Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog en-us (C) Polina Bulman polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:13:00 GMT Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:13:00 GMT http://polinabulman.com/img/s/v-5/u503781331-o704081063-50.jpg Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog 120 80 Fatherhood is... http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/6/documentary-family-photographer-nyc-fathers-day-2018  FATHERHOOD IS...

 

EXHAUSTING

 

UNEXPECTED

 

MULTITASKING

 

HILARIOUS

 

PARTNERS IN CRIME

 

DEEPLY CONNECTED

 

SO MUCH FUN

 

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

 

 

 

 

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Day In The Life: before, during and after. http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/6/new-york-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-dumbo-brooklyn-ny Last September I had a chance to meet Beth, an incredible mom who runs the Little Kid Big City blog, and to spend half a day documenting the crazy and beautiful life she and her son Willem have. Every day is a new adventure for them as they are "navigating NYC and beyond, one playground at a time". 

The idea of having a Day In The Life session - inviting someone to be a part of your life and your family for a day - can feel exciting, but also scary.

Beth wrote a beautiful article about their Day In The Life experience. In this post, I'd like to share some of her thoughts before, during and after the session.

Enjoy!

 

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BEFORE

"We are fortunate that we are contacted every so often by photographers hoping to work together. Usually, due to our crazy schedule and juggling of timing constraints we (ever so politely) decline. Truthfully, It’s not just the schedule – I also worry about how the session would play out; would this be a lot of posing and fake smiles? Would our son become frozen in a sea of camera clicks and smile inducing hi-jinks? While I myself take lots of photos each day – I (very much) try to capture moments quickly and quietly without missing a step of fun, with careful attention to never be an annoyance to our family, especially with my son. Would a photographer be so considerate? I worry that they would overtake our afternoon with a barrage of photos, and cause my happy son to think less of special occasion, and (gasp!) photography in general."

 

DURING

"With no lights, camera props or accessories – Polina showed up at our apartment door with only her camera and beautiful personality. And that was all she needed. We chatted, and she spent some time getting acquainted with our little one. He immediately took to her, and within minutes it felt as if we were visiting with an old friend. Her calm demeanor and cheerful personality fit perfectly within our family, and made everyone instantly at ease.

During our session we ended up grabbing coffee, walking the dog, running into a friend, taking  a NYC Ferry to the playdate in Dumbo, meeting up and playing with friends, and then ending the day with a pizza date. Polina came along through the entire adventure, and acted as friend more then a photographer. I never felt as if she was imposing, interrupting, or a bother. It was so relaxing and comfortable, especially for our son."

 

AFTER

"As I didn’t physically see Polina take many photos, I was quite curious as to what the outcome would be. Was there enough to capture?

The photos took my breathe away. I am still in awe of them now days later.

I feel like so often I get caught up in the days plans, other conversations, juggling work and general life things – that I miss these everyday magical moments that are happening right in front of me. Polina artistically, and brilliantly captured all these small moments beautifully. The little kiss on the cheek, the sweet smile during a funny conversation, the determination before taking a leap, the excited embrace with a young friend…. each and every one was magic. Her images not only captured magic, they also caught the raw dynamic of our relationship as mother and son, as well as the relationships that he has with his friends.

What Polina gave us isn’t just a gorgeous memory – but she gave us a chapter of our own story. The longer session allows for capturing a full range of emotions, and a glimpse into what our family life is like at this exact moment.  Time flies quick. She captured the youthful toddler smile that will be changed in 6 months from now, she captured for us the friendships that are his everything right now, and I love that we can relive this moment, this day, again and again – because in 5, 10 years from now I will have sadly forgotten most of it.

The hand holding with mom will surely end, however – by capturing these moments you don’t ever have to let go, And for that, I’m unbelievably so thankful for."

 

If you would like to learn more about this session, you can find a full article here. You can also find a slideshow there too!

 

I hope all fears are gone now and you are filled with only excitement! Ready to book a Day In The Life for your family? Let's chat!

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New York Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Lebanon, CT} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/6/new-york-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-lebanon-ct Most of the inquiries that I receive are from families with younger kids, usually under the age of five. I think the main reason is that kids grow and change so much during those first years, it adds a sense of urgency. We want to stop time, to remember their toothless smiles, first steps, tantrums in the grocery store – all the fun things! And then we come to the point where we are settled into a school routine and the years seem pretty similar and that sense of urgency is lost. We might wonder how this session would be different from the one a year ago? 

Today I’d like to share the pictures that I took last August during the half day Day In The Life for Jessica, her three teenage kids and two dogs in Lebanon, CT. While we often try to fill our kids’ Summer with fun trips, Summer camps and play dates, those unstructured days when we are trapped at home all together without any particular plans bring out some of the best moments.

These images capture not only the relationships between the family members and their individual personalities, but also the overall mood of a lazy Summer day. How many of these Summers are left until the kids are off to college? And all of a sudden it's urgent again..

Enjoy!

 

What are your plans for this Summer? I'd be thrilled to capture the lifelong memories for your family. Let's chat today!

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New York Family Documentary Photographer {FPJA awards and stories behind the images} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/5/New-York-Family-Documentary-Photographer-FPJA-awards-and-stories-behind-the-images About a month ago I was honored to become a member of The Family Photojournalist Association (FPJA).

FPJA exists to accredit and promote the expertise of professional family photographers who deploy still photography reportage and documentary authenticity to tell the story of the family.

There are certain guidelines and requirements for photographers applying to join the association. FPJA believes that photographers who consider their family photography approach to be documentary, photojournalistic and overall candid in nature should create and present work that strongly favors authentic family moments.

Several photo contests are organised by the association each year. FPJA exists as a body of professional family photojournalists telling the authentic story of a family, not directing it. So the association exclusively focuses on the documentary-style work created for real clients...not photos of photographers' own family members.

In this post I am excited and proud to share my images that were awarded in the last round and to tell the stories behind them.

Enjoy!

