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Why the Royal Baby's first photos are important for moms, never say cheese and more

A photo lesson from Kate Middleton

I was so excited to find out that the first photos released of Princess Charlotte with her older brother Prince George were taken by none other than Princess Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge herself!

The reason Kate Middleton’s baby photos are exciting to me is because, as much as I believe in professional family photography (not to mention being a professional family photographer myself!) my first passion is encouraging and empowering parents to take their own photos of their kids.

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Travel back to the moment with natural smiles and photos that show real life

While I wouldn’t say that I have a photographic memory, I have a very strong visual memory. When I look at a photo, I can usually remember the moment and the context, even if the photo itself doesn’t offer many clues. The photo brings me back to the moment, which is one of the reasons why I don’t like to ask my kids to smile for the camera. That doesn’t create a moment I want to remember; in fact, it does the opposite.

One downside to this is that my kids have absolutely no idea how to smile nicely for the camera. This is most obvious in group photos with other kids. Everyone is smiling and looking at the camera except my kid who is either grimacing or distracted and looking elsewhere!

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. My memories are more important than a smiling photo, and the smiling photos I have are all the more treasured for being natural.

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End of year photo gifts for teachers and sitters

I can't believe some kids have finished the school year already! Here in NYC we have another month to go... time to start thinking about gifts for teachers, or, if your child is not yet in school, other childcare provider and caregiver gifts.

The trick is to remember that your child is just one of hundreds of children a teacher will teach over the course of their career, and they can't possibly hold onto every personalized mug or framed photo they might receive.

So here are three easy ways to thank your teacher for an awesome year through photos without giving them something that could ultimately be burdensome to keep:

1) Photo thank you card

You can't go wrong with a heartfelt letter of appreciation written by you or your child. Of course, a photo isn't required, but for an extra special touch, create a custom card.

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Free comic book day (sibling photos week 16/52)

A few weeks ago it was Free Comic Book Day. Yes, this really is a thing. My husband had it marked in our calendar for months!

We headed over to our favorite local comic book store, Bergen Comics and got on line!

It was crowded, as in VERY crowded, so not really great for photos but I managed to leverage some window light while Jack was checking out the kids selection near the front.

And here they are checking out their loot.

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Why I love photographing my kids

Over the years I have seen how much joy and energy photography brings to my family and my clients’ families.

I love photography, and I love my kids. Finding a way to bring the two together has helped me to pause, celebrate and enjoy the precious fleeting moments of childhood.

And because of photography I have treasured memories of this special, and short, time in our lives.

Of all the many reasons I love photographing my two sons, these are the top ten reasons I love photographing my kids (in no particular order).

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Celebrate yourself this Mother's Day through photography

Mother’s Day is a wonderful celebration for some, but for others it can be bittersweet, perhaps because they have lost their own mother, or don’t have the relationship they wish to have with their mother, or their relationship with their own kids is strained, or they are disappointed with the celebrations that others plan.

Some long to be mothers. Others have lost a child.

Photography can be more than documentation. Photography can be expression, gratitude, celebration. Photography can even be therapy and self-care.

Here are five ways you can take matters into your own hands and celebrate yourself and those you care about this Mother’s Day–with lovely Mother’s Day photos.

1) Get in front of the camera

This idea may fill you with horror but open yourself up to the concept of loving yourself exactly as you are. You are enough. You do enough. You deserve to be loved and you can love yourself.

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