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THE LYYP BLOG

“We may lose, and we may win. But we will never be here again.”

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you’ve been wondering. Maybe you haven’t. Anyway, I’ll tell you — I’m taking it easy for the summer.

LYYP will be mostly closed for the summer months. You can still keep up with me here on the blog (just keep scrolling to see the latest), where I’ll be getting back to sharing about a gajillion spring sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again. (If you’re having a baby in August, don’t be shy about contacting me, as new life is my one exception to the “Closed for the Summer” policy). Summer, for me, is a time for catching up, recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things, and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I’m meeting one delicious newborn next week, and after that I’ll be back in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

This summer’s got some extra crazy stuff going on for me.  At the beginning of August, the entire McLaughlin clan is headed to Italy for a sure-to-be unforgettable trip that will include a week-long family reunion of ALL my first cousins on my father’s side.  Can we talk about how exciting that is?  Maybe we shouldn’t.  I’ll try to stay on point here and I’ll ooze excitement in another post.  Soon after we get back from Italy, my oldest child — my baby girl — is leaving for college.  Which brings me to another topic I should probably stay brief about.  She’s leaving.  My babies are growing up and leaving me and yours will too!  Don’t wait to make and capture those memories! 😉

Sigh.  Back to the business at hand.  Part of what I’m doing is starting to plan things out for a fall that’s already promising to be even crazier than autumns past.  Details of my fall Weekday Mini Sessions will be announced soon in the LYYP summer newsletter — you’ll want to sign up for that, if you haven’t already, to make sure you get your chance to book one before they’re gone.  My annual LYYP Christmas Card Micro Mini Session event will be back this year, and clients who have already booked a date for 2018 will get first dibs on those slots when they’re announced in late August or early September.

Can’t get enough of my LYYP ramblings and this summer pace just isn’t doing it for you? Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you’ll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. And you should also check out the free dowlnoadable guide I wrote for taking better photos of your kids, “Freeze Ray Basics.”   If organizing and printing your personal photos is on your to-do list for the lazy days of summer, you might enjoy my new “Cobbler Series” on the blog — there are several tips and tricks that I’ve been publishing in multiple posts throughout the spring.  And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice — It’s become a bit of an LYYP tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and every summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

That’s all for now, friends.  If you’d like to book or to chat about anything at all, be sure to use the “contact” button above or shoot me an email.  I may be a bit slower to reply, but I promise I’ll get back to you.  And one more thing! My personal photo-diary of sorts lives on Instagram — come on over and follow me there for a behind the scenes peek at what McLaughlin summertime looks like in 2017.  Exciting stuff, I tell you.

Thanks for stopping by, friend!

~Jaye

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Seeing this family for photographs this past spring planted a seed in me.  Or maybe seeing them fertilized a seed that’s been there for a while, but is suddenly feeling more ripe to germinate and blossom.  It’s a travel seed.

I love to travel.  And I love to take photos of families – to tell their stories.  Families are everywhere.  Have I reached a chapter in my own family’s story when I can combine these two things I love …. combining business and pleasure?

While you and I ponder that for a moment, let’s talk about this sweet family.  The first time I photographed them (some faves from their last session are HERE), they were still living in NY and still waiting for brother’s arrival.  They were still in NY when he was super tiny and they spent many an afternoon enjoying Central Park.  Not too long after his arrival, they moved to Seattle.  When they told me they were coming back for a visit to NY to celebrate brother’s first birthday, I was thrilled.  And the location choice was obvious.

During the session and in our conversations afterwards, we all talked about how great it would be if they could come to NY every year for little brother’s birthday.  And the it occurred to me … what’s stopping me from telling the next chapter of their story in Seattle?

So, it’s a seed.  Logistically, it would only work during certain times of the year and I’d need at least 2-3 families booked to make travel to another location work.  My thought is that pricing would be the same, but you’d need to pre-pay for one of my collections instead of having the luxury of waiting until you’ve seen your images.

What do you think?  Would you like for me travel to you in 2018?  Can we tell your story in your home or a place that matters to you?  Let’s brainstorm this together. 😉 Drop me a line HERE or email me at jayemcl@gmail.com if this is something you might be interested in!

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

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In exactly nine days, we McLaughlins are boarding a plane for a two week vacation in Italy.  We’ll spend a few days traveling on our own and then, on August 5th, something amazing is going to happen.  The Murphy cousins are reuniting in Tuscany.  Here’s the cast of characters:

We are the eight grandchildren of this fine lady:

We grew up in three different countries, and we’re now spread through the US, Italy, Australia, Canada and (sometimes) Costa Rica.  I honestly don’t know if we’ve EVER been all together in one room  (have we?  anyone?), but we came close several times in Breezy Point.  Including this time:

All eight of us and our families add up to 24 people.  All together in the hills of Chianti.   I am excited for this trip for sooooo many reasons and there are soooo many thoughts that have been going through my head about family and travel and geography and genetics … but there’s one thought that keeps settling in my brain as we’ve planned and anticipated this trip.  My grandmother, Vivian Murphy, will have been gone from us 20 years this September.  Wouldn’t it be cool to take and send her a photo of all eight of us together in Italy?  Wouldn’t she love that?  And what did she do so right that all eight of us are taking this trip together so many years after she’s gone?  And what can I do to ensure that my kids are as lucky as I am?

Anyway, stay tuned for more Murphy cousin photos.  We have an Instagram tag for this trip — #Canonica17 so if you’re not already following me on Instagram at @jayemcl, now would be a great time to start!

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

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I ventured up north a bit for this new LYYP family’s session.  I was delighted by the fog that filled the space between the tall trees in their ample front yard.  As usual, though, it was the personalities and the relationships between the members (furry and otherwise) of this sweet Katonah family that stand out as my favorite parts of their session.  I was happy to be their Katonah Family Photographer and to meet the whole crew, including Ethan the dog and Scout the kitty.

They’re a family of animal lovers, and they love the outdoors. Katonah Family PhotographerChasing Ethan around the yard on Daddy’s shoulders.

All wet from the dewy grass — time for some diaper time.  (You may know this about me, but I’m really pushy about getting one year olds stripped down to their diaper for part of the session.  One year olds are like transformers — they look like full blown toddlers when they’re fully dressed, but when you unveil the belly, you can see that they’ve still got their round and pudgy baby bodes for a few more months).Katonah Family PhotographerDoes she look like her mama, or what??

Ethan’s the big brother.Hide and seek!

Tuckered out.Bye-bye, Ethan!

My two favorites from this session are HERE and HERE – don’t miss them!

Thanks for looking,

~Jaye

Katonah Family Photographer

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