New Jersey Family Photography | My other sister…

During the weeks leading up to Easter I decided to spend my 40 days of Lent writing to 40 people. There really was no rhyme or reason to the people I chose. At first I made a list of 40 people and started the list with my husband, and my two kids. Surprisingly my husband and boys never got a letter because I kept thinking of others that might need to hear from me more than they did. The letters contained my perspective of how these people had impacted my life over the years, and others were letters to folks I had really just minimal contact with, but felt it would be a fun piece of mail to receive. The response I got from my recipients was wonderful, and I believe the art of letter writing is something I would love to see resurrected. One of the most beautiful parts of the campaign is imagining those receiving the letters reaction. I know that for most it will be a fun surprise, and for others I hope it will be something that they tuck away and save to read again on a rainy day. Once I had gotten to hand written letter number FORTY, my writing appendage was tired, cramped and there was a pen shape imbedded in my hand.

One of the people I had intended to write to was my sister-in-law, Claire. I wanted her to know a few things that I believed about her as a person, as a wife to my brother, and now as a mother to my niece. There are too many wonderful attributes of Claire to list here, but indulge me just a few. First, she is a classic beauty. I know of many reasons my brother fell in love with her, but I’m guessing when he first saw her his heart melted a bit. Second, she is a wonderful teacher in the East Orange School district who battles the problems of inner city schools each and every day. I know how much she cares for her students as we have had numerous conversations. Third, and most important to both my brother and my son, she is a Mets fan. This was a very important factor in the mate search:-)

Last year Claire and Robert had their first child. A beautiful little girl, Charlotte. It seemed as though that Claire was waiting to be a mom. She oozes motherhood and enjoys every moment that she spends with Charlotte. To watch Claire with Charlotte is to watch the sun rise….it’s beautiful, at times breathtaking, and many times brings a ray of sunshine. Charlotte is such a lucky girl to have Claire as her mom. I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops over the next few years.

A few weeks ago, while in Cranford, New Jersey, I had the pleasure of photographing my brother, his beautiful wife Claire and their daughter, Charlotte. We had such a blast walking around downtown Cranford and stopping here and there to capture wonderful expressions, giggles and laughter. I hope my sister in law sees in these images what we do. A beautiful mom who brings joy and happiness to my brother and my adorable niece.

Please leave my sister in law some love below…she deserves to hear how amazing she is from others!

 

 

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June 15, 2013 - 1:13 am

Mollie Mallett - These photos capture the essence of Claire, Robert, and Charlotte. How does Johanna do it? They are incredibly beautiful.

June 15, 2013 - 1:13 am

Mollie Mallett - These photos capture the essence of Claire, Robert, and Charlotte. How does Johanna do it? They are incredibly beautiful.

June 13, 2013 - 10:47 am

Neil Friedman - The whole Matarazzo family should be calling me Neil.

June 12, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Amici Photography - Yeah Mr. Friedman!! The entire Matarazzo Family thanks you! 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Neil Friedman - As Claire’s dad I agree with all you said but can take credit for only one…I made her a Mets fan!

June 11, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Neil Friedman - As Claire's dad I agree with all you said but can take credit for only one…I made her a Mets fan!

June 11, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Jennifer Ambis - Great story and photos 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 10:47 am

Wendy Sirocka Nastasi - The pictures are magical and even though I only know Claire a teeny tiny bit, I knew Robert would marry her the minute I met her. What a beautiful family. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 11:20 am

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel - I agree Wendy…we all knew:-)

June 11, 2013 - 10:47 am

Wendy Sirocka Nastasi - The pictures are magical and even though I only know Claire a teeny tiny bit, I knew Robert would marry her the minute I met her. What a beautiful family. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 10:25 am

Dina Schulman - i especially love that 2nd pic, where you're sitting there with hand to head, obviously thinking, "i can't believe you two!"

June 11, 2013 - 5:44 am

Ed Torres - Wow awesome

June 11, 2013 - 5:44 am

Ed Torres - Wow awesome

June 11, 2013 - 1:39 am

Claire Friedman Matarazzo - Oh my gosh, Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel! I am in tears! Granted, I was already in tears looking at all these beautiful photos, but that entry touched me more than you could imagine. I am going to bring your words with me wherever I go (mostly to help me get through these last few grueling weeks of school). Thank you for giving me this greatly needed gift! I love you too!

June 11, 2013 - 3:40 am

Pierina Bevilacqua - Beautiful, just beautiful !!!

June 11, 2013 - 2:44 am

Chris Ann Karsen - I am literally sitting here crying after reading this! What a beautiful post… "To watch Claire with Charlotte is to watch the sun rise". I love that… PS These photos are amazing. Kudos to your sister-in-law!!!!

June 11, 2013 - 1:39 am

Claire Friedman Matarazzo - Oh my gosh, Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel! I am in tears! Granted, I was already in tears looking at all these beautiful photos, but that entry touched me more than you could imagine. I am going to bring your words with me wherever I go (mostly to help me get through these last few grueling weeks of school). Thank you for giving me this greatly needed gift! I love you too!