Yearly Archives: 2007

Otero Family Reunion

My neighbor, Diego, asked me to come photograph his family reunion held at Solar Dominho restuarant in Roselle Park. Diego’s brother Peter came in from LA and organized the whole thing in just 2 weeks. You would never know it by how successful the evening was! I had lots of fun photographing the 30 plus people who came. It was just great to witness the emotion coming from the family members, who haven’t gotten all together in quite some time. Diego and Peter, my hats off to you, awesome job!
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Here’s the whole clan!

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The kids enjoyed posing for a few shots, and sorry kids, I was only kidding, they won’t be appearing in a magazine!

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Peter was a permanent fixture out on the dance floor!

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Dana + Matt

What an awesome engagement session we had today in Lambertville NJ! Dana and Matt got engaged at a restaurant there, so it was only fitting we did their engagement session in Lambertville too. We had some great light, an awesome town, and a gorgeous couple to work with, how could I go wrong? We even found a brass band playing Christmas music in a parking lot! I can not wait to photograph their wedding next year! Congratulations guys!
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We had a lot of fun around the Lambertville Train Station.

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When we stumbled across this old railroad crossing sign, we just had to take a few shots!

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I loved the shadows we were getting as the sun was beginning to go down.

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This was one of my favorites of the day!

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As the sun was setting I had Dana and Matt go into this coffee shop to warm up after a successful day!

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Lucy Bell

Lucy and I had an absolute blast playing around her house today. Lucy is one of my daughter Zoe’s favorite friends, and I can see why, she was so much fun to hang out with. Lucy made me some “food” in her new kitchen that she got for her 3rd birthday. mmm it was SO yummy! Then we had ourselves a jolly good tea party too. After that I got to see Lucy’s impression of Jimmy the Superfly Snuka as she lept off her bed on to her “oponent”,…dad! As if that wasn’t enough, I also got to see Lucy strut her awesome ballerina moves too! Thanks for hanging with me today Lucy, I had a great time. Oh, and Zoe says hello!
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Isn’t Lucy’s new kitchen awesome!

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YUM! Tea and strawberries.

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Love this one!

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Another one of my favorites. I took the photograph of Lucy that’s on the wall 2 years ago.

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I love the expression on Lucy’s face in this one.

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Lucy leaping off the “top turn buckle”!

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I couldn’t decide which ballerina photograph I liked better…

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So I posted both!

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Zoe Jane Laffler

Yesterday my daughter Zoe asked me to take her photograph. For those of you that know me, you know this isn’t a simple task! I had to get out the light stands, umbrellas, flashes, camera, the backdrop (which Zoe calls a parachute), and everything else. After it took me about 20 minutes to set everything up, Zoe was no longer interested in having her picture taken! What do you expect from an almost 3 year old?! So, I begged and pleaded with her to sit for me for at least a few shots, after all it was HER idea! I may or may not have even offered an ice cream sundae with the works if she cooperated! Well, she did manage to sit for me for a few shots and I did like the way they turned out, so decided to post two of them to share with you.
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I know I am biased, but isn’t she adorable?

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Susan - She is adorable! Great shots . . . where do I sign up for your classes?

birgit - she is a princess! good job! I know it´s not easy to get them sitting quiet for some minutes!

Kim - These are terrific! Nicky wants one to keep under his pillow. ;)

Jessica F - Wow! Those are stunning. I know Zoe and I know she’s adorable, but Todd you must enter these in a competition. These take my breath away.

Tejo - she is very adorable…

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Winter House

Well, it’s sort of a family tradition that the day after Thanksgiving we head up to my in-laws winter house in Pennsylvania for some quality family time and a little rest and relaxtion. This year we brought along my niece Arianna with us. My daughter Zoe and her cousin Arianna had a blast together. They even slept in the same room together! Arianna slept in the top bunk and of course little Zoe got the bottom bunk! We had so much fun eating Thanksgiving left overs, sitting by the fire and roasting chestnuts, watching movies, and of course feeding the deer too! We also had a great time by the lake.
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My father-in-law, Ray, in his 1965 Cadillac.

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Arianna going super high on the swings!

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Arianna is such a good cousin to Zoe. Here she is making sure Zoe doesn’t get too close to the ice.

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Smoking is bad for you, everyone knows that! I guess no one bothered to tell Ray!

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Susan and Arianna in the middle of their adventure.

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arianna - U.T. i look so young here :) its been that long since you photographed me…

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Nicky

Today I had the pleasure of photographing my daughter’s good friend Nicky from down the street. He was such a great subject to work with. He enjoyed throwing his minature football and then proclaiming “touch down!”. He’s also a big Thomas the Tank Engine fan too, as you will see. I had fun today Nicky, I’ll see you around the hood little man.
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This was one of my favorites of the day.

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I caught this shot of Nicky holding his Thomas sipper while driving over to the park.

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Here’s Nicky watching a little TV before we got started.

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I like this one a lot too.

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Kim - Wow! These are awesome! Thanks Todd. You never cease to amaze…

Robyn - Those are amazing! Wow. I know Nicky’s a good subject but those photos are spectacular. I’m jealous! I want a pro photographer living down the street from me!

Sana - So totally awesome! Thanks for sharing the shots! By the way…do you happen to travel? If you’re ever in the Houston, Texas area, I DEFINITELY want to schedule a session!

Todd - Thank you. I’ve never been to Texas, but if you’re willing to pay for my way down there I’m sure I could squeeze you in. :)

Tara - These pictures are just amazing. That little guy is gorgeous, and you have done a fabulous job of capturing his spirit.

Susan - You do some fabulous work! Enjoy viewing your BLOG for new and exciting posts.

melissa - Not really sure how I got to your blog… but I LOVE your work. Nicky was def a CUTE subject, but you have certainly got talent. I love all the pics, but my favorite is the last one, he looks so small compared to that big tree, and it is just a breathtaking shot. Can I place a link on my page to yours? If I don’t put a link there, I usually forget to come back to look, and I would love to keep watching your blog!

Thanks. Melissa

Todd - Hi Melissa, I’m glad you found me! :) Sure, link away, I don’t mind!

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Sarah + Ben

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and her little brother Ben. We had some fun adventures roaming around the arboretum in
Summit. Sarah enjoyed taking the paths through the woods and little Ben was rather attached to his blue ball. Sarah and Ben’s parents,
Brenda and Chris, got in on the act as well, showing up in some photos from time to time while playing with their kids. What a fun
family. Thanks guys!
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I love this shot of Ben getting ready to stand up and take on the “balance beam”.

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Sarah getting a good dose of tickling from her dad.

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Ben and his blue ball.

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The whole family taking a break.

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birgit - this is a wonderful serie and a very nice idea capturing them during playtime…

donna - Brenda, Love the pictures! So much better than studio pics

Donna

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