Category Archives: Children

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!

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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


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!





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

Star Wars Valentine with Glow Stick Tutorial

I love putting together photo cards for any occasion – and Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to do something a little fun and silly. I wanted to have my son give his Kindergarten class a little something, but wasn’t sure if candy would be allowed or appreciated, so I chose the next-best-thing – glow sticks.

After some serious Pinspiration-seeking, I really liked this tutorial by Stitch Craft on making a Star Wars photo card that makes it look like the kid is holding a light sabre.  She had the genius idea of having the child hold a flashlight in the photo, which ends up looking like the handle of the light sabre after the glow stick is added.

Of course, we have a few Star Wars costumes. The clones may not have light sabres, but it was fun for my son to be “in character” so we went with it. I photographed my son wielding his imaginary light sabre and selected a shot where the angle of the “beam” was such that it would not have the light beam actually crossing his face.

Then, I laid out an 8.5×11 page in Photoshop to be cut into 3 identical Valentines (keep in mind that the cards have to be somewhat tall because the glow stick bracelets are 8″ long.)  Then I put his image on a pure white background at the bottom. I used the free Star Jedi font to write “May the Force be With You This Valentine’s Day”, and left a place at the top for my son to write his classmates’ names.  I printed them on card stock and gave my son the stack to write the kids’ names on.

I cut the page into the 3 individual Valentines. To complete the cards, I punched a couple of small holes in the card at the top of the flashlight so I could thread the glow stick through without having to bend it to aggressively and accidentally activate it (learned that the hard way – good thing I got a 100-pack!). I used a piece of tape on the back of the card to secure the glow stick into place, and put a connector on the end of the stick on the back side, in case the recipient wanted to turn it into a bracelet.

I bought Wonder Glow Stick Bracelets from Amazon – they had the best reviews for glowing brightly and arriving in good condition. The boys got green and orange sticks, and I used the pink ones (which glow purple) for the girls. I put the Valentines in a box for my son to transport them to school, so they wouldn’t accidentally get activated on the way… but to be extra-safe, I put a few extras in the box too.

Here is the end result!  Pin it for next year 🙂

Star Wars Valentine

We set off several sticks during this process, so what did we do with the “testers” from tonight? Put them in the bath with the kids and turned out the lights! Getting clean by the neon glow of mini light sabres was super fun for my 3 and 5 year old! The 1 year old wasn’t a big fan, but he will be in the future, I’m sure. 🙂  May the Force be with YOU this Valentine’s Day!!

Sweet Valentines

I have a little tradition of photographing my kids’ playgroup each year for Valentine’s Day. Well, the group has continued to multiply, so there were a total of 18 kids to shoot.  I knew it would be crazy – but I also knew it would be worth it.  So I took the kids by ones and twos, and we had a lot of laughs in the studio while the rest of the kids and parents kept chaos (barely) at bay in the house. I was the best kind of tired when it was all said and done – and I can’t help but smile every time I look at all these happy faces!


adorable collage of kids for Valentine's day


This little lady is so excited to to become a big sister!

Belly Kiss

Anybody in there?


Love the sparkle in her eyes!

Peek a boo

I can’t wait to meet your little baby when he or she arrives!




School Days

I had a great time photographing this guy in advance of a very important milestone – his first day of Kindergarten!

School-1  School-2  School-3  School-4

Chickadee Photography wishes all the children a great school year!