Because life passes us by way too quickly. Because a lot of the time you are just wishing for our children to grow up. You get excited about milestones and you get excited to see them walk for the first time, to see them play with another child for the first time. You get excited for them to learn how to write and how to tell time. You get excited for dance recitals and swimming meets, for school dances and their first prom. For their first boyfriend and their graduation. And there is nothing wrong with getting excited, but before you know it you blink and these times that you wished for have come and gone and your babies are all grown up.

It’s so important to capture these years. Take photos as often as you can. Capture them every single day with your camera. But then call me. Get out from behind that camera and call ME so I can capture you and your family in the only way I know how. With emotion. Raw emotion. It was after this session I realized how emotional I am about capturing families. I am obsessed with the love and joy that families have. Daddy’s and their daughters, mommy’s and their daughters…. The bond a family has mesmerizes me. It really does. Watching their connections make me warm inside. It’s as though my heart is smiling.

It’s an amazing feeling.

I decided after this session that I have to capture more families. I have to do this for people. I have to give images to parents that make them cry. Images where a pit forms in their stomach and they are immediately drawn to and emotionally connected to the art I created. Images that stop them from breathing. Images where they think, “I have never seen us from the outside but this is so US, in every way shape and form.”

I feel to strongly about this. Like it’s my calling or something. Sounds corny but I don’t care. I feel as though God gave me a gift. He gave me this gift of being super emotional, this gift of being good with a camera, this gift of being just so invested in families and love that this is what I was born to do.

Maxine, thank you for not only being a friend to me but for trusting me to capture your family. You have had one of the most trying years of your life, and I can only hope that ten, fifteen, twenty years down the line you look at these photos and smile and your eyes well-up with tears, knowing that these moments were captured when your family was at it’s strongest.

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PhotoPlus Expo 2011, New York City. The show finally wrapped up and I actually made it through all three days of presenting for Nikon. By make it through I mean I am not Miss Public Speaker, but by the second day I was rocking it and couldn’t keep my mouth SHUT!!!

For those that don’t know, Nikon called a few weeks ago and asked me to present at the show for them. I was asked to get some great images with their new hot camera, the Nikon 1, and I did just that. I got to show a bunch of my work and a bunch of work with the 1. It was nice to see Nikon enthusiasts sitting in front of me and amazing to see how excited they got about this new camera.

Check out the Nikon 1 here!

I’ve never been so honored and humbled as to be approached by Nikon and asked to do this. I am and have always been a huge fan of Nikon and obviously every piece of equipment I have ever owned I have just loved. Whenever anyone just starting out asks me what kind of camera to buy I am always saying “Nikon, you kidding me?” I started out with the D80 back in 2008 and I remember booking months in advance with that camera bc it was such a good starting out camera…

It was also an honor to be surrounded and be presenting on the same stage as such photographers as Mike Corrado, Rob van Petten, Lucas Gilman, and Sandro Miller to name a few. These guys do some INSANE INSANE INSANE work and to watch them present their stuff iand then I follow them is like, “hello, where the heck am I??!!!”

So again, Nikon, thanks a million for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to everyone over in Melville- I am sure the weeks leading up to such huge shows are just insanity but it seemed to have run QUITE smoothly!

The booth!
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  • Jennifer - Congrats Summer! Good for you!

  • Gladys Hedaya - Hi Summer!!! I’m looking forward to our photo-shoot with my family at end of February!!!
    Congrats on representing Nikon…
    I was at the photoshow!!! I wish I stopped by the Nikon booth to say hello!!!
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Well, well, well……

Almost the last day of September and I have been missing for months!!!

I DO update facebook on a regular basis, but my poor blog has been neglected. And forget the blog, do you have ANY idea of the amazing newborns and sessions that I photographed allllllll summmeerrrrrr looooonnnggg???!?!?!?!?

You don’t?! But you will. I promise to keep updating and updating and updating and showing off these sessions from the second half of the summer and now into the fall. Been a whirlwind of a year for me.

Meet Ioanna (Greek spelling, pronounced Joanna). What a SWEET amazing baby girl. She was four weeks early and was two weeks old here for her shoot. I took the photography reigns by the horn (or at least my Nikon shoulder strap) and hit this session hard. I do not think the smile left my face at all I was that excited to be so newly rejuvenated.

Couldn’t have happened to sweeter clients either. Maria and Simon were so eager for their shoot, which is always very excited for ME to witness…

Anyway, enjoy the blog, enjoy the color of this session, and I will be back as soon as possible with more shoots!!!!

