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

 

 

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

 

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!!

 

Baby Girl | Long Island Newborn Photographer

I’m going to do a little blog catch up in the next few weeks before busy season! Check out this tiny gorgeous newborn girl that I photographed this past December. So pretty in purple,  I’m so jealous of those gorgeous eyelashes!!!<3

Mom and Dad were obviously so in love already, I loved photographing them with their little girl. Of course their first baby had to get in a few photos too!

Long Island Newborn Photo collage

Don’t wait until your baby arrives to schedule your newborn session. Email me at shira@shirazphotography.com if you’re interested in having me photograph your family and newborn or just want some more information! 🙂

 

 

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 🙂