I hope all is well! Even though I’ve been absent from posting for quite a while, I’ve actually had so many wonderful photography opportunities. I’d like to start posting again, so I’ll start off with a few little chickadees you already know very well! Olivia, Alexandra and Grace are my beautiful nieces who are growing faster than I could have ever imagined. I love them to pieces and will never get tired of photographing their fabulous smiles. These were taken back in August in Jamesport, NY, one of our favorite summer spots. I hope you enjoy!
Susan is one of the most kind-hearted women I know. She is one of my mom’s best friends and I am grateful to have her in my life.
This lovely lady recently hosted a bridal shower for her daughter, Heather, at Seventh Street Cafe in Garden City. Coincidentally enough, Heather and I were campers together as teenagers! So when Susan asked me to take photos at the shower, I was delighted.
As I entered the restaurant on the day of the party, I was floored. From the centerpieces to the cake, everything was just lovely. Adding to this amazing day – Heather’s grandfather. He was the only man invited to the party and it was easy to see why. The love in the air was palpable.
I wish the best of luck to Heather and Lucas on their future together. And Susan, thank you for thinking of me to photograph your event. It was wonderful to be part of this perfect day.
A few days ago, I got a group text from Andrea…”Am spoke to Trish–heading out on Wednesday for a visit, want to join?”
Camp trip out to Riverhead? With my three nieces and the girls? Absolutely!
We all met at Andrea’s and piled into the minivan with delight. I was happily squished between my favorite twins (armed with bottles, blankies and pacifiers) with Colleen beside Olivia (with her own armory of grapes and yogurt). Then we had Annemarie in front and Andrea at the wheel. My how times have changed, yet remain completely the same. And just a heads up: I thought about changing the title to Photos of My Nieces at Camp. You have been warned…
It was a quick visit through camp and we enjoyed every minute. It was the first time the girls ever stepped foot onto camp property. At first Olivia didn’t know what to think…
But then, she quickly realized this may be the best place on Earth!
From that moment on, Olivia did not stop moving. It was as if she automatically knew how special this place was to her mom, aunt, and friends.
We were so excited to see Trish. Walking around the grassy knoll, letting Olivia explore, and simply catching up was just wonderful. Here are some highlights from the visit.
Exploring around the Health Lodge:
The twins had a great time in one of the giant trees…
Hmmm…Gracie check this out!
I don’t know about this…
Look, it’s great up here!
Just don’t look down!
…and so did big sister Olivia!
This is one way I’ll stay still!
This is what dreams are made of.
Can we stay forever?
Another great place for pictures:
They keep propping us up places, guys….
Wait! This is great!
Gosh, I love it here!
And I love you!
Let’s check out the Lodge!
I got this.
Ok, see you in 8 weeks!
Time to sing a few rounds of Wildwood Road and Circle game:
Hm…I think we know these songs!
And then it was time to head home.
But not before getting in at least one group shot…
On the way home, the girls and I sang Olivia and the girls to sleep (they were exhausted!) and then talked about our wonderful visit. It truly feels like home to be there, and although the campers weren’t in the photos, they were definitely there and having a great time. Even during our impromptu sing along, campers didn’t hesitate to sing with us. This is the beauty of camp. No matter if you attended 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago, you just pick right up where you left off…and so do the people around you. I’d recommend it to anyone who has children–just have them try for a week. I promise it won’t be their last.
PS – You can find more information regarding sending your child to the Nassau County D.P.F. 4-H Camp both here and here. There’s even a Family Camp Weekend coming up in September!
PPS – If you are in the mood for some old campy blog posts, you can read about the Survival Race the camp girls and I did back in 2012. Or, take a look at the drama of saying goodbye to your camp friends (before the days of Facebook), complete with some pretty sweet pics from back in the day.
I vividly remember my mom calling at 5am on the day of their birth. By then, I was already driving to the hospital to meet my sister, family, and newest little bundles. If their arrival would be anything like Olivia’s, I had plenty of time to get there. I was still nervous with excitement as made my way to the hospital, praying for my sister and the twins to be safe and healthy.
There were a series of calls that morning. But this one, I remember with distinction, even though it only lasted two or three seconds. With cell reception in the hospital being less than perfect, my mom just had enough time to call out “Girls! Healthy girls!”
Then, the call ended.
I spent the rest of the ride to the hospital wiping tears of joy, relief, and appreciation from my eyes…and if I’m completely honest, I’m doing the same right now.
I am Auntie to three of the most beautiful, giggly, precious little girls on the planet. The twins, Alexandra and Grace, recently turned 3 months. Andrea and Ben came over to my Long Beach apartment and had a great home studio shoot. While Ben took big sister Olivia to the beach, Andrea and I worked together to capture the beauty of this perfect little age…holding on to each moment…right until little Gracie fell asleep. A perfect end to a perfect session.