 

This picture was taken during the 2 hours Family Storytelling session in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. It's the only type of session that I offer where we have 20 minutes of slightly directed portraits. For this image I asked Maggie to whisper a secret into David's ear. That's all I had to do to capture the special bond between these siblings.

You can find more images and watch the slideshow here.

 

This picture was taken during the Day In The Life that I did for a big extended family spending summer together at Catskills, NY. Eight families took part in it and we decided to give 20 minutes each for photos just of them. Shmaya, Rivkah and their twin sons Yechiel and Zali decided to take a short boat ride. Having two 2 years old boys in a family means that you can't take your eyes off them for a second. While you're taking care of one the other is guaranteed to be getting up to mischief behind your back!

You can find more images from the day here.

 

This picture was taken during the 2 hours Family Storytelling session in Upper West Side, NY. It's not a secret that toddlers put everything in their mouths, because that's how they explore the world around them. Of course 11 month old Graham was not an exception. First thing he did when we arrived to a diner was to stick the coffee creamer tub into his mouth. To my pleasant surprise B.J. was there to support his son in this fun activity instead of taking it out of his mouth immediately.

You can find more images here.

 

This picture was taken during the Day In The Life session for a family of four in Upper West Side, NY. During the "witching hour", when we were on the way home from the Museum of Natural History, one month old Charlie was crying non stop and two year old Sophie was tired and whining. The parents just didn't have enough hands. At some point the mommy in me overpowered the photographer and I asked: "Guys, do you want me to continue shooting (I already had some frames) or do you need my help?" They answered without hesitation: "PICTURES!" Later, when Wendy left with the crying baby in her hands to get home as soon as possible to nurse him, she didn't even realize that she had left Jon with a tired Sophie and two strollers in the middle of the street.

You can find more images from the day here.

 

This picture was taken during the half day Day In The Life for a mom, her three kids and two dogs in Lebanon, CT. Jessica is an amazing mom who has very close relationships with her teenage kids - something we all dream about. This image captures not only the moment of connection between Allyssa and her mom, but also the overall mood of a lazy Summer day. How many of these Summers are left until kids are off to college?

You can't find more images from this session yet, because I am going to blog it in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

 

This picture was taken during the half day Day In The Life in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The family's Sunday routine at that time included visiting two great grandparents - one from the mother's side and one from the father's side. Yakov Moshe, the oldest son, developed a very close relationship with Zeidy (grandpa in Yiddish). He would often go downstairs to visit Zeidy when other kids were already in bed. Bubby (grandma in Yiddish) from Daddy's side passed away few months after the session at the age of 100. Zeidi passed away a little over a year after this picture was taken at the age of 101. Yakov Moshe and the rest of the family will treasure the memories we captured during that day forever.

You can find more images from the day here.

 

This picture was taken during the half day Day In The Life in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Annita is a mother of five and an incredible artist. This is a picture of her giving a kiss to her youngest son Binyamin in the middle of the kitchen after the cookie baking was over. You can feel so much love and happiness by looking at this picture. Isn't it an essence of motherhood?

You can find more images from the day here.

 

I can't wait to tell the authentic story of your family. Let's chat today!

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Brooklyn Event Photographer {A glimpse into our Seagate community. Brookly, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/5/Brooklyn-Event-Photographer-A-glimpse-into-our-seagate-community-brooklyn-ny When I say that we live in Seagate people would often ask "Where is it?". It's interesting that even many of those who live in New York their entire life don't know this neighborhood. Seagate is a gated beach community in Brooklyn, located at the very end of Coney Island.

We have a wonderful Jewish community in Seagate and I often volunteer to photograph different events throughout the year. I feel that this is my pay back to Rabbi Brikman and Rivkah Brikman for all their hard work and dedication.

This week, as I was uploading the images from the annual Lag BaOmer party to a folder on my website, I realized that it was the 5th consecutive year that I was covering this event. It was a quite exciting discovery as all of a sudden it was so much more than just photographing an event. With these images, as well as the images from all other events that I take for Chabbad by the Ocean, I record the history of our community - our journey together!

Today I want to share some of my favorites from the past five Lag BaOmer parties. I am sure you'll be able to find my daughter in some of them.

Enjoy! 

 

Lag BaOmer 2014

 

Lag BaOmer 2015

 

Lag BaOmer 2016

 

Lag BaOmer 2017

 

Lag BaOmer 2018

I also reached out to our rabbitsen Rivkah Brikman to add her voice to the story as otherwise it didn't seem complete.

 

- How did the community change in the last 5 years?

After hurricane Sandy we thought people will want to leave and no one will want to move in ...

Since Sandy we have many new families in Seagate. We are meeting new families weekly. I am sure the growth will continue.

 

- What's the biggest challenge in leading the community?

Our goal is to know each and every person here on a personal level while  Seagate is a contained community.

There is still such a yearning to see people more often, to visit them more often and to get to know everyone even better because the more we get to know people the more we see how blessed we are because the people are wonderful.

 

- What's the biggest joy?

We have all grown however you don't always see it on yourself.... But when you see the children of our community who were just born now having their bar and bat mitzvahs ... it's very exciting because we are one big family so their simchas are our simchas...and what can be better than to see the people you love happy!

 

I know that I'll continue photographing our community as long as we live here and the thought of our history recorded through my lens makes my heart so full! 

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New York Family Photographer {Motherhood Chorus. Part 2} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/5/new-york-family-photographer-motherhood-chorus-part-2 As one of my clients once said: "When you are a mother, every day is a Mother's Day!" 

This post is for mothers by mothers. It comes in two parts: first one can be found here, and the second one is today.

Enjoy!

 

Families I work with are definitely my biggest source of inspiration!

Last week I reached out to some of my favorite moms and asked them to answer two questions about their motherhood experience:

- What's the most challenging thing right now? 

- What is the best part right now? 

 

It was truly amazing to see how our perception of parenting is changing depending on what stage we are at. The biggest lesson I've learned is to enjoy every second, be that a joyful one or a difficult one, as it won't last forever. 

Enjoy!

