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Monday
Jun252012

Siblings | Glimpes Week 25


(This blog post is part of the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.)

Sometimes photographing your own kids is easier than photographing someone else's... and sometimes it isn't. Trying to corale a rambunctious three year old with his six month old baby brother to capture both of them smiling sweetly and looking at the camera definitely falls under the category of "isn't"!

Last Friday, a last minute sitter cancellation and 98F weather meant I was unexpectedly at home in the morning with the two boys. Liam wanted to hold Jack, which I have become increasingly more comfortable with as Jack becomes more robust and self-supporting, so I thought, hey, why not try for that quintessential sibling portrait?

To be honest, my efforts have been somewhat weak in this area to date, Friday being my first semi-serious attempt at a more "formal" portrait of the two of them together, and, well, it was total chaos! Hilarious chaos, but basically, it was a complete disaster. Liam would barely cooperate and when he did, Jack wouldn't.

But then I captured this photo and it was all worth it. It wasn't what I had in mind, it wasn't the quintessential sibling portrait... but it's even better! To me, this photo captures their personalities, the reality of parenting a toddler and a baby, and what was going on at the time. It's cute, it's real, and as a mom, I couldn't have hoped for a better outcome and it's now the cover photo for my personal facebook profile!

Plus the "outtakes" from the session are hilarious and PURE GOLD! I will definitely be using them as material for The Photosanity Workshop!

nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

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Saturday
Jun092012

Smiles from Jack | Glimpses Week 22


(This blog post is part of the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.)

Jack is five months old. Actually he's almost six months old but let's just say he's five months old because the time is starting to pass so quickly!

Things are definitely getting so much easier than those first few newborn months. In fact, although every age is the perfect age in some way, this age might just be the most perfect perfect age. Pay Jack just a little bit of attention and he will reward you with lovely smiles that make you feel like you're the greatest thing since sliced bread. Put just a little bit more effort into it and he will giggle and laugh like you are the most hilarious thing in the world. He barely cries these days (I think Liam cries more) and he's not yet crawling or getting into things or having tantrums.

Jack, you are amazing. Thank your for brightening my days with your own special brand of sunshine and joy! You are delicious and adorable!

nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

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Saturday
Jun022012

Museum of Natural History | Glimpses Week 21


(This blog post is part of the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.)

I've lived in New York City for over twenty years and I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't think I've actually ever been to the American Museum of Natural History before!

I took Liam last week on our now hopefully regular adventures into the city, and his college aged cousin Carolyn met us there. We started off with the Creatures of Light special exhibit and I have to say, it was pretty cool, especially as it features some of the fish we have seen in one of Liam's current favorite book The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (you know, the one we only read EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! Good thing I like it too!)

That exhibit could pretty much have been the whole trip, except of course we had to then go and visit all the classics - the elephants, the whale, and of course the dinosaurs.

I think Liam was already in overload by the time we made it to the dinosaurs and Carolyn and I were more in awe than he was, but he's been talking about the museum all week and asking to go again, so I would say the visit was a big hit!

nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

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Sunday
May202012

Three Twins ice cream | Glimpses Week 20


(This blog post is part of the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am rather partial to chocolate. Liam has apparently inherited this preference from me, whether genetically or by osmosis or both, who knows.


In fact, he recently informed me: "Mama, lemonade doesn't have chocolate, so it's not a treat" meaning "I will only accept bribes that contain chocolate."

Now, I happen to also be rather partial to lemonade but I can't really fault his philosophy!


Friday was a very special day. Liam and I had our first adventure into the city in almost two years (I was pregnant last year and didn't want to risk being stranded on the subway due to a broken elevator and having to carry him up or down the stairs).


We went to the New York City Fire Museum first, then headed to Moomah Cafe for lunch and a special treat - Three Twins Bittersweet Chocolate Ice cream.

Fortunately for Liam, I was so busy taking photos of him eating it that I didn't have time for more than a few bites myself.


Definitely delish though and I would say that Liam was one happy customer!


nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

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Sunday
May132012

Happy Mother's Day | Glimpses Week 19


(This photo is part of the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.)

Thank you Liam and Jack for making me a mother.

To all of you mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!

nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

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