an enemy, a friend,
a conversation without end,
sassy, bossy, silly, fussy
pretty and sweet
tea partys with treats
dress up, mess up, fess up, get punished,
fights over nothing, sharer of dreams
a headache, a pain, she gets spoiled again,
a princess, a brat, she ruined my hat,
I love her, I miss her, I tease her, I kiss her,
she is my family and that means more to me
what would I do without her?
Hi Liz and John,
I am looking forward to seeing you again on November 9th and 10th at Gramm Photography. I can NOT wait to show the children what I have in store for them.
I am sorry to hear that John won’t be joining us, maybe next year he can take the day off from work so he can sit in during hour story time.
Ut oh, I just heard a crash coming from the stables. My reindeer get too excited this time of year. Let me go settle them down. I will be seeing you in Campbell Hall soon enough…HO HO HO. Tell the children I will be bringing my lists with me.
Your good friend,
With the weather so beautiful the last 2 months, I worry what winter will be like. Will it remain as mild as this month is, or will we be in for the storm of a lifetime? I must say that fall has always been my favorite season. I just love the splendid color the trees turn, and the smell of apples, pumpkin and cinnamon that fills the crisp air is so inviting. The chill in the morning air, and the warmth of the afternoon really make my day.
A couple of months ago, John and I took a ride into Sullivan County to scope out new locations for our clients photography sessions. About 3 weeks ago, Angel and her children, Kyle and Taylor, decided to have their session held at some of the covered bridges we saw.
We started our afternoon at Winding Hills Park. I couldn’t believe how much the kid have grown in just a years time. Kyle has become a fine young man, and Taylor is maturing into a young lady, and while they kids have gown, age has not shown on Angel at all. She is still so young and beautiful.
Hopefully fall will stay with us for a few more weeks and the colorful leaves provide the perfect background for our clients.
A few things to keep in mind as we approach the holiday season….yes they will be here before you know it. We are offering FREE holiday cards when you book your Holiday Session with us BEFORE the October deadline. Sessions will be held in November, but you must book now!
Our Santa’s Workshop session will be held November 9th and November 10th this year. Book now for this limited session. After November 10th, Santa must return to the North Pole to help get things ready for his December trip.
Until next time…stay well!
New York City here we come!!!! Ok officially we were in Bklyn, but close enough.
It’s funny. I grew up in the city, born and lived in Manhattan 4 years then moved to Bklyn, where I lived until I was 16. At that time in my life, when friends meant everything, my parents decided to move upstate, to a little town called Goshen, because they felt the city wasn’t safe anymore. Let’s just say I HATED the idea and cried daily about losing my friends. But shortly after the move I met some new friends and started to like living in Goshen. Every so often, my family went back to Bklyn to visit, but it didn’t seem like home to me anymore. Sure I missed my old friends, and my old neighborhood, but I began to understand my parents thoughts of Goshen being safer than Bklyn was. So my visits back to the old neighborhood were less and less.
After graduating, marrying and having children, I really understood how my parents felt. However when my oldest son, Frank, graduated college and decided to move to the city, I freaked. I didn’t want him living in a place where crime was high, and drugs were plenty. I mean, what mother wouldn’t worry. But I also realized this is where he wanted to be, he fit in, and it was a great place to find work in the field of his studies. So I shut my mouth and secretly prayed he would be safe.
Many times, during his visits home, he invited John and I to visit them. He assured me he was safe and lived in a quiet place in Bklyn, not far from where I grew up. Every time he would invite us, I had an excuse. Mostly I was afraid to see where he lived, afraid that if it was in a bad area I would come home and worry more. But last month, for some odd reason, I took a deep breath and asked if he and my daughter in law were busy and would it be alright to visit one weekend. He was THRILLED!
Saturday September 28th, we packed an overnight bag, put his address in the GPS and headed off to Bklyn. John, who has grown up here, in our home in Campbell Hall, has been to the city only a few times. I, who had grown up seeing Times Square regularly, actually felt excited once we hit Manhattan. He HATED driving through the streets heading for the Bklyn Bridge, I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of people buying goods that vendors were selling on the sidewalk. Once we got to Franks place we were surprised how clean and safe the area was. People were friendly as you walked down the street, not at all like I remembered it when I grew up there. I really had a good feeling here, and can see how Natalie and Frank love living here.
