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

 

 

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

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

 

Long Island Beach Photos

Is it Summer yet?? I cannot wait to head back to the beach for sessions. This is probably one of my favorites from last Summer. These guys were moving out of Long Beach and wanted beach photos before leaving. Their little boy was so delicious I wanted to eat him up. Check him out in his adorable little outfit!!

Collage of a family beach photos in Long Beach, NY with a handsome little boy and his parents

Head to my website contact page or email me very soon if you’d like to book a beach session for this Summer! shira@shirazphotography.com

I try to schedule them as close to sunset as possible, so I only book a limited amount each weekend!!

 

Pretty In Pink | Long Island Newborn Photos

When I found out this gorgeous newborns’ mama was pregnant I was so thrilled!! She had been recommending me to her friends for years and I was finally going to make photos of her beautiful new family <3

I miss those first few crazy weeks after coming home with my girls so much. I wish I wasn’t so busy crying and stressing out, so I could have taken more photos of that time. I guess that’s why I love doing it for others so much 🙂

collage of newborn photos of beautiful long island baby girl

make sure to email me as soon as possible (while you’re still pregnant is best!!) if you’re interested in booking a newborn session! shira@shirazphotography.com

Long Island Baby Photographer | Shira Z. Photography

Many photographers will turn down photographing newborns if they are older than 2/3 weeks old. They are considered too old for the sleepy, curled up newborn images.  While I do recommend scheduling newborn sessions within the first 2 weeks, I will photograph any age. Mom wanted to capture this time while her third little boy was still a newborn.  I let her know that at about 5 weeks old, it would probably be difficult to get the typical newborn poses. As long as she was ok with a more lifestyle type of a session, I was happy to capture this time for her and her family.

I could have photographed this ball of mush all day he was so adorable!!!

 

lifestyle photography collage by Long Island, NY photographer

 

 

If you’re regretting that you never scheduled a newborn session with your little one, or you just want to capture your child(ren) at this time before they start walking or before their baby teeth fall out, etc. etc. don’t hesistate to send me an email!   shira@shirazphotography.com 🙂