that come with summer, like BBQ’s and pool parties, bonfires and making s’mores.

Last month was July, and what a fun month for parties it was! Every year since I started dating my husband, his family gets together down by the beach and we watch the town fireworks display as we celebrate our great country on its birthday. We eat too much food, we swim in the ocean, we listen to the neighbors blare Bon Jovi. And then, at the end of the evening, everyone pulls up a chair on the patio, we dim the lights, put up the ipod with all of the patriotic music you can find and we watch a beautiful show.

I just LOVE love love fireworks, and this show did NOT disappoint. It lasted for a good 10 minutes and the finale was spectacular. Here are some pics I took from the show.

Enjoy!

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

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Aug
02
2010

The comments trickled in on the post I left on my sister’s facebook wall. I had just uploaded the newest set of pictures I had taken of my nephew, and posted the link for her to see just how gorgeous and adorable her son is (as if she needed a reminder). “You’re pics are awesome, Michelle!” “Great shots.” “You’ve got a great eye, you should do this for a living!”

Which got me to thinking… I should do this for a living. I’ve heard it before and always kind of laughed it off. “Yea, that would be great” I’d joke. But somewhere deep inside my soul, a fire would spark. There were days I’d even allow myself to day dream about what it would be like to be a photographer… shooting weddings, engagement sessions, newborns, and loving every minute of it! But then fear would rear its ugly head and squelch the flame that started. What if you’re not good enough? What if no one hires you? What if you fail?

I think that for some people, there is a moment, a sort of epiphany, where they realize they do have what it takes to make it work. It may be buried deep within them, and it may take some work to get it out. But the point is that it’s there. Mine wasn’t so much one moment as it was little moments that got me to this point. Friends and family encouraging me, telling me I should do this. Slowly, my passion grew louder than fear, and even though those scary thoughts are still in the back of my head, I’m not going to let it stop me anymore.

So really, I should take a risk and dare to do something I absolutely love. It would surely be a job I’d love doing. Where-as I don’t mind my current job, I don’t love it. I don’t wake up each morning brimming from ear to ear at the thought of driving down into the ghetto and spending 8 hours doing something that I just am not passionate about. But photography… it inspires me in ways I’ve never felt inspired before. And that thought motivates me. Motivates me to pursue this dream that I have. A dream that can most definitely become a reality. And someday, hopefully soon, I’ll be one of those people that can honestly say, “I love my job!”

So begins my journey, my risk, my big leap of faith into the world of professional photography. Its going to be crazy scary, but I have a feeling it’ll mostly be fun.

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