Reen Fitz Photography

Lifestyle Photographer: Hudson Valley / Westchester County, New York

Category: Couples

NYBW Spring Minis 2019!

Wow, this year is just flying! (Or is it just me?) A few months back, my baby girl (AKA “Little Apprentice”) got to tag along for her very first photoshoot! It was the Spring Mini-Sessions for New York Babywearing! What better way to introduce her to Mommy’s work? Here she is, appropriately dressed in her camera bib (handmade by me!)

This round of Minis was fantastic, and different in a few ways from the other Minis I’ve done for NYBW. First, I got to document the growth of one adorable family that had a beautiful new baby since I’d last photographed them at the Autumn Minis! And with these being fundraisers for NY Babywearing, it’s only fitting that I catch some babywearing in action! First, on a snuggly newborn, and then with a toddler!

It’s a great example of how babywearing makes babies (of all ages) feel safe and comfy!

NYBW is a support group for parents interested in learning to safely wear their babies in slings, wraps, or carriers and connect with other local families. The group currently ranges from Yonkers, all the way to Syracuse! If you are interested in learning more about them, you can check out their Facebook page!

Over the Rainbow & Over the Moon

We just have so much to celebrate these days! I recently posted about my nephew’s first birthday, and here we are again, celebrating yet another new member of the Fitz family!

Last week I posted a couple of outtakes/behind-the-scenes photos from the gorgeous autumnal family photoshoot I did with my brother Dan’s family. I’ve gotten to document so much of their story, and I was so happy to be a part of their very special announcement too.

And here it is…(with behind-the-scenes footage of our session!)…

Oh my, becoming an Aunt never gets old…not even the ninth time! 😉

Autumn is the perfect time for family portraits! Everything’s so sun-kissed and beautifully colored, and holiday cards will be going out so soon! (If you haven’t booked your Fall session yet, there’s still time!)

A little creative editing to celebrate Dan and Lex’s rainbow baby!

See more in the Flickr album!

Happy Birthday, Cooper!

My nephew Cooper just turned one, and it makes my heart so very happy that I’ve gotten to photograph so much of his first year!
I photographed his mama anticipating his arrival…

I was so psyched when this photoshoot was featured by Rock & Rollick in their blog series Rockin’ The Bump! (See more on Facebook and Flickr)
Then some sweet ‘Fresh 48’ photos…
(More on Facebook and Flickr)
We also had a shoot for his birth announcement. I wrote about the editing process of his announcement photo here.

And in the blink of an eye, he’s demolishing his birthday cake!
You can see the official smash video (and catch a glimpse of my camera and the top of my head) over on The Fitzgerald’s YouTube channel

And just like that, his first trip around the sun is complete! Happy Birthday, munchkin!

If you’re a new or expecting parent, contact me about booking sessions to document your baby’s first year! It goes crazy fast, so don’t wait!

C&W’s Gorgeous Summer Wedding

I recently shared a bit from this lovely couple’s cute Hudson Valley Engagement Session…and here it is, THE BIG DAY!

It was, of course, a big day for me as well! This was my very first wedding photography gig, and it couldn’t have been better! I was fortunate enough to be working with a really wonderful couple, so it was a really great experience from start to finish.

But first, let’s rewind a bit. Back when I met with Chrissy and Will for their engagement session, I noticed a lot of vintage autos driving around. Also, it poured for about 5 minutes as soon as I arrived. Like heavens-opened, buckets and buckets, pouring. They explained that there was a car show that day, and the old joke around town was “It always rains on the car show”.

…Then they told me that they hadn’t realized it, but their wedding happened to be scheduled on the same date as the biggest car show of the year.

Me, about to photograph my first wedding! Cool as a cucumber…

Naturally, as the day approached, I began checking about 4 different forecasts periodically. I prepared for rain, and hoped for sunshine. The only thing the weather sources agreed on seemed to be that there would be some rain at some point during the day, and it would start as soon as the bride came walking down the aisle. (Because, of course…)

The day finally came, and the weather could not have been prettier. No clouds, just sweet summer sunshine. Exactly what you would want for an outdoor summer wedding.

Not a drop of rain fell the entire day.

BTS- Getting some shots out in the woods!

Oh, and speaking of “as soon as the bride came walking down the aisle”, did I mention that she did so to the Jurassic Park theme song? Yeah. How cool is that?

There were personal touches everywhere you looked. For starters, it was held at the same venue where Chrissy’s parents had celebrated their wedding reception. And the ceremony was officiated by the Mother-of-the-Bride herself! How great is that for “full-circle”?

I was totally in awe of the DIY details that transformed this pavilion space into a gorgeous reception hall.

As the sun went down, the dance floor went from catching the golden sunset to glowing with candles and twinkle lights. And all throughout, I was snapping away at friends and family having an absolute blast, playing games and dancing the night away.

The closing number of the night? The Ghostbusters theme song. 100% my kind of party.

I had so much fun at this wedding, and every time I sat down at my computer to work on retouching the photos, I felt like I was reliving the good times over and over again!

My absolute favorite shot. Such infectious joy!

There were so many creative personal touches and beautiful details that went into this wedding and I’ve decided to share them in their own post. You won’t want to miss it, so make sure you’re following along on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates!

C&W’s Engagement Session

Meet Chrissy and Will, a really fun couple with Hudson Valley roots. A few months back, I had the pleasure of capturing their engagement portraits!

For the location, they chose a place filled with memories, that they had both enjoyed visiting when they were growing up . I was so excited to find that it had a ton of greenery, gorgeous views of the Hudson River, and plenty of room to play! Despite patches of rain and generally overcast skies, this shoot was full of lighthearted fun and excitement for the big day ahead!

My favorite shots turned out to be the in-between moments (as is always the case for me, honestly). If I suggested a pose (or if someone happened to find a giant flower pot that they just had to jump into…) I would snap away while they played around with it, often making each other laugh in a way that you just can’t pose.

I was honored to also be their wedding photographer! Keep your eyes peeled for my post about their wedding! It’s coming soon, and it is fantastic! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date!