To My Awesome Customers, Thank you!

To My Awesome Customers,

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only because of nature’s glorious colors or its perfect temperatures. Not because it calls for trendy jackets, comfy leggings and boots, but because six years ago this very month I “opened” the door to my family photography business.

In these six years, I have been blessed with the most supportive and loyal customers one could ever ask for. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. And, not to get mushy or give a nominating type of speech here: I would not be here if it wasn’t for all of your support, referrals and loyalty. THANK YOU!

Each year I fall deeper in love with family photography; it simply completes me. Being able to capture a parent’s love—which is one of the strongest influences and the biggest impact in our children’s lives—is an amazing feeling. This feeling keeps me enamored, smitten, excited and it energizes every part of me every time I capture the absolute best family portraits I could possibly get, for you, my customers. Thank you for allowing me to capture this love: the love for your children, the love for your family. Thank you for allowing me to show you ways to display this love throughout your homes for you, and your children to enjoy for many, many years to come.

Here is to another great year, the extra lucky year; lucky seven! Which by the way, is already shaping up to be amazing! I can’t wait to share all of the great, great plans we have coming up for you in 2015!

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Thank you!

Much love, Ana

It’s more than just a picture…

One of the reasons why I love Family Photography is because I have a clean, straight shot, of providing children with an amazing memory they will carry on for the rest of their lives. They may forget the actual event, but the memory and feeling of the family portrait will forever remain with them. I have not lived enough to have the children I have photographed hire me to capture their family portrait, but I pray for the day that does happen.  That will be such an amazing feeling that I have touched a child’s life, and in turn it has transferred into a great experience for them.
Children love to see their portraits printed, and see family portraits on the wall. Portraits they could glance at and see from a distance, portraits they could feel their parents are proud of displaying.  This is what I dream of every night and strive for at each family portrait session.

Fun_Family_Portrait_7710FBChildren are our future, so the future depends on us. Our decisions, our actions.  They don’t see us as “fat” or “old” they see us as their parents, happy or not. They see what we don’t see, they feel the feelings we brush off because we are already used to them or choose to ignore them.

Beautiful-Family Portrait-8178EFBFun family Portrait-5936FBWe are the transition between their life chapters. Let’s make great memories for our children and let’s show it to them!
Fun Family Portrait-8139EFBLove,
Ana
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Happy Mother’s day!: Family Photographer, Syracuse NY

As mothers, we have the greatest, most important job in the world.  We, with our support system (our partner, family, church, community), have the job of preparing our children to become successful well adjusted adults. Adults who will make a difference in our world. Adults who will become great husbands, wives, great fathers, moms, and employees. The foundation we worked so hard at during their growing years will come into play as they find their purpose in life.  That is when we can sit back and admire how our foundation, coupled with their own decisions have turned them into the adults we prayed they would become. Suddenly, all the gray hair we got from their teen years will be embraced because it was all worth it, every single gray hair.

Happy mothers day to us all! and a huge thanks to our support system because without them, motherhood would be a bit harder.

Enjoy these great mommy portraits :)

A smooch for mommy

A smooch for mommy

 

mommy and daughter having fun by the lake

mommy and daughter having fun by the lake

Cute mommy daughter smiles

Cute mommy daughter beautiful smiles

Happy on mommy's arm and bare footed

Happy on mommy’s arm and bare footed

Mommy and son tender moment

Mommy and son tender moment

Mommy and son funny portrait

Mommy and son portrait- love this one! ha!

Mommy son portrait playing

Mommy son portrait playing peek-a-boo

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Basket Ball: Event Photographer, Syracuse NY

I have had the pleasure of photographing various types of fun events, however, the Basket Ball fundraising event held by The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has been by far the most satisfying to me.  Not only because it was extremely fun but because the Foundation concentrates on two issues which are very important to me, helping children in our community by financially supporting the Boys & Girls club and research and advocacy for cancer, specifically pediatric. The Boys & Girls club gives children a place to go after school so their minds are occupied with constructive and safe activities. I grew up in the Dominican Republic a beautiful Island full of happy people, gorgeously breath-taking beaches and history, as well as a high poverty rate. Growing up, I was lucky to have a great foundation from my parents;  My cousins were not so lucky.  They got involved in unsafe activities because they had no place to go after school but the streets.  I believe 100% that if we provide children with a safe outlet where they can be themselves, we will have amazing adults.  It was so rewarding to see how open guests were to place bids on auction items knowing the money will go towards these two very important causes. The Gala or “Basket Ball” as it was titled, was an amazing event, full of happy and well dressed guests. Jim & Juli greeted their guests as they came in;  making happy fans happier.

Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.

Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.

Guests also had the option of taking photos with the Basketball team, an option that was VERY popular.

Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala

Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala

The live auction was very animated, Jim and Juli were hilarious!

Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.

Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.

The highlight of the live auction though, was the auction of the jacket Jim Boeheim wore when he was ejected from the game against Duke.  Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the, Feb. 22nd 2014, Duke game. The jacket auctioned off for $14,000! Money that will go straight into our community!

Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Immediately following the live auction, X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performed for the guests.

X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performes

X-factor runner up Carly Rose Sonenclar performes

Dinner and dancing to the band, Prime Time Horns, followed.  The band played awesome music; the dance floor was packed the entire time! The crowd kept asking for “one more song” after another. What a great time.

 

Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala

Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala

Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns

Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns

The staff at the Turning Stone, from the food and beverage staff to security were very attentive the entire time. A special shout out to the security team, which is comprised of an outstanding and tight group of guys.

Part of the Turning stone Security staff  from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala

Part of the Turning stone Security staff from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala

I can’t close without mentioning the event coordinator, Kelly Taylor.  The event which hosted about 850 guests ran flawlessly thanks to her and her team.  They were all on point for every aspect of the event. Any questions I had, they knew the answer or guided me to the person who knew. It was a very nice experience working with them.

Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids

– Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids

Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.

– Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.

 Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)

– Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)

I leave you with some fun photos from the event. Also, links to Jim and Juli’s Foundation in case you would like to make donations to the Boys and Girls Club or underwriting pediatric cancer research at the Upstate Cancer Center.
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Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage

– Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage

 

Guests having fun!

– Guests having fun!

Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests

– Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests

 

Jim and Juli Boeheim being  cute dancing at their 2014 Gala

– Jim and Juli Boeheim being cute dancing at their 2014 Gala

The SU Men's basketball Team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala

-The SU Men’s basketball team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala

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Ana

 

Ballerina shoes: Children Photographer | Syracuse NY

Ever since I can remember my little girl loved ballet. She used to save every penny she would find since age 3 and tell me that is was for her ballet class. I can remember her seeing loose change on the kitchen counter and asking if she could save it in her piggy bank for her classes. Finally in first grade, at 6 years of age, she joined Ballet. She met great friends, and had so much fun learning and performing. She looked adorable leaping and jumping around the stage. After the recital, as soon as we got home she asks ” Mami, now that I’ve tried Ballet, can I try Hip Hop?” Children’s mind change as fast as they grow! I am so happy to be left with her dirty and adorable ballet shoes; (I can even see her little toe marks in them!) her cute little dress and super cute photos and video of her time in ballet.

As look through the photos to make her album I realized her two front teeth were not even out when she started ballet. Her bottom teeth had just come in. I am sure in a couple of months she will look at the photo album and pause as glimpses of practices and/or the recital come to mind. Then perhaps she will try to get into her costume or ballet shoes. Mixed emotions will surface for both of us when she realizes that her shoes do not fit anymore. She will perhaps ask for new ballet shoes, I……… I will be glad to have captured those moments in her life, when she was in first grade, in Ballet and wore size 12 shoes. Great childhood memories is one of the best gifts we can give to our children and to ourselves.

Now let me go work on that first grade photo album! I leave you with cute photos of her cute little shoes, getting ready to go on stage and the performance :)

Adorable ballerina shoes

Adorable ballerina shoes

Ballerina getting ready to perform- being silly in the front

Ballerina getting ready to perform- being silly in the front

Recital time! Mine is in the first one from the left in the back row

Recital time! Mine is in the first one from the left in the back row

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Wally: Six months old | Children Photographer Syracuse NY

Awesome little Wally, so cute, so handsome, so happy! So easy going! We had so many outfit changes, we put on bunny ears, a newspaper boy hat, a fedora hat, a tie, clothes on, clothes off, etc.. and he didn’t fuss at all, love!

I leave you with some cuteness below!

Just too cute!

Just too cute!

Soooo?  what are you? lol

Soooo….. what are you? lol

Nothing better than baby buns!

Nothing better than baby buns!

Hey buddy!

Hey buddy!

So cute!

So cute!

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This is my basket :)

This is my basket right? :)

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Pure innocence| Children Photographer | Syracuse, NY

My sweet, happy girl loves to play pretend.  One never knows who she is going to be from one day to the next.  She tells us every morning who she is pretending to be.  This is serious stuff.  Lately she has been pretending to be characters from Harry Potter, Hermione and Bellatrix. When she pretends to be character, she takes it seriously. She dresses, talks, walks and does her hair like the character.   The other day she was Bellatrix, so she dressed all in black, including hair accessories, for two days!

One day, she came home from school and saw a set I had from a previous session earlier that day.  Her brown owl eyes lit up and she let out this beautiful smile.  “Mami, could you do a session of me playing there?” she asked.  – Of course! I responded.

