Author Archives: Gretchen

Photographer at Chickadee Photography

Glorious Mom to Be

This expectant mama told me about her pregnancy when it was still a secret, and we started planning a very special maternity session. We managed to get a beautiful fall day but it was very chilly! Still, she was a trooper and I’m grateful for her willingness to brave the chill, because we got some unforgettable shots of her doing yoga at twilight on the bay.

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Golden Maternity-5

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Pumpkin Patch

It wouldn’t be Halloween at Chickadee Photography without a baby in the pumpkin patch!  This photo seems to be requested each October.  I love doing it!


Halloween Baby

Halloween Photo Booth

Here in Port Washington, there is a very special organization called the Parent Resource Center.  It’s a parent cooperative where I took my first classes with my eldest son, and we made friends who are still a huge part of our lives today. I was really pleased to have been asked to provide photography at their annual Halloween Party this year.  The dynamic duo from Silly Fish Parties designed an amazing backdrop, and I photographed about 80 kids in their adorable costumes.

I uploaded the photos to a gallery where parents can view and download a free high resolution photo.  Please have a look at all this cuteness!





Interior Design Photography

When I was young, I wanted to be an interior designer. I told everyone I was going to Parsons School of Design in New York City! That didn’t turn out to be my path, but I still enjoy going on decorator house tours (a favorite outing with my mom!), and now I’m thrilled that I get to work with interior designers to photograph the spaces they have designed.  I get to spend time talking about, thinking about and celebrating design… and I get to use my talents to showcase their work in a way that highlights the special details, textures, colors and balance of the rooms they design. I love it!

Here’s another room by the talented Jennifer at JNR Designs – it’s a formal living room that is bright, comfortable and filled with unique objects and textures.


Holiday Sessions 2014

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!


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Studio appointments are available weekend mornings or on weekdays
  • Outdoor appointments are in the 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.


  • Your online proof gallery will be ready within 3 days of your photo session
  • You will have 2 days to select your images
  • Your selections will be retouched and the digital files will be delivered within 3 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
    • 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!

My Baby is Two!

Today, my baby turned 2. Sniff! So glad we had a beautiful day to take a walk and capture his sweetness forever.

Finn is 2

Finn on the rocks

Pennymeade Sale

I’m very proud to be working with Pennymeade to photograph this beautiful children’s clothing line. The styles are classic and timeless, perfect for a family or milestone photo session.

It’s a great time to shop for your fall photo session or holiday occasion. Right now you can save save 10% on your order and 20% of all purchases will directly benefit SCO Family of Services, a non-profit that provides vital care to children, parents and families. Use code SCO.


I’m excited to share a few more images that I’ve captured for the brand.

baby in a bubble


White Pennymeade Dress

Sibling Love

I so so looking forward to this session!  Not only is this little baby boy so adorable, his big sister was so proud and happy to take pictures with him. They are dear friends of ours, so I have many more snuggles to look forward to.






Bright Country Tudor

I had a wonderful experience photographing the interior design work of Christina Byers Design.  She updated this beautiful country Tudor, adding a dining nook, redesigning the fireplace and using gorgeous new furniture to create a better layout and a “great room” feel that is perfect for every day living as well as entertaining. 

You can view more and follow Christina’s work on Houzz.



For this session, I wanted to capture some really simple portraits that showcase this baby boy’s handsome face and amazing lashes!  bw



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