 

Sarah (a mother of two daughters ages 4 and 1):

Most challenging Trying to prioritize my young family while also tending to my business and myself. The eternal juggle of parenthood (and life, in general!). 

Best part My children are still at an age where their love is unconditional and overflowing. I remind myself of that often, and soak up all of the snuggles, love, and neediness, even, as much as I can. Also, watching their curiosity and engagement with the world, from a bug on the sidewalk to more complex social questions, is endlessly fascinating. 

 

Barbara (a mother of a 7 years old daughter and 11 years old son):

Most challenging Bullying. I never thought I'll have to deal with this! A mom of two kids ages 7 and 11, their life, and consequently mine, always went really well. Yet we are an atypical family - traveling different country in the last 5 years. I always tried to maintain a kind of stability in our life, for their soul’s sake. My older son has always been the more sensitive among the two, I've always had to keep an eye on him. In the last three years he changed three schools. And while Greta faced every single change with joy and excitement, for Ricky it wasn’t exactly the same. The last year was the worst. He gained some weight, and his self esteem was effected by this body change. But what I couldn’t imagine was that at school other children would be teasing him because of this. And not just for this, but also for his Italian origin. Children at this age are mean, not everyone luckily, and when they see some weakness in others they tempt to take advantage. His life is being affected, he is not happy anymore. As a mom, I tried to keep him calm and find solutions: improvement of his self-esteem (more sport, health food), therapist, happy environment and trying to work with school. I know that bullying is something that is happening not just to my little boy. It’s a long term fight, but I have a positive attitude towards life! I know I will figure it out!

Best part Seeing my children smiling, laughing, playing with other kids, playing with me, and their father! Not having a solid roots, and being always on the road around the world, the most important thing to me is their capability to make friends and build solid relationships with other people. When I hear Ricky and Greta  laughing while they are playing with a new friend I feel like I could climb the Everest mountain! The sparkles in their eyes when they are making new friends is my BEST part!

 

Esther (a mother of a 21 months old daughter):

Most challenging Life! Balancing everything - making sure that the kid has enough of your attention, is taken care of, goes to bed on time, but also giving it your all regarding work, carving some time out for yourself and getting enough sleep.

Best part The hugs! The smiles. The joy. Hearing her say new words. Giggles. Taking walks while holding hands.

 

Brochi (a mother of two sons ages 7 & 18 months old, and two daughters ages 5 & 3):

Most challenging Phone distractions. There are times where I can get busier on the phone like when planning an event or something else ... and then it really takes away precious time from the children. I guess another challenge would be going to sleep early to wake up early with the kids.

Best part Shabbat - when using personal electronics is not allowed and I am able to give the children undivided attention. It is so enjoyable, peaceful and fun!

 

Marlys (a mother of two sons ages 7 & 10, and a daughter age 3):

Most challenging Finding time for fun, plain, normal activities with my kids. Between school work, soccer, baseball, religion, piano and play dates, there is no time or we are exhausted.

Best part Seeing my 3 kids interacting and enjoying each other. I’m an only child and know first hand that he bond between siblings is like no other, not like best friends that come and go or like cousins who may have siblings that go before you. I’m very thankful for the giving them that.

 

Hanna (a mother of two sons ages 7 and 3):

Most challenging Day to day routine and learning to enjoy little moments of craziness in the house.

Best part Seeing kids embracing key values we try to teach them and becoming good little humans.

 

Jessica (a mother of two sons ages 14 & 9, and a daughter age 12):

Most challenging As mothers, we spend our children’s early years completely consumed with their care. We monitor what they eat, what they wear, their health and hygiene, and who they spend their time with. We track their developmental milestones, haircuts, lost teeth, runny noses and bowel movements. Almost every thought in our day revolves around our children. So, it is difficult, when you wake up one day and realize that they don’t really need you in that way anymore. It is hard to let them struggle and make mistakes even though you know they will learn from them. It is hard to watch them fail even though you know it will make their successes more meaningful. And it is hard to watch them walk, ride or drive away and trust that you have done enough for them to be kind, choose right and stay safe. The occasional run back for a last minute hug and kiss from mom definitely helps!

Best part Incidentally, this is probably also the best part of motherhood right now as well - witnessing my children develop into their own person. Watching them foster relationships, overcome conflict and realize their potential is amazing to see. They are becoming sensitive, strong minded, independent beings, which fills me with pride. 

 

 

Polina - yes, I couldn't resist participating too (a mother of an 8 years old daughter):

Most challenging Being 8 years old, my daughter is pretty independent and loves playing/reading/drawing by herself. So my challenge is to recognize the importance of our time together and create as many opportunities as possible for us to interact and enjoy each others company instead of going to my computer to finish work or do the chores around the house.

Best part She still loves hugs and kisses. There is no day when she wouldn't want to snuggle with me! I just wish it stayed this way forever.

 

And what about YOU?

What stage of motherhood are you at right now?

What is most challenging and what's the best part?

Your comment will be the perfect addition to our motherhood chorus!

 

As a THANK YOU to all the moms who participated and those who read this post,

I'd like to offer $100 off your session fee if booked before May 25th

(session can be scheduled anytime in 2018).

This type of special is always better when shared with a friend -

if both of you book, additional $50 off will be added to your discounts.

Contact me for details and to book!

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New York Family Photographer {Motherhood Chorus. Part 1} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/5/new-york-family-photographer-motherhood-chorus-part-1 As one of my clients once said: "When you are a mother, every day is a Mother's Day!" 

This post is for mothers by mothers. It comes in two parts: first one today and the second one on Monday.

 

Families I work with are definitely my biggest source of inspiration!

This week I reached out to some of my favorite moms and asked them to answer two questions about their motherhood experience:

- What's the most challenging thing right now? 

- What is the best part right now? 

 

It was truly amazing to see how our perception of parenting is changing depending on what stage we are at. The biggest lesson I've learned is to enjoy every second, be that a joyful one or a difficult one, as it won't last forever. 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

 

Meaghan (a mother of a 6 months old daughter):

Most challenging I know it's a cliche, but truly my biggest challenge is finding enough hours in the day for everything I need to accomplish! My To Do list seems to grow faster than my baby. 

