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I'm a photographer. I'm a mother. I'm a student of life. I'm a believer in love.
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It came as a shock to most of us when we heard that our beloved Ascencio Family was to move out of town to relocate to Tennessee at the end of the summer. The initial reaction was unanimously one of disbelief, followed by more disbelief and then denial and sorrow.
During the time that the Ascencios lived in Essex Fells, they managed to deeply touch the hearts of many of us with their genuinely caring and kind ways. Whether you met Carlos or Vasanthi, went to school with Ava and Carter, or chatted with Grandma Consuela, Manu or Vinyasa, you felt the same warm connection and humility.
So, as their friend and photographer, I could not let them leave town without a family photo-shoot, and that is exactly what we did!
Carlos, who is originally from Mexico, and Vasanthi, who was born and raised in Malaysia, invested years into the energy industry in corporate executive positions. They both made a decision to use their expertise and know-how to leave the world a better place than they found, and moved to clean energy companies. This decision alone sums up their idealism, respect for the Earth and life in general, and how thoughtfully they approach those around them.
Being in their circle of friends has been a blessing, joy and source of comfort for the soul…
Of all the places they have lived and worked, including India, Singapore, Thailand, Spain, Mexico, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Ghana, Croatia, and Milan, the Ascencios loved Essex fells the best.
They say “This town finally made us feel home. The friends we met in Essex Fells made all the difference. We felt connected and a part of big family. The relationships we developed with some of the friends we met at Essex Fells are going to stay with us forever. We originally picked Essex Fells for the school, however we were blessed to meet folks from different walks of life sharing the same ambitions as we do for our kids and family. We believe this is unique to Essex Fells. It took us a while to make the decision to move, knowing very well that we will miss our friends and this lovely community we live in. So if you ask us what makes Essex Fells special, it’s the PEOPLE!”
For this photo-shoot I met with them in their home at 109 Devon Road (you can see their Zillow listing here), which is now on the market for the next family to join the EF community. Every corner of this house is “home”, with pure loving energy, light and peace that one can feel.
The house has character and warmth, with plenty of open space and daylight pouring in from large windows, and lots of pockets for family time, quiet time and living space. The Ascencios decorated their home with international furniture and some pieces hand-made by Carlos, making every part of the house a meaningful area with memories of their past life and previous homes. Weekends are spent with family and friends, grilling, tending the gardens and kids running around. The sun room, kitchen and garden are their favorite places.
Vasanthi and Carlos have built their lives around family and community, and when you’re here, it is always “Mi casa es su casa”. The kitchen is always open and ready to serve. Vasanthi is pouring out the contents of her fridge for all to share. Manu is readily available to whip up a cake. Carlos is already slicing up the watermelon while the kids are placing the plates and silverware on the table. All this happens before you need to debate if you should stay any longer. You know you are a part of the family. You stay.
Reading, conversations, and sharing quality time are the cornerstones of the Ascencio family. Grandma reads to the children in Spanish. They also have reading time in bed with mom and dad every night. Hanging out, being together, and dining together are daily routines. Everyone helps. Everyone participates in meaningful conversations where wisdom and love reign.
This year they started an organic vegetable garden in the backyard. Grandma surely has the green thumb and manages to bring more avocado seeds to full sprout than anyone else I’ve met. She’s not only Grandma to Manu, Ava and Carter. She is Grandma to all.
The Ascencios have been an integral part of the community, volunteering to help, lead and support whenever possible. Ava and Carter have been valuable members of the Rainbow Elements Club, where our children have partnered on projects like making holiday cards for hospitalized children, collecting donation items for underprivileged local families, and holding team discussions on compassion, kindness and courage. They have impressed me at every meeting with their wisdom and love, way beyond their age.
Vasanthi has been the troop leader for Girl Scout Brownies, and has led the girls into many meaningful projects.
