Ashley and Brian // Engagement Session // Hamptons

As I sit here with a warm cup of coffee preparing to write this blog post I can so clearly remember the day that I met Ashley and her mom to discuss plans for her wedding.  We met on a day that was threatening a snow storm and tried to make sure we would all be home safe before it hit.  We chatted and chatted for what seemed like hours, they are both such warm lovely people that I knew I would have such a wonderful time working with them (and Brian of course!)

When we finally set the date for Ashley and Brians engagement session, Ashley told me how important the two spots were to them as a couple.

The first is a dock in Quogue where they met on their first (second) date. They also brought along their AMAZING dog Sammie (who I want to steal and frequently stalk on instagram) for some photos, and of course Ashley’s mom Rene to help wrangle Sammie when we weren’t asking her to pose like the good girl she is!

Brian has such a calm, go with the flow energy which matches perfectly with Ashley’s “let’s do this!” attitude and together they are perfect!

The Surf Club at Quogue was our second stop.  I had worked here for a wedding last year and was excited to go back!  As I’m told Brian will be the first to tell you all about the trophy that he won which is on the wall at the Surf Club!

It’s obvious these two make each other laugh and compliment each other amazingly.  Good girl Sammie The sunset at this end of the island is always beyond amazing, cotton candy pink!

I can’t wait to see you guys in a little more than a week!!

Nichols Family // Lifestyle Family // Long Island Family Photographer

I met Steven and Larissa way back before they were even married.  I shot their engagement session twice because I enjoyed working with them so much that when I wanted to try out a new location I knew they would be up for it and we’d have a blast.

Then their wedding, which flew by it hardly felt like a days work but like I was a guest.

Now, they are leaving Long Island for bigger and better things, and to raise their adorable son!

I was so happy to capture them while they were still here!

Initially the idea was to go to a Long Island landmark and take photos to show their son, Carter, where his life started out.  Unfortunately, weather and a not even two year old in a new place don’t always mix.

The temp dropped dramatically from the time we parked to the time we walked to the first stop.

I managed to get a few frames and one epically perfect family portrait.

Can you even get over those eyes though?

But I wanted to do this family justice, so I offered to go to their Long Island home while they were still here and do a lifestyle session to show Carter where he lived while he was a New Yorker.

Aren’t they the sweetest? Such a little smooshy man ❤

Congratulations on your move guys!  I wish you all the best on your new life adventure!!

Mommy and Me Mini Session // Fire Island Lighthouse

Moms are so often not “in the picture”, we’re usually the ones who are taking the pictures.

This premise is what brought Becca and her family into my life 🙂

We met 2 years ago when she booked me for a family session so that she would actually be in the picture.  From that shoot brought me an immensely good friend and I’m so happy I’ve been able to put her in the picture a few more times ❤

At the first hint of warmish weather, I took Becca and Nolan to try out an old location in a new way. I got some adorable “mommy and me” shots as well as Nolan being a TOTAL HAM and loving every minute of it.

(Don’t forget!  Mini sessions for Fall 2018 are up on Facebook!  Snag one for your own Mommy and me, family session, or just because!)

Sarah and Adam // Northport Village // Engagement Session

My assistant/husband met up with Sarah and Adam on a perfectly gorgeous March day.  It was still a bit chilly but the sun was just enough to warm us up.  We met on the docks to start off our session and capture some yummy sunflare and backlighting (hi, my name is Tricia and I have a light chasing problem)

I mean, look at that backlight!   I love how these two let me drag them around to all my favorite spots in the village, (we literally walked around for close to 2 hours). Luckily we had plenty to talk about!  

How cute is this little shop?  Next door to this shop is a little cafe where we met the sweetest dog. And right by that little cafe is what used to be a bank but is now an art gallery, and the sun flare here made me stop in my tracks. But these two were up for anything and I just love how laid back and into it they were and willing to let me just get as much for them that I possibly could. 

I seriously think that Northport Village is one of the best places for an engagement shoot.  There are so many adorable nooks and crannies around the town if you know where to look.  And also, it’s incredibly dog friendly!

Thank you guys for bearing with me and being amazing models 🙂 I know you were nervous going into it but it didn’t show! I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks for your wedding!

Baby Margaret Lifestyle Newborn Session

After Margaret’s newborn session I felt as if I were indoctrinated into the family.  Within this family/friend unit I have photographed 3 of their babies, one extended family session and will be shooting a wedding this month!  Every single person I have met belonging to this group of people have been the most open/heartfelt individuals.  I am so lucky that they chose me, I feel like I won the greatest prize to have them as my clients!

