Nassau County Family Photographer | Lucas Travis’ 1st Birthday Party

This weekend I attended Lucas’ first birthday party.  I normally don’t get to post more personal items, but I hope to get to post more often!  This family here, has grown close to my heart, and I am so super happy I got to attend.

It all started with a family Christmas session.  We fell in love, and the rest was history.

Love, not in the typical together sense, but in a very strong bonded friendship that will be around for many years.  Take a look at their first session.  Nicole was only just pregnant with Antonio!  How small Ayden was!!!!!!  These steps, I fell in love with!  1111

We started a tradition that year.  Someone ALWAYS wears the grandfather’s Santa hat.

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I have been able to watch this family grow on both sides.  I can’t believe how fast time passes!  When Antonio was born, he gave me the best smiles.newborn-12-horzweb

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We decided to do a family photo last year.  Lucas is in this photo too!  😉  holiday15-13a-1web

Then, Lucas Travis was born!  lucastravis-42

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Finally – the reason we are all here this week!  Lucas turns ONE!  Happy Birthday sweet boy.  The party was held at Patrizia’s of Long Island.  I didn’t even know that they did parties here like this!  The tall ceilings and big windows created gorgeous light.  img_0030-vertwebimg_0012-horzwebimg_0009-horzwebimg_0010-horzweb

Entertainment?  SURE!  Georgie Porgie the Magician is the BEST there is!  He entertains kids and adults alike!img_0072-horzwebimg_0173-tilewebimg_0147webimg_0057-tilewebimg_0266webimg_0126webimg_0103-tilewebimg_0268webimg_0285webimg_0350-horzwebimg_0437webimg_0434webimg_0430webimg_0417webimg_0382web

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Lucas!

Those interested in party coverage, or newborn and family sessions, please use the contact tab on this page, or email me here.

Cousins Baptism | NJ/Beacon Baptism Photographer

There is nothing more special than when cousins can share a Baptism day.  I have had the honor of photographing a few sets of cousins who are a few months apart through the years.  They always grow up to be best of friends.

It started with perfect dresses.  One made from a wedding dress, the other worn by her mom & aunts.

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Dressing multiple babies can be tricky.  Especially when one is mobile!

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One thing is for sure, these babies will grow up loved.

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LasSana Mini Sessions 2017

You know it is a big event when minis must be presented in a blog post.  This year will be the year of the mini for me.  I have decided that I love shooting so much – I will be offering them more often than usual.  But not just your average snapshots!  These sessions can be brought right to your own back yard too.  Make sure you stay through til the end of this post to see more on that.

Now who is ready to find out what types of sessions will be scheduled this year?  You can totally book those now!

JULY: SUMMER IN THE STREAM                                                                                                           I am super excited to offer Stream sessions again this year!  This fun set includes props such as the raft, crate and more!  2 dates available.  Take a look at some of my favorites from last year.  This session is for children ages 2 and older please!  

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $250  15 edited digital images                                                                   BOOK HERE: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/summer-in-the-stream

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JUNE: FITNESS JOURNEY                                                                                                                          What has defined your last “year”? Was it a weight loss journey? Or perhaps you want a six pack – or more?  Working out, eating right – There are so many inspirational stories out there – and so many that document it via social media. I love this so much. This session – is for you!  I’ll tell ya – I am certainly in awe.  My life doesn’t seem to allow this yet myself.  I have shot a few sessions for this purpose now – but I am obsessed. Obsessed with successes and the emotional ride of these journeys. So now –  Let’s document YOU.  Let’s take it away from the cell phone images and social media for a moment – get you in front of my camera and let me show you how beautiful you are!  Men, women – there is no limit to how built or just fit you must be for these sessions!  Let’s show you off.  Unfortunately, I do not have any photos to show for this one.  It is a completely new genre for me!

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $200  15 edited digital images                                                                  BOOK NOW: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/2017-fitness-mini-session

 

MAY-AUGUST: Sports. Dance. Music. Heros.  The ARTS.                                                               Inspiring to the max.  Let’s take your creative passion and incorporate that into a session for you.  These shoots are minis – but done on a case by case basis.  Location matters here.  So let’s see what we can come up with.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $250  15 edited digital image                                                                     BOOK HERE: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/2017-the-arts-minis

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APRIL-AUGUST: PETS                                                                                                                              Our fur babies are apart of our family too!  This shoot is designed specifically to show off your furry family member.  Not limited to specific types of animals… I love them all!

