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.

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

 

 

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

Long Island Family Photos

Long Island Family Photos

I expected much more craziness with this beautiful family of 5! Their twin little boys are so adorable. They loved to run around, explore, and laugh at their silly big sister. Big sis, so beautiful with a big happy smile one minute, to little miss sassy, to super mushy the next.

During your photo session I give you permission to let your children be children. Let them be goofy, crazy and have fun. I don’t care if they cry or yell or get dirty. That’s life with children and that’s what I want to capture for you! Because even though you may think you want to forget that stuff, you’ll miss it one day.

 

collage of Long Island family photos with three children outdoors in the Fall

Check out a few of the twins newborn photos <3 It feels like yesterday!!

Long Island Family Photos collage of twin newborn boys

Email me to inquire about family photos or to set up a session today! shira@shirazphotography

Long Island Family Photographers

Long Island Family Photographers

There is not much that makes me happier than a family that is up for having some fun and being a little adventurous with their kids during a session! Kids are so much happier when they have a little freedom, and who can blame them! I took a few families towards the lake at a nearby park this past Summer/Fall season.  I loved every minute of it. The light is so pretty by the water and the kids love to explore and see new things. These two handsome boys were the perfect little models. I have yet to blog little brother’s newborn session, but, you can probably see some of those images if you look through my facebook page. They are the cutest brothers, so sweet together, and just look at those faces!! <3

collage of images at Hempstead Lake Park of family with two little boys. A long island family photographers dream!

Let’s have some fun and photograph your family while going on a little adventure! Email me with any questions or to book yoor session today! 🙂 shira@shirazphotography.com

Family Beach Portraits

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family for a few years now. I love watching their gorgeous girl grow from year to year. You can see a few photos from one of our first sessions together on an old blog post here. And they recently became a family of four!! See some photos from little brother’s newborn session below 🙂 Here is one of my favorite sessions with these guys, we made some fun family beach portraits on a super windy day!

Collage of Long Island Family Long Beach Portraits

and a few images from little brother’s newborn session…

Long Island, NY in home newborn session collage

 

Spring weekends are booking up very quickly. Make sure to email me shira@shirazphotography.com soon if you’d like to set up a date!!!

xoxo