Best part Ellie is in the most amazing phase of discovery right now and it is so much fun to watch! She's so insatiably curious and loves to explore everything around her. Through her, I get to see the world in a whole new way and it's incredible!

Annita (a mother of two sons ages 13 & 3, and three daughters ages 11, 9 & 7):

Most challenging My older kids are starting to have bigger problems. My biggest challenge is to stay calm and practical and help them through their problems in ways that I sometimes can't even do for myself. I constantly have to remind myself that I'm the grownup now... and what would I have wanted from a grownup when I was their age? In many ways I'm still stuck on some problems that I encountered when I was close to their age. I never fully solved them... just swept them under the rug. It's terrifying to have to face that again... but stay calm. I'm the grownup now.

Best part As is often the case... the best and the most challenging are the same. All my kids have very strong but very different personalities. They're all struggling in similar ways. You always hear people say: "we're all really the same". It's wonderful to see the breadth of humanity in the little samplings of lives that are my family. It's amazing how much difference goes into this "sameness". It's thrilling to know that I'm in a position to make a positive change in their lives.

 

Desiree (a mother of a 5 years old son and a 6 years old daughter):

Most challenging Balancing their need to be independent little people and my need for them to follow my direction. In more detail - it's so important that they make decisions on their own and feel comfortable doing this as they are getting older. But I also feel like it is equally important for them to know they have to listen to me.

Best part Listening to them having conversations with each other, about anything. I love listening to them tell stories, make up games, even trying to "figure it out" when having a disagreement. It's awesome to see how capable they are, and how much fun it is listening to their thoughts and ideas, especially when they don't know I'm listening.

Megan (a mother of an 18 months old daughter):

Most challenging Staying connected to Jon. Between Nell, work and just the general business of our lives, it’s hard to find time to stop and just enjoy each other!

Best part The quiet moments where everything seems still. I love my morning walks with Nell where we split a cinnamon roll and watch the ferries come in before we each start our days. 

 

Allison (a mother of two sons ages 10 & 2, and a daughter age 12):

Most challenging Balancing the needs of three children who are at the very different stages of development. Even though Naomi & Layne are close in age, their needs & personalities are very different.

Best part Feeling their love, seeing their smiles, and feeling amused each day by their vibrant and funny personalities.

Wendy (a mother of a 2 years old daughter and an 8 months old son):

Most challenging Letting my almost three-year-old regress when she needs to without getting annoyed at her.

Best part The pure joy and excitement my kids have when seeing me after I've been gone for a little while. It melts my heart.

 

And what about YOU?

What stage of motherhood are you at right now?

What is most the most challenging and what's the best part?

Your comment will be the perfect addition to the motherhood chorus!

 

As a THANK YOU to all the moms,

I'd like to offer $100 off your session fee if booked before May 25th

(session can be scheduled anytime in 2018).

This type of special is always better when shared with a friend -

if both of you book, additional $50 off will be added to your discount.

Contact me for details and to book!

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New York Family Photographer {Summer Reunion Day In The Life. Catskills, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/5/New-York-Family-Photographer-Summer-Day-In-The-Life-Upstate-NY Summer… This word itself brings so much joy!

Kids work hard all year in school, but I believe that the real learning is often happens during the Summer break. That's when they have time for adventures, for friendships, for getting bored and thus coming up with some amazing projects. That’s also the time to connect with the family by doing things together!

Dovid and Sori did something incredible – they've built a magical place in Upstate, NY, where six of their grown up kids with their spouses and over 20 grandchildren can get together during the summer to build life lasting memories.

On the day of our session four generations were there: kids, parents, grandparents and great grandparents! Photographing a Day In The Life for such a big family was a new and exiting experience. My main focus was on the kids and what their summer feels like. It was also very important to capture the connection and love the family members have for each other.

Enjoy!

 

 

All of my packages come with the printed component and that’s always the best part! Sori and Dovid got a stunning 12’x12’ album with over 100 of their favorite images:

 

Whether you are planning a reunion this summer or just a fun adventure for your immediate family, I’ll be happy to join you for a day and capture your most special memories! Contact me for details and to book.

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/4/brooklyn-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-fort-greene-brooklyn-ny Sarah, a cookbook author, recipe developer, and co-owner of Kos Kaffe lives in a century old house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband, two daughters and a big shy dog. This particular Saturday even the two oldest sisters came along for the day, which made it extra special.

We did a half Day In The Life session from 7 AM to 1 PM. Soft morning light, kids running around, a dog patiently waiting to be taken for a walk, shelves filled with all the different cook books – I fell in love with this family the moment I stepped in through their door!

The highlight of the session was a visit to a local farmers’ market, which is part of their regular Saturday routine. When the season starts, these visits cover not just the needs of Sarah’s family, but also add some specials to her restaurant's menu. And for the kids it’s a whole adventure, of course!

Enjoy!

While working on this post I reached out to Sarah to ask what her favorite picture from the session is. Her reply was:

So many sweet little moments that tell a lot about our family dynamic! I have a lot of favorites but some of my particular favorites are the ones below, because I derive so much pleasure from watching my girls' relationship with their older sisters, and all the love and laughter and tenderness they share.

I also really love this one, because food, farms, community and cooking are a huge part of my personal identity, as well as that of our entire family, so it feels really beautiful to have a record of Amelia learning to appreciate what I hope will be a lifelong value for her.

What’s your family’s favorite weekend routine that you wish you had pictures of? Let's chat!

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New York Family Photographer {Relaxed Family Portraits amongst Cherry Blossoms at BBG} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/4/Relaxed-Family-Portraits-amongst-Cherry-Blossoms-at-BBG It's still cold outside, but the trees have started to bloom around the city.

These trees make me so happy. They are the promise of Spring. They are the promise of beautiful weather, picnics in the park, skipping stones across the pond and running barefoot on grass.

