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Lucky number 5.

that’s a saying.

i swear it is

and this kid , well he is it.

hes #5.

yup, you read that right.


as in there are four older siblings.

big family. I know.

meant to be that big? well there’s a funny little story behind this one.

his momma and daddy decided after many many long converstaion that they were done at 4.

you might remember their gender reveal session we did for baby #4?

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Gosh that was a fun day!

fast forward .. oh not that long ūüėČ

and over coffee one morning my sweet cousin told me something that I almost choked on my coffee and then we did this shoot!! …



Now let me retrace my steps here.

yes i was shocked.

yes I was surprised.

yes i was over the moon happy.

but to be honest and I’m only saying this because they said to share the ” real story” ¬†and the real story is…


drum roll please ….

they decided that they were not going to have any more children,

and they decided that he would take care of the last step in making that happen…

snip snip.


I only laugh because hes my cousin

he’s family and I can tease him like that.

so thats what they did.

he went in for the procedure .

the big V.

hes a good man.



and they thought it was wrap.

she gave away her maternity clothes,

she gave away her baby things.

she cried a little to be done with that chapter of her life.

she made peace with it.

or so she thought.

then she got the “virus”

she was not feeling so well.

mmmm hmmmmm..

you guessed it

9 days later she found out that someone,


some higher power call it God,

call it the universe

call it whatever you want..

there was another story written in the stars for this family

and it began with lucky number 5.

Welcome to the World Sweet baby J!!!

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how sweet is he? and oh how he is loved….. I did a little research n the number 5 and this is what I found…

The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers,
and is extremely independent in mind and soul.

which fits him perfectly. he had a plan and here he is.

I just know he will do amazing things, how could he not,

by the time he was one hour old he already taught us that just because you think your life is going to go a certain way, sometimes just sometimes, it turns out better than you ever could imagine.  <3


much love .. <3



Everywhere .

There are walls.

I would live outside if I could.

If there was no mosquitos,
no snakes,

and no cold .

I would live outside .

I think I might have mentioned my love for the outdoors before.

I’m slightly claustrophobic.
Not sure when it started.
Maybe it’s when I got locked in an elevator with my mother in law.

That was years ago.

Maybe it started before that.

Regardless of when – it’s here.
It’s part of me.
It’s not a bad thing.
Just every now and then I need to open a window in the winter,

Or get outside of a store,

Or remind myself I’m never ever going to Howe caverns again. Ever.

You know the little things.

So with wanting more open space I decided it would be a great idea to take down
a wall in my home.

A wall that separates the kitchen from the living room.

A wall that in my head prevents conversation , prevents interaction , prevents
family bonding.
So one fine rainy Sunday .

There it went.

the wall came down.

bit by bit .

piece by piece,
And then.
We saw it.
Gas lines.
Water lines.
Electric lines.
And I thought
Now what are we going to do?

So I listened to all the experts telling me what to do.

By experts I mean the people who invade my space just when I need some.

And love me the best in the world.
They each had their own idea.
I had mine.
Gas lines
Electric lines
Water lines had other ideas.

So I did what any rational person would do.

I made coffee.

I sat and stared at the wall that was now not coming all the way down and I
tried to think of a plan.


I poured a second cup of coffee .

Because again that’s what normal people do right ?
They use coffee to fix problems.

And it came to us.

I always talk about open shelving, I always say how much I love it in a kitchen.

I pinned far too many pins with it ,yet never had a space to use it.
Well now.
Guess what .
I do.

I  have a wall that came down 3/4 of the way and the other part now will have open shelving.


Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

And sometimes things turn out better than you ever could have imagined.

Finding something positive in the negative, the silver lining, the good side of things…

Sometimes it gets the better of me, sometimes it doesn’t.

like on this summer night in North Carolina.

I was determined to take a few pictures of my daughter at the beach.

I had found this vintage dress in a shop and was dying to use it on her.

I rarely post images of my kids although my middle schools son is now asking to be photographed for our middle school moody campaign so look for him soon.


getting back to Miss Sassafrass.

I wanted to do a few with her at sunset in this dress..

My  girl was not having it.

It really is hard to photograph your own kids sometimes.

She pouted, she whined, she stamped her feet.

She whined some more.

I almost started to cry I was so frustrated.

the light was going down.

it was our last night there and I really really wanted things to go my way.