Manu has been a trusted babysitter and caregiver to many families across town, and I know that there will be many Essex Fells children missing her, come September.
As they move out of town, the Ascencios say: “We have been so blessed to meet some of the nicest people ever in EF who have left a mark in our hearts”. They send their thanks to the friends and families who have made their EF life so special and their EFS teachers Mrs. Brutman, Miss Burger and Mrs. Mckenzie, who have helped them through some hard times and mentored the kids with dedication.
Words are not enough to express how much they will be missed. We hope that the next phase of their lives will bring them every happiness and satisfaction they have imagined and more. And we are looking forward to the next time we will be crossing paths again, sharing a meal, a warm hug, and unconditional love.
Good luck, Ascencios, we love you. ¡Hasta la próxima!
The story and photos titled "Farewell Ascencio Family" have been featured in Essex Fells Magazine, in the September 2019 issue.
The Ascencio home on 109 Devon Rd is currently on the market. You can see this beautiful home Zillow listing here.
The legend is back in the game! My mom's wonderful husband Tolga Savaci, award-winning actor and top-model who was the heart-throb of generations in Turkey and across Europe is getting back into acting/modeling in New York, USA. Guess who was his photographer! It was truly so much fun working with a pro.
How many men can rock the side-way glance in such a warm, believable way!
If you watched the T.V. series Kurt Seyit ve Sura (Kurt Seyt and Shura), he was the character Yahya Bey, Kurt Seyt's good friend and hotel owner in Pera, Istanbul. You will notice that he looks quite different in real life, a testament to his talent and believable acting.
During this photo-shoot, I wanted to showcase different faces of Tolga, his expressions, and his ability to use his eyes to communicate a variety of emotions. We created a mix of casual, fun, classy and serious looks outdoor and in the studio.
We started out with a leather jacket and jeans outdoors, then moved into the studio for a black-on-black classic head-shot look. Then we did a variety of images with a tuxedo, sitting, standing, and on the ground, showcasing his facial acting skills and his fine physique.
As an homage to his modeling days on the cat-walk, we did some Vanity Fair style shots, too.
silver hair at its best!
This shot reminds me of a scene from The Godfather. Great expression that makes you wonder...
Finally, we moved outdoors again to show a more summery look wearing a t-shirt and then a fine cotton shirt with white summer slacks.
Before wrapping it all up, I asked him if he'd jump in the pool for a final look, as water is second nature to Tolga after years of being a licensed swimmer, diver and a water polo player. We wanted his portfolio to immediately speak for his athletic side as well as his ability to go from sweet-heart to bad-boy, from elegant to sexy, from thoughtful to sensitive.
I am thrilled with how Tolga's gallery came together. I am excited that these images will represent him in New York and beyond for new opportunities.
Working with Tolga was an absolute pleasure. We were talking, directing, acting, laughing and shooting, moving from one set to another, moving the lights around and working with many faces and looks. I'm quite certain that any agency and photographer that gets to work with him professionally will find it equally fulfilling to partner with a pro who has so much experience and depth to offer.
Here is a behind the scenes shot from the studio, taken by my 8-year old daughter and assistant :)
And for a final bonus, here is a contact sheet to show the finished product. Pure gorgeousness! What do you think?
You can follow Tolga on Facebook.
Kurt Seyt & Shura English fan page on Facebook.
Kurt Seyt & Shura English official web site.
I cannot contain my excitement that Best of Essex now has a photography category. I've been requesting one for years, and it's here! Pamira Bezmen Photography is nominated for Best Photographer!
With your love and support, this dream can come true. Will you please vote for Pamira Bezmen Photography?
You can click on the photo below or directly go to this link. Please vote only once. You can also feel free to leave a review if you like.
As a Thank You, we will enter all voters in a drawing for a complimentary photo-shoot. The winner will be announced in October, 2019.
