We’re starting to celebrate Memorial Day early with some red, white and blue!   You may remember this little guy from a session I did with him in February when he was just 3 months old.   This time, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting his adorable sister and brother so we could get the three of them together.  And how cute are they???  They were great models, too.  Easy to joke around with and make laugh, although I did have to enlist big sister to get her baby brother to smile for us one last time at the end of the session…I think it worked!

Adorable family on a blanket on the lawn in front of a beautiful home

Three individual shots of a beautiful sister and her two little brothers

Beautiful brown eyed girl with curly hair

Blue eyed baby boy who is six months old sitting on a blue blanket

Cute boy with hazel eyes smiles as he looks away

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  • Melissa - How sweet are these kids! What a great looking session.05/26/2010 – 10:51 pm

  • Penny - What a bunch of cuties! Great pictures.05/27/2010 – 8:29 am

  • Mollie Kendall - These are just beautiful, Christine! Wonderful shots 🙂05/31/2010 – 2:02 am

  • Jen - Adorable! I especially love the first one.06/02/2010 – 7:52 am

  • jessie - I like that the kids look comfortable. The pictures seem to show each child’s innate personality. Beautiful work!06/04/2010 – 8:27 pm

  • Cristina - Great session Christine! I love the blanket one!!06/08/2010 – 3:49 pm

They certainly do!  This beautiful sister and brother were awesome to work with…not only were they fun but mom put them in stylin’ outfits and took us to some great locations around Bronxville!

Just back from Texas,  I have a new appreciation for the cowboy hat…

LOVE this wall at the playground…

Beautiful girl in pink tutu leaning against a colorfully painted rainbow wall

Hello gorgeous….

Beautiful girl in church courtyard with arches.

Black and white image of a beautiful girl leaning against a tree.

And check out these baby blues…

Gorgeous blue eyed boy with sear sucker suit.
Beautiful blue eyed boy in church courtyard

Close up shot of baby boy with blue eyes

black and white image of toddler boy in the park

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  • maggie - What an incredible session…love EVERYTHING about it. Gorgeous kiddos, awesome light, stunning captures. That colored wall is SO fun. You got such a great variety of poses/clothing/locations. Yay!05/22/2010 – 10:30 am

  • Kristiana Kolc-Dass - Absolutely beautiful!!!!05/22/2010 – 11:25 am

  • Krista - So beautifully done. The one of the girl in the arch ways, breathtaking!05/22/2010 – 11:53 am

  • Natalie Clayshulte - I love that playground wall, too! You weren’t kidding about the eyes. Those are some beautiful kids and your photographs are phenomenal.05/22/2010 – 12:05 pm

  • Christine - Thanks so much for your comments, everyone! You’re making my day!05/22/2010 – 12:35 pm

  • Penny - Oh my gosh, how cute. I love the cowgirl hat and rainbow wall. The children are adorable. The little boy has the prettiest blue eyes. Your photos are great!!05/22/2010 – 12:55 pm

  • Timothy Pham - OMG! are their parents models? these kids are gorgeous. You can get lost in that little boy’s eyes. Awesome session Christine!05/23/2010 – 2:59 am

  • april todd - All of these are SO beautiful! Such a talent you are!!

    #3 is my fav!!!05/24/2010 – 11:39 pm

  • Leslie - LOVE LOVE LOVE this whole session!!! Just gorgeous Christine!06/03/2010 – 12:02 am

Hooray for sun!!  This past Saturday, we got a little taste of what spring should be like…it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for a photo shoot with these two beautiful sisters.  I love that they each have their own unique look!  They were really fun to work with and so cute with each other, too!  The day was a tad windy, but I have to say in retrospect that I like the effect…

Two beautiful sisters holding hands in the sunshine with Ringwood Manor in background

Two sisters sitting in a field of buttercups with Ringwood Manor in background

There were plenty of buttercups…

Beautiful girl holding buttercups in a field

Beautiful girl in a field with blanket

…and azaleas!

Girl laughing with pink pansies in background

Such naturals in front of the camera!

Beautiful girl smiling leaning against barn post

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  • maggie - Stunning! What lovely, golden images. 🙂05/19/2010 – 6:21 pm

  • Tara - I AM SPEECHLESS!!!! These are the most GORGEOUS pictures I’ve ever seen. You exceeded expectations…we’re so excited to see the rest!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!05/19/2010 – 8:34 pm

  • Melissa Surprise - Those girls are just beautiful. I love the first picture. It belongs on a big canvas!05/20/2010 – 7:13 pm

  • leighanne - Absolutely gorgeous! I am constantly amazed by your talent.05/20/2010 – 7:14 pm

My first day back from a week long photography workshop (amazing, btw), and although I could’ve used a rest, I was very inspired and ready to get back to work.  I got a last minute call from this family to photograph their newborn…  He is an absolute beauty as you can see, and so are his brother and sister.

I really love this first one with proud big sister holding him…

Beautiful blonde girl holding newborn baby brother.

Talk about a good looking family…!

Adorable sister and brother holding their newborn baby brother.

Newborn preciousness…

Adorable newborn boy in knit hat resting on a pillow.

Newborn baby boy smiles while resting in a knit wrap.

