Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog en-us (C) Polina Bulman polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:38:00 GMT Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:38:00 GMT http://polinabulman.com/img/s10/v102/u503781331-o704081063-50.jpg Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog 120 80 New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/7/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-brooklyn-ny How does it feel to be the only child? On the one hand you are getting the undivided attention from the parents on the other hand often times you have to be creative to entertain yourself. 

This half day Day In The Life session was very special for me not only because it's a family of my close friend, but also because photographing a smaller family brings some new challenges as well as new opportunities. 

During this session I noticed and worked on two parallel stories: one that shows the personality of a child another one that shows relationships between the parents and fun-loving dynamics in the family.

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 24, 25 & 26} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/7/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-24-25-26 Weeks 24, 25 & 26 are up! Another 26 to go. Half way in the project!!

 

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Summer nights.

 

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End of the year party at school. With Coach M.

 

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You were so lucky to have Ms. Inglut as your teacher this year. Not only that she is an incredibly talanted teacher, she is also fun and loving. And best of all - she loves hugs as much as you do. What a perfect match!

 

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Today was your last day of school and we celebrated it at the Rose Night event at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Oh how much you love roses! And there were so many - all the different colors and sizes. You had to smell all of them and while smelling you secretly collected petals - one from each.

 

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First day of summer break is perfect for a trip to the library. Now you are all set for a week.

 

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We've spent 6 hours in traffic today on the way to Connecticut to visit Zhulkovsky family. But it was worth it!

 

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It became a tradition to go to Talcott Mountain State Park every time we are visiting Zhulkovsky. We climbed all the way to the top but the fog was so thick that there was no view at all. You walked Reese the entire time pretending that you are training her. It looked like this - you ran as fast as you could to be in front of her and to give her directions: Reese go left, Reese go right, Reeese s-t-o-o-o-p!

 

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Learning all about conch at Bruce museum.

 

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I was sorting through your school papers today and found these ELA practices: one from September and another one from May. While ELA was always your strength I was amazed by the progress you've made. You worked so hard this year and it shows!

 

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Today we went to the zoo with Arden and Michaelle. There was an ecology station, where a staff member was talking to you about how plastic is dangerous for our environment and how eliminating the use of plastic and recycling can help animals. At the end of the trip three of you decided to recycle the flyers you've got to make paper telescopes.

 

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Tag never goes out of style!

 

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Picking mulberries.

 

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Dance performance. You are very proud of your trophy.

 

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And you also read a book to him.

 

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Today you watched your first ballet with Annabelle and Gabriel. It had two acts which were two different ballets: "The Fairy Doll" and "The Lady and the Hooligan". This picture was taken right after: you and Annabelle are full of energy and ready to perform while Gabriel is trying to wake up after a good nap.

 

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Central Park zoo. You've been patiently waiting for the musical clock to play. The clock sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on horn. The animals circle the tower to one of 44 tunes that change seasonally.

 

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We are staying at Upper East Side at Malkovich's place for few days. Today we've spent a day at Metropolitan museum and the highlight of our visit was "Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties". Ancient China is the topic you are particularly interested in and this exhibition was truly a gem. In the evening you still had enough energy to run in the park for three hours.

 

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Our balcony is now known as Cat's Paradise.

 

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Your first comics. It's about Any who learned to love "peace". Such a deep thinking for a 7 years old author.

 

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What a special day!! Two of your favorite teachers came to have dinner with us! Ms. Calish - your Kindergarten teacher and Ms. Inglut - your 2nd grade teacher.

 

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Snack time at Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

 

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NYC Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Upper West Side} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/nyc-family-photographer-family-storytelling-upper-west-side Little Riley met me saying: "My family is going to take pictures today, but not me. And when it's time for a family portrait I will be hiding behind dad's back." 

Luckily it wasn't that type of "look and smile" family session and I am so excited to share all the adorable pictures I got of her and of the entire family! 

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours session with 20 minutes devoted to posed portraits, where I give some direction. The rest is documentary, based on activities that we choose beforehand. This session had it all: in home fun, strolling the streets of Upper West Side, playing ball at Central Park and brunch at a local Diner. 

Enjoy!

 

 

This year, I committed myself to providing a full service for my clients - starting with capturing your special moments and ending with a printed story you will enjoy for many years to come! This package came with a custom box with 5x7 prints. There is something very special about this product. I love the feel of each image printed individually. Maybe it goes back to my childhood when one of my favorite activities was to go through old photographs and asking my parents millions of questions about each picture.

