Photography by LarJ: Blog https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog en-us (C) Photography by LarJ (Photography by LarJ) Sun, 08 May 2022 13:59:00 GMT Sun, 08 May 2022 13:59:00 GMT https://www.photographybylarj.com/img/s/v-12/u518728997-o1005354653-50.jpg Photography by LarJ: Blog https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog 120 120 Opont Family Portrait Session | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/5/opont-family-portrait-session-norwalk-ct I know it's Mother's Day, but can we just take a minute to appreciate how ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE Baby Eliana is?? It was such a pleasure to have my girl, Nessa Veeeeeeee, back in the studio. This time, she came back as a whole mother. Somebody's Momma. God is great!

Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT

Vanessa had the cool idea to recreate some of the maternity poses that we did. I tried to not stress myself out about it, but I was low-key nervous. Would I remember the lighting set up? The camera settings? The way the photos were edited? But all I did was throw the photos up on our big screen TV and shoot, and they came out similar enough :) Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT It's amazing what women go through to become mothers. I've heard of men getting jealous of how big of a deal Mother's Day is in comparison to Father's Day. Well, sir. Did you go through 9+ months of pregnancy? How about the pain and trauma of childbirth? Did your boobs become engorged with milk, and did a baby try to rip your nipples to shreds? How about Postpartum Depression. Did you get any of that? Have you had to deal with any hormonal imbalances? I mean, that's just a tiny bit of what most mothers go through. I think the least we can do is get a spa day and chocolates and flowers and whatever else we want and feel we deserve :)
Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT

"Motherhood has been an amazing journey! I feel like I was made to be a mother; everything just came so natural to me. Everyday has felt like a new fun adventure. I love learning and experiencing new things daily. Even when some days are exhausting; I look at my baby girl and just get this overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy. She reminds me each day that everything I do is worth it."
-Vanessa

I still share this same sentiment 6 years into the motherhood journey. I look at the faces of my boys after they have nearly ripped the house apart, and I still feel so much love inside of me for them. Motherhood is an amazing thing haha!

Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT "My favorite thing Edson does as a father is play with Eliana. I love how he makes all these fun voices and comes up with all these fun and different ways to play and interact with her. The way she laughs and looks at him is just the sweetest!"
-Vanessa

Edson is probably one of the coolest dads out there. I love the way he looks at Eliana. What a blessed little girl to have such loving parents!
Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT
Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT

"Eliana has a sweet feisty personality. She knows what she likes and wants and isn’t afraid to let you know when she doesn’t like something. She is so bubbly and fun! My girl enjoys a good time & a good laugh."
-Vanessa

She is my favorite 5-month-old! I'm telling you, she's the cutest. I love her little face!!
Opont Family Portrait Session at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. First Mother's Day portraits. Family portrait idea for black family of 3.Opont Family Portrait SessionTide & Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you have an amazing first Mother's Day, Vanessa! I can't wait to hang out with Eliana...I mean, you and Eliana again hahahahaha

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Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/5/melody-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Melody's Birthday Shoot was quite creative. I didn't mind the fact that she gave me a shot list. Listen, if you come into the studio knowing exactly what you want, I'm just here to make sure I capture the shot beautifully.

Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

To say "I'm obsessed" is an understatement. I love a fluffy robe. As a matter of fact, I have this exact robe in our Client Closet in red and black. I will definitely add this color to the collection in the future. Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Shoutout to Isabelle for helping us with the flower placement. Like I told the girls, I'm only good at pushing buttons haha. Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Melody is originally from Houston, TX. I'm so happy she was able to find me online so we could do this shoot for her 23rd birthday. And also, she let me play in her very soft hair. That's always a plus!
Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

And oh my goodness, these beauty shots... Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Melody's 23rd Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink and flower theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Melody's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Outstanding. Happy 23rd birthday, Melody! I hope you enjoy it :)

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Laila's Decision Day Shoot | USC https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/5/laila-decision-day-shoot-usc-norwalk-ct It's National College Decision Day! And Laila has chosen the University of Souther California. This young photographer/videographer will be relocating to LA in the fall. How exciting! Laila's Decision Day Session for USC. Photo shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Decision Day photo shoot ideas for USC students.Laila's Decision Day SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"It’s been my dream school since 6th grade, it’s extremely diverse, and I wanted to attend a school that truly saw me as a student. The black culture and community at USC is something that I haven’t seen before. When I visited I just knew I needed to be there. There is no other place for me."
-Laila Laila's Decision Day Session for USC. Photo shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Decision Day photo shoot ideas for USC students.Laila's Decision Day SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Laila and her mother was so funny during this shoot. We all just kept cracking jokes the whole time. Laila will be following in her mother's footsteps by studying Psychology, as well as African American Studies.
Laila's Decision Day Session for USC. Photo shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Decision Day photo shoot ideas for USC students.Laila's Decision Day SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"I’m looking forward to that school spirit because I go to a small high school and never had that awesome experience with live football games and basketball games. Also, LA is just off the chain and I can’t wait for that change in setting."
-Laila Laila's Decision Day Session for USC. Photo shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Decision Day photo shoot ideas for USC students.Laila's Decision Day SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Laila's Decision Day Session for USC. Photo shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Decision Day photo shoot ideas for USC students.Laila's Decision Day SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Congrats on your acceptance to USC, Laila! They'll be lucky to have you there :)

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Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/4/rameisha-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Rameisha is on an island enjoying her birthday to the fullest, and I'm not jealous because I'm currently on an island doing the same thing haha. She is celebrating her 30th birthday, and I am enjoying our first REAL family vacation.

Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens. Rose gold and white theme.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

If the lighting looks a little different than my usual work, that's because I decided to play around with Color Gels. After the Creative Lab that we had a few weeks ago, I decided to give it a try. Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens. Rose gold and white theme.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens. Rose gold and white theme.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens. Rose gold and white theme.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Rameisha's outfit was so classy and cute. I loved capturing her with no props. So timeless! Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

These two sets are definitely my favorite. I love giving clients photos that they can post no matter what the occasion is. Rameisha's 30th Birthday Shoot at Spark Studios NYC in Flushing, Queens.Rameisha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope you enjoyed your birthday to the maximum, Rameisha!

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Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/4/aniyiah-16th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Aniyiah's Birthday Shoot was a family affair, which I loved. Everyone came to watch me scream and holler at this beautiful young lady who ROCKED her session. First of all, I want that hair. That will be my summer style for sure. Secondly, Aniyiah knew exactly what she wanted out of this session and I soooo appreciated that. Mom said that Aniyiah did a lot of research before picking me as her photographer. Mi feel cute yuh see! Thank you soooo much for trusting me with this whole thing. I'm so pleased with how the images turned out :)

Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black teenage girls. Pink and rose gold theme.Aniyiah's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Anyone who shoots on this pink backdrop immediately has my heart. Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black teenage girls. Pink and rose gold theme.Aniyiah's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Aniyiah's aunt helped with the placement of the gold flakes and butterflies. I just knew I had to shoot on brown because of all the beautiful tones in this photo. Aniyiah's complexion is so beautiful and I wanted to make sure it got its shine. Literally. Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black teenage girls. Gold and brown theme.Aniyiah's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ok, hands! Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black teenage girls. Gold and brown theme.Aniyiah's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Woosh. We were done shooting, but I asked for just ONE more pose. I would have gone home very disappointed with myself if I didn't do this one, and I'm happy Aniyiah and the whole crew agreed to add this to the final selection. Aniyiah's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black teenage girls. Gold and brown theme.Aniyiah's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you had an amazing 16th birthday, Aniyiah!

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Choyce's 1st Birthday Shoot & Cake Smash | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/4/choyce-1st-birthday-shoot-cake-smash-norwalk-ct It's so cool when you do a maternity session for a client one year and then the cake smash for the baby the next year. I felt like I knew Choyce when she and Akeeya walked into the studio. She is so precious!

Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink, white and gold fairy theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink, white and gold fairy theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Of course she smiled for me. We're besties :) Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink, white and gold fairy theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

The thing about cake smashes is that we never know how the baby will react to the cake. They either dislike the texture or they're fed up with all the flashes and want to go back to Mommy. Choyce wasn't too sure how she felt, but she didn't cry. So that's a plus! Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink, white and gold fairy theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Then she made THE cutest faces and my heart melted. Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Pink, white and gold fairy theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Next up was this outfit and I just want Baby Gap or The Children's Place to see these photos and hire her as their newest model. Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue and yellow theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

How cute is she?? Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue and yellow theme.Choyce's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

 

Happy first birthday, Choyce!

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Kimberly's 30th Birthday | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/4/kimberly-30th-birthday-norwalk-ct Today is Kimberly's 30th birthday! She saw her friend Esther's photos that I did for her birthday shoot a few months ago decided to drive all the way down from Waterbury to get some photos of her own. That's the kind of networking I like :)

Kimberly's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and brown theme.Kimberly's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Kimberly is quite lucky because I still had the Canon R5 that I rented for the weekend. So these photos are massive haha. If she wanted to make a 40x60 print, she totally could. Kimberly's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and brown theme.Kimberly's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

These gold vases must be so tired of me always finding a reason to put them in photos. But it's ok, it's always worth it! Kimberly's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Burnt orange and brown theme.Kimberly's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Kimberly's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Burnt orange and brown theme.Kimberly's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Burnt orange has been one of my favorite colors on melanated skin lately. I just love how it looks!
Kimberly's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Burnt orange and brown theme.Kimberly's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you had an amazing day, Kimberly! Happy 30th!

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Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot | Brooklyn, NY https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/3/latoya-45th-birthday-shoot-brooklyn-ny Latoya is 45 years old today! Also, I finally got a chance to shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, so that was quite exciting. Sophia has so many props, and Latoya was able to enjoy the throne chair she requested. Yay!
Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Brown and rose gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Latoya's 45th Birthday ShootLight Studio 2, Brooklyn, NY Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Brown and rose gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Latoya's 45th Birthday ShootLight Studio 2, Brooklyn, NY

The experience of this shoot was a little nostalgic because of Latoya's music preference--we were bumping all the 90's R&B hits and I felt like I was in my old bedroom back in middle school, listening to songs I didn't even fully understand haha. Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Brown and rose gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Latoya's 45th Birthday ShootLight Studio 2, Brooklyn, NY

Can you tell that this was probably Latoya's favorite outfit? I love a colorful dress, and it's so cute that she has matching shoes. Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Pink and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Latoya's 45th Birthday ShootLight Studio 2, Brooklyn, NY

Lots of pink and so many balloons, my two favorite things! Latoya's 45th Birthday Shoot at Light Studio 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Pink and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Latoya's 45th Birthday ShootLight Studio 2, Brooklyn, NY

I hope you had an amazing day, Latoya! It was so nice to meet you :)

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Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/3/christine-16th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Christine is as cute as a button. While I was trying to put her lash back on in the make up room, I felt like I was doing make up for my daughter. I mean, I technically am old enough to be her mother haha. Today is her 16th birthday!

Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

The first time I met Christine was 2 years ago when I did Thamar's (her older sister) 16th birthday shoot. It's amazing how much she has grown since then! I'm so happy she was able to do a birthday shoot of her own. Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Christine made this wild face while pretending to take a bite out of the cake, and it cracked us all up. We were laughing like it was the funniest thing on the planet. But it was so perfectly captured! I promise you--she only made that face for a split second, and I somehow captured it. Shoutout to the Canon R6 for the quick focus. The R6 is a real one. Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Thamar's Godfather, Richard, was present and he gave a lot of posing ideas that I appreciated. He had a unique way of getting Christine to exude certain emotions and all I had to do was press the shutter button. Yay team work! Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Of course I had to get some beauty shots. There's just so much pink in these photos, and it makes my heart happy. Also, work that face, Christine! Christine's 16th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenage girls. Pink and silver theme.Christine's 16th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you had an amazing day, Christine! Happy Sweet 16!

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Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/3/tornishias-30th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Roody and I spent more than the average amount of time figuring out the color scheme for Tornishia's balloons. Her dress was way too fly for us to allow her to look crazy, so colors mattered. I'm quite pleased with our decision. Red, coral, black, and silver might sound weird on paper, but loooook :)

Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Burgundy and silver theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

And you already know I had to hand her one of our new drink props. Cheers, girl! Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Burgundy and silver theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

So yes, today Tornishia turns the big 3-0! From my experience, 30 is the decade of grown & sexy. And it looks like Tornishia is on the right path.

"I am looking forward to happiness, spiritual growth, and being the best version of myself while accomplishing all my goals. Taking risk and going out of my comfort zone.
-Tornishia Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Burnt orange and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Burnt orange and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Mom patiently stood on the sidelines and quietly cheered Tornishia on as we photographed her. She even gave us some posing ideas that looked amazing!

"I have an amazing relationship with my mom. She is my rock, we speak everyday. She was the perfect person to do my photoshoot with especially for all that she’s done and sacrificed for me."
-Tornishia

I always love taking Mother/Daughter portraits in the middle of a session. This memory is something these ladies will be able to hold on to forever.
Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Burnt orange and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Black and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"My proudest achievement is being a social worker. Giving a voice to those in need, and educating them on what’s out there for them and their rights."
-Tornishia Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Black and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ok, but let's get into this Blazer Dress. I think I need one in at least 3 colors. I love how the black pops against the brown. These colors are everything! Tornishia's 30th Birthday Shoot at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult woman. Birthday shoot ideas for women black. Black and beige theme.Tornishia's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 30th birthday, Tornishia! I'm so happy you stepped outside of your comfort zone to do this birthday shoot. You killed it!

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Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/aiden-5th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Aiden is probably the swaggiest 5-year-old I've ever met. His whole 'fit was on point. Mom wanted everything to be blue, white, and silver. Latoria made the giant number 5, and we went a little overboard at Party City with the props haha.

Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & Norwalk, CT Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & Norwalk, CT

Aiden was so well-behaved. All he wanted was one of the candies, and I told him he could have one if he did well during this shoot. And he did! Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & Norwalk, CT Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & Norwalk, CT

You might notice that there are less and less balloons in the scene as you scroll through this post. That's because I accidentally over-inflated the balloons and they kept popping. Thank God Aiden wasn't scared! #LessonLearned Listen, I'm just the photographer haha. Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & Norwalk, CT

Right after his session, Aiden went straight to the trampoline park. What fun! Aiden's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Blue, silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black boys.Aiden's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT I hope you had an amazing day today, Aiden! Happy 5th birthday!

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Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/obelle-50th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Obelle texted me the day before the original date of her shoot and said, "I don't like snow..." Haha! We ended up having a blizzard that day, so rescheduling was definitely a good call.

Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

So we actually did her birthday shoot at the same time that we had a Pop Up Shop event going on on the other side of the studio. I was nervous that Obelle wouldn't like the music and chatter, but it turns out that she was jamming to the music while getting her make up done. Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Then she came out, all dolled up, and her energy was the exact level I needed it to be! I'm so grateful for clients like Obelle. I find that clients who are a little more mature in age are also more mature in their confidence. They're not shy. They know they're beautiful. And even if I have to direct them, they end up nailing every pose. I love it so much!! Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I was not ready for this outfit change haha. New hair, who dis? And can we also talk about the fact that dress number 1, hair number 2, and all the props match? Whew. Birthday shoot dream come true. Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Yessssss, Ms. Obelle. Go ahead now!
Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Shoutout to Nephthalie for referring Obelle to me. I appreciate it! Obelle's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult black women. CT portrait photographer.Obelle's 50th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 50th birthday, Obelle! I hope you're living it up in Punta Cana :)

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Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/kayla-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Today is Kayla's birthday! My girl drove all the way down from Dutchess County, NY for this birthday shoot. That's the kind of dedication I like to see!

Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Adult birthday photo shoot. Silver and brown theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Adult birthday photo shoot. Silver and brown theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Get into this brown on brown! We all know how much I appreciate a monochromatic look. Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Adult birthday photo shoot. Silver and brown theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Kayla's birthday is obviously very close to Valentine's Day, so we did a two-in-one. The first question I asked was, "Where did you get this set??" I should have known it was from Savage X Fenty. I probably already own this set and don't even know it haha. Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Valentine's Day theme photo shoot. Black and red theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Valentine's Day theme photo shoot. Black and red theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Believe it or not, this is Kayla's first professional photo shoot. I couldn't believe it. She is actually an aspiring model! I love that for her.
Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Valentine's Day theme photo shoot. Black and red theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Valentine's Day theme photo shoot. Black and red theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Kayla's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women. Valentine's Day theme photo shoot. Black and red theme.Kayla's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 23rd birthday, Kayla! I hope you have the best day ever :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 23rd birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT black and red theme Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT silver and brown theme studio Valentine's Day theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/kayla-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Fri, 11 Feb 2022 17:23:38 GMT
Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/shameeka-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc She's back! We did Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot last year, and she absolutely rocked it. This year is the big 3-0, so she came back for round two!

Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Black and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Flushing, Queens, NY. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Black and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Flushing, Queens, NY. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Black and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Flushing, Queens, NY. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Black and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Flushing, Queens, NY.

Shameeka hasn't followed my advice to go into modeling yet, but I hope I will hear some good news from her the next time we shoot haha. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Black and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Flushing, Queens, NY.

This little number was soooo cute! I love a dress with frills! Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Champagne and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Queens, NYC. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Champagne and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Queens, NYC. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Champagne and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Queens, NYC.

While putting the finishing touches on these photos, I was really admiring Shameeka's chocolate skin color. I hope you know how beautiful your skin is, Shameeka. You look like a chocolate bar. That's a high compliment! Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Champagne and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Queens, NYC. Shameeka's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women. Champagne and silver theme.Shameeka's 30th Birthday ShootAdult birthday photo shoot. Queens, NYC.

I hope you're having a wonderful birthday in LA, Shameeka! Happy 30th!!

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Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/2/jackie-35th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Jackie and I met in the parking lot at Costco back in 2020 when I used to be an Instacart Shopper. She had been trying to use the app, but the next shopper wasn't available for weeks. Oh my goodness, what a crazy time that was. Anyway, we exchanged information because I had just started my own Personal Shopping business. You guys know I hate working for people haha so it was only a matter of time. And that was the beginning of our friendship.

Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jackie and I have had so many deep conversations. We know pretty much all the intimate details about each other's lives. It's the kind of friendship that I like because we might not say anything to each other for 2 weeks, but when we finally do catch up, we catch uppppppp. Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Is this my first time photographing Jackie? Absolutely not. We have done so many Influencer Shoots together. We've been all over the place taking pictures for her instagram account. With the family, without the family, with Simeon, sometimes with food... Jackie has grown so much as an influencer over the last 2 years and I am SO PROUD of the platform she has built. She is HILARIOUS! Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Go ahead, Miss Jackie! Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Pink and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Black and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jackie is so beautiful, both inside and out, and I hope she never forgets that. My goal for this birthday shoot was to put Jackie's beauty on display. She styled herself, Isabelle did her make up, I clicked the buttons, and we created some beautiful images.
Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Black and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jackie's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women. Adult birthday shoot. Black and silver theme.Jackie's 35th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy birthday to my beautiful friend! Love you!

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Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/1/anu-40th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Anu booked this session one year in advance. There was so much build-up of excitement! I can't imagine how she must have felt month after month, watching me post different birthday shoots haha. But the day finally came, and I must say that it was well worth the wait!

Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Silver rose gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Silver rose gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I first met Anu when she hired me to photograph her daughter's birthday party a few years ago. Her family is the absolute cutest! When I asked her about her proudest achievement, she said, "My children. They give me purpose." I feel that so much. I don't know what I would be up to right now if it weren't for my boys. Every time I give birth, I aim to level up in life. Children truly are a blessing.
Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Cream theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Cream theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Anu saw a photo that I took during a workshop that I went to in NY. It was during Lindsay Adler's class that I learned Edge Lighting and working hands-on with color gels. We don't have the same equipment that Lindsay had, but we were still able to replicate the photo that caught Anu's eye. I can't believe this was my first time using all of this gear on a client! Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I'm always a big fan of women who embrace their age. It's really just a number. Don't hide behind it!, but embrace it For her 40's, Anu looks forward to:

-Personal growth
-Spending more quality with her loved ones
-Watching her kids grow and watching their personalities develop
-More travel

Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

My headshot was very similar to these next two shots, and I think Anu's version might be a little bit cuter. Come throouuughhh, fur coat! Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Anu's advice to women who are in their 30's: "Invest in yourself. Quality over quantity. Travel and don’t rush love. You’ll know true unconditional love when you meet your children. Enjoy the ride." Amen, sister!
Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Anu's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Anu's 40th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 40th birthday, Anu! I hope your day was filled with all the love and awesomeness :)

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Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/1/esther-30th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Esther was thoroughly prepared for her birthday. She got a fresh cut that morning, drove all the way from Waterbury... and this was all done back in November!

Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I could tell she was a little tired, but I told she had to WAKE UP! So here is wide-awake Esther, looking as fly as ever! Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I absolutely love this set design! Classy and elegant, but still fun. And Esther is wearing that burgundy dress! Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and burgundy theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and burgundy theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Go ahead, Queen! Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and burgundy theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Esther's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Gold and burgundy theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black adult women.Esther's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 30th birthday, Esther! I hope you enjoy your day :)

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Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/1/larianne-31st-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct What a difference a year makes. I just quickly reviewed last year's birthday shoot, and I had no idea then that I would be doing my birthday shoot this year in my own studio. Wow!

Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Pink has been my favorite color for a long time. So when I was browsing through ASOS and found this cute babydoll dress, I knew exactly what needed to be done--a Barbie Doll theme! The Barbie box is something I have wanted since last year, and I finally got my hands on it just in time for my shoot. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I added the glass effect in Photoshop. It took about 20 minutes per photo. I'm clearly not a Photoshop expert haha. But I look forward to doing this for clients who request it. I think the Barbie Box is the cutest thing ever! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Last year's headshots featured my braces, so I was quite excited to update my headshots with my new smile.
Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink Barbie Doll theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Isabelle did an amazing job with my make up, as usual, and she helped me style my hair. Ameerah installed these passion twists the night before the shoot and I love them! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

So let's talk about the fact that I'm 31 years old now. Do I feel it? Yes, absolutely. Everything hurts haha. But I'm not sad about my age. I have come such a long way with my entrepreneurship, and I have learned so much about myself. All the headaches and therapy sessions and tears and investing have all been worth it. My goal is to make my future self and my children proud. It's a work in progress, but we're getting there! Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I call this set "The Grown & Sexy." I definitely look my age here, and I don't hate it. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. White silver and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

At this point in the shoot, I was exhausted. We started make up at around 2:30, and we started shooting this set some time after 7. I struggled to get into these clothes, but I don't think you can tell. Can you?? I would like to think that I did a great job posing myself. So if you can tell, don't say anything.
Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I'm 11 lbs heavier than I was during my last shoot. I can feel it, but I'm ok with it. I prefer the chubby cheeks. Is that alright? Because I have no plans to do anything about the weight. My body is wonderful and I am grateful to have it. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I always have to throw something cheeky in there. You know me. Larianne's 31st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black on black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Larianne's 31st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Happy birthday to me! I look forward to photographing some beautiful birthday clients this year.


Also, SURPRISE! I have launched an Education Program. Right now, the focus is on photographers, but we have big plans to create Courses & Lectures for entrepreneurs in different fields as well.

Check out the website here: www.tideandtrue.education

 

When I decided to discontinue my Spanish Teacher journey to pursue photography instead, I had a feeling that I would somehow be led back to teaching. It's just a part of me. Both of my parents were teachers, and I had been saying that I wanted to teach since I was 2. Now I'm 31, and look. I'm teaching!

I just think it's funny how things come full circle.

Anyway, I'm very excited to be able to offer this program because I have been mentoring photographers and other business owners for YEARS. Now, I will be able to put all of my brain into one program so that everyone can benefit. Those who were too afraid to approach me before for whatever reason can access all my knowledge in one place.

And when we start adding other Instructors and business owners who have stories to share, it's going to be massive. I'm so happy! Best birthday ever :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 31st birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot Barbie box birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT black theme Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT pink theme silver and white theme studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2022/1/larianne-31st-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:05:33 GMT
Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/jayleen-3rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Sweet Jayleen! She was a bit shy when she first saw me, as most children are. But she quickly warmed up to me and even said that she would let me borrow her dress one day! Mom got this beautiful backdrop from Amazon because the one we ordered didn't arrive in time (thanks to the Christmas rush). It matches Jayleen's outfit so perfectly!

Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for children.Jayleen's 3rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Latoria created this giant number 3 for Jayleen. It's 4 feet tall, and I love it!! Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for children.Jayleen's 3rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Antionette baked this beautiful cake. I love Antionette's baking, and I was jealous that Jayleen had that cake all to herself haha. Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for children.Jayleen's 3rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for children.Jayleen's 3rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jayleen's favorite part of the cake were the little white flowers. She picked them off ever go gently and ate them to her heart's content. That's my girl! Jayleen's 3rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for children.Jayleen's 3rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 3rd birthday, Jayleen!

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(Photography by LarJ) 3rd birthday photo shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 child birthday shoot Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT pink theme Poptivity Balloons studio Sugarsweetease Dessert Studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/jayleen-3rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Fri, 17 Dec 2021 22:38:55 GMT
Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/brianna-21st-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct You know what's a nice feeling? When a client expresses her excitement to finally get to shoot with you. I did the usual pre hair & make up interview, and Brianna was soooo excited! I could tell that it was going to be a great shoot. Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Roody and I bought this new Plum backdrop just for this shoot, and it's now my favorite backdrop. It just amazes me how all the colors in the props match this Nova Babe's dress so fabulously! Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"Now lemme see you walk" plays in my head when I see this photo. Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

A true princess! I love this look on Brianna. She's such a sweet girl. Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Fun fact: Brianna's birthday is actually the same day as Jonathan's birthday. I've never met a Sag that I didn't like, so she's cool peeps. Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ok, Miss 21! Go ahead! Brianna's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Purple and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women.Brianna's 21st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Brianna!

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Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/jonathan-5th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct It's that time of year again! Our big boy is growing--he's 5 years old today! I always love to ask Jonathan questions because he still has the sweetest, most adorable baby voice. Plus, he's hilarious.
Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Orange and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jonathan's best friends from his party are Jaylen and Kayly. His best friends from school are Felicity, Cara and 3 other names that I don't know how to spell haha. I'm surprised he didn't mention his brother, Jaden. We just moved Jonathan's bed into Jaden's bedroom because they have been begging for sleepovers. Jonathan sometimes wakes up before Jaden does and kneels down right next to him to watch him sleep. Yeah, they definitely love each other! Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Orange and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Orange and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jonathan's favorite part of his birthday shoot was when I was taking pictures of him. "Because I like when you take pictures of me," he said. I hope you always feel that way, sir, because we're going to do this every single year until you demand that I stop. Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Orange and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and orange theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Even though a whole year has passed, Jonathan still wants to be a Paleontologist. His favorite dinosaur this time around: "All of them," he said. So I'm quite surprised that he asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed birthday party instead of something with dinosaurs. I thought he outgrew dinosaurs, but he apparently still loves them! I guess I know what to get him for Christmas... Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and orange theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jonathan's favorite part of his birthday party was when he got to eat his Ninja Turtle cake. The cake was mostly green, but he said he liked the red part. His favorite color is red. Can you tell? Jonathan's 5th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and orange theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for boys.Jonathan's 5th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 5th birthday to my favorite 5-year-old! I'm so proud to be your Mommy :)

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Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/vanessa-edson-maternity-session-norwalk-ct Nessa Veeeee!! That's what I yell via text message when I feel like annoying my homegirl. Oh my goodness, she is even more beautiful pregnant. Back in September, Vanessa kept inviting me to Edson's birthday party, but I had a wedding to shoot in NJ that day. She kept asking if I could try to come after the wedding. Hahaha absolutely not, loca! Tell me why I woke up the next morning, checked Instagram and found out that the "birthday party" was actually a "Surprise! We're Expecting!" party!

Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Vanessa is the queen of surprises, so I wasn't even offended that she didn't text me about it. Ok, maybe just a little haha but I don't hold it against her. I'm sooooooo happy for this sweet couple, and I'm honored to have been able to do this maternity session for them.

"After 2 years, marriage feels like we’re still in the dating stage. We just get to live together now, which is nice. It’s still work, but we try to make things fun by having date nights, hanging out with friends and going out and having fun any chance we get."
-Vanessa

These two are the king & queen of date nights. I always see them watching a movie together like every week. That's awesome!
Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"I love how my hubby is so caring & loves to put others first and help in anyway he can."
-Vanessa

But let's not forget how Edson is always the life of the party and ridiculously funny. And, obviously, a great dresser. That blazer almost stole the show, but Vanessa and Baby Girl did not allow it!
Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I took Vanessa out to brunch right after I found out, and we were able to catch up on everything! Is there anything better than tacos and girl talk?

"I was genuinely surprised when I saw that positive test. I literally didn’t think it was going to happen for us anytime soon since it had been months since stopping my birth control. I literally was like i give up then boom! Positive test."
-Vanessa

We have a similar TTC story. I don't know what it is about trying to get pregnant on purpose that makes our bodies go, Nah. Let's make this difficult for you. But I'm glad V & E didn't give up! Their baby girl is due to arrive very soon.
Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Vanessa is our first maternity client to wear our maternity wardrobe. I got 3 items from Before & Ever a couple months ago, and they're the most beautiful pieces ever. Look at how pretty the pink gown is! And how gorgeous is that gray cape?! Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT "I look forward to having a mini me and dressing up with her and just going through life with her and teaching her everything there possibly is to teach. I def wanna be that cool mom who still doesn’t play that!"
-Vanessa

Vanessa & Edson's Maternity Session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Waiting for baby girl. Couples maternity photo shoot ideas.Vanessa & Edson's Maternity SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Congratulations, Vanessa & Edson! I'm still trying to figure out what Baby Girl's name is, but that clue Vanessa gave me is only giving me boy names haha. I'll figure it out eventually.

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Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/12/nephthalie-duckensy-surprise-proposal-norwalk-ct It's "Dee" for short. We had a little pep talk while Nephthalie was getting her make up done. Vallery, stylist extraordinaire and Nephthalie's brother, did a walk through of how the proposal would go down. Dee was nervous that he would laugh uncontrollably. I assured him that whatever happened would be fine.

Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

So we had Nephthalie face the "window" while Vallery passed Dee the ring. Mad slick. Dee got down on his knee and I told Nephthalie to turn around and look at her boo.

Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"My legs almost gave up on me lol. I got to live one of my dreams come true. I dreamed of that day, how I would feel, would I be crying? Happy? Surprised? Well I was happy, surprised but I tried hard not to cry, lol couldn’t ruin my make up before taking our beautiful pictures."
-Neph

She cried. Don't let her fool you hahaha. Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Outfit change! Did I mention that Vallery did the styling? Yes, he's wonderful. He puts the most interesting pieces together and makes them look fabulous.

Dee is hilarious, by the way. He got all excited when certain songs on my playlist would play. Neph, he's definitely a keeper! Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"There’s a lot of things that I love about him but I love the way he makes me feel. Like I’m the only one in the world. I love the fact that he’s a very good listener and he always do his best to give me the best of everything. He’s the type of man that will put his needs second to make sure mines come first. He accepts me for who I am. He loves me from the inside out. With him I don’t need to pretend and I love love love that about him. And lastly I love the fact that  he understands how IMPORTANT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS."
-Neph

Yeah, definitely a keeper!
Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

For a second, I almost forgot that this was supposed to be a Birthday Shoot haha. So we took some solo photos. Nephthalie made Dee take a photo, too. Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalNephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT These two are the absolute cutest. I could feel that their connection was genuine, and that's always the thing I look out for during these kinds of sessions. Here's what Nephthalie looks forward to with her future with Dee:

"To get to know him more. Love him unconditionally. Growing old together. Travel the world together. Becoming his wife/ mother to our future babies."
-Neph


Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise Proposal in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black couple.Nephthalie & Duckensy's Surprise ProposalTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you enjoyed your birthday surprise, Nephthalie! And great job with the proposal, Dee. You didn't mess you :)

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Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/11/lillian-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Lillian had a very clear vision of what she wanted her 23rd Birthday Shoot to look like. We had a great pre-session consultation and she sent over some inspo photos. I feel like we did a GREAT job and I'm so excited that I was able to bring her vision to life!

Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

We all know I loooove a high split and a long skirt. This dress had boffum. Yes. Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Here I go again, bringing this pose to life. I feel like it's very underrated and I want to change that. Apple boxes are such great tools and they definitely need more air time. Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ok, so let's get into this lingerie set. Helllooooooo *mad heart eye emojis* Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Thank you for giving me the set idea for Valentine's Day Minis, Lillian! Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Yes, we did laugh during this shoot. Lillian has a BEAUTIFUL serious face, but I love her smile as well :) Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Woosh, I just cannot. I'm done. Lillian's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Lillian's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 23rd birthday, Lillian!! I hope you had an AMAZING day!

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We Launched a Rewards Program! https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/11/we-launched-a-rewards-program Yeah, so the Photography by LarJ Rewards Program is a thing. I wanted to create a way to offer more than just a "thank you" to everyone who has referred clients to me and has written great reviews on social media. So with this rewards program, I will be giving away lots of things quite often, and clients will be able to use their points as a discount off our services or to redeem cool prizes.

>>This link has way more info (and how to register)<<

Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootLarianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

For this entire week, the first 50 people who register for the Program will be entered to win:

  • A free Headshot Session

    Headshot sessions include a 20-minute shoot and 3 Digital Files.

  • A free Prop Rental

    Enjoy our Throne Chairs and Giant Numbers at no extra charge.

  • 2 extra Gift Prints

    You did amazing, sweetie. I will select 2 of my favorite photos from your photo shoot and add them to your gallery.

  • 1 framed 13x19 Print

    This large print in the 18x24 frame will look GREAT on your wall.

  • 1 framed 8x10 Print

    Which photo was your favorite? I'll put in an 11x14 frame for you to hang up on your wall.

  • 25% off

    25% off the total of your next booking.

  • A waived Creative Fee

    Make up or no make up? Whatever, it's free!

  • 500 extra Points

    Here are 500 Points. Just for you!

 

The drawing will be done on Friday 12/3 at 12 PM. Winners will be e-mailed and they will have until 12/3/22 to redeem their prize!

Roody's Portrait SessionRoody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk

I hope you're ready for a different kind of drawing every month, because it's going to happen. Ok? Get excited! :)

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Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/11/emely-15th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Emely is 15 years old today! So we did her birthday shoot Quinceañera style with the red and gold theme.

Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

For this outfit change, I wanted to make sure the train of this gorgeous dress got all of the attention. Emely looked absolutely stunning in it! Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Tia Laury requested this pose with the flying train, and we nailed it in the first shot. My jaw DROPPED when I saw the back of my camera. We tried to do it again to see if we could make it even better, but that was impossible haha. Definitely my favorite train throw of all time!
Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Emely requested this pose that she saw on TikTok. I'm pretty sure our version is better :) Emely's 15th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teen.Emely's 15th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Feliz cumple, Emely! I hope you have an amazing day!!

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Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/11/helen-72nd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Ms. Helen is 72 years old today. 72 where?? 

Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

And I don't know if you can tell, but blue is Ms. Helen's favorite color. Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ms. Helen is the Nana of our past client, Cyré. The two of them are so adorable together. There's nothing quite like a grandparent/grandchild relationship.
Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Cyre used this same throne chair for her birthday shoot this past summer. She said that her Nana wanted to use the same chair as soon as she saw her photos. Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

The queen on her throne! I absolutely loooove these last few photos. Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Helen's 72nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue and pink theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Helen's 72nd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 72nd birthday, Ms. Helen! I hope to be as cool as you when I grow up :)

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Adriana's 1st Birthday Shoot & Cake Smash | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/11/adriana-1st-birthday-cake-smash-norwalk-ct Little Adriana is so loved. Her aunt submitted an inquiry to gift this session to her at around the same time her mother submitted an inquiry. So either way, this Cake Smash was meant to happen!

Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT

Working with babies is never an easy task. It's either they think you're cool or they can't stand the sight of you. Adriana warmed up to me rather quickly, so we became besties.
Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT

This little outfit of hers... I asked her if I could borrow it. She didn't say no, so I'll take it as a yes! How cute is she?? Good job, Mom & Dad, for making her match the backdrop so perfectly. Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT

We interrupted the session to capture some quick family portraits. You never know how long a toddler will last, so it was best to do this sooner than later. I love when parents get a chance to update their family photo. I strongly believe in existing in photos, and I would much rather take a family portrait and risk not being able to complete the session than to not give this family the opportunity to bless my camera with their presence. Chery family portrait session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk family photographer. White and denim theme.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT Chery family portrait session in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk family photographer. White and denim theme.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT

Ok, so back to the scheduled program. This was a Tres Leches cake, and Adriana was feeeeeeling it! She took her time smashing it and she put quite a few handfuls into her cute little mouth. Glad you liked it, baby girl!
Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk CT cake smash photographer.Adriana's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootNorwalk, CT

Happy 1st birthday, Adriana! I hope we get to hang out again soon :)

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Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/tamar-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Tamar has been watching us on Youtube since I was pregnant with Jaden. That's a loonnnnng time. It was such a pleasure to meet her!

Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Coral gold and white theme.Tamar's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

The most hilarious thing happened--I was directing a pose and I realized that Tamar wasn't mirroring the pose right. I thought, is she having a hard time seeing? Near the end of the session, Tamar finally admitted that she couldn't see because she wasn't wearing her glasses. Hahaha! I knew it! Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Coral gold and white theme.Tamar's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ok, miss thing!! Ugh. I love the burgundy on Tamar's beautiful chocolate skin. This outfit is so fire. Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Burgundy gold and white theme.Tamar's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Werk, Tamar! Make those triangles and lines! Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Burgundy gold and white theme.Tamar's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Get it. Get it. Get it. Tamar's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Burgundy gold and white theme.Tamar's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy birthday, Tamar! I'll see you on Instagram :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 25th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photo shoot ideas for adults birthday photo shoot studio birthday photoshoot NYC birthday picture ideas for Instagram burgundy gold and white theme Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 coral gold and white theme Flushing Queens Queens portrait photography Spark Studios NYC studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/tamar-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:04:48 GMT
Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/megan-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Megan is our first client to be photographed in the studio whose ambiance was the sound of a birthday party going on in another one of our sets. Definitely an interesting vibe haha. I probably won't let that happen again, but I'm pointing that out to prove how easy-going Megan is. She just went with the flow and kept posing as if she and I were the only ones in the studio.

Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Rose gold and champagne gold theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Fun fact: Megan's mother is British. I'm a detective, and I detected some kind of accent that I couldn't place. Megan said TWO words that caught my eye, and those two words confirmed my suspicions. I'm obsessed with language and culture. I'm so geeked that I got the accent right. Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Rose gold and champagne gold theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

After taking a few portraits, I was convinced that Megan has previous modeling experience. But believe it or not, this was her first photo shoot. Girl, no way! Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Rose gold and champagne gold theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Black on black. You know how much I dig this look :) Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Black theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

There she goes, dancing to the music that was coming from next door haha. Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Black theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Megan's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk portrait photographer. Birthday photoshoot ideas for adults. Black theme.Megan's 23rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT
I hope you have a fabulous birthday, babe! And I hope you read that in your mother's accent :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 23rd birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT black theme Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 champagne gold dress Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT rose gold and champagne gold theme studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/megan-23rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:00:02 GMT
Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/nana-25th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct I first met Nana earlier this year when she tagged along to her friend's photoshoot in Queens. So thank you for the connect, Wephna!

Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Nana's 25th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Nana is WEARING this red dress. She told me she didn't want any of my usual birthday props, and I actually agree that all the balloons and gift props wouldn't have done this dress any justice. Good call, girl! Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Nana's 25th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"Do you have a ladder?" is not a question I hear very often. Nana sent me a photo of a woman in a forest, surrounded by roses. I wasn't sure we would be able to pull it off, but looooook! Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Nana's 25th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Yeah, I think we did a pretty decent job with creating our own version of that photo. Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Nana's 25th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Woo hoo! She's 25 today :) Nana's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red and beige theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Nana's 25th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy birthday, Nana!

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(Photography by LarJ) 25th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT red and beige theme red dress studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/10/nana-25th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Wed, 20 Oct 2021 16:24:12 GMT
Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/jaden-6th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct We just got home from our Day Out with the Birthday Boy, Mr. Jaden Tide. What a fun day it has been! Jaden was born at 8:22 PM, so my timing with this blog post isn't too bad :)

Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Our older son revealed to us this week that his favorite color is green. I thought it was blue or red. Dead wrong. So we put together some outfits for him and got some balloons to match the decor for his birthday shoot. Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I love the fact that since we now have our own studio just 20 minutes away from our house, we can just walk right in and shoot. Jaden had so much fun playing with the balloons, which we had never provided for any of his past birthday shoots (because they were outdoors). Let's just hope and pray that he will always look forward to these sessions every year and never hate them :)
Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I love photographing my boys together. They're best friends, just 16 months apart. They love to laugh and joke, but they also love to tease and fight. Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jaden will start the 1st grade in just a couple weeks. He is such a brilliant boy. He loves math, just like his Mommy. My little Math Nerd. He's so good with numbers, and he's good at memorizing numerical facts. Don't tell him your age and your birthday if you don't want him to blurt it out randomly. Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jaden is shy, but he's also quite outgoing. He does well on his own, but he also knows how to mingle. He's quite fidgety. The boy can't stand still for more than 5 seconds. It's like he's got ants in his pants. Jaden's 6th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Green, yellow and silver theme.Jaden's 6th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

And these are all the things we love about him! Jaden is very special to us. Both of our children are, and we're so grateful that God has entrusted us to raise them. Happy birthday, my love!

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(Photography by LarJ) 6th birthday photo shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 child birthday shoot green and yellow theme Jaden August Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT sibling shoot studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/jaden-6th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Sat, 28 Aug 2021 00:42:09 GMT
Isabelle's Branding Session | Derose Beauty - NY Make Up Artist https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/isabelle-branding-session-derose-beauty-ny-make-up-artist Isabelle came to me with the request to do a branding session for herself. My whole year was made!

Isabelle has been doing make up for my clients since 2019. She did make up for one of the models at a shoot off event that I attended I loved how it looked. So I reached out, and we've done like 50+ sessions since then!

Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"I would say I’m a pretty creative outgoing person."
-Isabelle

And that's 100% correct because I see her doing hikes and having fun all the time on her stories. PLUS, she seems to befriend every single client she works with. Exhibit A: Jackie, the model in her chair, shoots with me all the time and hires Isabelle almost every time we shoot. And now we all have a group chat!
Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"I love Broadway shows. I went to see 'Wicked' the summer after high school and fell in love with the looks. I watched YouTube videos on how they did it and then fell into a makeup rabbit hole and fell in love with the techniques and process of it all."
-Isabelle

It's amazing what Youtube can teach you. Isabelle is so good at her craft and knowledgable about all things make up. She has the unique ability to make every person look their absolute best. It's never overdone--it's always just right and perfect for photography. 
Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

If you come to my studio and notice a brown stain on my U Reflector, this shot is the reason that stain exists. And would I do it all over again? Absolutely! #worthit Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"My ideal client is the 25+ year old, bride to be, business or entrepreneur, women of color that wants a full glam while still looking like themselves. The girl who’s been scared to get her makeup done because she's worried about not getting her right match. I want to show them they deserve quality service too from someone who cares about enhancing their features, not covering it."
-Isabelle

Finding a black make up artist to cater to my predominantly black clients was so important to me. There's just something about a black woman doing it. We know our skin better than any else does. I actually had a client call and ask me if our MUA was black, and I was so proud to answer, "Yes!"
Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY. Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"My favorite look is a super classic, met gala kind of glam. Glows foundation, simple but stunning eye shadow, smokey liner, natural fluffy lashes, and a brown 90’s lip."
-Isabelle

My favorite look is anything that Isabelle does on my face. I might be biased, but I feel like she does my make up the best out of everyone that she has ever done make up for :)
Isabelle's Branding Portrait Session for Derose Beauty. Black MUA based in Long Island, NY. Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Isabelle's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Isabelle, I can't say it enough--thank you for your hard work. Thank you for the long car rides to the studio (all the way from Long Island!!). Thank you for making my clients feel their absolute best. I really couldn't run this Birthday Shoot business without you. I appreciate you so much!!

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Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/renee-30th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Renee is the absolute sweetest. She was as quiet as a mouse while Isabelle did her make up. Then she stepped into this dress I transformed her into a model. Let's get into it!

Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Dress by Oyemwen

Ok, so if you show up in a fun dress with a long train, please expect to have a ton of fun. I LOVE FUN DRESSES! This coral beauty by Oyemwen was absolutely delightful. Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Dress by Oyemwen

I am going to frame both of these photos and hang them in the studio. This is a true example of the LarJ Experience (or what I hope it will be haha). Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Dress by Oyemwen

Not gonna lie, I had no idea what this thing was when she showed it to me. But it's called a "scouter" and it has something to do with Dragon Ball Z. But she's fly! Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Dress by Oyemwen Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Dress by Oyemwen

You know I find any excuse to add pink into the scene. I love all the colors of the props, and Renee's beautiful smile brightens everything up even more! Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Navy pink silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Navy pink silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Renee got this custom jacket from Luca Designs. I like it because it's pink :) Renee's 30th Birthday Shoot. Navy pink and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Renee's 30th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Happy 30th birthday, Renee! You were an absolute pleasure to photograph, and I hope you enjoyed your day to the max!

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Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/daniella-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Daniella walked into the studio with her mother, Nancy, and we all joked about the donuts that Andrew had left behind for us to eat. I had just started my 30-day Cleanse, and there was temptation EVERYWHERE. But Nancy reminded me that it's ok to do things in moderation. Thanks for the advice, Nancy. I feel so much better about myself :) 

Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

After Isabelle finished doing Daniella's make up, I realized that she looked very much like Cardi B! Doesn't she??
Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Queens clients, this is why I will never desert you--you all are so cute and you have mad style! You LOVE the camera, and the camera loves you. Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Daniella booked this session waaaay back in January. Nancy said that she started planning her outfits after she booked, too. Well, amazing job with the planning because these outfits are FIRE! You are definitely a #NovaBabe, chica. Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Nancy wanted this photo because she's the one who came up with the pose haha.
Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

One day these fake cupcakes will magically come to life and Roody & will finally have our dreams come true. Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Dat walk doe. Love it!! Daniella's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Pink gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Daniella's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 25th birthday, Daniella! I hope you had an AMAZING day!

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(Photography by LarJ) 22nd birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photo shoot ideas for adults birthday photo shoot studio birthday photoshoot NYC birthday picture ideas for Instagram Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 Flushing Queens Pink gold and white theme Queens portrait photography Spark Studios NYC studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/8/daniella-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Wed, 04 Aug 2021 01:49:02 GMT
Lakya's Branding Session | Oh Suga Body Bar, Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/lakya-branding-session-oh-suga-body-bar-norwalk Oh Suga Body Bar's packaging has had an upgrade since we shot this session, but the product is still just as amazing! I'm so happy I was able to do this session for Lakya. I can tell that she is very ambitious and goal-driven. I mean, she came in with a videographer! That's my kind of Branding Session.

Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT "I started Oh Suga after struggling with dark spots all throughout high school! Fast forward a few years, I became a Licensed Esthetician and started formulating products to try and fade my dark spots. There were many trials and errors, but once I found the perfect ingredients that worked for me, my teacher told me I had to share!"
-Lakya Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT "Lately, my go-to routine is the Show Stopper Body Wash, Queen Suga Body Scrub to exfoliate and I finish up with the Rich Melanin Body Butter to help with skin discoloration and moisturize! I have really dry skin and the Shea Butter has helped ALOT in this winter weather!"
-Lakya Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Writing this blog post reminded me of the fact that I said I was going to buy this dark spot remover to help me with my armpits. I'm also a huge fan of body butter, so I need to grab a tub of that s well. Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

This is where I pause and appreciate Lakya's use of the Bedroom Set and the Bathroom Set. I remember taking these shots and just being amazed at how they turned out. Like, this is our studio!
Lakya's Branding Portrait Session for Oh Suga Body Bar in studio in Norwalk, CT. Black-owned skin care business.Lakya's Branding Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Be sure to check out Oh Suga Body Bar on Instagram, and get yourself something so you can look moisturized in these streets!

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Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/linda-18th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Linda and her crew are soooo chill. They entered the studio and they were quit the entire time haha. They traveled all the way from Waterbury. That's dedication! 

Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red black and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Linda and her mother weren't too sure about the Red-On-Red, but I assured them that the gold and all the other colors of the props would make everything pop. I love a monochromatic look. Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red black and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Anthony waited patiently for his turn to hop into the photos. Aren't they just the cutest? I love young love :) Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red black and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Red black and gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Next up with this mint green--wait. What color is this outfit? Army green? Mint? I have no idea, but it's cuuuuute. Anthony had the brilliant idea to have Linda hold the bags like they're shopping bags, and she slayed. Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Mint green pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Mint green pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

We ended the session STRONG with some floor shots. Linda wanted to take her shoes off, so Roody had the idea to put them on the gift box. I love everything about all the colors in this set. So pretty!
Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Mint green pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Linda Linda! Linda's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Mint green pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for teenage girls.Linda's 18th Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Happy 18th birthday, Linda! I hope you had an amazing day :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 18th birthday photo shoot birthday photoshoot Norwalk CT Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 Mint green pink and white theme Norwalk CT Norwalk portrait photography Photography studio for rent in CT red black and gold theme studio teenage birthday shoot https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/linda-18th-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Sat, 24 Jul 2021 23:30:22 GMT
Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/maleaha-19th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc First of all, how cute?? Maleaha walked into the studio with the butterflies in her hair and I already knew she would be a vibe. Her cousin didn't just come to support, she came to be a part of the pictures. That's the kind of support we all need!

Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Purple butterfly theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

These ladies were having the time of their lives. I just could not with all the cuteness. Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Purple butterfly theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Confession: I have to say "ma-lee-ah-ha" in my head every time I type her name out. If that's what you've been saying in your head, you're WRONG! It's "ma-LAY-yuh." Get it right. Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Purple butterfly theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Purple butterfly theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

These photos are literally night and day. We all know how much I appreciate a black on black look. Maleaha's first black outfit was giving Selena. I was about to type out something so corny, but I'll spare you hahahaha. I love Selena's music so much. Don't judge me! Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Black and silver theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Black and silver theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

And then we ended the shoot with this cute little number. I just loooove how much fun Maleaha had on set. This is the kind of joy I want all my clients to feel while shooting with me! Maleaha's 19th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.  Black and silver theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for black women.Maleaha's 19th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Maleaha!

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Goldman/McKenzie Generation Family Portrait Session | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/goldman/mckenzie-generation-family-portrait-session-queens-ny The Goldman Family used to live just a couple houses away from me, so we went to the same schools. Roody also used to hang out with them, which is funny because he probably was at their house a couple times while I was just chilling a few yards away. Now we're all grown up, and it's amazing to see Patrick & Yamelhey with their own families! 

Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY

Yamelhey reached out to me about doing this Generation Shoot with her grandmother. I love these types of sessions so much. I believe everyone should exist in photos forever. Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY

Beautiful Grandma. I love her hair :) Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY

What a blessing it is to be able to be surrounded by your grandchildren AND great-grandchildren. 4 generations of beautiful women in 1 photo. Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY

Andre wasn't too enthused that I made him take off his bright yellow jersey hahaha but I think it was a wise decision. Such a beautiful family! I really hope you all print and frame this photo. Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black family. Generation Portraits.Goldman/McKenzie Family Portrait SessionQueens, NY

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Modelyne's Branding Session | Bee Royal Beauty https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/modelyne-branding-session-bridgeport-ct Modelyne reached out to me after seeing a session I did for our mutual friend! Honestly, that session has brought me so many bookings. Even a wedding haha. But anyway, Modelyne re-branded her hair business and decided to take the advice of some of the voices she had heard on Clubhouse--they advised that she do a professional photo shoot to promote her business in a new way, as ALL businesses should do. So she got her girls together and we did the thing. Say hello to the faces of "Bee Royal Beauty" :)

Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

"I started this business in 2017 when I learned that I needed to go to beauty school and walk in the legacy of my mom. I told God that if this is what He wants me to do that the process for me to get into the school would be easy. And it was--I even got a scholarship."
-Modelyne

Well, ain't God good?!
Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

My clients always have so much fun with the props that we have. The throne chair and the crown were perfect for this session! Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

"In the future, I hope to have a store front salon with an amazing staff. I also hope to travel more doing hair."
-Modelyne
Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

These girls were so cooperative and fun to work with. They rocked the hair, and we didn't have to force the chemistry. Good job, ladies!
Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT Modelyne's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black-Owned hair business. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Headshot SessionBridgeport, CT

To be a young mother who is running a business full time is no easy feat. I applaud Modelyne for taking the steps necessary to market her business and get her name out there. It also helps to have a lot of people to look up to, I'm sure.

"I look up to a lot of hairdressers on Instagram who motivate me, give great advice, and give great tips on different trending styles that are out there."
-Modelyne
Modelyne's Headshot Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Headshot SessionBridgeport, CT

For the rest of the session, we worked on some headshots and solo portraits. I love how these turned out! Modelyne's Headshot Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Modelyne's Headshot SessionBridgeport, CT

All the best to you and your future endeavors, Modelyne! I'm so proud of you. Keep up the great work :)

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Chakell's Portrait Session | Elizabeth Park, Hartford https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/7/chakells-portrait-session-elizabeth-park-hartford Have you ever photographed identical twins before? Like, separate sessions? I photographed Chanae for her maternity session with her family a few months ago, and then I photographed Chakell for her belated birthday shoot. I just kept looking at her like, I know your face. But I don't know your face. Haha!

Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

The last time I shot at Elizabeth Park was back in 2012 when I did a portrait session for a church sister. I was so proud of those photos, and she used them on social media for years! But I've come a loonnnngg way since then, and I was far more prepared for this session that I was 9 years ago. Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

Elizabeth Park is known for all of its flowers. We had to get a permit to shoot there professionally, which I actually didn't mind. It's nice when you don't have a million portrait sessions going on at the same time. Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

Outfit change! An African Queen indeed. I love this two-piece set, and the necklace! Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

Chakell's personality really started to shine at this point of the session, and I love it! Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

Don't look at these photos and think we had the park to ourselves. I spent a good amount of time photoshopping a girl and her dog out of the background of these photos LOL!! Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford Chakell's Portrait Session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT. Hartford portrait photographer. Black woman.Chakell's Portrait SessionElizabeth Park, Hartford

Chakell, it was such a pleasure to photograph you!

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Antionette's Branding Session | Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio, Norwalk https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/antionette-branding-session-sugar-sweetease-dessert-studio-norwalk First of all, your baker could never. Let's just set the bar THIS high. Antionette was an absolute pleasure to shoot. You can probably tell by the look of it that we had a lot of fun during this shoot.

Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

"I would describe myself as a warm hearted caring person who loves to make and see people smile. Very creative and artsy pays close attention to detail."
-Antionette

And you know what my favorite part of the shoot was? When Antionette told me and Roody that we could have the cake and take some of the cookies. Listen, I eat a lot of sweets. So I was excited, but I didn't expect to feel shock. I took a bite of the cookie and got all wide-eyed. Why did it taste so good?? And the CAKE?! Chile... Roody and I had to stop ourselves from eating all of it that same day. I don't know how Antionette does it, but she has absolutely mastered the art of baking. Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

"I started baking 9 years ago while pregnant with my first daughter. I started having cravings at hours where everything is closed, so I figured it would try making it myself. Baking went from being a quick fix to cravings to a true passion. My favorite cousin trusted me to make a cake for her friend's 25th birthday and from that moment birthed Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio."
-Antionette

Thank God for you, Favorite Cousin!
Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

"I love creating cakes that leave each customer in awe. Not only does it look good but it taste amazing! Each cake is a blank canvas that gives me space to be free and fully creative. I love when my customers give full creative control."
-Antionette Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

Isabelle really took her time with this make up look and absolutely smashed it. I'm telling you, there's no look this girl cannot replicate. Also, fun fact: I used our curved reflector for the first time to help create these beauty portraits.  Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

"My favorite baked goods are my delicious soft baked stuffed chocolate chip cookies and fudge Biscoff brownies."
-Antionette

Yumma!
Antionette's Branding Portrait Session for Sugar Sweetease Dessert Studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT.Antionette's Branding Portrait SessionTide &, Norwalk, CT

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Be sure to check Sugar Sweetease on Instagram, and make sure you let Antionette know I sent you!

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Cyré's 33rd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/cyre-33rd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct If you're wondering how to pronounce her name, it's "sih-RAY." Don't worry, I was calling her "Sire" every time we exchanged an e-mail haha. Cyré is the true definition of a Hot Momma. She's a mother of 3 children, 2 of which are twins. And she SLAYED her birthday shoot.

Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

When we have Throne Chair rentals, we to shoot in the larger part of the studio. With our Grand Opening happening just a few days before this session, it had been an interesting week of getting acquainted with everything in our new space! Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Yes, Queen! Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Outfit change! This is definitely one of those party dresses that you're supposed to twirl and have fun in. In other words, my kind of dress :) Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Cyre's 33rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Rose gold and beige theme. Birthday shoot ideas for black women.Cyre's 33rd Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Cyré!

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Reid Family Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/reid-family-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Natalie's nieces both have done birthday shoots with me in the past, so she figured it would be a good idea to book a family birthday shoot with her hubby and kids! Natalie and her husband, Ricardo, share the same birthday, so we started off with the two of them.

Natalie & Ricardo's Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. White and gold theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Natalie & Ricardo's Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. White and gold theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I love a gold and white theme. Add some black in there for a bit of razzle-dazzle and I'm one happy photographer. 
Natalie & Ricardo's Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. White and gold theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Yay for updating the family portrait! I'm totally here for it. And ok, coordination! Reid Family Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Red and white theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Reid Family Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Red and white theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ricardo was a tough cookie to crack, but I got a laugh out of him hahaha.
Reid Family Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Red and white theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

They are so sweet together! :) Reid Family Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Red and white theme.Reid Family Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope you both had an amazing birthday, Natalie & Ricardo!