This week I would like to share a few images that I took last Spring during our trip to Philly. When we saw these cherry trees in full bloom we had to stop the car, go out and enjoy. A self portrait of me and Sonya made me smile as I remembered how challenging it was to take it. Not only did I not have a tripod or a remote, but I also wanted the picture to be a genuine moment rather than a posed one.

In the upcoming weeks I have limited availability for few morning one hour sessions in Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the cherry blossom season. Get in the frame with your loved ones and take advantage of the most beautiful real life backdrop.

Please contact me for details and to book!

 

Ready to book your cherry blossoms family session? Let's chat!

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Becoming your trusted visual biographer} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-becoming-your-visual-biographer In 2017 I made some changes to my photography business. I gave myself permission to concentrate on what I'm truly passionate about: documentary family photography. And this brings me to the door steps of incredible families. Those who recognize the beautiful and fleeting moments of life. Quiet times of connection; unexpected, hilarious times with those they love the most.

While delivering intimate and meaningful storytelling images, I became clear about my desire to go one step further and become not just a photographer for my clients, but to become their family's trusted visual biographer. Having an annual documentary session allows for a timeless record of both childhood and parenthood in your family, with one new chapter added each year. 

It's this time of the year again: we finally feel the presence of Spring! May and June as well as September and October are always the busiest months of the year. I am often getting fully booked during these months. However this year I decided to only book five two hour Family Storytelling sessions a month and three Day In The Life sessions. Providing the utmost service to those who trust me to record their precious memories is my #1 priority!

Whether your 2018 session is going to be an added chapter of the record we've already started to work on together or it's the first one of many - I encourage you to schedule it soon to make sure the dates you have in mind are available.

In this post I'd like to share my current favorite images - the ones I chose to represent my photography in my home page slideshow.

Enjoy!

 

You can find my updated Family Storytelling portfolio here, and Day In The Life here.

Ready to book your 2018 family session? Let's chat!

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) best family photographer brooklyn best family photographer new york day in the life documentary family photographer documentary family photographer brooklyn documentary family photographer nyc family family memories family portraits family storytelling favorites kids lifestyle family photographer brooklyn lifestyle family photographer nyc http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-becoming-your-visual-biographer Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:11:47 GMT
New York Documentary Family Photographer {10 tips for your 365 Project} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-10-tips-for-your-365-project The book is here! The BOOK is here!!!

My family was so excited to receive the book with the 365 Project pictures and notes last Friday.

Sonya, a bookworm who particularly loves biographies, is telling her friends: "I have a biography of my own now!" Well at least she has a portion of it, right?

Many of you were following my 365 project in 2017 as I was documenting a piece of my daughter's childhood - the year when she was 7 years old.

Many of you have found it inspiring and were talking about how wonderful it would be to do the same for your own kids! Today I want to not only share the pictures of the actual final product of all the hard work - the book, but also to share tips on how you can pull together a 365 project of your own. And you can definitely do it - being a photographer or not. There is only one requirement: the unconditional love to your child!

 

10 TIPS FOR YOUR 365 PROJECT:

1. The project is for your child and only for him/her! This is extremely important. It's not for your Facebook friends, not for grandparents, not for you or your spouse. You become your child's biographer for one year - 52 weeks - 365 days.

2. Stay motivated! And that's hard. What makes it easier is to do it with a group of friends. I suggest inviting your Facebook friends to work on the project together and create a small (maximum 20 people) group to share your daily images and notes there. By the end of the year you will know each others kids like your own!

3. Your notes / short stories that go along with the images will take the project to a completely new level! When writing those, address them directly to your child. Imagine that you are talking to him/her. One day your child will be flipping through the pages of the book you've made and hear your voice!

4. The goal is to tell the full story of this year in your child's life, not to take breathtaking images every day. In my project there are many days when I took pictures of my daughter's art work or poems or sometimes favorite toys or food. It doesn't have to be a portrait of your child every single day. In fact, please do not take a portrait every day! Think about all the things he/she would be delighted to find in this book many years later.

5. Don't forget to include as many people in your child's life as possible! Her 2nd grade teacher - what is special about her and why she loves her so much? What about the UPS guy, who became his best friend and chats with him for 15 minutes every day? Those people are the part of your daily routine now, but how awesome would it be to "re-visit" them in 20-30 years!

6. You are the big part of the story, yet you are always the one taking pictures and rarely the one in them. Ask someone to take a picture of you two doing something together, or worst case scenario use a selfie. In my case I was setting a timer on a camera and jumped right in!

7. Do you have a pet? If so include them too. Our cat rocked this project!

8. Stay organized! Ideally you should select each image daily. It didn't work for me as I was taking hundreds of images some days and simply didn't have time to go through all of them immediately. I ended up doing it once a week. I was saving selected images in a separate folder on my computer as well as on two external hard drives (back up your photos!!) and assigned numbers to them. I had a Word document for notes / short stories with corresponding numbers. I have a short memory, so when I noticed something worth recording for my daughter I would take my phone and write it down in the memo app, then transferred to the Word doc later. Sometimes the picture was the trigger for the story and sometimes the other way around!

9. What if you missed a day or two? Just keep going!! It's not about the exact number of days. It's about doing the real thing for your child! I was shooting daily for 200 something days and then the busy Fall season was here and I was taking as many pictures as possible, but it wasn't daily. Some days I could take few though! The book still has 302 pages and over 350 images.

10. If it's not printed it doesn't exist! From the very beginning you have to be clear about it - you are working on a book, not on a collection of digital files. Since the minute the book arrived, Sonya kept going back to it, flipping through pages, reading, laughing and asking questions. She even spent a good portion of her play date to show it to her friend. Best experience ever! Where to print? I created and ordered our book via Blurb. This was the only lab that could print a book with over 300 pages and it was important for me to have all images "under one roof"!

 

One day your child will be flipping through the pages of the book you made for her/him and feel all the love that went into this project. This is what makes all the hard work worth it!

Oh and I almost forgot to tell you: don't wait till January 1st. The best day to start your 365 Project is TODAY!

