Playtime!

I spend a good part of my life at the playground these days (yay warm weather!) and it’s a great place to take photos of the kiddos. The pictures always come out so genuine because the little ones are doing what kids do best … playing! Here is one of little Brendan … one of the biggest hams I’ve ever met (though you may not see it from this photo). I love taking pictures of him and I’m sure I’ll share many more on the blog.

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Denise + Josh

I had a great time recently taking engagement photos for one of my most cherished friends. I’ve known Denise since grade school and we’ve been close buddies ever since. She has found the perfect partner in Josh and I couldn’t be more excited for them to tie the knot!

We had a fun, relaxing shoot on a beautiful spring day here in the Garden State. See… New Jersey has more to offer than the “NJ Housewives”, “Sopranos” and “Jersey Shore” folks (who are pretty much not from New Jersey). It’s full of gorgeous flowers, beautiful foliage and the best friends any gal could hope for. I can’t wait for the big day in August and I’m so happy for two wonderful people to have found each other!





                
               


             
             

              
   

My Techie Toddler, the Birdslinger …

What can I say? My kids are bound to be techie-types. They have two parents who love gadgets and electronics. I’d rather get a camera lens, smartphone or hard drive than pretty much anything else for a birthday or holiday. If we are out somewhere and the mood strikes, my girls will ask, “Mommy, can I play ‘Angry Birds‘?” So I hand over the iPhone and they begin flinging little birds into structures and buildings with their tiny kid fingers.

If you have not tried this game, be forewarned … it is very addictive and deliriously fun. Ask my kids.  And if you have a BlackBerry, I’m sorry, you can only play the ‘Hydrox‘ or ripoff version — “Angry Farm“.

Birthday Wishes for Miss Emma

I experienced my first six-year-old-nail-painting-pizza-party and I’m mentally exhausted. Five- and six-year-old girls have a LOT to talk about. And screech about. What a handful — a sweet, fun handful, but a handful nonetheless! They were so cute, excited and innocent. Little girls are so much fun to watch and listen to. What could be more fun to a little girl than going to a nail salon, eating pizza and cupcakes and getting adorable, handmade purses (GO Carrie!) stuffed with goodies? Not too much. Happy birthday to a sweet, happy girl. Emma, may you keep your smile, spunk and innocence as you celebrate each year!

Spreading Wings

The girls received their very own live caterpillars. It has been truly amazing to watch them grow each day. They quickly ate their way through the nutrients in their jar and formed chrysalids. After watching for nearly a week, five beautiful Painted Lady butterflies emerged. We’ve been waiting for warmer weather before we release them, but enjoy watching them drink from their tasty watermelon pieces in the meantime. Poor things’ lifespan is only two to four weeks. Boo.

Watching and Wishing

It must be so much fun to have a cousin only a few months older/or younger! Built-in buddies for life. Adeline and Samantha look on as big cousin/sister Josephine plays soccer.  The “littles” can’t wait until it’s their turn to get out there!