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(Photography by LarJ) 41st birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photo shoot ideas for adults birthday photo shoot studio birthday photoshoot NYC birthday picture ideas for Instagram Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Canon R6 family portraits Flushing Queens Queens portrait photography red and white theme Spark Studios NYC studio white and gold theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/reid-family-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Tue, 29 Jun 2021 14:30:00 GMT
Rachelle's Portrait Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/rachelle-portrait-session-bridgeport-ct I think we can call this a "Just Because" session. Rachelle had no particular reason to get all dolled up and bless my camera. She just wanted to, and I'm totally here for it!

Rachelle's Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Rachelle's Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

She told me she didn't want to shoot against a backdrop. She loved the lighting in the studio and she also wanted to get some natural light portraits in the hallway. The photos inside the studio needed just a liiiiiittle bit of light, though, so I aimed for a natural look by keeping as much of the ambient light in as possible while creating some highlights on her arm. Rachelle's Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Rachelle's Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Outfit change! This next set... my faaaaave. I love shooting in this hallway so much. The light that comes in is always gorgeous. And it helps when you have a gorgeous client, too :) Rachelle's Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Rachelle's Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Ok, legs! Rachelle's Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Rachelle's Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

I would love to have more "Just Because" sessions for sure. This was fun!

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Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/juliette-52nd-birthday-shoot-norwalk-ct Jalessa reached out to me about booking a birthday shoot for her mother's 52nd birthday. Just 3 days after our studio's Grand Opening, we were able to shoot this session in the Seamless Area. Roody & I ran around like headless chickens, trying to get everything in order. After renting studios from other photographers for years, we were so used to having rules and regulations. Now that we have our own space, we have to figure out where everything goes, and we have to remember where we put everything, too!

Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Jayden, Jalessa, and her baby girl joined Juliette for some photos and they were soooo cute! I love it when family hops into the shoot. Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ms. Juliette is definitely more active that your average 50-something-year-old. First of all, she moved faster than I do. Secondly, do you see this swimsuit? Issa wow for sure *heart eyes* Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Navy blue pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

Ok, so let's talk about this lighting. Roody and I spent a lot of time trying to make sure we got the right lighting equipment for the studio. Based on how this birthday shoot turned out, I would say that we did an excellent job. I mean, we didn't use anything unusual... but the lighting somehow looks a little more even that my usual work. Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink silver and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Juliette's 52nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Norwalk, CT. Pink silver and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Juliette's 51st Birthday ShootTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT Happy 52nd birthday, Juliette! I hope you enjoyed your day to the fullest.

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Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot | Long Island City, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/danielle-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Danielle is a model. She could have had any photographer capture her for her 25th birthday, but she chose me. That's a huge deal to me, and I'm happy! Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

I love balloons and I always expect them at these birthday shoots, but Danielle wanted to go with the Grown & Sexy look. Ok, sis. I feel you! Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Woooosh, this purple couch gives the whole look so much life. Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

And don't get me started on the natural light. I had some strobes waiting for me to use them, but I went really loved how the light was shining through the window. Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Outfit #2 was this little number from Fashion Nova. Note to self: add these hanging lights to one of the sets at the studio. Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Natural light and seamless paper work well, too, apparently. Danielle is such a pleasure to photograph. Really, truly.
Danielle's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio at FD Photo Studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Lingerie theme.Danielle's 25th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens I loved this session so much. I hope you enjoyed your birthday, Danielle!

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Roody x Tide & True | Norwalk, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/roody-tide-and-true-studios-norwalk-ct Roody & I did it--we opened up our very own photography studio in Norwalk, CT! Tide & True Studios is an actual dream come true, and we are so excited to have a space that is just 20 minutes away from our home.

Roody had the brilliant idea of getting all dressed up so that we could take pictures on the different sets of the studio. We definitely needed some photos for the website, so we cleaned up the mess we made after the launch party (LOL) and put the furniture back in place. Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

The story of how this bedroom set came to be is a VERY long one, but I'll keep it short. I had a vision, but I couldn't properly verbalize it. So we stood there in the empty room with the carpenter and we all tried to figure out what exactly it was that I was saying. Finally, it all made sense, and Marcos made it happen. The "window" was of utmost importance. I didn't originally plan for it to be 8 feet tall, but I'll call it a happy accident. I am so proud of this window!!

"The bedroom set is my favorite because there is so much potential to form a new kind of environment. It's not as simple as a seamless set, but it can be just as easy to transform."
-Roody
Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

The bathroom set was something that Agnes, Dianne, and I slaved over. The wallpaper came in pieces, and I didn't order the right size. Agnes and I sang at the top of our lungs one night while we tried our best to line the wallpaper up. Dianne did an amazing job adding all the floral decorations. Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT
We plan to change the look of this set quite frequently. It's pink right now because that is my favorite color. It might be blue in a few months. Who knows? It's supposed to be a fun spot with a massive bath tub.

Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

This isn't technically a set, but we will probably turn it into one. Latoria did an amazing job with the balloons, and we didn't want them to go to waste. So here is Roody, living in best life in the Darius Throne Chair and a million balloons behind him.

"To finally have our own studio feels like a dream. I never thought I would ever own one, even after all the daydreams I have had. Even after signing the lease, I still looked at the studio and asked myself if it's really ours."
-Roody Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

"Our plan for the studio is to provide creatives with a place to work. I want it to be a place that attracts the best of the best. We want to revive the arts in CT."
-Roody Roody's Portrait Session in studio at Tide & True Studios in Norwalk, CT. Photo shoot ideas for men. CT photography studio for rent.Roody's Portrait SessionTide & True Studios, Norwalk, CT

We have a lot of work to do before we consider ourself FULLY open, but we're proud of what we have accomplished so far.

Check out the studio website: www.tideandtruestudios.com

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Jayla's 1st Birthday Shoot & Cake Smash | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/jayla-1st-birthday-shoot-cake-smash-queens-nyc Jayla is back! I first met her during her mother's birthday shoot, and then she came back for her own birthday shoot & cake smash :)

Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

This little girl is the absolute cutest and makes the most hilarious facial expressions haha. Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

My favorite little Puerto Rican family! Stephanie puts so much effort into everything she does (I know that because I follow her on IG) and I loooove to see it! So I knew Jayla's cake smash was going to be just as creative and colorful as everything else she has done! Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

And now the fun part! Jayla wasn't too sure about this, as you can probably tell... Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

...just kidding! Back to being happy again :) Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

The cake might have been a little too pretty to smash. Not gonna lie, it looks super scrumptious. I don't blame you, Jayla. Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Pink white and gold theme.Jayla's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

I hope you enjoyed your first birthday, sweet baby girl!

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Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/debbie-55th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct "Sis. Debbie." That's what I call her because she is my church sister. Debbie has been a client of mine for most of my career, and I appreciate her continued support! I photographed her daughter Kenisha's wedding in 2016, and these her two adorable little ones! Debbie wanted to take photos with her Grandbabies, and they wore matching outfits. How cute is that??

Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black & white theme.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

"Being a grandmother is so awesome.  The feeling or thought to know that there are some littles that love you so unconditionally, they trust and depend on you and most importantly they are a part of ME. "
-Debbie Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Soooo 55! I love the fact that I had two sessions for 2 beautiful 55-year-old women, both on the same day. It gives me hope that I, too, can look this good at 55 :) I always love to speaker to people who are older than I am to see how they reflect on the life they have lived thus far.

"My biggest life lesson is not to judge people and always take disappointment as a blessing."
-Debbie Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Coral silver and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

This standing portrait is my absolute favorite. Just a proud mother/grandmother living her best life.

"My proudest achievement is seeing my children graduated from college.
-Debbie Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Gold and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I usually sit and chat with clients before and/or during their make up application. One of the things Debbie mentioned during our chat is her love for money haha. So using this prop was only right! Debbie's 55th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Gold and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Debbie's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Sis. Debbie, it was an absolute pleasure, as it has always been. I look forward to our next session!

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Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/coraima-25th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Coraima's patience sat patiently as she got her make up done. I thought that was so adorable. Then Isabelle finished up and it was time to put in some WORK!

Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Coraima has a shy beauty. Did I make that up? Probably. But I think you know what I mean. Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Cheers to more closeup photos in 2021. Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

This shot right here... HAHAHAHA I love it sooo much! This is the epitome of "fun." Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Fun fact: Coraima's father chimed in with posing. He had some great ideas! I was pleasantly surprised. Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Coral gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I'm telling you, all the girls do a little shimmy when I ask them to do a dance. LOL!! Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Coral gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Coraima, la reina! Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Yellow gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Coraima's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Yellow gold and white theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for Instagram.Coraima's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT I hope you enjoyed your 25th birthday today, Coraima!

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Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/6/alexis-21st-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct I first met Alexis in 2019 when I photographed her Senior Prom portraits in the park. Then we met again when I photographed her high school graduation. Two years later, here we are with her 21st birthday shoot. Time flies!

Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink silver and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Alexis is the star of this photo shoot, but I REALLY adore our tissue paper color choices. The little coral we decided to add in there really makes everything come together so well. And also, get into this eyeshadow look that Alexis asked Isabelle to do. Love it!! Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink silver and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Her honey, Freud, hopped into a few of the photos. They are such a cute couple! I love the fact that he had two different outfits. Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink silver and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for couples.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

We added the gold & white throne chair to the backdrop and that changed the whole mood. It's giving exactly what it needs to give. Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black & gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black & gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Woooo hooo! 21! Alexis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black & gold theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Alexis' 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy 21st birthday, Alexis! See you at 25 :)

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Kaydian's Branding Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/kaydian-branding-session-bridgeport-ct Kaydian and I used to go to the same church. I got two e-mails from her about two different sessions, one of which was this headshot branding session. She is a licensed therapist and is starting her own practice. These photos are going to look soooo nice on her new website!

Kaydian's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Headshots for a licensed therapist.Kaydian's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

I'm no stranger to therapy. I don't know how I would have made it through this pandemic without my therapists. I think it's a wonderful career, and it takes a kind, caring person like Kaydian to take on other people's issues to help them sort through them.

"I decided to become a therapist because I realized it gave me joy seeing other people overcome, succeed, get through, heal, or even understand who they are as a person and how to best manage their own mental health. I used to enjoy as a kid the company of my grandmother and as I look back at it; what I realized I enjoyed about that experience was the space my grandmother gave me to be myself--vulnerable, curious, and always yearning to hear her wisdom and knowledge about what life had taught her, both good and bad. I believe life is full of lessons and we are all being guided along the way. Therapy--with the help of someone who is non-judgmental, caring, and compassionate, and encouraging--can help you get to that inward healing."
-Kaydian


Kaydian's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Headshots for a licensed therapist.Kaydian's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

"When working with me, you will be in a space that is safe, professional, non-judgmental, compassionate, and encouraging. You will see with 10+ years of being a therapist I have the knowledge and skills to get you to a place of clarity, peace, empowerment, and better understanding of who you are, where your coming from, and how to navigate your mental health/life stressors going forward."
-Kaydian
Kaydian's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Headshots for a licensed therapist.Kaydian's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

"My passions are helping others, uplifting others and encouraging others. I’ve always had an empathetic heart. I believe I was born with an empathetic heart. The ability to put myself in ones shoes without even thinking twice. Being in the field of social work/ being a therapist have given me numerous opportunities and I can say it has been a privilege to work with people at their lowest and give them a glimmer of hope. I now use my passions, knowledge, my self, and years of being in the field to help others heal, restore, and overcome. I always tell the clients I work with that’s it’s never to late to want better and to do better, because they deserve it."
-Kaydian
Kaydian's Branding Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Headshots for a licensed therapist.Kaydian's Branding Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

I feel you, Kaydian. I have become even more empathetic after having children. I hurt so much for others and I cry when I watch random videos on the internet. So I see a little bit of you in me. Maybe that's why people ask me for advice so much! :)

All the best with your endeavors, madam!

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Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/kassy-28th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Kassy's birthday shoot took place just two days after she called me to inquire. We didn't have a lot of time because her birthday was the following week! She showed up with her honey, Nick, who is probably the most loving partner I've ever seen in person. They are so cute together!

Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and silver theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I went to Party City that morning to get the gold number balloons that Kassy had requested, only to find out that all the gold 2's were gone. Lawd. So I had to go for silver. When I saw the outfits Kassy was going to wear, silver seemed to make more sense anyway haha. So it all worked out! Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and silver theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

My girl looks so much like my good sis, Nesshell. The resemblance is uncanny! Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and silver theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ayyyy! Get it! Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and silver theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and silver theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

At this point, we really decided to incorporate more gold. This throne chair always brings out the best in my clients. Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Burgundy gold and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Yessss, Kassy! Black Girl Joy :) Kassy's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Burgundy gold and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Kassy's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Kassy!

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Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/harmoni-1st-birthday-cake-smash-photo-shoot-bridgeport-ct Little Harmoni is now one year old! Baby girl celebrated at her birthday party this past weekend, and I hope she had a ton of fun. Momma Taylor wanted two themes--one to incorporate her red Benz, and then an ice cream pastel color theme.

Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for babies.Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Harmoni was styling and profiling in this car. I'm telling you, all of these babies keep showing up to the studio with a better-looking car than mine! Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and black theme. Birthday shoot ideas for babies.Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Next up was the super-fun theme. I loved putting all of these colors together. Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Ice cream pastel color theme. Birthday shoot ideas for babies.Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Yes, Harmoni! It's your birthday and you can eat the cake, too! Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Ice cream pastel color theme. Birthday shoot ideas for babies.Harmoni's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy birthday, baby girl. Stay sweet :)

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Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot | Astoria, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/kamryn-13th-birthday-shoot-astoria-queens Sherise booked this birthday shoot for her daughter, Kamryn. I've honestly never done a birthday shoot for anyone younger than 16, so I was kind of excited to try something new-ish!

Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Kamryn has a sweet personality and a beautiful smile! I love how the color scheme made her pop. Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

No matter what what age you are, putting that crown on your head will definitely bring out the Queen in you. I love it! Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

I knew this pink phone would be a client favorite. Kamryn asked for it twice haha. Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Soooo many balloons! :) Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Dad stopped by after work and he was able to get a little more personality out of Kamryn. You can tell she's a Daddy's girl, and I loved to see it. Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

I wish I could take a bite out of this cake, too, Kamryn!
Kamryn's 13th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for teenaged girls. Pink white and gold balloons.Kamryn's 13th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Kamryn!

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Ave's Portrait Session | Haitian Flag Day https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/ave-portrait-session-haitian-flag-day-bridgeport-ct Today is Haitian Flag Day! It's a "Haitian holiday to celebrate the creation of the Flag of Haiti and revolution in Haiti that got its people freedom from France and set the precedent for slave uprisings in the US" (thanks, Google). I know there has been a lot going on in Haiti since last year, but Haitians are some of the most resilient and some of the strongest people that I know. If they could overcome all that they overcame in the past, they can definitely overcome all of this mess and unite to make their country better.

Ave's Portrait Session celebrating Haitian Flag Day in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black Haitian woman.Ave's Portrait SessionHaitian Flag Day Ave booked this portrait session without telling me the theme haha. But you know I'm always down and ready for anything. When she changed into her outfits, I got all excited because I've always wanted to do a session for Haitian Flag Day. I have considered myself Haitian for almost 10 years now haha and I admire Haitian culture. Ave's Portrait Session celebrating Haitian Flag Day in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black Haitian woman.Ave's Portrait SessionHaitian Flag Day "I love being Haitian, love the culture and the food. And flag day is my favorite holiday🥰🥰 and it is always a joy for me to celebrate it each year."
-Ave
Ave's Portrait Session celebrating Haitian Flag Day in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black Haitian woman.Ave's Portrait SessionHaitian Flag Day Next up was this super cute matching top & skirt that reminded me of the outfits that Jamaicans like to wear for Folklore themes. Ave's Portrait Session celebrating Haitian Flag Day in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black Haitian woman.Ave's Portrait SessionHaitian Flag Day Girl, you better work this outfit! Ave's Portrait Session celebrating Haitian Flag Day in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black Haitian woman.Ave's Portrait SessionHaitian Flag Day

This was such a cute and fun session. Happy Haitian Flag Day, tout moun!

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Brooke's Family Portrait Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/brookes-family-portrait-session-bridgeport-ct Brooke reached out to me about surprising her mother with this portrait session, and I looooove a good surprise :) The portrait session almost didn't happen, but we made it! And I'm so happy I was able to capture these memories for this beautiful family.

Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

Ms. Pam & her daughters. I hope these women cherish these portraits forever. I hope to have a portrait like this one day with my sister and mother. Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

Ahhh the way they look at each other! Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

Kenzo was quite enamored with my camera. He kept trying to see what it was all about, and he happily stood still to let me capture him. Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

Whoever coordinated these outfits deserve a raise! Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

I have photographed Brooke a few times in my almost-10-year career. It's always a pleasure :) Brooke's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Blush white and olive theme.Brooke's Family Portrait Session 2021Bridgeport, CT

Ms. Pam turned 55 the day before this session. I did NOT expect her to slay this mini birthday shoot the way she did. Sheesh! Pamela's 55th birthday shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Pamela's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Pamela's 55th birthday shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Pamela's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Pamela's 55th birthday shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Pamela's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And this is how it's done! Pamela's 55th birthday shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Pamela's 55th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Family, it was soooo nice to have you bless my camera with your presence :)

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Keshayne's 25th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/keshayne-25th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct I've known KJ since he was 2, and I refuse to call him by his grown man name, "Keshayne." He's still my little cousin, even though he towers over me and is now 25 years old.

Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

KJ's sister, Kabreena, but my first ever birthday client 2 years ago. There were two shoots that came before hers did, but she was the first to ever book a birthday session. So thank God for cousins who support cousins. That's a blessing! Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I'm almost tempted to take the "birthday shoot" title away from this session just because there are no balloons or props. Someone *cough cough* convinced KJ that he shouldn't get balloons, and you know that broke my lil heart. I could totally see KJ rocking some burgundy, black and white balloons for this session. Right?? Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Kabreena and Nicole joined KJ for moral support, and they both loved this set of photos. I love them, too! There goes KJ laughing a little too hard haha, and then there goes KJ doing a little... dance? I don't even know what that is.
Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Fun fact: KJ cut his hair off right after this shoot. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And this, my friends, is my favorite photo of them all. I know, it's slightly out of focus. But I don't care, I love it. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot idea. Keshayne's 25rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

 

I hope you had an amazing birthday, Old Man :)

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Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot | Long Island City, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/telesha-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Telesha and I did a consultation for this 30th birthday photo shoot that would be taking place some time after her birthday. We did something a little different than my norm, and I'm happy that we did! Her honey, Sim, is fellow photographer and I felt a little pressure to impress him haha. So my girl showed up to FD Photo Studio in Long Island City, got her face beat my Isabelle, and this mother of twins did her THANG!

Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Red black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Telesha's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

"To this day I can’t believe I’m someone’s mother, two somebody’s at that. It’s exhausting and trying most times--the crying, the fighting, the not sharing, etc. But it’s also double rewarding--double the hugs, love, smiles, and all the happy things. One thing I wouldn’t change about my twenties was having them."
-Telesha
Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Red black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Telesha's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

I love photographing mothers because it's their chance to get away from the kids for a few hours and just focus on being cute. Self-care is of paramount importance, especially for new mothers. It's the number one tip that I give to my friends when they have just had a baby--make sure you take care of yourself.