For more inspiration you can check all of my 365 posts here. I recommend starting from the first week.

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Brooklyn Wedding Photographer {Y&M Wedding. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/3/brooklyn-wedding-photographer-y-m-wedding-brooklyn-botanic-garden-brooklyn-ny How long did it take you to plan your wedding? Well, Yeeta and Matt planned their entire wedding in a month and booked me one week prior to their special day.

This said, I would never have guessed that everything was last minute because it couldn't have possibly been better! Yeeta and Matt emphasized that the party was a celebration of the life they already had, not the one they were hoping to have after the wedding. Their three kids Avery, Theo and Amalia were a big part of the day!

This week was their first wedding anniversary and it seemed perfect for the blog feature. I reached out to Yeeta to ask what are her favorite pictures from the day, and her reply was:

"My favorite pictures are the ones of me and Matt getting the kids ready. The reason is that our wedding was truly a family event. It wasn’t just the bride and groom thing. In fact Avery recently was talking about the wedding and said "our wedding". 

She added:

"We watched the slideshow you made together with the kids on our anniversary. All of the kids loved watching and seeing all the pictures that they were in and we pointed to my belly and said there’s Jules! I was 10 weeks pregnant. We like to be able to say that all of our kids were at the wedding in some way or another." 

Whether you plan your wedding a year or a month in advance it's such an exciting day to look forward to. Looking back on your special day is exciting too, especially when you can share the moment with your growing family.

Enjoy!

I was honored to capture Yeeta and Matt's wedding day and I'd love to hear from you if you're planning your own big day. Let's chat!

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) brooklyn botanic garden wedding brooklyn wedding photographer day in the life last minute wedding new york wedding photographer ny wedding photographer wedding wedding with kids http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/3/brooklyn-wedding-photographer-y-m-wedding-brooklyn-botanic-garden-brooklyn-ny Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:52:16 GMT
New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/3/New-York-Documentary-Family-Photographer I remember how I found Annita's Instagram and fell in love with her art immediately. Each and every image made me feel joy, pride and deep connection to my Jewish roots.

The way Annita is expressing herself through art is similar to how I am expressing myself through photography - we both tell stories with our images and do it in a very specific way. It's like we are using the same recipe but adding slightly different spices.

Meeting Annita's family and spending Sunday with them was more than a Day In The Life session. For me it was a glimpse into an everyday life of a beloved artist - a special backstage invitation.

Making a living as an artist is quite a challenge already. Now how about being an artist, a wife and a mother of five? And if that's not enough, we can also add few hamsters and parakeets to the mix!

Some highlights of the day included: trying to convince one of the parakeets to get out of the cage and enjoy the freedom (didn't happen); song and dance performance that lasted for two hours, accompanied by giggles and lots of silliness and some baking sessions where the kids cooked mostly by themselves!

While I didn't get a chance to witness Annita creating her art during our half day Day In The Life session, I think I've learned where her inspiration comes from. It's not only the family, it's also the way the neighborhood feels. Crown Heights has an amazing energy. It's like a beehive, where every person is working hard fulfilling their mission while serving a bigger mutual goal. I definitely left feeling enriched and inspired!

Enjoy!

 

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {More than an award} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/3/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-more-than-award Many of you would probably remember one of the photos in this post as it won 6th Place in the category Family Love in Documentary Family Awards.

This photo was from a vacation Day In The Life session for a fellow photographer and mom Barbara Naso, who lives in Atlanta, GA. This week Barbara blogged about her experience and this part of her post brought tears to my eyes:

"Six weeks later I received an email with a link to my photo gallery. The photos were fabulous. They were absolutely amazing. The moment of the photo reveal was an epiphany for me. I saw my family differently, from a new perspective, with a different light, and with different eyes.

Before I saw the pictures, I often viewed my husband as almost a "bad" man of the family because he often spent our vacation time on the phone with work. After seeing the pictures that Polina captured, I saw him in a completely new light. I saw a man, a dad, a worker, a husband who tried hard to balance everything in his life. I saw him talking over the phone in a crowded NYC street, yet with lovely looks for us, his family. I saw him laughing with us at the museum. I saw him exhausted, yet hugging his children. I saw him helping Greta tie her shoes while talking with Ricky, and at the same time having a conference call with his boss! If it weren’t for that DITL session I wouldn’t have paused to see my husband through that lens: a lens of truth."

This is why I do my work. This is so much more than any award!

While I blogged Barbara's Day In The Life before, I want to share some of my favorites here that will illustrate what she wrote about her husband Massimo.

It's not Fathers Day yet, but nevertheless fatherhood is worth celebrating every day!

 

6th Place Family Love by Polina Bulman, United States

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NYC Family Photographer {Event Photography. Doljabi - Korean First Birthday Celebration} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/3/nyc-family-photographer-event-photography-doljabi---korean-first-birthday-celebration First birthdays are very special. Yes, the celebration is mostly for us - parents, but we truly deserve it! We not only gave life to this little human, we also survived the first year. The year of sleepless nights, dirty diapers and unconditional love.

While there is no way for the baby to remember this special celebration, we truly want her to!

Esther contacted me back in July to inquire about photography coverage for her daughter’s first birthday. As we were talking on the phone, she mentioned that she is so happy she found me. It turned out that finding the right person for this job was quite a challenge. Another photographer was recommended to her, but while checking that person’s website her husband Sang raised a concern: "Is she even a real photographer?"

You see it’s tricky to say whether a photographer is "real" or not. It’s not like a doctor or a teacher who must have certain degrees and certificates. Yet Esther was determined to find the answer to Sang’s question and that’s how she got to a PPA website (Professional Photographers of America) where she finally found me and got a heartfelt approval by her husband.

What can be more fulfilling than working with people who have a deep appreciation of your craft?

The most important part of the party was a Dol ceremony. Dol or Doljabi is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. The birthday baby wears a hanbok - traditional Korean dress. And Merav actually had two beautiful outfits - "the joys of having a girl"! 

