We have a red chair tradition in this family, each month for the first year of life and every year since, on their birthday, we have done a photo shoot on the red chair.  Since Massimo, my big boy, turned 7 in February and Giacomo, the little guy, is due to turn 5 in March we decided to do our annual tradition.  Massi insisted he play his guitar (he has been taking lessons) and Giac decided to sing along for fun… he was making up songs as he went.  This year I want to remember that Massi learned to read, he joined his first lacrosse team, he started to play the guitar, he has now lost 9 teeth and he, more than anything else, is the most caring, compassionate, loving boy.  I want to remember Giacomo loves to do art – painting or drawing or whatever he can, he adores golf and plays twice a week, he loves to swim, and most importantly he is the sweetest boy who gives the longest hugkisses (yes one word), he holds his own, and he loves passionately.  I am blessed to call these two my sons!  To view the images of the other wonderful childhood unplugged photographers please visit here!

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After a week of being sick and stuck indoors we decided to spend a day outside, by the water, climbing on rocks and riding on scooters.  It was the best thing we could have done for ourselves!  It was a cool (for Miami) day with a nice breeze but if you sat still long enough the sun would warm you up.  It was the perfect unplugged day and I vow to go there again soon.  There are eleven other talented photographers whose unplugged adventures you can see on Childhood Unplugged.

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On the last day of the year we started a new tradition… breakfast in bed, chats about the ending year and hopes for the one ahead, oh and a bit of throwing for fun (giac loves nothing more).  So we chilled, took it easy, and had a really wonderful last day of the year… I can’t wait to see what unfolds this year, what adventures we partake in, but for now I am happy to have enjoyed my little loves for some quiet and unplugged fun.  To see the images submitted by the other photographers please visit Childhood Unplugged.

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I spent a wonderful afternoon with Elizabeth, big sister Ellie and baby Caroline!  Ellie, who stole my heart when we first met, blew me away once again… from her posing to chatting to attentiveness and desire to hold and feed her baby sister, she never ceases to amaze me.  This house of girls meant pink and princesses and fairies, even signs so the fairies knew where to go.  I look so forward to watching this beautiful family grow, to find out who little Caroline will become and what her big sister will teach her.  Thank you dear Elizabeth for having me in your home, looking forward to coming back soon!!

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These two beautiful sisters, due with their babies only weeks apart, trusted me to capture this special moment in their lives.  I met Jessie and Jenise only a few years ago and since they have made me look (and feel) beautiful time and time again.  This time it was my turn, instead of their brush I had my lens and together we came together to create cherished memories.  I am lucky to know them and can’t wait to get to know the little bundles they are bringing into this world.

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I was honored to be asked to go back to the Chainani home and photograph this wonderful bunch!  Uma with her infectious smile and Kaveen with his silly jokes made for so much fun… they told secrets, smelled each other (hehehe) and laughed a whole bunch.  Watching Sonesh with them is a truly beautiful experience, his calm control and fun nature makes him one stand out dad!  Thank you for having me back in your home for a fantastic afternoon with your family!!

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As December approaches and Christmas excitement is in the air we spent a morning writing Santa letters and bringing them to the post office to send them to the North Pole!  Giacomo requested castles, knights and a king and queen as well as a robotic flying frisbee and  a few surprises.  Massimo asked for a Green Lantern Lego, a glow up sword and a surprise as well.  We got these letters signed, sealed and delivered to the mailbox so they can be on their way!  To view work submitted by  the other CU photographers please visit Childhood Unplugged.

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This month’s post stems from one of our best and most loved unplugged activities… reading. I have read books to my boys every night before bed since they were old enough to sit on the chair next to me, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that we graduated from the children’s picture books to full fledged chapter books.  As a big Harry Potter fan myself I thought reading the first book in the series to them would be fun for all of us, and I was right, times ten!  The excitement, the questions, the “ten more minutes, please please!” –  and witnessing their wonder, oh it has been the most fulfilling experience for me.  When it came time to choose Halloween costumes the fact my children chose based on a book made my heart swell…. Giac, always obsessed with Slytherin and snakes, picked his big green snake and Massi picked Harry… we joked all day that they could talk in Parseltongue!  To view the images of the other photographers please visit Childhood Unplugged.

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what a pleasure to spend a morning with georgette and the newest addition to her beautiful family, baby georgette!  this baby girl was a dream – calm, happy and posing for the camera at only a week and a half old.  from photographing this baby to chatting with her wonderful mama i had the best time – can’t wait to spend more time with these two!

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