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Sunday
Jun202010

For fathers everywhere

I always knew my husband would make a great father, but he's an even better father than I expected. He and my son have a special bond and I'm basically chopped liver when they're together - which is totally fine by me!

The thing that I love the most about my husband as a father is that he really really loves being a father. And one of the great things about what I do is that I get to work with fathers who are all really into their kids. I know that many don't get to spend as much time as they'd like to with their families but they definitely make the most out of the time they have.

Happy Father's Day to fathers past, present and future, and to all those who father in any way. To those who are celebrating their first Father's Day with babe in arms, congratulations!

Special thoughts to those who are struggling or have struggled to become a father, and to those who have lost a child or a father. I am thinking of you too.

The image above is from this week's times square series over at the acfp store. I am really excited about this series - the photos were taken on my iphone! I did some test prints and the results were amazing, especially with the "dreamy" pearlescent finish I use for all my prints. I am definitely going to be experimenting more with iphone photography.

Don't forget, all proceeds from this month's sales at the store will help cover the costs of the Baby Basics NYC portrait event which took place this weekend and was a really great experience for me - so much fun working with such great families. Look for a blog post later this week with more details.

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!

Monday
Jun142010

Portraits for families in need

This week's series over at the acfp store is the toy series. I love the bright colors of Liam's toys and yes, ocassionally I create color schemes with them!

Don't forget that for the month of June, proceeds from store sales will help to cover costs for the Baby Basics NYC portrait event. I can't wait to take portraits for the participating families in need this weekend.

Also, if you are interested in photography and parenting content, you can fill out my content survey and get a coupon for a 20% discount from the store, valid all month!

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!

Monday
Jun072010

Give a family in need a beautiful portrait they will treasure for a lifetime

Have you checked out the acfp store yet? This is your chance to get a little taste of the acfp experience by purchasing some of the same prints and products available to my clients.

And for the month of June, proceeds will help cover costs of the Baby Basics NYC portrait event where I will be taking complimentary portraits for the poor working families in the Baby Basics program. I am hoping to raise enough money to be able to give each family a framed portrait as a gift.

This week's new series of prints at the store is the city series. I have always been drawn to architectural textures and details - these are not your typical NYC prints!

Also, if you are interested in photography and parenting content, you can fill out my content survey and get a coupon for a 20% discount from the store, valid all month!

(Irrelevant fact - the photo shown above was taken on the way to the recent Lower East Side engagement session I did!)

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!

Monday
May312010

Will you help?

Photography creates and strengthens connections.

Not only do I believe this but I know it and experience it daily. My experience of this in the first few months of my son's life was one of the major driving forces behind my desire to become a baby, child and family photographer, and it continues to fuel my passion to work with families to capture true moments and create artwork they will treasure for a lifetime.

Yes, I'm still thinking about Dr. Hallowell's keynote at the Mommybites Summit where he spoke of his belief that connection is one of the key childhood roots of adult happiness. To be honest, I had not explicitly thought of baby, child and family photography in that context but it rang so true!

How does photography connect?

Well first there's the experience of taking the photograph itself. The photographer (parent, relative, friend or professional) connects with those that they photograph, and those being photographed connect with each other. Those are two powerful connective experiences right there.

But take it further - a good photograph captures and embodies that connective power so it can continue to be experienced for a lifetime and beyond. There's a reason most people have a favorite photo of their family on their desk at work. There's a reason people have family and personal photos in their home. Seeing those photos make you feel good. Seeing those photos strengthens your feelings of connectedness. Seeing those photos help you see yourself at your very best, a boost we can all use from time to time.

I'm a big propononent of personal photography. My advice to parents, especially new parents, is (amongst other things) "take lots of photos!" Obviously, I'm a big proponent of professional photography too. In my ideal world, everyone would have the opportunity to work with a professional photographer who can really create beautiful artwork.

Help-Portrait is a community of photographers brought together to use their photography skills to give back to their local community by taking portraits of people in need. The process?

1. Find someone in need
2. Take their portrait
3. Print their portrait
4. Deliver them

Too see just how powerful this process is, view this short video of one of the early Help-Portrait events:

I've been thinking about doing something like this for almost as long as I've been thinking about being a photographer, but I missed the first Help-Portrait event, and the next one isn't until December.

So instead, I'm creating my own event - on June 19th, 2010, I will be photographing 12-15 Baby Basics NYC families at a picnic that is being planned for them and I need your help. I'd like to give the families prints and products of the same quality that my clients get. I am more than willing to donate my time and resources, but need some help covering some of the costs.

I've also been planning on ways to expand my services and offerings to reach beyond those in the NYC area, so, with these two things in mind, I am very excited to announce that I am now selling fine art prints and products, and all proceeds from your purchases in the month of June will go towards the Baby Basics NYC portrait event! I am starting out with the acfp spring series but will be unveiling a new series every week this month! You can choose to have your prints matted, framed or mounted on a beautiful bamboo plank. This is your chance to get a little taste of the acfp experience and support a great cause. Alternatively, you can also make a direct donation.

Visit the store to find out more and make your purchase now!

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!

Friday
May142010

And the winner is...

...not getting a box of chocolates! Yes, these are my Mother's Day chocolates and yes, I'm the kind of photographer who photographs her chocolates before eating them. But look how pretty they are!

It's hard to say that something is better than a box of chocolates, these absolutely delicious ones in particular, but I like to think my giveaway prizes are right up there with them...!

So without further ado, here are the winners!

Third prize, a $100 alethea cheng fitzpatrick photography gift certificate goes to... Stephanie!

Second prize, a $300 alethea cheng fitzpatrick photography gift certificate goes to... Faith!

And first prize, a $500 alethea cheng fitzpatrick photography gift certificate goes to... Eve!

In the interests of privacy, I haven't listed winners' last names but there were no other entrants with the same first names, and you have all been notified via e-mail as well. Congratulations - I look forward to working with you!

And thank you again to everyone who entered and donated. It was so much fun hearing from everyone, particularly those who left personal comments, so thank you for participating, and thank you for supporting Baby Basics NYC.

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!