31 Aug

Marvin, NC Children’s Photographer | Summer Days

Marvin, NC Children’s Photographer | Summer Days

It’s nearly the end of summer, and a perfect time to highlight this fun Summer Session.  We began our session at their home, and immediately started to see the personalities of the little ones. I love watching brothers and sisters playing together, especially when the little ones are entertaining the older ones.
After a clothing change and snack, we took a short drive to a nearby park. It was a beautiful August morning, and these little guys loved spending time with their Mom and Dad.
Marvin, NC Family Photographer captures family fun in Summer Days
29 Aug

Fanwood, NJ | Thank You to The Goddard School

Deciding to send your child to daycare can be a very difficult and emotional decision for a new parent. We want our children to grow up in an environment that is nurturing and loving, and also educational. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I didn’t know how I felt about daycare, and I was extremely worried about the whole process. But when my daughter was 10 months old, she entered a full-time daycare program.
Now, my daughter is six years old and about to begin first grade in just a few weeks.  Today is her last full day at The Goddard School in Fanwood where she has been a student for the past 3 years. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about this, because everyone there has become part of our extended family.  The teachers at this school are wonderful.  Not only are they smart, kind and have a ton of patience, but you can tell that they truly enjoy their jobs.  They have provided an educational, fun and happy environment for my daughter, and it’s been amazing to watch her learn and grow over the last few years.
For a little girl that was once very shy and timid, she now acts like the mayor of the school saying hello and good-bye to every child and knows almost every child in the school by name. Over the years she not only learned to read, but also learned sign language, Spanish, and so much more.
She has built incredible and adorable friendships, and paved the way for me to make amazing new friends with the other moms at the school. I often feel that family life is filled with craziness and chaos, and it’s wonderful to have friends that share similar experiences and can help you laugh and smile through it all.
Today’s post is a thank you to the amazing staff at The Goddard School, the adorable girls and boys that have been my daughter’s classmates, and the wonderful mothers and fathers of those adorable children. Thank you for everything you have done to bring numerous smiles, giggles, and happiness to our lives and for being a part of our daughter’s childhood.
Looking back on the last few years, I know that sending our daughter to daycare was a good decision. It was heartbreaking when she was a few months old, but it’s just as heartbreaking now to see her say good-bye to the amazing people that have been a part of her life.
10 Aug

Fanwood, NJ Photographer | Anita + Rishi Engaged Part 2

While I primarily specialize in infant, children and family portrait sessions, I still love having an opportunity to photograph special events for couples.  I was so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful engagement party for Rishi and Anita last month.  Rishi mentioned that it was the first time his entire family had been together in one place with relatives flying in from multiples states as well as from London.  To ensure that we captured this special occasion, we asked immediate and extended family members to arrive early to gather everyone for family portraits.

The event was hosted at the newly renovated Aashirwad Palace in Randolph, NJ.  After the family portraits, I was able to steal a few moments with the engaged couple for some beautiful images in the garden right on the property  Enjoy!

05 Aug

Fanwood, NJ Photographer | Happy Weekends

I don’t usually enjoy waking up before the sun comes out, but last Sunday morning my alarm went off at 5:15 am, and I got myself and my 5 year old out of bed into the dark morning to drive over to Whitehouse Station for the 29th Annual Quik Chek Festival of Ballooning.

The balloon ascension was scheduled for 6:30 am and my 5 year old daughter and I had “front row seats”.
We arrived in time to watch as they laid out the balloons and prepared them to launch into the air.

It was a beautiful morning, and so amazing to watch the sky fill with balloons.  Even though we were home by 9:00 am, but my daughter talked about the balloons all day and into the week.  If you get the chance to see a hot air balloon festival, go for it and definitely bring the kids.  We are already marking the calendar to go back next year with the whole family, grandparents and cousins too!

Hope these images bring a smile to the start of your weekend!

02 Aug

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer | The New Bookcase and Favorite Books for 2 year olds

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer | The New Bookcase and Favorite Books for 2 year olds

Our new bookcase arrived this week for the little guy’s room. We had been keeping his books in a regular bookcase in his big sister’s room, but it’s been tough for him to find his favorites.

I have to say, I love this new bookcase. There is nothing better than putting books in a visible spot to help encourage reading. Even in the last few days, he is requesting that we read to him more often, simply because it’s the first thing he sees when he walks into his room. Yes, he’s only two years old, but he loves to have Mommy, Daddy or his big sister read to him, and he is starting to memorize some of his favorite stories. I just love when I sit on the floor and he comes over with a book and hops into my lap to read with me. And what could be better than watching your two children reading with each other.

[Scroll down after the photos to see a list of our favorite books . . . ]

After spending time watching my kids read their favorites, I thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight some of our family’s favorite books for two year olds. Many are classics and won’t be a surprise, but there are some great ones that we have found over the years at local book stores, school book fairs, or even our local Babies ‘R’ Us.  My 5 year old daughter helped to compile the official list. You will find that many of the books are nighttime stories, because it’s our favorite way to end the day, reading a book together right before bed.

Ryan Family Favorite Books for Two Year Olds:

1. Good Night, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Jack loves finding the little mouse on any possible page. Reading this one together is a great way to end the day.

2. Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Jack’s current favorite book and we’ve read it over and over. He brought it to daycare with him yesterday and apparently read to his class too. This is a great book for helping little ones learn the alphabet.

3. Lullaby Moon by Rosie Reeve
It’s just such a sweet bedtime story, and we enjoy whispering good night to the Lullaby Moon.4. The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I love Eric Carle books.  Shannon picked out this book as a present for Jack before he was even born. It was one of her favorites, and now they both love it.5. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
This story tells little ones all the things we love about them, and it melts my heart.6. The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade and Jon Buller
At first, I didn’t think I’d like this, but the kids love making all the goofy noises and it’s great way to encourage counting and learning numbers. It definitely brings a smile to my face as we read it together.

7. Good Morning, Good Night by Teresa Imperato
This is a great touch and feel style book, and Jack loves petting all the animals and saying good night to each one.

8. Little Quack’s Bedtime by Lauren Thompson
How can you resist the adorableness of Little Quack? With pictures by Derek Anderson, this adorable series about Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle and Little Quack is quickly becoming a family favorite. Jack loves saying good night to each of the ducks in this bedtime story.

9. Little Polar Bear (part of the Look at Me Books from Barron’s)
I just love this group of books that are shaped like the animals. Adorable concept and beautiful illustrations. This one was difficult to find with a simple google search, but is available at www.barronseduc.com.

10. Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Jack’s current favorite from this series is Clifford’s Christmas, because he just loves seeing Santa Claus, and yes, it’s August as I’m writing this, but we still read it whenever requested. I love the Clifford stories because they are perfect for my 5 year old to read and the little guy loves to see the adorable Big Red Dog.