Gia’s 6! | Birthday Portraits

A month ago, she turned 6.

In the last 6 years, she’s developed to become the sweetest, most passionate, moody, and funniest little person I know (little person, literally).

Oh, and she’s probably one of the most photogenic.

As it’s become a habit with all my children, I planned a birthday photo session with her. I immediately knew that I wanted to approach this particular session, in a way that would reflect who she is becoming- again, moody, passionate, dramatic, and photogenic, you know, kinda Anthropologie 🙂

Can I just say, I think we nailed it!

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Thanks so much for looking!
NDuran

365 Days Photo Project | July, 2013 | Personal

Despite being the the worst 365 photos photographer, I do have a few images of my July subject- Gia. Gia, my little girl, my July baby, my mini crab.

She’s one of the most photogenic, and charismatic individuals I know, so getting pictures of her is rarely difficult, and it makes me fall in love with this art a little more.ImageThanks for looking!!
NDuran

Aiden’s 2! | Lower Manhattan Portrait Photographer

You might remember little Aiden from his first birthday pictures, well, now he’s two years old! His parents wanted to meet at the NYC Transit Museum this time around. Not only is it a pretty awesome locale, but it’s fitting being that both of Aiden’s parents work for the NYC MTA 🙂

Again, it was fun hanging with Aiden. He’s sweet, funny, personable, and loves to dance. Practically the perfect little man 🙂

A (train) for Aiden.

Heeyyy…

Whatta face.

Showing off them dance moves!

Investigating train stuff.

On that Money Train.

Happy birthday lil’ Aiden! Blessings always 🙂

Thanks for looking!
NDuran 

I Heart Faces: Beautiful Eyes

It’s been a while since I participated in an I Heart Faces challenge, but I had to make some time to participate in this week’s- Beautiful Eyes. Lucky for me, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of photographing many people with beautiful eyes, particularly little people, so I knew I wouldn’t have had a hard time finding a nice picture.

I did a little searching, and fell across one of my favorite pictures ever. A picture of my little boy, Mikey 🙂 I’m sure I’m being a tad biased, but goodness he has great eyes!

To see other great entries, or to participate yourself, head over to I Heart Faces now 🙂

Thanks for looking!

NDuran 

Valentine’s 2011. With my babies :) | Personal

It’s that time again- when mom-togs all over the world get to dress their kids up in festive little outfits, reflecting the ‘holiday’, and take pictures, even when the kids don’t care for it 😀

Here are some pictures of my babies, for Valentine’s Day 2011.

We’re starting off with a cheesy-smiles picture, but at least they’re all ‘focused’, and that’s always a nice image to get.

This is my camera loving one. This is her ‘drama’ face.

Think she’s sick of me?

The best picture I got of him, without him trying to run away from me.

Aww, they love each other. Usually.

My favorite of the day.

And when it’s over, it’s over.

Thanks for looking! Happy Valentine’s Day!
NDuran

I Heart Faces: Hearts

This week over at I Heart Faces, it’s all about hearts! All you have to do it share a picture with a face (or two, or three), with a heart (or two, or three) 🙂

Here’s my picture, from my recent Valentine’s day shoot with my babies. It’s not a ‘perfect’ picture by any means, but the sentiment is felt- there was no more ‘heart’ left in this mini shoot :p

If you’d like to participate, or just want to check out other cute entries, head over to I ❤ Faces!

Thanks for looking!
NDuran

My baby’s 2nd Birthday Pics :D | Personal

My little boy turns two.

As every mother usually feels, I can’t believe we’re here. My baby boy, my last born, my ‘preemie’ is now a toddler.

He’s come such a long way- from his early arrival, to this, his 2nd birthday; from his bright and lonely NICU room, to his messy, toy-filled bedroom; from his very delicate infant hood, to him romping around the house like a boy maniac; and from his tiny, and I mean tiny outfits, to his size 6 shoes, and size 2t shirts, even some 3t’s, he’s come so far.

Im so proud of him. And I mean that with all sincerity. I’m not going to brag, because there’s no need to. His little personality speaks for itself. And to add, he’s a late bloomer of sorts. I’m not going to put any expectations on him. I mean, he is a preemie, 2 months behind really. So while all his little friends and cousins are doing things now, he’ll do them in 2 months. But that’s fine. To me, he’s just perfect.

He doesn’t have an extensive vocabulary yet, he’s not attuned to all his shapes and colors, and is just recognizing letters, but he’s my perfect little boy. Just to hear him say ‘circle’, ‘star’, or to hear him say, ‘rrrrr’ whenever he sees the letter R fills me with an immense pride. I feel the same way a mother of a 20 month old feels when she hears her baby sing the whole alphabet. No matter what, the emotions are the same.

I don’t know if the fact that I carried him in me for so many months makes me say all this, but I’ve never met a sweeter boy- he loves to hug, he loves to be held, and he loves company. I’ve never met a more tranquil baby boy- he’s quiet, quite observant, and a tad shy; and me, I’ve never seen a more handsome little boy- he has the best hair, the most dreamy eyes, the most scrumptious little lips, and a smile to die for.

So yea, as any of my childrens’ birthdays, this is a special day. A day of remembering, reflection, gratitude, and hope (that the terrible twos treat me good :p

And, as it has become a habit, I had a small, birthday photo shoot for my little guy (birthday party pics coming soon), so sit back and enjoy 🙂

And what a better way to start the pictures, than by commemorating his second birthday with a picture of his favorite obsession of the past year or so- Toy Story!! This is so Mikey

I think the mom-tog in me is training him well, right?

J.Crew, did you call??

And coming at a close second- he’s obsessed with cars. Not the movie, just cars.

And the perfect book for my 2 year old, Happy Birthday, Pookie. I’ve been calling him Pookie for 2 years now❤

Happy birthday to my baby boy.

Thanks so much for looking!

NDuran

I Heart Faces: Innocent Wonder

The theme today over at I Heart Faces is Innocent Wonder. I went back and forth for a few minutes thinking exactly what I felt this meant, and thinking what ‘type’ of photograph would qualify for this theme.

And when I started looking through the pictures, I kept stumbling across this one picture.

I’m not sure why, but to me, I read this image as full of ‘wonder’. Here’s my little boy, with his uncle (my brother). They were just hanging out, playing, talking, and they took a small break. My brother closed his eyes, and the baby just sat there, and it seemed like he was processing the fun he was having, how cool his uncle was, and how life is just so great.

To enter your own image, or to see other great images, head over to I❤Faces!

Thanks for looking!

NDuran

My little boy :) | Personal

So, it seems I’ve started off on a bad foot. I told myself, I’d be a better blogger. I made a mental note of the days I’d want to blog, and the things I planned to blog, but fourteen days into the year, and I’ve only posted one new topic. Shame on me.

I do still anticipate revisiting my plans, but until then, allow me to share some pictures I took of my little guy just this afternoon.

I had to do it. My bedroom was flooded with gorgeous afternoon sunlight. But it was more than just sunlight. It was bright sunlight bouncing off blankets of snow. Can you imagine the light coming into my bedroom? Just gorg!

And it worked out perfectly, because that’s another little mental note I made for this year- take more pictures of my children, just for the hell of it. I mean, I do take numerous pictures of my children often, but sometimes they aren’t even good. From now on, I want to aim to take ‘good’ pictures of my babies. Pictures that they can look at years from now, and tell a story just from looking at the image.

And no picture batch of a soon-to-be 2 year-old would be complete, without a cheesy smile shot 😛

And yes, I really am that entertaining.

Thanks for looking!

NDuran