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This Pretty Little Girl Owns the Autumn Season in Westchester

Whether you are planning to have your family photographed for the first time or the fifth, there are always a host of things to keep in mind to guarantee your experience is as perfect as possible. My team and I have listed a few key things that we find to be essential anytime you are preparing for your next session.

  • Pick the Right Clothes
    • Have everyone dress in coordinating colors, and in comfortable and timeless clothing.
    • If this isn’t your first time, be sure to pick different outfits than the ones you wore in previous sessions.
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Sisters Embrace in Westchester Autumn

  • Location, Location, Location
    • You’ve heard it said before, but most people don’t actually realize just how important location is when planning a shoot. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these examples of poorly planned shots.
    • On a more serious note, choose a location that is both beautiful and significant, for example, consider your home. As significant as your home is in real life, imagine how meaningful it will remain as the backdrop of family photos, captured to last for generations. Another great example would be the stables or the farm, as fall in the Hamptons can be really exciting for photographs. I particularly love the scenery right now in Easthampton, Southampton, and Bridgehampton.
  • Be Yourself
    • A lot of photographers are known for their ability to position their subjects. Having been a model myself, I can quickly tell the difference between a photograph that is posed, versus one that is natural, and 10 times out of 10 I will connect with the one that feels natural.
    • In order to capture your best self, you must feel free to be yourself. Let your light shine, and let’s have fun with the whole family!

In my sessions, I always capture the raw energy, the soul, and the whimsy of each client involved. Keep these tips in mind, remember to have fun, you’ll be glad you did.

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Westchester Leaves Bury These Sisters in Pure Bliss

 

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Halloween Art

Community, Art, Children, a great combination.

Yesterday I was photographing a client in Rye, New York. I stopped in the town for a hot chocolate as it was a very cold day for October.

I was amazed to see all the great artwork done by the children that live in the area. Each painting was the same size and it was on the outside of all the store windows. Children could draw and paint as they please.

Good to see the town promoting art and especially the budding artists while nurturing community spirit.

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Here are some examples.

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Halloween in the Hamptons

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It’s almost that spooky time of the year again! Halloween is quickly approaching and the festivities are already beginning! There are so many things to do around the Hamptons this Halloween. If your kids are already eager to break out their costumes and have some fun, there is good news: they don’t have to wait until the 31st to get into the Halloween spirit! Listed below are some great local events for the whole family to enjoy. So break out your most creative costumes and get ready for your best Halloween yet!

Bridgehampton Lions Club’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest: On Monday, October 29th at the Bridgehampton Community House, the Bridgehampton Lion’s Club will be having their annual pumpkin carving contest. Carve your best pumpkin masterpiece and you may receive a prize ranging from $20-$150. Don’t forget to grab some delicious cider and donuts and stay for the puppet show!

Southampton Chamber of Commerce Annual ‘Rag-A-Muffin’ Halloween Parade: Join the fun on October 25th during the Southampton Chamber of Commerce’s Annual ‘Rag-A-Muffin’ Halloween Parade for children ages nine and under. Don your best costume and arrive at 1 pm at Lake Agawam Park on Jobs Lane to begin the parade! A large turnout is expected. There will be a contest for best costume, the winner receiving a prize! After the parade, children and parents are invited to participate in the Southampton Pumpkin Trail, in which local merchants will give out treats at their shops on Main Street and Jobs Lane. Participating stores will have a special paper pumpkin in their windows. In the event of rain, the activities will be held at Rogers Memorial Library in the Morris Meeting Room at 91 Coopers Farm Road. Stop by our Southampton gallery at 77 Jobs Lane during the Pumpkin Trail event for a special treat!

Quogue Enchanted Forest Trail: On October 17, 11am-2pm, and October 25th, 12pm-3pm, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at 3 Old Country Road will be hosting an enchanted forest trail. Children two to seven years in age and parents are welcome to meet whimsical and educational characters while walking the refuge’s forest trails with a guide. This event will be full of games and activities. Dress up with your family and attend this one-of-a-kind experience. Reservations are required, so call Kimberly Stever at 631-653-4771 to reserve a spot. Reservations are $10 per person.

Mulford Farm’s Festival of Frights: Grimm Scary Tales at Haunted Milford Farm: Mulford farm in Easthampton promises your family the spookiest festival of the season. Walk through the ‘haunted’ farm for the cemetery tour on October 27th at 6 pm, hosted by the Easthampton Historical Society. Tickets are $10 per family, or $5 for adults and $2 for children. Come and see some fantastic costumes and be prepared for an educational yet terrifically creepy experience!

Haunted Path and Ghoulish Games at the Southampton Youth Center: On October 30th, 7pm-10pm, the Southampton Youth Center (1370A Majors Path, Southampton) will be hosting the perfect gathering for children in grades six and up. Navigate through their spooky walk then compete in some festive and fun activities such as a mummy race, zombie basketball, and ghost dodgeball! At only 5$ per entry, this event is great for the active family who doesn’t mind a bit of a scare!

Enjoy Halloween all month long with your family and make this October the best yet! Lucille Khornak Gallery wishes your entire family a safe, spooky and memorable Halloween!

