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I’m pretty sure that I have previously expressed how much I love photographing teens… at least once or twice (please humor me and pretend this is the first time!)  You would think the Selfie Generation would be immune to the impact of photography, no matter how great,  just because of sheer exposure.  However, I would say the opposite is true.  I find that these kids value photography more than many other age groups.  These teen girls love striking a pose and love even more seeing a gorgeous photo of themselves.  The impact of a great portrait on a girl this age can go a long way.  If I can help boost self -esteem even a little bit, I am a happy photographer, mom, and girl at heart. Our society loves to tell girls how to look and act, instead of boosting their confidence in who they already are!

This session was in honor of “J’s” 13th birthday and she brought out a whole crew of besties to celebrate with her.  Considering it was January, the weather was beautiful beyond what we could have ever hoped for.  The girls were so much fun with the giggles and playfulness.  These sessions really are so much fun and I hope to do many more of them. Birthday sessions are a great way to celebrate a milestone, and how fun for your teen or preteen to be able to look back and remember her friends from that time in her life! Let me know if you’d like to schedule a birthday session, whether it’s a first birthday extravaganza or a 50th birthday bash, we can bring it to life through photos!

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THEME:  OUTSIDE

With my project 52, I plan to use each week’s theme to document something in my kids’ lives and hopefully each image with represent a specific memory.  Well we had a surprise snow day off from school last week and we made the most of it.

Friday February 5, 2016   Nikon D800 Nikon 85 1.4 ISO 320, f 2.0, 1/6400

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There are endless reasons to have portraits captured of you and your sweetie: engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, or even ‘just because’! I love them all, and believe couples portraits shouldn’t be reserved for just the special occasions! You’ll want to look back in years to come at the everyday moments, too. This stylish, fresh-faced couples was celebrating their exciting one year anniversary with a special trip to NYC. Of course, New York City boasts many landmarks that one can use as a backdrop, and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge tops that list. It’s scenic and gorgeous, and it makes a fabulous location to create perfect portraits, especially ones that will grace your walls.

This shoot was a lot of fun because the couple was so in love.  PDA was not an issue for them.  They were very happy to snuggle and whisper sweet nothings to each other.  This makes for those heart-felt photographs that I so covet.  My advice to anyone who is timid about snuggling up as hundreds of tourists and New Yorkers walk by. is to just go for it.  I promise people have see weirder things!  Enjoy each other and have fun, because your photos will be worth it!

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This time of year is notorious for resolutions, plans, and starting projects.  We are all vowing to be better, do more, and accomplish more.

We are just three weeks in, and I’ve already painted and redesigned my family room, feeding off the fumes of fresh starts and new beginings.  With that out of the way, I started thinking about a photography project.  Much of the time I have to approach photography within the frame of business and earning a living, but it’s also my creative outlet.  It helps me spread my creative wings and come up with new ideas. It helps me live in the moment and at the same time, it allows me to document my family’s lives for ourselves as the years go by and for generations to come.  I look forward to sharing my images with my grandchildren.

There are all sorts of photography projects.  I have started and quit quite a few 365 projects.  In case you do not know, a 365 project is where you commit to creating one photograph every single day.  It’s a lot of fun, but inevitably becomes a lot of  work after a few months.  If you are better at routine than me, the final product is priceless and in essence, becomes a time capsule of a year in the life of your family.  It gives you the opportunity to record really big moments as well as the priceless little moments that may not typically be the perfect subjects for photography.

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I looked into a few other ideas that don’t take quite as much commitment.  There is something called 52 Saturday Mornings that really stuck a chord.  Around the Levine household, Saturday mornings are one of two things: lazy time to stay in our pajamas far too late in the day, or filled with travel soccer games near and far.  Both of these situations are prime opportunities to capture exactly what life is like in this season for our family.  There is an instagram account dedicated to this concept.  Check it out here.

Another fun photography adventure is the ABC project.  You’ve seen the posters that spell out a word or name with photographs that reveal a letter in unexpected places.  Check out this example on Pinterest.  This project takes patience and an eye for the abstract.  If you travel a lot or spend time in the city, this is a great concept for you.  I have a friend who loved this artwork and instead of purchasing a poster, her husband took the time to find every letter to spell out every member of the family’s names.  How cool!

You don’t need a fancy “professional” camera to partake in a photography project.  There are some amazing examples of iPhone-only projects out there.  The great thing about this activity is that we always have our phone with us.  If you put any effort in, you will quickly get a strong grasp of essential photography basics such as composition and framing and really start to learn how essential light is to every image.  It doesn’t have to be an iPhone.  You can get the same results with a point and shoot, disposable film camera, and I plan on utilizing my daughters Fuji Instax Mini and my Diana F Medium Format film camera.  These are essentially toy cameras but when you are limited to the functionalities of these cameras, you are forced to be creative with the tools you do have; i.e. composition, light, framing, perspective, etc.  The other thing about this fun contraptions is they each have a very unique look to the photograph.  Think real life instagram filter!

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The last photography project I will tell you about is the project that I am dedicating myself to this year: Project 52.  This is very similar to the 365 but I am only obligated to one photo a week.  Even I can make that happen.  The other thing that appeals to me about this, is that there are endless Project 52 lists that give you a weekly theme.  I can refer to the list for my direction for the week instead of getting lost in too many ideas.  Here are a couple of lists.

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I am excited to begin my project even if I am a couple weeks behind.  I’ll catch up in no time.  I’ll be posting my project here on the blog and if you decide to participate in a photography project let me know!  I want to see.  Have fun!

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  • Lauren - awesome sauce!!!! i can’t wait to follow your family for 52 weeks!!!!! so exciting :)ReplyCancel

    • Leslie - Well if you can do back to back 365s I better be able to do a 52! lol You are such an inspiration :) xoxoReplyCancel

You are going to look at these photos and be like, “Hey Leslie, did you hire models for this session?”

While I can totally see why you would say that, no… this family is just that gorgeous!  These little guys were so much fun to chase around.  They are bursting with personality and they adore their mommy and daddy.  I think that one of the defining characteristics of children this age is play.  The kids are so playful, and that really makes my job joyful.  There really is nothing more fun than getting caught up in little ones playing around every corner and turning everything into a game…they are at such an irreplaceable age and full of imagination. I believe in letting children be children and documenting them and their real personalities. Those smiles? Those are real! We caught the perfect light in Manhasset park, and I can’t get over the beautiful setting.

I’d love so very much to capture your family in 2016. Remember that these years go by SO fast, and now is the time to schedule family portraits before your calendar fills and the days blur together! For more information on my family sessions, click here.

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