Dawn Kubie Photography: Blog https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog en-us (C) Dawn Kubie Photography (Dawn Kubie Photography) Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:50:00 GMT Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:50:00 GMT https://www.dawnkubie.com/img/s/v-12/u755544400-o189343553-50.jpg Dawn Kubie Photography: Blog https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog 80 120 *Announcement* https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/9/-announcement As of September 8, 2020 I will be working full-time as a paralegal again. Before branching out on my own as a photographer, I was a paralegal for 17 years. It was challenging and allowed me to use the nerdy parts of my brain (versus the creative parts). Strangely enough, I love to type. I like to write. I enjoy doing research and solving puzzles.

This decision comes after much agonizing and number-crunching. As it did for many of you, the virus had sweeping effects. All my event photography: canceled. All of my band gigs: canceled. Our treasured family pet died. Thankfully, since my husband is lucky enough to be able to work from home and shepard the kids' online learning, I can leave the house to work. Above all, I am grateful in this time of chaos to be employed. So grateful.

If the fall isn't too crazy, I will try to schedule a few family sessions. I am keeping my website so if you've booked me in the past no worries; your photos are there. You can always order prints and digitals if you haven't already. Time-permitting I will continue with my flower photography as my side hustle. I have reached out to a dozen interior designers about purchasing canvases and prints for their clients.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my business for the past eight years. It has truly been a wonderful time. It allowed me to spend more time with my family and gave me the opportunity to spend some time with yours. Hopefully someday I can get back to it. In the meantime, here are my most recent images and projects.

With love and gratitude,

Dawn

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) announcement gratitude moving on new beginnings paralegal https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/9/-announcement Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:48:59 GMT
A quick children's book https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/7/a-quick-childrens-book In Early Pandemic Times, I bought some markers and wrote a little book about colors. Please enjoy. And share! (and yes, I've tried to write children's books that don't rhyme and it seems I just can't. I'm compelled to rhyme :D ).

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) book children's book illustrations what color are stop signs https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/7/a-quick-childrens-book Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:58:27 GMT
Alive in the Age of Worry https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/3/alive-in-the-age-of-worry "Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And sing Worry, why should I care?" - John Mayer

 

Yes, I feel it, too. The creeping dread. The uncertainty. Watching your plans disappear into thin air. Consoling your children as their competitions, games, variety shows, musicals, graduations, etc. all get canceled one-by-one. We've never done this before. And we're not very good at not being in control. We're great at creating these grand schemes, terrible at shrugging our shoulders when they disappear. 

I'm here to tell you that I spoke with my grandmother the other day and she told me it's all going to be alright so I wanted to share that with you. Carry on! But seriously, I want to encourage you to see this time as a gift. People will be there to help you if you run out of food. Neighbors will lend you toilet paper or give you their extra cough syrup. We will see the best in people. If you can't work right now, it's a good time to take inventory of all of the things you have: children, cars, pets, dreams, skills, food, junk. All of it. If you need money, think outside the box. If you get desperate, reach out for help.

I want to tell you what happened when I was taking a "jog" the other day.

My son was way out ahead of me so I walked the last leg alone. It hit me all at once: the despair; the fear; the anxiety. And, sadly, the self-pity. "What about all the things I wanted? What about the money that I was going to make this year? What about the new-to-me car I was going to buy?" (Thankfully I did a year's worth of Mastermind work with Wendy Perrotti (Wendy Perrotti's website) so pity parties are very short-lived these days). I had a moment of clarity and I took stock of my life. I was feeling sorry for myself about the stuff I can't afford. Imagine that? I was worried about a car. And I own one already! Granted it's old and I smashed it up a bit in the fall and there is literally a ziptie holding it together, but it's a beast and it's taking care of us.

For now, I can still take photos and sing, whether I can do that actively for people or not. I still have prints for sale. My family is healthy, thank goodness and that's what matters. We have a roof over our heads and food in our pantry. And one of the dreams I had given up on, writing children's stories, is something I can do during this time to help others, whether it makes money or not. Think about what matters in these crazy times. Take care of yourself. If you find you have with some extra time, declutter, write in a journal, FaceTime an old friend, create a new game. The world needs our ideas right now, not our self-pity. And remember, Nonni said it's all going to be ok. <3

See that balloon? I've already let it go. Stay safe and healthy!

-Dawn

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Age of worry alive in the age of worry self pity take care of yourself https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/3/alive-in-the-age-of-worry Sat, 21 Mar 2020 21:11:09 GMT
The Year of Gratitude https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/2/the-year-of-gratitude "It is not happiness that brings us gratitude, but gratitude that brings us happiness." 

It's exciting to share with you my latest website project which is organizing my Families gallery to show the families who are growing up in front of my camera. As much as I love to photograph flowers (and I do really love it), I always seem to come back to my first love: family photography. 

Like many parents, I discovered (or rather rediscovered) my love of photography when I first welcomed my little monsters into my life. It took a while for it to reignite. In the early goings, my husband took the lead in taking the boys' photos and getting and latest point-and-shoot. I actually said to him once, "Why are you getting another camera?" Ha ha!

Now I get to photograph other little ones and I feel very lucky to have that opportunity. I want to take a moment to say thank you to the families who have entrusted me to capture those memories for them. It's a blessing to have been a part of preserving those precious moments.

For more photos like this, click here: Family Gallery  To inquire about bookings, click here: Interested

For more photos like this, click here: Family Gallery  To inquire about bookings, click here: Interested
 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family photos family session grateful gratitude passion https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/2/the-year-of-gratitude Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:40:06 GMT
A Gift to You in 2020 https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/1/a-gift-to-you-in-2020 Happy New Year! 2019 was a great year. I consider myself so lucky to have photographed so many delightful children, so many kind adults, so many gorgeous flowers.

There is one thing I noticed in taking all of these photos: our collective obsession with perfection. When we take family photos, we want "everyone looking and everyone smiling!" It's the imperative for family pictures. In 2020, let's allow ourselves to enjoy the people we love *as they are in this moment in time.* That includes your crazy kids. That includes *you.*

I always say this and it bears repeating: GET IN THE PHOTO. You're surrounded by people who love for who you are. They love you even if you haven't lost those last 10 pounds. They love you despite the fact that you haven't had time to get your roots done. They love you even though you haven't bought yourself something new to wear in a few years. Your family wants these memories of you and all of your wonderful imperfections.

Children are already perfect; we treasure them just as they are. So the logical thing is to hire a photographer and pay her lots of money to capture that perfection. Then those kids go and ruin a perfectly good photo by crying! Even worse, they're running around and not listening! Ugh, they're not even smiling at the camera. And their hair is so messed up! Now everyone is unhappy. What happened??

Enjoy the crying, the sulking, the running around. They might not look at the camera and smile for every photo (I'll do my best!) but give yourself permission to enjoy the photos of their tongues sticking out. It's ok. Give yourself permission to step into those photos with them, too. Enjoy the chaos! By the time they're able to sit completely still and pose for the camera, they'll be that much closer to leaving the nest. 

I want to offer something new in 2020: "Day in the Life" photos. Put everyone in PJs or sweatpants (whatever is comfortable) and I'll hang out quietly, a fly on the wall, capturing your family in those precious moments at home that we rarely get images of. I'll make a lovely black and white book for you to treasure. What do you say? I'm booking these all year so just choose which time of the year is least crazy for you. Make it your gift to yourself in 2020. BOOK A DAY IN THE LIFE

Happy New Year to you and yours. Let's always believe in ourselves. We are infinitely capable of change and growth. Here are some not-so-perfect images for you to enjoy.  :)

Peace,

Dawn           xoxo

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) day in the life family sessions fly on the wall imperfections perfection https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2020/1/a-gift-to-you-in-2020 Wed, 01 Jan 2020 16:52:10 GMT
A Special Project https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/9/a-special-project Recently a client contacted me regarding an image of mine she had seen on Instagram. It was a flower that reminded her of a dear sister. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever seen a flower that reminds you of your mother, your sister, your daughter? She asked if it would be possible to capture her sister's actual signature and somehow place it on a leaf or a petal. We talked about what color the signature should be, how large it should be, and where it would be placed. The image she chose has been retired and is now an exclusive image just for her. 

How wonderful to have made that connection through a simple flower. Now she'll have a little reminder of a beloved family member each time she looks at the canvas. I feel very blessed to have been a part of this project. It's exactly what I envisioned when I began photographing flowers. My gallery has been updated! Dawn's website If you'd like access to my "secret" gallery that has hundreds of images in all different colors, give me a shout: Dawn's email

Below are a few examples of what a project like that would look like. Please give me a shout if there is something like this you'd like to work on for the holidays. Dawn's email Or forward this blog post to someone who might enjoy it. Link to Dawn's blog posts Thank you! 
 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) flower project photo project retired image secret gallery https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/9/a-special-project Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:07:23 GMT
Minds Studios in Norwalk! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/7/minds-studios-in-norwalk Recently I took a tour of the new Minds Studios in Norwalk which is located where the old Palace Theatre was. It's a creative space where people are recording podcasts, filming videos and putting Netflix special auditions "in the can." And did I mention the inside is amazing??

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) minds minds studios norwalk norwalk ct https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/7/minds-studios-in-norwalk Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:57:49 GMT
Brooklyn! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/brooklyn In April I had a family photo shoot at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn. I returned to my roots and did some street photography. Enjoy!  :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) botanic gardens brooklyn street photography https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/brooklyn Wed, 29 May 2019 17:50:45 GMT
My New Contract https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/my-new-contract I've been at this for about seven years and I've made some observations that have encouraged me to rewrite my contract. Please take a second to review the changes.

Clause 1: Photographer Will Not Wait...

...for you to lose 10 pounds. You see an extra 10 pounds but your family sees a mother they adore, a wife they love; a sister they treasure. While you stress about the extra weight you're carrying, your children are growing beside you. Are you the family historian? If so, are there any photos of you?

You matter.

I want to capture your life the way it is today. If you have children, they don't care one iota about your weight (PS: neither do your friends). Let's celebrate ourselves and our lives. That's the priority; not something silly like our weight.

Clause 2: Perfection is Boring

The sun may not come out. The wind may blow. A stray hair may blow across your face. Sometimes kids are having a bad day. They may be intimidated by my big camera. They may be feeding off the anxiety you feel trying to get perfect photos. Sometimes kids smile, but don't look directly at the camera. If they're under the age of eight, they're going to find it hard to sit still. I want to help you adjust your expectations.

Perfection is impossible and overrated. Let's strive for fun, not perfect.

Clause 3: Trust Me

Schedule family sessions between June and August. May is sometimes too cold and we have to navigate Memorial Day and sports. September is like being shot out of a cannon! In fact, here's a mom's schedule in the fall:

First Day of School

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Trust me. Let's make things easier for ourselves.

Clause 4: No, I Can't 

As an addendum to Clause 1, I can't make you 10 pounds lighter. I can't make you 10 years younger. Can I make a pimple disappear? Absolutely. Can I erase an errant thread? Sure. I can do lots of things in Photoshop (check out my images here! www.dawnkubie.com) but I can't change you. If I had one wish for you, it would be for you to make peace with yourself and your body the way it is right now.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) 10 pounds perfection is boring https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/my-new-contract Wed, 15 May 2019 13:57:19 GMT
Put it Out Into the Universe https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/put-it-out-into-the-universe In the fall of 2017, I began a mastermind and coaching program with Wendy Perrotti. You should really check it out: https://www.wendyperrotti.com/.

Through that program I learned how to trust myself; how to rewrite the negative script in my head; how to press on through disappointment toward my goals; how to believe in myself. She has been so enormously helpful in helping me achieve a laser focus on my business, even as my business changed. In September 2018, I didn't even have the proper lens to take my flower photos. As of May 14, 2019, my work will be on exhibition in locations across three states. 

A month ago in my mastermind Facebook group I declared an intention that I wanted to get my business to a point where people would give me flowers just to enjoy what I would do with them. Since then, a neighbor gave me a purple tulip. My mother-in-law gave me a giant basket of purple pansies. My son got me orange marigolds from the Mother's Day plant sale at school. And today, my dear friend and client Melissa Donovan dropped to my house an absolutely glorious bounty of flowers. I'm humbled and delighted by the belief that others have in me. It only serves to make me work harder when doing what I love, which never feels like work.

