Beautiful Family in a Beautiful Park- Rockland County, NY Family Photographer

I’m dreaming of summer on this frigid February day… Specifically, shooting in the summer. I miss shooting outdoors in gorgeous locations, getting to capture beautiful families interacting, toddlers running gleefully (even though in this case it was AWAY from me and my camera), and beautiful weather (unlike the Alaskan weather we’re having right now). Can you tell who the center of attention is in this adorable family??


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Purim Portraits for Chai Lifeline – Monsey, NY Family Photographer

Want to get an adorable Purim portrait of your family while also donating to an amazing cause? Judy Fischmann Photography and ESTI Photography have been doing this for quite a few years now in Brooklyn and Lakewood, and I’m happy to be joining their efforts here in my Monsey studio this year. Call the number on the flyer to schedule your slot, and tizku l’mitzvos!!


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Six Super Easy and Adorable Purim Theme Ideas

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Purim is almost here, and that means its time to start planning your kids costumes and your mishloach manos ideas. Now, I know the whole idea of doing themed costumes and mishloach manos is a bit controversial- some people go all out and start planning elaborate ideas starting from Chanuka time, and others feel that doing so is totally unnecessary and not in the spirit of Purim. My opinion is that if you’re the creative type and you truly enjoy thinking of themes and ways to tie it all together and the whole process makes you happy, then great- go all out! But if thinking of themes and costumes and food ideas that relate to it just stress you out and cause pressure and anxiety, then skip the theme and just put together a nice, classy mishloach manos that completely fulfills the mitzva without any unnecessary pressure.

As for me, I do enjoy thinking of themes- sometimes I’ll start by seeing what my kids want to dress up as and figuring out how I can tie everything together, and other years I plan it all from the costumes and on. BUT- and thats a big BUT- I do try very hard to keep it simple, easy to put together, and cost effective. If you need some ideas for a theme of your own, I’ve put together six super easy and really cute purim theme ideas that I have done over the last couple of years.  (I apologize for the non professional quality of some of the early year photos). You’ll have to stay tuned to see what I have planned for this year! 🙂


1) Burglar Theme

This is a very simple theme and the costumes are DIY and so cute. My husband and I wore striped black and white t-shirts, black berets, and burglar masks that I made with black felt and elastic.

My two girls just wore black from head to toe, black ski hats, and the felt burglar masks. Our mishloach manos was a plain canvas bag on which I drew a money sign with a sharpie. You can fill it with candy jewelry, chocolate coins, etc or you can just put in food items with green wrappers (for money). Easy, cute, and not expensive.

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2) Fabulous 50’s Theme 

The year we did this theme, my girls were a little bigger and I wanted to do something a little more elaborate. They wore pink poodle skirts with white shirts, high ponies with ribbons in their hair, and white tights. My husband and I didn’t really dress up that year, so I just wore a pair of pink cat eye rhinestone glasses and put a bun in my wig. But if you and your spouse wanted to dress up, you can wear a poodle skirt, a fitted cardigan, white or pink tights, saddle shoes, pearls etc. and your husband could wear a black leather jacket, with slicked back hair (sort of Elvis style). Our mishloach manos was a jar filled with candy items that were around in the 50’s, and the label (since its not so clear in the photo) said Fabulous 50’s and Have a fabulous Purim.



3) Garden Theme

When my oldest wanted to be a butterfly one year, I chose to have her little sister be a bumblebee, and my baby son was a flower. The girls’ costumes were easy- I just bought the wings and headbands and color coordinated the rest of their outfit. (Strips of yellow tape on a black t-shirt for my little bumblebee and lots of pink for the butterfly). For our mishloach manos, I found these pretty glass cutting boards that had a garden motif and the rest was easy- bottle of water, peas and carrots candies, veggie straws, and a small packet of flower seeds (for planting, not eating).  A little pretty ribbon tied it all together, and I created a label on the computer and just strung it on a small piece of ribbon.



4) Royalty Theme

The year my girls were deep into princess stage, they were thrilled to be real princesses for Purim. So it only made sense for my son to be a king and to do a Royalty theme. I guess I was a bit lazy that year, because our Mishloach manos was simply food items with red wrappers placed on a pretty mirror and wrapped in cellophane, instead of being tied into the theme. If you wanted royalty themed food ideas, you could do candy jewelry, ring pops, and royal crown liquor.



5) Zoo Theme 

This one is also so so easy, and so cute. The kids can be any wild animals they choose, and someone can be the zookeeper – or mom and dad can be the zookeepers. The Mishloach manos was a simple tin bucket with a label saying Animal Feed. I filled it with peanuts, animal crackers, water and chocolate bears.


6) Health Conscious Theme (aka my girls wanted to be ballerinas and my son wanted to be a doctor!)

I don’t like to force my kids to dress up as something they don’t want to just to fit the theme, so last year when my girls were adamant about being ballerinas, and my son wanted to be a doctor, I figured out a way to tie it together (although it is a little far fetched) by doing a health conscious theme. This can work with other costumes as well- gymnast, cheerleader, nurse, sports players, etc. The mishloach manos was baby carrots in a pretty glass stemmed cup, with hummus, melba toast and spring water. When you read the poem it sort of makes more sense :).







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Monsey, NY Upsherin and Family Photographer- Handsome Brothers

As is often the case, these adorable brothers had such different personalities. The older was a bit more reserved and slower to warm up, and the younger walked right into the studio and grinned at me from the first minute. It didn’t take long for big bro to warm up though, and it was a really fun session. Their clothes were perfect for the more formal look mom wanted in the studio, and then they got a bit more casual and we had some wild boyish fun in the leaves outside. I loved that mom and dad were such good sports out there and were so relaxed and natural and so obviously in love with their two boys.


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny


upsherin and family portraits monsey ny

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