Momma Loves: Ana Schechter

When I was a little girl, I loved my teddy named Bobby and he came everywhere with me. As a pre-teen I cherished my Caboodle and coveted the makeup and nail polish that would fill it. As a teenager I was obsessed my guitar and collected CD’s that would pile in the fruit crate that held a very old, very awesome stereo.

Over the course of my life, I’ve made it a point not to place a whole lot of value on personal, material possessions.

When I became a mother, interest in things especially fell by the wayside unless it facilitated in the care of my baby. For years it remained that way, until I began to take pictures. My camera and my cell phone to this day are probably the two things that I would be hard pressed to live without; they either hold photos of my children, allow me the creative freedom to capture them, or give me access to them when I’m away.

Up until the time that we found ourselves in a situation where we thought we might lose all of our possessions (during Hurricane Sandy and then the fire in our building in NYC), I had a mental note to grab my hard drive if we were to flee. Of course, when it came down to it we left as quickly as we could with our arms full of babies and our cat, Charlie, but that was the one thing I mourned over when the unknown was still very real.

Photos of my children are my most cherished material possessions. I’ve gotten so used to taking and processing pictures of them on my own that when I look at them I can sometimes remember what I was feeling when I took them. It’s the photos that are snapped when someone else is behind the camera that allows me to see them in a different light, literally through a different lens. That said, it’s a big deal when I ask someone else to come into our home and capture moments usually reserved and treasured for us alone. That photographer’s process is as unique as any other art form, and for me it’s incredibly special when they allow my family to be a part of that art and their expression.

I first met Ana Schechter when we lived in New York City as professionals working in a similar space. She just happens to be from Santa Cruz, so when our paths crossed then it felt less than random. Again, coincidentally, she happened to be in California the week after Evangeline was born and offered graciously to come and take her newborn photos. I was excited and of course nervous, not to mention completely hormonal, sweaty, and unprepared but Ana came into our home like an absolute burst of light and fresh energy. In particular, I was still very much hovering in that flooded, hazy postpartum aura, but Ana quickly and effectively disarmed us all with her charm and humor.

It shows when you look at the moments she captured that day that her art form is a very special one.

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Her vision is a special one, as she so perfectly captured the souls of my children and our family that afternoon, nine days after our baby Evvie was born.

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Those first few days with Evvie are a bit of a blur even now, but this day was so gloriously captured that I can remember just how it felt, the happiness, the beauty, even the struggle. I wouldn’t change a single thing, and I’m so grateful that Ana was there to put even a few moments into a time capsule for us.

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It goes without saying that I’m incredibly grateful for this time spent with Ana and that she’s shared her talent with us. I will always cherish photos of my family, and these are something quite special to me because I’m also in them, a glimpse into the way I mother from the opposite side of the lens.

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These photos might be possessions, but they are completely priceless.

If you’re interested in hiring Ana NYC Photography, obviously we highly recommend her, not only for her talent but for her bright spirit and ability to capture incredibly special moments that will last a lifetime.

As usual, this Momma Loves series is not sponsored.

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9 Comments

  • What a beautifully written story and such a beautiful black and white photo of your children.
    I only dream of one day having a family of my own and I look forward to all the troubles, traumas and difficulties that it beholds with renewed vigour after reading your posts and knowing that it’s humanity!
    All my love and good wishes to you all, Maria x


  • These pics are great, and I’m glad you are in some of them! 🙂 wonder fly keepsakes for tour family as you said. Love all of them, but the group shot of all the kids, then all the fam are my faves. Thanks for sharing!


  • I love this post. Ana is by far the best! A bright soul with a talent that truly captures the beautiful moments of life.


  • You have a very beautiful family!


  • Beautifully written! I also cherish each and every photo of my baby, but those taken by a professional stand out in a completely different way. A great photographer is able to capture the true essence of a family, something that I cannot do on my own. Lovely post, and so happy to see that you’re using Mpix for all of your fulfillment needs!


  • Ana’s pictures are so beautiful and love the family pic. Congrats on your newest addition to your beautiful family. Love your blog and pictures — thank you for allowing us to share in your lives. 🙂
    p.s. – How does kitty Charlie like the new addition Evvie? I can still recall one of my favorite pics of yours was one of Charlie peering (glaring) in the door at Theo. I still giggle thinking of that one.


  • Beautiful Pictures. Beautiful Family. Gifted writer. Hugs from Houston and Congrats!


  • I loved coming across your site today and seeing Ana’s name. I have worked with her a few times and I just LOVE her work. Your kids are gorgeous as are you. I have three small kids too and could have written the beginning of this entry myself. As a teenager I was obsessed with things…lots of things…and those days are gone (although I admit I love a good handbag!). I always said if anything were to happen to our home, we would run with kids and photo albums.

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