Veeps: Laurel from Cobble Hill

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Laurel and babe

This is our newest weekly photo feature called “Veeps” (as in “Vice Presidents” or “VIPS”), that features a Brooklyn parent. How did we come up with such a title? You, as a parent,  are a”VIP”-  to both your kids and to us at the blog. The “vice president” connection? To your kids (until they hit about 13 years), you are a heartbeat away from ruling the world. So, there it is: you’re a “Veep” either way and we think it’s a pretty nice nickname.

There are lots of interesting veeps in Brooklyn that have a style all their own. We wanted Sarah Sloboda to photograph and interview them and so Sarah has been roving neighborhoods with her camera.  She found Laurel and her baby at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens among the “delicious” lilacs.  Welcome to the debut of “Veeps”!

Here’s what Sarah saw and asked:

Name: Laurel

Neighborhood: Cobble Hill

Age of child: 17 months

Fave places: Central Park, and the Prospect Park Zoo

Passionate about: Photography

Anything you want to say to your kid? “Behave!  Oh, and I love you.”

Thanks so much Laurel for being our first featured Veep! (I want those sandals!)


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Sarah Sloboda is a photographer and an optimist, whose mission it is to inspire millions of people with photographic evidence of their lives working beautifully. Sarah’s work has garnered international acclaim, having earned her 2nd prize in the wedding category of Prix de la Photographie, Paris, in 2007 and has been published nationally in the U.S., including kids magazines like Wondertime, Brio, and Citibabes, and for major brands like Sephora and the CW network. Her portfolio can be seen her and her blog here.

Sarah is also starting a special telecourse (a class you take on the phone, kind of like a conference call series) she is conducting, that started today.  It’s a three-part course on taking better family photo using the camera you have, and it’s perfect for parents harboring creative tendencies who would like to explore and share.  You can read all about it, and register online here.

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