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“home is just another word for you”

May 24, 2015

When I found out I was flying to the United Arab Emirates to photograph the lovely O’Reilly Family in Dubai, I remembered that one of my favorite New Jersey families had moved to Abu Dhabi a year or so ago, so I reached out to them.  You remember the Bongiovannis —  I photographed them shortly after their sweet daughter Ceci joined the family from Ghana!  I reached out to them to see if they’d like to meet up for coffee or a meal while I was traveling (Abu Dhabi is only about an hour from Dubai), and they asked if I had time to photograph them at their new home on the NYU campus there!  I was so very excited to see them all again, and to see how the girls have grown (Ceci is sooo tall now!).

I had such a wonderful time catching up with them while I was there — the girls are certainly flourishing in their school and on the NYU campus.  They are such a close and loving family who laugh a lot together!  It was so great to see that, and be able to capture some memories for them with my camera.  Ted & Deb — thanks so much for having me out and reconnecting!  I can’t wait to see what the future brings for your awesome family!

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  1. Polina Bulman

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    What a great session, Colleen! Love every single image!

  2. Colleen Putman

    June 4th, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    aw thank you polina!!!

  3. Julia Cooke

    June 5th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I love everything you post and I keep returning to this one. I love it so much. You captured so much beauty here. I have 4 adopted siblings and am so moved by this family. Your photography is stunning and deep and timeless. Wonderful!!!

  4. Colleen Putman

    June 6th, 2015 at 12:07 am

    wow julia — thank you so much for saying such kind things about my work! yes the family is amazing and very special 🙂 i’m so lucky to know them.

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