September Newsletter- September is for lovers (or is that the state of Virginia?)


Welcome to our September newsletter!!!

September is one of our favorite months of the year (did we say that about July too?). Summer still lingers, but the dog days of August that breed our need to escape the city are starting to slip away. It’s not quite all roastin’ chestnuts on open fires yet though, and this picture above of our superstar Coralie and her parents captures the happiness we’re embodying these days. Keep your eyes peeled for big things to come for this girl, with her name lit up in sparkly SHK fame.

Speaking of slipping away, we were lucky enough to have snuck north of the border on Amtrak’s Adirondack line (what beauty!!) up to Montreal. We ate, rode bikes, climbed mountains, and met the lovely folk at Raplapa. Read on to find out more about them and their dolls, how you can win a free photo session with us, and it’s almost time for the Brooklyn Book Festival (featuring the SHK crew as volunteers)!!

As always, show your love by sharing with your people. We love bringing friends of friends into our circle.

– love love love xoxoxo Mariliana and Stylish & Hip Kids Photography


Oh yea, not yet, but soon, the leaves will start to brown and come falling down (yay for unintentional rhymes!). If you didn’t already notice, it’s gorgeous and makes for awesome pictures. I mean look at how much fun these girls are having in the picture we are currently captioning. Act now! Book your fall session. You’d be surprised at how easily it can slip by.

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Win a free SHK photo shoot with EDAMAMA CUTE CUTS
We’re a little wild and crazy here at SHK, so when we saw the giant green octopus hanging from a deep ocean blue ceiling at Edamama Cute Cuts, we knew these were our people. We were smitten and knew great collaborations were in store. So, in the first of what we hope to be many great things to come in the future, bring your kid to Edamama’s Williamsburg shop to get their hair cut before October 11th, and you’ll be entered to be one of the two families that win a free Stylish and Hip Kids photo session. While you’re there, grab some sweets for yourself, check out one of their classes, and grab a book to read.

Oh yea, and they also throw birthday parties, complete with crafts, games, food, cakes, and a cherry on top! Check out their site to find out more information about all that goodness (or better yet, just ask them in person when you visit).


Riding bikes through Montreal’s Le Plateau neighborhood, we passed a shop window sporting a floor to ceiling tipi next to a giant doll house and advertising, “fabric mushrooms and indispensable objects” (or at least that’s how we translated it through our rough French). We were on the prowl for cool kid’s shops, so we went inside to find a gorgeous storefront and workshop with owner Érica Perrot working away at her sewing machine. What is a Raplapla you ask? It’s the name the fabric dolls she makes and sells in her store. We’re partial to Mathilde, but check them out yourself and find your favorite. Never fear if you can’t make it to Montreal, they have an online store and ship to the States.


Pay attention to composition! Even if you’re shooting from your phone, you can probably focus on something that isn’t in the center of the picture. Make it fun, create space, tell a story, and play with placing your subjects in different places within the frame. Then look back at what you captured and ask yourself how it all feels. Remember, there are no rules, so have fun and try new things.

Parrot taking your picture on they sly illustrated by the best intern ever, Miranda Bruce.


Speaking of books, it’s time for the Brooklyn Book Festival! It’s magical—filled with some of our favorite authors for adults on Sunday, the 20th of September. Saturday the 19th is Children’s day and there is a great lineup as well. We’re always happy to see superstar and National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jon Scieszka, but this year we’re especially interested in checking out the ever-talented illustrators Daniel Salmieri and Emily Hughes. Don’t miss it!


VIRGINIA WOLF by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault 
On with the Quebec theme, Virginia Wolf is a beautifully illustrated book by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault about escape and imagination loosely based on the relationship between Virginia Wolf and her sister. Check it out and tell us what you think.


LET’S CHAT! We would love to hear from you! Send us a message to say hello, tell us about your favorite spots or activities, share a recipe, book a session, or maybe you have a question about photography…we’ll be happy to hear from you :-).

Stylish & Hip Kids Photography specializes in kids and family photography including newborn pictures, maternity pictures, and whole family pictures. We do studio photography street photography specializing in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Gowanus, Cobble Hill, and all of Brooklyn, Manhattan. Drop us a line and schedule your own photoshoot today!