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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.

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I had the pleasure of heading to Westchester to meet this beautiful Momma for the first time.  Is she glowing or what?

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When she answered the door, it felt like an old friend welcoming me into her home.  And what a beautiful home it was!  If I’d had more time, I would’ve taken pictures of all the detailed decorating and beautiful furniture pieces she’s incorporated into her home design.  What I loved most was the plethora of photos hanging on the walls in every room.  This new baby is sure to be loved my many!  It was a very rainy, cloudy day and we were stuck inside but we worked it out and made it happen! 🙂

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Soon to be big brother didn’t have time to stop for pictures, there was lots of playing to do, but I got him to spend a few quality minutes with us and I caught a few of the happy little guy!

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I very much look forward to our next visit and meeting the new baby!

Christina Wall - Love these.. and you sure rock the silhouette, and she is a beautiful mom!

jessie bennett - very nice! she does look very happy! Go job Traci

time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin …

Did anyone get the Steve Miller reference in the title or am I just dating myself?  As we’re finally heading into some warmer weather, I was thinking of all the concerts we’ve been to, many in the summer.  Growing up in Plattsburgh, I spent much of my time at SPAC and I can’t even count the number of times Steve Miller played there.  We have good friends who recently moved to Saratoga and though it’s not a venue for the big names like it use to be, we’re looking forward to reigniting the SPAC tradition!

“Enjoy every minute because it goes by way too fast!”  When your kids are very young, you listen to what seems like the hundreds of people who tell you this every day.  You agree.  You’ve seen it with your nieces, nephews, your friend’s kids.  You know time passes quickly.  But if you’re like me, you don’t really know.  It’s not until the days and months then years begin to fly by that you can truly understand how fleeting it all is.  Am I right?  Who’s with me on this?  I need to know in hopes of easing my own guilt about not keeping up with recording memories for both my kids, but especially my second.

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I have a baby book 3/4 full for Brendan plus a second book I bought because the first was so messy and I thought I’d have the time to rewrite everything more neatly (yes, I know, a creative sickness of mine!)  I have a baby book for Kyra that I managed to write her name and birth date in.  If you’re doing the math, that’s three baby books and not one is completed.  I kept a scrapbook for Brendan for a while but every page needed to look perfect (yes, it truly is a sickness!) so that didn’t last, never started one for Kyra.  I tried to journal as I felt a loss of control of the days flying by with Brendan, not even a notebok for Kyra.  I missed recording so many cute, smart, funny things Brendan said or did, poor Kyra had no chance.  I do regret it now.  When I’m out with friends who have young babies, I find myself unable to remember so many of those little things I thought I’d never forget!  I seriously think this would surprise so many of the people who know me well because I was always such a detailed, organized person.

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I do wish I’d made recording memories more of a priority but yet I’m the first to tell every other Mom I know with similar thoughts to give themselves a break.  It’s easy to think you could’ve made it a priority to take a few minutes to write something cute your child did down on paper or on the computer.  But here’s where hindsight being 20/20 comes into play.  Reality is there were probably about 20 other priorities higher on the list at that moment.  And not one of them included sleep … which you need to function to complete your list of priorities!  I do know some Moms are really good at keeping it all together, tracking every funny things their kids say, the exact dates of every loose tooth, event and happenings, all while spending quality time with family, going to work, keeping up on the laundry, and getting meals on the table every night.  Unfortunately, I have never been that Mom.  Well, that’s not really true … I was kind of that Mom before I left the corporate world, less the cooking thing.  Never the cooking thing.  Nope, not at all the cooking thing!  But it was also just the three of us.  It’s funny how I felt more organized and felt like I spent more quality time with my family when I was working full time.  A bit twisted, isn’t it?

Thankfully I have taken thousands of pictures of my kids at all ages and many events!  Of course, most of them reside on my computer.  Getting them off the computer and onto my walls and into albums is a priority this summer.  What?  You mean you don’t wait a year and a half after being in a new house to put things on the walls?  *chuckle*  In our old house, there were pictures everywhere and I do mean everywhere!  Here, you’d have no idea I was a photographer if it weren’t for my equipment and desk always a mess in one room or another.  The kids look at pictures and albums on the computer or iPad and are happy with that because they are tiny techie people who know more about that kind of stuff than I ever knew well into high school!  It is sad when your 3.5 year old is more up on technology than you are.  But that is for another post. 😉

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I keep reminding myself it’s not too late and nothing has to be perfect.  Less than perfect is much better than nothing at all!  I now keep little post-its handy and write quick little one liners as I recall them or something new happens, usually with very little detail and I hope to go back and fill in the details later.  I have a basket I throw the little notes into and I’ve asked my husband (who somehow recalls the funniest stories out of nowhere) to do the same.  At some point, I’ll pull them all together and do something really super, spectacularly awesome with them!  Okay, okay, so I probably won’t.  But even if I don’t, at least I’ll have them and the kids will have them.  And really, that’s what it’s all about for me.  Time goes by so fast, some days are great, other days I’m on my kids constantly for one thing or another.  But I want them to know when they’re older that no matter what kind of day it was, no matter what kind of mood we were in (even moments I want to run out of the house and never look back), life with them is beyond awesome!

