Pet Portraits/Long Island Pet Photographer/Grateful Greyhounds

Dog Day!

Pet Portrait event Saturday March 4th.

Bring your pooch in for a shoot!
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Session fee is Free! We just ask that you make a $25.00 donation to Grateful Greyhounds.

Grateful Greyhounds is a wonderful non-profit, organization. They use donations to cover the cost of veterinary care for broken legs and other serious conditions.

After the session your dog will receive a doggy bag filled with lots of cool stuff and a special homemade treat from Barkfield Road.

To learn more about Grateful Greyhounds http://www.gratefulgreys.com/

 

 

Communion / Long Island Family Photographer / Northport NY

A professional portrait holds a very unique value. It's not only about the beautiful piece of art that you get to display on your wall, it is also about the experience. A day you have set aside for your child. It's a day they will forever remember and treasure. At Zoot Shoot Photographers my goal is to get to know, understand and capture their true essence. Communion portraits are available in my Northport studio, Northport Harbor, at the Vanderbilt Museum, the Cutting Arboretum or anywhere you desire.

Flashes of Hope

A few years back after my daughter flew the coop I had this desire to do volunteer work. I went to Haiti with a group and captured the beauty of the Haitian people. But I wanted to do something more, (and Still do). Something that would last a lifetime to the people I am photographing. To those that can't, well, necessarily afford it. I came across Flashes of Hope in a Google search. I had signed up to be a volunteer photographer and I guess I forgot that I had done it. (I don't know why? Could be my crazy life I guess.) A few months ago I realized that I am receiving every once in awhile an email from Eric Hason asking for volunteers. Who is this guy? I Google him along with Flashes of Hope. He's a great photographer and Oh Yeah! Now I remember! This is what I want to do! I email Eric back a few hours later. He replies, Thanks Jen but someone beat you to it. Ugh! Ok next time I'll be a little bit more speedy. September 6th I get an email from Eric requesting volunteers for September 24th. I quickly check my calendar and bingo! I'm available! I email him back and that was it. I never received a confirmation, so I thought. September 21st I get an email addressed to the photographers signed up for the 24th. Gulp!! I didn't know I was shooting.....check the calendar.....still clear! Thank goodness! I settle into the realization that I will be packing my entire studio up and heading into Manhattan. This is going to be an incredible experience and that it was.

It was The Hassenfeld Family Fun day held at the Armenian Church on 2nd Street. Yes one block south of the tunnel. Need I say more? So many volunteers. I just love seeing the love people have in their hearts and are so willing to share. It makes all the difference in this world.

That day we saw a lot, encountered wonderful families and courageous children. We heard happy stories of children in remission and we learned about circumstances that aren't going to go the way we so very much pray that they would. These parents are pretty much living our worst nightmare yet they find the strength everyday to show up for their children and families. God bless them! They continue to be in my thoughts and prayers every day. And I hope the images bring them joy for a lifetime!

To the children - as Eric put it perfectly "The real Super Heroes" - Thank you for coming into my life!

To the parents - Thank you for showing me incredible strength and courage!

To Eric Hason - Thank you for being so generous with your time, talent and most of all for being the head of the NY Chapter for Flashes of Hope. Oh and yes you did respond quite promptly to my email. I just missed it!

To the volunteers - Thank you for sharing your love!

To Dennis Kleiman - Thank you for putting so much of yourself into capturing a moment in time the children and families will cherish forever.

 

Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders NYU Langone Medical Center - http://www.med.nyu.edu/hassenfeld/about-us/how-help

Flashes of Hope - http://flashesofhope.org/support-us/donate

 

 

 

 

The Great Cow Harbor 10K Run

I was determined this year to make it to the The Great Cow Harbor 10K Run! The day Northport Village is taken over by athletes from all over the country. I had my morning all planed out. I told my daughter that I was flying out the door at 7 am and I wouldn't be able wait around for the babysitter. As long as I give her a heads up all is well! I got to my studio in the Village by 7:15, gathered my gear, put on my Spider Holster camera belt, (first had to check in the mirror that it looked good) haha. Then I bolted out the door. Headed toward the Harbor. It's now 7:30 and I see the finish line is still being set up. I photographed it because it's still cool, but I realize as I continue my walk to the harbor all I see is the HARBOR! Good God! Where are all the runners? Quickly I Google "Where does the Cow Harbor Race start" Bingo at the Laurel Ave School! 19 minute walk according to Waze. Drive or walk? It's 7:40 and the race starts at 8:30. I'm walking, actually speed walking! Again, so thankful for the Spider Holster. Took that weight off my shoulders and back and truly made my walk a "walk in the park"!

