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2 is better than1.| long island new york and nyc in home newborn baby and lifestyle photographer | grace photography by max grey

as was the case for baby abel.

two mommies, are better than one!

that nurturing warmth, that soft soothing voice you look for when you are just a tiny newborn life. imagine two of that?

what incredible character this home had. I am not just talking about how insanely awesome the decor was, but the lives that make that house a home.

rufus, the first baby, wouldn’t leave abel’s side. he wanted his close up, and wanted to steal abel’s close up as well. rufus rocks!

abel’s mommies were such an amazing parallel partnership and their flow with with him was really something. they were wonderful to watch in their new found roles as mommies.

this is that pull I feel with in home photography. newborn photography in general can be so humbling, but adding the entire unique environment of the family unit makes my world shake.

thank you for letting me spend some of your freshest and most purest moments in your personal space, photographing your newness.

what a pleasure, and what a lucky boy he is to be so loved.

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a glimpse. long island new york lifestyle film photographer. grace photography

Another month is here, to blog our film goodness in our Film Mama group on FB!  Some amazing artists lined up.. mine?

just a little looksy into one of our days. I have been trying very hard (not so hard, because my digi cam is of no interest to me much these days…) to only use my bronica to shoot my family and document our days.

I absolutely adore that camera, and it has taught me a thing or two, that has helped me with client work.

thanks, bro. (get it?.. hehehehe..)

so these pics were shot on portra 400, and Tri-X 400. Pretty sure that Tri-X trumps anything I could ever do to a digital black and white conversion.

just stupendous.

soooooo, here you will see my two girls having a play/lunch date with my best friend – sister wife, as we like to say – and her daughter Harper (the one chowing down on her burrito bowl from Chipotle – trust me you will recognize that bowl), and her baby Brother Gunnar – my godson, and probably the only son I will ever have. Love that baby man!

just an exhaustingly boring day inside my home, with some really awesome people.

OH and if you are wondering, when you arrive at those pics of my oldest with her dolls..she said she is “nursing the puppies” – again, you will know exactly which pics I’m talking about.;-)
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gunlegsblogand now, head over to the fabulous Jacqueline Rose Photography’s blog for her rendition of this month’s circle! I am lucky enough to be linking to not only another local fellow photog, but another one of my besties as well!

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first rolls. long island new york film photographer. grace photography by max grey

I miss it.

film days.

how I learned, and oh how I took it for granted!

I decided to try my hand at a full manual, simple, no bells and whistles required, medium format Bronica. Boy is it fun.

the crank is exhilarating. I feel liberated, and at peace.

I didn’t even care how the scans came back, the act of shooting that bronica was all my artist heart needed.

I became a member recently of a fantastic film forum on facebook, filled to the brim with incredibly talented and helpful women, ‘the film mama’.

we do a blog circle every month, and this is my first post, and appropriately, with my first two rolls of film.

most of these images were shot at 1/15th shutter speed, f/2.8 and 4oo speed film. proud of the mess & all the film “oopsies”, and I can’t wait to dig deeper.

after you spend some time here, hop on over to see Jeanine Phelps of, Bella Jewel Photography for some of her film greatness this month!

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family is king. | long island new york in home family & child lifestyle photographer | grace photography by max grey

ok.

where do I begin?

this session was the first of 3 we have already had, and there must be some cosmic pull in the universe that brings certain people together because Liz and I were more than likely separated at birth.

when she first contacted me she said, “I think these are the kinds of pictures I am ready to decorate my house in.” That was all I needed to hear!

This kind of photography is hard for people to visualize seeing on their walls. A typical image of everyone looking at the camera is one we all expect and have growned to accept as “wall worthy” in a mainstream kind of context.

It has been hard and liberating at the same time to break that mold.

I am humbled time and time again when I get to spend a few hours in the unapologetic, authentic, world people create. It isn’t always perfect and pretty, but what “perfect” & “pretty” is subjective. It is the literal lives of people I like to see.

throw it at me.

so, a little about this specific session…

lots of character under this roof. Sassy Sadie, the big sis, loves her stuffed animals, dressing up in moms heels, books, being a show stopper, and way beyond her ripe age of 6! Her little brother Bennett is a mush. He has this need to please, but loves to follow Sadie into the world of “forget what authority says, I’m doing what I want” <~~~~ (best part of their dynamic, in my personal opinion).

It was so nice seeing girlfriend Sadie get her fem on, while Bennett played trucks with dad. It was like I was in two different worlds at once. Thank you children.

mom & dad.

Liz is just wild. She is a secret wild. Such a person full of life, and fun and knows when to unleash it at just the right time.

Matt, one of my favorite dudes! Quiet, calculated, and then BAM comes out with some of the funniest things ever. He also has some really cool hobbies. One being that he builds fatbikes. Bennett loves to help him, and I have to say it was hard to document that, when I wanted to learn how to build them too!

Oh and Sadie is really fun to text with. She will send you emoticons and you have to decipher the message. We totally become pioneers of a new language!

Love them, I really do.

My families are so fantastic.

I would love for you to read this little (not so little…) pictorial rather than my rambling….

Voila!

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and then there was a boy. | long island new york in home newborn & family photographer | grace photography

oh my what a session.

so, we had twin girls, another little sis – so yes, 3 girls – and now a boy.

the fun in this house is just pure awesome. these girls were so helpful and the doting over him was truly delightful.

I also have to say, the youngest sis, was super psyched for me to meet their elves. yes, their elves on the shelves (hehe). and who gets two elves? told you these kids were cool.;-)

so the little one. little Giovanni. he gave me the most fantastic eye contact and was so easy to please. he wanted to be a part of the action. he was much older than his newborn self. I could see it in his face.

I also have to say, mom was extremely helpful. I am ready to recruit her as my assistant!

I guess after 4 kids, you got that multi-tasking thing down!

dad arrived home on his lunch break to get some guy time in front of the cam, thank you for that dad, because the pics of you and your son were just completely emotive.

enjoy.

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