THE CREATIVITY PROJECT // FAMILY
A Photography Theme Blog Circle

Oh…hello there! This holiday season has been crazy busy – working on fulfilling client orders around the clock, so I haven’t popped into the blog in a while. However, it’s my favorite time of the month – The Creativity Project circle, so I had to drop in!  This month’s theme is family. These pictures are a little dusty from being in the archives for so long. They are not technically perfect in the slightest, but this was probably the last time I brought my camera to Christmas. When I first started getting into photography, my camera went everywhere with me! As business increased, I took less and less personal photos. To the point, where I had to dig this far back to get Christmas photos of my family!  Even though, we are in generally good spirits this holiday season, there’s no denying there’s been a general shift in priorities. After losing two very special people in my life to cancer this year (my dad Jorge and my best friend Stephanie), making time for family/ friends is at the very top of my Christmas wish list this year. So even though I’m swamped with work, I’ve been squeezing time for social gatherings with my loved ones whenever possible! Hence typing this post this morning because I was out enjoying margaritas with Kleber’s family last night! :)  Because if there’s anything this year has taught me is that family is the most important! Both the family we were given and the one we have chosen.  And documenting those moments is equally as important because it’s these photos and memories that are carrying me through the hard times. So I’m making a promise to myself to bring my camera to Christmas this year, even if I have to just throw it on auto and shoot in JPEG (Gasp! I know! LOL). If I don’t have time to check in again before the holidays, have a wonderful time with your loved ones this season!

Missing you – Jorge & Stephanie – more than words can say.

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December 12, 2014 - 8:48 am

Dan Beeler - My condolences to you and your family.
This is search a heart felt post. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Holidays

December 12, 2014 - 10:01 am

Stephanie - I am wishing you a Merry Christmas with your family and friends this season . It’s such a blessing to look back at these photos and reflect on the ones that might not here today but with you always in heart and spirit . I totally agree with throwing your camera on auto just to get the memories … big hugs … thanks for sharing

December 12, 2014 - 11:08 am

Pam D - Wrapping you in hugs as you face the empty chair at the table during this holiday season. It is hard to build a new normal, but with the beautiful smiles and hearts that I see in your photo, I think you will be able to find the joy. Blessings to you and your entire family…

December 12, 2014 - 12:48 pm

s. badiyah austin - heart-warming post, dear maddy.

all my prayers for your healing, beloved. i lost my father to cancer almost 2 years ago. the process is an especially difficult one when it’s someone so close. i’m glad you have such beautiful images to reflect on, filled with smiles and love to overwhelm your senses. may the holidays reflect that love back on to you.

December 13, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Tracy P. - You captured such beautiful moments–I know it is hard to imagine that your father and friend are gone so fast. Good for you being intentional to savor the new moments, even if they are bittersweet.

December 15, 2014 - 9:47 am

Erica - My heart seriously goes out for you Maddy. My condolences again. Such beautiful photos to remember these two by.

THE A FAMILY
Long Branch, NJ - Maternity Beach Photography Session

Remember these guys from the beautiful New York City wedding I recently posted? They welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the family over the summer.  Actually, it was exactly a week after our session that little Evalyn made her grand debut into the world! I’m so glad we were able to squeeze in time for photos before the baby arrived because Erica was positively glowing. She made the most beautiful expectatant mom and the beach setting complemented her beautiful summer glow! This time their adorable son Julian and Boston Terrier, Porscha joined us for their session.  This family just keeps getting bigger and more beautiful with each session! I enjoyed every minute of our time together and I can’t wait to get little Miss Eva in front of my camera soon. A few of my favorites…

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December 9, 2014 - 9:13 am

Sarah - What a gorgeous family!

FRANCESCA + JOE
Millburn, NJ - Maternity Photography Session

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Today I’m sharing another one of my summer maternity sessions!  When I was communicating with Francesca about location ideas for her session, she was pretty open to any suggestions I had.  I love when client’s give me free reign! This artistic freedom allows me to really play around with some different ideas and hopefully, produce images that are unique and special!  It also helps when you have an easy going and gorgeous momma-to-be as your subject. She didn’t mind jumping in a stream with me and posing in the middle of a wildflower field.  But I’d say it was worth it! This beautiful couple welcomed their baby girl Isabella in September and not only is she a beauty like her mom, I got to photograph her newborn photos too!  More on that soon, but first, let’s give her mom a moment to shine!

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