Westchester Child Headshots

I am happy to announce that this winter I officially added child actor headshots to my studio offerings.  It has been amazing working with such talented kids in Westchester and hope to meet your child soon!

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Westchester Baby Photography

The sea and the sky envied her eyes.  Gosh, they are beautiful!

Rye baby photographer

Why I Love Family Photography

Ok, confession time.  When I first started photographing families, I would actually get excited when the parents said they didn’t want to be in the pictures.  I know, horrible.  Let’s face it – kids are just easier to photograph.  They are fun, they are care free.  They have no egos and don’t worry about how they look.  They are pure and everything they do (well, within reason, lol) is beautiful.

Families are a different story.  Moms worry about what they look like.  Dads sometimes would rather be anywhere else.  Parents worry about how their kids are acting and get sad or worried this investment they just made was for nothing.  Initially, that was why I would dread doing family sessions.

Time passed.  It took a lot of work, and a lot of mistakes and a lot of happy accidents to figure out how the heck to get real family images.  I had to get creative to get the right reactions from adults to make photographs that made them realize just how perfect their family was.  Through time I learned is that imperfect is perfect.  I learned that, to me, giggles and hugs make better pictures than everyone standing perfectly side by side.  That realness is beautiful and THAT is where a great family photo begins.  That’s what I wanted to photograph.

So, below a little sampling of what you might get from me in a family session.  If you are looking for that perfect posed images – yes, I take them too.  However, nine times out of ten they are not the ones that end up as artwork on walls.  I promise you that.

I wanted to write this to tell new clients what to expect.  If you are looking for just a shot of your family where everyone is perfectly posed and looking into the camera – I am not the photographer for you.  There are a million family photographers in Westchester and Greenwich.  There is something, literally, for everyone.

However, if you want a loving, fun, happy image that shows your family as they are everyday?  Being silly and laughing?  I’m your girl.

At our session, expect to cuddle.  Expect to hug and kiss and wrestle and love on each other like no one is watching.  Expect to laugh, to be silly and to maybe do things you didn’t think you would do.  (Heck, I’ve had a mom moon her daughter and it was one of my favorite moments EVER.) Expect me to make you all hold each other and to say, “Get closer, even closer, even closer!” until you are laughing at how weird/awesome/great it feels.  Expect to leave saying, hey, that was kind of fun!   Yes, even dads.

THAT is why I do what I do and that is what is different about my work.  It’s why family sessions are my favorite to do.  It’s not work.  It’s play.

I can’t wait to play with you.

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Westchester Family Photography, Rye, NY Portrait Photographer

I think I photograph more twins than any other photographer in Westchester!  Happy to hold the title, I swear each set of twins makes me so happy as they are always so much fun and are so incredibly connected to each other.  I find they are much more touchy-feely than regular siblings and it always makes for such great images.

These two were no exception.  Giggles, hugs and hamming for the camera the whole session.  I loved every second.  Their mom loves photography and it was so nice working with someone who appreciated the process so much, so thank you Daniela!

 

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Child photographer Rye, NY and Greenwich, CT Cristina Coco

2014 was quite a whirlwind of a year.  I honestly can’t believe how it flew by as I sit here going through all the images I took.  It’s amazing to me how I am brought into all of these families lives – I am so honored to do my job and I have so much fun on every single shoot.

It’s been brought to my attention that I don’t share as much as I should (ok, ok, so it was mostly from my mom…).  I usually put an image or two on Facebook, and that’s about it.  So now that it’s slowed down a bit I’ve decided to start sharing images from 2014.  No rhyme or reason to the order I’m presenting them, just as I go through the images to update my website I figured it would be best to highlight some of these fantastic people.  The session I picked today was because I remember feeling such joy through the entire shoot.  Everyone was happy to be there, there were laughs and fun and I honestly felt happy as soon as I started looking at the images again.

So enjoy this wonderful family.  This was a surprise birthday present for their dad – I hope that he loved it as much as I did.  He’s probably the only person that could love it more!

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