10 ON 10 OCTOBER | TRAVELING WITH LITTLES

Traveling with children can be so much fun. And traveling with children can be so challenging.

In the end, though, I wouldn’t want to see the world without them.

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YES, PHOTOS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT...

Photos are important, yes.

But one day, they won't just be important.

They'll be absolutely everything.

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10 ON 10 SEPTEMBER | FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER

One day, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my daughters on a hike at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, New Jersey. They were so excited! They put on their best dresses (despite my protestations and the rising temperature) and sneakers (thanks to my good counsel), and off we went.

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SUMMER VIBES

When I think back to my own childhood summers, I have such wonderful memories. The sun, the sand. The parks, the museums. Bathing suits, flip flops. Playing with friends, visiting family. Family vacations and day trips. And, of course, the never-ending excitement that existed in my own backyard.

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THE M FAMILY [newborn]

It seems like I just became a mom yesterday. Though my babies are in school (elementary and preschool), I still think of them as my babies, and I still think of them as being so very young.

Until I see another baby, a real baby, up close.

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PRINT YOUR PHOTOS

For the longest time, for all the while I've been living outside of my parents' home, I didn't have any photos hanging on the walls. I remember one time, I must have been about 25 or so, when my friend Kim paid me a visit.

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10 ON 10 AUGUST | TAKE THE CHILDREN BOWLING

Growing up, my dad used to take my brother Kris and I bowling. Pretty much all the time. I remember so distinctly that the moment you walked into the bowling alley, you were hit with a very familiar smell.

The smell that is the bowling alley.

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THE VACATION OF MY LIFE

We just got home from vacation yesterday. I mean, just walked in the door last night around dinnertime. I'm up to my eyeballs in laundry, and I'm so bone tired that I can hardly type this.

My family and I, along with some in-laws and extended relatives, spent 12 days between Vancouver and Alaska, and it was without question the vacation of a lifetime.

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THE HOME WHERE I GREW UP

Sometimes we're so focused on taking pictures of our family that we forget to take pictures of our home. I never knew how important this was until I had children of my own, and after searching, I found precious few photos of the home where I grew up. Something happens when we become a parent; we start to think about our own childhood in ways we never really did before having children.

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10 ON 10 JULY | THE BEACH IN OUR TOWN

There's a lake in my town. It's not a natural lake; it was made by humans. It's a little more than a mile from my house. My daughters lovingly refer to it as "the beach."

"Mama, can we go to the beach today?"

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PARTY OF FIVE

This family asked for photos after their third child, a daughter, was born.

But life kind of got in the way, and the session was postponed. And then someone had the flu, so the session was postponed. And then I had surgery, so the session was postponed. But finally, earlier this year, we managed to find a date that worked, and the stars aligned and everyone remained healthy, and what happened when I arrived can be seen in the photos below.

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THE SKATE PARK

It wasn't that long ago that I got a request from a woman I know to photograph her boys at the local skate park. She's said that her boys loved going there to ride their scooters and watch in awe as the "big boys" rode their skateboards.

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HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS

If you live anywhere near Bergen County, New Jersey, then I have to ask: is today a beautiful day or what? I mean, it's like movie beautiful. It's beach beautiful. It's open the window and smell the fresh air beautiful. I'm not sure they make days more beautiful by this one.

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WHO DOESN'T LOVE A LOVE NOTE?

Did you know that I send out a newsletter?

It's TRUE! I really do.

Every so often, maybe a few times per month, I'll send out a newsletter. I call it "Love Notes." And I call it that because, quite honestly, I don't like to get junk in my inbox, and I don't want to put junk in your inbox, either.

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AND JUST LIKE THAT...

...school is over!

And I just can't believe it.

My oldest child has two days left in Kindergarten. My youngest, two days left in her first year of preschool.

And me, I'm already crying.

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10 ON 10 JUNE | YES, WE PLAY IN PARKED CARS

Every month in 2018, I am participating in a photography project with a group of extremely thoughtful and talented photographers. each photographer makes a series of 10 photos in a single day, and each photographer shares their series on the 10th day of every month. The goal? To tell a story.

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GDPR PRIVACY POLICY

Now for something a little unexciting but necessary.

I've updated and published my Privacy Policy, in accordance with the GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation.

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FOR ALL THAT WOMEN DO

Women are amazing whether they have children or not.

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

My mornings usually begin with one or both of you in my bed beside me. Sometimes you wake up before me, and I’m roused by your sweet little hands touching my cheek. Sometimes I wake first, and I try to sneak downstairs for a quiet cup of coffee by myself.

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10 ON 10 MAY | A TRIP TO NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT

Every month in 2018, I am participating in a photography project with a group of extremely thoughtful and talented photographers. Each photographer makes a series of 10 photos in a single day, and each photographer shares their series on the 10th day of every month. The goal? To tell a story.

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