They didn’t.

metaphorically speaking,  there was another wall.

A wall between my daughter and my self and my vision that I had for this little bit of a session that was in my head.

A big freaking wall with a 6 year old pouting and whining and stamping her feet in front of it.

So I looked at my middle guy who is usually the voice of reason and he just raised his eyebrows at me as if to say.

“Really mom? ¬†You know what to do. ”

So I took a breath and I let go of my expectations for this romanticized session I had in my head and I said to my daughter.

Ok Girlie.

you got me.

I’m letting it go.

Im throwing it up to the universe.

She looked at me as if to say what the heck are you talking about.

and I said

“You know¬†how I always say¬†to you and your brothers about how things don’t always go as planned,

and how sometimes we get disappointed because it did not go the way we wanted it to,

and how its ok to feel that for a minute¬†or two…

but then what does mommy always say to do?’

She looked at me and said.

“Find something that makes you happy.”

EXACTLY. my girl…

and then she did this.
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I got the best shot  that describes her.


So go on….

dance baby dance.











  • studioroya - great blog post… walls physically and mentally are getting torn down bit by bit…. opening up all over the place. you are so poetic. what a great shot of this kid. Yep it’s all her alright!! you captured that spirit just like she intended all along.ReplyCancel

Middle school..

I remember it well.

Except then we called it ” Junior High”

I was not a fan. At all.

It was just a hard time for me.

I was trapped somewhere between a little girl, and a young adult.

I was feeling my oats one minute than crying the next.

Hormones took their toll and I was just trying to get my footing..

In junior high or middle school as we now know it, lots of elementary schools get together and there a ton of fresh new faces.

That’s when I realized the dynamics of friendship.

That’s where I got my heart broke for the first time.

That’s where I realized the meaning of the word ¬†popular.

That’s when I realized I did not like that word so much.

That’s where I wrote poems, and song lyrics.

That’s where I also met one of my very best friends that I just sat down and had coffee with last week after way too many years of missing each other.

Its also where I made friends with the jocks and the artsy crowd, the dirties, well… that’s what we we called them then …¬†I guess now they’d be called the hipsters…It’s where I began to¬†group people into categories by what they were into, what I didn’t realize then was we were all the same inside, but that took maturity and years to understand.

It’s where I first began to discover myself.. ¬†and began to understand I was not all butterflies and rainbows.

I had an edgy side.

I had a funny side.

I had a bitchy side.

I had a sad side.

I had an artsy side.

I had so many gosh darn sides I was like a prism.

and most days I couldn’t wait to get home to my safe little world..

where my neighborhood friends knew my name, where my mom was waiting with cookies and my adorable little doggie was wagging her tail at me.

You know the innocence of child hood things you look back on now and miss.

But then I was too cool to see it, or at least I pretended to be too cool for junior high school.

It was a hell of a time, some I’m happy to remember… others moments I wish I could forget.

What I can tell you is that I wish I had known then what I know now, that beauty truly does come from within and that no matter what damn category you are grouped in you are no better or worse than the next person, we are all just trying to do our best with what we know.

and categories, or labels well… they suck.

and they mean shit.

society can be cruel.

but we can be much crueler to ourselves.

we put so much pressure on ourselves and I believe it starts in middle school, at least it did for me.

so fast forward a few years ..

yup, just a few ūüėČ ¬†and here we are in 2014.

I’m out of junior high.

I am an adult,  a grown woman with three amazing kids and a life that I love.

and no matter if I was the cheerleader, or the art girl, or the best damn hand ball player EVA…which I really really was ūüôā

ALL  that matters as you get older is that you LOVE who you are. Really LOVE  yourself.

It does not mean shit what anyone else thinks of you.

and I am here to tell all of the young adults out there that ..



and that you are so much more than you think you are right now.

and if you don’t feel it well that’s where I come in.

I’m going to show you.

Through my lens I am going to bring out your soul.

Your beautiful amazing magnificent soul!!!!  

Through our “Middle School Moody Series.” ¬†

Its a brand new session we are now offering.. 

It truly feels like a calling for me at this stage of my career and I am so happy to launch……

A campaign for discovering self  confidence, self love, and  freedom to not only be exactly who you are but to celebrate it! 

we are going to show all of your sides during your photo session,  your happy, your funny, and even your moody!

and the best part is we have partnered up with a really awesome clothing boutique… House Of Bleu .


