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    Life, it happens and it happens fast. In the hustle and bustle it is easy to forget, or to put off, the "small things" like photographing your family. But it is so important to preserve the memories of your life as it is today because you never know what it will be tomorrow.

    As a child growing up in Central Square, New York (about 20 miles north of Syracuse), I loved looking through photo albums - my parents' wedding album with the carved wood cover, the albums of me and my brothers as babies that were nothing more than snapshots put on those sticky pages with the plastic overlay. They were glimpses of what my family was, and they preserved special events (my first birthday and holidays), everyday life (me next to a snowman in April or covered from head-to-toe in a mud puddle), and loved ones no longer with us. I still have many of those photographs committed to memory.

    In today's digital world, snapshots and the good old fashioned photo album have been replaced by CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and mostly, the Smart Phone filled with snapshots never to be printed and to likely be lost somewhere down the road.

    My goal, my hope, is to encourage YOU to make a commitment to documenting and preserving you and your family as it is today! Whether that be by taking photographs with anything besides your cell phone, having those photographs printed by a lab and put into an album you can hold, making a photobook that will last a lifetime, or by hiring a professional photographer, whether it is me or someone else, to preserve your family as it is today! I promise that you will not regret the time spent and investment made to create memories for you, your children, your grandchildren and beyond to look back on and reminisce.

    And so, I welcome you to explore my site and enjoy the memories captured for my clients and their families. And the picture to the left? That is my little family captured in the moment by the great Deanna Wallace of Visually Deelicious! She is amazing, check her out in my Friends tab!

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It is no secret that some of my favorite images are those of mamas with their babies, regardless of age. Maybe it is because they speak to me as a mother. Maybe it is because not enough mamas are eager to get it front of the camera. But mostly, I think it is because the special love of a mother can be felt when you look at the image. A mother’s love is amazing and strong, and unlike any other love. And so today, I celebrate all of the mothers I have had the pleasure of photographing this year, and one very special new mama I was unable to meet but will continue to capture her precious miracles with my camera!

 

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The Hinman Family has already sacrificed so much for so many. Brandon, a U.S. Army Sergeant, has and continues to serve our country selflessly. He has spent countless months away from his family, away from his Jenna, to serve and protect all of us. He has gone to war to protect. As an Army wife, Jenna made sacrifices most of will never have to make. She gave us her soldier. She waited home for him to return from war, and I can only imagine the worry she felt each day, each night while he was gone. Jenna and Brandon were willing to make those sacrifices for love. Love for their country, love for each other and love for all of us, their fellow Americans.

And now, Jenna has made the ultimate sacrifice for love. She sacrificed her health and her life to bring her twin daughters into this world healthy and strong. A mother loves her unborn child with everything she is while she nurtures and grows her baby from the inside, and Jenna was no exception. She was able to carry her baby girls for 30 weeks and give them a strong start at life. Azlynn and Kinleigh will always know that love, the love of their mama, with every breath they take. This image was supposed to represent Jenna’s love and Brandon’s heroic service for this country, the foundation upon which Jenna and Brandon were starting their family. I won’t lie, I squealed a little when this setup came together because when we started it, I wasn’t sure it would. It was a part of the hope we all felt as Jenna was slowly but surely gaining strength.

Since Monday, however, this image has become symbolic of all of the sacrifices for love than Jenna and Brandon have made. And it represents everything Jenna held closest to her heart – her country, her family, her Soldier, and her precious baby girls.

And so I share this image again with this message. Celebrate Jenna’s life with love. Love your children, your significant other, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your fellow Americans. Love them fiercely and closely. Honor Jenna’s sacrifice by continuing to hold her family close in your hearts and give them the support they need to learn to live without their mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Honor Jenna by spreading awareness of this practically unheard of cancer, choriocarcinoma. A cancer so cruel that it tries to destroy the life of a woman in the process of creating life.

Learn more about the Hinmans and show your love on Prayers for Jenna. You can also support the family and remember Jenna through their current t-shirt booster, proceeds of which will go towards Azlynn and Kinleigh’s future: https://www.booster.com/prayersforjenna

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I first met Rylee 6 months ago, I was so excited because she is such a pretty little doll baby and I had been eyeing a particular spot at my office for a pretty setup.

Seriously, Rylee has the prettiest features, the most beautiful hair and eyelashes and such a sweet personality!!  Fast forward 6 months, and look at Rylee at ONE!!

 

I think her lashes have become even more amazing!!  Like everyone in Upstate New York this looooong winter and cold spring, Rylee was battling a bit of a cold and just not quite feeling herself during her session!  Luckily, we had CAKE!!!

Believe it or not, not all one year olds love cake but Rylee LOVED it!!!!  She loved the frosting and it kept her happy for a long time!!

The rest of the session (without cake) was a little hit or miss, but we were still able to get some gorgeous images of Miss Rylee. Not a surprise, I mean, seriously, look at her!

Captured some sweet details.

Even battling tears, she is one of the prettiest little girls ever. This image is one of my favorites of the session.

I think her mama will agree, it is hard to believe Rylee is ONE!!!

 

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My husband’s cousin Angela is a beautiful person inside and out. I love her. She is smart, funny, thoughtful, kind, can dance her ass off (it is a very important part of her life) and is just fun to be around. My only complaint about her ever is that I had to enter the reception of her wedding in a tutu. Yes, a tutu. However, I picked the song Rockin’ the Beer Gut, so it ended up kind of awesome.

The last couple of years, Angela has been trying to find her place in life outside of being Lily’s mom (my sweet little Goddaughter) and Joe’s wife (not as easy as it sounds). She also started becoming more health conscious, like joining a farm co-op and doing this crazy Mommy and Me Boot Camp class. Because she has one of the toughest jobs in the world, a stay-at-home mom, Angela knew she needed to start an exercise program she could do from home. Angela discovered Shakeology, a daily meal replacement shake, and loved it! And so, she decided to take the next step and become a Beachbdy Coach so that she could help motivate others to make healthy lifestyle choices and change themselves for the better. Besides Shakeology, the Beachbody program consists of various levels of video workout programs, including the popular P90X program!

We did this photo session to get some head shots, and body shots (get your mind out of the gutter people), for Angela to use as she continues to grow her business! If you are interested in learning more about the Beachbody program and having Angela as the voice inside your head, visit her website at www.abshealth.net.

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I was so excited to do Aiden’s newborn session because he is a BOY!!!  Strangely, all of my sessions except one had been girlys before Aiden’s arrival!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the girlies with all their pretty headbands and lace but I loved making some new masculine purchases for my growing collection!!

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I also had the perfect little head for my new bunny bonnet seeing as though Easter was right around the corner!

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And then there is big sister Alyvia! She is only a week or so younger than my daughter, so I wasn’t expecting much out of a 20 month old!!  But she was sooo good and sweet with her new baby brother!

And then, and then there is Just Baby. How can I not LOVE snuggling a new baby like this?!

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And the sweet little details:

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Aiden, you are such a perfect little guy!! Thanks for letting me capture your sweetness!!

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