This year, Suburban Essex is teaming up with CASA of Essex County. CASA stands for "Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children" and it is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find safe homes for foster children. I have volunteered for them in the past and I sincerely support and applaud their cause. Every vote cast goes to support CASA, and helps make the future brighter for a child in foster care.
Please take a moment to vote and support this invaluable cause.
You can also visit CASA to learn more about and support their mission.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for supporting my business and for helping me raise awareness and funding for CASA!
Curl Power Kids is a new brand with a serious purpose. Founded by my long-time client and friend Heather Carter, Curl Power Kids is a unique collection of dolls, apparel and accessories that reflect a wide range of skin tones and natural curls. All of the featured products are one-of-a-kind and designed by artists/artisans, celebrating the diverse beauty of all children and their individuality. Heather plans to grow the collection over time, curating offerings from various artists/artisans.
This is Heather, with her precious daughter Mackenzie, who is the inspiration for Curl Power Kids, with a collection of their hand-crafted dolls.
When Heather asked me to be her photographer for her brand, I jumped for joy!!! You know how much I adore and cherish the natural beauty of each child and believe in raising children with self-love and confidence that is rooted in their hearts and minds rather than their ability to conform to convention.
Heather's tag-line is spot on:
"Curl Power Kids celebrates the diverse beauty of all children and their unique qualities, empowering them to soar and reach their highest potential."
With the brand's mission and personality in mind, in addition to the studio shots, I shot each doll in a unique outdoor setting, showing personality in a fun and happy setting. I wanted to show how a child might bring her or his doll out to the backyard to play, rest, hang out, and simply share in on a child's every-day life as a companion.
Lillian, Carter, Ricky, Belle... Every doll has a specific name, skin color, hair style, and outfit. You can choose from 12 options for now.
you can see the full collection of the doll line and other merchandise on the Curl Power Kids web-site
We did a model call, seeking kids with natural curls. We were overwhelmed with the love and support we got from the community. We are thankful that so many caring parents entered the model call with their gorgeous babes of diverse backgrounds and looks. Every single one was as unique and special as can be! Our only regret was that we could not pick them all.
The studio filled with kids who made fast friends with each other, and so did the parents. It's amazing how we have a tendency to immediately connect with one another from a place of love when we come together for a mutual cause and a shared outlook on humanity. We celebrated the beauty of diversity during the shoots, while the moms and I could not stop ourselves from going "ooooo" and "uuuuuu" at the sight of the children...
The world is definitely a more beautiful place because of our diversity, and I am so very honored to be a part of this brand's story.
Below, you can see some behind the scenes shots from the photo-shoot and some final images... I will also be sharing more finished portraits of our models in the coming weeks.
Please stop by the Curl Power Kids website and check out what they do and the custom products they sell. The web-site will also be updated with photos of our models later this month.
Here is a sneak peek from the model shoots...
Behind the scenes, making friends...
Heather was featured in O Magazine in the June, 2019 issue, where the article focused on her journey as an entrepreneur. She is scheduled to have a follow-up interview in August, 2019.
I wish Curl Power Kids and Heather all the best on this journey. I am excited to see how this brand will grow in time.
If you are an artist or artisan with creations that would fit their mission, feel free to reach out to Heather.
If you would like professional portraits like those I made for Heather, for your family or your business, you know where to find me. e-mail Pamira
My then 5-year old daughter and I got lost one day, returning from a shopping excursion. We ended up on the long route back home. My daughter was starving and I had no clue where we were, but luckily we spotted a nice-looking pizza place along the road and pulled in. And there she was! With her piercing eyes, silvery blond hair, and beautiful, warm smile.
I loved her the moment I saw her. I felt a connection with her and all I wanted was to photograph her.
Although I'm an outgoing person, I had never gone up to anyone and invited her to my studio before. But I pulled my courage together and did it anyway. I wasn't sure as to the right things to say, and I didn't want to come across as being creepy, so I just said the honest truth the way it was going through my head and my heart. On our way out once lunch was done, I walked up to her and said:
"Thank you so much for taking such good care of us. You have such a warm, beautiful smile, and you are absolutely gorgeous. I'm a professional photographer. I would LOVE to photograph you if you'd be interested in that."