"Going forward into Chapter 30, this momma of 2 is carving out time to make sure she is taking care of SELF first--discovering and exploring all of me, doing all the work (well, attempting to), to heal and make me better for these two tiny humans, to figure out my purpose and strive to fulfill that. Whatever it is."
-Telesha
Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Red black and gold theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Telesha's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Ok, so we know that Telesha is beautiful and she loves her babies. But fun fact: she's a beauty AND brains.
Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Telesha's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

"My proudest achievement occurred in the chapter I just closed (my 20s): I graduated undergrad 2013 with a BS in Human Biology and then two years later another BS in Diagnostic Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) which was pivotal in the start of my professional career. Shortly after that (another 2 years) I found out I was gonna have twins 😱😳😩 and though they aren’t an achievement per say, they are one of my biggest blessings ever."
-Telesha
Telesha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Telesha's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Oh, Telesha. I'm so proud of you! Your children have an amazing example to look up to. It was great photographing you!

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Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/holly-22nd-birthday-shoot-Queens-NYC Holly, Isabelle and I bonded in the studio's hallway while we waited for another photographer to finish up his session. Holly endured my rambling like a champ. That's how I knew she was a good person :) 

Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Roody and I were visibly blown away when we took the first photo of her. That photo above was literally the first shot! Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

If you look up the definition of "fun" in the dictionary, this photo might pop up! Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Oh, sweet Holly. I love this navy color on her. Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Fun fact: Holly gets rose gold balloons every year for her birthday. I didn't know this when I got the balloons for her! So it's really cool how it all came together. Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Soooo pretty! Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Holly's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, rose gold and blue theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adult women.Holly's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Holly, I really hope you enjoyed your birthday today. You are a rock star! Happy birthday!

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Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/5/aiyana-20th-birthday-shoot-Queens-NYC Aiyana & Mom showed up READY, hunny. Curling iron in hand and first outfit ready to go! I could tell that Aiyana was shy, but I knew how to work my magic to get her to feel comfortable.

Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

That smile! Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There is just something about black & gold that I really love. I can't quite figure out what it is, but everyone looks even more amazing on a black & gold set.
Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Mom helped with posing, and she loved the one on the left. I love it, too! Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I did a little "whoooo!" when Aiyanna walked out in her second outfit. We changed her hair up a little bit and continued with the fun! Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There is so much joy in this balloon-throwing photo. Love it! Aiyana's 20th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Gold white and black theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Aiyana's 20th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 20th birthday, Aiyana! I hope you had an amazing day :)

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Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/justina-16th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Justina turned 16 last October, but the pandemic ruined her plans. Ugh, girl. I know the feeling. But there's a happy ending to this story--she wore her big poofy red dress, put on a tiara, and did a really cute birthday shoot months later with yours truly :)

Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and gold theme. Big poofy red dress.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I know Mom is going to hang this one up somewhere in the house. Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and gold theme. Big poofy red dress.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and gold theme. Big poofy red dress.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

A natural! That's who Justina is. She did all these poses with such ease. When I was 16, I was the most awkward person in the world haha. Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and gold theme. Big poofy red dress.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Little Cuz loves him some Tina! Brandon explored the studio while Justina did her make up, then Mom changed him into this cute little outfit and he happily hopped into some of the photos. Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red white and gold theme. Big poofy red dress.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ok, so Justina clearly didn't come to play! Come through, white jumpsuit! Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White gold and red theme. White jumpsuit.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Is there anything more adorable than the sound of a child's laughter? Brandon loved playing with the balloons so much :) Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White gold and red theme. White jumpsuit.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

The lashes almost didn't let Justina be great, but she was able to hold her eyes open with this cute gold mask just long enough for me to capture these photos. YES! Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White gold and red theme. White jumpsuit.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ahhhh! So fun. I love it. Justina's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White gold and red theme. White jumpsuit.Justina's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Justina, I'm so happy the pandemic didn't ruin this shoot! :)

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Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/sadeisha-22nd-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Sadeisha was VERY prepared for her birthday shoot. She came with make up done, balloons & props in hand, and her lovely sisters ready to help her look perfect in front of my camera.

Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Woman in business. Branding photos.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I always encourage clients to bring props with them, so Sadeisha decided to include her MacBook because she has a jewelry business. Very smart! I love to see female entrepreneurs.

Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Woman in business. Branding photos.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Next up was this cute little silver dress. Sadeisha became a whole other woman! Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Silver and purple theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There were supposed to be 22 floor balloons, but one didn't make it haha. Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Silver and purple theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Silver and purple theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Silver and purple theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I had never heard of a "balloon tassel" before this shoot. Now I feel like all balloon bouquets need them! Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Silver and rose gold theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Lastly, Sadeisha changed into this cute pajama set. You already know I love the colors in these photos. Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Pink and silver theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

That's right, girl! Make that money! Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Pink and silver theme.Sadeisha's 22nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope you enjoyed your 22nd birthday, Sadeisha!

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Bruno Family Maternity Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/bruno-family-maternity-session-bridgeport-ct The Bruno family is expecting again! I photographed Kairo's first birthday party a few years ago, and the Baby Shark dessert table has since then gone viral on Pinterest. So shoutout to the decorator who helped my Pinterest following grow.

Anyway, back to the BEAUTIFUL Chanae. Look at her in this white dress! She looks like an angel! Motherhood has definitely been good to her :)

"My favorite part about motherhood is seeing my son grow into his own little person and watching him learn new things daily. He has this laugh that is very contagious and makes everyone smile around him. Kairo definitely is a Momma’s Boy and I love it when he comes to me for snuggles and cuddles. It’s the best.
-Chanae

Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

It was so good to see Big Boy Kaira again after a couple years! He kept coming up to me just to see what I was up to. He has the sweetest little face! 

"He is always saying please and thank you for the things he wants and knows how to wear momma out with all the energy he has LOL."
-Chanae Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Job & Kairo looked so handsome in their matching suits. Like father like son in more ways than one, I hope!

"My favorite personality trait of my husband is how loving and caring he can be. He has a lot of patience when it comes to stressful situations."
-Chanae Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. White theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

I was pleasantly surprised when Job posted the pregnancy announcement on Facebook earlier this year. Chanae felt the same way, too, apparently!

"I was quite surprised when I found out I was pregnant but nonetheless happy and excited for our new addition."
-Chanae
Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Denim theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Let's focus on how much of a clown Job is for a second. This guy has not changed since I first met him over a decade ago! And Chanae loves it.

"After 6 years of marriage, Im still madly in love with my husband even though he drives me crazy sometimes LOL. I cherish every moment I spend with him whether we are sleeping, going for a car ride together, spending time outside with our son and watching our favorite TV shows. He's my whole world. I feel like I'm one of the luckiest girls in the world."
Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Denim theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

#BlackLove #BlackCouple #BlackFamily :)
Bruno Family Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Denim theme.Bruno Family Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

This session was so much fun! Congratulations, Bruno family :)

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Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Photo Shoot & Cake Smash | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/skyleigh-1st-birthday-shoot-cake-smash-bridgeport-ct Skyleigh was born for this. When I photographed the baby shower held in her honor last January, I already knew how loved she is.

Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Her aunts, Dianne & Mica, built this whole set just for her. All Demi & Edgar had to do was show up with Skyleigh and some cute outfits! And look how cute she is!
Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Yay! Bubbles! Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

There is so much love and support in this photo. I love to see it! Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Little Miss Skyleigh was finally ready to dig into that yummy cake! Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

I think she liked it :) Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Cake Smash ideas for baby girl. Pink and white winter Tipi theme.Skyleigh's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Skyleigh, I hope your aunties do it big for your 2nd birthday, too hahahaha. Thanks for continuing to let me be a part of the family celebrations, Morales sisters!

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Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/christianna-30th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Christianna is like a refreshing bubble of energy. Is that a thing?

Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

The second she walked into the studio in Bridgeport, it was as if I had reconnected with an old friend. We talked about music, politics, everything, as Isabelle did her make up and as Roody & I prepared the gift bags & boxes. Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Just the fact that she wanted a pink on pink theme ALONE made me appreciate her. You know I love pink, right? Pink is my happy place. Do you see all this pink? I was quite happy. Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I love doing birthday shoots for grown women because I love to celebrate matured beauty. You know what I mean, right? The confidence in a 30-year-old is not the same as that of a 21-year-old. The two are so different, and I LOVE to see it! Love yourself, love your body, understand how truly beautiful you are, woman! Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ok, so this outfit. Whew! Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I had to run and get my 50mm lens for these shots. Why are you so cool, Christianna? Please help me understand.  Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Pink theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And right when I thought it couldn't possibly get any better, homegirl thew on the CK's. Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. White theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I loooooove these last few photos so much!! Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. White theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. White theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. White theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Christianna's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. White theme.Christianna's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Christianna, thank you for trusting me to bring your birthday vision to life! It truly was a pleasure. Happy birthday!!

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Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/ameerah-21st-birthday-shoot-Bridgeport-CT I have known Ameerah since she is 12, and today I am writing about the photo shoot we did for her 21st birthday. Time is FLYING! This birthday shoot took place 1 month after her birthday, though, but that's ok!

Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Black and teal theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ameerah is a very special young lady. She is the mother of a sweet little girl, and she is an active member of the US Military! 

"Being an active duty military single mother can be challenging at times. Over all, I am grateful for my family and work staff support system available to me in any time of need."


Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Black and teal theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

"Active duty status can mean that I may uproot and deploy at any moment. Serving this country gives me a sense of honor and it comes with great benefits such as free health care, salary and ranking up based on work ethic and effort, discounts and so many other things."
-Ameerah
Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Rose gold black and brown theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Rose gold black and brown theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I follow Ameerah on Instagram and her workout stories motivate me to get off my butt and get active. Little did I know that she was battling with Postpartum Depression, just like I did for a few years after having my first son. Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Coral lingerie white and brown theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

It's amazing because Ameerah had such an upbeat attitude during her shoot. She and her friends had me rolling with their commentary. To have overcome the dullness that PPD brings is quite an accomplishment!

"Completing basic military training while trying to overcome post-partum depression would be my proudest accomplishment thus far."
-Ameerah
Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Coral lingerie white and brown theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Red and white theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Ameerah has so many things to look forward to this year: "I am looking forward to living a 'normal life' since many individuals are taking the vaccine. I am ready for a promotion and growing in the Air Force."

Ameerah's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Red and white theme.Ameerah's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Thank you so much for your service, Ameerah! And I know we all can't wait to get back to a "normal" life. God bless you!

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Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/zoe-25th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Zoe is smiling in every single one of these photos, as she should! She is 25 years old today, and I'm excited to share these photos from her birthday shoot. Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Orange, black, purple and silver theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Roody and I were stumped by the colors of her outfit because we wanted to make sure we used the right color tissue paper. After going back and forth, I think the purple and orange were a great idea :)
Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Orange, black, purple and silver theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Orange, black, purple and silver theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Next up was this teal and silver dress that shows off Zoe's beautiful, long legs! Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Teal silver and white theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Fun fact about Zoe: she's an author! My girl actually has a sizable library of books she has written. That's so cool! Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Teal silver and white theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Zoe's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults. Teal silver and white theme.Zoe's 25th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy birthday, Zoe!

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Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/desiree-18th-birthday-shoot-flushing-queens Desiree is 18 years old today! We did her birthday shoot last week in the studio in Flushing, Queens. Isabelle did her make up, and her mother quietly cheered her on while I was shooting.

Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Desiree initially wanted shades of brown for her session, but I think we can all agree that the pop of silver and yellow look very nice! Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Keep your head up, Desiree, so that crown doesn't fall :)
Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

These next few shots were so fun. Desiree's legs dangling off the stool and then the little shimmy she did when I asked her to bust a move haha Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver and beige theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Whew chile, I LOVED the dress with the rhinestones. The navy and silver REALLY made it pop. Heart eyes! Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver black and navy theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

And more balloon tossing, because we love the do that! Desiree's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for teen girls. Silver black and navy theme.Desiree's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Happy birthday, Desiree! I hope we shoot again soon :)

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Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/sarai-23rd-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Sarai did her make up and then came to the studio to do her birthday shoot. She was an EXCELLENT model, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

This photo. Faaaaave. I might need to borrow it from her one day. Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

You might have noticed a lot of my coral/rose gold, silver, black/white pairings in some other shoots. I have Sarai to thank for that! I had no idea those colors worked together until we did this shoot. Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Then we shot some white one white in this super-run white romper! Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Ahh! I always love this happy balloon shots.

Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Sarai's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Sarai's 23rd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

It was so nice to meet you, Sarai! I hope we shoot again soon.

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Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/4/alyssa-30th-birthday-shoot-Queens-NY Alyssa wanted to do it BIG for her 30th birthday. As she should! Patricia did this beautiful balloon garland for her, and it went beautifully with her gray dress.

Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Rose Gold, White and Black theme. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Rose Gold, White and Black theme. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Alyssa asked her mother to not look at her so she could bust this move haha.
Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Rose Gold, White and Black theme. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Rose Gold, White and Black theme. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Speaking of Mom, here she is! Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Rose Gold, White and Black theme. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Alyssa's next two outfits were floral and colorful, so we moved to the white wall and took some simple but super-cute portraits. It was at this moment when I realized that Alyssa reminds me a lot of my friend, Karien. They make the same faces and they're equally as sassy haha.
Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

What I've noticed is that clients tend to get a lot more comfortable at the 45-minute mark. Alyssa was feeling herself, hunty. As she should! And I LOVE the fact that I was able to capture her being herself. Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Fun fact: The balloons were not originally red. Thank you, Photoshop :) Alyssa's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday Shoot Ideas for Adults. Balloon Garland.Alyssa's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope this photo shoot was everything you envisioned, Alyssa!

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Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/kiara-2nd-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Little Miss Kiara, AKA "Kiki," was not feeling this photo shoot. But I'm a professional, and I worked my magic and was able to capture some super adorable photos of her!

Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple and pink theme with balloon garland. Birthday photo shoot ideas for toddler girls.Kiara's 2nd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Don't you just love how her dress matches the balloon garland that I made? Yes, I made the garland. And yes, I'm VERY proud of myself :) Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple and pink theme with balloon garland. Birthday photo shoot ideas for toddler girls.Kiara's 2nd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple and pink theme with balloon garland. Birthday photo shoot ideas for toddler girls.Kiara's 2nd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

The one thing that Kiki loved about this session was the fact that she got to play with these little flower sticks haha. I found them at Michael's and I had to get them for the set! Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple and pink theme with balloon garland. Birthday photo shoot ideas for toddler girls.Kiara's 2nd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Next up was this adorable little outfit that I might have to borrow from her the next time I go into the city. How cute is her little purse? Adorable! Kiara's 2nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple and pink theme with balloon garland. Birthday photo shoot ideas for toddler girls.Kiara's 2nd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy 2nd birthday, Kiara!

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Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/natasha-24th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Natasha came into the studio on a Monday evening and confessed that she had never done a professional photo shoot before. But she also brought some extravagant outfits to be photographed in, so I thought that was funny haha.

Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink and silver theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

This session was literally us laughing and cracking jokes the entire time. Natasha has such a chill and relaxed personality. It felt like I was catching up with an old friend. Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink and silver theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink and silver theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

My girl had this dress custom made by a designer she found on Instagram. This was the outfit she wore to celebrate her 24th birthday a few days after our shoot. I loooove the purple so much! I was quite excited to whip out the purple cupcakes for the first time. Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple silver and black theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Purple silver and black theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Next up with this luscious blush robe with beautiful frills. Oh my gosh. I die. But also, shout out to a past client who made me realize that Rose Gold/Blush and Silver go together so well! Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Rose gold silver and black theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

This outfit was definitely my favorite. In the future, I plan to have a closet full of these robes so that client can use them. They're so beautiful! Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Rose gold silver and black theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And you know we had to whip out the throne chair so that Natasha could sit all pretty like the Queen that she is! Natasha's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Rose gold silver and black theme.Natasha's 24th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Natasha, thank you for making our Monday night so exciting! It was a pleasure to photograph you, and I hope you had an amazing time celebrating your 24th birthday!

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Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/natallia-21st-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Miss Natallia is 21 years old today! I have known this young lady for a long time. I've been to a church a few times and we follow each other on social media. I was so nice to see her looking all grown and sexy! It made me feel old, of course, but I think that will always happen to me when I photograph anyone younger than 25 haha.

Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Natallia came with her friend, "Tee Tee," and they were both super silly. There were lots of jokes and lots of laughs. They're so goofy haha. Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pink white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Then Natallia changed into this black jumpsuit and everything changed. That's usually what happens when girls wear jumpsuits. They just make you feel different. Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

These photos right here... hahahaha I hope you print these, Natallia. You're hilarious! Natallia's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black white and Rose Gold theme.Natallia's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Happy birthday, my girl! God bless you :)

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"But Go Off, Sis" Podcast Branding Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/but-go-off-sis-podcast-branding-session-bridgeport-ct I had the pleasure of photographing these two ladies for the branding of their new podcast called "But Go Off, Sis." You know I'm nosy, so I asked Sagine & Vanessa a couple questions about this new venture of theirs and I would love to share their answers with you!

BGOS Podcast Branding Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black women. White and brown theme.BGOS Podcast Branding SessionSagine and Vanessa - But Go Off, Sis

We're all dying to know, what inspired the start of this podcast?

"I’ve always had the urge to share my views as well as challenge societal norms that most don’t challenge. I also enjoy talking to people about their experiences and wanted the opportunity to have a platform for them to share."
-Ness

"I love to create, whether its art, work, or just a simple conversation. Hearing someone else's views are just as meaningful as discussing my own. For me, conversation has always led to some type of growth and I love being able to create a conversation that can facilitate the same for others."
-Sage
BGOS Podcast Branding Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black women. White and brown theme.BGOS Podcast Branding SessionSagine and Vanessa - But Go Off, Sis

I know most content creators have a specific audience they would like to reach. It helps to know who you're targeting so you can make your content more relatable and you can create a fanbase that will stick by your side for a lonnnnggg time. Vanessa hopes to reach young adults, she says, "Specifically the black community and if we narrow it down even further black women. I’m a strong believer in FUBU for us by us & there is no such thing as too many safe spaces!"

"I’ve noticed that there aren’t many platforms in the podcast world amplifying the opinion or perspectives of young black voices. With this podcast, I hope to reach my peers, and young black men and women, as I believe we deserved to be represented in all spaces. As Vanessa mentioned, this podcast was whole heartedly created to be a space F.U.B.U."
-Sage
BGOS Podcast Branding Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black women. White and brown theme.BGOS Podcast Branding SessionSagine and Vanessa - But Go Off, Sis

Fun facts about the ladies:

Vanessa is a mental health clinician (aka, a therapist). She works with both children and adults and helps them with their healing process.

Sagine is a Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Clinician. She works with both children and adults who have neurological/cognitive disabilities (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, MS, Autism SD, Learning disabilites), affecting both their speech and language.

Ok, educated black women! We love to see it!
BGOS Podcast Branding Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Black women. White and brown theme.BGOS Podcast Branding SessionSagine and Vanessa - But Go Off, Sis

I'm so excited these ladies decided to do this. It actually might be the push that a lot of us need to do the thing we've been putting off. You know exactly what I'm talking about. A lot of us have been meaning to let our creative sides come to life. Well, this is the sign that you should make it happen!

"But Go Off, Sis" is available on Apple Podcast & Spotify. Click here to listen to a recent episode!

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Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/nicole-40th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny A couple things I know about Nicole:

1. She loves black & gold. Down to the nails and jewelry.
2. She loves Soca. I felt like I was at Carnival during this shoot haha.

Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There's something so beautiful about a strong, confident black woman. My girl wore the MESS out this lace catsuit. I was in awe! Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Yessss, Nicole! Future clients, when I say, "Give me a little dance," THIS is what I mean haha. Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

The next dress was another show-stopper. I really love all of the black & gold. It's so regal! Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gold theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

"This Queen makes 40 look fabulous." Ain't that the truth?? Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black gold and white theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black gold and white theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black gold and white theme.Nicole's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I had so much fun, Nicole! I hope you enjoy your 40th birthday :)

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Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/anieta-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny First of all, I wasn't expecting this birthday shoot to go THIS HARD. Anieta pleasantly surprised all of us. She sent me some inspo photos for her Old Hollywood theme that she wanted to do, so I knew it was going to be really cute. But the way she pulled it off... wow!

Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black and white.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black and white.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

"I’m always afraid to try new things. Turning 30 really helped me to realize who I am. I feel so liberated and free to do what my heart desires."
-Anieta
Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black and white.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I would have photographed her in that first outfit all day, honestly. And then she stepped out of the little "changing room" with this number and I had to pick my jaw up from off the floor again! Hellooooooo! Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black lingerie and pink fur robe.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

"I have an old soul, so I’ve been told. My style has been very conservative over the years but recently I’ve decided to apply some heat to my wardrobe." The heat has definitely been turned up!
Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black lingerie and pink fur robe.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

"Adding some color and wearing things that compliment my curves. So I would say, I’m trying to create a lane for myself." And we're enjoying this lane, sis!
Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black lingerie and pink fur robe.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

We almost forgot about the money gun, which was one of her first requests. Girl, you look like a million bucks!
Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black lingerie and pink fur robe.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

During this new decade, Anieta looks forward to crushing more goals, she said, and "stepping outside of my comfort zone a little more, loving myself unconditionally and apologetically!" As she should!
Anieta's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Old Hollywood theme. Black lingerie and pink fur robe.Anieta's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Yeah, soooooo this was amazing. I can't wait to shoot again, Anieta!

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Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/ian-1st-birthday-cake-smash-photo-shoot-queens-nyc I had the pleasure of meeting the Guillermo family last week! Luzmia & Humberto are related to a client a photographed a couple years ago, and she referred them to me. So they got Little Alain and Baby Ian all dressed up for a quick family portrait.

Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

Then we captured Ian's adorable little face for his first birthday. which is today. Look at him!! Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

Ian really liked the balloons, as you can probably tell. He is such a sweet little boy. Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

We sang for him, clapped our hands and did everything we could to keep him entertained! It worked for the most part, and I'm so happy I was able to capture his sweet little expressions.
Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

When it was time for the cake, Ian wasn't feeling it too much. I didn't mind, though. As long as he didn't scream and cry, I was happy :) Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

You know how we knew Ian wasn't feeling the cake? He decided to crawl on top of it haha. Well played, Ian! Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Blue silver and white themed birthday shoot for one year old boy.Ian's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootQueens, NY

Happy 1st birthday, Ian! Stay sweet :)

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Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/stephanie-40th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny It's International Woman's Day, and it's also Stephanie's birthday. So let's show this woman off! She's 40 years old today, and she's proud. As she should be! 

Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black, gold, pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

One of the first things I noticed about Stephanie is the fact that she knows all of the lyrics to all of the Top 100 songs. Haha! I, on the other hand, am 30 years old and I'm having trouble keeping up. Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black, gold, pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black, gold, pink and white theme. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I messaged Stephanie this morning and asked her how it feels to be 40. She said, "It feels weird." Haha! I love the effort she put into personalizing this shoot and making it look like any other birthday shoot I've done.
Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, pink, gold and black theme. Pink tutu. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, pink, gold and black theme. Pink tutu. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Shortly after booking her birthday shoot, Stephanie booked a birthday shoot for her one-year-old daughter. Yes! Let's photograph the entire family haha. Jayla wasn't too thrilled to be photographed, but I'll make sure I get a smile out of her for her cake smash in May :)
 

Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, pink, gold and black theme. Pink tutu. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, pink, gold and black theme. Pink tutu. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. White, pink, gold and black theme. Pink tutu. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 40th birthday, Stephanie! See you again in a few months :)

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Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/denise-50th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Denise booked her session a loonnnnggg time ago haha. She would always comment on my Facebook posts, and then she finally slid into my DM's to lock in her own birthday shoot.

Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

A lot of my clients opt to wear this really poofy tulle skirt, and I LOVE it! It so fun, and it goes with so many different kinds of tops. I'm not sure where Denise bought hers, but I know for sure that they can be found on Amazon. Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Next up was the super-fun frilly dress. I caught Denise wiggling in the corner and watching the bottom of the dress move. I love to see adults find pleasure in simple things! Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

This shoot's timing was perfect because it happened on Denise's birthday. So after the shoot, she and her husband went out to have dinner. That's a great use of the make up! Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Denise told me she wanted to replicate one of Shonda Rhimes' portraits. I had never seen the portrait she was referring to, but I think we got some really good close ups! Denise's 50th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday shoot ideas for adult women. Black woman. Rose gold theme.Denise's 50th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Denise, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you! I'm happy you made this photo shoot a part of your 50th birthday celebration :)

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Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/3/nina-simone-21st-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Nina-Simone was super shy when she walked into the studio with her boyfriend, Marlon. Actually, they were both a little shy. But you know I'm loud & obnoxious and I have a way of getting people to open up, even a little bit.

Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Black gray and pink theme.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Nina-Simone mentioned pink one time in her Pre-Shoot Questionnaire, and I decided to run with it. We all know how much I love pink!! Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Black gray and pink theme.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Look at that smile! I love how happy she is in these photos. Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Black gray and pink theme.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Next up with this cute silk PJ's set. Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Silver white and pink theme. Silk pajamas.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Silver white and pink theme. Silk pajamas.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Oh, to be 21 again! It feels like it was so long ago. I love the fact that I get to capture these milestones for my clients. Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Silver white and pink theme. Silk pajamas.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Silver white and pink theme. Silk pajamas.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Everyone slays when it's time to get off the backdrops. This set is my faaaave! Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Blush dress.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Special thanks to the number balloon for cooperating long enough to snap this photo. Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Blush dress.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Every time I told these two to look at each other, they burst out laughing. Hahaha! Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for adults. Blush dress.Nina-Simone's 21st Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy 21st birthday, Nina-Simone!

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Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/nicole-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Nicole's birthday shoot is the one that I'll always remember. Why? Well, she's the first client to ask me for a balloon garland, and the first client to bring her own hair stylist. The resulting images are so stunning and I am soooo proud of the entire team. Nicole is so beautiful, and I am so honored to have been able to capture her for her 30th birthday.

Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Patricia and Polo did an amazing job creating this balloon garland and column. I was so stunned when I saw it all come together. Now I want all of my clients to make this request because balloons just make everything look even more beautiful! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I don't think Isabelle knew Nicole's red lip would match her Red Bottoms, but I loooove this make up look! Isabelle is the best! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Nicole loves her nieces so much! The older niece, Ali, wanted to be in every photo with her auntie. It was the cutest thing! Then Mom, Dad, and Bro hopped in for a quick photo. I love that everyone wore black! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Nicole surprised me yet again with this 30's-inspired outfit. None of us knew how to hold the long cigarette haha. But I think she pulled it off! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray balloon garland with rose gold accent. 30's Flapper theme.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I have no idea if the rotary phone was a thing back in the 30's, but it blends in with the rest of the props! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray balloon garland with rose gold accent. 30's Flapper theme.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray balloon garland with rose gold accent. 30's Flapper theme.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Nicole decided to change back into her first outfit because she wanted to change her hair. She's giving me Angela Simons vibes. Ayanna, the hair stylist, is very quick and really good at what she does! Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Of course, little Miss Ali wanted to hop into the scene one last time for a quick photo with Auntie :) Nicole's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Black and gray theme. Balloon garland with rose gold accent.Nicole's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Nicole, I am so happy we were able to pull this off. 5 hours of studio time, totally worth it! Happy birthday 30th birthday :)

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Akeeya's Maternity Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/akeeya-maternity-session-bridgeport-ct I'm part of a Mommy Group on Facebook, and I saw a post by this young lady asking for recommendations for a maternity photographer. Hello, hi! I am she :) LOL I shot my shot and she booked with quickness.

Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Akeeya has the patience of an angel, so I know she will be an amazing mother to this little girl. Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Every time I photograph a woman who is expecting a girl, I take it as a sign that my next child will be a girl. So what happens when the client is expecting a boy? HAHAHA. Leave me alone. Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Mothers-to-be who need cute dresses for their maternity session, Amazon is your friend. You hear me? So far, half of my maternity clients have worn dresses from Amazon and they always look so cute. But then again, pregnant woman are always beautiful. So how could they not look cute?? Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Shooting in the Bridgeport studio allows me to do 2 different changes of scenery, which is nice. So we decided to do some poses on the new white couch. Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

This shot right here is my favorite! I love Akeeya's expression and the gold mirror behind her head. Wow. Akeeya's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Pregnancy photo shoot ideas. Black pregnant woman.Akeeya's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Congratulations, Akeeya! I'm so happy we were able to make this connection.

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Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/kayla-16th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct I have known Kayla since she was in the single digits. She was one of my first birthday clients 2 years ago, and now she's back because she's 16 years old. My, how time flies!

Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I love this navy blue and rose gold theme so much. We try really hard to give all of our clients a unique experience, and this color scheme is definitely different. Kayla wasn't too sure about it when I mentioned the shooting against the rosy backdrop, but she became a believer once I showed her the first few photos :)
 

Then she changed into this striped 2-piece suit and we switched things back up again. Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Kayla is a very quiet and shy young lady. She is VERY talented. She sings and dances like an angel. 
Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

My Bridgeport clients get to use our gold & white throne chair. How lucky of them! Kayla had a pose that she wanted to do, and I think we pulled it off! Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

For this last set, I was being my usual ridiculous self--asking Kayla to do weird things and getting some SUPER cute reactions :) Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Kayla's mother reminded her that she had her mic with her, and I made her sing with it. Because this girl can saaannnnggg! And I can totally see this being a photo they use when her audition airs on American Idol or something haha. Kayla's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Birthday shoot ideas for teenagers. Black girl. Navy and white theme.Kayla's 16th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy 16th birthday, Kayla! I can't wait for your 18th birthday shoot :)

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Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/tiara-21st-birthday-shoot-flushing-queens Tiara has that quiet confidence. But she's also a little shy at the same time. This birthday shoot was definitely one of my favorites because she chose to include her sisters in a few shots. I always encourage clients to make sure they make the session their own, and she did just that. 

Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Someone asked me how I got the black backdrop to be black. Well, it was a mixture of having Tiara step closer to me, positioning the light so that it didn't hit the backdrop too much, and good ol' photoshop magic. Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Now, we all know how I love a black on black. And just monochrome in general. Whew, I can't get enough!

Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Tiara's sisters sat and patiently waited for it to be their turn haha. I really hope that they print out these photos and hang them up in their house. Because they're so beautiful! Their Guyanese and Puerto Rican mix is quite lovely :)  Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

And finally, the last outfit! Tiara looks like a Fashion Nova model. She said that's where the outfit came from LOL!!  Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

You know what's funny? Tiara quickly snatched up her birthday shoot date before I closed the month of January. I remember seeing her portrait session request and wondering, Who is Tiara?? Haha! But that's the way to do it.  Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Tiara's 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Black & Gold Theme. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Tiara's 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Tiara, this birthday shoot was amaaaaazing! Happy 21st birthday!

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Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/reva-18th-birthday-shoot-queens-ny Reva called me and was very excited to do a birthday shoot for her 18th birthday. She told me about the Indian lehenga that she wanted to wear, and the fake money that she was considering buying for the shoot. It's funny because I was looking at props the night before and I scrolled past a money gun. I quickly added that to my cart right after we hung up. And I bought a few more tiaras, one of which she is wearing. I love finding reasons to add to my prop collection hahaha.

Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Let's also talk about the balloon colors that Reva selected. In the questionnaire I send out 3 days before the shoot, I give clients the opportunity to either make their balloon color selection or to decide what they want. Reva chose these colors and I legit gave my computer screen the side eye. But when I saw them all together, blown up, it all made sense. Good job, Reva! Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ahhh yes, the flying money. Now I understand why she wanted it! Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There are so many things about Indian culture that I love. Their fashion sense is one of them. Reva looked even more beautiful in her lehenga. I love the red on red! Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

More flying money! Yes! Reva's 18th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Indian girl with red Lehenga. Burgundy and gold theme.Reva's 18th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 18th birthday, Reva! I really enjoyed your session. Thanks for making me buy the money gun :)

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Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/kenyetta-family-portrait-session-bridgeport-ct Kenyetta planned this photo shoot with her nieces months ago. I knew it was going to be a cute little session, but the level of production that went into this was out of this world! First of all, why are these girls so adorable? I just cannot with them and their little dresses.

Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Journey made my entire year, TBH. Every time she asked me, "You wanna see my dance?" and then actually showed me her dance, my heart smiled. And the little "Thanks" she said each time I told her it was beautiful made my heart smile even more. Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Kenyetta has won the Auntie of the Year Award, for sure. Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Fun fact: this photo is not in focus at all. But I kept it because I love it. Photos being in focus is totally overrated anyway, right? HAHA. Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

This is what it's like to have 2 sisters: Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Happy Black History Month to all of my fellow black people. In case you haven't heard, Black is Beautiful. Thank you, Target, for the reminder!
Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Whew, chile. These last 2 photos speak so much volume. I cannot. Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT Kenyetta's Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Beautiful black girls.Kenyetta's Family Portrait SessionBridgeport, CT

Word on the street is that the girls want to do another shoot soon, and I cannot WAIT!

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Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/brooklyn-1st-birthday-mikey-mouse-themed-cake-smash-bridgeport-ct Brooklyn is such a sweet little girl. She stared at me the entire time as Nicole, her mother, changed her into her outfit. When it was time to shoot, she wasn't very enthused. But she wasn't crying! So I was ok with that :)

Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

But how cute is this little Burberry outfit?? Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

And don't even get me started about the car. She has a nicer car than I do! Haha. Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

It was time to change into the Minnie Mouse outfit, and Brooklyn was super excited! Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

She couldn't decide if she was happy or sad at this point, though. But her cries were super cute, and we honestly couldn't tell the difference :) Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

There's just too much cuteness in this whole photo. Look at Brooklyn's little cheeks! And look at the cute cake! Nicole said she got it from Stew Leonard's. That's a reeeeally good-looking cake! Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Red black and white Minnie Mouse theme.Brooklyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Nicole, I'm so happy Kelli-Ann introduced us! Brooklyn was a joy to photograph. Happy first birthday, Baby Girl!

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Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/shameeka-29th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Shameeka's birthday shoot was my THIRD birthday shoot for the day, and the first thing I did after meeting her was apologize in advance for my lack of energy. I even stopped at Starbucks before her session to try to get some energy, because I know that a lot of you guys book me because of how much of a hype woman I am haha. But as soon Isabelle finished doing Shameeka's make up and we started shooting, I felt alive again! The energy in the room was quite infectious :)

Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Also, can we talk about this color scheme? And this wicked slit in the dress? Wow! Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

When we started shooting, I was joking with Shameeka that she was acting like a model. By the time she changed into this second outfit, I was seriously talking to her about her amazing modeling skills. The way she moves naturally is so lovely! Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Yeah, these next few photos are definitely Jamaican poses haha. Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Shameeka's 29th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults for Instagram.Shameeka's 29th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Thanks for giving me the energy I needed, Shameeka! Happy 29th birthday! :)

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Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/sha-dae-26th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Sha-Dae walked into the studio with a top knot. Isabelle did her make up, then she let her hair down and I was SO SURE I was looking at Kyla Pratt haha

Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Oh my gosh, I love pink soooo much! Any time a client tells me she wants the pink backdrop, my heart does a little happy dance. Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Sha-Dae's song came on and we captured some of my favorite shots! Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I don't know if you noticed, but we have added some new props to the collection! And since doing this shoot, we have added even more. So stay tuned :)
Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

My goal for each session is to have a mixture of plain/heavily decorated and then happy/chill. I think we did a good job for this session!
Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Sha-Dae's 26th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 26th birthday, Sha-Dae!

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(Photography by LarJ) 26th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photo shoot ideas for adults birthday photo shoot studio birthday photoshoot NYC birthday picture ideas for Instagram Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Flushing Queens Queens portrait photography Spark Studios NYC studio white and pink theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/2/sha-dae-26th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Wed, 03 Feb 2021 23:04:39 GMT
Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/yoselis-21st-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Yoselis is 21 today! Oh my goodness, I loved photographing this girl sooooo much! No voy a hablar mucho. I'll let the photos do the talking, porque miraaaaa! Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I told Yoselis that she should seriously consider modeling. She gives me Ashley Graham vibes. This girl knows how to work the camera, and I lived for it! Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

This outfit was so fun. I love bright colors :)
Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I told Yoselis to play with the balloon and she turned it into a soccer ball haha.
Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Yoselis' 21st Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY. Birthday photo shoot ideas for adults.Yoselis' 21st Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Bellisima! Yoselis, you're beautiful on the inside and out. Keep shining, and happy 21st birthday!

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Nicole's Maternity Session | Astoria, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/nicole-maternity-session-queens-nyc Nicole called to inquiry about shooting while I was in the middle of a shoot, so Roody took the call. I'm so happy we were able to make this work, because she and her little family are so cute!

Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens

Anthony was tasked with the job or throwing the skirt of Nicole's dress, and we all laughed at him because of how many times he failed haha. But Roody helped him out with this shot and it turned out quite lovely. Nicole looks like an absolute angel here. AHHH!!! I love it. Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens

Father & son. I can't wait to post these photos again on Father's Day! Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens

We did this shoot on Nicole's birthday. I would have brought some balloons or something if I had known before! We all know how much I looooove birthday shoots :) Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens Nicole's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NY. Black woman pregnancy photo shoot ideas.Nicole's Maternity SessionAstoria, Queens

Nicole, Anthony, and Adrian, it was a pleasure to photograph you! All the best to you, Nicole, on the delivery of this baby. He is so loved already!

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Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/stephanie-24th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc I couldn't think of a nicer way to celebrate MLK Jr. Day than to photograph a beautiful black woman! So Stephanie braved the railways (and an Uber) to meet us at the studio in Flushing, Queens. She has a very jovial spirit and an infectious laugh. And I love her hair :)

Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Fun fact: I was the only Jamaican in the room. Roody, Isabelle, and Stephanie are all Haitian. Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Stephanie told me she was a Converse girl, and she happily changed out of her heels and into some Chucks. The light spilled into the studio and I embraced it.
Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Stephanie's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Flushing, Queens. Birthday shoot ideas for adults.Stephanie's 24th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 24th birthday, Stephanie! I'm so happy we met :)

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Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/taneshia-35th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Taneshia was only going to be in town for a few days before she headed off to her assignment, so she quickly scheduled this birthday shoot. When Isabelle finished doing her make up, she changed into this dress and gave us all Tina Turner vibes. Wow!

Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

During our consultation, Taneshia made it very clear that she wanted dramatic lighting. And I can definitely see why! The drama of the black background and the side lighting works well with her sparkly dress. Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

We all know I love to shoot monochromatic. So this green on green right here is giving me life! Ok, body! Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

What I loved about this shoot was the fact that Taneshia's whole family came to support her. It was like a little reunion. Everyone took turns hopping into the photos with her, and it made my heart so happy. This is why I love when clients get the middle package because they get all the photos! So for those who want to take pictures with groups, it's perfect.
Taneshia's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NY.Taneshia's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I'm so glad we were able to make this happen, Taneshia. Be safe over there!