State your intention. Put it out into the universe. Accept challenges and blessings with equal enthusiasm and the world will open up to you. Still not convinced you can do it? Well, you might just want to call Wendy. ;) https://www.wendyperrotti.com/contact

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) coaching declare your intention mastermind put it into the universe https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/5/put-it-out-into-the-universe Mon, 13 May 2019 15:19:07 GMT
When You're Having a Bad Day https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/4/when-youre-having-a-bad-day We all have bad days. It's hard to believe that's true when you're on social media, isn't it? We don't snap pics of ourselves while we're disciplining our children. A mistake is made at work and our boss is angry with us. No one is there to photograph the feelings being telegraphed on our face. You're writing checks to pay the bills and maybe there isn't enough money. Who's there to capture that emotion?

A big part of my business is to bring light and joy to people, whether it's through photographs of children or through my flower photography. I'm in several bands as well, including a duo that plays music to seniors in retirement homes or rehabilitation facilities. While I'm performing, I'm "on." I love music and I want to show it through my body language. What could be better than bringing joy to people?

Well, Saturday I had a no good, very bad day. Things weren't right with my youngest son which meant things weren't right with me. I thought I would try something different to deal with my feelings. I set up my camera on the tripod, tears streaming down my face. I wanted to capture how I was feeling in that moment. Of course, something happened as one would expect: I stopped crying. It took several shots to get a photo that was properly in focus because I was just using my hamper as a stand-in. I became so focused on what I was doing that I was lifted at bit out of my sad mood.

I'm sharing one of the photos I took while feeling so low to say: I see you. For all of those times when you're scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and it seems like everyone has life figured out and everyone but you is happy: you are seen. For those days when you feel like your best isn't good enough: I understand. And please, if you're feeling so low that you can't see a way out, reach out to these kind folks at the National Suicide Prevention line: 1-800-273-8255. 

Peace.

-Dawn

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) bad day social media https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/4/when-youre-having-a-bad-day Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:38:25 GMT
Upcoming events for you! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/3/upcoming-events-for-you

Lots of upcoming events! :D

Some great opportunities to meet people & make a difference!

Saturday, March 16th from 2:00-6:00pm at Rogal Art Gallery, 71 Main Street, New Paltz, NY the "Shades of Animate Existence" exhibit will have new pieces of mine on display and for purchase! :D Check out my photo on the ad. :) Rogal Art Gallery


Sunday, March 17th from 1:00-5:00pm the Women in Business Sip and Shop at 161 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT. Pick up an advanced ticket by Friday and you'll get one *FREE* headshot (to be taken that day) and 15% off canvases and prints. Only four left! Choose "Dawn early bird" Women in Business


Sunday, March 24th from 6:00-11:00pm the Mix & Shoot at the Lotus Lounge in West Haven, CT. This is a great event for models! Come get your photo taken! Tickets to attend are $30. Use promo code "dkubie" for $5 off. Vendor tables also available. Mix & Shoot


March 24th Bird Nest Gallery in Guilford, CT will be displaying 5x7 canvases of mine and 8x10 prints! The Bird Nest Gallery


Saturday, April 13th the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation Gala from 6:00-11:00pm at Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford. I'll be there taking photos. Grab a ticket for this wonderful cause: Magical Night in the '70s Gala

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) bird nest gallery maren sanchez home foundation mix & shoot rogal art gallery women in business sip and shop https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/3/upcoming-events-for-you Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:11:32 GMT
Five years later: bring the fancy camera? https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/3/five-years-later-disney-world Full disclosure: Disney did not compensate me to write this blog. I just happen to love it there. And yes: if you read this you'll have to look at...my vacation photos! MU-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!

Five years ago I went with my immediate family to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. When I returned, I wrote an article for Photo.net suggesting seven reasons to leave your big fancy DSLR at home. I got some pushback, as I should have expected, so below I'm going to revist that idea.

7. I Have Two Children

In 2014 they were younger and had even less patience than they do now. Imagine the whining I'd have to withstand as I change lenses and fiddle with my settings. Undoubtedly, it's a testament to my lousy parenting skills that I'd let whining dictate my choices. After all, I should be able to take 8,000 well-composed, high-resolution photos in the Happiest Place on Earth without having to endure whining from the humans I created, right? Mmm-hmm.

6. Photo Pass, Photo Pass, Photo Pass!

All day, every day: Photo Pass. If you don't know what it is, it's this thing where you pay the people at Disney to take pictures of your family for you. You simply find cast members wearing vests and Nikon gear and they'll pose you in front of your favorite Disney locations. I'm the photographer in the family so I'm almost never in the photo. I wore those poor Photo Pass folks out.

And, because it includes the instant photos that are snapped while you're on the rides, you can trick your family into enjoying having their photos taken. The 10-13 year old boys in our group (and their crazy uncles) posed on nearly every ride. Even my husband pretended to be on the phone on the RockN Roller Coaster. It was Sam's idea to do a Simpsons' pose on the Tower of Terror, which involves my husband pretending he's choking him.

There were a few times I had a moment in the park by myself (miracles) and, well, that's when the magic happened.

5. I Sold My Little Mirrorless Camera

There was no way in hell I was bringing my Canon 6D to Disney. I like rollercoasters! The thing was going to end up smashed, forgotton or covered in sunscreen. Or all three. My options therefore were the tiny Canon PowerShot (which I brought with me five years ago as well) and my iPhone. I became very adept at stopping, steadying myself, and snapping off a quick photo before running through the crowd to catch up with my family as they sprinted between rides. Did I mention I like rollercoasters? Speaking of which you could see the fireworks from the rides. The truth is I wish I had my Canon 6D with me. The 24-70mm wide angle lens with an eight-second shutter speed on a tripod to capture the fireworks? Gorgeous. I'm sure the people behind me in line would have been psyched and my family would have been suuuuuuuper understanding. Instead I got this, which is not as gorgeous:

4. Again, it's for Posterity

I absolutely would have loved to have brought my Canon 6D with me. How fun it would have been to actually impress people with my Disney photos when I got home haha. How lovely to have some actual bokeh in my images. But no; it wasn't worth the anxiety of worrying about smashing or forgetting the camera I use to make money. I'm printing 4x6s, maybe a little book with these. And that's ok. This go-round I took 296 photos total which is half of what I took last time. Most importantly, I enjoyed myself.

3. They Have Flowers in Disney World

Everyone knows I wasn't going to be able to go five whole days without taking a photo of a damn flower. The Flower Festival at Epcot starts the day after we get home. *tears*

2. If I Wanted Gorgeous Photos of My Favorite Rides, Can't I Just Grab Them From Getty Images?

Yes, I totally can and probably will. And I probably will obsess over them for a few weeks until I stop trying to use my Magic Band to get into my own house.

1. Hakuna Matata

I've loved all things Disney since I was three. I had the Mickey Mouse Talking Telephone and Winnie the Pooh pajamas. I still have my ceramic Mickey and Minnie set, and my Winnie the Pooh jewelry box. Someday I'll return to Disney without my kids and I'll bring a fancy camera, maybe even a tripod if they'll let me.

So If you're traveling without kids, have a patient family and/or feel very confident that your equipment won't get damaged, please, for everyone's sake, bring your fancy camera so I can see amazing Disney photos. For now, I'll just grab a few shots with my iPhone and make liberal use of the Photo Pass.*

 

*I'm not getting paid by Disney to have written this. I wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) cinderella's castle disney world mickey mouse orland florida orlando photo pass rockn rollercoaster tower of terror walt disney walt disney world https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/3/five-years-later-disney-world Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:52:11 GMT
Kool & The Gang! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/2/kool-the-gang Had an absolute *blast* at the Kool & The Gang concert on Valentine's Day at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The vocals, the horns, and the funk were absolutely unbelievable. I can't believe it's taken me this long to see them. They've been around for almost 50 years! The bassist Robert "Kool" Bell - who was there with the band in 1964 when it all began - was unbelievable. Michael Ray, who's been with the band since 1979, was killing it on trumpet. And while the new vocalist Walt Anderson was wonderful, my favorite part was Jermaine Bryson on trombone. Wow. Check him out: Jermaine Bryson on trombone

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) bell" jermaine bryson kool & the gang kool and the gang kool" michael ray ridgefield playhouse robert robert kool bell walt anderson https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/2/kool-the-gang Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
New images for the new year! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/1/new-images-for-the-new-year I know I always say "I'm so excited to share this with you!" but it's true. I'm so grateful there's a digital platform available so I can instantly share what makes me so happy. I hope you get the same sense of excitement from looking at these images as I do. I've included an image that I took of a bridal bouquet from Rudy's Florist in Bridgeport, CT. The first image is double flowered oriental hybrid from City Line Florist in Trumbull, CT.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) excitement flower canvas flower girl new images https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2019/1/new-images-for-the-new-year Mon, 07 Jan 2019 22:12:00 GMT
Shopping made easy https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/12/shopping-made-easy Do you know someone who loves flowers as much as I do? Mom, sister-in-law, daughter? My flower images are available for printing on print and canvas directly through my website. You can ship it to your house or to theirs! I have some pieces at my house and those can be seen by appointment. I also have my extra large canvases on display at Progressions Salon in Woodbridge, CT. Here are a few of my latest! 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) flower canvas flower girl progression salon https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/12/shopping-made-easy Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:43:08 GMT
"Make What You Like" https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/11/-make-what-you-like One of my very good friends, who is also a photographer, told me: "Make what you like." I agree! I've wholeheartedly thrown myself into this flower project because I love doing it so very much. 

It's hard to imagine how they'd look in your house so I've thrown in a perspective photo as well (forgive the messy house LOL).

Need I mention that they make great gifts...?  ;)  To see them all, click here: Flower Photos

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) canvas christmas shopping flower canvas flower girl flower photos flowers lily mums photos on canvas rose roses https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/11/-make-what-you-like Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:07:47 GMT
Fall Family Sessions 2018 https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/9/fall-family-sessions-2018 Book your family session before October 1st and receive $25 your session fee! This is a great way to scratch another project off your to-do list. Currently, I have availability on the weekends. Possible locations: Twin Brooks (Trumbull); Silver Sands (Milford); Plasko's (Trumbull); B&B Farm (West Haven). Also taking suggestions! :) I look forward to seeing you. <3 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) book now family sessions silver sands twin brooks https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/9/fall-family-sessions-2018 Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:32:33 GMT
Five Tips for Making Family Photos Less Painful https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/8/five-tips-for-making-family-photos-less-painful Moms it's that time of year again: time to schedule family photos. We're usually alone in wanting to have them taken, but we desperately want to capture our little ones where they are right now because we know by next week they'll be bigger already! The scheduling is tough, getting everyone dressed and stuffed into the car is a pain...ugh. 

Here are some five tips on how to make family photos less painful:

1. Ask your photographer for black and whites. 

This eliminates the need for getting everyone dressed to match precisely. Also, black and white prints go well in every room in your house, whatever the paint color.

2. Go someplace where the kids can have fun afterward.

If you're doing photos at the beach, let them run in the waves when they're done. If you're at a local park, let them go on the swings after. They'll need a reward for having behaved so well (ha ha!) and you'll need a break, too.

3. Don't expect miracles.

I get it: you're paying money for a photographer. You're thinking to yourself what a waste it would be with no good photos. You're tense because you want them to behave. It's ok. Your photos will be much better if you let yourself relax and let your photographer direct the kids. Let's work with their natural abilities: running, playing, jumping...

4. Get prints made as soon as your photographer makes them available.

I know what you're thinking: "Of course she wants prints made. She gets paid!" While that may be true, I'm not only a photographer but a mother of two boys and I love to procrastinate. It's one of the things I'm great at! I had professional photos done four years ago. Do you think there are any prints of that shoot in my house? Nope. I didn't have them done, didn't have them done...next thing you know it's time for another professional shoot and they're several inches taller anyway with completely different clothes and haircuts. Get them done right away. Having beautiful prints of your family in your home far outweighs the Agony of Procrastination, for which there is no reward.