So once you book your ” Middle School Moody Session ” with us you will be set up with a designer at House of Bleu which is located at 106 West Broadway Port Jefferson Village to fully stylize your outfit, your accessories and find¬†your own unique look!!!
They like myself, believe in bringing out inner beauty, strength and individuality. They, just like me, had a vision and they followed it.

Together we are encouraging all of you to do the same. To discover your own self confidence, self love, and freedom. For you to see the beauty that is within all of you. To feel amazing at a very difficult time of transition while becoming  who you aspire to be.

I am super excited to share with you a few images from some recent ” middle school moody sessions” ..





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I am so very grateful for all of you who inspire me every day to learn, grow, and to continue on my journey…


Please reach out to book your session, as we only have a limited number of spots available.  631.576.6445 or email us at connect@michelekats.com



  • Jennifer - You are absolutely beautiful. Love you my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Renneisen - Hi again! I love the Moody in Middle School series! I’d love to book that with you in addition a family series… Thanks!ReplyCancel

Some times things just fall into place, and all is right in your world for that little bit of space and time.

That was this session.

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It does not hurt that she is simply stunning.

Yeah that does not hurt at all.

The light was great, the assistants were awesome… You know who you are ūüėČ and this girl … well she rocked it.


I love me some guitar.

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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography


I kinda have a soft spot for it… ¬†I guess you could say….

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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography

and that smile…. geez she just blows me away….

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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography

simply beautiful…. and strong, and fast, and determined and a did I mention track star? yeah… that too….

I aspire to be able to run.. even just around my block as long as its without stopping, without the embarrassing moment where I am ¬†panting so hard I have to bend over to catch my breath and that vein in my head bulges like its going to pop right out of my skin. Thats what I’m hoping for ¬†the simple things…. ¬†I am inspired by her.

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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography



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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography


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Senior Session| Class of 2015|michele kats photography

and there you have it….

another sneak peek from a senior session for the class of 2015!!

We only have one more spot available before we close out for this season. So please reach out if you are interested in booking one with us!  631.576.6445



Senior portrait photography is something I have been doing for a few years now. It’s just starting to take off here in New York and I’m super happy about that!

So many other places in the country have understood the value behind senior portraiture¬†and now¬†most of you do too!! ¬† YAY!!!! ¬†and for the ones that aren’t quire sure… It really is an amazing experience for your high school senior to get out there in front of our camera and really show us who they are, their interests, their hobbies, their passion.

From the first time you reach out to us here at Michele Kats Photography¬†¬†we walk you through each step of the way. From choosing a location, to wardrobe changes, and together we come up with a vision for your session, one that you will look back on and be so happy that you decide to do this! ¬†I pinky promise ūüôā and I don’t pinky promise for just anything you know ūüėČ

We are now taking bookings for the class of 2015 and the class of 2016 too!!!

So if thats you, or your daughter or son or niece or nephew or friend … you get the point….Please reach out to us whichever way is easiest for you ¬†631 576 6445, or ¬†email us at connect@michelekats.com or you can even message us on facebook.

Wouldn’t ¬†it be awesome for you to have some really cool shots of yourselves for your senior yearbook, and social media and not to mention for your parents too <3 ¬†You can even use them for your graduation thank you’s or as holiday gifts. The fun part is you get to decide. We have a few different collections to choose from and we also do custom collections. ūüôā


So while your thinking about it… please¬†take a little glimpse into our latest senior session…

This guy is as sweet and kind as he is handsome. Lethal combination… I mean that in the nicest way. I just adore him and his family and I am so very very thankful to have had this opportunity to capture this time in his life . Thank you M family . I love you guys <3

and here he is…


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that one up above reminds me of old Hollywood… ::::SWOON::::::

and this one is just a fun shot of one of his passions. ¬† ¬†Lacrosse… Go Bayport Blue-Point Phantoms!!

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Senior Session michele kats photography

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Senior session michele kats photography


So there s a little peek into one of our senior sessions… More gorgeous seniors coming soon from here on Long Island, as well as some destination shoots we did a few weeks ago in North Carolina and South¬†Carolina. Super excited to post them soon too!!!


So again please remember  we are booking now for the class of 2015 and the class of 2016 so reach out with any questions we are happy to connect!!!