This sweet little guy was delivered on Valentine’s Day so I had the opportunity to take these a week later. How can one not be thrilled to work with a baby that is just 7 days new? It was my first experience photographing a newborn so this was certainly exciting and fun for me. After a two hour session I finally had an excuse to hold the little darling in my arms and play new mommy again. ; ) There is something so irresistible about the warm softness and scent of a newborn baby. Say hello to the world Julian!
Hello friends! It seems like I have not posted in some time. I have been keeping busy lately and trying to stay cool these past few weeks. I photographed this wedding in Central Park, NY just a few weeks ago. The oppressive heat caused my entire face to break out in a rash, yet I decided it wasn’t going to keep me from capturing these images. The bride and groom were uncomfortable too. I give them credit for cooperating even though they probably felt like melted chocolate that afternoon! I have been editing ever since and decided to share these with you.
Summer has arrived so I am sharing the photos I took this weekend while relaxing at the nature center. I decided to go very early in the morning to have some quiet time to myself. We all need a little time alone at times! Sometimes life can get too busy so it helps to reconnect with nature and our Creator. Here I was surrounded by varying sounds of insects, birds, butterflies, bees and a shy bunny that crossed my path. I had the place entirely to myself – a real treat. Later some runners and couples arrived, yet it remained quiet. No radio, no TV, no cellphone. Yes, I lowered that too. Try it sometime!
Last night I went out to photograph this beautiful, mysterious “super moon” as it’s called. I noticed I wasn’t the only one with the camera! If you have not viewed it yet, try do so tonight. Apparently it is the largest and closest full moon of this year. It will be the moon’s closest encounter with earth and will appear larger and brighter than usual. This presents a great opportunity for you to view and/or take photos of this celestial phenomenon. I will be looking out tonight to see if the Sunday full moon appears larger than last night. Should be interesting to see if I notice a difference. The moon rise is this evening so happy moon gazing everyone!
This weekend we had had loads of fun at my little cousin’s 1st birthday party. Everyone had a grand time playing fishy games at the kiddie pool, throwing beach balls, or just squirting an unsuspected guest. I had to run for cover a few times, concerned my camera would get soaked.
The birthday boy slept much of his birthday and looked so cute with his Nemo swimming gear. After much playing in the sun everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ. Later that night guests had popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, cake pops, sea themed cookies, chocolate fondue with fruits, etc. The treat table was total eye candy….literally! Later we were asked to take the centerpieces home and the children couldn’t be more excited. The table centerpieces were pretty fish bowls containing happy, bright goldfish that guests willingly took home that night. Congrats to Karen & Manny ….. your little Nemo was the cutest, roundest little fish there.
These are the are the words that truly melt my heart away on a daily basis. The softness and sincerity that comes with them is so profound. So innocent. Genuine love is pure. Today is Mother’s Day and my birthday as well so I have a lot to celebrate. I am still recovering from a bad case of wheezing/bronchitis, but telling myself I feel great! I decided to post a pic of me taken yesterday to mark the happy occasion. So, today is the day you meet Snapfairy!
I thank God for blessing me with a mom that guided me and gave her all to shape me into the person I am today. I am also blessed to be a mother to a sweet little boy that is truly my pride and joy. He asked me a few days ago what I wanted for Mother’s Day, so I told him I already had the best gift. Him of course! Sure, presents and flowers are nice. Yet they cannot compete with the heartfelt love and warm hugs only a child can give.
Today I finally found time to write and post images from our recent trip to Liberty Science Center in NJ. My little one has been really sick so I have been Dr. Mom all week and I am still on watch. This trip was great fun and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not visited yet. The Curious George exhibition was a favorite and will be at the center until May 12, 2013 just in case anyone can make it.
The munchkins had fun using pipes,ramps, funnels, bumpers and force to experiment with physics. They played mini golf and climbed into the “rocket slide” where they took a photo of their first space adventure. After that, they walked to the “country” and visited the set up farm. They learned about cause and effect while using wind power to move windmills and wind chimes. They were also able to play with a real rotary phone. Ah, to be three again.
They little engineers had soaking wet fun using clamshell dredge. They used the handles to scoop out rocks and sediment and learned how to empty the bin. It is a great opportunity to teach them how dredging maintains the harbor clean and showing them just how engineers do it with these machines. The alligator snapping turtle was a favorite and so was this snapshot of a cute little turtle we met there. It appears to be walking and made the little ones chuckle. : )
This past weekend we took our two little scientists to Liberty Science Center to do their very first science experiment. They were so excited to try on their oversized lab coats. Yes, much too big, but oh so cute! They sat down, surprisingly quiet for a pair under five. It was a pleasant surprise to see them cooperating and so engaged as they followed step by step directions. They needed to do the salt water wedge model as a team. The purpose of the experiment was to offer a visual representation of how salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with freshwater flowing from the Hudson River.
Most children love to play with water and color. This experiment had both and I believe that is what sparked their interest, making it a success! They took turns adding salt to one section, to make it “beach salty” and adding blue and red dye to separate compartments. At the end, they were able to see how the two waters mix and create “brackish” water. As parents, we are the first teachers and should not pass the opportunity to be part of shaping young little minds. It’s never too late to create indelible memories with your children or grandchildren through science. This activity was fun, educational and one they remember well. Young little minds are sharp and comprehend much more than we may believe.
Most of us have probably never heard of Retinoblastoma or know someone that has it. It is a rare form of pediatric eye cancer that affects children under five years of age. I read that about 40% of children are diagnosed with this condition each year and it is treatable when found early. My friend’s daughter, Giza, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in both eyes this past December. It was devastating for her and her husband to learn that her one year old could lose her eyesight due to cancer and 8 tumors detected. This diagnosis will crush any parent, shaking them at their very core.
Giza has been receiving chemotherapy and battling eye cancer for several months now. She is your typical sweet, bouncy one year old, yet unaware of her illness. Rebecca is determined to fight for her daughter and is participating at a Cancer Dance-a-thon this Fall to help pay for the very expensive treatments. If anyone is interested in making a donation to help with the medical expenses, Giza has a charitable trust fund at Wells Fargo. You can learn more by searching her Cancer Dancethon for Giza on Facebook. Her page has videos and photos of her preparing for the competition as well as her baby at the hospital. I encourage you to uplift this mommy and her family in prayers. A prayer costs nothing and can make a big difference.
I took these photos last week while she trained with Y’shun Fields. The other photo was taken at church with Pastor Brad Flook. She is a military veteran and a woman of God that believes, like I do, that God can heal her daughter. I reach out to you, my readers, to pray for this child because we want to witness a miracle! Thank you for reading.
The warm sun and inviting crisp breeze tickled many to head outside yesterday. I am happy I had the opportunity to photograph the Ramsey family at a nature conservation center. Their two little ones kept them on their toes and ran about while I took these images. The more I photograph children, the more I enjoy it. I have always loved teaching and/or helping children, so it should be no surprise I enjoy taking their photos.They grow up fast so it is wise to photograph the tender years. Then, one can look back at all the happy moments shared and smile. Happy Easter!