I gave her my card. It made my day when she said "Yes".
We had a beautiful photo-shoot together. We chatted and laughed. Bre was a genuinely kind-hearted person. It was my honor to have met her and to have had the chance to photograph her. We made plans for future photo-shoots and talked about her someday working with me as a hair and make-up artist.
Last night I found out in tears that Bre left us so very young and joined the angels. My heart aches for her family and friends. I send them all my love and I pray for Bre in heaven. May she always be wrapped in eternal love and light. May all her earthly worries be gone and done. May God give peace and patience to the hearts of those that mourn her.
I wanted to dedicate this post to beautiful Bre and her family, so that they may always remember her as the happy, beautiful and strong Bre that I met.
Good-bye, beautiful girl! Thanks for coming into my life. I will never forget that beautiful smile at the pizza place. See you later. Love you!
On this Mothers' Day, I celebrate my mom, my aunts, my grandmothers, and all the mothers before them... I celebrate my mother friends.
And I celebrate myself!
Because motherhood is the hardest job in the world. Because I know how easy it is to forget about ourselves while caring for our littles, families and the world.
And because we need to always remember to mother and nurture ourselves, too. So that we can be the best we can be. Every day.
I just made a pledge to myself to make time and seek the things that bring me true joy and feed my soul. I thought maybe some of you could use a gentle reminder, too :)
Happy Mothers' Day, sisters! I hope you have a truly magnificent weekend, resting, celebrating, and receiving the love and care you deserve... But once the weekend is over, please remember to use some of that amazing motherhood unicorn magic inside of you to care for you...
We recently celebrated the birthday of my beautiful mother Nermin Bezmen. An inspirational woman with great integrity and an impeccable work ethic, she taught me to always put my heart and soul into what I do, and always keep learning and growing. It doesn't matter if you were the expert on something 10 years ago, if it gives you butterflies, you can apply yourself to it today and 10 years from now, you will be an expert.
You can do anything you want. You can be a business woman. An artist. A mother. A freedom fighter. A truth seeker. A yoga teacher. A painter. Hard work doesn't make you less, it makes you more. I learned that cooking every meal from scratch for my family every single day is not a chore. It's a loving choice. It doesn't make me a slave to them. It makes me the angel in their food for every meal.
Many of you know my mom with her best-selling historic fiction novel Kurt Seyt & Shura (link to Facebook page), (link to official web site), which was her debut into the literary world over 20 years ago. It became an international best-seller because she was not phased by the fact that she had never written a novel before. My mom is a woman who never allows her doubts to get bigger than her dreams, and I learned this well from her.
I am honored to carry her mitochondria, and leave 2 daughters in this world who carry a part of her. In this life, amongst millions of fans and readers and countless children she's sponsored and educated, she has 3 granddaughters who carry her bloodline.
She is setting a beautiful example for every single one of them. I am proud to be her daughter. Her granddaughters adore her.
I love you, Mom!!!! SO VERY MUCH!!!!
Happy Birthday!!!! Can't wait to celebrate with some Prosecco!
You know what I also noticed while I was writing this post on Facebook? My mom never once told me to work hard. Never once did she tell me to be honest. Never once did she tell me that I could do whatever I wanted, I should just go for it. Never once did she ever make fun of other moms who weren't as involved with their children, and never once did she ever tell me to cook every meal from scratch. SHE JUST DID IT!
I learned everything good from her not because she talked about it in memorable, smart ways. I learned it all because she LIVED her convictions with such pure dedication that they became a part of who I am because there was never a reason to be or do otherwise.
This was a very powerful recognition. At the age of 44 - going on 45 - I have just discovered the true power of my mom's motherhood while writing this birthday message for her.
