Me and my girls

February 3, 2011 |  Category:   life press

This photo might be my favorite of me and the girls. You may have seen it on Apartment Therapy’s OhDeeDoh yesterday (oh hi, new readers) and you may see it again in another yet to be published interview. We took them last Fall specifically for these features because, well, there just aren’t that many of me and the girls. Sometimes it takes 50 shots before you get one that captures that special something and I think this one nailed it (you can see a few outtakes below). Mia’s expression is so perfect – it’s so her, and I love Claudine’s dreamy face looking out the window.

So with me usually behind the camera, it’s up to Mark to take these rare photos of us. It’s not that he can’t take a good photo, but sometimes I’ll hand over the camera, we’ll take some pictures, I’ll go through the shots and…they’re all blurry. Or blown out. “How are they all so blurry?”, I say, “It’s autofocus!”. So there’s usually a lot of post production Photoshop work when Mark takes a picture, but whatever. Sometimes it not about perfect lighting or the perfect exposure or the sharpness of a photo. The most compelling photos are ones that make you feel something and when I look at that photo I just want to go give bear hugs to those girls. And maybe pinch those cheeks.

Speaking of photos and image quality, I’ve been agonizing and going back and forth about upgrading my camera to a better, but more expensive model for the past couple of months (and getting another lens too). I started taking better pictures when I bought this camera, my first DSLR, but now that I’ve been shooting with it for 2 years, I see the limitations and it’s been frustrating. I haven’t been able to pull the trigger though. I’m not a pro photographer and it’s hard to justify spending that much money on a camera (but write offs! I need tax write offs for 2011!! But OMG, it’s soooo expensive) We’ll see. Mark is the enabler of the family, however, and he’ll tell me to buy just about anything even though he doesn’t spend any money himself (seriously, dude does not buy anything at all). I’m sort of split on the money spending. I can horde money and be afraid to spend it (because see? Our health insurance premiums!), but I can definitely spend (damn you, those stupid JCrew 30% off sale emails that land in my inbox).

But I have to say, I do like Mark’s philosophy: “Sometimes people should buy the things they want, not just the things they need”.

um. ok.

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  • dawn February 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    oh goodness, what beautiful girls! i love how stylish you all are 🙂 seeing these photos makes me think of my sofia and i in the future, hehe.

  • lauren February 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Love the photos. Can I ask where you found your dress and necklace??

  • mau February 5, 2011 at 1:54 am

    beautiful family!

  • naomi February 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

    i lurk, and i never comment, but i can’t resist this one. you are quite lovely. it’s no wonder that your girls are so lovely as well.

    and i love mia’s dress!

  • sally February 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love these photos of you and the girls!!

  • whitney February 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    these are all so adorable.

    i’m afraid it’s the opposite in our family – my husband is constantly wanting to buy new lenses and i am constantly telling him no. hmm…maybe i should adopt mark’s philosophy…

  • Jenna February 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    @lauren. The dress is old and I don’t even remember where I bought it, unfortunately. the necklace is from my friend tami and she sells then at, but they are marked as “sold out” now. 🙁

  • jennifer February 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Love that first photo so much! And I so appreciate Mark’s philosophy.You have such a great eye though, you could shoot with an iphone and they’d be beautiful:)

  • o charm February 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    i have long admired your talents, and have loved reading about your life in brooklyn. in many ways i feel like i can relate– we also have two girls the same ages as yours, and lived in nyc for several years before moving to moscow. so sometimes i think had we stayed our lives would have been even more similar, though moscow has it’s own big-city way-of-life, albeit much less quaint than brooklyn.
    your photography is stunning and beautifully tells stories in a way i feel like mine never do. you have such a way of capturing, such a different eye than i do, it’s definitely something i lack but hopefully can learn.
    thank you so much for sharing your experiences, your stories, your thoughts and your views through the lens.

  • angie February 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    love these photos of you and your girls!

  • bronwyn February 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    These are so beautiful. The girls’ faces are precious in all of them but yes, that first one seems perfect. Oh, and I agree with everyone else. You should totally upgrade!

  • Katie February 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Perfect family photos. Just beautiful.

  • Sarah February 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    You guys look gorgeous! Precious picture

  • Barbie March 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Lovely picture! I’m a new reader but already in love with your blog!

    Buy the camera! It’ll be worth it.

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