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I bought my first DSLR before boarding a plane to Paris, France in 2007. I moved to the land of cheese, baguettes, and macarons to be a nanny for the most lovely French family. That move changed my life. I now appreciate the beauty of the finer things and I learned the simple act of enjoyment. I learned how to explore the world as an adult with the wonder that we see in children. I traveled as much as I could and lived like a native in whatever place I found myself. The French taught me how to live life well, just as children can't help but do themselves.

I find myself traveling back to France each year to visit my favorite city and some of my favorite people. I take it all in and gather inspiration with each visit back - watching the kids play at the many various parcs, jardins, weaving between the street posts, or speeding along the sidewalks on their trottinettes. The muted colors or the black and white with pops of color - it pulls me in.

I try to pull those feelings of the sights and sounds and joy that I feel into each Lifestyle session. I want to get the raw emotion and personality of each child into every image I pass on to you. My years as a nanny in Paris and NYC, as well as my time in the classroom as a 2nd grade teacher, have given me the skills to be exclaimed as FUN! by all kiddos.

My desire for Lifestyle sessions came after realizing the absence of such personal photos following my own dad's passing. Sure, I have a few posed family photos. What I desire more than anything is to have a photo of my dad gazing at me, throwing me in the air, chasing me around the living room, or tickling me till I was redfaced.

My goal is to give your children the images they will treasure when they are grown. You will love to see these photographs in the present, but they will be able to look at them as adults and see just how happy they were as a kid. And they will see how LOVED they have always been by you.

Let me give that to you. Thank you in advance for the opportunity to come into your home and document your family living life well.

 

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