first rolls. long island new york film photographer. grace photography by max grey

I miss it.

film days.

how I learned, and oh how I took it for granted!

I decided to try my hand at a full manual, simple, no bells and whistles required, medium format Bronica. Boy is it fun.

the crank is exhilarating. I feel liberated, and at peace.

I didn’t even care how the scans came back, the act of shooting that bronica was all my artist heart needed.

I became a member recently of a fantastic film forum on facebook, filled to the brim with incredibly talented and helpful women, ‘the film mama’.

we do a blog circle every month, and this is my first post, and appropriately, with my first two rolls of film.

most of these images were shot at 1/15th shutter speed, f/2.8 and 4oo speed film. proud of the mess & all the film “oopsies”, and I can’t wait to dig deeper.

after you spend some time here, hop on over to see Jeanine Phelps of, Bella Jewel Photography for some of her film greatness this month!

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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and then there was a boy. | long island new york in home newborn & family photographer | grace photography

oh my what a session.

so, we had twin girls, another little sis – so yes, 3 girls – and now a boy.

the fun in this house is just pure awesome. these girls were so helpful and the doting over him was truly delightful.

I also have to say, the youngest sis, was super psyched for me to meet their elves. yes, their elves on the shelves (hehe). and who gets two elves? told you these kids were cool. 😉

so the little one. little Giovanni. he gave me the most fantastic eye contact and was so easy to please. he wanted to be a part of the action. he was much older than his newborn self. I could see it in his face.

I also have to say, mom was extremely helpful. I am ready to recruit her as my assistant!

I guess after 4 kids, you got that multi-tasking thing down!

dad arrived home on his lunch break to get some guy time in front of the cam, thank you for that dad, because the pics of you and your son were just completely emotive.


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newness & twoness. | long island in home newborn & family photographer | grace photography

fellow long island photographer, Kristen, wanted to step out from behind the cam for a bit, to focus on her and her special little unit, and document some “mom time”.

she has a tiny little bundle of newness, named colin, and a little toddler girl that was indeed chalk full of character, named caroline.

what do they do best?

sleep, snuggle, and air out their jubilance of course! 😉

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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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