i enjoyed a wonderful morning with my sweet friend erin and here gorgeous (and insanely well behaved) new bundle of joy.  baby quinntin was posing for my lens as if he knew exactly what to do, I think I fell in love!  mama erin is calm, cool and collected, enjoying having only one little one to love all over this time around!  thank you dear friend for inviting me into your home and allowing me to take a few shots of your dear sweet baby boy!!

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This year for Instagram’s WHP (weekend hashtag project – a prompt given out by instagram each Friday asking you to take a shot that fits within the theme over the weekend and post by Sunday night) I have decided to do a series of self-portraits from above.  I have always loved prompts as I feel it pushes me to dig deep and create a piece within certain perimeters.  Here are a few I have done so far this year…

#WHPfairytale

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#WHPresolutions2015

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#WHPoutofplace

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#WHPfromthewater

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#WHPcolorplay

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We left warm Miami and spent ten days in chilly Colorado where being unplugged comes extremely easy… snowmen, skiing and tubing were among the many activities.  It is so incredible to watch my boys in the mountains and learning to ski, I couldn’t believe the fact they were both skiing blues by the end of the trip with the skies in “french fries” or one teacher called them “rocket ships” which the boys seemed to love.  Each afternoon we came inside after a day in the cold for a nice cup of hot chocolate and exchanged stories of the day.  These are the trips I will always remember… until next year!

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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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