🙂

Missed everyone and hope you all welcome me back with open arms! 😉

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Love me a Yankee girl!
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These next two toe shots are my FAVES!
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  • gabbie - i love each and every shot!!

  • Christina Corneau - ugh!! this totally gives me baby fever!! love them all!

  • Toni - Stunning as always! Welcome back!

  • Melissa - Gorgeous!!

  • Lacey - I’m missed your blog and sessions!! I’m never able to keep up with Facebook, so I’m so glad you’re back!! Gorgeous session!

  • Lacey - Whoops .. “I have missed ….” 🙂

  • Tina - Perfect and gorgeous Summer! These bring me to tears. So, so sweet!

  • Jill - Gorgeous. Love the 6th from the bottom with the ‘fuzzy’ headband. She looks like some sort of goddess!!

  • Jackie - these are adorable

  • Tonya - Sooo beautiful! These shots are perfect! You are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing. ~Tonya~

A number.

3,000.

Hits for him. Facebook fans for me.

So what should I do to celebrate???

How about a giveaway????!!!???!!! How about a TEAM giveaway to top it???

I have a few etsy sellers that I love and plan on doing a couple giveaways over the next few months. But let me share with you my original go-to girl. She has been with me for the looooooooooooongest time, and her headbands rock the house. Visit her etsy shop here. She is offering a $40 credit towards anything in her store!

And what are you getting from me??? A one-time offering…. A FREE ONE HOUR SKYPE MENTORING SESSION!!! Want a full-out critique on your recent work to you can take your work to the next level? Sure. Want the newborn tips and hints and posing and lighting techniques? Sure. Or maybe you are solid in everything but you want some post-processing help… That too. Whatever YOUR need is, we will do it for you.

This one-time giveaway ends Thursday night at 11:59pm, so get to it!

Wait, what do you do??

😀

#1- Like Chic Pretties on Facebook and leave a comment that @Summer Lyn Photography sent you.

#2- Like Summer Lyn Photography on Facebook (if you don’t already) and leave a comment stating you were sent their by our giveaway.

#3- Leave me a comment below!

ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE must be completed to win. Winner will be selected at random on Friday!

Some of my favorite Chic Pretties headbands!

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook as read in the updated guideline rules.

  • Laura - Amazing giveaway, Summer! I’d love to ‘hang’ with you on Skype;-)

  • Hope Brown - love your work, would love to win!!

  • Jenise Agostini - Hi Summer! Thanks for having a giveaway! I’d love to win 🙂

  • Jennifer Sheffey - I would love a personal mentoring session. I plan to really get started next year and have no idea what to focus on or really how to get started! Congratulations on 3000!!!

  • Alyssa - Summer what a fantastic giveaway. I would love a mentoring session with you or a workshop. lol

  • Lori Kalita - Big fan of your work and would love to learn anything I can from you!

  • Janet Ramos - OMGosh! It would be awesome to win this. You’re work is fabulous.

  • Darchelle Whitehead - Thank you!! I hope I win!!

  • Amanda Whitley-Edgington - Steps completed! 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway! I hope I am lucky enough to win!

  • jaimie miserandino - Awesome giveaway, I never win anything, but I’m still gonna try! LOL! I’d love to win your mentoring session!!! I’ve already been a fan of both pages for quite some time!!

  • Savannah - Steps completed! Thanks so much for this giveaway. Good luck to everyone who enters!

  • Beth - Big fan of your work, and now I am a Facebook fan too! Would love the chance to pick your brain for an hour!!

  • Jeanine - I already love both pages and hope to win! Way to go Summer!

  • Merritt Miskow - How exciting & generous if you both!

  • Jessica K - Summer, I want to be like you when I grow up! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would love to pick your brain. 🙂

  • Rhonda Brown - I’d be ecstatic to have some skype time with you. Love you work!!!

  • Catherine Gaynor - Thank you for this giveaway!!!!

  • Marisa PAmmer - Thanks for the fun giveway! Congrats on 3000 fans!

  • melissa - love your work… I hope I win! 🙂

  • Cortney Weisman - LOVE your photos!! 🙂

  • Donna - Congrats on your 3,000!!!! What a truly generous giveaway! So happy to enter!

  • Whitney Crimefighter - Looove this! Awesome giveaway!!

  • Victoria Cioffi - Your photos are amazing. Awesome prize to win!

