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Julie & Adam chose the gorgeous Conservatory Garden for their Springtime Central Park Engagement Session. We met up at the end of a weekday in May. They actually came straight from work, just in time for the best light of the day. Amazing Spring flowers were blooming everywhere! The location is truly magnificent, with dozens of fantastics spots that are just perfect for a photograph. At one point, when we were all standing beneath a vine-covered iron trellis, a baby raccoon almost fell on my head! (sorry, no photo. We got out of the way so that Mama raccoon could come get her kiddo) Central Park Engagement Sessions can be tricky- the park can be crowded, especially at the more “popular” and photogenic spots. Choosing a weekday, we were able to avoid any kind of mob scene. The permit requirement for the Conservatory Garden also keeps the place from being overrun by photographers. We practically had the entire place to ourselves, which was fantastic.




Conservatory garden engagement session


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A few weeks before Katya’s Pleasantville Bat Mitzvah, she & her Mom met up with me for a “pre-mitzvah” portrait session. Katya wanted some fun photos in her purple tulle party dress. We started outdoors in a local park and then went into the studio for some “high-fashion” shots. One of these was blown-up for friends to sign at her party. I always enjoy shooting these portrait sessions, and they are super-fun for my Bat Mitzvah girls. My clients love getting so many more fantastic portraits of their gorgeous kids without having to plan for extra portrait time on the actual event day.


Old brick walls always make for a great backdrop.


A smooch from Mom.

Katya looking glamorous on the waterfront.

Katya looking glamorous on the waterfront.


Some “high-fashion” shots in the studio. Fun!

Katya’s Havdalah Bat Mitzvah ceremony took place at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor. Before the ceremony, we met up in a local park for some portraits featuring the beautiful Fall foliage.

Bat Mitzvah family portraits

The family poses together with the Fall foliage

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Bat mitzvah girl and her brothers



The guys ham it up for the camera.

Havdalah ceremony

The candle-lit Havdalah ceremony. So amazing to be able to photograph this special moment.

Havdalah ceremony

Her party was held at Jean Jacques patisserie in Pleasantville. The room was decorated with flowers & pink balloons, and the “candy land” themed cake from The Cake Boss looked incredible.

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Party Venue: Jean-Jacques

Flowers: Petals By Alice

Cake: Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss)

Nicole & Brian had their Tarrytown wedding reception at the Doubletree Hotel on a beautiful day at the end of May. Nicole and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ house before the church ceremony in Dobbs Ferry.


Wedding dress & bridesmaids dresses hanging up in the living room.

wedding shoes

Love the rhinestone detail on these shoes


Vintage rhinestone earrings

getting ready before the wedding

Getting ready with Mom and the bridesmaids

bridesmaid selfie

Bridesmaid selfie, of course!

bridal portrait

I love this stunning portrait of Nicole

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Venue: Tarrytown Doubletree Hilton Hotel

Dress: Alluring Brides

Flowers: Lucille’s Floral of Fishkill

Cake: Homestyle Desserts

Hair & Makeup: Shear Magique

Band: Jason Craig Orchestra