Hello 43!! – Thank you for being so awesome 42!

The 40’s.. I remember growing up hearing women around me talking about the 40’s as if reaching it was going to be the end of their world.   I was so scared of reaching 40, I seriously thought I was going to die at 39; of a heart attack nonetheless!   Then, I turned 40 and I woke up with my little one hugging me, breakfast in bed with soggy cereal and I saw her smile and I felt my smile. Oh my gosh! I made it! was the thought in my mind.

The 40’s are AMAZING! I have really enjoyed turning older every year since I was a little girl. Dancing, parties, cake, it was great. However, nothing beats the feeling of the wisdom that comes from being older, the confidence, the way my perspective changes for the better and beliefs strengthen. I can truly admire how I take care and keep taking care of the blessings God has sent my way.  I feel very strongly about the fact that I can admire it even more now because I am older.

So I think, If being older brings this sense of peace, admiration, security, and happiness to my life I look forward to my 50’s and 60’s and oh wow, imagine the 70’s and 80’s? Goodness wow!  For now, I will keep enjoying every single year, every new experience and myself. There is a lot of greatness in store for me:

Today is my last day as a 42’er and here are some silly things I learned that make me smile and laugh at myself because it was such a wow moment for me.

– I learned that sometimes one has to go “Clinical Strength”  I LOVE the style of some synthetic fabric, but it doesn’t love me; it gives me the worst BO EVER! One day,  I am not sure how in the world it happen, I picked up a deodorant that would supposedly form a barrier between the skin and the fabric. I tried it.. and WOW… oh my gosh!! I was dancing, lifting my arms, IT worked!!! I don’t even want to look at the ingredients in that deodorant – it is probably so harsh! so I made it a point to just wear that fabric once or twice a month.

– The second silly but awesome thing I learned- I LOVE  to feel my feet soft when I am going to bed. So I am always moisturizing, but for some reason, this crazy winter, my feet would not stay moisturized so I kept waking up in the middle of the night to dry feet–the worst! One day, when I went to bath & body, I was not even looking for a foot cream. The girl goes, ” …. and we also have a special on foot spa products” DING! I  asked her what she would recommend for my situ. she recommended a scrub and a lotion. It took one day! The next night, my feet were SOOOOOO soft… oh my gosh!!

So yea, at 42, I was able to wear synthetic fabric and keep my feet soft. amongst other amazing personal lessons.

I leave you with a cute and fun photo shoot I did of myself, celebrating 42.

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Happy Mother’s day!

Happy mother’s day to all the mothers in the whole universe! I absolutely love being a mother dispite all the headaches, the sleepless nights, the premature gray hairs, the cold meals; because these all get erased with one simple kiss, a hug, a cute smile..an the ultimate magic eraser, an “I love you mommy”

I leave you with this cute heart melting mommy slideshow.  Wishing you an awesome Mother’s day!

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation: Basket Ball 2015: My recap

This year marks the Jim and Juli Boeheim foundation 16th anniversary Basket Ball.  Held at the Turning Stone, in Verona NY.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0224eNo doubt, the Gala is their biggest fund raiser. They go all out for their supporters.   Starting with an intimate VIP reception hosted by Joyce Hergenhan where about 300 VIP guests get to enjoy three open bars, delicious looking Hors d’oeuvres, and hang out with the Syracuse Basketball team.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0195Basket Ball Gala 15-0190This year they added the “Orange carpet experience” where their VIP guests, definitely dressed to impress, got to take their photo with Jim and Juli Boeheim.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0162Juli herself did not disappoint her fans.  She looked stunning in her Armani dress; without a doubt one of the most beautiful women at the Gala.

Basket Ball Gala 15-1460e2The Atrium was adorned by a great variety of silent auction items sure to please all bid ranges. From sports memorabilia to beautiful painting to handsome bow-ties and professional head shots.Basket Ball Gala 15-0258A great hit for SU Basketball fans was getting their pictures taken with the team, made even better because they got to take a hard copy of the photo home! – thanks to Best Eye Photography.