5. Have a good time!

My husband always says, "Moms make memories." Your children most enjoy you when you're down at their level, being silly and having fun. If you have fun, they will, too. 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach dawn kubie family photos five tips procrastination relax sunset https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/8/five-tips-for-making-family-photos-less-painful Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:29:35 GMT
Band Vibes https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/7/bandvibes For as long as I can remember, I've been singing. It's all I've ever done. That's what it's so exciting for me to share these photos I've taken of different bands over the years. There's something so special about being able to capture a band's vibe both on and off the stage. Here are some shots from Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Toad's Place, Webster Bank Arena, Stella Blues Bar, The Office and Fairfield Theatre Company. 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) band photos crazy ex girlfriend ct photographer desiree robinson fairfield theatre company ink marc anthony mission zero new haven parkway south rachel bloom simsbury meadows simsbury meadows performing arts center toad's place uncle moose webster bank arena willie nelson https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/7/bandvibes Wed, 25 Jul 2018 17:26:51 GMT
Up-and-coming star, Desiree Robinson https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/7/up-and-coming-star-desiree-robinson You may recognize Desiree's face from the Femme Walk photo shoot I had a few months ago. We got to know each other and I learned that she was a musician so I invited her to open for my band, JK Baughn, Inc. Luckily for us she said yes! She and her cousin Logan opened up for us at The Office in Oxford. She's a talented artist and lovely young woman. Here are some pics I grabbed. Enjoy!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) desiree robinson jk baughn the office up and coming artist young creative https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/7/up-and-coming-star-desiree-robinson Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:56:10 GMT
Families Belong Together Rally https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/6/families-belong-together-rally Today I took some shots at the Families Belong Together Rally in Stratford, CT. Here are my favorite images of the day:

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) families belong together families belong together rally i really do care immigration make empathy great again stratford connecticut stratford ct https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/6/families-belong-together-rally Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:55:20 GMT
Uncle Moose! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/6/uncle-moose Last week, I was hired to shoot a concert at Toad's Place in New Haven. This group of young guys has a great, funky sound. Check 'em out! They're playing Gipper's in Milford on Friday night. Here's a link to their Facebook page: Uncle Moose's Facebook page

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) local music new haven new music original music toad's place uncle moose young creatives https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/6/uncle-moose Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:44:56 GMT
Swoon in June https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/5/swoon-in-june What a long, long winter it has been. Even now it's still a bit chilly but everything is GREEN! And for me that means photos outdoors: headshots, glamour shots, family photos. June is the perfect month before it gets too hot and before everyone scatters for the summer.

Do you have a photo of you that puts your best self forward?

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family sessions headshot photos outdoor photos swoon in june https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/5/swoon-in-june Mon, 14 May 2018 14:24:14 GMT
Photo Walk in New Haven https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/4/photo-walk-in-new-haven Friends, last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing these beautiful, kind & supportive women at Edgerton Park in New Haven. We connected and shared our passions. I feel very fortunate to have been involved. Below are some of my favorites from that day. If you could take a moment to forward this blog post via email or social media, I'd be grateful for the boost. Also, please feel free to contact me about any of the models if you'd like to work with them so I can put you in contact. Thank you so much!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beautiful women new haven photo walk purple women of color women supporting women https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/4/photo-walk-in-new-haven Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:10:04 GMT
Parkway South at Stella Blues Bar https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/4/parkway-south-at-stella-blues-bar My friend Heather Liebensohn kindly took photos of my band, JK Baughn, Inc., last week. Here are some photos I took of her band, Parkway South. What a great band! They have some really catchy originals. You should check them out: http://parkwaysouthband.com/

Here are some of my favorite pics from that night! (Please note that the guitarist, Mike Liebensohn is not green in real life, he was just standing under a green light).  ;)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) band photos jk baughn live photos new haven parkland south stella blues stella blues bar https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/4/parkway-south-at-stella-blues-bar Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:39:28 GMT
March for Our Lives Harford CT https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/3/march-for-our-lives-harford-ct Today I was lucky enough to march with teachers, pediatricians, students, and veterans. I also covered the event for CTPost.com. Below are some of my favorite pics of the day and here is a link to the SEEN photos I took: https://www.dariennewsonline.com/seen/slideshow/SEEN-March-for-Our-Lives-Hartford-2018-179813.php

My activism -----> my photography -----> my life; it's all one big circle. Kudos to these brave children who are doing what we failed to do. May they be safe.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) activism again ct enough for gun hartford is lives march never our violence https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/3/march-for-our-lives-harford-ct Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:16:13 GMT
When life gives you lemons... https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/3/when-life-gives-you-lemons "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." 

This afternoon, I had a photo shoot scheduled in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut. It wasn't too cold, and it was overcast so I didn't have to worry too much about lighting up my subject to get rid of those bad afternoon shadows. However, my models were unable to show up. But I was in a good mindset. I strapped my Canon around my neck and walked around, figuring I would get some cool photos of walls and buildings. 

Steve and I struck up a conversation about photography and he agreed to let me take a few photos of him. I love the red sweatshirt against the blue wall. And how beautiful is this man's profile??

A bit later, I saw Kareem step out of his car, shining from head to toe and I had to know: where was he going, dressed so fabulously? He said, "This is how I dress every day." Such attention to detail. Not a crease out of place! Color me impressed. I was so fortunate that these kind gentlemen agreed to step in front of my lens today. Thank you, Steve and Kareem!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) bridgeport headshot photos headshots lemonade lemons models street photography https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/3/when-life-gives-you-lemons Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:24:56 GMT
Six years! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/2/seven-years What better day to share with you some photos that I love but Valentine's Day?

Six years ago this month I convinced my husband to let me buy a *real* camera. Not a point-and-shoot, not my iPhone, but a real live camera where the lenses can be switched and everything. For the first time, I was able to take the photo I saw in front of me. What a difference! 

Let me share with you some of my favorite images from the past six years. Thank you for being a part of this journey. Without photography how else would we be able to freeze time? What an amazing thing.

Brick wall with treeBrick wall with treeNorth Hampton, MA Grand Central TerminalGrand Central TerminalDepartures Sunset, Canoe Brook LakeSunset, Canoe Brook LakeSunset, Canoe Brook Lake, Trumbull, CT TrudyTrudyBlack Labrador, Burlington, VT

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family sessions headshots landscapes love seven years https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/2/seven-years Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:59:38 GMT
Crazy Ex Girlfriend! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/2/crazy-ex-girlfriend On February 9th at Fairfield Theatre Company, Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger played songs from Crazy Ex Girlfriend, live! You can find the show on Netflix, Amazon Prime and the CW. :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) adam schlesinger crazy ex girlfriend fairfield theatre company rachel bloom the cw https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/2/crazy-ex-girlfriend Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:41:26 GMT
My New Old Thing https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/1/my-new-old-thing I don't have to tell you that life is short, because you already know that. I don't have to tell you to do what you love, because you know that, too.

I want to do the work I love and have a passion for while also having quality time with my family. We all yearn for balance, whatever it means in our lives.

You can read 1,000 books telling you to "do what you, the money will follow." I sure did. But it's not until you do that thing and tell everyone you're doing that thing can you achieve your dreams. It's not even enough to just do it. 

How many times a year do people ask you, "What do you do?" I'm writing this blog to show you what I do. What I really do. And to ask, "Is what I do something you need...?"

I photograph young creatives who need a dynamic photo for an audition or a portfolio.

I capture people who work in a field where a simple smiling headshot on a plain background won't do.

I provide photos for people who want to let their sparkle shine. If you're one of those people, or if you child is one of those people, sign up for a session: https://calendly.com/dawnkubie/60min

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) balance do what you love dynamic headshots headshot photos headshots shine sparkle https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2018/1/my-new-old-thing Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:41:06 GMT
CK3 at Main Street Tavern https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/ck3-at-main-street-tavern My friend John Collinge & Chris Kalafus were playing the other night so I snapped a few pics. The room was dark so I had to up to the ISO on my Fuji to between 3,200 and 6,400 which is incredibly high (when you shoot outdoors on a sunny day, generally your ISO is 200). The back of the stage where the drummer was sitting was especially dark so lots of noise on those photos, too. For some of the wide angle shots I turned up the dial to "HI1." I'm not even sure what that ISO is, but it could be 12,000! 

Enjoy! :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/ck3-at-main-street-tavern Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:13:56 GMT
Latin Dancers! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/latin-dancers I was on assignment for CTPost.com today shooting a gallery for the Latin Music Festival in Stratford. In between shots, I had some delicious rice & beans and a (non-alcoholic) pina colada. I managed to take some photos of the dancers, too. One dancer was particularly compelling. Look at the wonderful energy in her body and expressions. I could have watched her all day!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) ctpost.com latin dancers latin music festival salsa dancers seen stratford https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/latin-dancers Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:23:11 GMT
Sunset Sessions https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/sunset-sessions Summer always comes too late and leaves too soon. I was thrilled to do some sunset beach sessions this year. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach family session milford ct silver sands state park summer sessions https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/9/sunset-sessions Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:06:45 GMT
Photos from the historic Oysterman's Pearl Studio! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/6/photos-from-the-historic-oystermans-pearl-studio Finally, I'm sharing photos I had taken recently at the historic Oysterman's Pearl studio in Bridgeport. The light in this place is spectacular. Enjoy! To help my photos be seen, please engage with the post by liking, commenting & sharing. It's much appreciated!  :D

The below photos were taken on a different day than the family photos.  ;)

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) boudoir session family session oysterman's pearl studio https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/6/photos-from-the-historic-oystermans-pearl-studio Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:58:00 GMT
Perfect lighting meets flawless subject https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/4/perfect-lighting-meets-flawless-subject My good friend Kasey Hilleary at KLH Photography kindly invited me to a recent photo session with Chloé (Chloe Malvezzi of of New York Model Management & John Casablancas CT). Chloé was wonderful to work with. She took direction well and provided us so many great looks and poses of her own.

The loft had such amazing light and detail. I can't wait to use it again. Here are some photos I shot during that session. Thank you, Kasey & Chloé for the opportunity!

I can never decide whether I like the color or the black & white shot better so I've included both.  ;)

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) black lingerie boudoir boudoir session chloe chloe malvezzi dawn kubie john casablancas loft new york model management perfect lighting sheets stained glass https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/4/perfect-lighting-meets-flawless-subject Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:37:46 GMT
Sanctuary City Rally, Bridgeport CT https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/2/sanctuary-city-rally-bridgeport-ct Last night an organization called Make The Road CT rallied in front of City Hall in Bridgeport prior to a City Council meeting to urge city leaders to create a committee concerning"sanctuary city" status for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city. Sanctuary cities are cities where police will not report immigrants to federal authorities unless they're accused of serious crimes. Those who spoke at the rally and at the council meeting pleaded for the status on the grounds that currently immigrants do not go to the police to report crime because they are worried about being deported. They made the case that immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to their communities.

Community organizer Alison Martinez-Carrasco, youth organizer with Make The Road CT, and other speakers engage the crowd:

Rallygoers:

Rallygoers close their eyes as a young woman asks them to imagine if they were forced to leave the home they love.

A young boy reads his speech off a device. A rapt audience of adults listens.

Senator Ed Gomes and other supporters inside the City Council meeting.

Please consider supporting Make The Road in their fight. This matter will come to a vote on February 20th. Come out and show your support! Their Facebook page is www.facebook.com/maketheroadct.

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) bridgeport ct city council city hall ed gomes make the road rally sanctuary city https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/2/sanctuary-city-rally-bridgeport-ct Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:37:13 GMT
One of my favorite places... https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/2/one-of-my-favorite-places I took this beautiful lady to her favorite off-leash dog park yesterday, Lake Mohegan. She has a bit more patience for me than my kids do when I constantly stop and take photos. Enjoy!

