When I know your kid loves dinosaurs as much as I do (I mean...as much as one of my kids does...), we're going to have a lot of talk about. From which dino TV shows are the best (Dino Dana all the way) to which is our favorite dinosaur (or flying winged reptile -- mine is Quetzalcoatlus -- it flew and was as big as a school bus!).
This mom and dad from Brazil and upstate NY, respectively, were lucky enough to meet and create a life for themselves that ended up getting them to Brooklyn after meeting in another state!
I wish them well on their journey as their family blooms. Some of the Cherry Blossoms were also in bloom and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens were just magical. We had a wonderful time walking around the gardens together and capturing beautiful memories!
Ania and I had such a fun time together for her lifestyle headshots session! We met up in beautiful Cobble Hill Park and made our way around the neighborhood from there. We even got to share coffee + tea outside The Chocolate Room on Court Street!
Have you been to Cobble Hill Park? It's a small park with a tiny playground area but one of the prettiest I've seen around here! To me, the block next to it (Verandah Place) looks like a movie set! Swoon!
And tied with hanging out with Ania for an afternoon? Getting to meet her tiny puppy, Cookie!
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Talk about perfect scheduling!
I usually tell expectant parents to schedule a maternity session between the 7/8th month mark. Bridget and Tyler booked a maternity session here in Park Slope with about 1 month+ to go.
Baby Nora was born early the next week after our shoot! Mom and baby were doing alright, thank goodness!
Just goes to show you that if you want moments in time captured, don't wait! I'm grateful I got to have such a fun time with these wonderful parents-to-be (and their dog, Ziggy)!
cover story: one year later
Heather and Rich wanted me to photograph them outside their home during the early months of the pandemic for their second wedding anniversary.
We had fun taking photos on their front steps, on the sidewalk; I even had them go inside and stick their heads out the window!
Fast forward a few months and Heather and Rich were made into our cover family for our book The Front Steps Project Brooklyn! I got to work with Heather a bunch before they left Brooklyn for an amazing job opportunity for Rich in Zurich!
Here's their interview from March 2021, a year after we first met:
Has your life changed since I last saw you? How so?
(As you already know and have been a big part of...) We held strong all year here in Brooklyn. I started a children's theatre company to continue creating and bringing musical theatre into the lives of young students. Our biggest news now is that we are moving to Zurich, Switzerland this summer!
Any big lessons you've learned in the past 12 months? Can be personal, systemic, education, work, etc.
Where to begin? Everything feels different. Like so many others during the pandemic, we have a different perspective on what really matters in our lives and how we spend our time and energy. Our relationship with each other has grown more than we imagined it could. We have become less complaisant, have learned to take action and have tough conversations. We are thankful every day for what we have, but are also learning to allow ourselves the space to process what has changed and what we have lost.
What are your hopes (personal, societal) for the next 12 months?
My biggest hope is that the hard lessons we all learned the past year aren't forgotten as we try to move forward. Personally, we're excited about the challenge of our new adventure! It's going to be hard to leave NYC, but we will always be New Yorkers at heart.