 

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $200  15 edited digital images                                                                   BOOK NOW: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/2017-pet-minis

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CAKE SMASH MINI                                                                                                                                   A mini version of the full cake smash.  This option is for JUST for smashing the cake!  

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $275  15 edited digital image                                                                     BOOK HERE: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/black-friday-cake-smash-party-special

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JULY-AUGUST: BEACH (LIDO)                                                                                                            OK – so I wasn’t going to do these this year.  After a few requests, I am opening a few spots between July and August – during the week.  These are individual mini sessions done at Lido approx 6:30-7:30 (depending on date start time can be anywhere in that time frame).

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $225  15 edited digital images                                                                   BOOK HERE: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/2017-beach-mini-weekday-sessions

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NEWBORN LIFESTYLE                                                                                                                        The most talked about mini session yet. This is perfect for those that love this style.  No beanbags, no posing, no backdrops. Pure. Natural. Simple. A.M. sessions done in your home using items in your home over the course of about 2 hours.  This requires more natural parent and sibling interaction as well. It is a passion of mine to be able to bring these sessions to you, and I am thrilled to be offering them at a deep discount for this year! 

TOTAL INVESTMENT: $400  20 edited digital images                                                                 BOOK HERE: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/newborn-lifestyle-mini-special

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SEPT-OCT: HOLIDAY MINIS                                                                                                                           Please email me to be placed on a waiting list for the official announcement.

 

YOUR OWN MINI BLOCK!                                                                                                                      For years I have always offered this, but never really put it out there for everyone to see.  Don’t want to travel far to do a specific set?   Well, this would be perfect for you!  If you have a set of 4 or more groups/family units to do these minis, I will come to you!  *Your location, your friends and your family.  Discounted in a mini bundle.  Catch?  At least four need to book in order to make this price point work.  So, if you see a specific session type, as an example – dance minis – and you live in Poughkeepsie, and have a great location to shoot – we can set that up!  OR,  we can make up our own session type!  You live on a farm, and want a shoot there, we can totally do that as well!  (Yes please!)  Makes more sense for one person to travel over the others, right?  The possibilities are endless!  Grandparent/generation sessions, mommy (Or daddy) & me, service (PD, FDNY, Military) family and so many more!   If you want a session in a different location, or if you want to set up a date/location for your family and friends, you can email me anytime here lenamessanaphoto@aol.com, or you can use the contact tab somewhere here on the page.

*MINI Sessions will be available to purchase starting 02/03/2017*

Full session types of any of the above sessions are available here: http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/2016-sessions-pre-sale

and here:                                                               http://lassanaphotography.bigcartel.com/product/black-friday-newborn-session

*NEW*  PAST CLIENTS: Take $100 off your session fee!  Contact me for a coupon code.    (Does not apply to Newborn sessions at this time, sorry!)

*All location fees (tolls, parking, photography permits) are the responsibility of the client.

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Morning with TWINS | Queens LifeStyle Photographer

I know, so far and few in between.  I would think that I am a writer of sorts, as  I can get my feelings on paper quite easily – but when I sit to write about a particular session?  I go blank.  My issue is that I look at the images and then skip the words when I read posts.  Why?  For me it is time.  But,  I definitely don’t want to be that blogger who writes “I am so happy I could capture their session”, and leave it at that!  Part of my blogging journey, will hopefully be consistency, and learning to make the posts something to help bring you into the world that I am shooting.  I have so much to share!  If I can get “my format” down, then I can share more with you here!  More than Facebook!  We all want to see pretty pictures, right?

Mom messaged me about an idea she had.  It sounded crazy to her, I suppose.  But little did she know (Until I told her immediately of course), that this is something I wish to do more often in my photography.  She suggested a three hour span documenting her littles, before they grow out of the “baby” phase.  YES!

We decided on July 4th, since we were all off.  We would start when the babies woke up by 7 – and just go through their normal morning, until nap time around 10am.  Of course, as any mom knows, the schedule didn’t go 100% as planned.  One baby slept later, throwing us off just a little bit.  Their daily routine is something any parent would treasure!  I know capturing it, I certainly did.

Trying to decide which images to share from our three hours together, was difficult.  How to showcase the better part of 400 images without being ridiculous?  Hopefully, I have brought you into their world just a little bit with the images I’ve selected.