As you can see, she had a terrible time:

I also took a few cool double-exposure images. My Fuji X-T1 has a setting for that:

Tree scars:

Of the two "lakes," I enjoy the one in the back of the park the most:

For these shots, I crawled onto a little patch of ice on my belly and shot upside down. Then I turned the image right-side-up in editing:

I'm not sure what these trees are called, but we have them in our backyard, too. They share a trunk but grow into two separate trees:

Other details:

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Charlie dog dog park double exposure hiking lake lake mohegan off leash tree scars https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/2/one-of-my-favorite-places Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:14:21 GMT
MLK Day at Yale Peabody Museum https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/1/mlk-day-at-yale-peabody-museum For 22 years, the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT has held a hip hop dance competition on Martin Luther King Day as part of their MLK Day celebration. There was also an art contest, free books for the children, and plenty of places to sign up to be a community organizer. I encourage you to attend next year! What a wonderful way to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is free to the public and they also offer discounted memberships. The Peabody membership is reciprocal with participating museums 90 miles away or further. We were able to use our membership to get into The Intrepid. Here is a complete list of participating museums: http://www.astc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ASTCTravelPassport-Public-6ptfont-NOV2016.pdf

Here are a few photos I took with my Fuji XT-1 using my 24 lens. I shot at a high ISO without any flash in a dark room so you'll notice some grain.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) MLK Day Martin Luther King Day New Haven Peabody Museum get woke hip hop martin luther king jr. day mlk day protest songs https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/1/mlk-day-at-yale-peabody-museum Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:47:13 GMT
In the new year... https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/1/2017newyear These are all examples of the kinds of photos I'd like to be doing more of in the New Year. I really light up inside when I take photos like these. January is a great time to take inventory of you what you have and what you need more of. And I need more of this kind of work.

We all need that one thing that puts a spring in our step every morning.


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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Mission Zero Silver Sands artistic band photos, beach fashion glamour glamour shots, headshots https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2017/1/2017newyear Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:27:46 GMT
Sunset again at Silver Sands https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/11/sunset-again-at-silver-sands This year instead of doing lots of mini sessions with iffy lighting I've been focusing more on doing sessions at sunset with ideal lighting. I particularly like Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT which has both beach and grassy areas. Here are photos from my latest shoot with Ryann & family, our fourth session together!  <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach family session ideal lighting milford sunset session https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/11/sunset-again-at-silver-sands Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:26:43 GMT
We meet again! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/10/we-meet-again I was so fortunate to take her newborn pics as well as her first birthday/cake smash pics. She really enjoyed the cake. Luckily, mom grab some video because her little humming noises were too precious to be believed. It took great restraint for me to not gobble her up. So delicious! 

Here are my faves from our recent shoot!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) cake smash first birthday newborn newborn photos window https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/10/we-meet-again Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:51:04 GMT
Pink and Grey https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/7/pink-and-grey I've always loved the pink and grey color combination. It reminds of me of being 13 years old and combing the Connecticut Post Mall for pink and grey clothes. Invariably I'd find the Flashdance-style, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt. Then I'd continue looking for socks or something more conservative.

Anyway, enough about my penchant for a color combo and more about this sweet little darling!

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) baby girl newborn pink and gray pink and grey https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/7/pink-and-grey Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:23:49 GMT
Under the Sea Mermaid Session https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/7/newborn-family-shoot It's so wonderful to be able to add light and love to my days through my work. It's truly a blessing, just like this little angel. <3 She was so good. And her big brother was adoring, smiley and well-behaved (the trifecta!).  :D

The mermaid outfit and props were absolutely adorable! (Mom-supplied).

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family mermaid mermaid props newborn pitbull mix rescue dog session https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/7/newborn-family-shoot Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:48:42 GMT
Sunset at Silver Sands https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/6/sunset-at-silver-sands Lately I've been doing sunset sessions at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT (too many Ss!) At the "magic hour," about an hour before sunset, all of those harsh shadows disappear and the lighting is perfect. It doesn't hurt if your client has a stunning face and is a natural in front of the camera. She's my raffle winner as well; congratulations!

As I was going through the images to pick my favorites, I kept saying, "Oh my God look at her face. Oh look at this. Oh my goodness that face!" and so on. Ok so I was kind of talking to myself but the point is, this was her very first photo session. I was very impressed with her composure and ease.

This Sunday, June 5, I have one opening for a sunset session. Grab it now before it's too late!  :D Feel free to message me through my website or through my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dawnkubiephotography.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach first session milford milford, ct silver sands sunset sunset session that face wind https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/6/sunset-at-silver-sands Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:55:02 GMT
The Temptation https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/5/the-temptation Today is another rainy, foggy, grey day in Connecticut. This is the fourth day in a row. Baseball might be able to cheer us up. If only it were sunny enough to play...

As of last night, the two (most likely) candidates to fight over the U.S. presidency are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I know very few people who are particularly thrilled about either candidate. More than a few of us are despondent over the current state of politics in this country: the divisive rhetoric, the gridlock. The candidates will, no doubt, continue to pick each other apart until November and then we can look forward to a hotly-contested election. I anticipate hearing about long lines of people being unable to vote. I predict one or both parties voicing complaints.

At home, my husband and I continue to monitor our chronically ill child who is currently in remission (thank God!) My littlest one is struggling in a different way and is giving us all a run for our money. It consumes us almost daily.

I feel yucky. Or I should say, "I really want to feel yucky." I am tempted roll around in the mud and cry about how bad things are. I want to shed real tears over what's happening to my country. I want to hide in the basement under a blanket. I'm not going to do that, though.

After I finish this blog post, I'm going to meditate for a few minutes before my kids get off the bus. Then I'm going to "take a respite," as a friend had advised yesterday. This might include smelling the lilacs right outside my door or coloring with my own gigantic set of crayons that my children are rarely allowed to touch. It's very tempting to wallow and cry and feel sorry for ourselves. 

One of my best friends had this to say once, "Bad [stuff] is going to happen. What you need to do is prepare yourself for when it's going to happen instead of praying that it won't. Because it will happen." The best way to prepare for that is to be grateful for all the ways in which your life is going right. Today I'm grateful for:

  • getting a workout in first thing this morning
  • having the blessed job of photographing newborns
  • holding a sweet baby girl, just this morning (in between photos)
  • my dog, who is an immediate and constant 
  • reminder of the good in the world
  • food in my fridge, clothes in my closet (not all of them are old...), roof over my head
  • breath in my lungs

Here are some photos that put a smile on my face. Enjoy the rest of your day, my friends!  <3

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) donald trump grateful gratitude gray day grey day hillary clinton mud politics sad smile temptation https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/5/the-temptation Wed, 04 May 2016 19:23:43 GMT
That Little Smile https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/3/that-little-smile I don't know about you, but when I was a new parent and a smile would creep across my son's face, I didn't really care if it was gas. I knew I was getting a glimpse into something so sweet and so special; a preview to something I would probably have wait another month for! That's why, as a photographer and a mother, you're so excited if you can capture one of those smiles.  :)

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) girl little smiles natural newborn newborn session that smile https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/3/that-little-smile Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:36:48 GMT
I Love When "That Thing" Happens https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/3/i-love-when-that-thing-happens Some of my clients need headshot photos for dance and pageant auditions. In those cases, they usually need "smiley" photos. While I'm happy to oblige, I always ask my clients if they'll do some "serious" photos for me as well. I'm always blown away by the beauty.

When a young woman goes from smiling to serious, she looks mysterious and fierce (of course she's stunning when she's smiling as well!) I'm a huge fan of America's Next Top Model even though I'm nowhere near the demographic. There are a lot of good tips to be learned. Typically, the models don't smile and those are the photos I treasure most.

I'm so enamored of this young lady's face. I had a blast taking these.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) dance fierce headshots mysterious pageants smiling https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/3/i-love-when-that-thing-happens Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:15:47 GMT
Pining for the summer https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/pining-for-the-summer Summer is not my favorite season. I slather on far too much sunscreen, determined to prevent more wrinkles from gracing my face. Not to mention I burn so easily. I don't like being hot and sweaty particularly. A/C is necessary for those muggy New England days but I don't prefer A/C; I prefer the windows open and a cool breeze blowing in. I guess you could say spring is my favorite season. Plus spring means Easter, my second-favorite holiday.

That all said it's disgusting today. It's 43F and raining. The poor dog hasn't even asked to go outside. The skies are overcast and the backyard looks like a scene from a horror movie. There isn't a bit of green to be seen. Even the trees that are green are smothered in a sad, grey patina.

Let's harken back to a summer's evening at sunset. I'm ready to say goodbye to winter, aren't you? I absolutely love the colors she picked out! Such a beautiful family. And it was their anniversary, too.  <3

Summer sunset sessions are the best! My calendar awaits.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) breeze cool colors easter family session favorite season spring summer sunscreen sunset sunset session winter https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/pining-for-the-summer Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:52:14 GMT
Marc Anthony and Doing What You Love https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/marc-anthony-and-doing-what-you-love It took a lot of hours on the various equipment on the gym to come to a realization: I finally figured out what I want to do. At first, I was afraid because the only thing scarier than not knowing what you want to do with your life is knowing. Because once you know, you have to go and do it, right?

Right.

I've had a lifelong affair with music that started when I was very young. My parents had bought me a little turntable and I would put on the Dumbo soundtrack (and cry) and the Peter Pan soundtrack. When I was old enough, they let me use their turntable, on which I would play their records: The Beach Boys; Billy Joel; The Beatles; the Star Wars Soundtrack; Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire. The words were usually printed on the inside of the jacket so I would sit there for hours and learn all the words. In fact, this year's Grammys where Stevie Wonder sang an Earth, Wind & Fire song had me ugly crying. Anyhooooo...that's not the point. The point is my love of music and my love of photography should naturally dovetail. And so they are. And so they shall be.

Below are pics from the Marc Anthony concert at the Webster Bank Arena on February 14, 2016. He was gesturing and smiling to someone standing behind me. I didn't take a moment to see who it was because I didn't want to miss taking any pics. Turns out it was the adorable five year old he pulled up on stage. The crowd went crazy!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) doing what you love earth wind & fire grammys grammys 2016 marc anthony stevie wonder the beatles the eagles valentine's day https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/marc-anthony-and-doing-what-you-love Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:07:49 GMT
The Best Laid Plans of Mice...and Photographers https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/the-best-laid-plans-of-mice-and-photographers We had a newborn session scheduled for this little dude and what do you know: we finally got snow. Fast forward to several days later and he'd turned the corner and decided that it was pretty awesome to be wide awake for hours at a time. Also I suspect he had a case of FOMO (fear of missing out). As soon as I left, I understood that he slept the day away. Little stinker! Is he too cute?? The last photo I had to put in there. You're tired, little one! Go to sleep! LOL

No complaints; I'm doing what I love. Please enjoy!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) newborn snowstorm wide awake https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/2/the-best-laid-plans-of-mice-and-photographers Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:17:00 GMT
New Item: Birth Story Photo Book https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/1/new-item-birth-story-photo-book For 2016, I've put together something I'm very excited aboutl: it's your Birth Story in a beautiful book. The package includes a newborn shoot and whichever of the following sessions you'd like to add: maternity shoot; in-hospital shoot; three, six and nine month photos; first year birthday and Cake Smash. Your story may include photos with pets, siblings or nursing photos; it's all completely customized. I will travel to you for the photo sessions you choose, interview you via email, over the phone or in person and put it all together in a book. You'll receive the book, a USB drive with all of your digitals, potentially a sweet surprise and whatever print package you choose. Please message me for individualized pricing. I travel to CT and NY locations.

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) birth story book newborn pets siblings https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2016/1/new-item-birth-story-photo-book Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:13:25 GMT
Believe it or not, there is still time... https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/12/believe-it-or-not-there-is-still-time Just a more days until everything gets really crazy. I have one coveted slot available Sunday December 20th at 3:00 pm. You name the place and I'll be there. Turn around time is 24 hours. Email me with questions at dawn kubie dot yahoo dot com. Meanwhile, enjoy these family photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) christmas fall family photos https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/12/believe-it-or-not-there-is-still-time Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:51:36 GMT
Remember the Dobbs Ferry maternity session? https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/11/remember-the-dobbs-ferry-maternity-session It looked kind of like this...?

