Author Archives: Gretchen

Photographer at Chickadee Photography

Celebrating Service

These 5 women, the first five presidents of the The Ed. Foundation, are responsible for countless programs that enhance the education of children here in Port Washington. I was very pleased to have been asked to photograph them in advance of the “Fab 5” Gala at which their contributions will be honored. Join me in congratulating Amy Bass, Laura Mogul, Claudia Rouhana, Robin Sigman and Paula Whitman!

Please consider attending the gala on April 15, volunteering or donating to this amazing organization that does so much for our children!

Honorees for Ed Foundation Gala

Lego Valentines

Everything *is* awesome when you can give the kids in your child’s class a Valentine that is 1) home made, 2) features a cute picture of your child, and 3) is candy-free.

Lego Valentine

Last year, I had a great time making these Valentines for my boys. First, the kids constructed a heart using Lego Duplos and I photographed them holding it. Then, I created a printable bag-topper using their photos and a Lego font. The front read, “You’ve got a piece of my heart… please don’t Lego” and the back said “Everything is Awesome, including you, {name}. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Finally, we made Lego-shaped crayons using a silicon mold (got mine on Amazon). That project was a blast! You break up crayons, put them in the silicon mold, and place it in the oven. The wax melts and fills in the shape. After removing from the oven, you let the wax harden (a short visit to the freezer helps) and then pop out your Lego and minifigure shaped crayons.  The kids put 3 crayons into each small cellophane bag and addressed the cards to their classmates. I folded the cards and stapled them across the top of the bag to seal them.

From my Lego-addicts to yours… Happy Valentine’s Day!

Holiday Sessions 2015

Mini Sessions are a great way to get some great pictures of your kids for your holiday cards or to give as gifts – or to get that annual family portrait off your to-do list!

2013 Holiday Minis

 

Here are the details!

$250 MINI SESSION PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 30-40 minute session in my Port Washington studio or a local outdoor location
  • 10-15 proofs to choose from, in a private online gallery
  • Your choice of 5 images, delivered as fully-retouched high resolution files with print release. Black and white versions are included free of charge.
  • Complimentary upload of your selected images to labs where you can order prints, holiday cards and other products

PRICING DETAILS

  • Mini sessions have no session fee. (Regular sessions are longer, offer more proofs to choose from, and have a session fee plus minimum purchase.)
  • The $250 package price is collected at the time of booking to secure your appointment. We accept cash, check, credit card or paypal.
  • Additional digital files are $50 each
  • Package covers a family up to 6 people. Groups larger than that will need to book a regular session.

SCHEDULING

  • Studio appointments are available weekend mornings or on weekdays
  • Outdoor appointments are in the the morning or late afternoon in the “golden hour” – usually around 3 PM after daylight savings time
  • Limited appointments are available and weekends will fill first. If a weekend outdoor appointment is cancelled due to weather, the family may choose to have the session in the studio or reschedule for a weekday. If a new date cannot be found, the mini session price can be applied toward a future session. No refunds will be given.

FULFILLMENT

  • Your online proof gallery will be ready within several days of your photo session
  • You will have several days to select your images
  • Your selections will be retouched and the digital files will be delivered within a few business days. Files will be sent electronically; there will be a $10 fee to burn and mail a CD.
  • This year, we will not be offering prints, products or holiday cards. However, to help you get everything you need for the holidays, Chickadee Photography can upload your files to the following labs that provide consistently great quality.
    • For quality prints and products such as ornaments, we use mpix.com
    • For gorgeous holiday cards & gifts, we recommend Tiny Prints or Minted

Enjoy a look at some of our previous Holiday Portraits, done in my studio in Port Washington or at scenic outdoor locations around Nassau County!

Little Sister

I love watching families I’ve photographed grow! This baby girl was eagerly anticipated by her older brother.

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She looks as lovely in neutral tones as she does in the rich jewel tone above.

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I love his excited and happy expressions!

Big brother-2

Here he seems to take his role of protector quite seriously.

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Communion Memories

Congratulations to all of the children who celebrated their First Holy Communion this past weekend! I hope you created beautiful memories.

I wanted to share a few album pages from an album I recently completed. In addition to full body portraits, I was also able to showcase all of those special details from a First Communion – the gown, hair, tiara, rosary, handbag, gloves, shoes, purse and prayer book. I hope you enjoy these beautiful images. I know the family will treasure this photo album for many years to come.

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First Communion Portraits

I live very close to St. Peter of Alcantara, a beautiful Catholic church, and am always delighted to see the children streaming out on a sunny May day, dressed in their First Communion finery. They look so proud to have fulfilled an important sacrament, to be the center of attention for the day, and to be made to look like beautiful princes and princesses.  click image to enlarge

I’ve had the pleasure of commemorating this occasion with many portrait sessions. I can also design custom photo thank you cards that are a gracious way to thank those who celebrated with you. Here are some details from a recent custom-designed invitation…

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communion promo

Even if your child’s big day has come and gone, it’s not too late. Book a portrait session while the dress and suit still fit!  After-school and weekend sessions are available, please contact me for availability.

If you would like flowers for your event, or a bouquet for your photo session, contact Amaranthus on Main, who created the bouquets featured above.

Easter Bunnies

Just had to share a quick picture of my boys in their Easter finery! I know my days of dressing them in matching pastel outfits will soon come to an end… which is what makes capturing this memory that much sweeter.

Easter Boys

These beautiful clothes were made by Pennymeade, a wonderful choice for timeless children’s wear.

Mint Julep, Anyone?

A local parents’ organization- The Parent Resource Center – is planning a Kentucky Derby themed fundraising party. One of the key elements to the “Derby” look is wearing a big hat or fascinator. A local accessories designer, ByTina Designs, put together a beautiful collection for the occasion, and I had a great time photographing her creations on two stunning models.

Derby Girls

These girls never tired of changing dresses, makeup, jewelery and accessories — and they kept flashing me these gorgeous smiles again and again.  Browse the images below to see the variety of ways you can style your Derby look!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My three little Irishmen would like to wish you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Attorney Headshots

I love creating polished headshots for all kinds of professional people. This session for an attorney was fantastic because we were able to do some images in my studio and some outdoors. I love the final image she chose, and am happy that she gave me permission to share her bio with you, too.  See below!

Maryam Franzella

Maryam Franzella is an experienced attorney admitted to practice in New York who runs her own practice based out of Garden City, NY.  She represents clients in a variety of matters such as employment discrimination actions, contract disputes, banking disputes, litigation, drafting agreements, preparing legal documents and much more.  With a background that includes a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School and numerous years litigating for one of Long Island’s most prominent law firms, Maryam started her own practice in order to apply her knowledge and experience to helping individuals, families and companies in the New York metro area at affordable rates.