Remember this was beautiful.


Thankful 2018 | The Life in Your Years Photography

“Wherever time may take you in your life,

remember this was beautiful.”

~The Pat McGuire Band


It’s that time again, friends.

It’s that time when I take a break from the big wind-down from an especially great year and compile.  Reflect.  And THANK all of you.

This is the eighth annual Thankful video.  I know I sound like a broken record, but it really bears repeating that I feel SO incredibly lucky to be doing this LYYP thing, and that I couldn’t do it without YOU.  You’ve allowed me into your homes year after year.  I’ve watched your families grow, I’ve watched your babies become big kids, and I’ve gotten to know each of your families.  I don’t take this privilege lightly and I’m thankful every day, but especially this week.

I hope you enjoyed the video above, and if you have a few more minutes, I’d love for you to watch last year’s video, too.  It’s right HERE.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be smiling and singing along.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for looking,


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  • AshleyNovember 21, 2018 - 9:46 am

    Love it!  Happy thanksgiving! ReplyCancel

  • CatherineNovember 24, 2018 - 11:02 am

    Beautiful families! Amazing pictures. You have a gift!  ReplyCancel

Westport Boys | Connecticut Family Photographer

I’ve been promising for ages that I’d catch up on blogging all the great family sessions I was lucky enough to have in 2018.  On this frigid, blustery, freezing cold day, the timing was just right to reminisce about this Westport family’s fun session back in June.

Mom got in touch (after seeing photos from this family’s session and this family’s many sessions in town) because she wanted to capture her family while the boys are in their “sweet spot” – they’re not babies anymore, and they aren’t yet dealing with teenage angst.  They still hold mom’s hand and give lot s of cuddles, but they’re becoming more independent.  All four are athletic lovers of the outdoors, and I had a great time capturing them doing their thing.

Can’t you just feel the sunshine and warmth in these images?  See the sweet relationship these two brothers have?  Giggle at little brother’s silliness?  Hope so.  I can.  Pretty sure Mom can, too.  And that’s always the goal.  Things are always changing, and that “sweet spot” is definitely a magical time.

Thanks for looking,


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  • Carl and Julie DubovyJanuary 22, 2019 - 3:57 pm

    These are our amazing grandsons,we are so blessed to be their papa and babiReplyCancel

The Cobbler Series | Backing Up Your Photos

Hi.  Have you spent 2019 Marie-Kondo’ing your entire house?  Emptying closets and drawers, sectioning out what brings you joy, and then origami folding those joy-sparking things to be lovingly folded and placed in your home?

Me too.  It’s addicting, isn’t it?  You start with piles of stuff – so cluttered you’re not even sure what’s there.  You visit with every item, keeping only the ones that bring you joy and gratefully releasing those that don’t.  Then, you put the winners back.  Neatly.  So that each one can be seen and enjoyed on a daily basis.

If you know me at all, you can see where I’m going with this.  (I never miss an opportunity to encourage you to print and enjoy your photos!)  Yes, I’m here today to remind you to Marie Kondo your photos, too.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been pubslishing my Cobbler Series here on the ol’ LYYP blog about organizing and printing your photos and about designing and printing photo books. Wouldn’t RIGHT NOW be a good time to throw all those photos on the proverbial bed, fold them into neat piles and lovingly choose the ones you want for your walls and photo books?  I don’t have a book or a Netflix series to help inspire you to do this, but I do have these super-awesome Cobblier Series installments, which are, I’d argue, a great place to start:

Organizing Your Photos

Printing Your iPhone Photos

Making Books

Designing Photo Books

And what I’ve popped in here to chat with you about is the much less glamorous issue of backing up those photos so that you don’t lose them all in the blink of an eye.  (See?  Un-glamorous, but very important!)

There are many, many, MANY ways you can back up the photos on your phone and computer (Amazon Photos?  Google Photos?  iCloud? Flickr?  Pick your poison).  I’m not going to attempt to share all of them here, and I’m not going to try to convince you that my way is the best way either.  By sharing here, I hope to impress upon you that you need at least ONE WAY to make sure your photos are backed up.  Here goes.

My backup system is two pronged.  The first thing I do is set up Time Machine on my Mac to automatically back up to an external hard drive connected to my computer.  If something goes wrong with my main hard drive, I should be able to easily find the most recent backup and restore everything to the way it was before trouble arrived.  This would be great if ‘trouble’ came in the form of a hard drive crash, for example.  I’d be out of luck, though, if my house burned down or was robbed and both the computer’s hard drive and the external hard drive were lost.

For this reason, I also use Crashplan to maintain automatic backups to the cloud.  If my whole house was lost, I should be able to download my precious digital possessions to a new computer.

There are two things that made me personally choose these two approaches over they myriad of others available.  The first is that they’re automatic.  As long as I occasionally check that everything’s going as it should, I shouldn’t need to worry about when the last time was that I made time to back up my photos – it’s already done.  The second is that by backing up my entire hard drive, I’m maintaining the organization system that I talk about in THIS post.  With the volume of photos I deal with, that’s a huge comfort to me.  If your volume is not quite as high (and let’s face it, it probably isn’t), you might find that the automatic organization systems that are provided within services like Amazon Photos will serve you well.

And that’s all I have to say about the matter!  The two big takeaways I hope you’re getting here:

Marie Kondo isn’t just for clothing and kitchen appliances!; and


Thanks for looking,


PS Maybe your New Year’s resolutions have less to do with organizing the photos in your life and more to do with having MORE photos in your life?  Well, if that’s the case, I should tell you that there’s still plenty of room in my February 1 and 8 sections of the LYYP Freeze Ray Basics Workshops!  Drop me a line if you’re interested …


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Freeze Ray Basics is Back!

Hello, picture lovers! I’m happy to announce that the next round of Freeze Ray Basics Workshops will take place on February 12th and 26th, right here in Pelham! There’s lots more information HERE, and you can start the registration process by going HERE. Register for both Levels this weekend to get $25 off your total in honor of Small Business Saturday!

Hope to see you there…

Thanks for looking,


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