I race up Main Street to Laurel Ave. I see runners running? I question if I'm on time or too late? I round the corner and there they are! 5000+ runners! What a rush! I was so excited to be in the middle of all of these athletes. Some were to themselves warming up, reading the paper or reading the latest feeds on FB. Others were with their family or besties taking selfies and chatting away.

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I'm in the middle of the bed of this truck, nothing to hold on to, an 8 lb camera and lens in hand. Position those legs Jen and prepare for take off! I looked like a 2 legged tripod (Is that possible?)  Well it worked! Bouncing all around wondering are my images going to be in focus. Gee wizz! I had the ISO at 1600 and shutter speed at 2500. I held that shutter release like there was no tomorrow!

What a ride! Going too fast at first, turns were pretty sharp but we all held onto each other when things got a little hairy. We survived and captured the day!

The lead runners truly had the lead, they were so far ahead of the rest of the pack by the time we hit Waterside Ave.

The press team decided that it would be best to drive ahead and prepare for the finish. Off we were but I found the spectators were key to such a successful race. All lined up on every street and every corner. Cheering, ringing their cow bells, tables filled with water ready for the runners. Awesome people!! 5u8a3912

The truck stopped at the finish line and we all hopped out. I went around to the other side and waited. Not knowing what to expect since this was my first race. Here comes #1! The Tape was up, I crouched down to capture his approach to that moment of breaking through the finish line tape. What a great moment to capture and experience!

For most of the runners, you knew they had accomplished what they had set out to do.  Seeing them through my lens pumping their fists in the air, high fiving their running mates, hugs and gentle pats on the back of their fellow runner. I saw runners waiting for their friends or loved ones to finish and there to hug and congratulate them when they crossed that line.

I would look at the clock above as they crossed and in my head wonder if I could ever do that and at the same time wonder how in the world did they just do that?

It amazes me the strength and determination that people have. I am in awe of each and every one of them. We are now at 1 hour and about 50 minutes and here comes something different down Main Street. 2 Fireman in full gear. The 2 that I saw earlier at the starting line sitting under a tree. I thought they were just waiting for a call. Now looking back at the photos I see they had running shoes on. Here they come, slowly approaching. So burnt out and near exhaustion but so determined! Determined not only to complete something they set out to do but I'm pretty sure it was for their brothers that had fallen on 9/11. Their heros! And gentleman, you are ours! 5u8a5323

Congratulations to all of you that crossed that finish line! The strength that I saw in each and everyone of you has made an impression on me that I will cherish and it will help me push myself, no matter how hard that hill is, to reach my goals!

Thank you!!

And a big thank you to all the volunteers! You were amazing

To view and purchase images please visit  http://zootshootphotographers.pixieset.com/thegreatcowharbor10krun2016/

 

 

Huntington Historical Society - Wine Under the Stars

I had the pleasure of photographing the "Wine Under the Stars" event this year for the Huntington Historical Society held at the Kissam House on Park Avenue. It was a beautiful evening for a fundraiser. The honorees were Hoffman and Grayson Architects. A beautiful cake was made for them by Reinwald's Bakery in Huntington. Wine was donated by Bottles and Cases and Joanina Wine Shop Enoteca. A nice addition this year was craft beer by Blind Bat Brewery. Unfortunately since I was photographing the event I didn't get to sample any of the wonderful Spirits or food! Darn! The food looked amazing! The line for each of the restaurants were long and worth the time waiting. Everyone I spoke to was thrilled with all of the food and choices.  Christopher's was there along with Bee-ORGANIC, California Pizza, Kerber's Farm, CREW, The Culinary Studio, Jeff's Surf and Turf, The Shamrock, IMC, HONU, Bon Bons Chocolatier and TOA. A big round of applause for all of these wonderful businesses that DONATED their food and services. Please make sure you acknowledge their great gesture the next time you dine at their restaurant, buy a bottle of wine or have a cold brew!

 

You can see the images here

http://zootshootphotographers.pixieset.com/wineunderthestars/

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What would I rather be doing instead of blogging?

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So I guess this brings me back to my original question.  What would I rather be doing instead of this blog? I would rather be laying in the sand with my grandson Henry. Experiencing with him the first time he got to feel sand. The wonderment and curiosity he was experiencing I was able to capture every moment down to the little grains of sand trickling through his fingers as he watched with amazement. These are the moments and feelings that are so important to photograph and capture.

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He had a cast on his leg for 8 weeks so this was the first beautiful day he was able to be outdoors without it. It took about a week for him to learn to walk again so there we were in the middle of this big field, and I was wondering what he was willing to do. Then, he just went! He didn't care that his leg wasn't perfect, that the strength wasn't there.  He tumbled, he rolled, he face planted, and he was having the time of his life. That day he learned to run! I felt his excitement, freedom and even his runny nose; I felt it all and captured it all. Even down the the moment he was scolding me!

