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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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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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Friday
Apr202012

Liam and the beam again | Glimpses Week 16


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

With a three year old and a four month old, there can be a lot of drama leaving the house. Today was one of those days... but it was worth it.

(Remember the beam?)

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
Apr152012

Cheeks, eyelashes, lips | Glimpses Week 15


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

So my "maternity leave" is over... in so much as there ever was a maternity leave. Turns out giving an online workshop for 267 participants a month after having a second baby does not really constitute maternity leave. Who knew?!

Having a toddler, a baby and a business and figuring out how to juggle all three of these things (not to mention, husband, house and life in general) has definitely been a process, and is most definitely a work in progress. Some days it feels like I'm getting somewhere, other days it's overwhelming.

I always planned on scaling back on the time I spend on my business this year, but that has been easier said than done, especially as I still want to continue to not just maintain but grow the business. You might be wondering, how is that even possible? We shall find out!

One big step for me in the direction of making this possible has been hiring a Program Coordinator for Photosanity to handle all the administrative and technical aspects of the workshop, and we've been working on handing off and also automating as much of the behind the scenes work as possible (there's more than you would think). I'm also making some changes about how I offer the workshop and starting an alumni program for past participants - stay tuned for more details.

Finally, at least for right now, I'm holding off on booking portrait sessions, at least for the next few months. It's been hard to turn down inquiries, and I get tempted each time I get one, but I need to focus on the workshop and on spending the time that I want, while I can, with my babies. (As Liam likes to say "there are TWO babies!" even though he's really not a baby any more. We indulge him.)

One thing I am determined to do is to try and get a better handle on my own photosanity as far as keeping up with editing and sharing my own personal photos goes. To that end, I've decided to participate in the Glimpses 52 project over at the Chic Critique Forum.

This project resonated with me right away as the idea here is to motivate busy photographers to document and share the details of their own lives, one photo per week at a time, on their own blog. I share a lot of my iphone photos on facebook, but it's harder to find the time to sit at my computer and sort and edit my own DSLR photos. I'm hoping that the Glimpses 52 project will inspire me not just to share one photo a week but in the process, keep more up to date with my own editing.

I took this photo of Liam earlier this week and I love how it shows off those still chubby cheeks, the long eyelashes and sweet little lips. I look forward to sharing more photos weekly!

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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Thursday
Nov242011

Giving thanks...


When I think of all the things I have to be thankful for this year, I get a little teary. I blame pregnancy hormones. But the truth is, I can't think of a year when I've had more to be thankful for.

I can't claim to have had a very hard life, but it certainly feels like it's been a long journey to get here, to the point where I spend time on a daily basis with people who make me happy, doing things that I love, both personally and professionally.


People say to me all the time "I don't know how you do it" and quite honestly, I'm not sure either! My life is far from perfect, in fact, it's pretty exhausting… but I love it. And I don't take any single little part of it for granted, not my husband, my marriage, our adorable and hilarious two year old, the relatively easy pregnancy I've had with another baby on the way, the fact that Liam has close relationships on both sides of the family, that we have so much help and support from family and friends both near and far, that motherhood and business has brought so many amazing, inspiring and supportive people into my life, or that I've found a new career running a business that fits so perfectly with my personal life, my talents and my passions. And next year is looking to be even more incredible!

I couldn't be luckier, and I am thankful today and every day.

Here's wishing you and your loved ones happiness and joy. Happy thanksgiving to all!


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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