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 23} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-23 Week 23 is up! Another 29 to go.

 

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Ultimate Science Sunday event at NYU. Someone is very excited to see the horseshoe crabs.

 

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It's this time of the year. Your favorite rose bush is blooming and while we moved and it's not next door from us anymore, you still get to enjoy it on the way to the playground.

 

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You had an unplanned Zumba class today to get some extra practice before end of the year show. Luckily some girls were coming late and you had time to enjoy the trampoline.

 

 

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Spring Dance Performance at school. "Where's the love".

 

Jewish Hebrew School end of the year party.

 

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Today I wanted to get some ice cream and found THIS in the freezer. Daddy was walking by the beach in the morning found it and brought home to show it to you as he knew you would appreciate it. You were beyond excited and called this creature: "what a sweetie!".

 

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You woke up having strep today. My poor girl! You spent a morning in bed flipping through Highlights magazine and the page with homemade pop-sickles grabbed your attention. You studied it for a while dreaming of a beautiful summer day when we can try it out.

 

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We were supposed to be away for this Shabbos, but you got sick and we had to stay. You entertained yourself today by giving a bath to your doll Sonya (yes she has the same name as you) and of course you had a furry companion by your side.

 

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 21 & 22} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-21-22 Weeks 21 & 22 are up! Another 30 to go.

 

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We came to the playground early on Sunday morning and you’ve got to spend some quality time with your friend.

 

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The new morning routine - after you leave to school he heads to the balcony to enjoy the beautiful weather and birds singing.

 

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The big day is coming and you are a big part of it!
Initially it was hard for you to understand why do we need to get married "again"? We already have you and we are already husband and wife, so why to do it again? But then you found an answer for yourself. You decided that if we are doing it "again" it probably means that we need another baby. You like this idea a lot and not only excited about the Chuppah itself but also about a potential of having a baby brother or sister.
This is a very small intimate event with only closest people invited to celebrate with us. We asked you to keep it secret and you actually didn't share it with anyone.
Making these "Thank You" cards was the job that you asked for and worked on them with so much love and attention to details.

 

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One of the moms volunteered to produce this amazing magazine for your volleyball team and a set of players’ cards. 
According to your card:
- your favorite color is Violet;
- favorite food is French fries;
- favorite fruit is Watermelon;
- favorite book is Stink series;
- favorite subject is Guided reading;
- you plan to be a Doctor.

Last one was something new I learned about you!

 

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Rainy day pick-up.

 

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Some quite time.

 

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Saturday means Zumba! Stretching is not your favorite.

 

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After 10 happy years together we finally did it!!!
The energy of this event and emotional level exceeded all of my expectations. When I asked you what was your favorite part of our Chuppah you said "7 circles".

photo credit Desiree Tobin Walters 

 

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Fire Island bound. This was your first time taking the ferry and even though it was very windy and cold you've been dancing on the roof the entire time. Daddy's warm sweater was very helpful.

 

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Today on Fire Island: 3.2 miles to get to the Lighthouse, 182 steps to get to the top (which was totally worth it) and 3.2 miles to get back. What a great hike we had!

 

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Daddy found a sand dollar on the Fire Island beach while you were still sleeping in the morning. You recently read a book about different types of shells and really wanted to find another sand dollar yourself. We've spent few hours on the beach collecting different shells (like we don't have enough of those at home coming from our Seagate beach), but sand dollars were nowhere to be found. And then on the way out you found all of these!! It looked like someone collected them before you and then decided to leave them. I told you this, but you said: "No, Hashem sent these to me!"

 

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You finally got the 3rd letter from your pen pal Zoe and decided to write a reply immediately. In your previous letter you asked Zoe to send you a recipe of a dish they like to cook and she sent you a recipe of salmon. We'll try it out soon!

 

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Reading while waiting for Shabbos dinner became a new tradition.

 

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On a nice sunny day he would spend it laying like this. This cat knows how to enjoy life.

 

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NYC Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Sloane Kennedy's First Birthday} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-family-photographer-family-storytelling-sloane-kennedys-first-birthday I met Heather and Ben 3 years ago while taking pictures of the two of them in Central Park. Married for 5 years, they were filled with so much love and passion, making it pure joy to be around them. So when Heather contacted me in April and asked if I could photograph their daughter's first birthday, I couldn't have been more excited!