The highlight of the Dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of the objects that are symbolizing different professions. The child is then urged to pick up an object. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child's future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or a book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he will be wealthy; if he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life. The types of objects, placed in front of the baby to choose, has evolved over time, as a reflection of society's evolving perception of successful occupations.

Without too much hesitation Merav chose the judicial hammer, which made both her and the family super excited!

I felt extremely honored that Esther and Sang trusted me to document their memories and that Merav now has this piece of her childhood recorded and printed in a stunning album.

Enjoy!

 

 

Watch the slideshow to see more images from this party:

You put all your heart into organizing your baby's first birthday. Make sure your photographer will capture it the right way, so you'll enjoy it for many years to come. Let's chat about your next party!

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The days are long, but the years are short {2017 Personal Favorites} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/the-days-are-long-but-the-years-are-short-2017-personal-favorites As many of you know, during 2017 I worked on a 365 project for my daughter - taking daily pictures of her life.

In my introduction to the project I wrote these words to her:

"I want you to be able to look back at these images years from now and read my notes. I want you to know how amazing your life was when you were seven and that even when you were a little human you already had a big personality! I also want you to be able to share these with your little girl (or little boy, or both) one day."

As I am working on organizing the images and notes to print them in a book, I wanted to share some of my favorites.

All of these images are from just last year, yet looking at them gets me so emotional. That bitter sweet feeling inside - happiness from having lived through the moment and now having a memory of it, along with the desire to stop time.

This quote of Dorothea Lange comes to mind: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

The days are long, but the years are short. These images are a perfect reminder of how important it is to be present and enjoy today. Because no matter how ordinary and mundane it feels now, there is a magic in it as long as you have an ability to notice and appreciate it!

 

My bookworm. Reading is your favorite activity. You can read for hours and I have to go to the library at least once in two weeks to get another thirty books for you. Fiction, non-fiction - you love them all! 

The best part of it is your ability to retain the information and share it later. I think in your 7 you already know more than I do in my 31.

 

On the way from school you begged me to play outside, at least for 10 minutes. The playground was closed due to the snow, but look what you discovered at our backyard! Looks pretty dangerous, right? But I let you take risks. For a few seconds while I am taking the picture.. You then realized that you need something to knock them down. Luckily the rake was found near by!

 

The minute we noticed that is snowed again, we were outside! This is you licking the snow from the inside of a car mirror hoping that I won't notice.

 

Another trip to the Museum of Natural History.

 

We are moving this month and since I knew I am going to start packing your room this weekend I wanted to take a picture of your room before that. We are moving within same neighborhood, so it won't be a big change, but you are kind of nervous about the move. We've been in this apartment for five years, since you were 2. Probably the longest time at one place.

 

This picture is very special for me. As special as the person in the picture. I met Edith during the summer when you were a baby and I took you to the beach twice a day. You had extraordinary bright blue eyes and your skin got dark in the sun so they really popped. People were stopping us at the street to look at you. Edith was also fascinated by it and that's how we met. We had long conversations at the beach daily and became really close. 
You love Edith and always want to go and visit her. She keeps joking that her house is like a museum full of art and interesting little things. This time Edith let you play with the very old dolls that her daughter used to play with when she was your age. You had such a deep respect to them. You played very carefully and then organized everything very neatly. Then Edith gave you a necklace as a Valentine's Day gift and you didn't want to take it off even when it was time to go to bed. 
In this picture you are listening to the "Sleeping Beauty" recording. You were fascinated both by the music and by the whole experience.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

I guess sleeping across the bed is more comfortable..

 

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.

 

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?

 

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

 

 Toy story I found in your room: when you want to charm girls but fail to buy pants that cover your bottom.

 

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.

 

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 its head gently. Once in a lifetime experience.

 

Enjoying the beautiful weather.

 

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

 

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.

 

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!"

 

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

 

And you also read a book to him.

 

This huge Elsa doll was a highlight of today's playground outing.

 

Yes, that's what he does.

 

Watching solar eclipse with your classmates.

 

The day when we saw a giant sunflower on the way to a playground.

 

It was so wonderful to spend a weekend with you at YMCA family camp and get immersed in nature. We both enjoyed it!

"What a cute little slug!" - you said, exploring this creature for at least 30 min.

 

You got in trouble for not doing your homework and decided that "under the bed" is your new home.

 

School picnic ended up with some crazy playground fun.

 

After school fun at a playground.

 

 

I'd like to share a Youtube video by Gretchen Rubin, that inspired the title of this post and is a perfect summary of my thoughts:

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polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) 365-2017 best family photographer brooklyn best family photographer new york day in the life documentary family photographer documentary family photographer brooklyn documentary family photographer nyc family family memories family portraits family storytelling favorites kids lifestyle family photographer brooklyn lifestyle family photographer nyc personal portrait project project-365 http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/the-days-are-long-but-the-years-are-short-2017-personal-favorites Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:59:17 GMT
New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Upper West Side, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-upper-west-side-ny Jon and Wendy found me through a recommendation in a group for Upper West Side parents on Facebook. Later, when Wendy was telling me about it, she said: "That mom recommended you, but why didn’t she say how special and unique your work is? We fell in love with your Day In The Life sessions immediately after checking your website!".

And indeed Day In The Life was a perfect way to record this milestone for them – transitioning to a family of 4 as well as incorporating New York in our pictures. The family was about to move to California and capturing these precious memories was very important.

When talking about documentary family photography, trust is everything! I can only get as close as you let me. Of course gaining the trust is a huge part of my job, but with this family I was amazed by how organic it was.

It started with an email in the evening: "I'll ask the doorman to send you up and we'll leave the door open so you can just come in!" When I came at 7:40 AM, Jon was in the living room with baby Charlie, while Wendy and the big sister Sophie were still sleeping. I took just few pictures and used this time to talk to Jon. We had a great conversation and after 20 minutes it seemed like I knew them forever. 