I ended up doing a lot of the shooting with my heart rather than looking through the viewfinder that day.  The heart sees moments very differently than the eye and those moments, for me, bring the greatest smiles!

I hope they bring you smiles too!

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Sweet little Jillian

I love doing newborn portrait sessions, mostly because I love kids! The session was at the families home, and as soon as I walked in big brother Joey wanted to show me his magic tricks. I have to say he was pretty good at the Sword and The Stone. Although he showed me how he did it I still made sure I couldn't remove the sword. By the time I was set up Joey was ready to rock and roll and show off his new baby sister. And such a sweet little girl she is!  

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Come celebrate motherhood with me and at the same time we can make a difference in another woman's life!

 

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“Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own.” – Donna Bell


You’re their first kiss…

Their first love….

And their first friend, as their mommy.

They are your whole world.

But they soon forget that they used to actually LIKE hanging out with you ☺

I have no photos of me with my mother from childhood.

So to celebrate the moms I know, I want you to make sure your kids don’t say the same thing as adults.

I’m working on an event just for moms and their children to raise money for 

Pink Aid. I came across Pink Aid recently and fell in love with their mission. For Mother's Day let's help out other Moms survive breast cancer with compassion.

For just a $100 donation, you can schedule a 15-minute mini-session on April 30th with me in my studio, and we’ll create a few great images of you with your child.

I’ll gift you two 5”x7”’s of your favorite image from the session, plus a fun Facebook timeline image for your donation.

Come celebrate motherhood with me and at the same time we can make a difference in another woman's life!

xoxo

Jen

April showers bring May....

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Are you looking forward to the warmer weather as much as I am?

To be honest, I was convinced we would be basking in the sunlight by now,  but I’ve come to realize it was just a dream!  

Even though it’s not as warm as I would like, I am pretty confident that this Spring will end up being much warmer than it was last year.

Which brings me to...

May

May is one of the most beautiful times of year! I have a bunch of photo shoots scheduled for the Harbor and surrounding parks as we wait for the trees to bloom.  All of these shoots are taking place during the week because we are all too familiar with how crowded parks and the harbor can get on the weekends.

Since

Not all families can get together on a weekday, I have booked 2 all inclusive dates at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

The Arboretum is coming into bloom and May is the time to be there!

I’m looking forward to capturing you with all the new colorful blossoms that decorate the beautiful grounds.

Looking for the best family portrait to display proudly in your home?

You know the one that captures the love and dynamics and of course those special moments. Like a sweet whisper in your child’s ear or the loving embrace and giggle after you just shared a secret? It’s those moments that you want to embrace and keep forever.

Come meet me at the Arboretum!

We'll have fun and together we will capture those magical memories!

Choose your date!

Saturday May 14th

10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Saturday May 21st

10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Call or email me today to reserve your time and receive

$25 off the session fee

631.462-5355    jen@zootshoot.net

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Communion Portraits at Zoot Shoot Photographers

It’s a big day for all of those 7 and 8 year olds! And of course, we as their loving parents, get just as excited for them. All of the arrangements we need to make in order to make their First Holy Communion a very special day! What better way to remember their special day than with a professional portrait.

I get many calls asking what is needed for that perfect Communion portrait. Besides an adorable 7-8 year old, I have taken a moment to list all of the important tips for that perfect portrait!

What you need to remember for your daughter or son’s First Holy Communion photo shoot.

For Girls

Hair – make sure you have an appointment with your hair stylist. It’s very important to make sure not all of the hair is up.

Also make sure its not too close to the front of their face.

Fingernails- polished

Clear lipgloss for a little shine

Remove tattoos and stamps- Nail polish remover works great!

Stockings  Don’t forget a back up pair.

Baby powder – Dresses can be very itchy.

Bouquet – We have many to choose from if you don’t have one yet.

Rosary beads and prayer book – We have these on hand as well.

Pack her jewelry in your bag the night before.

For Boys

Haircut at least one week before.

Fingernails- Trimmed 

Remove tattoos and stamps- Nail polish remover works great!

Boutonniere – The smaller the better. Freesia is perfect for the little men.

Rosary beads and prayer book – We have these on hand in case you need it.

Socks – even though you tell them which socks to wear, don’t count on them leaving the house with them on!

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Pack his jewelry in your bag the night before.  

I keep hairspray, hair gel, bobby pins and safety pins on hand. So no need to worry about that.