That evening we took a ride back into Manhattan (I drove and had no issues driving through the traffic) and boarded a sailboat from Chelseas Pier. We sailed the Hudson River for a few hours seeing the sunset against the NY skyline and got a good look at Lady Liberty all lit up against the night sky. The trip was magnificently stunning and brought back my early childhood memories. Later that night, we went out for dinner and a quaint restaurant that we actually walked to at 10 PM without getting mugged! All in all we had a fantastic time. Sadly the next day we left making promises to visit again soon.
A glimpse of the Freedom Tower
The Lady herself, stand tall and proud adorning the harbor that separates Manhattan and New Jersey.
Until next time…stay happy.
In today s world everyone feels the need to keep up with technology. When the latest gadget hits the stores, we all run out and buy it…because we HAVE to have it, can’t live without it. Too many people rely on technology to run their days. We start our day with digital alarm clocks that wake you gently to music or a soft fresh voice saying it’s time to wake up. Next, we go into the kitchen and help ourselves to a hot cup of coffee which is already brewed or only takes a minute threw your Keurig. Now don’t get me wrong…some new technology IS good. We have meetings over the internet, even though we are all in the same office. We send each other emails or text messages instead of talking face to face, and constantly checking our facebook pages in fear of missing some good news or juicy gossip. Everything is stored electronically. When was the last time you dialed your best friend, or home without having to hit that 1 button on your cell phone? Ok, I admit that I have a cell phone too, and MOST of the time I hit that 1 button too, but I do remember my own phone number, or my closest friends and families. But I have a basic cell phone, and do NOT have the data package. But just as much technology can be a lifesaver, it can fail, and does quite often.
Let’s look at your home PC. I bet a good portion of your live is stored on there. Important documents, school reports, photos. What happens when you wake up and find the blue screen of death? EVERYTHING is lost! Cell phones too. Do you know how many times I see someone post on facebook, ” my cell died, got a new one but lost everyones number…PM me yours so I may update my new phone.” While some things could be retrieved by asking to resend the info, what happens when you see your 10 month old son take his first step, or put your 5 year old on the bus on his first day of school? You grab your cell and take the picture…a moment you do not want to forget. Then 2 weeks later, the unmentionable happens…you drop your cell in the toilet. LOST! All those moments lost forever. Ok well maybe you do have a regular camera and use that instead of your cell. How many of you leave them on the disk for years? Yep, thought so. Let’s look at it this way…let’s say you did download your photos onto your computer AND burned them onto a floppy disk for safe keeping. Floppy disk? What’s that you ask. Obsolete! Technology upgraded to CDs. But now how do you see all those moments you stored for safe keeping? If you’re lucky you find someone who can transfer them to a CD. But wait, the days of CDs are slowly fizzing out and memory sticks are taking over. What are they going to do in 10 years when memory stick are no longer available? All your photos, your wedding, you children growing up…everything will be lost too. Trust me, when I was younger I relied on a VHS recorder to capture moments of my boys opening up presents on Christmas morning. Where are those VHS tapes now? Up in the attic!
We at Gramm Photography, know the importance of capturing memories, and that is why we do not offer images on a CD. We are strictly a full service studio, which means we offer finished products to our clients. We want you to be able to display your memories on walls to be seen daily. We understand that in todays social world, you like to share your images with friends and family who do not live close, so we do offer to put your images in a gallery for 2 weeks so you may share them with loved ones. We also will post a few on facebook so you may share them as well.
Two weeks ago we had the privilege of photographing a wonderful family. A family that understands the meaning of capturing a memory and enjoying that memory for years to come. My first encounter with Holli was when she contacted me last December and asked my if we photograph first birthdays. A few weeks later we had her cousin Kirsten’s little boy Teagen in the studio for his cake smash session. He was the cutest, especially after he turned blue from the cakes icing. This time Holli contacted us and asked us to photograph her cousins with their grandmother. We held the session at the local park, using the lake and trees as a beautiful background. When she came to see her images she was thrilled. The best was last night, when she picked up her prints. Her face said it all. In her hands, she held a memory she did not want to forget…and will be able to see daily because she did not rely on technology. Her prints will hang on her walls and not lost in her cell phone or on an obsolete CD.
So please don’t rely on today’s technology. Have a family portrait taken yearly, invest in a product you know will not go out of style.
Until next time…stay happy, stay well.