  • Rachael - Its not a secret that I am a HUGE fan…I would shout it from the rooftops if I didnt think I would be taken away, and you wouldnt get a restraining order against me. 🙂 Love your work!

  • Christine F - How awesome is this giveaway?! Thanks so much for offering this up and congrats on the 3000 fans. Your work is gorgeous!

  • Cecy Brayton Henschen - I love your work!! Liked Chic Pretties and have Liked your page for awhile now.. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!!

  • Lauren DeMouth - WOW Summer! Congratulations on 3000! AMAZING! Your work blows me away and I would love to have one on one time with you. So excited for you and the lucky winner of this contest! xo

  • Julie - Congrats on reaching 3,000 fans! Well deserved – your work is beautiful 🙂

  • Erika - great giveaway- so exciting – congrats on 3000 fans!!!

  • Mila - Dear Summer, your photos still take my breath away. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing so much. I’ve learned so much from you. And thank you for the wonderful giveway oportunity. Congratulations!

  • Jennifer B. - What an amazing giveaway!! Congrats on 3,000!!!

  • Lia Lotito - Thanks for the chance in this giveaway!!!

  • sara smalley - Great giveaway!!! Thanks and congrats!

  • Mandy Jaeger - Your work is some of my VERY favorite. Long time fan and completed all 3 steps. Good luck everyone!

  • Heidi Hahn - It would be an absolute privilege to be mentored by you!

  • Kate Facey - Congrats on the 3,000…. big fan of you and big fan of Chic Pretties!

  • Amanda - What an amazing idea! 3000 is such a HUGE number. We are still in the 300 zone and thought THAT was amazing! hahaha. Also a big thank you to you for your ‘what’s in my bag’ section of your blog… LOVED it. Congrats again!

  • Cathy Pinch - Congratulations on 3000! Another great accomplishment for you in 2011!! I am just starting my journey as a newborn photographer and would love to learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best!
    Thank you for including Chic Pretties on Etsy in your giveaway. I also saved the shop to my favorites and will add her beautiful headbands to my props collection.
    pick me, pick me 🙂

  • Allison - Congratulations Summer! I’m so excited to enter this giveaway! 🙂

  • Keila - Congratulations Summer!! I have witnessed you evolve and I love every second of it!!!! I’m a big time stalker for a long time now!! lol Hope I win… hope I win!!! 😉

  • julie - i would love this opportunity!

  • Theresa Brereton - Lovely! 🙂 LIKEd both you and Chic Pretties.
    Congrats on 3K!! You do great work!! Would <3 to learn from you!

  • Jessica Vaughn - LOng time fan! Congratulations on 3000 fans you so deserve it! I remember the first time I found your site….I was browsing Etsy and saw Tricky Knits and noticed all the stunning photography with your name. I looked you up and have been in love ever since. <3

  • Toni Combs - It would be incredible honor to get a skype session with you. You are my inspiration for all things photography. Congratulations on your every success!

  • Abby Hacker - Liked you both! Congrats on 3K – you deserve it!!

  • Danielle - Congrats on hitting 3,000! Love your work and the things from Chic Pretties are amazing! You are both so talented <3

  • Ann - Hey – Would love a skype learning session with you. Love you!

  • Lacey - Bummer!! I was trying to sign onto your site last night and couldn’t get on … I would have loved to hang with you and chat on Skype!

    Congrats on 3000!!

  • Christina - Congratulations on your 30000 fans that’s an accomplishment in itself:) I would really love a 1:1 with you your work is amazing!!!!!

  • JoAnne McArdle - Love your work!! Heard about you at Honey & Child Photography. Congratulations on your FB fans!!

I have been meaning to blog Julia for a WHILE now. Like, almost two months!!! I have been a terrible blogger. But hey, that is why I have facebook which is usually updated daily!

But sweet Julia. A stunning one year old. I met her a year ago at her newborn session session, with her chubby, chubby cheeks and her head full of dark hair. Boy, has she grown into such a GIRL. SOOOO pretty!!!! Her hair turned a shade of chocolate brown and those once chubby cheeks are gone… 🙁

Jenn and Jennie, sooooo happy to be photographing your lives together and to watch you raise such a sweet little girl. Cannot wait to see you again!!!

She is one and she knows it!
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*Photographer Favorite* 😀
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Can you even stand that face???!!!!
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Yeah that’s right. She was blowing me a kiss. We really hit it off…
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This was towards the end of her shoot and her hair was a complete DISASTER but I was LOVING this photo and REFUSED to toss it! Something tells me this is how her moms see her every day!
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