I barely remember the hours after I gave birth to our 18 month old.  I remember being ecstatic, relieved, energized, dazed.  I didn’t quite recognize our little boy, who’d been hiccuping in my uterus for months on end.  He wasn’t extremely familiar, but he was precious and beautiful and present.  I remember holding him and sobbing for the first few minutes after birth, but after that, it was a blur of hamburgers and breastfeeding and visiting family and nurses in and out of the room.

A few pictures exist of those first few hours, but not the kind I crave.  I want to see the intimacy and exhaustion and bursts of emotion.  I want to relive those first moments when we became a family.

It’s always been a dream of mine that my photography and my business be a mechanism for capturing authentic joy.  Connection.  Attachment.  Love.  And in service of that mission, I’m beginning to offer Fresh 48 sessions.  Sessions that take place in the first 48 hours after birth, and ideally in the first 3 or 4.

And so it begins.  Baby Harper was born at 1am Saturday morning, and I made it to the hospital in time for her older brother to meet her for the first time that afternoon.  Needless to say, it was a perfect day.

  • Deanne Kapnik - I cried, I laughed! These are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

    • joan wallach - The connections–within the family and to the photographer and camera. Remarkable.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Mcbride - Brilliant Lyss, conceptually and in manifestation. I love these photos.ReplyCancel

Love is love is love is love is love.  And this family is just brimming with it.

When I heard that their baby had been born, I rushed to the hospital and was greeted by two of the most casual parents I’ve met.  They were so calm in their new adventure, so absolutely content and proud to present their beautiful little girl.  This little babe who represented their commitment again to one another, to their other children, to their future.  The resonance was so powerful that it seemed to echo through each look they exchanged, each gentle touch of their hands.

This gorgeous couple came to me just weeks before they welcomed their beautiful little boy.  I absolutely loved spending the evening with them.  That baby is coming into such a warm, love-filled family.  That love absolutely shine through the photographs.

In 2017, we’ve had struggles and we’ve seen grace.  Hope is on the horizon.

I’ve had the incredible honor of photographing so many beautiful families and events this year.  Heartful and joy-filled weddings, engagements, graduations, a bat mitzvah; brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents.  The most important thing is that you’ve trusted me to capture your love.  It’s been so fulfilling.

In terms of my personal life, our little boy is growing up so fast, I almost can’t believe it.  He turned one this year, and his latest trick is racing around our house on hands and knees, attempting, and often succeeding, in beating the cat and dog to their food bowls, or emptying an entire cabinet.  He is funny, bright, independent and sweet.  He fills our lives with light.

Here are some of my favorite images from work and home in 2017.  I can’t wait for more beauty next year!

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