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Their live auction was one of my favorite parts at last year’s Basket Ball;  and it didn’t disappoint this year.  Jim and Juli’s stage dynamic is phenomenal already, bring in Bob Costas! – a recipe for a fun live auction! Basket Ball Gala 15-1427 Basket Ball Gala 15-1464Live auction Items included, trips to the final four, to dinner with Jim and Juli, to great Dome seats. The really fun part was the auctioned off Rakeen Christmas, Jim Boeheim, and Bob Costas’ custom made J. Allen inspired bow-ties.  All three bow-ties were signed live by Rakeem, Costas and Jim.Basket Ball Gala 15-1534Basket Ball Gala 15-1548Of course the bid war started high for Rakeem’s bow-tie! The bidder bargained well and got all three signed bow-ties for $10K. However, as Jim often does he gave away a second bow-tie, this one was a basketball themed bow-tie which also went for $10K. The energy was so great, some of the players got on the floor to help collect the bids. Great, great time.   Basket Ball Gala 15-1562Basket Ball Gala 15-0355blog

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My second favorite part was the energy of all guests on the dance floor!  Everyone was enjoying themselves so much! Guests of all ages, smiling, singing along, dancing to the great music of Prime Time Horns.  – Not even Jim and Juli could resist the dance floor call.  It was so hard to contain myself – I love to dance!!

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Basket Ball Gala 15-0516Last, but certainly not least, the raffle! Donated by M. Lemp Jewelers– a beautiful pink sapphire and diamond bracelet. It was a a bit of a nail bitter as the first number called was either in the bathroom or had already left – oops!!  The crowd around was very liberal showing their support to pull another ticket! The next ticket pulled… Jim called it a couple of times.. then one winner yelled out!…..but it wasn’t the winner either.. soooo on again.. the crowd even more energetic and hopeful cheering to pull another ticket.  A number gets pulled out one more time… FINALLY, a winner! Her smile was as shiny and beautiful as the diamonds themselves.

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At the end of the night, I am sure with tired feet, but still looking amazing, guests came out to claim their bids, and so it goes..Every guest came in happy and left happier! Their  donation goes to a great cause – to enrich the lives of kids in need as well as to support cancer research and advocacy.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0591The Basket Ball 2015 was a great success thanks to the event organizer and foundation administrator,  Kelly Taylor and her team of volunteers.  I would also like to give a shout out to the Turning Stone security team and staff it is always great to work with them!.  They are all equally helpful and a joy to work with.

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Kelly Taylor, Foundation Administrator and Gala organizer

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You can view my recap from last  year’s gala here . If you were at the Gala and would like to see more pictures, please feel free to send me an email. You can also follow me on any of these: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Thanks for reading!

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ana gil-taylor: Head Shots for everyone!

Head-shots are not only for actors, models or corporations. They are for everyone! Online presence; self-branding is imperative, especially now in this media driven society. What is the first thing we do when we meet people, whether it is business related or personal? We “google” or Facebook them right?. We want to know more about them.   How are you representing yourself in social media? 

Head-shots should show your prospects a glimpse of who you are with a hint of mystery for them to take the next step and find out more about you and your services.

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Mom and owner of POW promos promotional marketing materials http://www.powpromos.com/

I had a customer who chose me to photograph her family solely based on my head-shot. How do I know this? I asked her how she heard about me and why she chose me.  She said “..because you looked very easy going, mischievous and energetic on your head-shot, perfect match for my family” My head-shots accurately portrayed me and my personality and I got a great booking out of it;  kind of awesome right?

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IT Business Development, Sales Engineering, Sales Management

I know it can be intimidating to get in front of the camera by ourselves, with no props or children to distract us. Believe me, as much as I love to show off in front of the camera and behind it, I still get nervous at head-shot time. However, I trust my photographer he knows the angles, and the light and how to get me to relax to capture the best possible representation of myself and personality. 

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To ensure we get the absolute best head-shot to represent you; we will have a pre-consultation to discuss what you are looking for in a head-shot and what to expect the day off the session.  We talk about wardrobe, make up, hair, what to expect the day of the session and after.

The day of the session feels less scary to you and for me it feels like I am photographing a friend and this!…. is a recipe for great looking, full of personality, head-shot that represent you and what you will be using them for.

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Merry Christmas & Thank you!

It is almost time! The time some of us wait 364 days for, the time when happiness and grouchiness can happen simultaneously.  The time when wallets are full but empty at the same time. The time where hope and dreams seem to grow bigger, due to a bright new year. The time where we can eat so many cookies and food and not worry about gaining weight, because come January 1st, we are going to promise to lose them in the first week! Ha! But truly, the best part of the holidays—besides spending time with my family—is receiving Christmas/New Years cards in the mail.  That, to me, is the highlight of the holidays hands down.


