August 29, 2017

Fall 2017 Maternity and Family Portraits. Book now.

I blinked and just like that this Summer Season is almost over. Did it go by just as fast for you? Hope everyone enjoyed their Summer, I know I did, busy as it was and full of uplifting and motivating activities.

Summer almost being over means Fall 2017 is just around the corner, and as Fall is one of my all time favorite seasons for photography, I will be hosting special discounted Maternity and Family Portrait Sessions on select weekends from September to November.

Please email me to for more information and to book your session now!

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I look forward to capturing those most significant moments in your life.



July 5, 2017

A Modern Fairy Tale Wedding.

This past Sunday, July 2, 2017, my beloved cousin married his beloved in an incredibly modern and romantic take on Happily Ever After.

Their stunning venue, decor, ambiance was uber classy, sophisticated, romantic and modern.

Truly, a "Campodonico Ever After" and we are so incredibly happy for this beautiful couple and their beautiful family!

Some captures of their memorable day...

Love you A and M, once more a lifetime of love and happiness!!!!


May 6, 2017

2017 Summer Season Mini Sessions!

Hello friends!

With Summer officially around the corner, I wanted to take advantage and offer a special photography package to celebrate this season.

For the months of June and July, I will be offering Mini Portrait Sessions for a limited investment price of $125.

This Mini Session will include the following:

  • 30-45 Minute Session.
  • On-location outdoor shoot. Slots include from dawn to dusk. In-door sessions also available. 
  • A professional grade on-line gallery to purchase prints and share with family and friends 
  • 10 high-resolution digital images (or ability to download images directly to PC.Mac or Smartphone.)
  • Print release on all copyright images that allows ability to print on any platform of your choosing
  • Prints are not included with this package, however professional grade prints can be ordered from the photographer in various sizes and finishes. Please inquire with photographer for more information. 

Session slots will include most weekends (Saturday, Sunday) and availability is limited, therefore, if interested, please contact me via email (  as soon as possible to book your Mini.

I will also still be offering my standard Portrait Sessions which are longer in length and include extra images and prints. If interested in my standard package please email me for details. 

As always, please stay tuned for updates.



April 25, 2017

Spring 2017 Decor Updates

It's been awhile since I shared a Decor related update, but wanted to share a  few simple changes I made to our humble abode for Spring 2017.

A few fresh flowers, a couple carefully curated accessories and lots of crisp, clean white...

Our Maison (aka as Chateau C'est La Vie) was in need of this refresher.

Hope you enjoyed.

Stay tuned for upcoming portrait sessions and more.



March 24, 2017

Book your appointment for a Natural Light Portrait session for Spring 2017.

Hello friends!

With the arrival of Spring 2017, I am working on my Portrait Session Calendar for April-May as well as early Summer.

If interested in your own natural-light, lifestyle inspired portrait session, please contact me via email, or in-box me to my Facebook and/or Instagram accounts. 

As an on-location photographer, you pick the place and I come to you...

Whether it be for a special Engagement/Couple Session...

Adorable portraits of your most valuable possessions...

A touching maternity session...

Or a beautiful Wedding...

Stay tuned for updates.



January 5, 2017

Looking forward to 2017...

This past year of 2016 came with an unexpected  mix of great sadness offset with moments of joy...
Through it all, I was able to capture some precious moments in my clients' lives and that means everything to me as a photographer.

2016 Highlights

I am looking forward to what 2017 will bring...

Please stay tuned as I return with many more portrait sessions, wedding events and DIY projects I have planned in the upcoming months.


Lyra G,

December 7, 2016

An "Expecting Twins" Fall Maternity Sessions

My most recent Fall Maternity Session was for a beautiful, young couple V and U, who are about to become first time parents of twins! How utterly exciting is that?! Not only is their pregnancy special because there are four pairs of little feet in that perfect baby bump, but that each pair of feet belong to a baby girl and a baby boy, respectively! 

They are getting the best of both worlds all at once and I am so incredibly happy for them! 

It was my honor to capture this stunning mommy to be on location at their home in both indoor and outdoor settings and document memories I hope will last them a lifetime! Please enjoy some of my favorites captures of that day...

I cannot wait to meet baby boy and baby girl who are soon to arrive! Once more a huge congratulations to V and U, who are about to go from a family of two to four!!!!

Please stay tuned for many more updates both photography and decor related.  With this Fall season quickly approaching an end and old man winter rearing it's ugly head, my outdoor portrait sessions will be fewer and far between, however, I am still taking bookings for indoor portrait photography, so if you are interested in your own  portrait session with an intimate setting, please email me to for more information. You can also check out my Services and Investment page on this Blog for more information.

Also, please be sure to follow and like my Facebook and Instagram feeds where I update regularly.