Meet Michelle McKenna Shuey of The Effortless Affair, a professional event planner
serving New Jersey
Exciting things are happening at Essex Fells Magazine! If you're following the magazine and the community events, you may already know that Dennis Jankowski - our area director and publisher - always manages to attract talent and sponsors that offer great value and services to the community. This time is no exception.
The newest addition to our team is Michelle McKenna Shuey, the owner of The Effortless Affair, a professional event organizer.
We recently got together for Michelle's personal branding photo-shoot, and boy, was it fun! Just put two creatives together in the studio, and you can count on a photo shoot and laughter that never ends! We are also both crunchy mamas of 2 daughters each, and had so much to talk about!
You can watch the video I made for her right here:
Michelle is a master event organizer, who takes care of your parties from soup to nuts, so you don’t have to. If you have a vision for a celebration, but don’t have the time, she is your gal.
Birthday, graduation, Bar Mitzvah, a moms’ bubbly brunch… You name it, she’s got it covered. Michelle says she helps people have the event of their imagination, effortlessly.
What sets The Effortless Affair apart from other event planning companies? Well, it’s the fact that Michelle is not only your creative fun-planner who has an eye for a beautiful table, attention to details, and the ability to see the big picture.
She also has a background in business with two degrees in Finance and an Economics, as well as her former corporate career at a hedge fund. This makes her also a numbers person, who will keep your party on budget and do the tough negotiations to keep you on target.
If the words “hedge fund” and “negotiation” made you cringe, let me assure you, she is one adorable person to be around, on top of all of the above!
When asked why she chose to become an event planner, Michelle explains “I always loved planning parties and getting people together. I always find myself organizing events for my family and in the social groups I get into. From birthday parties to blind wine tasting events, Parents’ Night Out to morning coffee with newborns… Before I knew it I became the Family Chair of The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge and started organizing the Music with Molly Program as well as their Photo with Santa Event.
Michelle’s favorite part of the job is ‘The Big Reveal’ when her clients walk into their party for the first time. They see their vision perfectly executed, and they can just enjoy their party.
I asked Michelle for her advice as a professional event organizer. She said:
- Well, that’s only if you didn’t hire Michelle – because if you did, she will have them ready.
You can find Michelle and The Effortless Affair at [email protected],
on Instagram: @theeffortlessaffair; on Facebook: @theeffortlessaffair
and on the web at www.theeffortlessaffair.com
* Michelle's story and the full article was published in Essex Fells Magazine, in the March 2019 issue.
Do you love the images I made for Michelle?
If you or somebody you know needs a fully customized personal branding photo shoot or awesome head-shots for your business, give me a call or send me an e-mail. It's my passion to create strategic visuals for your brand that you will be proud to use in your Marketing!
In every business where you come face to face with clients, where you yourself are your brand, where people come to the company because of YOU, there is nothing more important than getting your authentic, true and best face in front of the community.
Tricia Himawan is an award-winning, top results producing residential real estate agent, serving Northern New Jersey. Tricia describes herself as "shy in front of the camera", but there is much more to her. So we spoke at length before our photo-shoot to come up with the visual strategy that would put her at ease and capture her unique personality. Tricia is one of those people who brings her full self into her job. I wanted to ensure that her kind, caring, and confident personality came across in her photographs.
She is someone who goes above and beyond for each client, making sure all of their needs are met during the complex and emotional process of buying or selling a home.
I wanted to capture Tricia in all the ways her doting clients see her: Honest, approachable, smart, kind, professional, and competent.
We had a studio shoot for her head-shots, in-door and out-door, and then I met her another time on a closing day with real clients in front of a property she just closed.
Tricia loved her experience and went home with an armful of portraits. I am so thankful and honored that we were able to work together and I got the pleasure of getting to know Tricia better.
To inquire about real estate services, you can reach Tricia at 973-650-7838 or find her on LinkedIn or on Facebook.