We quickly did an outfit change, and she rushed to the set and started to play. I stood there, watching her, I didn’t want to leave the studio to go get my camera. I got taken by her playful innocence, her smile, her laugh, It was Abby playing in that set, my Abby!

This  session is definitely my favorite portrait session of her thus far. What a beautiful, gentle, creative, imaginative little human being God has blessed us with. And to think this , set inspired her to be herself for 30 minutes! Right after she was changed into Hermione. But hey…, I got portraits of Abby!!

I leave you with some fun photos of her.  Enjoy!

So much cuteness!

So much cuteness!

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I love that face!!

I love that face!!

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Fun fun times

Fun fun times

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Family Vacation!

YES!! We took the last two weeks of the year off to enjoy the holidays with our family and friends; what a great time! We ate, we danced, were very merry and even got the flu! knocked out for two days, but felt better in time to receive the year healthy! It was an amazing year! We hope you had a great time with your family and friends as well. There is absolutely nothing better than hanging around people who love us. I leave you with some pictures from our time in NYC. Enjoy!

nutcracker statue

A handsome Nutcracker on our way to Rockefeller

Mommy and daughter

My little love and I

Cuties

My loves and I

My hubs and I

My husband and I <3

Pigeon

A Pigeon, ha! I didn’t realize my daughter had not seen a pigeon in real life until then. She was so excited and had me take a picture of this little guy.

chestnuts and pretzels

Forget the tree, the visit is not complete until we’ve had chestnuts and pretzels.

hubs & baby girl

Two of my loves

minus 5

My daughter said she has heard this bar is pretty chill, literally. ha!

hotel fun

My girl having some fun at the hotel jumping from couch to bed

awesome view

On our way to my bro’s house on Christmas Eve we saw this view and stopped for a family picture :)

my mom & I

My mom and I

Dominican food

Yummy food!! “Feliz Navidad!”

excited for her books

My little love so excited she got MLP chapter books

Ponies

Last day of our vacation at my sis house. My girl loves her ponies!

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,

Ana & team

Wedding Photographer: Mandana Barn of Skaneateles

I had the pleasure of photographing the union in marriage of two happy and beautiful people.  What a beautiful, peaceful, happy wedding.  There was so much love emanating from every one.  If you walked into this wedding, you could not tell which side was the bride and which the groom. The unity between these two families and their friends was uplifting to witness.

The Bride and Groom did an excellent job choosing their vendors!  The Minister of marriage, Pam Denton, did such a beautiful job.
DJ Rocko (RD Entertainment) rocked it with the lights and music! The food…  Oh Lord! Although I didn’t taste any, I heard the bacon was to die for! The BBQ pig looked and smelled delicious!! Great job “FLYING PIG ROAST”. Last but not least, the location, Mandana Barn of Skaneateles, was breathtaking. It was a perfect match for the Bride & Groom.

Melissa & Brian, we wish you many, many years of amazing love. Full of health & even more amazing experiences.

Love,
Your team at
Ana Gil-Taylor Photography

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Ana Gil-Taylor Celebrates! Syracuse NY Family photographer

We are beyond excited to celebrate our 5th year anniversary! WOW, what an accomplishment! Reflecting back to how my vision started is a great trip.  I was working at an office. I had been there for 10 years already. Although I loved what I was doing and the money was great, I felt like I needed to do something more fulfilling with my time. I honestly did not know what I wanted to do.  Photography was a hobby at the time; taken after my dad who loved preserving family moments through photography.  I most also mention my husband, he also loved photographing our children and family events; you would find him with the camera before you found me.  I started using the camera more when I became a scrapbooker. My point and shoot camera and I were inseparable.   After about three years, I upgraded to my first consumer DSLR, my faithful D50, what a great camera! It was with this camera, I started my business.  It became, my other man. lol.. this is him.. ha! the other man lolSunday, October 5th 2008 I had my first paying customer.  I know I didn’t sleep the night before. I was so nervous during my session I am surprised I didn’t start visibly sweating.  To my awesome luck, the first family I photographed was very down to earth, relaxed and the kids were adorable.  That definitely helped my nerves a bit. But wow, was I nervous. My fingers are getting a bit sweaty now as I take that trip.

Five years have pasted and I swear I could not have gotten this far without three support systems.  My family and friends support ( I love my family and am forever thankful for their great, great support) and my customers and their referrals I love my customers! a HUGE shout out to them! You!!.

I leave you with some awesome pictures of my first customer! This is them :) XOXO. I am so thankful that they are still my customer 5 years later. Best compliment EVER!

Here are a couple of before and after :)

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Doan

Doanmason-Thank you so much for reading and celebrating this awesome milestone with us!

Love you all!

Ana & team