family of four — hudson valley, NY newborn photographer

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein

There’s nothing that makes me much happier than a relaxed, at-home newborn photo session. It was a delight working with this family in their beautiful new home! When I arrived, I was immediately greeted by big brother who agreed most happily to be my photo assistant and help me to get his little brother to smile and be happy for the camera : ) Baby Trevor had very little interest in snoozing during his session. Maybe he just wanted to show off his big beautiful eyes. But one thing is for sure, these little ones are going to grow into the best of buds as the years roll on : )

“Come on, lady! Come see the purple flowers!”

Baby Trevor was the calmest and happiest while we spent a few moments outdoors. So maybe that means he’s going to be an outdoors kind of guy : )

Happy Monday!
Kate

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

Rita is one! — hudson valley photographer

I got to be a part of another first year of life! So my heart is happy : )

Babies change so much … and I LOVE getting to watch them develop and just continue to make their parents fall more and more in love with them as the year rolls on.

For this plan, we did newborn, six months, and one year. And precious little Rita was right on schedule for all the big stuff: Snoozing during her at-home newborn session, sitting up and looking mighty cute for her six month session at Longwood Gardens, and just taking some big-girl steps for her one-year session at Valley Forge park.

We were actually going to be shooting her session in April … but then a random 72-degree day happened in February, one day after her actual birthday, and I’m so, so happy we were able to do it then! February is way too early for flowers, but thankfully, Rita’s Grandma is a talented florist and so we had lots of blooms to work with. And then we even happened upon a patch of white flowers along the creek. So strange for February!

As I’m sitting here typing this blog post up, I’m listening to the freezing cold wind up against my window. It was 11 degrees last night here in the Hudson Valley. And it’s only supposed to be 27 tomorrow. So that 72-degree, flower-patch-sitting-in day was SUCH a tease!

And I have to mention that Rita’s Grandma made her cake. And it smelled GOOOOOOOD. Rita very generously flung a piece or two in my direction and I was very tempted to eat it, gluten and dairy and all : ) I didn’t. But she was a good sharer and gave some to her Mom and Dad, too 🙂

Happy Weekend!
Kate

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

5 places I want to visit this year — hudson valley photographer

Welcome to day five of my 30-day writing challenge.

I’ve gotten quite behind in my writing challenge! But I know if I don’t hurry up and get caught up, I’ll never finish. January and February are the months where I do the least shooting … so it’s when I try and do more writing. But poof! Just like that, February is almost gone!

The topic to write about today is 5 places I’d like to visit.

I’m going to switch that to 5 places I’d like to visit … this year. After all, there’s nothing quite like goal setting!

1. South of France – If all goes right this year, I’ll be announcing photo shoot openings in the south of France for December and January. Or, possibly, January and February. I’ve wandered around the streets of Paris before, and have spent five fabulous weeks in Normandy when I was a University student. But I have yet to make it to the South … and I feel like it’s time! Maybe after a few months there, people will stop asking me if I’m Canadian when I speak French to them. Maaaaaybe I’ll actually suck in that beautiful French accent! Or at the very least, you can be sure I’ll be sucking in some croissants! I don’t do well with wheat or yeast, but I’m told by several gluten-free folks that they do great in Europe. So here’s hoping!

2. Maine – My grandfather’s home on Damariscotta Lake doesn’t feel the same without him there : (I’m hoping that this year, maybe it will feel a little easier.

3. San Diego – I love the sunshine, the bark beach, the plethora of healthy food stores, the laid-back attitudes, drives on the Coastal highway, a visit to my Egoscue therapist, hikes in the desert. Deep down I feel like I was meant to live in San Diego … but for now, regular visits always heal my soul.

4. Northern California  and Washington – I think I HATE the direct squishy, 6-hour flight to San Diego almost as much as I desperately WANT to visit Northern California and Washington State. (I’m 5’10 and I truly don’t understand how it’s possible for people taller than me to fit in airplane seats. My legs are so smashed into the seat in front of me that I can’t imagine how someone taller than me can fold his or her legs into that little space? How?!) So this time, I’m hoping to stay out longer, make my way up the coast, and make that horrible plane ride really count!

5. Montreal – Right around this exact time last year, we braved the streets of Montreal. It was -50 degrees that weekend. And no, I’m not exaggerating. It actually was -50 degrees! Which is just silly. And of course, it’s not typical. We had a fun trip … but while I was running in between stores and restaurants, I VOWED to myself that I’d be back this year … but this time, in the Spring or Summer.

So there’s my ambitious travel plans for the year. How about you? Where do you want to go this year?

XO,
Kate

p.s. Dear Female Photographer, If you want your photography business to succeed, you’re going to have to change your focus. 

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

 

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