(If you haven't, go back and check it out; it's dated October 16, 2015  :)

Well now we've got some pics of baby girl! :D When I step into someone's home to do their newborn photos, I look for the room with the best possible natural light. The dining room in this home had this beautiful picture window with so much great light. Not only did I want to do photos near the window but I wanted to feature the window as well. My client was so happy with the suggestion because the very first photo of her son in their new home was of him looking at the window. She said, "Even people who haven't been to my home know this window." Please enjoy my favorites from this newborn session. And, as always, tell a friend. I love meeting new people.  :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) baby girl dobbs ferry newborn session window https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/11/remember-the-dobbs-ferry-maternity-session Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:21:28 GMT
Fabulous Fall! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/11/fabulous-fall As the height of the fall foliage left us, I got some pics of this delicious little dumpling and his mom and dad. Although he was not of posey newborn age, he still proved to be quite a photogenic (and sleepy) subject.

The foliage and weather really cooperated for the outdoor shots. I wish all my shoots could be so easy! Enjoy the pics. I have cancellations for the morning of November 7th. First come, first served!  :D

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) autumn fall family session infant leaves poconos rocking chair https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/11/fabulous-fall Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:36:56 GMT
Awesome Autumn! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/awesome-autumn October gets so busy with families getting their Christmas card photos done. It's great! Here are some highlights.  :D I'm still booking into November (and, for you stragglers and procrastinators, December).  ;)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Twin Brooks autumn fall family session leaves https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/awesome-autumn Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:31:43 GMT
Now You Pat the Bunny https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/now-you-pat-the-bunny I had never heard of Pat the Bunny before I had kids. Someone kindly gave us a copy as a gift when Sam was born. It was written in 1940 by Dorothy Kunhardt. It's the #6 all-time bestseller in children's books. So I did a little Pat the Bunny-themed newborn photo featuring our care-worn copy.

Baby girl is also sporting a handmade, knitted Minnie Mouse set. And brotherly love.  <3  Thanks for looking!  :)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) brotherly love dorothy kunhardt minnie mouse newborn pat the bunny rings on toes https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/now-you-pat-the-bunny Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:08:07 GMT
Dobbs Ferry Sunset Maternity Shoot! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/dobbs-ferry-sunset-maternity-shoot Mom had some great ideas for this shoot. I'm always excited to take art direction from my clients. Some of them have a photo of another child that they want or a photo of their husband as a child that they'd like to replicate. Dobbs Ferry at sunset was so beautiful. I had never been there. I intend to return! Our little toddler friend was not a huge fan of having his picture taken, but that's the case with most toddlers. I pulled out all of my tricks from my "photographing toddlers" handbook!  :)

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) maternity shoot, replicate sunset toddler https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/dobbs-ferry-sunset-maternity-shoot Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:57:24 GMT
What I've Been Up To Lately https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/what-ive-been-up-to-lately Does this ever happen to you? You take a bunch of pictures and then you never get the chance to show anybody? Yes, that just happened to me. Anyway,  I've had the wonderful opportunity to photograph these families recently. The first few shots are from a bookcover headshot photo shoot and the last few are from a cake smash! My fall schedule got so full, so fast! I'm very grateful. <3

 

 

 

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Twin Brooks beach cake smash, family photos, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/10/what-ive-been-up-to-lately Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:28:15 GMT
Wakeful Little Lady https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/9/wakeful-little-lady This little darling had apparently gotten word that I was coming by to take her photos and, suffering from a severe case of FOMO "(fear of missing out"), thought it would be best to remain wakeful through most of the session (you know, just to keep me on my toes). We tried everything: the white noise, the heat, the rocking, the binky...

Her best pal and bodyguard Dino was actually more cooperative, but I believe he considered himself to be "on duty." I kind of have a thing for dogs so there are a fair amount of photos of him. I couldn't help it!

So here is darling Emily, pictured with: her bodyguard; dad's Rangers jersey; and gorgeous pieces from her mom's wedding gown and veil. Our attempts to wrestle her into a tutu were not appreciated. To be honest, I think she enjoyed the hockey jersey the best. Thanks for looking!

I book 90% of my work through referrals so please "Like" and "Share"! Click here to book your family or headshot session: http://dawnkubiephotography.zenfolio.com/contact.html

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) FOMO baby and dog, baby girl, bodyguard hockey jersey, newborn session puppy love veil wedding gown wide awake https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/9/wakeful-little-lady Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:07:24 GMT
Crazy About Willie Nelson https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/crazy-about-willie-nelson I had one of the best nights of my life last week. Through sheer luck and by the kindness of a very sweet woman, Jaime Patel-Tangredi, I was able to meet the legendary Willie Nelson. 
 
When I was a little girl I spent a lot of time watching HBO. And what two movies were in heavy rotation on HBO in the early 80s? Honeysuckle Rose and Coal Miner's Daughter. I watched those two movies dozens and dozens of times. While I am not a big fan of modern country music, I really prefer old country: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn. I love that twangy, happy country music.
 
Armed with two copies of his autobiography and my camera, I went back-and-forth between Mr. Nelson's tour bus and his concert backstage hoping for the chance to meet him. In the meantime, I met his sister and pianist in the Willie Nelson & Family Band, Bobbie Nelson; his daughter; his manager; and his very talented harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.
 
Everyone embraced us with such sweet joy that the entire evening felt like a big, warm country hug. When Willie came off stage after his final song, I was there in the tour bus and Jaime introduced me. I offered my hand and he reached out and hugged me! Such a sweetheart! <3
 
I knew most of the songs he played and my kids knew some of them too, even though they mostly enjoy modern pop. They were absolutely delighted to have been backstage watching the show and have pretty much demanded that we listen to nothing but Willie Nelson since then. He has made two fans for life in those boys, that's for sure.
 
So please enjoy a few of the photos that I took while I was backstage. They are not for sale. I felt so privileged to be able to grab some photos of the living legend. What a night.
 
 
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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/crazy-about-willie-nelson Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:38:17 GMT
Exhibit A: Why You Should Do Photos Now https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/exhibit-a-why-you-should-do-photos-now There may not even be an Exhibit B for this one. I think it's pretty obvious why the magic sunset light is the best for photos. This family is so beautiful, gaaaaah!!!!!

So I'll admit; the toddler was not on his best behavior, but I pulled out all of my tricks and got some good shots. I did take some tips from my article, "The Top Five Most Reluctant Subjects and How to Get the Best From Them." http://photo.net/learn/basic-photography-tips/five-reluctant-subjects/   ;)

I've got a few openings next week and also into September! Email me at dawn kubie dot yahoo dot com for booking details and pricing. Like, Share and tell your friends!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family session magic light reluctant subjects sunset session toddler https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/exhibit-a-why-you-should-do-photos-now Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:16:33 GMT
I Am Not a Wedding Photographer https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/i-am-not-a-wedding-photographer I am not. And I'm not saying that as an excuse. I am a people photographer and one of my favorite people was getting married, a small-ish affair, and she needed a photographer. I was confident I could get a few nice pics for her despite the fact that I wasn't a wedding photographer.

The reason I say this is because I don't have the experience and training of a wedding photographer. They are a fully separate animal. As a general rule, sports photographers shoot baseball players; landscape photographers shoot mountains, oceans, and such; and food photographers shoot crusty bread sandwiches. One of my mentors and I had a good laugh the day I said, "Oh, I could never shoot weddings" and she said, "Oh, I could never shoot families." ("Shoot" in this instance means photograph, of course). I enjoyed myself despite myself.

And here are a few of my favorite pics from my bestie's wedding. <3

 

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CAKE SMASH! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/cake-smash This little one was soooooo good for his cake smash photo shoot! He actually sat in the chair and then actually sat in front of his little cake. He didn't snarf it and shove it fully up his nose like my kids did, but he had a few little bites. Mostly, he's just so stinkin cute! *sigh* Those dimples. You may remember him from Christmas time where he was wearing a cute little Santa hat and elf hat.

It seems to be a thing with him; I take WAY too many photos.  :D

Those eyes.

He pulled the cake stand closer, which cracked us up!

He kind of liked it? He wasn't really sure what to make of it.

Mickey Mouse! He's so bowled over by first birthday parties. I love that we caught him mid-fall.

I'm so available for cake smash photo sessions. Contact me for details. I'm happy to put together packages that include the cake, balloons and props!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) balloons cake cake smash dimples family session, first birthday mickey mouse https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/cake-smash Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:42:04 GMT
Five Awesome Reasons Why You Should Hire a Photographer https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/five-awesome-reasons-why-you-should-hire-a-photographer One of my biggest fans, who just happens to be my husband said, "Why would people pay you to do their photos when everyone has a camera these days?" Of course he already knew the answer, "Because you're awesome, light of my life" but he was playing Devil's Advocate so we'll let him get away with it. This time.

I may as well tell you why you should hire a photographer. Because you totally want to know, right?

5. Professional Photographers Hire Photographers

Unless you're Annie Leibovitz doing half-naked self-portraits in front of a mirror (and if you are, welcome! I'm a huge fan of your work!) then you're hiring a professional to take your family photos. The only way that I can get a photo of my entire family is to either hand someone my camera (HA!) or my phone (ok, maybe). However, my kids are most likely wearing T-shirts that read, "I Got Nothin But Game" or "All I Do Is Win" and I'm not putting that on my Christmas card. Even if we were all dressed properly, I'm getting ONE photo out of that. One. See below one photo with four bad T-shirts.

Baloo FTW.

4. We Know What We're Doing

That's right I said it: we know what we're doing. We're going to tell you where to stand, what to wear, where to look, what time to be there. You're going to like that all of that stuff is figured out for you. And it's going to make you look pretty smart.

3. Selfies Suck

My husband bought me a selfie stick for my birthday. It's cool and I actually kind of like it. Of course, it's a total necessity because now I can pretend someone's taking a picture of me for once. "Hey guys, look up there at my phone and smile!" If you're like me, you're getting sick of only appearing in photos by taking them at yourself. You're probably even kind of embarrassed sometimes, right? If you and I were on the beach together and I'm standing in front of you with a camera, you know what all the onlookers are saying? "Oh isn't that sweet? They're getting family photos done! What a fantastic idea!" (Please note below I have spared you my selfies. You're welcome).

2. Your Children Won't Listen to You

But they'll listen to me (it's ok, my kids don't listen to me, either). They will, however, listen to a stranger with a camera around his or her neck. My kids will listen to anyone who isn't me, but this is about your kids, not mine. In fact, I'll tell your kids what to do and you won't have to. That's the absolute beauty. I can be the bad guy! I'm not, of course, children love me. When you get in your car after all of your photos are done you'll say, "Wasn't that fun kids? Who wants ice cream??" and you'll all head off into the sunset so enchanted to have been in front of a lens.

1. You Should Always Hire People to Do Stuff You Don't Do Professionally

Now granted, photography isn't especially dangerous. If you tried to do your electrical work or roofing work yourself you could seriously injure yourself. For sure you need to hire those folks. But think about all the people you hire all the time: hairdressers, plumbers, masons, painters, orthodontists. You want things to run smoothly and look nice so you hire those good people, as you should. Photographers are a little bit crazy. They'd probably take photos for free all the time if you asked them to because they love it to their very core. But just because they're crazy doesn't mean they don't need to make a living. Which reminds me, I totally need photos done so please message me your rates. After you've "Liked" and "Shared" my page, which I appreciate. Thanks!

I am booking sunset sessions for the rest of the summer. Only a few weeks left so hurry!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) five reasons professional photographer selfies suck sunset sessions https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/8/five-awesome-reasons-why-you-should-hire-a-photographer Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:15:37 GMT
My Gorgeous Cousin Turned 30 https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/my-gorgeous-cousin-turned-30 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY GIRL!

We're 14 years apart and I love her to pieces. She told me she was doing a photo shoot last fall with a friend so I totally invited myself and took a bunch of pics. I mean, what is she going to do, say "No"? Exactly.

These were taken on Halloween of 2014. She's allowing me to share them now. (It's cool; I love her a lot). I couldn't make up my mind on the color v. the black and white so I'm sharing them both. And hey, while I'm at it, why don't I just share a whole bunch of photos of her that I've taken? Hooray! I was out of town for her actual birthday so I'm sure that by sharing all of these pics I'll be off the hook...