This year, I committed myself to providing a full service for my clients - starting with capturing their special moments and ending with a printed story they will enjoy for many years to come! Knowing that Sloane will have this book to go back to when she grows up, and will be able to see how much she was loved, makes my job complete and my heart full.

 

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 20} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-20 Week 20 is up! Another 32 to go.

 

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Lag Baomer party. Do I need to tell that you love horses or it's pretty clear from this picture?

 

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Another round of digging out the earthworms.

 

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Eenie meanie miney mow.

 

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New favorite activity: daddy is the DJ and you are dancing with maracas or other instruments from your musical collection.

 

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You and daddy gave me this ship as a Mother's Day gift. It's made of shells that you found on the beach and the piece of drift wood is a wave. It's symbolizing our family and there are three beads inside: you, me and daddy the captain and on top there is another bead - our fat cat. Best gift ever!

 

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Enjoying the beautiful weather.

 

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Last 10 minutes of your dance class are devoted to games and of course these are your favorite.

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 18 & 19} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-18-19 Weeks 18 & 19 are up! Another 33 to go.

 

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I take this same picture every time I get home late after shooting all day and find two of you sleeping in this same position next to each other.

 

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You made it today and called it "Colorful bees". Your room is always a mess because you keep working on different projects and I decided that after all it's not a big deal.

 

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While everyone is playing at the playground you are busy digging out earthworms. You then take them home and let them go into the pots with plants on your balcony.

 

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It seems that Bryn loves hugs just as much as you do, which makes your friendship even stronger!

 

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Playground.

 

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You and Bryn are trying to get the cat from behind the couch, while he is hiding under the kitchen table. I think I saw a smile on his face.

 

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On the way back from Science Saturday - an annual science event at Rockefeller Univercity. Tired, happy and full of new knowledge.

 

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Flea market. It's not an easy job to spend your $5 wisely!

 

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You didn't have school today and we went to Staten Island Zoo. Since it was Monday no one was there and you craved company. Then you saw this girl walking by with her dad and ran to her to introduce yourself. You became best friends for the whole 2 hours running around and having so much fun. She was calling you So So and you called her Clarie Clarie.


 

A playful otter. 

 

I also want to share another highlight of our trip to the zoo that I don't have a picture of. A humming bird was trying to fly through a big glass wall and got so tired of trying that it fell and I picked it up and carried to a place where it could fly away safely. You've got a chance to see it very close and even pet it's head gently. Once in a lifetime experience.

 

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Homework time. Of course he thinks that your homework folder is the best place for him to lay on.

 

 

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80's Themed Spirit Day at school. With Principal.

 

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You can't walk by a flower without smelling it. And lilac is one of my favorites so I have to join you and smell it too.

 

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The crew. Waiting for adults to cross the road.

 

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On the way to Zumba class on a rainy Saturday morning. We recently had a big fire in our dear Kneses Israel Synagogue and the building is under construction now. The day after it happened daddy brought home some colorful pieces of glass - parts of window vitrages that got damaged in fire. You discussed how you can use them for one of your projects and how meaningful it will be. Now every time we walk by you look for more pieces to add to the collection.

 

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 17} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-17 Week 17 is up! Another 35 to go. 

 

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When you want to charm girls but fail to buy pants that cover your bottom.

 

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Proud of you!!

 

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I love this installation on your window-sill.

 

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Today is the day of an Art Show at school. You've been so much looking forward to it and both me and daddy planned to go and enjoy your art work. Unfortunately you got sick and had to stay at home

 

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Hey, cat! I am home!

 

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Water balloons.

 

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Yarn doll Mia with a long black braid.

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 16} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-16 Week 16 is up! Another 36 to go. 

 

 

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You love matzah!

 

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Isn't it the fence that I told you not to climb over!?

 

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You make my mornings so much brighter.

 

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Here is the happiest cat at his happiest spot by the window enjoying the breeze and watching the birds.

 

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I started to plan my day so that we can go to the park right after school and you can play with your schoolmates. It's fun to be a photographer mom as I really get to experience the moments with you. I am not only capturing them with my camera, but also with my heart.

 

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Watching Sinbad Sailor movie on daddy's computer. His childhood favorite.

