Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog en-us (C) Polina Bulman polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:38:00 GMT Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:38:00 GMT http://polinabulman.com/img/s/v-5/u503781331-o704081063-50.jpg Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog 120 80 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!

 

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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.

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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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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.

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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:

 

Want to book a Family Storytelling session for your family? Let's chat!

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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!

 

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Prospect Park, Brooklyn} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/10/brooklyn-family-photographer-family-storytelling-prospect-park-brooklyn Maryana was following my work for a while waiting for a perfect time to have me capture memories for her family. As Maggie's Bat Mizvah is coming up this December we decided that having a family session in addition to the event coverage would be a great idea!

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.

The truth is - it's never about the activity itself, but about the moments that we can get while engaging with it.

For example David was feeding ducks with such passion that it looked like he is going to kill them with the cereal. It was so funny to witness it in comparison to Maggie being extra gentle and caring.

One of my favorite moments from the session is Maggie enjoying her ice cream. She got so absorbed with it, that she completely forgot about the camera and I got a chance to capture the last drops of childhood in this beautiful young lady. 

And of course the picture of two of them sharing a secret - so much love and tenderness in this precious moment. Mind you, less than a minute after I took this photo they were on the ground fighting. That's what siblings love is all about.

I am looking forward photographing Maggie's Bat Mizvah in December and then putting together an Album for the family using their favorites from both sessions!

 

 

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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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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/2017/6/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-23 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:25:24 GMT
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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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/2017/5/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-20 Mon, 22 May 2017 11:45:17 GMT
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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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/2017/5/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-18-19 Mon, 15 May 2017 19:01:05 GMT