When the baby started to cry, daddy took him to the sleeping mommy (who didn't meet me yet). So I went with him and asked Wendy in a whispering voice, since her eyes were still closed, if I can start "being in her space" and her reply was "Sure!" So imagine, this women never met me, I am climbing on her bed and standing right on top of them taking pictures of her breastfeeding with her eyes closed. Then she opens her eyes, looks at me and says: "oh, you have such a gorgeous hair!" Could I possibly love her more at that moment?

The day was pretty packed: breakfast, dressing up and going out with two kids was already quite an adventure of its own! Then farmer's market, Central Park playground, bagels on Central Park lawn, listening to the saxophone player, making a wish by throwing coins to the Bethesda fountain, then back home for a few hours nap, then music together class, Museum of Natural History, then “witching hour”, dinner and night routine. Did you get exhausted by just reading this?

During the "witching hour", when we were on the way home from the museum, one month old Charlie was crying non stop and two year old Sophie was tired and whining. The parents just didn't have enough hands. At some point the mommy in me overpowered the photographer and I asked: "Guys, do you want me to continue shooting (I already had some frames) or do you need my help?" They answered without hesitation: "PICTURES!" Later, when Wendy left with the crying baby in her hands to get home as soon as possible to nurse him, she didn't even realize that she had left Jon with a tired Sophie and two strollers in the middle of the street.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Day In The Life package includes a printed component, which is always the most exciting part!

Jon and Wendy went with the 12’x12’ Book showcasing 100 of their favorite images from the day.

"We got it--Wow!!! It's even better than we could have hoped!" was the email I got from them upon receiving it.

I couldn’t resist adding a pee-pee teepee to the package. Because, well.. I thought Jon will find it helpful.

Want to book  a Day In The Life for your family? Let's chat!

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NYC Newborn Photographer {Family Storytelling, Upper West Side. Book Layout} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/nyc-newborn-photographer-family-storytelling-upper-west-side-book-layout My ultimate goal is to become a visual biographer for you family, when each annual session is a new chapter to the book that we are writing together (well, writing with images). And of course the most logical beginning to this book is when your first baby is born.

While Meaghan's due date was in November, she contacted me to schedule a newborn session back in July! I was thrilled that capturing this milestone was as important for the family as finding a good pediatrician, buying the crib and adding their names to the wait list for the best daycare (yes on Upper West Side, you actually have to do it before the baby is born). We all know - kids grow fast, but when we are talking about babies they change literally every day. Booking your newborn session early means one less thing to worry about when the baby arrives! Plus you actually have the time to do the research and find the best person for the job.

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours family session with 20 minutes devoted to the more posed directed portraits and the rest is documentary based on your regular routine or activities. While it's easier to understand this approach with older kids, it might be confusing when thinking about newborns. What kind of activities are we talking about with a 1 month old baby? Sleeping, eating and changing the diapers? These are definitely top 3, but it's not about it. With documentary family session, it's never about the activity itself. It's all about the love and tenderness that goes into taking care of your new baby. It's about the transition from a family of two to a family of three. It's the way you look at your sleeping baby and touch her tiny hands. All these little moments - this is what we care about. The way it feels to be new parents and the way it feels to be a newborn baby, not just how it looks.

I'd like to share an email that I got from Meaghan after sharing the images with her:

"Polina! 

We cannot express enough how wonderful these photos are!!!! We absolutely adore them and are so blown away by how you’ve captured everything from Ellie’s adorable (and sometimes hilarious) expressions to the love and enjoyment we have as a new family of 3. I am so so so thrilled!"

 

All of my packages include 3 components: Captured (the session fee) + Printed (the way your story is presented in print) + Downloaded (your high resolution digital files).

For their Printed component Meaghan and Kevin chose a stunning Photo Book with 50 of their favorite images. The digital files came on a USB drive in a custom box. And I'll share another email from Meaghan, just because i won't be able to say it better than she did:

"We received the book and USB this morning. Stunning!! The book is just perfect. We've looked at it several times already and cannot wait for Ellie to be able to look at it when she's bigger and see what a cute little peanut she was!

And the USB - what a gorgeous surprise! We absolutely adore the box as a cherished place we can keep the USB of our photos AND display in our home. It's wonderful!!

Thank you again - it was such a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to working together in the future as our family grows and possibly expands!"

 

 

Before posting this I contacted Meaghan to ask her permission to use the quotes from our email communication and her reply was:

"Hi Polina - we are doing well! It’s crazy how quickly Ellie is changing and growing. I wish time would stand still! 

Of course you can use whatever you need from our communications to craft your blog post. It’s a little scary trusting someone to capture such an important moment in your life and you really did it so beautifully. I hope our story can help other families in their decision-making process (though, of course, those gorgeous photos speak for themselves!!)" 

 

I know you are dying to see more pictures from this session! Check out the slideshow to see the full story:

 

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NY Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Prospect Park, Brooklyn} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/12/ny-family-photographer-family-storytelling-prospect-park-brooklyn It was my 5th session with this family!

Seeing them every Fall makes my heart so full. I get to witness how kids' personalities change and how they interact with each other slightly different year after year. It was fun to see how baby Nora grew up so much since our last session and became an active participant in boys' games. Dressed in the cutest girly outfit she was a rough player and it seems like next year Sebastian and Matteo won't be able to catch up with her.

We've spent 2 hours in Prospect Park and majority of this time kids were running around and playing on the big lawn. This type of relaxed session is the best for capturing moments, because both kids and parents get to settle and start interacting with each other the way they would normally do without me and my camera.

"I feel I have a piece of their childhood forever in these pictures" - Marlys said.

Oh, and she also said: "I love all of them, what did you do with all the people in the park??? I can't believe you were able to get rid of all of them!"

Well, I don't edit people out. It's just a matter of selecting the right lens, right angle and waiting for the right moment. But it all starts with selecting the right photographer and sticking with her for years! 

 

 

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours family session with 20 minutes devoted to directed, yet relaxed, portraits and the rest is based on fun activities that the entire family enjoys doing together. It becomes all about you - unique personalities of the family members, love, interaction and so much more. Let's chat today to make this happen for your family!

 

For more images from this session check the slideshow:

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