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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

Weekly Photo
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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

Weekly Puppies
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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

Weekly Coffee

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

I had been doing quite well with all of my blogging–that is until a couple of weeks ago. All in one day, I got both wonderful news and terrible news. My sister gave birth to her second child, her little boy, Harrison Robert. Within minutes of receiving the phone call from her very happy husband–I got another call from my mother. My uncle had passed away.

It’s a weird feeling–switching from elated to melancholy in the course of minutes. Uncle Pete was a great man. He was hilariously funny, snarky and witty all the while still being very compassionate and loving. He would bend over backwards for friends and family. His health had been on the decline over the past couple of years, so while this wasn’t completely unexpected, it was still somewhat of a shock since we were told he was in rehab and getting better. The funeral lasted two days and I was glad to have had the chance to say good-bye to such an amazing man. RIP Uncle Pete.

Two days later, I met my godson, Harrison. He does very well in the daytime–but then when about 4pm hits, something in his brain switches and he unleashes what I call ‘the monster’. Every day at 4pm, he decides that he hates this world and everyone in it and makes this fact known by screaming his little head off. Poor little man. Then we discovered the formula the hospital had given us was expired–BY THREE MONTHS. I think we found the culprit.

Big sister, Adelynn is adjusting slowly but surely. She definitely doesn’t love not being the center of attention anymore, but she seems to be growing more and more ok with this idea. For the first week, she refused to touch Harrison or come near any of us who were holding him. After a night at home with them, Adelynn decided to start playing chase with me. I took Harrison from his pack ‘n play and without missing a beat, continued chasing Adelynn. I kept saying “Harrison got you!” as I would run up to her. Including him in playtime seemed to work really well and within minutes she was kissing him and wanted to hold him. SCORE FOR AUNT COLLEEN! Aunt Melanie might have the better toys and the bigger house, but remember Addy–I GOT YOU TO LOVE YOUR BROTHER.

Here is Harrison’s first photoshoot with a few at the end of Adelynn’s first encounter holding Harrison (The ones of Adelynn and Harrison were taken at 8pm sort of impromptu, so they’re a little dark!). We ran the gamut in terms of costumes and props and stuff, but the little hats were just too cute to not use!!

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

And just for fun before I headed back to NYC, we passed the camera around and got a few of me and the other adults…well, all except my bro-in-law. Poor schmo had to go to work that morning. Bummer!

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

A Film Photoshoot

Some clients decide that on top of their digital images, the want to have some film pictures taken of themselves as well. With this family, also seen here, we did one roll of medium format film (shot with my Hasselblad) while we were outside. The look of these just seems so different than the digital ones. There’s a different sort of softness to them that’s very lovable. At least I think so.

If you decide you want to add a roll of film onto your photo session, they are priced per roll! Be sure to ask about it during your initial consultation.

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

Madison Turns One!

I can’t believe this little girl is a year old already. I’ve seen her entire year, which in itself is unbelievable to me. Time goes so fast and I know Nadine must be floored that her baby girl is already a whole year old. This is why I love my job–people who are “clients” invite me into their lives and yes I am their photographer, but I become so much more to that. I get to grow with them and see the first time their child stands or smiles. Their first tooth. And it’s an amazing thing. Thank you Nadine, Marvin and Madison for welcoming me into this beautiful first year. I hope for many more to come!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Ellis Newborn Session

This is little Ellis–he was the perfect baby, literally until I rang their doorbell. Then it was as though the world came crumbling down on him. He did not want to sleep. He did not want to be put down at all. It took us over 3-hours, but we finally got some beautiful images of this little guy.

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

This might come as a bit of a surprise to people, but my niece Adelynn is the absolute hardest portrait subject I’ve ever had to photograph. Because I’m her aunt, she doesn’t tend to take the time we have together seriously (portrait-wise). She DEFINITELY doesn’t want to sit or stand still long enough for the shutter to click and she doesn’t like being told to smile.  Oh, she smiles plenty on a normal day, but the second I hold that camera up to my eye, she stops smiling altogether. These smiles that you see were taken in the last 5 minutes that she was in town–while Bridget and Adam were packing up the car. Luckily, they were A+ smiles…

Usually when I come to visit, it’s for a holiday or a birthday. The weekend typically involves copious amounts of sugar and presents. On this last trip, however, it was for no specific reason. Just a weekend that I decided to come down and see everyone. We celebrated things like a late mother’s day, an early father’s day and my (early) birthday while I was in town, but it was very low-key.  I think that for this reason, Addie and I finally had a chance to bond.

Saturday morning she slipped into my bedroom with a box of birthday candles to wake me up. She crawled into bed with me and we watched Clubhouse Mickey while my sister showered and dressed. I rubbed her back and her head for the 30 minutes that the show was on and as the credits rolled, I stopped momentarily to stretch. In those 20 seconds that I stopped rubbing her back, Adelynn put her hand on the small of her back (like I’ve seen my dad do after lifting something heavy) and gave a loud sigh. “Oh, my back, Aunt Colleen.” She moaned as if she had just spent the whole day at the office and all she could use at the moment was a backrub and a brewskie. It was THAT kind of grunt.

Obviously, I had to continue with her backrub after that. We spent the rest of the weekend playing dress-up, tea parties, doing Addie’s and my make up…all those girlie things that you can do with your auntie.

The following week after I had gotten back to NY, my sister sent me an email. She had bought Adelynn a pack of headbands (which comes with 3 to a pack) and upon giving them to Adelynn, Addie set one aside.

“Who’s that for?” My sister asked.

“Aunt Colleen,” she responded as though it was the most idiotic question she’d heard in her life, “because she has fashbon-cents.”

Damn right, kid! Don’t you forget who the “fashbonable” one of the family is!

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}