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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach beach session dress headshots sunset turning 30 https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/my-gorgeous-cousin-turned-30 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:26:35 GMT
The Art of Letting Go https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/the-art-of-letting-go I found myself on the beach of a small pond the other day with 10 balloons (Mickey Mouse colors!) and a camera with a wide-angle lens. Serendipity! A few days before, one of my good friends texted this our mutual friend and me: "Here is your assignment today. And I mean it. Buy yourself ten balloons and a Sharpie®. Write one giant heavy thing on each balloon. And one at a time, let them each go. Cry and ask the ocean for help as you release each one. Ask for help leaving it all behind and putting one foot in front of the other and ask for help to not look back."

So here I was with all of these balloons. And a Sharpie®, coincidentally. I figured I may as well do it too because, hey, I've got some heavy things I could stand to be rid of. It's not the ocean, but let's not nitpick.

Balloon No. 1. Let the letting go commence!

The first balloon we'll just call the "Gotye Balloon" and leave it at that.

I discovered something as I prepared to let go of Balloon No. 1. Firstly, the wind was blowing like crazy. I could not have chosen a more boneheaded day to deal with balloons as subjects. The wind was going to fight me. The balloons weren't going to neatly sail over the little picturesque pond as I had wanted them to. The balloons would not be photographed gently and slowly sailing upward. I was tempted not to let go at all. The flew so fast! I couldn't believe it.

This balloon in particular fought me with everything it had. It didn't want to stay where I held it. I said to the balloon, "I can't let you go!" because I needed to photograph it first. That made me cry because I worried that I wouldn't be able to actually let go of that particular balloon or, worse, of the message I had scrawled on it. But I did. And I cried. It was hard to finally watch it float away. I did it though; it's gone. It's probably hovering over Seattle by now.

No. 2: Feeling Like I'm Not Enough

It doesn't read, "Feeling like I'm not good enough." It reads, "Feeling like I'm not enough" as in, no matter how much me there is, there is never enough. I try to be two places at once and super-achieve to make everyone around me happy. I can't do it. How does feeling inadequate help me? How does that help anyone? It doesn't. Bye, Felicia.

I'm enough. See ya!

No. 3: THE PAST

This balloon was a toughie. Mostly because it's gigantic. As of this moment in time, I've experienced being born, preschool, grammar school, high school, two colleges, boyfriends, grandparents dying, new and old friends, work experiences, that time my bikini top fell down at Action Park...

In other the words, the past is actually kind of large. Because I'm not four. I wrote it in all caps to signify that it's a big thing. I suspect that if Yoda were involved, however, he would have told me that there was no difference.

Luke: I can't. It's too big.

Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.

And if you want to have a good time, you should Google "Yoda balloons images."

"Let it go, you should."

No. 4: WORRY

This next one is a bear. And it's all day long, every day. "Am I making enough money?" "Could I be sick and not even know it?" "What if my 14-year old car breaks down and it's 90 out and I don't have a big hat with me NOR am I wearing sunscreen?" "If my upper arms look like this now, what will they look like in 20 years??" etc.

Good news is, worry got out in a hurry. Keeping it away will be the real challenge.

No. 5: The need to be the PERFECT MOTHER

"Did I send the kids enough to eat for camp?" "Oh geez, the house is so messy. The boys are going to look back and only remember the mess." "Are the boys having a good childhood?" "Will they grow up and complain to their friends that I was such an awful mom for not letting them watch enough tv or eat enough junk food?" "I shouted at them and now they're scarred for life." "We don't take them enough places." "I put them to bed on time in the summer so they can get up early for camp. Both of those things must make me a bad mom."

Do you do that? Yeah, you should stop. I'm going to try. Hey, I wrote it on a balloon and sent it sailing, which is more than I had done the day before.

No. 6: Fear of Failure a/k/a Fear of Success

When I quit my full-time 9-5 in August 2015, it was because I assumed I would succeed. Why else would I do that, right? Running your own business is hard and blah blah blah. There is a little voice in the back of mind that says, "Work harder! Find something totally uniquely yours and stand apart! Do it NOW!!!" And then there's another voice that says, "Did you see that woman who did the underwater maternity photos? Yet another awesome idea that's taken. I'm not sure there are any cool or unusual things that haven't been done. Better keep your typing skills fresh. When was the last time you updated your resume?"

Ray LaMontagne wrote songs in a small, self-built cabin with no electricity and running water. He had a wife and small kids so I'm not really sure how he got anything done but the point of that small yet poignant story is that he didn't have anyone to which he could compare himself. He was making music in a vacuum. With the constant spray of social media, it's so hard not to compare yourself to everyone else on the planet. Even some 17-year old kid with a smartphone is somehow a legitimate threat to my photography business because of her brilliant use of the Hefe filter on Instagram, right? But seriously. I'm going to stop doing that. Which is why I'm doing more of this.

No. 7: The notion that I'm too SMALL to make a DIFFERENCE

Malala Yousafzai is one of my personal heroines. The wisdom, kindness, empathy, strength and courage this young woman possesses is so humbling and uplifting. As of the writing of this blog, she is 18-years old. She said, "Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don't I take a step and move forward." This is in no way an attempt to compare myself to a woman who transformed the lives of millions of people. I'm just taking a moment to point out that she's 100% correct. What stirs your soul? What would you change if you thought your voice mattered? What would you say if you thought anyone was listening?

The only way to begin is to START.

And finally, the photographer with the leftover balloons. Firstly, a woman holding black balloons shouldn't smile. She should always look like she wants to star in a sad GooGoo Dolls video. I'm still waiting for the phone to ring. Anyway.

As you can see, the wind fought hard against my little mission. How neat they would have looked straight up and down next to my head, right? Life isn't like that. Balloons (like children), apparently, don't do what you want them to. Balloons filled with helium have one mission: to fly upward. There was pretty much zero possibility that I would write on a balloon, let it go and it would sort of hang around, wistfully; pathetically dragging it's ribbon and getting it wrapped around my car's antennae. They were destined to fly from me (like my kids, right? *sob*). That's how I'm starting to think of these negative, heavy feelings that I'm dragging around with me: they are destined to fly from me. But they can't do that until I let them go.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Malala Yousafzai, balloons letting go, not enough, perfect mother the past, too small to make a difference, worry yoda https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/the-art-of-letting-go Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:14:27 GMT
Seven Reasons Why You Should Do Christmas Card Photos Now https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/seven-reasons-why-you-should-get-your-christmas-card-photos-taken-now I know what you're thinking: "Dawn, we don't want to hear the word 'Christmas' for another three months. Let us enjoy the blisteringly hot, muggy summer!" Please bear with me. This is about to make sense.*
 
7) Everyone is really cute and happy right now.

Even if you haven't been fortunate enough this summer to take an actual vacation, you've probably managed a couple of relaxing days at the beach or in the pool. Your kids don't have any homework and, whatever sports they have, even the super intense ones are finishing up or winding down. Wouldn't it be easy to gather up your loved ones for a night at the beach, eating a picnic dinner and getting photos done? Absolutely! It's a lot easier than saying, "Hey, it's 47 degrees outside but we need that Christmas card photo so get out there. Yes, you have to take your coat off. Your outfit is too cute to hide under that hideous jacket!"

6) Um, it's gorgeous out.

The park, the beach...in front of your house...it's all so lovely right now. Everything is so fully exploded in green. In October you'll be scrambling to get a pic in front a tree that hasn't quite lost all of it's leaves yet. And in November, well, they'll be in a sad, rotted pile and everyone will be freezing. Whatever money you will have saved on your fall mini session will be spent on hot chocolate and hand warmers.  

5) Beach photos at Christmas time make people so completely happy.

Have you ever opened your mail and found a Christmas card with a beach vacation photo on it? Didn't it make you feel so wistful and happy? Once December rolls around you'll be pining for this weather. Your adorable beach Christmas card photo will be a nice reminder that once, not so long ago even, you had concerns other than snow delays, wet mittens and holiday shopping. And, let's face it, your card will probably have a place of honor in the pile. Maybe even some dried teardrops on it.

I mean, I will take the below photo if you ask me to. Ok, maybe not this one. He clearly waited too long to get his act together for Christmas card photos and it really shows in his images.

4) If not now, when?

September? That's kind of funny when you think about it, isn't it. Have you ever gotten anything done in September besides get your kids to school every day fully clothed, maybe? School will be back in full swing and you'll be trying to gently roll out of summer without having a nervous breakdown. You're certainly not thinking about Christmas card photos. Although, I'll totally take them in September if you want me to. It's not like they'll come out bad...you'll just be too busy to remember to do them, is all.

3) Photographers want to put your photo session in the best position for success.

Beach photos at sunset are great, but sunset sessions happen only once a day. In the summer, photographers have an easier time scheduling those sunset sessions. Folks are generally around in the evenings if they're not on vacation and photo sessions can start around 7:00 or 7:30. Sunset sessions in October would have to begin around 3:30, not ideal for working parents. Plus it reminds you how depressing it is that the sun sets like 20 minutes after it comes up and that's not good for anyone.

2) You can actually save money!

I'm happy to work out prices that include digital copies of your photos. Then you can order your Christmas card photos whenever they go on sale. Who doesn't love a great sale??

1) Your sanity.

I saved the best for last. Weekends in the fall I tend to stack up a bunch of "mini session" at a local farm or park. It has to be on the weekend because of a) how early the sun goes down during the week and b) because of work and school schedules. The later into the fall it gets, the fewer timeslots I have available. I have had the occasional panicked mom who is booking into late November/early December because time just got away from her. But you? You'll be already done because you will have had a nice, relaxed beach session in the middle of the summer with me. I will have had lots of time to edit and return your images to you, you ordered at your leisure. By December 1st we could really just get together at Starbucks and laugh about how everything else is freaking out about their Christmas cards and you're sitting pretty.

*Ok. So it's totally possible that you've stumbled across this blog post in October and now you're kicking yourself. First of all, there's always next summer and secondly, I'm happy to fit you in. Don't worry, mama; we'll get it done. And hey, maybe you read this in July and thought to yourself, "This is dumb!" and now it's November and you're crying because you and your family barely survived a really stressful Thanksgiving and this will be the second year in a row that you didn't get your cards done. I've been there, mama. Just call me, no worries.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach sessions, fall sessions, family sessions mini sessions, sunset sessions, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/seven-reasons-why-you-should-get-your-christmas-card-photos-taken-now Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:35:20 GMT
How do you photograph the wind? https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/how-do-you-photograph-the-wind You chase it! This little ball of energy had little interest in sitting still. Few of my toddler clients do. So I run around after them until one or both of us passes out from exhaustion. Isn't he so cute??  :)

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family photography, family session, toddler twin brooks https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/7/how-do-you-photograph-the-wind Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:35:37 GMT
Sweet family of four https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/sweet-family-of-four I had such a good time with this family who had bid on and won a free photo session from me (hooray!).

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family of four family session, sunset trumbull twin brooks, two boys, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/sweet-family-of-four Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:54:25 GMT
Headshots! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/headshots While I love photographing newborns and I do it almost every day, what makes my heart leap is doing fashion shots and headshots. And photographing bands! Need an updated website photo? I'm your woman. And bands bands BANDS! (Did I mention bands??)