Baby Margarets mom Liz contacted me about shooting her newborn session, she wanted to be able to capture all that newness in a relaxed setting and in their home where they started their family.

Baby lips and toes ❤

I love to get different angles and natural expressions and these guys did not disappoint.

Black and white and full of love

A special request, momma reading Jane Eyre to Margaret.

Allyson and Meghan’s Wedding // Bellport Country Club

If you follow my blog you may have seen the one where I opened up about a medical emergency my family and I went through, if not you can check it out here.

Not being able to be there for a wedding of mine was one of the most stressful moments of my life. I was so lucky to have my friends Marie and Leslie step up to the plate and take care of these beautiful brides on their wedding day.  It’s an action plan I never wanted to ever use but am so grateful I have one in place so that my couples do not have to stress out.

One thing Ally and Meghan said in their initial contact with me was that they wanted someone to capture their easygoing fun vibe.  I don’t think they tried hard enough to hide it or make Leslie and Marie really work at finding it.  It was right there on their faces all day.

Leslie started her day with Ally, I love her ability to capture the laidback environment that she was able to capture.  Ally opted to wear a suit with a gorgeous paisley interior.

I’m digging these amazing vignettesAlly, A+ darling Marie started with Meghan and her bridal party.  I love the lace detail in her dress. Marie said that Meghan was just beaming the entire day, and it shows.  She has an amazing smile. gah-orgeousThe joy, anticipation radiating off this imageAlly and Meghan opted to do a first look before all the craziness took over the day.  Lookit how sweet they are!  Marie and Leslie took a few moments to take some romantic images to take advantage of daylight and before the snow storm set in (more on that later)Could you die at the sweetness.  I love these 2 images.  So genuine. The smiles never left their faces all day.  Seriously, check out the rest of the photos.  Not one single time were they without these infectious smiles.
They then moved the group inside to get some bridal party photos.  I can only imagine the ridiculous fun that ensued to get these photos.  I wish I were there! It was then onto the ceremony. These two were perfectly meant to be together. It’s obvious from the joy emanates off of every single person there is something special.   I love the simplistic touches and the Christmassy theme for the reception.  Party time!  Excellent! Not happy at all, nope Leslie and Marie stole the lovely couple away for a few night shots.   And the snow!  Talk about magical.
This is by far my favorite image (taken by Marie)  Congratulations Ally and Meghan, I am so grateful you entrusted me to be your photographer and so wish I could have been there!  I

Personal Post // Life Update

I very rarely make personal posts public, but I wanted to address something that affects 1:4.

December 1st I photographed Martina and Brandon’s wedding. I went home, took a shower, backed up my cards, and went to bed.  Around 3am I rolled over onto my left side and woke up in excruciating pain.  It felt like I was filled with gas and it hurt from my stomach to my clavical.  I spent the remainder of the night feeling like maybe I had caught a terrible stomach flu, but after passing out in the hallway, I began to suspect that it might be something more.

*me at Martina and Brandon’s wedding less that 24 hours before all hell broke loose.

My husband took my son for a playdate to give me some peace and quiet so I could rest, but I couldn’t get comfortable.  I was concerned about the amount of pain I was in, but also felt if I went to the ER they would tell me it was just gas or something else trivial.  I started Googling my symptoms and came across something that seemed to match.  Ectopic pregnancy.  I happened to have an old test in my bathroom and took it.  It came up positive immediately.

I called my husband saying that he needed to come home, we needed to go to urgent care or the hospital. I was still in disbelief that something could actually be critically wrong with me, I was just fine yesterday!

We live fairly close to South Nassau hospital, so off we went.  At this point it just hurt to sit, stand and lay.  I was quickly admitted and I was being tested for a variety of things.  I was still 50% sure they were going to send me home with tums.

We were behind a curtain and I was trying to breath through the pain while also keeping my then 4 year old entertained and calm when suddenly 5 or 6 people came running through the curtain shouting all sorts of things I, at the time, didn’t understand.

Type A+, tachycardic, hypotensive, laparotomy…

I was put on 2 iv fluid bags as well as blood.

At this point I looked at my husband and said, call your parents and have them pick up Nathan.  So a gigantic thank you to them for getting there in 10 minutes (East Meadow to Oceanside) and, calmly and quickly, taking Nate for a sleepover.

