family is king. | long island new york in home family & child lifestyle photographer | grace photography by max grey


where do I begin?

this session was the first of 3 we have already had, and there must be some cosmic pull in the universe that brings certain people together because Liz and I were more than likely separated at birth.

when she first contacted me she said, “I think these are the kinds of pictures I am ready to decorate my house in.” That was all I needed to hear!

This kind of photography is hard for people to visualize seeing on their walls. A typical image of everyone looking at the camera is one we all expect and have growned to accept as “wall worthy” in a mainstream kind of context.

It has been hard and liberating at the same time to break that mold.

I am humbled time and time again when I get to spend a few hours in the unapologetic, authentic, world people create. It isn’t always perfect and pretty, but what “perfect” & “pretty” is subjective. It is the literal lives of people I like to see.

throw it at me.

so, a little about this specific session…

lots of character under this roof. Sassy Sadie, the big sis, loves her stuffed animals, dressing up in moms heels, books, being a show stopper, and way beyond her ripe age of 6! Her little brother Bennett is a mush. He has this need to please, but loves to follow Sadie into the world of “forget what authority says, I’m doing what I want” <~~~~ (best part of their dynamic, in my personal opinion).

It was so nice seeing girlfriend Sadie get her fem on, while Bennett played trucks with dad. It was like I was in two different worlds at once. Thank you children.

mom & dad.

Liz is just wild. She is a secret wild. Such a person full of life, and fun and knows when to unleash it at just the right time.

Matt, one of my favorite dudes! Quiet, calculated, and then BAM comes out with some of the funniest things ever. He also has some really cool hobbies. One being that he builds fatbikes. Bennett loves to help him, and I have to say it was hard to document that, when I wanted to learn how to build them too!

Oh and Sadie is really fun to text with. She will send you emoticons and you have to decipher the message. We totally become pioneers of a new language!

Love them, I really do.

My families are so fantastic.

I would love for you to read this little (not so little…) pictorial rather than my rambling….


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a belly, a boy, & a touch of color. | long island NY in home family, child, & maternity lifestyle photographer | grace photography

I will be the first to admit that I am not a maternity photographer, but being that it is personal and every pregnancy is unique to the individual, I find my way around a maternity session, and end up loving it.

this was a mini maternity session, she booked once she booked her birth – which you can view HERE – and her newborn session – already blogged HERE .

it’s fun doing a recap of life events I have documented for so many people, when I blog their sessions.

remembering when big brother was an only child, but seeing how excited he was to have a younger sibling (which, the sex of the baby happened to be a surprise – awesommmeeeee). really brings me back to the whole experience surrounding this family.

I could feel the anticipation and mood of this household in such an eclectic way, that it really set the mold for how the session was going to end up.

enjoy the story!

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girls. | long island new york in home lifestyle storytelling photographer | grace photography

oh my.

what fun I had at this session. Anyone recognize them? That is Summer from Summer Lyn Photography, and her beautiful children.

she asked me to do a very very personal session. a day in the life session. documenting something that she cherishes day after day.

personal time with her girls in the morning.

the connections. the dynamics. the most profound experiences for any parent.

I am blown away time and time again at the relationships families have built amongst each other. I love entering a home and just feel immediately drawn to their energy.

the energy from Summer & her family was unreal.

for a moment, I was  a part of this family. just for a moment. it was perfect.

tell me, can you hear their laughter? Can you feel their so very different personalities radiating?

here is their story. xoxo

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harper & a half. | long island ny baby & child photographer | grace photography

Happy half!

6 months is so bittersweet for parents. They are still babies, but no one can believe how fast the 6 month came, and then in another 6 they are 1.

A year.


BUT, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Lets talk experience.

Sometimes I get a house…

that makes my jaw drop. This was it. Delicious light, and colors. Every bit of decor just, well..


The family. Oh my how fun. Little baby Harper is really just incredible. You need to meet her to understand. She is exquisite. Beautiful, emotive, extremely willful. Loved her.

Mom and dad seriously had me cracking up the whole time – I can see where Harper gets her silly side from. Involving their pet “horses” (see if you can spot them hehe) and Harper’s “Bebe” made things much more fun.  I really honestly love unwrapping the true soul of a family while I’m behind my lens. I feed off my client’s energy.  That is what makes the session.

and this one…


Happy Life. | Long Island NY Baby Photographer | Grace Photography

The day was absolute perfection.

Their backyard was stunning, and their radiance was even more stunning.  Their little sweetie pie was just about 3 months old, and they were still beaming as if she was only a few days old.

You know that old cliche saying of, “can’t you just feel the love?” Yes. I most certainly did.

I love when my clients tell me exactly what they want.  Makes my job much easier, because let’s face it…the client knows best.  They give me the inspiration, and I make it happen.

I do have to say,  little baby Mira made my job a whole lot easier with those bright eyes and cheery face.

So, needless to say, Drawing inspiration from this family was