Idalia’s Nursery

With Idalia’s first birthday fast approaching (!!), I thought it might finally be time to post photos of her nursery. Having two kiddos has really taken over my blogging time, so this post is, oh, nearly a year late. But hopefully worth the wait! Back before we knew that Perry’s name would be Perry (before we even knew he was a “he”!), we just called his room “the Explorer’s room”, and I really went for an exotic vibe in there. This time around we had an advantage, interior-design-wise: we didn’t get around to doing Ida’s room until she was a[…]

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Jenna and Adam are having another baby

My wonderful sister-in-law Jenna is due to give birth to my new niece in about three weeks! I’ve been shooting (and sharing) family pictures of these beautiful people for many years now, of course, but one of the most memorable shoots was in Hawaii during Jenna’s pregnancy with Logan (I was also pregnant with Perry at the time, and we took a joint babymoon – so fun!). We decided to keep that in mind as we did this shoot. Here are a few highlights from that original maternity shoot: Idalia and I made a quick weekend trip up to Seattle[…]

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Welcome, Idalia Kai Grammatas!

On February 24th, at 12:30 am, I gave birth to a wonderful, beautiful, healthy baby girl. She came about 3 weeks early, catching us a little bit off guard, but Lefteris is a veteran dad now and he got the house, and Perry, in order while I labored at home for a few hours. We had a wonderful experience at the hospital, and truly couldn’t have imagined a better labor and birth overall. Now we’re home with our daughter and her big brother, settling into our new normal family life and loving it. She’s an amazing baby – so good-natured[…]

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Perry is one!

Perry’s first birthday was on Friday, and I can’t believe it…like I REALLY can’t believe it. He’s so much fun these days, and I am so, so lucky to be able to spend so much time with him. I love our little family, and I love my son like crazy. I’m extremely thankful. Since this is a monumental occasion, I felt that we needed a “formal” portrait. Did you know you can get a baby-sized tuxedo on Amazon for twenty-six bucks? Yep.

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Anna, Teo, and Chloe family portraits

On our way back from Anastasia and Panagiotis’s wedding, we shared our ferry ride with Anna and Teo and their beautiful daughter Chloe. I was thrilled to do some photos of them, but definitely less than thrilled with the light on the boat. Surprisingly these ferries often have tiny windows and sad flourescent light inside. And outside, there’s plenty of light but it’s not ideal for a baby! In any case, that made for an interesting challenge photography-wise, which I suppose is just keeping things interesting since this family is so terrifically beautiful that it would all just be too[…]

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Anastasia and Panagiotis’s wedding in Skopelos

This wedding experience was a multi-day affair on the Greek island of Skopelos – most famous as the island where Mamma Mia was filmed. And, I feel I should start out by saying that Skopelos is every bit as beautiful as you’d hope in real life – honestly, even better than in the movie. Guests arrived on ferries and stayed in the beautiful town. On the Thursday before the wedding, there was a traditional ceremony at the bride’s family’s house where the older female relatives of the bride and groom came together to make traditional sweets. The sweets were made[…]

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Peter K headshots

En route to Greece for a couple of weeks, we stopped off in London to see old friends and visit old haunts. Four days in London was exactly right…all of the good stuff and we were gone before I got too irritated at all the things that used to bug me. 🙂 Now if we can only convince our friends to move closer to us… One of the highlights of the trip was doing a quick headshot session for my very very good friend, the talented artist Peter. We had a 30 minute window between a stop at the flat[…]

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Mommy & Me (& Mohawks)

It started with a washable marker and a comb. …and a black backdrop (just muslin – about $30 from Amazon – required some touchup afterward, but that was easy peasy). And now, we have a fun and unique portfolio of 8-month-old photos of Perry. If you look closely, you can even see his one-and-so-far-only tooth in a couple of these! I set up the lighting and camera, and Lefteris clicked the shutter on the photos that incude both of us. We used one flash shot through an umbrella, balanced with either the bounce from a large reflector on the opposite[…]

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