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Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot | Astoria, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/fatmata-24th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Fatmata called me to book a session, but I wasn't available on the day she requested. I thought I would never hear from her again, but she called me back a couple days hour and locked in her session for a new date. Yay! I'm so happy we met :)

I used a Parabolic Umbrella for these portraits with no diffusion, and I'm absolutely OBSESSED with the way the silver reflector of the inside of the umbrella makes her skin glow. Do you see it?? Gaaaahhhh. Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Fun fact: Fatmata is from Sierra Leone, a country on the Southwest coast of West Africa. Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

White on white. That's not something I shoot very often, but I love it!  Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

The balloon was a lot higher in the original photo, but I brought it down a few inches in Photoshop haha. It's the little things. Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

How adorable is this little purse? HAHA! I need one in every color. Fatmata's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC Birthday Photo Shoot.Fatmata's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Happy birthday, Fatmata! I'm so happy we were able to make this work.

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T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/tkeyah-jameg-maternity-session-queens-nyc Back in 2012, I was just getting into the wedding game when a photographer reached out to me and asked if I could cover a wedding for him. I jumped at the opportunity because I had only photographed 1 other wedding in my life. Roody & I packed up our stuff and drove about 2 hours to the venue in NY. We admired T’Keyah & Jameg because they were young like we were when we got married. At that time, we didn't know a lot of other young couples getting married. So the connection was instant and we later became Facebook friends.

T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

Fast forward EIGHT YEARS and this lovely couple is expecting their fourth child. "It’s truly a blessing to have children," says Jameg, and I totally agree.

T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

"We have a goal of 5 little people to complete our life and for some reason God has them two years apart. We are so excited and can’t wait for his arrival in March. My kids already love this little guy and I can’t wait to watch them care for him."
-T'Keyah
T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

One word that T'Keyah used to describe these last 8 years of marriage is "magical."

"We are far from the perfect couple but to look back and see how far we have come is amazing! He is truly my best friend and partner in life and I couldn’t imagine life without him. He is the best husband and father to us. I’m so blessed.
-T'Keyah
T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

Jameg is known for constantly posting his beautiful wife on social media, and I love to see it! 

"It’s beautiful every year, every second of it. Being married is the best outside of my relationship with God. She makes me better and I fall in love with her over and over again."
-Jameg
T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

Photographing pregnant women is one of my favorite things to do because of how beautiful they are. You should know this about me already. And I think T'Keyah KILLED this shoot. It's funny how her face hasn't changed in 8 years haha. And now to see her as a mother is even more beautiful!

"My favorite part of motherhood would be just seeing their faces and watching them grow before my eyes. Whenever you feel down or sad for any reason to see their faces and get their kisses and hugs makes the world so much better. They know right when you need a prayer or some love and it’s nothing like it."
-T'Keyah
T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity Session in studio in Queens, NYC. Black couple pregnancy photos.T'Keyah & Jameg's Maternity SessionFlushing, Queens

Congratulations, you two! I'm so happy for you, and I love the way you display your love for each other.

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Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/larianne-30th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Well, here we are. It's my 30th birthday, and I finally get to share these images from my birthday shoot. I have A LOT to say, ok? Please bear with me.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

First things first, Isabelle is the realest. She took her time and beat my face within an inch of its life. I took a look in the little hand mirror and almost cried. And the lashes from EvoLuxe Beauty made me feel even more amazing. Eyeshadow palette by Jackie Aina, of course.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

But wait! There's more. Isabelle then proceeded to surprise me with the fact that she knows how to do hair. Girl, whettt?? I bought 2 bags of braiding hair from Two Brother's, some rubber bands, and I picked up 6 hair pins from my bathroom. I had no idea how I was going to replicate the same hairstyle that Nupsie wore during her shoot 2 years ago, but I knew I wanted to try. Isabelle took over the entire thing and SLAYED me, hunty. SLAYED ME! So yes, I was really feeling myself.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Now let's talk about the photographer, Roody. Not only is he super cute, but he knows how to push buttons. Camera buttons, that is. We set up the lights, I posed with some direction from him (i.e., making sure I didn't look whack), and he perfectly composed the photos. So thank you soooo much, honeybunz. This literally would not have been possible without you.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Last but not least, this studio in Bridgeport is amazing. We were there from 7:30 PM to almost 12 AM. Ivan, the owner, gave us our privacy (which I CLEARLY needed haha) and the whole place was ours. I love it there!

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Now let's talk about the fact that I'm now 30 years old. A whole adult. Wow.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Remember back in the day when we used to think that 30-year-olds were old? HA! If any teenager is reading this, let me tell you something. I'm in my prime. I got my Savage x Fenty on, I still like to eat lollipops, and I don't care too much about anyone else's opinion :)

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

This decade will be the one that I look back on and say, "Yeah, that's when I took life to the next level." We have so many plans this year, it's not funny. I'm not even going to hint at them because I've hinted enough on my personal instagram. I'll let you guys just sit back and watch the movie play out.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Believe it or not, I still have more to say.


Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Planning this birthday shoot was incredibly stressful. You know why? Because I had to figure out the props and balloons on my own. And that is why I take that stress away from you, friends. I don't want you to have to worry about your outfits, getting make up done, AND getting props & balloons together. You would hate the process!

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT
Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

When you book a birthday shoot with me, you have until the day of your shoot to decide on your outfits and fill our your questionnaire. Then Roody & I take it upon ourselves to figure out which props and what color balloons would work best for you. Then you sit in Isabelle's make up chair and let her beat your face to perfection. After that, it's smooth sailing because I'm literally a professional hype woman. And a decent photographer. I gotchu.

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Alright, I think I've said enough. This was awesome, and I'll never forget this session for as long as I live. Now let's hope and pray that I'm at pregnant during next year's birthday shoot, because that is what I really want :)

Larianne's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. CT birthday shoot photographer.Larianne's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT If you read this whole thing, you're the real deal and I appreciate you. Happy 30th birthday to me :)

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Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot | Astoria, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/barbara-24th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc First of all, I need more boyfriends to join my clients for their birthday shoot and actually dress up and get into half of the photos! Barbara & Steffky drove all the way from Armonk, NY for this photo shoot. Barbara is turning 24 tomorrow, and loved this session so much!

Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

I love to shoot in different spaces, and it was my first time shooting in this studio in Astoria, Queens. There were two colored walls, and the yellow one definitely worked well with the color scheme! Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Ok, but who told them they should be this cute! ALL of the heart eyes :) Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

One of my focuses this year is to get more close ups. I feel like I've mastered the art of capturing full body portraits haha. Now it's time to master the art of a tight head shot!
Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Yeeees, Barbara! I love this smile. Barbara's 24th Birthday Shoot in studio in Astoria, Queens. NYC birthday portrait photographer.Barbara's 24th Birthday ShootAstoria, Queens

Happy 24th birthday, Barbara! It was so nice to meet you & Steff.

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Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/jodi-ann-28th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct First blog post of the new year!

I'm especially excited about this session because Jodi Ann was my FIRST EVER birthday shoot client 2 years ago. After her, it was my birthday shoot and then my cousin's, and then things have gone uphill from there. Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I honestly think Jodi is my Good Luck Charm. She is also the first client to use this throne chair that we bought last week. We're amping things up this year. Again. Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Outfit change! As you can probably tell from my last few sessions, I love to photograph black on black. I throw a couple strip lights on the sides and the resulting images are always so beautiful. Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Get it, Jodi! Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Do you see her hair?? And do you see the highlight from the strip light on her hair?? Ugh, I'm so in love. Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport portrait photography.Jodi Ann's 28th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I told Jodi that we should make this an every-other-year thing, so I guess I'll see her again when she's 30 :) Happy birthday, Jodi!

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Stacey's 26th Birthday Shoot | Long Island City, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2021/1/stacey-26th-birthday-shoot-long-island-city-queens Happy New Year!

I don't know about you, but I NEED 2021 to be awesome. Last year started out pretty rough for us, but we learned a lot along the way and kind of learned how to roll with the punches. We came out on top, thank God. But I know quite a few people who aren't able to stay the same. So "bittersweet" is the word that I like to use to describe 2020.

In other news, this young lady is 26 years old today! Stacey is so sweet and reserved. She's Dominican (like me) so I played my entire Spanish music playlist during the shoot.

Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

If you thought I was really Dominican, HAHA! I fooled you :) It's a thing I like to do. Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

This shot right here is my absolute favorite. There's nothing like an over-the-shoulder look. Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

And then Stacey changed into this cute coral dress. Here's a secret: the balloons on the floor were originally pink, but we changed the color to match her dress. Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

This photo is Stacey's favorite! I love it, too. Stacey's 26th Birthday ShootStacey's 26th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Happy 26th birthday, Stacey!

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Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/sasha-23rd-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Sasha's birthday shoot was bitter sweet. Bitter because we ended up staying in the studio for 4 hours longer than we had originally intended. Long story. Sweet because... well, just look at her!

Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio. Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio.

You wouldn't be able to look at these photos and tell that things went horribly wrong at first. But then a replacement MUA came in and saved the whole shoot. When I tell you this whole day was an emotional roller coaster, I kid you not. But Sasha handled it with such grace. I, on the other hand... HAHA I'm just glad I was able to sort through my emotions with my therapist. Let's just say that. Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio. Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio.

Sasha is a dream client--she brought her own props. That cake? Yeah, it's real. And do you see the macaroons, cupcakes and the chocolate chip cookie? The gift bags, though. Why are they so cute?? Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio.

My girl honestly didn't need help looking cute, though. The hair, the PJ's, the pink on pink... THIS is what my birthday shoot dreams are made of.
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Sasha is Guyanese, and her aunt told me that Guyanese people are extra haha. So that explains it--my Guyanese clients always seem to bring their A-game to their photo shoots. I love it! Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio. Sasha's 23rd Adult Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Sasha's 23rd Birthday Shoot in Queens, NYCBirthday photo shoot ideas for adults, Birthday picture ideas for instagram, Birthday photo shoot studio.

A special thank you to Safiya G. for doing this amazing make up job, and styling Sasha's hair as well. I am so grateful! She saved Sasha's birthday!

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Fefe's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Long Island City, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/fefe-23rd-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Fefe is a ball of energy. I could feel the energy as I read her e-mails haha.

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My girl stepped out of the make up chair and was ready to SLAY this session.
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Fefe has a really good serious face, but I knew I needed to get a smile out of her :) Fefe's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Long Island City, QueensFefe's 23rd Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Fefe brought 4 outfit options with her. I really appreciated that because I was able to make proper creative decisions based on the backgrounds we worked with and the setups I had.
Fefe's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Long Island City, QueensFefe's 23rd Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Ok, close up! Whoosh. I love this shot. Fefe's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Long Island City, QueensFefe's 23rd Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

For a couple weeks leading up to this shoot, I had been watching quite a few Youtube videos where photographers incorporated couches in their sessions. So I saw this couch at FD Photo Studio and tried to make it work. I think it worked.
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Happy 23rd birthday, Fefe!

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Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/ashley-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc I've known Ashley for a few years. I remember taking a really cool photo of her at Winterfest back in the day. Oh my gosh, remember Winterfest? (I know most of you answered "no" haha) Man, a time to be able to gather together with a few thousand other people seems like such a long time ago.

Anyway, I'm quite excited to share photos from Ashley's 30th birthday shoot. I love the colors she chose to wear, and the poofy skirt is definitely something I need in my life. Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Turning 30 is one of those milestones that I love to see women embrace. Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ok, matching 2-piece set! I love this burnt orange color. Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ashley is pretty much a comedian on Facebook. I can count on her posts to make me chuckle. I'm not sure when she's going to come out with a podcast, but she has all the gear. And I'm ready to listen to whatever she's talking about! Ashley's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCAshley's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy 30th birthday, Ashley!

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Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/glandy-32nd-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Glandy is the level of organized I aspire to be. She booked her consultation and locked in her shoot a whole month before her birthday. Whaaaat?! Love it :)

Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Her good-up good-up friend, Yanique, joined her during her session and won the title for "Best Hype Woman to Ever Exist." We all need a friend like Yanique. Really, truly. Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I don't know if you can tell, but one of my favorite things to do lately is to capture BEAUTIFUL black women wearing black on a black backdrop. That sweet melanin just pops so much, and I live for it. Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Ok, face! Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Alright, so I definitely wasn't ready for this level of awesomeness that Glandy exuded during her second look. The blazer, the gorgeous laughs, the slay of it all... Go 'head, sis!
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See? I just-- Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Glandy's 32nd Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC. Plus Size Black Woman.Glandy's 32nd Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Clearly, a good time was had by us all. This is how it's done, folks.

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Jonathan's 4th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/jonathans-4th-birthday-shoot-flushing-queens My baby is 4 years old today, friends. I just don't understand how time flies so fast. Instagram and Facebook constantly show me memories of both of my children when they could barely walk or talk. And today, we're celebrating this cutie's FOURTH birthday. Man. Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Jonathan's best friends are Freddie & Mya. They're very lucky to have him as a friend! Jonathan is so loving and sweet. I wish he could have celebrated his birthday with his friends, but this pandemic doesn't want any of us to be great. Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

There once existed a time when Jonathan looked just like me. People would always respond, "Twin!" when I posted us together on my Instagram stories. And now, Jonathan has Roody's face. The whole face. I-- Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Jonathan's favorite thing about his 4th year of life was Sunday, he told me, "Because it was hot outside." Uh huh. Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens You know what this cutie wants to be when he grows up? A dinosaur. Specifically, a Spinosaurus. Jonathan's favorite show is "Dino Dana." I bought him a Paleontologist outfit for his birthday, which I will give to him today. And whenever my Jurassic Park backdrop arrives, we will do another photo shoot for him. Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Jonathan is very excited to turn 4, he says, "Because it's December 12." Yup. Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Jonathan's favorite part about this Birthday Shoot was playing with his tablet and playing the PJ Masks game on his tablet. I think he was just really excited to see where Mommy "works." As soon as he entered the building, he said he had a dream about the place. I think he forgot that he last came to this studio 2 years ago when he did some Christmas portraits with his brother, Jaden.
Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens I think my favorite part about this whole thing was interviewing this kid and hearing all of his cute answers. I have a recording of it, and I need to make sure I never lose. Jonathan has the sweetest voice, and I want to hold on to that memory as long as possible.

Jonathan's 4th Birthday ShootJonathan's 4th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Happy 4th birthday, my love.

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Raquel's Ballet Photo Shoot | NY Public Library, Manhattan https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/raquel-ballet-photo-shoot-ny-public-library-manhattan My love for ballet photography started back in 2013 when I photographed my first ballerina. I've been stalking ballet photographers on Instagram ever since haha. David Ovitsky is one of them. I reached out to him last month to see if we could collab on a shoot. He said yes, thank God, and he introduced me to Raquel.

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We all met up at the NY Public Library in Mid Manhattan on a beautiful Saturday morning. Raquel is a photographer, too. She actually suggested we shoot in the directional light that was peeking through the opening.
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I wanted to test my abilities by only shooting film, but my film speed was too slow. And shooting ballet on film is HARD! So I captured most of the images with my Digital Canon. The film photos were captured with my Canon 1N and Portra 400 film, rated at box speed.

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I have been to the City many times, but I had never thought of shooting at the Public Library. What a beautiful building!

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I love how much character the film photos have. I mean, I'm pretty sure that's why most film photographers shoot film. There's just something about the grain that just amazes me. Raquel's Ballet ShootRaquel's Ballet ShootNY Public Library, Manhattan
Raquel's Ballet ShootRaquel's Ballet ShootNY Public Library, Manhattan
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This needs to happen again. Really, truly. I enjoyed this little 2-hour shoot so much, and I can't wait to shoot again... but with Medium Format next time! :)

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Shirley's Maternity Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/shirleys-maternity-session-bridgeport-ct Shirley & I went to school together. She has always been sweet and soft-spoken. We were able to catch up at our high school reunion 2 years ago, and I finally met her husband, Woodly, in person. I got so excited when Shirley reached out to me about doing maternity photos. If you know me, you KNOW I admire pregnant women. I'll say it for the millionth time: pregnant women are THE most beautiful creatures on earth. Exhibit A: Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT I feel so happy when I spend time with a couple and I can just feel the love that they have for each other. That's the experience I had with Shirley & Woodly.

"My husband is a strong man, but what I love about him is that he is this gentle giant. He is filled with kindness. One way that he shows love to me and others is through acts of service. I love the way that he loves me. He was truly made for me. He’s an amazing husband and I know he will be an amazing father."
-Shirley
 

Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

Of course, I like to change things up a bit. I just so happen to follow A LOT of maternity photographers from Russia. They take the most beautiful images, and I aspire to capture pregnant women the way some of these photographers do. This lighting set up was one of my attempts, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

"I told myself, 'Let’s just take a test for the fun of it.' I was super nervous, my heart was pounding. When the test flashed pregnant, I was shocked. I wept in joy,  I was carrying life. This was a manifestation from God. I was excited on how I would tell my husband. In true fashion, I revealed it to him by reading him a poem I wrote."
-Shirley

How cute is that?! Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT
Shirley's Maternity Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT. 8 month pregnant black woman.Shirley's Maternity SessionBridgeport, CT

This baby is already so loved! I'm excited for you two, Shirley & Woodly. May God continue to bless you :)

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Fox Family Portrait Session | Waveny Park, New Canaan https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/12/fox-family-portraits-waveny-park-new-canaan I photographed the Fox family at Waveny Park last year, too. So this year, I took them to different parts of the park so that they didn't get similar-looking photos :)

Also, the Foxes added a new family: a dog named Pechie. Or Pechy? P-Dog couldn't care less about the shoot. Home dude was just chillin haha. Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan

Me: "Act like you like each other!"
Bridget: "I DO like him. Quite a bit!"
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Ellie, Tommy, and Mara are some of the most well-behaved children I know. They gave me real smiles the entire time, and I think they like each other. Quite a bit, actually. Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan

Mom & Dad needed some new headshots. I love the fall foliage behind their heads! Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan Fox Family Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Family of 5.Fox Family Portraits 2020Waveny Park, New Canaan

It's always a pleasure photographing this family. I hope to them again next fall!

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Heaven's 16th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/heaven-16th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc I know at least ONE thing that Heaven is grateful for today... She is now 16 years old! 🥳
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While picking up the balloons at Party City, I walked by this disco ball and decided that I needed to have it. I think it went quite well with Heaven's look! Heaven's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens NYCHeaven's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Heaven's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens NYCHeaven's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Heaven texted me the week of her shoot to make sure I brought ALL of my cake props with me. Listen, I love props! Look how cute she looks holding the cake! Heaven's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens NYCHeaven's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Heaven's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens NYCHeaven's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Jacqueline, AKA "Mom," got her make up done while Heaven and I were shooting so that she could hop into some photos with her. Remember when I expressed how much I looooove mother/daughter shoots? Yeah, my heart melted a little bit. These two are like best friends.
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Alright, Mom! Get it! 😍
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I hope you're enjoying your 16th birthday AND Thanksgiving, Heaven :)

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Morris Family Portrait Session | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/morris-studio-family-portraits-bridgeport-ct Ahhh, the Morrises. I shot their wedding back in 2013, then I photographed the maternity & newborn sessions for Jeremiah. Last month, I finally met the adorable Jewel!
Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

I'm not sure it was intentional, but I loved the Christmas-ish colors. A lot of families scramble to get their portraits taken in time for the Holidays, but it's always a good idea to take them VERY early. Like, in October. Most photographers' calendars get booked up very quickly, especially because of the Pandemic. I personally cannot double book in the studio. I don't have time to sanitize myself or the space. So keep that in mind! Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

Daddy's little girl. How cute is she! Jewel had so much to tell me after the session. I love when toddlers try to talk to me. It makes me feel special :) Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

The first thing I noticed when Ricky walked into the studio was his shoot. My guy is FLY! And Petagaye looks pretty, as usual! Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

Petagaye was my youth leader for a looooong time. I always wanted her to be a mother because of how good she was with all of the young people at church. So doing this little family portrait session was just so heartwarming for me. Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

My favorite thing to do during family sessions is to arrange different groupings. I want Petagaye to have a nice Father's Day picture for her husband *hint hint* and I want Ricky to think of a nice gift for his wife for Mother's Day *hint hint hint* Morris Family Portrait Session in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Morris Family Portrait SessionFall 2020

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Samantha's 30th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/samantha-30th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc I looked at Samantha's face while Isabelle was doing her make up and thought to myself, Wait. She's turning 30...? Samantha has such a sweet, innocent spirit. She was a pleasure to work photograph!
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And then she came out of the make-shift dressing room and I definitely said, "Wooooo!" Peep the heels. How cute! Samantha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCSamantha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

We all know my obsession with balloons. This shot right here? FAVE! Samantha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCSamantha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I love when Roody steps in and gives creative direction. His ideas are usually fire. So he told Samantha to hold the balloons this way and I squealed. Ok, bawdy! Samantha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCSamantha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Samantha's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCSamantha's 30th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I hope you enjoyed your 30th birthday, Samantha!