 

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You need a lot of hugs and kisses. Every day you ask me to cuddle in bed with you and I hope you'll never stop!

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 15} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-15 Week 15 is up! Another 37 to go. 

 

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"Beauty and The Beast" movie at Kent Theater was a perfect ending of your spring break. Kent is a small old theater that we discovered last year during the school playdate. It's not fancy in any way but we like it. It reminds me of a movie theater that was right next to my house back in Russia. The name of that theater was Spartak and that was also the name of our bus stop and that's how everyone called my neighbourhood - Spartak. When I was your age no one was going to movie theaters in Russia. Having a TV and cassette player (like dvd-player but with cassetts) seemed way cooler. But I loved it. To have a movie on there had to be at least 10 people in the audience, so we worked hard to find enough friends to go together. Then 10 of us would seat in the very first raw right in front of the huge screen and enjoy an old Russian movie or cartoons. There were about 10 people in the Kent Theater yesterday.

 

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It's 11:30 PM and we just came back from Seder night at our synagogue. You and Sammy are watching cartoons while parents are having tea in the kitchen. 
You made us so proud today as you volunteered to read the questions from seder haggadah for Rabbi. You read loud and wasn't shy to do it in front of a large group of adults. Everyone was so impressed!

 

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Even though we let you sleep longer and you went to school later today after a late night celebration of Pesah, you still had a tough morning crying and saying "I don't want to go to school!". I promised you that right after school we'll go to the playground and it helped you to calm down. One little boy was playing with a bubbles gun and you loved it so much. We agreed to get you one as soon as we see it in the store, but it turned out that there was a guy selling those right there at the park. So here you are - enjoying your new toy and sharing the fun with other kids at the park.

 

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Parents appreciation day at school. Thank you for the sweet poem you wrote to me... and dad. We love it!

 

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Sick day for you and remake for ponies.

 

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Murzilka is a name of a Russian magazine for kids named after this furry dude who is going everywhere with his camera (just like your mom), takes pictures and shares fun facts with kids. This was my favorite magazine growing up and I was so excited when I found it in Brooklyn Public Library. We enjoyed reading it together every night this week. And here you are working on Murzilka project.

 

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Your current reading level is way above picture books, but I still bring some for you from the library. I feel that every picture book is a work of art - story, pictures, the way each page is composed, techniques that illustrator is using. Picture books go beyond reading and as long as you are interested I'll be sharing these treasures with you.

 

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New York City Vacation Photographer {Day In The Life. NYC Adventure} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-city-vacation-photographer-day-in-the-life-nyc-vacation

This session was such an interesting combination of a regular Day In The Life, where the focus is on everyday moments that showcase the essence of a family as well as personalities of each family member, and a Vacation Session, where the focus is on the city and on travel adventures.

When I was growing up, one of my favorite Russian movies was "Adventures of Italians in Russia". I loved this comedy and watched it more times than I can count.

As I was spending a day with this Italian family who came to visit NYC from Atlanta, I kept thinking in my head, "Adventures of Italians in New York". I loved being immersed in Italian language and culture while walking the streets of my favorite city. For the next few days I kept using  "bravo", "mio amore" and "basta" talking to my own family.

Barbara is an Atlanta-based documentary photographer. A trip to New York was always her dream and she fell in love with this city right away. They decided to rent an apartment through Airbnb instead of staying in one of NY’s many hotels, as they wanted the real authentic feel of the city instead of a traditional tourist's experience. They chose to stay in DUMBO and what a great choice it was, as this is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Brooklyn!

We started the day having coffee at Iris Cafe, then traveled to Manhattan to explore Chinatown and Little Italy. There was playground fun, bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea and a delicious Italian lunch at IL Cortile. Then we headed to Children's Museum of the Arts to enjoy the Lorax trees project, painting, play doh bar and so much more! Next, we headed to the High Line and back to Brooklyn to enjoy dinner at River Deli restaurant which was approved by Italians as a "true taste of home". Lastly, the bedtime routine with some tickling, fighting, reading and lots of love. What a busy, fun day!

Barbara is a great photographer herself and of course she took many wonderful pictures during their family trip, but when I shared the slideshow, her reply was: "I am crying. Thank you. It is the most beautiful gift that I had received in my life. That day I lived the DAY. For a woman/mom/photographer it is really hard living the vacation. Through your pictures I saw all the love that we have! Thank you!" These words made me cry, too. Because I can totally relate.

