Fall Family photoshoot in collaboration with cross county shopping center x living notes photo

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I am a huge fan of family photos. I love being able to freeze a moment in time, and relive it weeks, months, or years later. I love sharing photos with family near and far, and flip through albums with my little ones. Such great bonding time! One of our favorite things to do in our house is look back at baby photos. We are always stunned when we realize we forgot so many of those little memories!

Especially with kids, seasons of life are fleeting. Immortalizing them through photography is a way to savor each stage and remember its sweetness, its beautiful chaos. Motherhood comes with its fair share of challenges, but through photography, I am able to take a step back and appreciate it all. I realize how insanely grateful I am for all of the blessings in my life.

Family photos are, in my opinion, worth every penny for that reason. We never get these moments back!

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I am very, very lucky that, as a blogger, I have had the opportunity to work with many talented photographers. Camila, from Living Notes Photography, and I have worked on a few shoots together, including my latest fall collaboration with the Cross County Shopping Center. Camila is such a gem to work with, and how she engages little ones during shoots is honestly mind blowing! She makes everything a game and my boys are so receptive to her style. As for her photography skills, well, take a look at her work below. She is a true pro, and has a great eye – she captures beauty in the simple moments, and I am a true fan of her work. Check her out on Instagram, too!

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I had a clear vision for our fall photoshoot – I wanted the photos to be simple, laid back, and with a boho feel. I wanted to shoot outdoors, in beautiful golden hour light, and spent countless hours on Pinterest browsing family outfits. Not always easy to coordinate all three boys and myself! Luckily, I was able to spend a morning at the Cross County Shopping Center with my sister in law, and we were able to find all the outfits that day! I couldn’t believe it! All of the outfit details are below, if you are interested in any of the pieces you see here! I ended up doing a mix of Zara, American Eagle, H&M, Old Navy, and Macy’s pieces that looked good together. I chose to keep our outfits neutral, with some hints of denim for an edgy, boho feel. When I got the photos back from Camila, I was so relieved to find that the outfits looked cohesive as a whole, and that my vision truly came to life. The photos are just perfect, and so special to me.

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If you are not familiar with the Cross County Shopping Center, they are located at 8,000 Mall Walk in Yonkers, NY. They offer shopping, dining, and entertainment: more than 80 shops and restaurants, a children’s play area, and outdoor events! They have such a good Zara store – I always do damage there! Oh, and you want to know the latest scoop?! Target is coming to the mall soon! I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been dying for another Westchester Target location!

As we enter this new season of gratitude and thankfulness, I’m so incredibly excited to share these fall photos with you all. I guess I’ll just be here for the next month trying to pick my favorite one to frame… So difficult to choose! Which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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