I was then rushed from my curtain in the ER to one in the general area.  There was a lot of activity and shouting and people asking me and my husband a million questions, some of them the same, and lots of forms to sign.

I was told that I needed emergency surgery to repair damage done by ruptured ectopic pregnancy.  Meaning that a fertilized egg implanted in my fallopian tube instead of my uterus, which is not where it’s supposed to go, and it ruptured filling my entire trunk with blood.  Essentially, I was bleeding out internally.

Before I was even in the surgical wing I had received 3 blood transfusions.

Everything happened so fast, one moment I was in the ER the next I was in surgery.

I woke up and was moved to the maternity ward.  At this point I still didn’t understand the gravity of my situation.  I was just annoyed at the inconvenience it had caused in my life and all I could concentrate on was the fact that I had my final wedding of the season on December 9th.

I was told by 3 doctors that would not happen and I should tell the couple asap. But, I’m stubborn and didn’t want to let my clients down and was determined to try to make it even if it was just for prep.

I did, however, call my friend Marie one of the few trusted people I work with now, and booked her to shoot the wedding for me along side my second Leslie. I then called my lovely brides Ally and Meghan to let them know what was happening.

I’m so grateful that were incredibly understanding, but also that I have a good emergency backup plan in place, even if I thought I would never have to use it.

Come Monday, December 4th, I was begging to go home.  I couldn’t rest in the hospital because they kept waking me up to check vitals or give me medication. My ob/gyn Dr. Bachman, knowing how strong willed I am, acquiesced and cleared me to go home with a long list of vitamins I am still take 3 months later.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t know I was pregnant.  I was on track with my cycles and it never dawned on me that this could happen until it was too late.  I know there are other blogs out there that talk about “ignoring their symptoms” and it cost them a fallopian tube, but that wasn’t the case here. This is also not my first loss.  I have had 2 miscarriages previously, one before and one after I had my son.  The first was devastating and took months to get over, the second I was upset but grateful that I had my son to focus on.  This time, I was just happy to be alive.

Infertility Awareness Week is April 22nd, loss and infertility are more prevalent than people know so I wanted to use my platform to not only tell my story but also bring awareness to the fact that if this has happened to you, you are not alone.  I also want to remind people to be mindful when speaking to people about pregnancy and fertility.  You never know what someone is struggling with, and while it’s well meaning to hope people have babies, it might not always be possible.

I’m forever grateful to my husband for taking care of everything while I was out of commision for two weeks, my day job co-workers  and clients for being so understanding and caring.

I’m working hard everyday to not take life too seriously, while also appreciating everything I’m blessed with.

Thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers, and words of wellness.  It all mattered to me ❤

 

 

Martina and Brandon // Loft at Bridgeview // Wedding

I met Martina, Brandon and Brandon’s mom Paula over my favorite thing, coffee!  Martina is this gorgeous Italian transplant who reminds me so much of Gal Gadot, she’s that gorgeous!  Brandon was so sweet but reserved and Paula is just a ball of energy.  Which makes sense because she works in my sons pre-school/kindergarten center!

They were in a planning frenzy since Martina’s family and friends were traveling from Italy to Long Island for the wedding, there were a lot of balls in the air, but as you can see everything came together beautifully.

The Loft at Bridgeview has quickly become a favorite venue.  The staff is amazingly helpful, even to me! and beyond accommodating.

I started with Martina and her bridal party (aka best friends and soon to be sister in law) as well as her mom in the bridal loft.  It’s such a rustic/industrial space that it really lent itself to the evening December wedding.

How pretty is Martina’s custom dress?  It came all the way with her mom from Italy for the wedding.

Hi, Wonder Woman pose?  Yes please!

Models.  

My bff Jessica took Brandon and got these adorable portraits of him before the ceremony

Martina did all the decorating herself, I love the rich gold that she chose to accent the white.  Very clean and classic.  A huge part of my job, that is so important to me, is telling the story of your day. That includes capturing the reactions to speeches, the emotions during dances, and the awkward laughing during portraits.  I have to say, I am glad no one tried to lift me on a chair at my wedding!  Martina was as terrified as I would have been! You can tell Martina has a special bond with her dad.  Mother/son dances always get me in the feels though Since it was 100% dark from the moment we started with their wedding day, we brought our own light!  It also meant we were able to take them out of reception for their romantics because we didn’t have natural light to try to capture.  Congratulations Martina and Brandon!