November 19, 2016

An Autumn Maternity Family Session

My most recent portrait session was for a beautiful growing family of three who will soon be welcoming their fourth member and are over the moon with excitement!

The Romeros', a young, fun-loving family are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a second baby boy which will make their current adorable toddler a big brother.  Wearing a combination of deep cobalt blues - apropos for a baby boy - and set against the lovely contrast of the yellow and oranges of the Fall Foliage, I set out to capture those candid moments shared among this beautiful family during this special time in their lives. . Please enjoy some of my favorite takes from this shoot. 

There is no doubt this gorgeous little boy can't wait to be a big brother!

Congratulations to the Romero family! It was such a pleasure for me to document these lovely family memories. Cannot wait to meet your newest addition!

I have quite a few more portrait sessions scheduled till the end of this Fall 2016 season, so please stay tuned. You can also follow me on Instagram @cestlaviephotographybylyra or my Facebook Business page where I share updates more often.

If interested in your own natural light portrait session, please email me to for more information.



October 10, 2016

Recent Decor and DIY updates for Chateau C'est La Vie

Hi friends! It has been almost a year since I last shared a decor related post and thought it would be fun to share some pictures of  a few recent changes I have made to some of the rooms in our humble abode - chateau c'est la vie - as well as some creative table-scape ideas I put together using affordable items I already had and inexpensive supermarket florals.

 The result is elegant and chic but as always,  affordable and budget-friendly. Enjoy!

Since Fall 2016 is most definitely in the air and my in-laws were coming over for dinner, decided to put together a Fall inspired tablescape with bold colors, some items I already had in storage and super-market flowers.  I love the way it turned out and so did they!  This was the perfect setting to serve my wine and mushroom gravy pot roast over garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes and my pear and cranberry salad. Got rave reviews all around!

These leaf motif napkin holders were originally a dark forest green when I  purchased them from a  Micheal's clearance bin.  They were a good quality metal, I just painted them white with craft paint and for only $4 for four of them, (bit of a tongue twister there) they turned out to be a deal I couldn't beat. The white chargers I also purchased for sale during the winter time at the off season clearance section. Always great to check out clearance sections during the off season for great deals!

Had some left-over flowers from the bundle I purchased at the super-market, so I added them to other areas of my kitchen to add a little Fall color pop to those areas as well.  Like my DIY chalkboard? I used an old outdated glass and frame and some chalkboard paint to create this. I love how I can change up the wording depending on my mood. .Bon Appetit Mon Amis!

Date night at home is some of our favorite moments. For this special night with the hubby, I decorated the table with an intimate setting for two. Plates on clearance from Marshalls Home Goods, DIY fabric napkins, bird motif on clearance from a Micheals bin, Costco roses, and used a good bottle of wine as part of the centerpiece. Dinner was a shrimp scampi over linguine, the hubs was a happy man!

The best way to brighten, soften and romanticize a room, is to add beautiful fresh flowers as I did here in our living room, I used the bottom of a lovely glass apothecary jar gifted to me by my sister, as the vase. Adore the combination of these lovely flowers with the stack of vintage books and my little ceramic bird I painted white (was originally brown.)  A Vignette like this in the middle of a cold winter day, is the perfect pick me up.

And finally, in  our extra bedroom which serves as a multi-purpose room (man cave, office, guest room) we swapped out the ol' futon there that  had received quite a bit of love over the years, for a functional but stylish sectional sleeper with extra storage. It works perfectly in here with the cooler toned color scheme of blues,grays and that pop of yellow.  Went to pick it up at our local IKEA, we were glad we had waited till this year,as there was a $100 less price difference from last year.  For those interested, here is the link to purchase this great sectional - FRIHETEN Sectional Sleeper.

And those are all the decor updates for now. (Please note all these pictures were taken by my phone camera, so excuse the quality.)

I will be sharing more decor and DIY updates soon. I have many upcoming projects I want to tackle for 2017 so please stay tuned!



September 19, 2016

A Vintage Inspired Fairy Tale Wedding - August 6, 2016

On an incredibly hot, humid and sunny August Day near Weehawken, NJ, a princess and her prince said their "I Do's" in front of their family and friends and so began the first chapter of their happily ever after...

Here is the story of their day, the best way I know how to tell it... Please Enjoy.

Congratulations Naty and Sam it was an honor for me to capture your special day! May you have an eternity of happiness and love as you continue to write your love story and ever after...

If you missed the wedding teasers I shared from this gorgeous wedding, please click here...

Please email me to, or visit my Facebook Business Page and message me to inquire about your own wedding day photography package! Also check out my Services and Pricing Page for more information and don't forget to follow my page on Instagram @cestlaviephotographybylyra where I share my love and passion for all types of photography subjects and settings.

Many more photo shoots and decor projects to come for the remaining of this year. Please stay tuned...