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 14} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-14 Week 14 is up! Another 38 to go. 

This was the week of your spring break and we headed to Philly. Steinbergs are more than friends for us. They are like family and their house is like second home. Your school schedule doesn't match Eitan's and Zach's and they are having a break the following week, so during the day we had our own plans and then in the evening we did things together.

I cheated a little and selected more images for each day as it was impossible to select just one.

 

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Spring break is here! Which means no alarm clock for the whole 9 days.

 

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On the way to Philly you said:

- Hanna and Jeff have 3 kids now.

- Why?

- Because now they also have Zoe and she is like another child, right?

Yes, that's right! And having 3 kids is just the right amount of craziness.

 

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We visited Adventure Aquarium today. It was on our list for a while. Sharks were your favorites. You were telling me about "Shark Lady. True Adventures of Eugene Clark" book that you are currently reading at school. You mentioned that Eugene's interest in sharks started when she saw them during the family trip to aquarium.

 

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On the way to watch "Baby Boss" movie.

 

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"Frogs. A Chorus of Colors" exhibition at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

 

Your favorite activity was dissecting the frog.

 

We found the spring today and made sure to enjoy it as who knows how long to wait till it comes to NY.

Backyard fun.

You met a boy in the park:

- My real name is Sofia, but my mom calls me Sonya. You can call me any name, but I prefer Rosie Posie of course.

 

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Today was the opening day of a new Legoland and we were so lucky to be there. You spent majority of the time at a girl's lego section playing with little dolls and animal figures.

 

Lego movie.

You joined Eitan's gymnastics class today and I think there was a reason why the teacher called you a rock star.

Three of you baked 6 pastries and made a tremendous mess. Which of course was the most fun of all.

At least you helped to clean up later on.

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Every time we visit Philly we have to go to Please Touch museum. You love this pretend play ice cream shop station. You have your own routine there: first you arrange the ice cream menu, then setup everything and then you usually get to train a little helper and sell some ice cream to her/his parents.

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Back to Brooklyn. While I was working today you and daddy went to Home Depot and got some plants for your balcony. Both you and the cat enjoy the new "garden".

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 Brooklyn family photographer documentary family photographer new york family photographer personal personal project project project 365 http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-14 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:58:22 GMT
New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 13} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-13 Week 13 is up! Another 39 to go. 

 

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I was shooting a full day wedding today and you had another busy Sunday with daddy. The highlight of the day was that daddy helped you with some home improvements for Barbies' house. It needed few repaires. Then two of you created a beautiful chandelier, using the beads from your treasure box, to decorate the dolls' bedroom and cut out a beautiful red rug for a living room.

 

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"Mommy, this is the most beautiful time to come to the playground. I can swing and enjoy the sunset!"

 

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Second letter from your Canadian friend Zoe has arrived! I feel little jealous. No one is sending me hand written letters in golden lined envelopes with shiny stickers and stunning drawings.

 

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You worked hard on writing back to Zoe. You decided to make your letter extra neat and asked me how to spell different words. You said "Zoe is in 1st grade now, she will look at my letter and it should be a good example for her!". 
My favorite part was "Girls Rule" picture. You are such a great artist. Just look at your choice of composition and colors. I also loved how you filled the frame and how many details you added to the picture.


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Getting a haircut.

 

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It was 7 PM yesterday and we still didn't know what you are going to wear for "Dress as your favorite book character Day" at school. We were sitting on the floor sorting through piles of library books deciding which ones to return and which ones to renew. You were telling me about every book you read and what you liked most about it. And here it was: "Sonya, you have to be MATILDA!! Because you ARE Matilda!" So that's what we did. It was tricky to find an appropriate cart for books at 7 PM in Seagate but after few calls we found this. Not exactly Matilda's wagon, but has wheels and fits books.

 

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He definitely appreciates the new rug.

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 Brooklyn family photographer documentary family photographer new york family photographer personal personal project project project 365 http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-13 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:58:28 GMT
Brooklyn Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 12} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-12 Week 12 is up! Another 40 to go. 

 

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What a fun Sunday we had! We went to BMCC Tribeca to watch "The Lightning Thief" and met some friends there. The musical was so good and I was happy that you recently read about the Ancient Greece gods and goddess so you could easily understand the plot. It ended up as a full day adventure as we all had lunch together, went to the park and then ended a day visiting their house. We both came home tired and happy.

