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I’m so excited to announce that all cake smash sessions will now include a custom cake from Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes!  Nothing but the best for my Whimsy Photography Studio babies!!


Custom newborn, baby, child and family photography by photographer Maria Moore in Syracuse, NY
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Life by Lens / Family Photography, Syracuse, NY

It’s that time again, Life by Lens project time.  This month, the month of thankfulness, I did something a little different.  I took this opportunity to share a recent experience that has changed the way I am thankful.  My hope is, it will change you too.


Have you ever missed someone, before you ever met them?  October 7, 2013.  The day our lives will forever be changed.

For nine long months, we waited.  We waited for the arrival of Sweet Sloane Emori Bagley.  Only on October 7, 2013, at 8:05 p.m., she was born.  Still.  This has to be one of the most heartbreaking days of our lives.  A completely uncomplicated and normal pregnancy ended in a gut wrenching tragedy, that we never saw coming.  We were supposed to be cuddling this new, precious baby girl.  Instead, we were overwhelmed with grief.

How could this happen?  Why did this happen?  All questions we struggled with, and continue to struggle with.  But out of this tragedy and grief, Sloane’s incredibly strong and brave parents are trying to find the light in all of this darkness.  Instead of trying to find a reason for this completely senseless tragedy, they’re trying to find something good that might be able to come of it.

At her memorial service, they asked all of us to honor her.  To honor Sloane, and her memory, by living our lives thankful for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  They asked us not to take what we have and all we’re thankful for, for granted.  They asked us to appreciate it.  To really look at it all, be thankful for it, and appreciate it.  They asked us to live our lives like everything could change tomorrow.  Because sometimes, it does.

October 7, 2013.  It changed me.  It brought me closer to my best friend who lost her daughter.  It brought me closer to my church.  It brought me closer to my own children and family as I witnessed first hand just how fragile life really is.

It has changed me.  It has changed the way I interact with my children.  I see them with new eyes.  I see how delicate they are, and how incredibly blessed we are to have them.  When you’re so fortunate to not experience tragedies like this, it’s easy to take what you have for granted.  It’s easy to think it will never happen to you.  Sloane has reminded us that it happens.  It happens out of the blue and it knocks you right off of your feet.

My sweet goddaughter Sloane.  You were taken from us far, far too soon.  In what seemed like the longest time we were waiting for you, we now realize what a short time we had with you.  You have taught us to put things into perspective.  You have taught us not to take our blessings for granted.  You have taught us to live for today because you just never know what tomorrow will bring.  You have taught us to be better people.

I have vowed to honor you, and to allow your short time with us to change me.  I try to be more patient.  When I’m getting frustrated, I try to put things into perspective and ask if this is really something that should be making me so upset.  I try to live my life thankful for all the big and little things around me.  I look at my children with different eyes, thankful eyes, because you have changed me.

Sloane, I miss you.  I miss you every.single.day, and I’m mad that we have to miss you.  But I will continue to honor you and your memory, by living my life as a better, thankful, more appreciative person.

This month, the month of November, the month of thankfulness, I ask you to honor Sloane.  I ask you to be thankful for all the blessings you have in your life.  I ask you to live your life appreciating all of these blessings.  And I ask you to hug and kiss your family a little tighter.


Now please keep our blog circle going and check out Stephanie from Lemmonmade Photography and she was she was thankful for this month.

Custom newborn, baby, child and family photography by photographer Maria Moore in Syracuse, NY
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November 20, 2013 - 7:59 am

Nghi - Maria, your words are so beautiful and touching. You said it so well and we all need to slow down and appreciate what we have. Nothing is guaranteed in life and your goddaughter came and went way too soon.

November 20, 2013 - 8:18 am

Reena - Maria, such a beautiful and heartbreaking post this month. It really does make one stop and realize how very thankful we need to be on a daily basis. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well the beautiful angel Sloane and her family.

November 20, 2013 - 8:50 am

Joanna - Wow. This puts so much into perspective. I’m so sorry for the loss of your goddaughter.

November 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

Stephanie - Oh Maria! What a beautifully written post. Your friend and her family are in my thoughts.

You have reminded me how precious life is, and how fleeting our time is with those we love. Little Sloane was a blessing, and through her, may everyone she touched remember to live life to its fullest.

November 20, 2013 - 11:26 am

Autumn - Thank you. Thank you for honoring my sweet Sloane. Thank you for your beautiful, powerful, and loving words. Thank you for holding my hand, my heart, and my sadness that night and each day after. Thank you my incredible, wonderful, extraordinary best friend Maria… THANK YOU.

November 20, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Tonia - Maria – what can I say? There are no words…. your post was beautiful! Thank you for helping them through one of the most difficult times in their lives, thank you for reminding us to appreciate all we have in our lives and thank you for just being you!

November 27, 2013 - 1:04 am

Laura - Maria, I am speechless. What a beautifully written and inspiring tribute! My heart goes out to those parents, and to you. Even reading Autumn’s comment gave me chills. A friendship such as this is one of a kind.

