2013 Loose Ends

We are hoping everyone have a safe and peaceful holiday season. We spent our time tying up loose ends, then a restful break with family.

As of December 18th, I left my EMS job to concentrate more on our photography business. It was time anyway to put that part of my life behind me. This decision was not an easy one to make, for I truly enjoyed being an EMT and helping others. It’s also hard to leave one of the states most respectful professional ambulance services, Mobile Life Support Services. While I have left my ride shifts, I haven’t officially left the company yet. I am not ready to leave my second family, most of which I have grown to love and respect. My thanks go out to Rick and Gayle Metzger for having a dream of starting a Paramedic Ambulance Service in the Hudson Valley, and after Rick passed, to Gayle and the whole administrative team for continuing that dream. I will always be proud that I have worn the blue uniform for 17 years.

My heartfelt thanks also go out to my volunteer family at Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corp. To Lisa, Ryan, Gary, and others who have been there for me every step of the way in my EMT career and personal life. Oh and to Pat Hugerth, even though you are in heaven, I can still hear you complain every time I made the stretcher wrong! I love you all.

So as I end 2013 and welcome 2014, I also end a chapter in my life, and welcome a new one. May 2014 be a blessed and safe one for all.

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly   ~Henri Bergson

Toys For Tots & Gramm Photography

Here is the surprise I could hardly wait to tell you about. This year, Gramm Photography will be collecting toys for the US Marines Toys For Tots program. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy when you book any session and we will give you $25 off that session. Give hope to a child this year. Let’s help the Marines make it a Merry and Bright Holiday for everyone. Call 845 926-1952 or email us at grammphotography@yahoo.com to set up your session. * Can not be used in conjunction with any other discounts*

Sisters~Creative Fun Glamorous Photography

Sisters are..

clothes borrowers

fit throwers

cover stealers

secret keepers

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?

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Hot News Flash…This Just In!

We just received this from our dear friend Santa along with a letter that says…

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,
Santa Claus

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That’s right! Santa will be at Gramm Photography and wants to see us all. Call 845 926-1952 to book your session.

Fall in New York

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.


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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.

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A glimpse of the Freedom Tower

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The Lady herself, stand tall and proud adorning the harbor that separates Manhattan and New Jersey.

Until next time…stay happy.