If you are interested in a in home LifeStyle Session, email me for more information!

 

Lenora & Mike | New York Wedding Photographer

They first met a long time ago, he was her brothers’s friend,  both not realizing what was to become. One day, hanging out because they both didn’t have much to do –  swimming, rollerblading and shooting –  little did they know a that a fun hang out between friends actually became their first “date”.   She would have said yes had he proposed right there.

A room full of candles, leading her right to him, he proposed.  Totally romantic in my book.  About a year later, they made it official.  They could not be more different and that is what makes them work, but they both try to make the other happy!  Isn’t that what love is?

Lenora & Mike planned their wedding in Staten Island.  She wanted outdoors, and he wanted indoors (AC!).  Nicotra’s Ballroom was the perfect mix of both!   A totally awesome day for a totally awesome couple.  Cocktail hour was amazing.  Anyone that puts Lobster Ravioli on their menu is OK in my book!  Followed by a great reception.  Someone was always on the dance floor.  Lastly, Venetian hour.  Oh, the decadence!

I am excited that I can share a piece of their day here.

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Extreme Cuteness; It is a sport | Long Island Newborn Photographer

I found out about mom & dad’s pregnancy when I did a photo shoot for the family for the holidays last year.  Soon after, dad’s sister contacted me.  The family wanted to surprise them at the shower with a session by me!   I was ecstatic.  I like to have time to plan my sessions!  I usually like to add a little something new as well.

The shower day came, and sis showed me a gift she got.  Dad is into extreme sports.  This was the perfect rocker!  I knew from that moment that we HAD to incorporate that into the session.  This meant doing a composite shot.  I used three images to put this baby together.

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Happy I was able to pull off the “cool rocker shot”, I still wanted to capture a mixture of posed and docustyle shots.

You know it wouldn’t be a newborn session, if there wasn’t a little crying.  These sessions are long!  I know I was tired!

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Having a newborn session booked in advance has it’s advantages.  Not only can I find new props, but I can plan out cute little items, such as this hat made by Avella Threads. Custom made!  Book in advance and get one of these bad boys!  Well, just as long as you get me the name.
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They will only be this little once. Look at his hand in mom’s.  Surely something to treasure through the years.

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This is one of my favorite poses.  I do try to capture this every session.  The brown complimented his skin nicely.  It just so happened that it matched mom’s furniture too!

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Another of my favorite shots.  In dad’s hands.  I have been capturing this shot since I started newborn photography.  (OK, maybe with the second session).  I do different variations, but if the parents are in the photos, you can almost guarantee a version of this one is in there!

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Well, this image.  If mom, dad and I are looking at it – we all know why the huge smile on dad’s face.  Let’s just say it was messy.  Apparently Lucas thought so as well!

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Last but not least, we go with a smile.  🙂LucasTravis (6) copy

 

If you would like to book a newborn session with me, or another session or party type, please contact me for more information.  Or, you can click here to see the specials and gt more info.  I look forward to capturing your special moments!

Roslyn Minis

Starting the Roslyn Mini Sessions began as a one/two day event, and quickly spread into a six day event!  I have done minis before, but I did not know exactly what I was getting myself into when accepting multiple days.  Did I forget I had other obligations too?  Like watching my grandson, working my M-F job and other photo obligations in between?  No, not really.  I scheduled these sessions pretty well.  Left time for editing them.  Had a schedule.  Projected time for completion was 2-3 weeks.  I did manage to keep to this for the most part though.  I may have had one or two sessions that were extended by a day or so because I had bad internet connectivity while in FL, but I did it!  I already cannot wait for the next set of minis.  And for fall, I have another awesome spot!  Cannot wait to share!  I will be doing beach minis as well as one or two other spots through the year.

So while this set of minis brought on three months of working seven days a week and lots of sleepless nights – the images captured were fun, and some I just cannot stop staring at!  The colors!  The kids!  The parents!  I never had such an enormous amount of parents participate before!  I must say I love it!  I am hooked.  I want more!

Now that the holidays are over, I can officially share more images with you!  I will try to post from each session that I am allowed to post, but it is almost impossible due to the amount of sessions completed!  (30 I think!!!)  This will come in a few posts.

And away we go!

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I want to thank Nicole Ciccione for helping me arrange the madness.  You are my rock when it comes to this photography thing!