Life by Lens | Family Photography, Syracuse, NY

I can’t believe it’s been another month already.  This busy fall season just makes time fly!  And the busy fall season, means that I don’t have as much time to focus on taking pictures of my own children and family.  It also makes processing and printing the pictures I do manage to take of them very difficult.  But, amidst this busy fall season, I consciously decided to take a break from work, and work on some photos just for me.

This summer we met up with the super talented JoAnna Robbins from JoAnna Robbins Photography while vacationing in Bethany Beach.  She took some stunning portraits for me and my family, and shame on me I am just now getting around to editing them and printing!  Life sure gets busy and I find I put myself and my own portraits down at the end of the list.  As I’m looking thru these gorgeous photos, I can not wait to get them back from the lab and up on my walls.  But while preparing them for print, it struck me that these are perfect for this month’s blog circle theme, motion.  Each time I look at them, it brings me back to that awesome week at the beach.  This is why I vow to print my own picture much more regularly!

And don’t forget to follow around the circle to see everyone else’s amazing work.  Go check out the amazing Laura Dilley, from Lucy Liz and see what she was up to this month!



Custom newborn, baby, child and family photography by photographer Maria Moore in Syracuse, NY
© 2014 Whimsy Photography Studio | whimsyphotographystudio.com
October 20, 2013 - 8:14 am

Reena - These are so beautiful Maria (and great job Joanna!) I like what you said above “brings me back to that awesome week at the beach” THAT is what the photography is all about!! Great motion shots!

October 20, 2013 - 9:23 am

Joanna - I love what you did with these! Your kids are so gorgeous! And it makes me miss the beach so much! Can’t wait to do it again next year!!

October 20, 2013 - 9:37 am

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October 20, 2013 - 11:44 am

laura - These are perfect Maria! I hope you printed these BIG!

October 20, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Nghi - These are the photos you want to treasure! Love these!

B Family | Family Photography Syracuse, NY

I was so excited to finally connect with some very dear friends for a family/maternity session.  We had to reschedule a few times due to rain, and although the morning looked questionable, we lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous evening.  It was so much fun, and I hope you treasure these memories for always B Family!  xoxo

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Custom newborn, baby, child and family photography by photographer Maria Moore in Syracuse, NY
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October 1, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Reena - what a beautiful family session! I love the location and the light is just stunning! Love the one of the little girl posing and her parent behind her….so cute!

October 1, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Becky - What a gorgeous family! beautiful session. I love the light! The little girl looks like she had an adorable personality.

October 1, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Claudette - That little girl just stole the show! What a beautiful family!

October 2, 2013 - 9:22 am

Lemmon - What a wonderful session Maria! Gorgeous light, gorgeous location, and you did an AWESOME job posing them.

Such a beautiful family… LOVE!

October 2, 2013 - 11:13 am

Shawna Shenette - Aww, so cute! I love the family maternity sessions, and you totally captured what a fun-loving family they are. Great job!

October 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

Nghi - LOVE this session! Her face in the last one is just too adorable!! Great job!

October 2, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Alexis - These are so cute! Love all the family photos withe the great interactions:)

October 2, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Amy G. - Beautiful session! So much love and joy in these! Love the lighting too. Great work!

October 3, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Jeni - These are beautiful! I love the mom’s dress and the light is just gorgeous. Such a pretty session and a beautiful family.

October 4, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Lindsay Faber - These are so beautiful and sweet. Love the light and soft pretty processing. How adorable is that little girl?

October 11, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Joanna - Gorgeous family! The lighting is stunning!

Lindsay | Syracuse Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure to photograph this gorgeous mom at such an amazingly special time in her life.  Pregnancy is so beautiful, and I just love when moms want to capture it.  Even more fun was that we did a studio session, as well as an outdoors couple’s session.  This couple is so much fun, I seriously can not wait to snuggle their new baby boy at their newborn session later this month!

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Custom newborn, baby, child and family photography by photographer Maria Moore in Syracuse, NY
© 2014 Whimsy Photography Studio | whimsyphotographystudio.com
September 21, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Shannon Stroubakis - What a beautiful and moving session, she must be over the moon. The lighting in the BW shots are just gorgeous. Amazing session!

September 22, 2013 - 11:46 pm

Andrea H - Beautiful and perfect Maria! I love how you posed her in the studio. Gorgeous work!

September 23, 2013 - 10:24 am

Shawna Shenette - WOW! Just stunning! They are all gorgeous but the studio shots are amazing!

September 23, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Joanna - Wow! Gorgeous!

September 23, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Melissa Klein - These are all so beautiful! I really love the moodiness of the studio shots, but then I saw the outdoor ones and was equally blown away. Absolutely beautiful!

September 23, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Becky - What a gorgeous mom to be! These are just beautiful. The last one is stunning!

September 23, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Claudette - Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful mom to be!

September 23, 2013 - 11:49 pm

Nghi - The light in these are just to die for!! So jealous of that gorgeous field!!

September 24, 2013 - 7:17 am

Stephanie - These are stunning Maria! Wow!!!

You use of light here was amazing. That last photo is just breathtaking!!!