Nassau County Family Photographer

Photographs of Cousins from Long Island outdoors in a beautiful preserve.

Nassau County Family Photographer

If you’ve been following my work for a while you probably know I’m all about photos of parents with their children. Luckily these adorable cousins made it work even without Mom & Dad.  If I was their Grandma I know I would love this gift!! 🙂

 

Photographs of Cousins from Long Island outdoors in a beautiful preserve.
Nassau County NY Family Photos

 

Moving On

Moving On In 2018

I’ve always been horrible at blogging but there’s no time like the present to make a change, right? I’m all about change these days. There were some pretty big changes in my life this past year actually.

My husband and I separated this past March.

It was a big shock because well, love is blind. It’s been a rough few months. I realized that this happens so much more than we realize and I’m not alone out here. While everyone’s experience is a little bit different, I am hoping that by sharing my story, my experience, and my perspective, I can let someone out there know that they’re not alone.

One day I think I’m fine and excited about the future and the next day I’m sad and lonely, and that part sucks. Feeling alone is the worst. Even with a great support system I realized that no one can make that feeling go away but me. And time. In the beginning I found myself often thinking about what could have been, and mourning the loss of the family (and Husband) that I once had. I got through the anger surprisingly quickly. Once I figured out the what and why, it was easier to move on from the anger part. Oh.. And therapy, thank god for good therapists.

No matter what I’m feeling during my rollercoaster of emotions, the one thing I am positive about is that I want to be strong for my girls. Children look to their parents to learn how to handle life, especially the tough stuff, and I just keep telling myself that if I’m ok, they will be too. They won’t have the family life I had hoped for us, but I’m choosing to believe that in the long run, it’s all for the best. I’ve always liked to believe that everything happens for a reason.

Marriage is never easy but I’ve learned you either choose to grow together or you grow apart. And sometimes, you don’t get to make that choice at all.

Here’s the great part though, it may sound cheesy, but I now have a second chance at love and at living my happiest life. Everyone deserves to be happy and I will never settle for less. We all have THIS choice. It amazes me how many people would rather make excuses and be comfortable, than strive for true happiness. Life is too short people!!

For me, making life changes is scary but regret is even scarier. Even though I’m still sad at times, I now have a new sense of hope and strength. And I’m grateful for that. I know that even if I’m single forever, I feel happier having that hope.

Thank you to all of you that were there for me, you know who you are. Hard times really do show you who your real people are. I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me, my family, and my business.

This Summer I had some new photos taken of my girls and I. Thank you Anya Maria Photography. These photos mean so much to me. They empower me and remind me to be the strong, happy woman I want to be. I hope to be able to do the same for other Mom’s out there.

photos of a Long Island Mom enjoying time with her girls at the beach

Have you been debating booking a family photo session? Maybe your husband doesn’t want to spend the money or you want to lose weight first? Don’t wait. Time flies, families change, kids grow. And you can always find an excuse not to do it.

Weekends in May are almost fully booked.

Email me to book your session—> shira@shirazphotography.com

 

 

Brooklyn Lifestyle Newborn Photography

lifestyle newborn photography

Ok time to start blogging sessions again!! Thanks so much for all the love on my last blog post, it really means a lot!!!

My first newborn of 2018 was this little beauty in Brooklyn.  I photographed their first cutie as a newborn not too long ago. He is already the best big brother!!

I’m constantly amazed by the Moms I meet with newborns that seem to have it all together. When I first came home from the hospital with my girls, I was a mess. I cried all the time for no reason. There was milk all over all of my clothes, and I could barely walk the first few days. So if you’re worried about having photos taken because you feel like a mess, I’m your girl! I want to show you how beautiful you are even though you may not feel it. If it makes you feel better, I still feel like a mess most days 🙂 .

I can’t wait to see these guys again when I photograph their cousins Bat-Mitzvah this Fall!!

Email me today to book your in home newborn or family session!!! shira@shirazphotography.com

Baby Boy N <3

I thought Mom and Dad had their hands full with their twin cuties and now they have another handsome baby boy!! I really enjoy seeing a family again after they’ve had their 2nd or 3rd baby and catching up. I love to hear the different birth stories and see how everyone is adjusting to the new baby. It’s all so exciting! I loved that time after my girls were first born. Minus the sleepless nights of course.

Big brother and big sis didn’t want too much to do with their little brother at first and they had me working pretty hard for the family photos! 🙂 After a little jumping on the bed they started to warm up to him, it was so sweet! I caught a few of those moments while they were helping him put his pacifier back in his mouth. <3

 

collage of a Newborn baby boy photo session by long island newborn and family photographer Shira Z. Photography

If you’re interested in newborn photos, please contact me to book a session before the baby arrives! shira@shirazphotography.com

 

A Day In The Life by LKSquared Photography

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous for this Day In The Life shoot with LKSquared Photography. I wanted to lose weight first, have the cleaning lady come, get my hair and nails done, have our clothes planned out, but of course none of that happened. And none of it mattered. I knew I had to do this from the moment I met Lauren and heard about documentary photography. I’d look at her work and videos of families I’d never met before and find myself tearing up.  I was so jealous that they had all those moments captured so beautifully. A whole day, from wake up to bedtime.  I take tons of photos of my girls but it’s different when you have the whole story. Plus, I get to be in the photos for a change!!! Oh and my husband had no problem with it once he heard he wouldn’t have to smile for even one photo 🙂

Some people might not understand why I’d want photos of my girls making me crazy, crying, or full of boogers. This is why.

a day in the life of the zimmermans from lksquared photography on Vimeo.

You can see even more from our day on Lauren’s blog here!

If there’s even a small part of you that thinks you might want this captured for your family I say do it. You won’t regret it, but you might regret waiting.

 

 

Nassau County Family Portraits

Nassau County Family Portraits

These cuties have grown so much since I saw them last year. It feels like yesterday that I was photographing them as newborns! I remember B was born around the same time as my oldest daughter. When Mom told me she was pregnant again I remember thinking, wow, I could not imagine having another so quickly!!  It’s really awesome to see how close these two have become. You can see a couple of our past sessions here and here. 🙂

Nassau County Family portraits at a park outdoors

Now booking Spring and Summer sessions! Email me! shira@shirazphotography.com