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Summer Status | I’m a Little Chrysalis

“We may lose, and we may win. But we will never be here again.”

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you’ve been wondering. Maybe you haven’t. Anyway, I’ll tell you — I’m taking it easy for the summer.

Summer status for me means jumping off the prep-shoot-cull-edit-share-ogle-design hamster wheel and taking a big, deep breath.  Any photos I take are personal ones. I’ll be tap-tap-tapping away at my laptop in my little beach bungalow making things happen behind the scenes, but the magical family session cycle has been put on pause. I’ll be catching up, recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things, and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I’m meeting one sweet newborn family later this month, and after that I’ll be back in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

You can still keep up with me here on the blog (just keep scrolling to see the latest), where I’ll be getting back to sharing about a gajillion spring sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again.

So, what’s new to look forward to when this little caterpillar emerges from the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly?  A whole new look and name for this little venture formally known as LYYP.  That’s right, folks.  I’ll always be motivated to capture “the life in your years”, but from here on in I’ll be doing it as little old me.  Jaye McLaughlin.  As Jaye McLaughlin Photography. (Cute metaphors aside, this won’t happen as a grand reveal, but rather as a more of a gradual fixer-upper type process.  Please excuse any construction mess in the meantime).

Can’t get enough of my LYYP ramblings and this summer pace just isn’t doing it for you? Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you’ll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. I shared some thoughts recently about what family travel means to me now — as a mother of ‘big kids’ — that you might enjoy.  And you should also check out the free dowlnoadable guide I wrote for taking better photos of your kids, “Freeze Ray Basics.”   If that whets your whistle for some more in-depth photography instruction, check out the workshops I offer during the winter months and get on the list for info when dates are announced.  If organizing and printing your personal photos is on your to-do list for the lazy days of summer, you might enjoy my  “Cobbler Series” on the blog.  And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice — It’s become a bit of an LYYP tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and every summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

That’s all for now, friends.  If you’d like to book or to chat about anything at all, be sure to use the “contact” button above or shoot me an email.  I may be a bit slower to reply, but I promise I’ll get back to you.  Any updates are always shared in my monthly-at-most  newsletter —  sign up for that here.  My annual LYYP Christmas Card Micro Mini Session event will be back this year, and clients who have already booked a date for 2020 will get first dibs on those slots when they’re announced in  September.  And one more thing! My personal photo-diary of sorts lives on Instagram — come on over and follow me there for a behind the scenes peek at what McLaughlin summertime looks like in 2019.  Exciting stuff, I tell you.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jaye

 

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Cosy Winter Mornings | In Home Photography Westchester

I’m a real lover of the seasons.  I’m certainly not there yet, but I know that in a month or so I’ll be tired of the summer heat and yearning for a cosy winter morning spent in PJ’s or a quiet, cold night with a book by the fire.

One thing I love about winter photography sessions in my families’ homes is that there’s generally a very relaxed agenda.  There’s no Christmas Card photo to think about, and no scramble to get outside.  We hang out, we play games and read boos and tickle and cuddle and play musical chairs.  Just regular stuff that happens every day.  Frozen in photos so that you get to keep that cosy feeling.  in home photography Westchester

I’ve been photographing this sweet family in their Westchester home every winter since little brother was still al little bun in the oven.  The boys and I were especially excited to see each other for this January family session because having photographed the boys in November both at their school AND at my annual Christmas Card Micro Mini Session Event, I was fresh in their minds and they knew they were in for some FUN.

(I can’t find their 2018 blog post and since I’m working remotely at the beach, I don’t have access to my old-school paper blog post log.  Remind me to check back here and drop a link so that you can click back through all their sessions and see how quickly they change …)

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

PS I forgot to mention that mama took my Freeze Ray Basics workshop this past winter, so she’ll have what it takes to keep up in between sessions on these sweet, sweet boys with their face-cracking smiles and their eyebrow dimples.  That makes me happy.

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Moments of the Month | January 2019

Moments of the Month for …. January.  My poor baby girl has been asking for these photos from her birthday dinner on the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink since January.  I can’t blame her for asking me to only take photos of her on my phone … she knows that those will see the light of day much faster. (You’ve heard the saying “The Cobbler’s Children have no shoes”, right?  Well, I’ve got loads of systems in place for trying NOT to illustrate that stereotype — even a whole blog series explaining those systems which I call “The Cobbler Series”– but hey, the struggle is real).  January was a pretty fabulous month overall.

Moments of the Month

Several awesome January performances were given/received as Christmas and birthday gifts.  (I mean, Frozen, Hamilton, Billy Joel, and Joe Russo is Almost Dead in one month?) A visit from a favorite cousin.  A fun hoe down party with friends.  Puzzles and books enjoyed by the fire.  Lots of cozy family sessions shot and shared.  My Freeze Ray Basics photography workshops for parents.  I’ve always been a summer lover, but these photos make me remember that January is pretty awesome, too.

One good thing about my Moments of the Month posts is that they help me remember.  I mean, HOW dod other people remember things if not through constantly taking pictures???

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and an entire July afternoon to enjoy later, but this morning’s visit to January was lovely for me.  Hope you enjoyed it too.

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

Remember this was beautiful.

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Favorite Things | Westchester Family Photography

Spending a morning with this sweet Westchester family and a few of their favorite things was super fun.  Personality photos, like the ones below of big sis with “Doll Nana” are the kinds of photos that I think will be MOST treasured when Doll Nana’s sitting up on a shelf someday… Time sure does go fast.  

Thanks for looking!

~Jaye

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