Monsey Family Photographer

Summer already?  I’m not ready.

My oldest daughter graduated High School.

My oldest son graduated Elementary School.

I can feel the winds change, ‘the times they are a-changing’, to quote Bob Dylan

And since the song is in my head, here are the words, but whatever you want to say about Dylan, he is a poet first.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.


Denial will not help me with this one, it’s happening whether I like it or not.

I scheduled a photo session for my family, to record us as we are NOW, before the shifting of the family unit as we know it today.

That is what photography mean to me, preserving the today for tomorrow.

Here is a share from the session with Stephanie Badini.

It was a great experience being on the other side of the lens

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Children & Family Photographer, New York, NY

Every year I give away a few sessions to support great organizations that need to raise money.

This is the last opportunity to win a session this year via chinese auction. Purchase your ticket today, May 10, 2011 to double your chance.  The event will take place on May 18th, 2011 and is supporting my sons school.

Click here to purchase your tickets

And because I’m posting I want to share a lovely Mother’s Day tribute to an amazing Mom, Chaya and her girls.

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Win a Session and Update Your Profile Photo

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Hello and Happy Spring (well, according to the calendar anyway)!

Don’t you just love that face?
I’m hoping that you won’t be able to resist it.

I need your help!

Nechama’s Closet was started in memory of Nechama Leiter and has been helping women and kallahs for the past 13 years.  They need your help to continue providing clothing to women in need.  Clothing can be very empowering and can give a person the courage and confidence to take charge of their lives.  We are not talking Prada here, we are talking about a decent outfit they can be proud to go to Shul in.
I’d like to give you an opportunity to win a free session and prints while helping these women in need.
I’m offering a free session via Nechama’s Closet Chinese Auction.
For just $15 you can enter to win a session, 16×20 print and more.
The auction is this Sunday, March 27, so don’t push this off,
you have until 6pm this Sunday.

And if you are not one to play your chances, here is one for you.
How does about a new image for your facebook, resume, business card or just for yourself sound?
How does it sound when 100% of your fee is going to a tax deductible organization?
How does it sound when it’s just $50?
How does it sound when it includes a JPG for you to upload and print to your hearts content?

Together with my shul I am raising funds to give to local families to help them out with Pesach, Maot Chitim.
So if you are a Real Estate broker, Personal Trainer or Representative for any company, this is for YOU!  If you are a young girl putting together your resume, this is for YOU!  If your last personal photo was your graduation photo or wedding photo, it’s time for an update and this is for YOU!
I know you want to do this, it’s for YOU – but you’re helping others.
No kids, just grown ups – because YOU are worth it!

The dates are Monday and Tuesday March 28 & 29.
RSVP for details.
UPDATE:  Congrats to C Eber for winning the session @ Nechama’s Auction.
Thanks to so many of you, we were able to raise over $750 for the Maos Chitim fund!

My Travels – Paris 2011

Globe trotting.  That’s my other passion.

My Mom was born in Paris and lived there until she married my Dad and moved to New York.  I had been there first when I was 16 years old for the summer.  What a great experience it was!

My cousin was getting married in Paris and it was the perfect excuse to plan a visit.  So my Mom, my daughter and I went to Paris.  We got to visit all the sites – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Opera, Gallery Lafayette, the Marais (former Jewish Ghetto and now trendy downtown area), the Montmartre, Musee to Orsay, walked along the Champs Elyees and the Palace of Versaille.  But these sights are besides the point, the point is walking on the cobble stone streets, listening to the language and taking in the beautiful architecture.

Not only that, the food was incredible.  The baguettes and pastries are mouth watering.  Crepes? Mmmmm.  We even got to go to Darjeeling, a well known kosher Indian style restaurant.

Paris ~ Je t’ aime!

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Lifeplex for Leizer – Monsey Children’s Photographer

I want this blog to be a happy place to visit, a place that you know you can turn to and you will smile.

But sometimes we all need a little reminder of how lucky we are and we need to reflect on all the wonderful things we take for granted by stopping a moment to see what we can do to help those less fortunate.

This is the story of a young boy, Leizer, just 6 years old, that was burned on over 80% of his body in a terrible house fire. The family lost their home in Israel to this tragedy and have relocated to the United States for treatment for their child.  As a result of the devastating fire, Leizer lost both legs and as has so far undergone 16 surgeries already.

Leizer and his family need our help.  You can help by joining us this Motzei Shabbos, January 22 and come to Life Plex for Leizer.  Lifeplex and their staff have generously donated their time so every penny goes directly to helping Leizer.

Take this opportunity to try an exercise class and do a chesed at the same time.  Sign up for as many classes as you can (and then sign up for a few more!)  Bring all your friends, bring your daughters, bring your bathing suits!

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday night and you can feel good knowing you are helping others.

If you can’t make it, you can participate by purchasing a raffle ticket, I’ve donated a session and prints with yours truly.

Hope to see you there!

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Decisions….. Monsey Children’s Photographer

Decisions…. the Big Giveaway 2010.

I got beautiful, touching and worthy submissions from many of you.

Mothers nominating daughters, daughters nominating mothers, neighbors writing about how selfless and giving their neighbors are.

It was a very tough round this year.  I wish I could just choose them all.

In the end there were 4 finalists.  I shared those 4 with a panel of selected women I respect and asked them to help me decide whom to give the session to.

Everyone on the panel choose a husband who wrote about the trials he and his wife went through before their wedding and how disappointed his wife was with the wedding photos as a result of their trials.   The romantics in all of them were overcome.

But there was one other nomination that really touched my heart.

A story of a couple that couldn’t have children and after many years adopted 2 boys.  I decided to give them a session as well.

It was a pleasure to have your help in this.  I know that there are small things we can all do for each other to make someone’s day.  Sometimes it’s a friendly call or card – so let’s spread goodness and kindness with all!

And since I can’t post without sharing some photos…  Here she is, Tamar.

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The Big Giveaway Part III

This is the third annual Giveaway and once again I am asking you for your nominations.

I want to give a gift to someone YOU know.  The gift will be a free portrait session and prints valued up to $2,000.  Yes that’s $2,000!!!

You might know someone that would love to have custom portraits but is too busy or selfless.  Someone that always come thru for you or someone that is going thru a difficult hardship.  Let’s give them something they will cherish forever.  Together, you and I will let them know how special they are.

The best?  If your nomination wins you will get a free session and an 11×14 print.

The fine print:

-Send your nomination to dini@dinigroner.com

-Subject topic must say ‘Giveaway 2010′

-Tell me why you think your nominee is worthy of the Giveaway

-You cannot nominate yourself

-The photo session must take place in Rockland County

-The deadline is December 31, 2010

Winner will be announced January 16, 2011

It’s that simple!

Los Angeles – Laguna Beach

Last month I was lucky enough to get out to Los Angeles for a couple of sessions.  This time I scheduled a day of relaxation and took a drive to Laguna Beach for the day with my aunt, Feige.  We took in the galleries, the sound of the ocean and the scenery.

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at work…

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