• Hannah

Old Westbury Gardens Family Session, Long Island, NY



This beautiful family session was just perfect in every way. Amazing weather, gorgeous location, and the best family.


I know this crew through my friend Janine. That felt weird to type, because I want to call her my little, but I'm not sure if the everyday person reading this would get that. Janine was my little sister in my sorority, Alpha Kappa Phi, in college. She is one of my best friends and one of the best people I know. Much cooler than I am, I'm still not sure why she likes me.


Janine and her siblings wanted to do something kind for their mom, and decided to gift her a really nice family portrait session. I was so excited when they reached out, because I love working with friends and their families, and I love going down to Long Island.


We settled on Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, NY. The property contains 200 acres of sprawling gardens and a historic mansion that was built in 1906 as the original family home of the Phipps family. We scheduled our shoot ahead of time, obtained a permit, and had really wonderful on-site guides to lead us all around the garden to the best spots for photos. My favorite location was our last stop featuring high hedges and an ornate gate.


While we were shooting, the venue was preparing for a winter lights event, which is still running! I'm mad that I don't live downstate, so please consider attending it in my honor (click here).


This crew was really fantastic. They were naturals behind the lens, the kiddos were so good at looking at the camera and smiling, and we just overall had a really great time on this beautiful, sunny November morning - which was possibly one of the last mild days of this winter.


Enough of me; these photographs speak for themselves. Take a look at some of our shoot highlights below. To Janine & this wonderful family: thank you so much for using me to take these photos - I hope you love them as much as I do. It was so wonderful to get to work with you!


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