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Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/michel-23rd-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Michel called me a couple weeks ago lock in a time for his birthday shoot. We agreed to Monday morning at 10 AM. Weird time, I know. But ya girl is booked and busy! I have no free weekends until the middle of December.

Anyway, I like when men book me for birthday shoots. These sessions are usually looked at as a feminine thing (because of all the extra balloons and my newfound obsession with buying props on Amazon) but we can make it masculine, too!

Case in point: Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot.Michel's 23rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot.Michel's 23rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And then BAM! My guy whipped out the super-fly blazer and the even-fly-er shoes.  Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot.Michel's 23rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

We all know how much I enjoy shooting in this hallway during the daytime. The way the natural light hits ALL of my clients is just so beautiful. My mans looking EXTRA fly right now. Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot.Michel's 23rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

You could tell Michel was really feeling himself. HAHA I love it. Michel's 23rd Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Male birthday photo shoot.Michel's 23rd Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Happy 23rd birthday, Michel! I hope you enjoy your day :)

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Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/carmen-30th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct I love the dynamic range of this shoot. Isabelle did Carmen's make up, and she transformed into a beauty queen haha.

"In this new decade, I look forward to expanding my opportunities to further my career, become a black belt in jiu jitsu, and grow in my relationships."
-Carmen Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I bought some new props, and Carmen was the first to use them! Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I absolutely LOVE this set of photos. They're my favorite. Super elegant and then super fun. Carmen is BEAUTIFUL! Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Then we tapped into some Ariana Grande vibes and got a little more casual. No idea who Carmen is pretending to talk to, but she looked cute doing it :) Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

"My proudest achievement was going to a different state not knowing anyone far away from home for almost 5 years to pursue architecture. I finished strong, worked in the field and decided to come back home to be closer to family where I am now and very happy!"
-Carmen
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"Can you take a close up shot of me? I want to remember how my face looked at 30." Of course, Carmen! I should probably start doing this for everyone. Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Lastly, Carmen changed into her Jiu Jitsu uniform. She has been doing Jiu Jitsu for 3 years. Love it!

"I played sports my whole life and then seasons ended. Then, I found jiujitsu which has become a big part of who I am. When I struggle with personal issues or life in general, I train and it helps to remind me that you have to keep fighting."
-Carmen Carmen's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTCarmen's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

"No matter how many times life knocks you down, it isn’t over. Every time you fall you grow. Jiu Jitsu keeps me grounded to keep growing in every aspect of life."
-Carmen

Happy 30th birthday, Carmen!! God bless you :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 30th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot NYC Bridgeport CT Bridgeport portrait photography Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens denim gold and pink theme green gold and white theme Jiu Jitsu studio https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/carmen-30th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Wed, 11 Nov 2020 02:23:12 GMT
Cynthia's Portrait Session | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/cynthia-studio-portrait-session-flushing-queens Elaborate portrait sessions are what I live for. Cynthia's birthday was back in August, so this wasn't exactly a birthday shoot. But it also kind of was. She and her girls joined me on the rooftop of the studio and did a "Boss Ladies" look. I love the lingerie under the suits and the fedoras. Yes!

Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

Mimi & Nadia got a chance to take some solo shots. Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

Then as the sun was going down, I whipped out the off camera lighting and Cynthia did her thing. Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

We went back into the studio to do the "Royal Elegance" portion of the photo shoot. And this is how my obsession with throne chairs began. Oh my goodness! Cynthia's vision for this shoot was incredible. I loved how helpful Mimi & Nadia were.
Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

I had just purchased some curtains to try out, and it went with the theme quite well. Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

Get it, Cynthia! Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

Oh my gaaaah. Soooo pretty! Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

The last look was "Très Fab." Ok, green lace! Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

Cynthia... my heart just can't take it, my girl. Cynthia's Portrait Session at the studio in Flushing, Queens.Cynthia's Portrait SessionFlushing, Queens

I loved EVERYTHING about this shoot. If you're considering renting a throne chair for your birthday shoot or portrait session, DO IT!

Thank you for choosing me to capture you, Cynthia :)

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Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/rehanna-16th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Rehanna rolls deep! She and her whole crew came to the studio right before the birthday party. Rehanna came dressed, make up and hair did, and ready to shoot! But my goodness, I was not expecting her to be this good hahaha. Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio A 16-year-old giving me this much FACE is unheard of, but I absolutely lived for it. Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio Next up, Rehanna had some of her girlfriends, her boo thang, her mother & sister hop in for some quick photos.
Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio And then it was time to organize this beautiful group of girls. I thought they were all on the step team together or something. But no, they're just friends who got matching outfits to take a massive group photo. I love it! Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio You know what was hilarious? My girl changed out of the group photo outfit and into THIS ONE to head to her birthday party. I still had the lights and backdrop set up, so I told her to step into my office real quick so I could capture this look. How could I not?? Rehanna's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCRehanna's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens studio

Rehanna ate this shoot, as you can see.

Girl, I hope you come back for your 18th :) Happy belated birthday!

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(Photography by LarJ) 16th birthday photo shoot birthday photoshoot NYC black white and pink theme Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Flushing Queens pink theme Queens portrait photography studio teenager birthday shoot https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/11/rehanna-16th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:00:56 GMT
Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/keri-30th-birthday-photo-shoot-bridgeport-ct Keri turned 30th on the 11th, and we met up in Bridgeport to do her birthday shoot at the studio on the 12th. It's so funny because my mouth was KILLING me that morning. So I tried really hard to engage with her as Isabelle beat her face, but ya gurl was suffering. I worried that my lowered level of enthusiasm would ruin Keri's experience, but as you're about to see, this QUEEN did nothing but shine, hunny. Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Keri has THE cutest little smile in the world. Do you see it? I love it!! Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

She switched to this white outfit and black boots and it was a brand new Keri. Yes, we did black on black and white on white on purpose :) Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

I always love to offer my clients an opportunity to pose in the couch, because they become a little more relaxed and turn up the sexy just a notch. Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

And, of course, nothing is better than some natural light against the brick. These photos are actually my favorite. Keri's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT.Keri's 30th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT I'm so happy we were able to celebrate your 30th birthday this way, Keri! Cheers to the new decade of life :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 30th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot NYC black and silver theme Bridgeport CT Bridgeport portrait photography Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens studio white and black theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/keri-30th-birthday-photo-shoot-bridgeport-ct Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:03:42 GMT
Kayden's 1st Birthday Portraits & Cake Smash | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/Kayden-1st-Birthday-Cake-Smash-Bridgeport-CT Rosemary sat down next to me at the hair salon, and our hairdresser told her that I'm a professional photographer. Rosemary started chatting with me about her son, Kayden, who would be turning one soon. She showed me some photos of a Pocoyo-themed cake smash, and she said she wanted to replicate that. 
Kayden's Pocoyo-Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTKayden's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootPocoyo Theme, Bridgeport

Kayden is so yummy. Look at how cute he is! He was honestly the perfect baby. He patiently waited while Roody & I set up the backdrop I painted, then Rosemary and her husband joined us to add in the rest of the props. I think we all did a really good job with this set up! *humbly pats herself on the back* Kayden's Pocoyo-Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTKayden's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootPocoyo Theme, Bridgeport

Let's get a closeup of that precious smile! Kayden's Pocoyo-Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTKayden's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootPocoyo Theme, Bridgeport

It was finally time to smash the cake, and Kayden went right in! Kayden's Pocoyo-Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTKayden's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootPocoyo Theme, Bridgeport Kayden's Pocoyo-Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTKayden's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootPocoyo Theme, Bridgeport

Happy first birthday, Kayden! I pray that you're always this pleasant and happy :)

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(Photography by LarJ) baby boy blue and white theme Bridgeport CT cake smash Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens first birthday photography studio Bridgeport CT Pocoyo Theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/Kayden-1st-Birthday-Cake-Smash-Bridgeport-CT Sat, 24 Oct 2020 16:30:00 GMT
Jeffline & Cree | Black Love at Sunset | Cummings Beach, Stamford https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/jeffline-cree-black-love-cummings-beach-stamford-sunset Of all the shoots I have done with Jeffline over the last 7 years, THIS ONE is my absolute favorite. This photoshoot includes pretty much every I love--sunset, chemistry, and melanin. I spent the entire shoot in awkward positions that hurt for a few days afterwards, but I was in photography heaven. So I didn't care.

Now let me shut up so you can scroll to see the beauty.  Jeffline & Cree's Portrait Session at Cummings Beach in Stamford, CT. Stamford couples portrait photography.Jeffline & Cree's Portrait SessionCummings Beach, Stamford

Cree is a dancer. Dancers are strong. He picked Jeffline up like she was a 25-lb bag of rice. Respect. Jeffline & Cree's Portrait Session at Cummings Beach in Stamford, CT. Stamford couples portrait photography.Jeffline & Cree's Portrait SessionCummings Beach, Stamford

We were done shooting, and I was so sad that this amazing sunset was happening behind us. When Jeffline told me there was more water over where the sunset was, I got all excited. I laid on my tummy on a downwards slope while Roody stood hip-deep in water with the strobe, and I shot with such joy and contentment. Never have I ever been more proud of my work hahaha. Jeffline & Cree's Portrait Session at Cummings Beach in Stamford, CT. Stamford couples portrait photography.Jeffline & Cree's Portrait SessionCummings Beach, Stamford Jeffline & Cree's Portrait Session at Cummings Beach in Stamford, CT. Stamford couples portrait photography.Jeffline & Cree's Portrait SessionCummings Beach, Stamford Jeffline & Cree's Portrait Session at Cummings Beach in Stamford, CT. Stamford couples portrait photography.Jeffline & Cree's Portrait SessionCummings Beach, Stamford

I mean... WOW! I don't have anything more to say. #BlackLove

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(Photography by LarJ) black couple black love Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens couples photo shoot Cummings Beach Stamford CT love OCF Portrait Photographer Stamford CT portrait session sunset photo https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/jeffline-cree-black-love-cummings-beach-stamford-sunset Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:16:36 GMT
Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot | Long Island City, NY https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/chevelle-30th-birthday-shoot-long-island-city-nyc Chevelle googled "Queens photographer" and I was the first person who popped up. Wow! I feel important :) So she called me and booked her 30th birthday shoot for the following week. Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Chevelle's sister tagged along for moral support, and I loved how she helped with posing. Thanks, sis! Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

The studio I normally shoot as was unavailable, so we went to another studio space in Long Island City. The "art wall" went really well with Chevelle's white & denim outfit.
Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens My girl brought 2 sets of balloons with her. LOVE IT!! Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens Chevelle's 30th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Chevelle's 30th Birthday ShootLong Island City, Queens

Happy 30th birthday, Chevelle! I hope this new decade of life will bring you loads of joy :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 30th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot NYC black and gold theme Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens FD Photo Studio gold and white theme Long Island City Queens Queens portrait photography studio white and denim theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/chevelle-30th-birthday-shoot-long-island-city-nyc Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:15:57 GMT
Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/olivia-1st-birthday-cake-smash-photo-shoot-bridgeport-ct Nancy is Roody's God-sister, and she was my choir director back in the day. Nancy was actually the first person I told about my desire to be with Roody. Anyway, fast forward 11+ years and Nancy has a BEAUTIUL family. Her baby girl, Olivia, is 1 year old today. I did her cake smash session at the studio in Bridgeport, and she totally won my heart. Look at her little face!
Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

This is my favorite cake smash picture in the whole world. Look at how she's looking at the cake! I simply cannot. Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

Olivia actually had a love/hate relationship with the cake. At first she was like, Yeah. This is alright...

Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

...and then she was like, Nah. Get me out of here! Olivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CTOlivia's 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Photo ShootBridgeport, CT

But it's all good, Liv! You did an amazing job. Happy birthday, sweetie pie!

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(Photography by LarJ) baby girl Boho theme Bridgeport CT cake smash Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens first birthday photography studio Bridgeport CT pink white theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/olivia-1st-birthday-cake-smash-photo-shoot-bridgeport-ct Sun, 04 Oct 2020 15:09:48 GMT
Petersen's 30th Birthday Portrait Session | Waveny Park, New Canaan https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/petersen-30th-birthday-portrait-session-waveny-park-new-canaan Let me start off by confessing that I have been wanting to photograph Petersen for the past, like, 10 years. So the fact that he reached out to me about doing some birthday portraits for him was literally a dream come true hahaha.

Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan
Petersen is now 30 years old! I see so many memes on social media asking if it hurts when you turn 30, so I always love to see people embracing this new decade of life. These days, the ability to see a new year is a MASSIVE blessing.

"I’m excited to see how GOD is going to pour into all aspects of my life. I look forward to HIM!"
-Pete


Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan Petersen was one of Roody's groomsmen in our wedding over 9 years ago. He and Roody grew up in the same church together and they always competed in church sports. Now Petersen is a grown man, and he has become a partner at Belly & Body Boxing!

"Nothing like having ownership of something you're most passionate about."
-Pete

Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan

The first things I noticed when Pete changed into his second outfit were his Taft shoes. If I were a guy, I would buy a new pair every month. I even follow their social media page. So clearly, Petersen has some style!

"I just like to dress differently in a subtle way."
-Pete
Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan Petersen's 30th Birthday Portraits at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Outdoor male birthday shoot.Petersen's 30th Birthday PortraitsWaveny Park, New Canaan

I hope you had an amazing 30th birthday celebration, Petersen! May God continue to bless you :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 30th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot CT Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens male birthday shoot New Canaan portrait photography outdoor park Taft Shoes Waveny Park New Canaan CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/petersen-30th-birthday-portrait-session-waveny-park-new-canaan Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:43:17 GMT
Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/10/saidas-40th-birthday-shoot-flushing-queens Saida turned 40 one month ago! Her daughter, Sailin, booked a double birthday shoot for the two of them. They both got their make up done by the amazing Isabelle of Derose Beauty, and they both had time to act all cute in front of my camera. Sailin went first (check out her session here) and then Mamá stepped on the scene and turned up the FUEGO!

I was NOT ready.

Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Saida decided to "behave" for her seated portraits. Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

 

And then I told Sailin to jump in for some Mother/Daughter portraits. I looooove these so much! Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Saida changed into outfit #2 and turned the fuego back on. If you guessed that I yelled, "Yesssss, mamiiiiii!" multiple times, you know me very well. Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Come through, black jumpsuit! Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens Saida's 40th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Saida's 40th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Amazing. Really, truly. I hope that this new decade of life brings you nothing buy joy and happiness, Saida!

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Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/thamar-16th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Thamar is 16 years old today! W00t W00t! She came to the studio a couple weeks ago with her mother & sister. Isabelle did her make up, and then Thamar had the nerve to put her glasses on. THE NERVE hahaha. We couldn't allow her to hide the beautiful eye make up with her glasses, and she trusted us when she said she looked great without them!
Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Thamar's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

I didn't expect Thamar to murder the shoot like this. I really didn't.
Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Thamar's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Oh, the pure look of joy in her face as she plays with the balloons. That one is my favorite shot. Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Thamar's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Now, the second outfit was straight fire. When it comes to birthday shoot, everything that glitters is gold to me. Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Thamar's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

You know how I said that other photo was my favorite? I might have lied. This power stance looks so good on Thamar. It's the confidence for me.
Thamar's 16th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYC.Thamar's 16th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

Happy sweet 16, Thamar! It was a pleasure to photograph you :)

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(Photography by LarJ) 16th birthday photo shoot birthday photoshoot NYC Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens Flushing Queens lavender white and silver theme pink and silver theme Queens portrait photography studio teenager birthday shoot https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/thamar-16th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Wed, 30 Sep 2020 18:25:31 GMT
Huggins Family Portrait Session | Wickham Park, Manchester https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/huggins-family-portrait-session-wickham-park-manchester Remember Kenisha & Jay? I shot their wedding 4 years ago. Well, they now have 2 beautiful babies! And I had to photography this lovely family of 4 two weeks at Wickham Park in Manchester. Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester

Yup! They still got it :)
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The last time I saw Kenisha, she was heavily pregnant with Kenward haha. She stopped by the studio with Jersey TWICE when we were doing the Chocolate Soul Christmas Mini Sessions. That's what I call loyalty! Anyway, it was so nice to meet this young man. Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester

"Being a mom is a gift and it’s also a sacrifice. It allows me to get a glimpse of the Father's love towards His children."
-Kenisha Huggins Family Portrait Session at Wickham Park in Manchester, CTHuggins Family Portrait SessionWickham Park, Manchester

I love to see it! Family portrait sessions are THE best.

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(Photography by LarJ) black family Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens family of 4 family photographer Manchester CT family portrait session toddlers two under two Wickham Park Manchester CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/huggins-family-portrait-session-wickham-park-manchester Sun, 20 Sep 2020 15:48:23 GMT
Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot | Bridgeport, CT https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/reyna-25th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Reyna & I go to the same hair salon. Our hair dresser told her about me, and she found me on Instagram. YES!

Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Reyna is Dominican, but I didn't speak Spanish to her until after the session HAHA. I'm such a strange person. I felt shy :D Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

One of my favorite things about this studio in Bridgeport is this hallway right here. The natural light that comes in and the red bricks always compliment my client's beauty. Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

Pink is my favorite color, so I might be biased about my love for this next set. The white baby doll dress, the silver balloons, the attitude that Ms. Reyna is giving. I love it!! Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT Reyna's 25th Birthday Shoot in studio in Bridgeport, CT. Reyna's 25th Birthday ShootBridgeport, CT

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(Photography by LarJ) 25th birthday photo shoot adult birthday shoot birthday photoshoot NYC black and silver theme Bridgeport CT Bridgeport portrait photography Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens studio white silver and pink theme https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/reyna-25th-birthday-shoot-bridgeport-ct Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:43:19 GMT
Janiva's 35th Birthday Shoot | Flushing, Queens https://www.photographybylarj.com/blog/2020/9/janiva-35th-birthday-shoot-queens-nyc Janiva is 35 years old today! We did her photo shoot in the studio last weekend, and she did an amazing job :) Janiva's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCJaniva's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens

While we were talking about the portrait session, Janiva told me that her favorite color is purple. So I expected her to pull up with purple. My girl had two outfits that we mostly pink haha. But thank God for purple confetti magic!
Janiva's 35th Birthday Shoot in studio in Queens, NYCJaniva's 35th Birthday ShootFlushing, Queens