There were plenty of picture-worthy moments today, but I took just this one and decided to enjoy the day instead of capturing it.

 

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Sure, what can be more comfortable than a mailing envelope for a bed and a box for a pillow? He spent all day napping like this.

 

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- Mommy!
- Mommy!
- Mommy!
- Sonya, can you please wait a second? Don't you see I am trying to find that Light Soy Sauce that we usually get.
- Mommy!
- What??
- I actually found it..
- Oh!

 

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What do you do if you have to write a story and use 10 words but want it to be short to save time?
You write a poem!!

 

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You had a 0 Hero Breakfast at school today. Being 0 Hero means to come to school on time in full uniform every day and not to have unexcused absences. It's once in 3 months and so far we never missed it! 
Your favorite thing about it is that you are getting a chance to run around and play little bit with your friends. And being petite means that they will be carrying you around. Trust me; I know what I am talking about.

 

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Everything is better with a friend and homework especially.

 

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Looks like you had a very productive day while mommy was busy at work.
Other than playing, reading and watching Trolls you helped daddy to cook delicious fish with vegetables. Well you insist on "Daddy helped you to cook" and not the other way around as you told me that you did everything by yourself and daddy just gave you some directions.

 

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 11} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-11 Week 11 is up! Another 41 to go. 

 

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Purim 2017. 
You wanted to get a new costume this year but then you learned that your friend Bryn is going to be Elsa and decided that if two of you will look like twin sisters it will be fun!

 

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We have a Russian bakery not so far from our home. We often stop by it on the way home from school. This type of bread (Borodinskiy) is our favorite and it tastes exactly as the one we ate in Russia. It's usually still warm and smells so good that we can't wait to get home and take turns in biting it.

 

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Another snow storm. In March. Hopefully this is the last one for this winter. You've been looking forward to it. The school got closed and you planned to play in snow. But it was not just snow, but also an icy rain. Such a gross weather. You kept asking to go out, but I wasn't ready to weather the weather. But then daddy went outside to dig out the car and let you join him. 10 minutes of happiness was so much better than nothing.

 

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I guess sleeping across the bed is more comfortable..

 

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No matter how many times I tell him that my working space is NOT his pathway from the window to the floor he seems not to care.

 

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Daddy got a box with treasures for you at the flee market a while ago and kept it to surprise you one day. Today was the day! You spent good few hours exploring all the different beads, necklaces and bracelets.

 

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I am greedy when it comes to books. I can't borrow just one book for you, or two or five. I have to bring you A LOT of books from the library every single time. You are always so excited and grateful, and your strategy is to first flip through all of them and study the contents and illustrations. This is how you spend the first hour, then you select the one that appeals to you the most and start reading it.

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 brooklyn family photographer documentary family photographer new york family photographer personal personal project project http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-11 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:21:18 GMT
New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-crown-heights-brooklyn-ny I know this family for many years. I photographed them many times. First with one kid, then with two, then with three and this time with four.

Each and every time I not only enjoy our session, but I also feel very inspired afterwards as I realize that I learned something new about great parenting and about Judaism and I just can't wait to implement my knowledge.

This session was the most special of all as I spent half of the Sunday with them documenting their regular routine. 

What is your family's regular Sunday routine? Do you even have one? Or maybe each Sunday is different for you as you are engaged in fun family activities? Maybe you are a photographer, just like me, and you usually work on Sunday? 

Well, this family has very busy Sundays: crazy dancing, breakfast, crazy dancing again, dress up and again some crazy dancing, study time and then the most special of all - they go to visit great-grandparents (mother's grandparents and father's grandma). Both great-grandpa and great-grandma are 100 years old!!!

My heart was so full when I saw this beautiful deep connection between two generations almost a century apart from one another. What keeps this connection so tight? I know the answer, but I'll let you guess.

Enjoy!

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 100 years old Brooklyn family photographer Documentary Family Photographer Sunday routine crown heights day in the life day in the life session documentary photography family great grandparents kids new york family photographer visiting grandparents http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-crown-heights-brooklyn-ny Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:09:53 GMT
New York Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 10} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/new-york-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-10 I can't believe it's 10 weeks already! Another 42 to go. 

 

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Ikea shopping.

