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  • Welcome to my blog!

    I'm Johanna, and I'm a photographer.  You have no idea how great that sounds every time I say it.  I love being a photographer!  Aside from my family and friends, nothing gives me greater joy than capturing life's everyday moments with my camera.  This is where I get to show you how much I love what I do. It is here where I hope you will see why I am so passionate about my work, my art.  You see I've got a superpower.  I can freeze time.  Pretty cool, huh?  I think so.

I’ve known this wonderful family for many years, have loved them from day one, and have had the sheer pleasure of photographing all of them, every year for their holiday card for the past eight years (give or take). They have always been one of my favorite sessions every year – from the booking form all the way through to the delivery of their order!

I’m always excited to see them arrive at the session all happy, ready, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. (Yeah, right! LOL)

In all sincerity, my being a part of another family’s life like that is truly special to me. I couldn’t ever describe exactly what it means to be trusted to document their lives in this way. I’ve literally witnessed the kids growth through so many stages. When I deliver their order to their home, I can look around and see all of the images I’ve taken of them over the years and it makes me so happy. The kids were so young when we started, and have grown up so fast – too fast if you ask me! For Heaven’s sake, the oldest – she is now a freshman in college!!!

I hope I have the opportunity to continue to be a part of their lives for a very long time. Who knows, maybe some day (a long time from now, mama) I’ll be photographing their grandchildren too! What a thrill that would be!

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Wishing this family and all the families I have had the honor and pleasure of photographing this year, a very happy and healthy new year!

I had the honor of photographing a beautiful young woman who demonstrates determination and resolve well beyond her years. She dreams and aspires to be a dancer, and is putting in the hard work and making daily sacrifices to realize her dream. I believe she will!
a_JSP_blog_2015DecAnd oh how I love Old Westbury Gardens, for a portion of this session as backdrop of course, but all the time for it’s beauty and tranquility. If you haven’t visited the gardens recently – or, God-forbid, ever – you are certainly missing out on one of the most beautiful spots on the North Shore of Long Island. You’ll need to visit several times over the course of the year in order to truly appreciate the gardens in all their splendor. I highly recommend becoming a member. It is a great value, particularly when you consider all that you will receive in return, so check it out. You will not be disappointed, in fact you’ll probably be inspired! b_JSP_blog_2015Dec c_JSP_blog_2015Dec d_JSP_blog_2015Dec e_JSP_blog_2015Dec f_JSP_blog_2015DecThis session was fun and refreshing, and the results were also exactly what I would like to achieve for all my clients and their families. It celebrated a right here, right now, in the moment look at a fabulous, precious child. Parents, listen up. This exact time with your kids will never come again.  Not ever.  Everything your child is, everything you love, and even most of which you don’t, it’s only temporary and oh so fleeting. For little ones, we know it and we do a fairly good job of capturing it along the way, but for pre-teens and teens – the most under-photographed demographic among us, not so much. The braces, the sports gear, the hairstyle, the favorite song, the dance steps, the headphones – it’s all going to be gone before you know it, and so will they, because college is but a blink in time away. Don’t miss the chance to freeze the moment – take lots of pictures and videos of them, and contact me to plan a session that celebrates your unique child. g_JSP_blog_2015Dec

  • Jo Futerman - Stunning!December 17, 2015 – 11:17 pm

Although I don’t remember when it was, I’m sure it had to have been my mom that last baked me a cake for my birthday. I am also sure that whenever it was, it was a long, long time ago. After a certain age, birthdays, well let’s just say that they aren’t what they used to be, and without a grand celebration, perhaps for a milestone birthday, or say if you’re away on vacation while celebrating your birthday, it’s not easy to make them feel too differently from any other day. It’s not a complaint, just an observation.

This year, however, someone that I hardly know, a new friend if you will, baked me a cake for my birthday. And although this cake is special all by itself as you can see by the images, it was more than just a pretty cake. It was a little bit of magic that brought me back to when the day was special just because it was my birthday. A sweet, generous and kind woman, Stephanie Litsakis Clark, made me a cake for my birthday, and although the cake will be gone very soon, as it is beyond yummy, it is something I will never forget. Thank you Stephanie. Like the beautiful cake you made for me, you too are beautiful inside and out.
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As many of you already know, it’s been a really cold winter and the ground has been covered in snow for quite a while now. I’m sure it’s been difficult for the birds and small animals to find food, so we’ve been putting out bread and various snacks for them fairly frequently. Although it’s too cold to go outside to photograph them, and they’re too timid anyway, I’ve been sneaking a few shots of them through my french door windows for the past couple of days. Shooting through the glass isn’t ideal, and the glass isn’t exactly squeaky clean right now. Inside yes – outside, well, not so much. In other words, am I as happy with the technical quality of the images as I could be? Maybe not. Do I think they’re worth sharing? Absolutely! Hope you’re able to enjoy a little bit of nature while staying warm.

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Feathers not required.

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