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Springtime cherry blossom portraits – Central Park, New York City

Springtime and cherry blossoms are my favorite time of the year.  I have been photographing my daughter with the cherry blossoms since she was born.

This spring we found a beautiful spot in Central Park where several cherry trees created a beautiful, enchanted pink haven.  Emily had a lovely time collecting the pink petals from the ground, walking barefoot on a soft pink carpet made of petals and dancing, twirling among the cherry trees.

Cherry blossom festivals or as the Japanese call them Sakura festivals are popular in New York City and around the world.  I have visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden many times in the past to enjoy the cherry blossom season.

Many cherry trees have a short window of time when they are in full bloom and I am happy I was able to enjoy them this year at their peak in Central Park, New York City.

cherry blossom portrait in Central Park NYC
laying down on sakura cherry blossoms
toddler playing under cherry blossom trees
toddler girl laughing on cherry blossom petals
toddler walking bare foot on cherry blossom petals
girl laying down enjoying pink cherry blossoms
springtime cherry blossom portrait toddler girl

Springtime cherry blossom portrait session in Central Park, New York City by Mariann Szucs – Blue Daisy Kids

Autumn couple’s portraits in Central Park, New York City

Alissa and Paul, a lovely couple from Texas, were enjoying their honeymoon in New York City.

They wanted to capture some newlyweds portraits during their walk in Central Park.  Central Park just hit its peak for the fall season and everywhere we went there were beautiful autumn colors and bright foliage.

The newlyweds enjoyed their Central Park visit and we created some romantic and stunning portraits of them.  Congratulations to Alissa and Paul!  It was a pleasure working with you!

Central Park NYC couple
Central Park NYC couple
Gapstow bridge NYC portrait session
Poets walk Central Park NYC couple
Central Park fall portrait session
Gapstow Bridge NYC couple
couple kissing in Central Park NYC
Bow bridge Central Park NYC portrait session
Central Park NYC couple

Gapstow Bridge, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, Literary Walk and The Mall in Central Park, New York City couple’s portrait session by Mariann Szucs, Blue Daisy Weddings

Very hungry caterpillar birthday party – New York City children’s birthday party

Logan turned one and he was celebrated by friends and family in a colorful party setting on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Logan’s mom chose Eric Carle’s  classic children’s book, The very hungry caterpillar, for inspiration and as the birthday party theme.  There were caterpillar water bottles, balloons, musical instruments, cake pops, lollipops, rocker, photo banner, milestone board and many more caterpillar decorations.

Amazing birthday cake, candy table and the Little Maestros made the party fun and entertaining for everyone.  Happy birthday to Logan, it was a fantastic birthday party!

Hungry little caterpillar birthday party photos
birthday boy with family
Hungry little caterpillar birthday cake photos
Hungry little caterpillar birthday decorations
Hungry little caterpillar birthday party photos
Hungry little caterpillar birthday party photos
Hungry little caterpillar birthday party photos
Hungry little caterpillar birthday party photos
birthday boy with birthday cake
birthday boy with parents blowing out candles on birthday cake

I had the pleasure to work with some fantastic event professionals at this party:

Event planning and styling by Whimsy Party

Venue at St. Jean Community Center on the Upper East Side in Manhattan NYC

Music by Little Maestros

Birthday party and event photography by Mariann Szucs – Blue Daisy Kids

Some interesting information about Eric Carle’s book, The very hungry caterpillar:

  • It was first published almost 50 years ago in 1969
  • The book format with the little holes was inspired by a hole punch
  • The book has been translated to many languages, won numerous children’s literary awards, adapted for TV and also made into a theater production

Family portraits at Gapstow Bridge – Central Park, New York City

I met up with Jenna and her family at Gapstow Bridge near The Pond in Central Park to create some family portraits for them.  Central Park provides the perfect backdrop for family photos when you would like some greenery and some skyline in the photos.

I met Jenna through her work, she is an event planner in the New York City metro area.  She plans and styles fabulous events for little ones and big ones.  Please check out her fantastic work at Whimsy Party.

I had a great time photographing Jenna and her family.

Gapstow Bridge NYC family photos
Central Park kids photographer
Gapstow Bridge NYC family photographer
Central Park family and kids photos NYC
NYC kids children photos
family photos Central Park, The Pond, NYC

Gapstow Bridge, The Pond, Central Park family and kids portraits in New York City by Mariann Szucs, Blue Daisy Kids

Chef portraits – Headshot photographer

It was six years ago when I first photographed Ashton Keefe.  Ashton is a private chef, food stylist and culinary educator in New York City. Since our last portrait session, she also added published writer to her impressive resume.  Our first session took place in the farmers market of Union Square.  This time we decided to photograph Ashton in action as she prepared a few delicious dishes for a girls’ night in.

If you would like to learn more about Ashton’s cookbook “Lemon & Salt: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Culinary Revelry” and about her services please visit her website at


NYC chef headshot portrait
chef headshot portrait New York

Chef portraits by Mariann Szucs.
Lifestyle portraiture and headshots of Ashton Keefe in downtown Manhattan.