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Baby's First Year and Beyond

Embracing Joy and Nature’s Beauty: Livingston Family Fall Greenwich Beach Session


I am thrilled to share a heartwarming fall family beach session that left me inspired and in awe of the beauty of nature and the boundless joy of childhood. As a professional newborn and family photographer based in Greenwich, Connecticut, I am continually enchanted by the moments I get to capture, and this session was truly magical.

I had the pleasure of photographing 2 1/2-year-old Blake for the sixth time, a delightful young soul filled with curiosity and wonder. During our session, I witnessed something truly extraordinary – Blake’s first encounter with the vast ocean. With wide-eyed amazement and uncontainable excitement, she fearlessly walked into the calm waters, embracing the waves up to her waist. Her joy was palpable, and her genuine awe for the ocean was a sight to behold.

Two and a half year old Blake walks into the ocean for the very first time, delicately holding on to her denim-blue dress, her face filled with delight as her parents watch from the sand.

NAPCP’s Inspired Magazine featured images from this session in their “Negative Space” issue. I am so grateful I was able to share this magical gallery of moments. The negative space of the water surrounding Blake created a scene that was nothing short of enchanting. The contrast between the vastness of the ocean and the tiny, fearless child exploring it evoked a sense of wonder and innocence, highlighting the beauty of negative space in photography.

As I captured Blake’s uninhibited curiosity and the pure joy she experienced, I couldn’t help but marvel at the magic of childhood and the wonders of the natural world. The soft, golden light of the setting sun bathed the scene in a warm, ethereal glow, enhancing the sense of tranquility and serenity that enveloped us.

Two and a half year old Blake wades into the Atlantic ocean in her white mary jane style shoes, the hem of her dress soaked, and a smile on her toddler face.
In a golden hour fall beach portrait, a little girl wades into the clear Atlantic ocean, her auburn curls highlighted by the golden light of the setting sun.

This fall family beach session was a testament to the power of capturing authentic moments. When Blake’s mother shared with me that this was her daughter’s first encounter with the ocean, it made Blake’s boundless excitement even more precious. The session was a celebration of new experiences, family bonds, and the beauty of nature’s elements.

For Connecticut and New York families seeking a photographer, I am passionate about creating images that tell unique stories and capture the essence of your loved ones. Whether it’s a child’s first encounter with the ocean or a family’s shared laughter against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset, I strive to preserve these moments in time. If you are looking to book a winter family beach session or any other photography session, I would be honored to be your photographer. Let’s create memories together and capture the beauty of your family’s story. Thank you for joining me in celebrating the joy of childhood and the wonders of the natural world.

A mother and daughter wade into the clear blue Atlantic ocean at sunset, the horizon hardly discernable from the waterline in an ethereal portrait captured by Karen Kahn
A two year old little girl is photographed during her first visit to the ocean, bathed in the hazy golden light of the setting sun, sea grasses behind her
A duo of Connecticut parents squat on the beach, smiling at their two year old daughter as she splashes through the surf of a Connecticut beach at sunset
A mother and father laugh and smile a their two year old daughter as she experiences the ocean for the very first time. The family are photographed by Looking Up Photography
A toddler girl with strawberry blonde curls appears to be conducting the ocean as she laughs in the water at sunset. The portrait has a Moana quality to it!
A little girl with strawberry blonde curls walks calmly out of the ocean as if she came from it herself. Gentle waves and seagrasses frame the portrait background
A little girl is photographed among the sea grasses and sand of a Connecticut beach, wading out into the Atlantic ocean during the golden hour, photographed by Karen Kahn