While having breakfast at Ikea today we looked out the window at Statue of Liberty and you’ve been telling me all you know about it. That it was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, what it represents, etc. And then you told me: "Mom, when you grow up you'll be a smart grandma!" Good to know that I still have a chance.

 

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You love listening to the music on the way to school. Your recent favorite is "Ain't No Grave". You are not only singing along but also trying to dance as much as it's possible being buckled up in the car.

 

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Every time you finish a Project Based Learning Unit at school, you have a museum for parents to showcase what you’ve learned. This unit was about Pilgrims. I couldn't attend the museum on Friday, so I stopped by your classroom today and you proudly showed me around. This is the diary entry that you wrote pretending that you are a child traveling on a Mayflower and facing all the different hardships along the way. I was truly impressed!

 

Another thing you showed me was a self portrait of you as a Pilgrim.

 

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The new place turned out to be not as bad as he expected.

 

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Your school had a bomb threat today. I've got a call that everyone was evacuated and rushed to pick you up. The school building surrounded by police cars is probably the scariest sight for any parent. School staff and teachers performed on a highest level so all of you were sitting in groups by classes in the park and looked very calm. Volleyball club got cancelled and we were home earlier than usual, so you asked to have your snack on a balcony. You've been worrying about moving to the new place, but the thought of having your own balcony cheered you up. You've got to enjoy it for the first time today.

 

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Today after the Shabbat dinner you asked me to turn on the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy on my phone and you danced for us. You've been so absorbed by the music. I am always amazed by you being a little human with such a deep perception of beauty. It's true about everything - art, music, nature. In this crazy world, where everyone is rushing somewhere, you teach me to stop and look and listen and enjoy.

 

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I am not sure he likes weekends as much as you do.

 

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 8 & 9} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-8-9 This post has 2 weeks of pictures. We moved, and even though it was within the same zip code it was crazy enough and stressful enough. But we love the new place and that's what matters the most!

 

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Finally beautiful weather and you've got a chance to show your volleyball skills to an older friend.

 

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"You are a Jewish cat, because otherwise why would you come to a Hebrew school?"

 

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My friend from college is visiting from Russia. When we were on the way to the airport to meet her you said: "Mommy, you know why I like when Zhen'ka is visiting? Because I can sit next to her, hug her and give her kisses. I can't do it via Skype."

 

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You might be not the best volleyball player, but you are trying hard and you have the best coach ever!

 

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Mommy's toothless helper.

 

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Someone is not very excited about the move.

 

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Last few nights at this place.

 

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Moving or not, homework is homework!

 

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Unpacking and organizing your room was a huge task that Zhen'ka took upon herself. She worked so hard all day to surprise you when you got back from school.

 

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Homework.

 

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Breakfast cartoons moving style.

 

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This place felt like home the moment you've got your reading corner.

 

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Multicultural Shabbos dinner: Jewish challah bread, Chinese style noodles, Italian appetizers and Russian beets salad.

 

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First Saturday morning at your new room.

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 brooklyn family photographer documentary family photographer new york family photographer personal project personal. project http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-8-9 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:58:25 GMT
Brooklyn Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 7} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/2/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-7 Week 7 is up. More 45 to go!

 

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Sunday play-date with your school friends.

 

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Busy making Valentine's treats. This year we decided to go healthy with valentines attached to the honey sticks. You have 30 kids in your class, but we made around 50 as you wanted to give some to the teachers and staff members. When it comes to giving you always have a long list!

And the final product.

 

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Valentine's Day pick-up.

 

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Since we are moving, we decided that we won't be taking with us things that we don't use. I took out a bag with stuffed animals that was sitting in a closet for a while. All these toys are special for you but you can't play with so many stuffed animals. So you picked few favorites and we agreed to give the rest to your friends at Hebrew School. You assigned which toy will go to which kid and attached special labels. Everyone was so happy, including you!

 

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When did he get so big!?

 

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Lighting the Shabbos candles. I keep thinking that you are so lucky to have this special day every week. When I was growing up we had just few big holidays during the year and you have a holiday every single Friday.

 

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Chicken noddles and giggles. We visited your friend Bella today. You two were in the same class in Kindergarten and in 1st grade. But then Bella skipped the grade and you really miss each other this year.

 

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 brooklyn documentary family new personal photographer project york http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/2/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-7 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:12:29 GMT