Do you struggle with ways to record memories of your kids or do you have a process in place to keep track of everything?  Would love to hear any tips!  🙂

jessie bennett - I loved this post lady! as you know...i print my pictures! but it is hard to keep everything together and organized.My summer project to get the kids school work/art work together in scrapbooks for them We have our albums and baby books "pretty much" done. Of course the first child is much easier. But i recorded their first year pretty well. I LOVE LOVE that pic of K with the IPAD..that is too cool! you have to admit though, having pictures is awesome. Some day it will be great they have so many to choose from.

Angela - You are not alone. I also have NWD (neat writing disorder). I bought THREE of the same baby books for Ty, THREE days apart. I didn't like how his name "looked" in the first two. And, of course, in the end I didn't really didn't matter, since I didn't keep it going. SICKO! Anyway, that's why my "baby book" now exists in the form of a blog. Computers always write neatly! The good thing is that you don't only have thousands of photos, you have thousands of awesome, professional grade photos! Someday they'll escape the grips of your possessive Mac and sprinkle themselves all over your walls and place themselves neatly in albums. The images will evoke words and alas, be caught up! Great post!

pretty in pink { hudson valley newborn photographer }

Little Miss was good at faking the sleepy thing but never quite zonked out like we wanted her to. That was okay because I think she really liked being entertained by big brother and let me tell you, he is just as much a love as his new baby sister! 🙂

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Yasir - Yay!!! This is awesome! I love the blog . I love your logo and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this ssoeisn. You rocked this newborn!!! Totally impressed! I may be emailing you soon for tips. I love all the brown tones and textures. Can't wait to see more.

6 months sweet { hudson valley baby photographer }

Well life is a little crazy right now.  Not in a bad way, just … well … crazy.  I turned forty-“something” yesterday and have been doing a lot of re-evaluating, taking a hard look at the positive things in my life, along with the negative and finding ways to better prioritize or completely shift gears all together.  It’s draining at times but hey, we all need to find some kind of balance right?  So, in the midst of all the craziness, oh how I’ve loved hanging out with little ones full of total sweetness like the fabulous Miss Charlotte and her Momma!  It was super tough narrowing down images for this blog post because she is such a happy baby, smiling and giggling our entire time together.  That and the fact that I just can’t get enough of all that roly-poly goodness, from her cheeks right down to her toes!

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Dad’s a huge Mets fan and though I believe a couple of Mom’s relatives might wish she was wearing a Phillies outfit, who could possibly resist this little slugger regardless of what team you rout for?

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Darby is, without a doubt, the protector of all protectors.  So patient, so loving, so willing to put up with anything to get the shot, haha!  Thanks so much for having me ladies, and you too Darby!

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Michelle R Photography - Hi Traci, Thanks so much for your sweet comment! These pictures are ADORABLE!!!! What a cute baby and what great photographs!!

Rebecca Turnquist - So cute! Love these so much!!

heidi - These are so lovely! I love the colors, so clean. And the eyes, oh so pretty!

alis tiebout-gorelick - As always I am in awe of your work! they were all just thoughtful and beautiful.

jessie bennett - love that blk/whte one! very nice light and colors as well!

i heart faces: slice of life

Things have been a little crazy around here and I’ve missed a few weeks over at I Heart Faces.  And when I say I’ve missed them, I’m not only talking about not participating in the weekly challenge, I have seriously missed all the inspiration over there!  When I saw this week’s theme was “Slice of Life”, I took a quick look at the images I had from a number of lifestyle sessions but somehow I clicked into a personal folder and found this.  In warmer weather, this is an everyday occurrence … my daughter walking my son to his bus stop at the end of the street directing him where to go and what to do. She is on him from the time he wakes up, if he’s late getting dressed, taking too long brushing his teeth.  She reminds him to grab his lunch, his bag, tells him his shoes aren’t tied, and on and on.  She thinks she’s the boss which, of course, doesn’t go over well with big brother.  My Mom says I was the same way with my older brother.  Hmmm.  Luckily he has a sense of humor … most of the time. 😉

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Mandy - This is a perfect entry! I love how many of the timeless "life" photographs always look better in black and white... It just really brings out the expressions on the children photographed. Great job!

Heather Davidson-Meyn - Love this - an everyday moment once wouldn't normally capture!

heidi - Oh, this is just too funny! Love this one! :)

Annie - So cute! I love the hands on the hips! Perfect!

Kristin - OMG! This is such a great and sweet photo! I love her hands on her hips and I love the black and white! Absolutely beautiful!

Shawna - Absolutely stunning! Perfect shot, and I love the sassiness in this photo!

Theresa - So cute! Love it!

April Morris - Love'n her expression. great shot!

