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About me

Photography is a dream job for me!  I've loved all things creative for as long as I can remember.  I'd taken photography classes here and there but it wasn't until after we brought our son home in 2004 that I became a student of the art, reading everything I could get my hands on and talking to anyone who would talk to me about it.

After enjoying a successful 13 year career in Marketing for a major publishing company, I found myself wanting to take on the role of the creative vendors I was hiring.  I took the leap and left the corporate world to pursue some exciting design opportunities.  It was then that photography and documenting my own child's life through pictures became an addiction, a passion that I love to share with others.

As a Mom of two, I know how quickly time passes and how those memories we think we'll remember forever quickly fade over time.  Being behind the camera capturing moments of your lives, then coming home and creating pieces of art that will tell your story for generations to come has been such an incredible experience.  Every client, every session is different and unique so this job never grows old!

My most important job, however, is right here at home.  I'm a wife to an amazingly supportive husband (I should write that twice!), and an adoptive mom to two beautiful kids, Brendan (7) and Kyra (3), who keep me running but I wouldn't change a thing.  I'm also a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor, not always in that order but all major roles that make my life feel complete.

the boer family {hudson valley family photographer}

I remember the day I saw this family from across the street in my old ‘hood, each wearing a different bright colored shirt, and thinking what a perfect outfit for a family session!  Of course I later told that to Mom and we tossed the idea of family photos around here and there but busy schedules worked against us.  We left town not long after that but kept in touch.  We finally had the chance to make this happen and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as this family has a lot to celebrate!

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Mom recently graduated from the Dutchess Community College Nursing Program, Class of 2011 and made the Dean’s List.  She is a proud mother of two wonderful boys and dedicated to autism awareness for the community.  Dad has lost over 60 pounds … yes, sixty!  He is a triathlon athlete, actively raising money for Autism Speaks at the same time.  “Every dollar that is raised in support of my challenge, is in the hopes that one less family will face that challenges that are my reality. I do this not just for my kids, but for everybody’s kids.”  Be sure to check out his link above.

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I’ll admit I was very anxious about this session.  I knew going in it might be difficult getting smiles and I really wanted to capture the connections between this awesome family.  We were unsure about location as well.  We wanted a place with interest that would allow the freedom for exploration but also keep everyone where they needed to be.  Turns out it was a lot of fun and it was so great to see them all together again.  But don’t be fooled, these boys made me work for it!  I think Dad was a little worn out by the end as well.  😉

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Good luck on your boards next week, Ritzel!

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jessie bennett - such great light on these Traci. Very pretty

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