Good morning and happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this new fall weather. The leaves here are already changing and I find myself excited to see all the fall colors popping up at every turn here in Connecticut. As I work through sharing all the beautiful photos I was so fortunate to capture this year I wanted to share some images from this little guys session. I was overjoyed to be able to meet his mom and dad when covid restrictions began to relax earlier in the summer and thrilled when they opted to travel to me all the way from NYC for a newborn photoshoot here in Connecticut. When planning little man’s newborn shoot mom mentioned bringing along some meaningful family items she would love to have included in his session. I couldn’t have even pictured all the beautiful things she would bring and loved finding ways to incorporate items into his Connecticut newborn photography session. The blankets, dance shawls, and jewelry filled this session with color and history and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of documenting these memories for them.
This little one was blessed with the middle name Osceola after his grandfather Osceola Townsend, Sachem Chief Matinecock TribalNation of Queens and Long Island. Chief Townsend has been a part of Native American activism for may years. In the 1990’s he worked singlehandedly in persuading the St. John’s college basketball team to change it’s name from Redman to Red Storm. Also in the 1990’s he along with others led demonstrations at the Museum of Natural History for the removal of the Roosevelt Statue, which is coming to fruition here in 2020. He is a current board member of The National Alliance of Native Americans Longhouse Inc. which has been in existence since 1987 and has done many Native American programs, most recently one on Native foods and Native health as well as Native films and filmmakers. He is also noted in several books on New York and Long Island Native American history and is one of the Native persons on the cover of the book by John Strong, “We Are Still Here” which is included in the Smithsonian. It was truly a pleasure being able to photograph meaningful items that represent this family’s heritage as a part of this Connecticut newborn session.