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Restaurants of Bridgehampton

Candy Kitchen – Est. 1925

The oldest diner in the Hamptons, and a staple of the Bridgehampton community, Candy Kitchen has become more of an experience in itself than simply a restaurant. is a longtime favorite of locals and tourists. The Candy Kitchen experience begins with its appearance; a nostalgic, classical vertical sign that reads “Breakfast – SODA – Luncheon” in neon lettering, atop a charming blue and white overhang, which gives any passerby the experience of being transported back to their favorite adolescent luncheonette. The red, white and blue of the Candy Kitchen has become a landmark of the east end, and the diner-classic menu has been filling the stomachs of  locals and tourists since 1925.  Its simple, diner-classic menu has something for everyone, even for the pickiest little fingers. The service is fast and friendly, the food is served fresh from the kitchen, and the menu won’t bite your bank account. The only thing you won’t find there is scarcity, as many families have made it a routine to bring their children to Candy’s to enjoy the food and atmosphere. Speaking of families, if you spare a moment to look at the walls, you’ll see that they’re lined with a number of different family portraits, captured by Lucille Khornak, a seasoned portrait specialist. A passionate professional who has experienced life on both sides of the camera, Lucille has developed a unique ability to go beyond the stereotypical “Kodak” moment. No matter who she’s photographing, Lucille can capture their natural personality in one still shot, irregardless of age  or gender. The family is your work of art, and you’re the artist – so why not showcase it? Oh, but only after you’ve finished your homemade ice cream flavor from Candy Kitchen.

Bobby Van’s – Est. 1969

Every town needs a good steakhouse, right? Enter Bobby Van’s, the Main Street cornerstone renowned for its fantastic steak and fresh seafood. Bobby Van’s has been a part of  the Bridgehampton community since the summer of 1969, when Bobby Van himself opened up his steakhouse’s doors to the public. Known for its top of the line service, fabulously cooked food, and lively atmosphere, Bobby Van’s is where you go to eat like a king. During the summer months, when the sun shines bright over the east end, diners at Bobby Van’s can park themselves at one of the many outdoor tables beneath the maroon Bobby Van’s awning. Bobby Van’s takes pride in serving the finest Prime USDA beef, freshly caught seafood and shellfish, and carefully chosen ingredients that’ll leave you stuffed for the evening, but craving more. Bobby Van’s is hardly Bridgehampton exclusive; you can find a Bobby Van’s at East 54th St, West 50th St., 25 Broad St., Park Avenue, and Times Square, as well as two Washington, D.C. restaurants and a JFK airport location, and the takeout spot BV’s Burger – the tastiest takeout you’ll get near Times Square.

The Golden Pear Cafe – Est. 1996

Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day, and when enjoying breakfast, there’s no better way to do it tun in style. Enter the Golden Pear, the award-winning cafe that personifies the charm and exuberance that only the east end can bring. A beloved spot for your daily cup of coffee, taking a seat outside offers endless people watching opportunities and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors in an easy going atmosphere. Deliciously prepared meals are a staple of Golden Pear. Try a sandwich, wrap, or salad with garden fresh veggies and tasty meats, one of their many soups, and try a mouth-watering pastry from their on-premises bakery. (You may only go for one, but you may leave with a dozen!)

Pierre’s – Est. 2000

One of the more recent additions to the Main Street BH lineup of eateries, Pierre’s quaint presence has all the charm of French bistros. Pierre’s specializes in locally caught seafood and is open for breakfast thru dinner year-round. The menu varies on the season, constantly changing so your taste buds never grow bored. Famous for its fresh baked pastries and seafood dishes are complimented by the unique lighting – swathed in sunlight by day, with elegant, atmospheric lighting by night.  Its intimacy is paralleled by its class; this is a must-do on your checklist of restaurants to browse this summer at the Hamptons.

Lucky Frogs

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Lucky Frogs

 

 

 

The frog; a tiny, amphibious pond-dweller whose symbolic presence far exceeds its meager appearance. Throughout history, the frog has served as a symbol for a variety of different human emotions and cultural practices, throughout multiple religious mediums.  It is a symbol of joy, luck, and transformation – seen very clearly in the fairy tale of the princess who kissed a frog to transform him into a handsome prince. It is also a symbol of protection for children, as frogs naturally guard their offspring from egg to tadpole. In ancient Celtic times, the frog was considered the king of the earth and had healing and cleansing powers from its connection to life-giving rain. In China, the frog symbolizes fertility (from how many offspring a single frog can produce in its lifetime), good luck, and happiness with the family. It’s often incorporated into jewelry worn for luck and prosperity. The frog has an association with Christian mythology as well, as it’s viewed as a symbol of resurrection – the frog goes through three “resurrections” in its lifetime, from egg, to tadpole, to adult frog. The Egyptians praised the frog highly as a protection symbol over the soul being lead to the afterlife. Amulets would be placed with the deceased in the shape of frogs to guide them safely to the afterlife. Native Americans believed the frog was a sacred animal and represented wealth, good fortune, and success in life and in the family. One of their deities, the “Frog Woman” had the ability to protect all waters from harm. 

 

 

 

In Feng Shui practices, the “three legged money frog” is widely used to bring fortune to a home. Each of its three legs symbolizes financial success, wealth, and good health. It is also used to drive away evil and protect one’s wealth. The frog is often seen sitting on a bed of coins or holding a coin in its mouth. Many homes, offices, restaurants, and other places of commerce have a lucky frog in a corner of the room where the chi is strongest, or facing away from a door inward to the main room to bring in wealth. It can also be placed near a cash register to beckon in prosperity. For maximum effect, the lucky frog must be placed in a location where it clearly visible, allowing it to welcome success inter whatever establishment it happens to inhabit.