If you need portraits and imagery to represent you, your brand or your business, please call me at 862-812-2313 for a complimentary consultation or e-mail.
A sweet home with a red door...
Sometimes I get the honor to witness and capture milestones and new beginnings in people's lives.
It is these quick moments that are lived in excitement and a rush, but a photograph has the ability to freeze for life.
It was a pleasure joining Louise Levine and Laurence Weiss of Weiss Printers on the day that they bought their new home. It is a sweet home with a red door, surrounded by fluffy greens, and I can already see Louise and Laurence living here happily ever after with their happy pup.
Congratulations guys! And congratulations to your lovely realtor Tricia Himawan, too.
Tricia's professional story was also published in Essex Fells Magazine with original photographs from our photo shoot, in the December 2018 issue.
Surely one of the greatest perks of being a photographer for me is getting to spend quality time with the families I photograph, getting to know them, having the privilege of seeing them through the eyes of love - the eyes with which they look at - and see - each other.
The Orsini Family is one of these families I had the honor of knowing better because of a photo shoot we did together for Essex Fells Magazine. From their photos you can see how absolutely beautiful and full of love they are, and I can tell you that it is all true. They are one special family beautiful on the inside and out.
When the photographs I create tell the greater story of my families, I feel like my job was well done.
When you can tell how elegant and classy this family is just by looking at their images. When you can tell how smart, competent, and kind the mother is. When you can tell that the dad is a total gentleman. When you can tell who is the tom-boy and who is the doting sister, who is shy, who is Miss elegance ...
But what you can't tell just from the portraits is that James - Dr. James Orsini Jr. - is a New Jersey Top Doc who has made outstanding contributions to the hematology and oncology fields. At Hackensack UMC Mountainside in Montclair, he demonstrates his dedication to his field on a daily basis, alongside his partner, John Conti.
As Director of Oncology and Advanced Prostate Therapeutics, his day consists of diagnosing and treating patients with all types of blood cancers and disorders and urological malignancies. His tactics behind producing successful results for his patients include collaboration with other oncologists and utilizing highly advanced technology. His residency at NYU Langone Health and fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center helped prepare him for the challenge, in addition to the years he spent shadowing his father, James Orsini Sr., MD.
Fanny, James's wife, is a vocational counselor, and the master of running a family with 4 children so smoothly that you'll think she just spent her day relaxing at the spa. If I were wearing a hat, I'd be taking it off, and bowing in front of her right now.
I love and admire this family so much, and I am just so honored that these images will tell their story for years to come.
The family spotlight on Orsini Family was published as a cover story in the October 2018 issue of Essex Fells Magazine.
You can find Dr. Orsini, Jr. on LinkedIn.
Your own story is the most important story you will ever tell your children.
Your own faces are the most gorgeous faces in their eyes.
Your own memories are the only gift they will cherish every single year, with increasing value, for the rest of their lives.
Have you waited for the last second? Or do you want to schedule your 2019 session with a discount?
Make a gift of photography - for yourself, for your children, for your loved ones... E-mail or call 862-812-2313 today for a complimentary consultation and claim this $100 gift voucher.
Love & Light for the Merriest, Happiest, Healthiest Holidays,
I love partnering with like-minded local businesses to help bring value to our clientele together. Especially when it's a woman-owned business that prioritizes a professional and pleasant experience that brings joy to the community, I get excited!
Last week I joined efforts with Stitch Boutique in Upper Montclair, owned by Caitlin Rinaldi.
She is sweet and energetic, and her store reflects a fresh and comfy style that is also classy. Caitlin's passion for dressing ladies comes through the whole ambiance while the very unique architecture of the store adds a punch to the shopping experience.
