The Gift of Survival

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About 10 years ago one of my closest friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. I watched her go through that painful experience and come out the other side. I can only imagine the emotional and physical toll it took on her and her loved ones.

This warrior woman stayed strong for her family and when she had recovered we celebrated her victory with a family portrait. That image of her with her family hangs in her hallway and I am overcome with emotion every time I see it.

Recently we photographed another survivor, Natalie Crews Vargo, and her family and I was reminded of my friend’s struggle and triumph and how much the family portrait conveyed her strength and courage. I want to offer that to every survivor I can.

In 2019, about 268,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone. There are also 3.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the world today. If you know of a woman who would like to commemorate her journey through breast cancer we would love to offer her a complimentary family session to celebrate her triumph. Please call me at 201.610.1199 for details.


The Welcome Guest: Hostess Gifts to Love

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giftsforthehostess-blogAlong with the beautiful long summer, evenings comes parties and the need for hostess gifts.
It’s been a couple of years since I reported on whats going on in Bay Head. There have been several new boutiques that have opened up and with them, a wide array of gift options. I had so much fun putting this story together for you.
At Bay Head Cheese Shop and Bottles Too I picked up the ultimate wine bag ($15) with a space for your BH beach badge! Opal and Olive is new this summer and the owner Anthony Grieco has curated a wonderful boutique which made decision making very difficult. In the end I chose a wooden/ceramic bowl with matching salad servers. Allison Feehan got busy and opened both The Coastal Closet- casual clothes for men and women) plus The Coastal Cottage where I picked up a divine sea urchin-like water jug ($30).
Lake Avenue has become a destination because of two sisters. Alexandra Vaga – owner of Source and Tradition and Maie Vaga, owner of Noon Design and Coffee Shop.
Source and Tradition has a gorgeous selection of handmade tableware and is currently working on a new collection for Jean George Vongerichten‘s latest restaurant. Gift options run from $24 – $200. Each year I invest in at least one of her works for art.
Noon design has flour sack tea towels that are silk screened with Maie’s designs make the best gifts (set of two is $36) – make sure you get some for yourself too!
Lastly, Whimsicality has re opened on Lake Avenue and is full of stylish options. I chose a delicious tabacco and patchouli candle ($29.50).

Summer Solstice

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summer solsticeEvery year we head upstate to Glen Spey in Sullivan County to spend time with our dear friend Alex who used to be our studio manager. It’s a beautiful drive, just under 2 hours. We relaxed, swam in the lake and our big outing was a visit to the local farmers’ market, coming home with amazing cheeses and bread for cocktail hour! This visit aligned with the Summer Solstice and we celebrated by making wreaths out of ferns and wildflowers. As the sun went down we helped the girls light candles and float them on the lake.

Our group had younger girls but if your kids are a bit older there are water rafting, canoe and tubing options in the area (Barryville, just about 10 minute’s drive) which can be a lot of fun! Check out Reber River Trips and Indian Head Canoes. Both offer multiple levels of adventures for all ages.