I met the Romano Family at the College of Mt. St. Vincent yesterday. The day could not have been more perfect - bright sun, a clear blue sky and cooler temperatures that whispered promises of fall!
Photographing Emma is such a joy! Not only is she stunningly beautiful, she is also a fantastic ham for the camera. I was honored when her mother asked me to take her 1-year photos. Such a big time for a little girl! We did this shoot at the New York Botanical Gardens, tucked back under some shade trees, amongst a fern garden. It could not have been more perfect.
I took my daughter, Sabine, to the MacLaughlin Park in Riverdale early Saturday morning. We had company and did not want to wake them with our songs and games. On a whim, I grabbed my camera in the event something caught my eye.
We had the park to ourselves and the light was just perfect. Sabine was not "dressed" for a photoshoot, nor was the playground the most lush background. It was, however, a perfect representation of what our days are like today.
She plays hard. She inspects meticulously. She tests the boundaries endlessly. Her skirt is often rumpled and her hair is often messy. This is who Sabine is. I would not "change" or "fluff" these photos for a million dollars.
Sometimes I think we get too caught up trying to make the "perfect" photograph. We hunt for the perfect outfit. We search for the perfect location. We carefully select the perfect prop.
I have lots of "perfect" photos of my daughter, yet these are some of my favorites. An excellent reminder that oftentimes the best images are those that do nothing more than capture life as it is today.
Recently I had the pleasure of doing Ema's 10-month portrait session. This little girl makes my job entirely too easy. Such a natural beauty with an incredible, silly personality! We were even able to snag a couple photos of Mama and baby!