Autumn Branscome - This is so true to life! Great job

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - Oh my word, love this! Tamar

Kara - OMG -- love the bossy pose. So adorable!

Sian - Love this! Adorable

Julie (Wellblessed) - That is awesome! Love the attitude!

Shawna - Love the photo!

Holly Thompson - Love love love this!!! Her little hands on her hips convey so much attitude and story which just support your fabulous explanation of their relationship. Great capture! Love the lighting and clarity too!

Nikki - I agree, a timeless photo. Great B & W processing. This image really tells a story.

michelle mcdaid - OMG, I am loving this. I feel like this photo could have been taken 40 years ago, it has a timeless quality about it. Beautiful B&W tones and love everything about the composition. :o)

Staying Local { hudson valley commercial photographer }

AnneMichelle and I first met over dinner a number of years ago when our husbands reunited after a long hiatus.  They were long time school friends and bandmates who share a passion for music.  While Pete went on to pursue a successful career in the corporate world, Steve made a name for himself in stage and production management, traveling all over the world managing the stages of several high profile bands.

An Emmy Award Winning Hair Stylist, AnneMichelle has styled for just about every popular show on television including but not limited to SNL, The Sopranos, Fringe, Rubicon, Nurse Jackie, as well a number of hit movies throughout her career.  Oh, and did I mention she’s a veteran member of the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby?  How cool is that!

When AnneMichelle recently contacted me to take some headshots for use on her new website and an upcoming local project, I was ecstatic.  I was looking forward to holding the session in their home nearby because I know they have incredible light coming in from the back of their house through what seems like a wall of windows and sliding glass doors out to a pool (*gush*).  Unfortunately it was a grey, dark, rainy day.  Being strictly a natural light photographer, you really are at the mercy of your surroundings.  That use to make me uneasy going into a session.  Uneasy is not even the correct term … more like a nervous wreck, especially on a rainy day.  But now it’s become a fun challenge!

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I’ve received a lot of emails about lighting in these images after posting a couple of them on my facebook page.  Honestly, there’s no secrets here.  No softbox, no bounced flash, I didn’t even have a reflector with me.  We were playing with items like a shiny car windshield insulator, a white pillow case, the backs of metal art off the wall from Steve’s studio, and all we really wanted was white foam core, haha!  Once we got serious, I just opened the sliders, placed AnneMichelle head on and snapped away from outside in the rain.  I never took the 50mm off my camera and I was able to vary my aperture while keeping my ISO low.  It didn’t hurt that there was still lots of snow outside, my favorite natural reflector. 😉

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I will admit to feeling a tiny bit anxious after the fact.  Let’s face it, AnneMichelle has worked with a lot of photographers, she knew what she wanted, and is probably the first client of mine who knows as much, if not more, about lighting, shadows, and how it all makes you look beautiful (or not!)  So you can imagine how happy I was when she told me how much she loved the images.  I hope to work with her again soon.

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And, of course, the fabulous Miss Belle too!

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i heart faces: anything but a face

Of course we all love looking at faces over at I Heart Faces but this week the theme is “Anything But a Face”.  As usual, I dug into my files looking for a particular image from a client session, this time one of a newborn’s tiny feet decorated with Mom and Dad’s wedding rings.  But once again, I got side tracked and went a completely different direction.  So without further ado, I call this one “Baby Got Back”, haha!

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Julie (Wellblessed) - Aw, that just makes me want to nibble and blow raspberries all over that baby. Love baby rolls!

Liv - Hahaha! So cute! Looks like it was a fun shoot.

Susan - Love those wrinkles! So adorable.

Jackie - Baby back rolls are just too cute for words! Perfect picture for this category!

ChrissyH - LOVE the back rolls! Yum!

Michelle R Photography - Thanks for the sweet comment!! This is absolutely adorable. Like a little Shar pei. ;) And you titled it perfectly! Great entry!

project 52, week 9

Wow, a week has gone by already!  This week’s Project 52 theme is “express yourself”.  I guess Kyra is my muse of late since here she is again.  This one really captures her style, her ability to throw an outfit together.  No one does it quite like Kyra.  And this is toned down believe it or not.  Usually there are beads, rings, earrings and some sort of headgear.  The funniest to date was her princess-fairy-ballerina-construction-firegirl-photographer-josie and the pussycat complete with magic wand.  She certainly knows how to express herself and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  And yes, those are her pajamas under there.  😉  What’s your kiddos favorite dress up get up?

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jessie bennett - so cute! little girls are the best..well sometimes!LOL

Jori Darrah - She is a beauty!!! These made my day!! Thanks Traci!!

Project 52, Week 8

This week’s Project 52 theme over at MCP Actions is “The View From Here”.  I caught my daughter checking out a family of eagles with the binoculars while we were away this weekend and thought it would be an interesting take on the theme this week. 🙂

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Lisa Prince Fishler - This is a beautiful photo, Traci! *L

jessie bennett - love this traci!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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