Here is a gallery of my greatest hits. I'm booking early mornings and late afternoons for the best light.  Book soon as I book up quickly! Email me at dawnkubie dot yahoo dot com.  :)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) audition bands beach best light, dance headshots portfolio https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/headshots Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:28:26 GMT
Dance, dance, dance! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/dance-dance-dance The girls' mom contacted me last year about doing dance photos and I happily obliged! It harkens me back to my days of taking tap and ballet. *sigh* Of course, the costumes now are much more awesome but the one constant that remains is: sequins. Lots and lots of sequins. :D

Enjoy! And please share with friends and family!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) audition dance dance photos, dancing girls headshot portfolio recital studio https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/dance-dance-dance Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:20:03 GMT
Oh how I love those toes! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/not-quite-newborn This sweet little angel was born early so we did her newborn shoot when she was several weeks old. How sweet is she? LOVE. A few shots of her toes were taken with my Fuji 56 lens at f/2. It's amazing how creamy the background gets at that aperture. I love my 56!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family session, newborn tiny toes, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/not-quite-newborn Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:52:24 GMT
Brother and sister beach photo shoot! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/beach-photo-shoot I know I've been posting a lot this week, but I definitely super overboard excited about headshot photo sessions. I'm looking to do more! Looking for a graduation gift? I do gift certificates, of course!  :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach brother and sister headshots siblings https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/beach-photo-shoot Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:04:46 GMT
My absolute fave: headshots! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/my-absolute-fave-headshots Of course I love photographing the newborns, but my true love is headshots. It just makes my little heart so happy. These are my most recent ones. Of course it totally helps that I adore this little girl. <3 Do you like the color or the black and white better?  :)

It was freezing cold and rainy. She was amazing!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) headshots little girl https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/6/my-absolute-fave-headshots Thu, 04 Jun 2015 01:27:28 GMT
Sweet Family with Two Boys Adds Baby Girl! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/5/sweet-family-with-two-boys-adds-baby-girl I do so love my job.  <3 Here are pics from my maternity shoot at Twin Brooks Park and subsequent newborn pics. Enjoy and thank you for reading!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Maternity shoot, maternity twin brooks, two boys https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/5/sweet-family-with-two-boys-adds-baby-girl Mon, 18 May 2015 22:35:17 GMT
Lightning sessions! My new favorite :) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/5/lightning-sessions-my-new-favorite A group of ladies approached me to ask if I would be interested in doing mini sessions. I agreed, of course, but suggested we do something even shorter especially since all of the women were moms with little kids. It was a success! I tackled this Lightning Session venture with my good friend, Kasey Levine Hilleary. You can check out her stuff at: www.klhphotography.biz

Here are a few of my favorite photos from that day. Contact me soon to book your lightning sessions!

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) lightning sessions, moms young kids https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/5/lightning-sessions-my-new-favorite Tue, 12 May 2015 13:07:32 GMT
We miss you, Maren https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/4/we-miss-you-maren In April of 2013, Maren did me a favor and let me take pics of her for some practice. I have her mother's permission to share them with everyone.

Maren wasn't a model; she was a photographer. She was like a grown person in a young person's body, wise beyond her years. She was a brilliant bright light. Please take a moment and enjoy her cover of "Home," too. We miss you, Maren. <3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6-6hVhbI40

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Maren Sanchez https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/4/we-miss-you-maren Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:56:27 GMT
When this little nuggest closes her eyes, you'll never believe what happens! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/4/this-little-nugget I thought I would word my blog this way since it seems that almost every post on the Internet lately is worded this way. And when you click on it, it's never anything terribly earth-shattering.

When she closes her eyes, she falls asleep! ;) Actually, at the time we were kind of amazed because she was awake until the very end. Little peanut. *sigh* You'd think after a while I'd get sick of all of these babies. Not a chance. <3

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family session, family shoot, infant girl, kailynn newborn session, newborn with sibling, pink https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/4/this-little-nugget Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:36:37 GMT
"M-I-C...see ya real soon! K-E-Y...why? Because we like you..." https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/3/-m-i-c-see-ya-real-soon-k-e-y-why-because-we-like-you M-O-U-S-EEEE."

I know, I'm dating myself. But this little munchkin just turned a year old and had a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party. Can you blame her? I was so obsessed with Mickey at that age. *sigh*

Here are my favorite pics from our session together. Please "Like" and "Share" my posts. I'd love to get the word out that booking these sessions! Thank you. <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Mickey mouse, one year old, toddler https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/3/-m-i-c-see-ya-real-soon-k-e-y-why-because-we-like-you Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:25:56 GMT
I Heart Cheeks https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/2/i-heart-cheeks I'm a sucker for those big cheeks. You might ask, "Dawn, how do you find the strength to not bite those cheeks?" It's an occupational hazard for sure, resisting those cheeks.  :D  This little angel was so good. Big sister was kind enough to make my Valentine's Day banner for me! If you like my pics, please comment and share. Thank you!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) baby girl, big sister, cheeks tattoo https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/2/i-heart-cheeks Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:05:28 GMT
Baby girl adorableness! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/baby-girl-adorableness This sweet little doll was so serious and so scrumptiously adorable. What a darling little face! <3 I was so excited to get some pics with the doggy and with her mom's awesome tattoos! Enjoy!  :)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) baby with dog, newborn pearls tattoos https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/baby-girl-adorableness Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:36:13 GMT
Forgotten headshots! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/forgotten-headshots I forgot to post these photos from the Plasko's Farm raffle winner. Such a beautiful girl, this tiny dancer! <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Plasko's Farm ballet dancer headshots https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/forgotten-headshots Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:14:29 GMT
More twin girls! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/more-twin-girls This week I had another lifestyle shoot for newborn twin girls, this time with one sweet big brother. He and I played trucks and Lincoln Logs while his sisters ate and mom and grandma rocked them back to sleep. You would never have believed there were three under 3 in that room. So quiet! Such a joy these two little cupcakes. Enjoy the pics!  :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) cupcakes newborns twin girls, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2015/1/more-twin-girls Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:28:13 GMT
Wait'll you see the little chunk-a-monka baby; you'll die from the cuteness. https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/12/christmascards2014 I've been lucky to be really busy this fall with family pics. Below are a few of my favorites. Such darling children! <3  Make sure to scroll all the way down!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) christmas cards, chunk-a-monka families https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/12/christmascards2014 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:36:56 GMT
Late fall afternoon at Silverman's Farm in Easton https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/late-fall-afternoon-at-silvermans-farm-in-easton Earlier in the day it had been so cold, the wind ripped through my sweater at my son's soccer game. I was almost dreading my late-in-the-day photo shoots. But it warmed up a bit and I had a great time. Here are some pics from one of those sessions; two beautiful sisters. <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Silverman's farm easton fall photos two sisters https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/late-fall-afternoon-at-silvermans-farm-in-easton Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:01:30 GMT
Plasko's Farm Raffle Winner! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/plaskos-farm-raffle-winner I held a raffle at the Scarecrow Festival at Plasko's Farm and the winner contacted me and already had her photos done! So exciting. As you'll see from the photos, she's a dancer. Newborns and headshots are the most fun; two of the happiest clients.  ;)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Twin Brooks dancer headshot https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/plaskos-farm-raffle-winner Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:44:02 GMT
Yay for newborns! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/yay-for-newborns Have I mentioned lately how much I love doing this? This is something I would do for free if I could.

Thanks for looking, liking and sharing!  <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) newborn boy pumpkin hat, rings on toes santa suit, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/yay-for-newborns Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:39:45 GMT
My full twin baby girl session! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/my-full-twin-baby-girl-session I love these little dolls. I was at the house practically all day. I was ready to move in. I even got to hold them, snuggle with them...smell their little newborn heads. Ok, I'm getting carried away. I miss my little ones being babies but photographing newborns is the next best thing!  :D

I'm available weekdays for newborn shoots. This shoot was more of a lifestyle shoot but I can also come with a full studio and props. My email address for bookings is dawnkubie dot com.  :)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/11/my-full-twin-baby-girl-session Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:15:51 GMT
Plasko's Farm mini sessions are up! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/plaskos-farm-mini-sessions-are-up I had so many mini sessions at Plasko's Farm in Trumbull this year I thought that maybe I'd have to move in! They were very sweet and accommodating. I hope we brought them some business. It's a lovely little family place. Here are some of the pics from the last few weeks:

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Plasko's farm fall mini sessions, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/plaskos-farm-mini-sessions-are-up Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:28:15 GMT
Sweet little newborn baby girl *sigh* https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/sweet-little-newborn-baby-girl-sigh I am SO loving what I do. Look at this sweet face.   It's the best feeling to capture this fleeting time for my moms. I wish I had done it for my kids. Those bendy, sleepy newborn photos have to be done in a very small window. This little angel was so good for me; she slept pretty much the whole time. :D Enjoy, "Like" and "Share"!  (I just had to do the Halloween sock monkey photo. I <3 sock monkeys!).

When you're thinking about gifts for the holidays, consider a Gift Certificate for someone you know who is expecting. You can easily purchase one through my website. Email me for details. :)

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) fall family session, leaves newborn sock monkey, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/sweet-little-newborn-baby-girl-sigh Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:45 GMT
Darling little newborn! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/darling-little-newborn I get my heart stolen every time. And not just because he's a Yankee fan. Enjoy!  :D


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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/darling-little-newborn Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:09:02 GMT
CAKE SMASH! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/cake-smash My first cake smash photo shoot! So fun. We did the photo shoot on her actual first birthday. She had a lot of her own ideas, but we managed to chase her down and get some cute ones. Isn't she stunning? *sigh* I love working with babies. I love that she used the cake to smear all over the "ONE" sign. :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) cake smash fall little girl one year old pink tutu https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/cake-smash Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:32:19 GMT
Another fun sunset shoot! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/another-fun-sunset-shoot My friend Angela and I have a wonderful deal going: she does my hair and I take her pictures. And you should totally call her, she's great.  She's at Red Salon in Westport. We did the photo shoot with her husband Joe and their two adorable boys, one of whom was diagnosed with Type I diabetes last year, almost the exact same time that Sam was diagnosed with JIA. Below is a link to JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page. Please consider donating!

https://secure3.convio.net/jdrf3/site/Donation2;jsessionid=47260406F4EEAC5300A808465624DCBC.app340a?idb=1160005326&df_id=12199&FR_ID=3921&PROXY_ID=9118038&PROXY_TYPE=20&12199.donation=form1&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=bfDskFbPfSched

Here are some of the pics we got. Those boys are sooooo delicious!  :D

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach family session, sunset two boys, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/another-fun-sunset-shoot Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:04:43 GMT
Sunset beach photo session: the whole thing! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/sunset-beach-photo-session-the-whole-thing It turns out I took 6,000 pictures that night on the beach. Their little boy didn't want to be held much and pose for pictures, but we managed to get him to smile. I don't think Maegan is capable of taking a bad picture. Enjoy! Please "Share" and "Like," thank you. <3

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) beach family of three family session, sunset https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/sunset-beach-photo-session-the-whole-thing Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:33:30 GMT
Handsome couple, kids and grandparents! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/handsome-couple-kids-and-grandparents I recently had a family session with this handsome family. We got a few pics of them with their classic cars. Reminded me of my Cruise Nights at The Greeks' back in the day. Lots of coffee; lots of French fries. I certainly don't miss smelling like a fry-o-lator!  :)

The boys were so sweet, coming up with places where they wanted to stand.  I love when the kids get involved! Their grandparents were there, too.  What a darling family.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) boys classic cars, family session handsome https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/10/handsome-couple-kids-and-grandparents Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:08:34 GMT
Shipping Discount! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/shipping-discount There are all sorts of awesome products available through my website vendors, including photo albums, holiday cards and sports memorabilia (your child's face on a trading card or a ticket!) I've created a coupon for a discount on shipping.  The discount code is "DISCOUNTME," which will get you $10 off shipping on any order over $50. :D  This coupon will work through November 30, 2014.

Here is an example of the trading cards I'm getting for my son, Sam.  He's going to be so excited!

 
* Watermarks will not be printed
 

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) shipping discount sports memorabilia https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/shipping-discount Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:54:39 GMT
Sweet Sisters https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/sweet-sisters I'm blessed with a younger brother and two sons, but I have to say these little girl photo shoots make me so happy. LOL

How sweet are these two girls? My heart.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) newborn and sister, outdoor session sisters https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/sweet-sisters Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:21:33 GMT
Open for Business! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/open-for-business Hello everyone!  :D

As of September 1, 2014 I am open for business full-time. SO excited! It allows me to do two things I love: 1) hold and photograph babies and 2) meet my boys at their bus stop every day.

I've been working part-time taking photos for years but it was time to take the leap so I did! I'm available during weekdays for newborn, infant and preschooler sessions. I do have some weekends available for family photo sessions which are scheduled around my sons' baseball and soccer games.

See what I've been up to!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family full time, newborn open weekdays https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/open-for-business Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:29:42 GMT
Sweet Little Brand New Girl https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/sweet-little-brand-new-girl I got a little emotional editing these images. She's just too beautiful! I get to see her again this week to photograph her and her big sister. I can't wait! Little angel.  *sigh*  She was only five days old when these were taken and we got some alert moments.  They're usually so sleepy then.  :)

So grateful for these opportunities.  <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/sweet-little-brand-new-girl Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:21:50 GMT
Adorable Infant Steals Photographer's Heart https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/adorable-infant-steals-photographers-heart Anyone who knows me knows that I have had all the babies I'm going to have. I consider myself pretty lucky to have two. Now that I am seeing babies on a semi-regular basis it's really kind of tempting to want more. But then I get my baby fix and I'm ok for a little while.