Here are some additional tips:

During our consultation you can let me know your concerns about their smiles or teeth. It’s always best to keep this bit of info away from them.I will make sure I capture their perfect expression.  Many moms will make a special day for their pictures. Make your appointment prior to the actual communion day and create a memorable day for them. This will relieve a lot of the stress for them and for you as well!  It’s also a great idea to schedule your daughter’s trial hair appointment for the same day as the photo shoot.

We all need someone to help us with decisions but if you can limit it to one additional person that will make it a lot easier on the children.

Best to keep most of the details of the days ahead away from the kids, they have a keen sense and will pick up on the anxiousness of the preparation which can sometimes lead to an anxious photo shoot.

If you need to come on a day when all the children are home from school. No worries, I have a couch and t.v. that they can relax in front of along with snacks.

Please view our Communion gallery at

http://zootshoot.net/first-holy-communion/

 

Call Jennifer at 631-462-5355 or email me to set up your session jen@zootshoot.net

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Fall 2015Are you ready for a fun family photo shoot at the Arboretum? Beautiful colors and memorable times await you! Zoot Shoot Photographers has been Long Island's family photographer for over 25 years.

What's the Secret

Pauline and Steve were married 42 years ago. Unfortunately their wedding photographer closed up shop right after they handed in their proofs to order their album. Imagine not having that special day to share with your children?Well on a recent anniversary their children surprised them with a gift certificate to ZS so they can finally have that album.

About a year later Pauline and Steve made an appointment with me for a consultation.  We got to chat about their likes and dislikes and decided that since they loved the beach and lived close to it we would capture them there!

It turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the year! I found a quiet little spot where the evening sun was to the right highlighting the seagrass which was in front of them, I asked Steve how he and Pauline met. Out of the corner of my eye I can only notice the look and smile that Pauline had on her face as she listened to Steve tell the story. It was such a sweet moment to capture. You can see how much she loves him and how happy she was to be there in his arms.

We walked around the inlet and continued onto the beach but no matter where we stopped, there was always a giggle and what seemed to be secret that was only known between them. A secret so wonderful it has kept them connected all these years.

 

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Thank you for making me smile!

25th Wedding Anniversary

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I've known Gillian for 12 years now and she just loves putting a party together! She is one for the details. She knew how to make this party sparkle.

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Beach or Arboretum? Which will you choose?

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!

I know it may feel like it’s over, especially since the kids are heading back to school. The good news, it doesn't have to be!

 

This time of year the beaches are pristine the sunsets are pastel and lend themselves to a beautiful backdrop.

Now is the perfect time to capture that family portrait!

If you prefer the fall and can’t wait to dress in your new fall digs. Check out the upcoming sessions at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum! This one I am very excited about!!

Check out the offers and dates available below.

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Looking Back

I was given a suitcase and a few boxes of old photographs that were once treasured by my grandparents. Looking through, what seemed to be an endless amount of photographs, I found many surprises.

One was I never knew my grandmother wore shorts! Haha There was never a day that I saw her in them. Also a bathing suit. I know it's not a big deal to most but my grandmother was always preparing a wonderful meal for when we got together. She was always perfectly dressed, sweeter than pie and had plenty of love and patience!I guess I never got to see the other side of her. I wonder if these photos were in an album instead of a box, maybe we would have had a different experience with her growing up. I wonder if I would have asked my grandmother to play catch had I known that she had a pair of shorts! :))

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Stopping to Smell the Roses

On a steamy summer morning last year, I headed out to see one of my clients for their annual shoot. Each year, like clockwork, I get the call. And with four growing kids, there’s always something new to capture. When you build that kind of relationship, clients begin to feel like family. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when the girls ran across the gravel driveway barefoot to greet me. It’s those moments that remind me of how special this work really is—and how lucky I am to do it. We spent the first half of the day shooting in different areas of the beautiful backyard. The property was a perfect backdrop. Yorke433

The kids had so much fun playing and posing together. You can see the tight knit bond between them especially in looking out for their baby sister.

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Such a gorgeous family, just happy to pause and spend some quality time together. We all forget how important that is sometimes. That’s part of what makes these shoots so special.

It was pretty challenging to narrow down which images to include here. I can’t help smiling every time I look at them.

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Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

-Jen

Absolute Imperfection

Absolute Imperfection

Poised and perfect isn’t the way I prefer to capture your kids, because let’s face it— they rarely are (if ever) that in real life. Instead, I prefer to shoot them as they really are: silly faced and sassy posed, erupting with laughter and pure joy, wide eyed and undeniably innocent, yet eager to express that one-of-a-kind personality. Those are the things that make them absolutely and perfectly yours.

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