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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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At Home In the Backyard | In Home Photography Westchester

So, I used to say that I really liked doing family sessions at home but that I’d be super duper happy and willing to shoot your session anywhere you’d like.  Beach, park, city, you name it.

But then I’d talk about how home was THE BEST.  Best for the kids, best for the parents, best for the natural interactions and the in-between moments and the hobbies and obsessions and room details and everything.  So, I’ve decided.  From here on in, home is where it’s at.  You can twist my arm if we’ve done a LOT of in home sessions together already or if your kids are bigger and some place or activity defines your family in a way better than or equal to how a snippet of home life does, but … if what you’re looking for beach or park or urban photos, you probably aren’t looking for the kind of photos that I think are the most awesome.  I mean, look at these.  Home Photography Westchester

Your backyard is part of your home, too, obviously.  Wanna play?

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

Remember this was beautiful.

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Party Tricks | Family Photography in Westchester

When I think about some of my own family photographs, there are a few that stand out. Not because they’re perfectly posed or because everyone is smiling straight into the camera, but because they paint a picture of what it was like being in my family during a time before I have any of my own memories.

Imagine it.  My parents and my baby brother, my two grandmothers and a handful of aunts and uncles sitting around in my Brooklyn dining room after some holiday meal. Someone has burned the end of a wine cork and drawn Beefsteak Charlie-style mustaches on our little faces.  The adults think is the funniest thing ever and while my brother and I probably have very little idea of what’s going on, we’re enjoying the attention and the contagious laughter.

Now, THIS family takes it beyond goofy mustaches.  They’ve got actual tricks involving strength, balance and acrobatics.  I was highly impressed, and I’m sure you will be, too.  But what I’m really psyched about is how these two little girls will feel years from now looking at these photos.  They’ll know they were part of a family that valued laughter and fun. And party tricks, too.  Documenting that kind of thing for the future is one of the things I love most about family photography in Westchester.

Family Photography in Westchester

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

Remember this was beautiful.

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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. (Their last family session is HERE and you can click back through all the others if you like.  Get ready for some cuteness).

 

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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