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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Welcome to Cristina Coco Photography Studio, Rye, NY

I’ve been wanting to show you a peek inside the studio for quite some time now!  I finally took some interior shots to share with you.  The studio has been a dream for such a long time.  I really wanted it to be calming and peaceful and love the reaction my clients and friends have when they walk through the door.  I also really wanted it to be fun and kid friendly.  Which is why, this is one of the first thing that greets you when you walk in the door…

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It’s a small spot, and exactly what I needed.  I’ve managed to give myself a nice work area and a perfect shooting room for babies and small kids.  I’ve also been doing a ton of head shots for authors, bloggers and corporate.  Most importantly, my Sweet and Simple Sessions have been such a popular item lately.  See a HERE to learn more about them – they are the mini sessions I have available all year long, no more waiting once or twice a year.  I am so happy to be able to offer studio work to my clients and cannot believe how much I’ve grown to enjoy them.

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A shot of the my favorite new product offering – acrylic.  I am such a fan of how beautiful this looks in every home that has ordered them so far.  It’s something you have to see in person, so please stop by and take a look!

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Cristina Coco Photography Studio is located at 269 Purchase Street in Rye, NY.  Would love to see you soon!

Westchester Studio Photography, Sweet and Simple by Cristina Coco

If you follow my Facebook page or live in Rye, you might have noticed that my business has been growing a little bit.  I have a beautiful new photography studio in Rye, NY and I couldn’t be happier.  It’s a place for my clients to come and see the products I offer and a wonderfully cozy spot where I’ve been photographing newborns.  I am here most days or by appointment and it’s become a very special place to me.

Once I got in here though, I wanted more!  I wanted to grow and offer my current and future clients something different from me.  I wanted to see what else I could do in this little spot.  So I played around a bit…

I’m happy to introduce Sweet and Simple by Cristina Coco.  It’s a smaller session.  A cleaner image.  A modern portrait for your little ones and maybe you too.  It’s just another great option for clients of Cristina Coco Photography.

To be clear – I will NEVER stop shooting on location.  I love photographing in people’s homes, at the beach, on grassy fields…  that will not change!  This is just growth, offering more to you.  I am really excited about it.

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Here are the details:

  • A 30 minute session
  • up to 3 children (additional kids $25 per child)
  • 10-12 images in an on-line gallery
  • 1 digital file included
  • weekdays between 11-3
  • weekends for additional $25 fee
  • $250
  • *please note this is not available for newborn sessions or babies under 7 months old or who cannot sit on their own.

I promise you images that are beautiful and sweet.  An experience that is simple.  Is there anything better?

You can call 914-967-2626 or fill out a contact form above.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

30 Day Real-Life Photography Challenge – Westchester Moms, are you in?

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So winter won’t leave Westchester.  Family photos get pushed aside for a little bit.  Besides the family vacation, your camera is probably in a drawer somewhere until a first tooth falls out or a birthday party rolls around.  It’s cold and we’re stuck inside with snowy, dreary days at home.   Yuck.

Well, in my house – it’s when I start using my camera more.  I know, strange, right?  I pull it out when we are in our pajamas, playing board games.  It’s not the pretty, sunny pictures of the summer, for sure.  It’s our real life in New York, though! 

I love these little images so much I make a small album every season to get them off my phone and on my coffee table.  Everyone that comes over loves looking at them and it gave me an idea for a challenge for all the moms out there.  30 days. A picture a day.  Life as you see it.

 

So I’m offering a challenge.  Here are the rules!

– Make sure to take one picture a day for the whole month.

– Keep your camera near you at all times.  On the kitchen counter or in your purse.

– IPhone pictures are allowed, but try to use your ‘real’ camera too.

– Try to not do a posed image or a “CHEESE!” photo.

– Take the in-the-moment photo.  Your everyday.  Those little moments that make you melt a little inside.

– No cleaning up your house for the images.  I don’t want this to be work!  Look at my example below, you’ll see food on the countertops, etc.  That’s life, right?

 

Some photography tips:

-Get down to different angles then normal. Try some creative shots – in a mirror, through a doorway or window to make them even more interesting.

-Get kids being silly.  That’s who they are.  Perfection is NOT allowed.

-Also look for those quiet moments, i.e., looking out the window, daydreaming with warm sunlight around them, reading a book in bed, etc.

-If an image is a little dark, Instagram is great as the filters tend to lighten the center of the images for you.  It’s your own personal Photoshop.

– For the older kids, have them join along.  Make it a family project!

– Plan to make an album at the end.  I guarantee it will be one of the favorite albums you have.  Arifact Uprising sells my favorites for my mini albums!

– Selfies with kids are totally allowed. Moms are not in the picture enough and we need to be!  There is a great new app called CamMe.   You prop up your camera and hold up your hand and it takes a photo without you holding it.

 

So, are you in?  30 days, a picture a day. Of your REAL life.  Yes, they might not be professional photographer sort of images.  It doesn’t matter.  They are yours and that makes them perfect.  I promise you will love them all and appreciate those snowed in family days even more.

If you are instagram, use #cocophoto30 as a hashtag and we can do it together!  Follow me here @cristinacocophoto or hit the instagram tab on the left side of the blog.  If you want to comment below with your Instagram name I’ll make sure to follow you!

 

I only showed Instagram picture here as a reminder:  you do NOT have to be a photographer.  No fancy camera took these shots.  Just think a little bit outside the box and get in some photos, will ya?

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This is the picture that gave me the idea.  Moms need to be in more photographs.  Taken on vacation last week, a second after a selfie where we were both looking at the camera.  I hit it again by accident and it caught us looking at each other.  I love it so much.  If you get one shot that makes you as happy as this image makes me it will be so worth it!

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I cannot wait to see what you do!

much love,

Cristina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Brother Joy : Rye NY Child Photographer

I loved this session.  I loved it til my heart sang and I’m telling you, I had a high afterwards.  The reason was a little guy who had a laugh that could make even the grumpiest old man smile.  He was smart, funny, and I seriously wanted to adopt him after our time together.

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He just became a big brother and was so excited and proud.  I can’t imagine what an incredible big brother he will be.

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His little brother is just so cute too!  He really liked to eat, which is why I got to spend so much time with his older brother.

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This last image is one of the my most favorite laughs I’ve gotten in a while.  You can’t fake pure joy.  It comes from the belly and soars past the heart.  When it releases, you get this.

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(e.t.a) Someone on facebook asked why I didn’t include this one because they loved it.  lol.  Ok, just one more!  ;)Breanne_47