This location used to be a bank in the 1900s. How many times can you say you've gone shoe-shopping in a golden vault? For some of us who keep our wealth in shoes, the joke is not lost :)
The event was hosted by Essex Fells Magazine and West Caldwell Magazine. Local friends and neighbors popped in to sip some prosecco and check out the collection. Montclair's very own beauty blogger, talented hair and make-up artist Kerry Lynn Mucci was also there, offering complimentary braids and hair advice to the ladies while Sweet Home Montclair offered a candy bar for something sweet to take home.
I truly enjoyed getting to know Caitlin and her PR expert Lauren Wilson-Policke, and I am already seeing some joint photoshoots in my future with the lovely Kerri Lynn. The guests had a fun time in this friendly and warm event, and I got to snap some photos. You can see a sneak peek here. Better yet, stop by the store one of these days and see the real deal for yourself.
To top it off, one lucky shopper will receive an all-inclusive Glamour Photoshoot from me with full styling, champagne & strawberries and exquisite pampering. I am getting excited about the beautiful images we will create together.
Stay tuned for the story to be published in Essex Fells Magazine. I will also share the glamour portraits once I create them.
If you know of a business that caters to local women, that has an edge for fashion, beauty and bringing out the best in every-day ladies, let me know. I'd love to talk about what I can do for them with my photography!
If you are ready for a glamour photo-shoot for yourself, then I'm here for you!
Pamira Bezmen Photography is an award-winning portrait studio that offers exceptional service and a uniquely warm experience. You can check out her work at www.pamirabezmenphotography.com or on facebook @ Pamira Bezmen Photography. She is on Instagram @ pamirabezmen
Stitch Boutique is located at 598 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ. You can find them at www.shopstitchnj.com or on Facebook @ STITCHBoutiqueNJ
Kerri Lynn is at www.montclairbeautyblogger.com and also on IG @ montclair-beautyblogger
Sweet 16 is such a lovely time! Full of hope, youthful excitement, and the innocence of the age.
I met with lovely Maryclare and her doting mom Lucille for a Sweet 16 photo-shoot. As soon as Lucille and I began speaking on the phone for our initial consultation, we knew we had a connection. We both valued kindness, family, and memories above all else, and believed that photographs were immensely valuable in securing the happy times for our children for life. I asked her some questions about her vision for the photo-shoot and combined it with my own to bring her and Maryclare's dream photos to life.
On the day of our session, Maryclare was absolutely beautiful, cool and decisive, and she helped make this photo-shoot a breeze. We took some fine art photos that showed off her special gown, and also some fun and playful ones. We combined studio and outdoor to create some variety of classic, contemporary and joyful looks.
When I shared the first sneak peek, Lucille said "I am in tears. If one picture makes me feel this way, you better have two boxes of tissues for when we meet." And of course I did! There is no better compliment for me than tears of joy and emotion when I share the gallery.
As a mother of two girls, I identify with the emotions deeply. I myself am watching the years fly by and my little baby dolls turn into big kids. I can only image how much bigger the pride, joy and tears will get in another decade!
Here are some images from behind the scenes and some of the finished portraits I made for Maryclare. Enjoy!
One day you turn around and see that your little girl has become a young lady. Happy Sweet 16, dear Maryclare!!! I am so thrilled to be a part of your memory-making!
behind the scenes, we had so much fun :)
(many thanks to dear Lucille for sharing these with me)
Do you have a young lady in your life who is about to turn 16? Or maybe has a celebration to capture?
I would love to make this memory last for her and the whole family! You can find me at [email protected] or 862-812-2313.
Take a hint from the littlest of them all.
"Mommy! Me, Me, Me"
"BABY tie shoes!"
"Luna, Luna! Me too, tambien!"
We are all born to be independent. And are we blessed to live in the land of the free!
Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and safe 4th of July holiday with your loved ones, AND praying for all of humanity to some day be truly free to live in peace and harmony.
The studio is closed for the 4th of July holiday, but we will re-open on Monday, July 9th. Looking forward to catching up after a weekend of fireworks and family :)
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