Fall Family of Five

On the eastern end of Long Island is a wide assortment of parks, camp grounds and golf courses. Many photographers collect in popular locations with wheelbarrows of props for fall sessions, maneuvering through paths and foliage to get to the best locations where they photograph their clients.

I don’t have props. While I love the look of some of the images that result from creative additives, I’ve been fortunate enough to have families that know how to both dress and pose themselves in order to be the center of attention. This family was such a family.

While situated in front of a beautifully soft rolling background of green autumn grass, this family posed in color coordinated - though not matching - clothing that both represented their personalities as well as set them apart from the typical family. I wish I could hire this mom to give you all tips on your next session! I’ve never seen pink work so well in a fall setting, and I would love to pick her brain on what her thought process …

"I have no idea how she does it, but Adrienne Brand gets the shot every time!"

Call it my relentless need to get the photo that my clients are hoping for – I happily trail my client's peanuts until I get their perky little faces "on film." I've known this little lady since she was just a baby, and now she's running like a champion. We poked around the grounds of the Cutting Arboretum on Long Island until she tired herself out, stopping by a tree to poke at some "chachkies."

You can't get moments like these back, and I'm so honored to be a part of her life. Welcome to Willow's 2016 Fall Outdoor Portraits!
If you know Willow, tag friends and family to the image so they can see all her shots!

Voodoo Jungle Band

Voodoo Jungle Band is a premier cover band that plays across Long Island throughout the year. If you were lucky enough to catch them on September 30 in Williston Park, New York, I'm sure you enjoyed a great show. Check out their calendar online at and meet me at the next gig!

Back to School Photography: My Son

I've been graced with seeing multiple sides of my son's personality, from serious nine-year-old businessman to a jokester who just wants to make his mom laugh.
At the beginning of his third-grade career, I told my son I wanted to photograph him on his first day of school. After torturing me with the informal tie and a baseball cap, he explained that he would be wearing his tie on day two instead of day one.
I very lightly tried to bribe him into wearing a more formal outfit for his first day-which he's usually very excited about. Video games? Later bedtime? No. He wasn't having any of it. He stayed with the hat that he loved from his favorite babysitter, and the tie-dye shirt that we had purchased on our cruise vacation.
I do remember he did indeed wear his tie and collared shirt on the second day of school. But without this photo I may not have remembered the entire scenario. If your children are young, capture these moments now. Because the feeling from a conversation m…

Best Day Ever

🔶 For his entire 9 years, my son has only known what it's been like to hve a family of two: him and me. After years of asking and us dreaming, I finally put words into action – with much anxiety – and booked a Disney Vacation for just the two of us. I was no longer going to allow fear to dictate lackluster vacations. 
🔶 After a tremendous amout of research, planning and execution, we arrived safely at our room in Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. I was exhausted, my brain practically on-fire from concern. After inspecting our entire room, I returned to the bed to drop my bag. There, on the pillow, was this note. 

🔶 My eyes instantly filled with tears and I was overwelmed with love for this child of mine who was so excited and grateful to have a mom who put her fear aside – multiple times – to make his life the best it could be. 
🔶As a society, we dont get moments like this often. Our culture demands a full working and playing schedule that forces these moments to slip by. Grat…

In the Mulberry Mulch

On the Gold Coast of Long Island lies a park previously owned by a person who probably had ridiculous amounts of money. The estate is perfectly landscaped with fountains and even a cottage for the ghost of caretakers gone by. The slate walkway seen here leads back to the gardener's cottage, where our little boy walked before disappearing beyond the pink haze of autumn fluffery.

Long Island Photographer in Sag Harbor Sanctuary

If you're lucky enough to have a summer home in the Hamptons, you may have already visited the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor, New York, or as I like to call it, "The Chickadee Park." The birds and chipmunks are so comfortable there that I felt like I entered Snow White's kingdom. 
This past weekend was slightly overcast, but it didn't stop us from visiting the park with our entourage of children, who chased the birds around like they held the keys to Disney in their tiny claws. 
This sweet little blonde peanut is my aunt's niece. I caught her being playful on the railings of the bridge. I told the adults in our pack to keep an eye on her safety while I photographed her in action. This time, however, someone got a shot of me, too!