Black and white image of a newborn boy sleeping.

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  • Timothy Pham - What beautiful kids indeed, and you captured them so perfectly! The new guy is adorable!05/12/2010 – 3:25 pm

  • milly - I love the black and white of the three because it reflects the individual personality of each child. As a grandparent, I have to say, that it is lovely to be able to look back and view the intrinsic expression of each of your children.05/12/2010 – 7:57 pm

  • Erin Carlyle - You are one talented photographer…These are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!05/12/2010 – 8:33 pm

Before I announce the winner, I’d just like to thank everyone who participated in our “Shine a Light on Autism” campaign.  Your love and dedication are inspiring to me and many others.  The stories were all very poignant and I feel like they really showed the broad spectrum that is autism.  Thank you for helping us to raise awareness and thank you to all the people who left words of encouragement, strength and support – they really go a long way!!

It is really hard for me to choose only one winner, but here it goes…please watch the following video of me and my brother Paul to see who the winner is:

The winner is “Andrew’s Smile!”

We’d also like to announce those who won the “Autism Awareness” prizes for leaving their comments here on my blog and on facebook:

  1. Helen
  2. Donna
  3. Bea
  4. Paulette
  5. Jessica
  6. Lynne
  7. Milly
  8. Penny
  9. Maria
  10. Trish

The winners will receive either an Autism Awareness car magnet, key chain, or tote bag.  We will be contacting you soon…  🙂

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  • Kim Lionetti - Christine:

    Thanks again for running the contest and for helping to raise awareness! Congratulations to the winner!04/30/2010 – 3:18 pm

  • molly - though priorities and circumstances steal time away from parents, this site will become a compassionate, comfortable way to communicate, share and receive information……05/12/2010 – 7:18 pm

This mother’s appreciation for ‘giving’ is not only evident in what she is teaching her son, but it’s also reflected in what she has taught her daughter.

Thanks for sharing your two beautiful gifts with us.

family photo of mother, daughter, and son with autismHi, I am the lucky mother, of 2 beautiful kids. My daughter is 8 years old and my son is 5 years old. I am a stay at home mom with many titles. I’m very knowledgible about speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hippo therapy, and biomedical treatments. Oh did I mention my son has autism. Years ago I woud have started off this story with the statement, “My son has autism” but in reality autism shouldn’t define my son or my family. My son is a gift that I’m working very hard to share with the rest of the world. I use the word gift because children with autism tend to be more comfortable in their own little world, and I am desperately trying to teach my son to give more of himself to others.

This is not always an easy task. For instance, I can’t always go to certain places with my son, or for that matter stay in certain places with my son. As an adult I’m not affected by it, but it is very hard to explain to my daughter that we can’t go somewhere, or we have to leave now because your brother is uncomfortable. Siblings sometimes take a back seat when it comes to autism. I know my daughter definately does. My husband and I try our best to make sure each child gets to do what they want to do, but many times that also means splitting up the family. I am very proud of my daughter and the fact that she understands her brother is different, but she is also a kid herself and I feel sometimes she has to deal with more than she should.

I’m going to end my story again with I’m the lucky mother of 2 beautiful kids. I hope you think so too!!!

~story & photo submitted by the children’s mother

Please be sure to leave a comment below…simply by doing so you’ll be spreading love, and helping to raise awareness.

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  • Jennifer - Beautiful picture, beautiful story…I am proud to call you my friend. Keep smiling – as you always do 🙂 xoxo04/29/2010 – 3:32 pm

  • Tammy - Of course, I think you should definitely win! Love you!04/29/2010 – 4:03 pm

  • MaryAnn - You are truly an amazing mom…Always putting your children first, always giving of yourself. Yes, we are blessed with two beautiful grandchildren and a beautiful daughter-in-law. God Bless your beautiful family..04/29/2010 – 7:02 pm

  • Bea - Thank you for the insight into what it is like for a sibling. The focus on giving and fairness is something we all can aspire to.04/29/2010 – 7:05 pm

  • Gina Costa - What a beautiful story and what a beautiful mom you are!! Your children are so very lucky to have you and I am so lucky to call you a friend!! xoxo.04/29/2010 – 7:42 pm

  • Paulette - Kimmy, your heartfelt words were so touching. Your optimism is strength and inspiration for others-keep it up. Wish you all the best! XOXO Paulette04/29/2010 – 8:03 pm

  • Donna - Your story really touched my heart! You are blessed with two beautiful kids and I often think to myself, it has to be tough at times for Lexie. I’m sure God has a great plan for both your kids and Lexie will learn compassion and empathy in her experience of being a sister of such a special boy. Everything is in divine order Kimmy! You and Anthony are great parents, just the right fit for little Anthony! I think you are all lucky!04/29/2010 – 8:20 pm

  • Trish - What an amazing story and an amazing person you are, Kimmy! The kids are so lucky to have you for their mother.04/30/2010 – 8:06 am

  • Helen Morey Gallo - You are a GREAT mom with GREAT kids/family! xoxo.04/30/2010 – 12:27 pm

  • ToniAnn - You’re a great mom and one of the nicest people I know!05/03/2010 – 10:10 pm

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