This amazing little peanut was so good. I didn't want to leave. <3  *sigh*   He was only seven weeks old at the time of our session. He'll be working out his torticollis soon so he won't have that stiff neck, little angel. Such a sweet child! And I kind of want his mother to be my new best friend because she was lovely inside and out. Anyway, so here are their pics!  ;)

 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Kwin infant session mother and son https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/adorable-infant-steals-photographers-heart Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:53:30 GMT
Mother and Daughter at Sunset https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/mother-and-daughter-at-sunset I last did a photo shoot for this little munchkin a few years ago and then again last week. I love comparing the photos (see below!  :). Her mother and I go way back and she's just as lovely as ever.  <3  While I do some posed shots with kids and their parents, I love getting pics of them being wild and free. Teagan likes to do gymnastics for me.  :D

Did I mention that I really love this job?

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) backbends cartwheels holding hands mother and daughter sunset session https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/mother-and-daughter-at-sunset Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:41:42 GMT
My Second Family https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/my-second-family Every Labor Day in upstate New York, my husband and I attend a family reunion. Bubba's been going up there since he was five. I've only been going for the last 11 years (ok, I missed one!). I'm always asked to photograph the golf tournament, but most of these are pics that I can't help but take.  I love my second family!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) family reunion upstate new york https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/9/my-second-family Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:15:28 GMT
Camping with the fam at Brialee! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/camping-with-the-fam-at-brialee I've been going to Brialee Campground in Ashford, CT since I was little.  It's my happy place.  :) 

We went this past weekend and had a great time!  There is SO much to do for the kids there (and the grownups!): horseshoes, basketball, baseball, bocce, mini golf, jungle gyms. There's an arcade and a snack bar. They have crafts and scavenger hunts and hayrides. I like the pond, but there's also a pool. If you bring your dog, there's Pet Beach at the other end of the pond where they can swim. Then of course there's the office store which has such great candy. ;) The best part is, my kids love it. Here's a link to their website: http://brialee.com/

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Ashford bridge camping sunset https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/camping-with-the-fam-at-brialee Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:17:59 GMT
I Heart Baseball https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/i-heart-baseball I don't watch nearly as much baseball as I use to. Of course, that's nearly impossible because I watched every single pitch of every game.

I love the cadence of baseball; the grace. I love the green grass. I love the sound of the crack of the bat. (I love the uniforms <3).

Camera + baseball = you guessed it: baseball photos.

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Bridgeport Bluefish v. Long Island Ducks

Yankee Stadium

Paul O'Neill at Old Timer's Day (can't you tell??)

Oh, Tino.  *sigh*

My kid and the flag in the outfield

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) baseball bridgeport bluefish yankee stadium https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/i-heart-baseball Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:33:07 GMT
Matt the Balloon Man! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/matt-the-balloon-man We were lucky enough to attend TWO birthday parties with the kids where Matt the Balloon Man was providing his balloon wizardry and I was quite impressed.  So impressed was I, in fact, that I asked if I could put his photos on my blog to show everyone how cool his balloon folding creations are!  He puts some of his creations on a headband so you can wear them around.   As a parent, you'll appreciate this because a) the kids don't pop the balloons instantly and b) the kids aren't tempted to immediately start fighting with them which causes a).  I apologize in advance as these are not my best photos, but it's all about Matt right now.  ;)  His contact details are the bottom of this blog post.

The making of Superman (see the finished one at the end!)

Gone fishin'

How cute are these??  :D

Ok, you have to have some swords, too.

Sweet little flower headband

Hulk smaaaaaaash!  The six-pack of muscles kills me.  :D

This was mine: darling little ladybug.  Although I had some trouble at time trying to get my camera over my head.  ;)

"There goes the Spider-Man!"

How awesome is Superman???????  I love it so much!  Great job, Matt.

For information, or to book an event, call (203) 514-0148 or e-mail MattTheBalloonMan@gmail.com

www.MattTheBalloonMan.com

Matt's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MattTheBalloonMan

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Matt the Balloon Man balloons birthday party https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/matt-the-balloon-man Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:52:59 GMT
Big family photo shoot! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/big-family-photo-shoot Four siblings got together for one big photo shoot with all of their significant others and children as a surprise for their parents.  I haven't been able to share them on Facebook until today.  So excited!  These children are so insanely beautiful.  Ahhhh!!!  What a joy to photograph.  I left this session on Cloud 9, for sure.  *sigh*

I've been particularly excited to share this shoot because the second it was over, I got in my car, started my engine and thought to myself, "I am so excited about this wonderful adventure I'm about to embark on!"  Yay second career! 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie Photography big family blue bows connecticut photographer family family photo shoot family photographer session" white dresses https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/8/big-family-photo-shoot Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:17:43 GMT
More TUTU Maria! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/more-tutu-maria Fellow Trumbull mama Elaine Koutsitzis has this adorable tutu business called "TUTU Maria."  I had the pleasure of photographing Elaine's daughter and niece in their adorable TUTU Maria tutus and headbands.  As I reminded her, I still am not trying for the girl but boy it's really tempting!  I guess I know what I'm getting my nieces for Christmas.  :D

Here's a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tutumaria24

And here are those sweet little dolls and their tutus squeeeeeeeee!   :D  The purple one with the bow is Elaine's new style (see the second picture). 

 

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie, Elaine Koutsitzis TUTU Maria, ballet girls little girls, tutus twirling https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/more-tutu-maria Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:58:18 GMT
Rockin' the Thumbtack! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/rockin-the-thumbtack The other day I signed up with Thumbtack and I've already received requests for a couple of quotes.  Yes, please!  :)  Totally psyched.

This is what it looks like:

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This is what goofiness looks like:

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/rockin-the-thumbtack Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:52:27 GMT
Some Photographers Shoot Weddings https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/some-photographers-shoot-weddings When I first started getting serious with the camera, a lot of people encouraged me to photograph weddings because "All of the money is in weddings."  The advice was perfectly kind.  How lovely that someone wanted me to make money at what I love to do.  However, photographing weddings is not what I love to do. 

I had a wonderful conversation with an old friend the other day who just so happens to be an amazing wedding photographer (Ashley Therese Photography!).  We were laughing because one definitely doesn't feel comfortable shooting what the other one shoots.  For several reasons, weddings just aren't right for me.  There are a lot of reasons why photographing families and children is right for me.  A few are:

  • When I'm out and about at Starbucks, the grocery store, etc., it's almost painful for me to look at a beautiful child without my camera in my hand.  It physically hurts.
  • I'm comfortable with the energy that children bring to a photo shoot.
  • The children I photograph during my family sessions can be enjoyed and given back to their parents.  It's like being a grandmother!
  • Photographing children reminds me of the beauty and the goodness of the world.
  • If all of my memory cards exploded in the car on the way home, chances are I could re-do the session at a small inconvenience to all parties involved vs. a wedding, which is a one shot deal.
  • I photograph buildings and flowers in my spare time anyway.
  • Anyone who ever chose to photograph weddings solely to make money is now a very unhappy person. 

Below are some photos from my latest family session on the beach in Milford.  Such a lovely and enthusiastic family.  When the session was over, I felt even more confident about the choice I've made.

Dawn Kubie is a newborn and family photographer currently booking sessions for Fall and Winter 2014.  Please contact through the website for details about travel and pricing.

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie Photography Dawn Kubie, Milford Milford, CT Walnut Beach, children family photographer, family session, sunset https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/some-photographers-shoot-weddings Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:37:37 GMT
How I Photograph My Kids https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/how-i-photography-my-kids How do I photograph my kids?  Usually I chase them around with my cell phone and try to get candid photos.  If I actually break out the "real" camera, it's usually met with "Mooooooom!" and an annoyed look.  I usually resort to some sort of begging like, "Awww, come on, I'd love to have a pic of you on vacation!" and "Just one more, I promise!" which is why I'll be hiring a professional photographer to do our next family shoot, as should you!  ;)  Until I do, I'll continue with the methods below:

"Ok now jump in the air!  Get funky!"

"Squish together you guys!"

"Squuuuuuush!"

"Whatchu doin, mister!"

(expert stalking)

(more stalking)

"Oh my God, it would be so cool if you guys would lay down on the dock so I can test my settings before my client comes!"

"Do your 'Cool Guy' stance, yeah!"

Tickling!

Some methods that didn't work so well:

"Pleeeeeeeeeeeease look at me?"

"Are you guys laughing at me?"

"Welp, I guess that's the one that's going to ESPN..."

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Connecticut photographer, Dawn Kubie, Trumbull Connecticut Trumbull photographer family photos, family session, two boys, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/how-i-photography-my-kids Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:26:11 GMT
Do What You Love and Love What You Do https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/do-what-you-love-and-love-what-you-do When I got my first iPhone (I know; a sentence should pretty much never start that way), I took pictures of everything.  I did lots of macro-looking stuff like closeups of flowers and rusty old mailboxes and such.  I Instagrammed everything (as one would assume).  It started the whole "Let's take a picture of every sunset we see!" phenomenon as well, which is a little over the top.  Naturally, I used the iPhone to take pictures of my kids.  Lots and lots of pictures of my kids.  Then I convinced my husband that I needed a "real" camera and subsequently got the Nikon.  The natural progression was for me to photograph other people's children. They're readily available, adorable and usually quite cooperative.  Turns out, photographing other people's families is even more gratifying than taking pics of daisies and sunsets.  Especially when the families are as fun and beautiful as this one.  I look forward to seeing them every time.  <3

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie Photography Dawn Kubie, family session, four kids kids mom and kids, siblings https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/do-what-you-love-and-love-what-you-do Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:46:22 GMT
The "Why" https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/thewhy When I chose to be a paralegal, the "Why" was simple: I wanted to have a job where I didn't have to take a Silkwood-style shower at the end of every day.  As much as I loved flinging burgers around a grill, I was ready to wear something other than a T-shirt all day.  And hey! Let's use this slowly atrophying brain for something other than counting change and scooping tartar sauce.  (Also, I really love to type.  I do.)

As the years went by, my Why morphed into other reasons; some to do with money, some to do with personal development.  Eventually, the Why I Love Photography became much more important to me than Why I'm a Paralegal.  Why?  Well, firstly, I can't not do it.  I had three photo shoots this weekend and I still took pics of bees and butterflies!  LOL  Secondly, I love children's sweet little faces.  I love to capture them during these precious moments of childhood.  Sure, my own kids drive me nuts sometimes, but I look back to those photos of them as tiny, innocent little cherubs and I'm reminded of the part they play in making my life beautiful.  I'm grateful to have those memories to look back on as I grow older or if I find myself getting too cynical about the world.  It's corny but true that they're only this small once and every day they're a little older. 

The families I photograph help to nourish me and I hope my photos do the same for them.  It's a symbiosis.  Thank you, families!

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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie Photography Dawn Kubie, connecticut photographer, connecticut photography, family photographer, family session, https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/7/thewhy Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:23:04 GMT
Sweet family of four https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/6/sweet-family-of-four Saturday morning, I grabbed my props and my gear and headed to a newborn session.  The main focus was the newborn session, but we were going to do a few shots of all the kids together, too. What a sweet, charming bunch they were!  We put them all on the bed together and I started to see all of these sweet moments: big sister's reaction to the baby; big brothers' reaction.  What lovely children.  *sigh* 

My children are no longer babies so what better way to spend my Saturday then rocking a beautiful tiny newborn.  I didn't want to give him back, but they seemed to like him an awful lot so I decided to leave him there.  ;)  Have I said I have the best job ever?  I do.


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(Dawn Kubie Photography) Dawn Kubie connecticut photographer, ct photographer, familly session, newborn photography, newborn session, siblings https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/6/sweet-family-of-four Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 GMT
THE NEW GIG: BABIES! https://www.dawnkubie.com/blog/2014/6/the-new-gig-babies I'm SO ve