We wish you the best Christmas Eve and Day with your family and close friends. Take your cameras out and capture all the happiness around you, you will love looking at them. We have a tradition to look at our previous years pictures on Christmas Eve; we are always amazed at how much our children change in a year. We all love this great trip.  

Thank you so much for trusting me/us to capture your family in photographs and your referrals, which is the most amazing present you could give us.

We have some great plans in store for 2015! We are so excited to show you what we have been working on!

From our family to yours, Have an amazing Christmas!


Ana Gil-Taylor Photography & Team.


To My Awesome Customers, Thank you!

To My Awesome Customers,

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only because of nature’s glorious colors or its perfect temperatures. Not because it calls for trendy jackets, comfy leggings and boots, but because six years ago this very month I “opened” the door to my family photography business.

In these six years, I have been blessed with the most supportive and loyal customers one could ever ask for. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. And, not to get mushy or give a nominating type of speech here: I would not be here if it wasn’t for all of your support, referrals and loyalty. THANK YOU!

Each year I fall deeper in love with family photography; it simply completes me. Being able to capture a parent’s love—which is one of the strongest influences and the biggest impact in our children’s lives—is an amazing feeling. This feeling keeps me enamored, smitten, excited and it energizes every part of me every time I capture the absolute best family portraits I could possibly get, for you, my customers. Thank you for allowing me to capture this love: the love for your children, the love for your family. Thank you for allowing me to show you ways to display this love throughout your homes for you, and your children to enjoy for many, many years to come.

Here is to another great year, the extra lucky year; lucky seven! Which by the way, is already shaping up to be amazing! I can’t wait to share all of the great, great plans we have coming up for you in 2015!


Thank you!

Much love, Ana

It’s more than just a picture…

One of the reasons why I love Family Photography is because I have a clean, straight shot, of providing children with an amazing memory they will carry on for the rest of their lives. They may forget the actual event, but the memory and feeling of the family portrait will forever remain with them. I have not lived enough to have the children I have photographed hire me to capture their family portrait, but I pray for the day that does happen.  That will be such an amazing feeling that I have touched a child’s life, and in turn it has transferred into a great experience for them.
Children love to see their portraits printed, and see family portraits on the wall. Portraits they could glance at and see from a distance, portraits they could feel their parents are proud of displaying.  This is what I dream of every night and strive for at each family portrait session.

Fun_Family_Portrait_7710FBChildren are our future, so the future depends on us. Our decisions, our actions.  They don’t see us as “fat” or “old” they see us as their parents, happy or not. They see what we don’t see, they feel the feelings we brush off because we are already used to them or choose to ignore them.

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Happy Mother’s day!: Family Photographer, Syracuse NY

As mothers, we have the greatest, most important job in the world.  We, with our support system (our partner, family, church, community), have the job of preparing our children to become successful well adjusted adults. Adults who will make a difference in our world. Adults who will become great husbands, wives, great fathers, moms, and employees. The foundation we worked so hard at during their growing years will come into play as they find their purpose in life.  That is when we can sit back and admire how our foundation, coupled with their own decisions have turned them into the adults we prayed they would become. Suddenly, all the gray hair we got from their teen years will be embraced because it was all worth it, every single gray hair.

Happy mothers day to us all! and a huge thanks to our support system because without them, motherhood would be a bit harder.

Enjoy these great mommy portraits 🙂

A smooch for mommy
A smooch for mommy


mommy and daughter having fun by the lake
mommy and daughter having fun by the lake
Cute mommy daughter smiles
Cute mommy daughter beautiful smiles
Happy on mommy's arm and bare footed
Happy on mommy’s arm and bare footed
Mommy and son tender moment
Mommy and son tender moment
Mommy and son funny portrait
Mommy and son portrait- love this one! ha!
Mommy son portrait playing
Mommy son portrait playing peek-a-boo

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Basket Ball: Event Photographer, Syracuse NY

I have had the pleasure of photographing various types of fun events, however, the Basket Ball fundraising event held by The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has been by far the most satisfying to me.  Not only because it was extremely fun but because the Foundation concentrates on two issues which are very important to me, helping children in our community by financially supporting the Boys & Girls club and research and advocacy for cancer, specifically pediatric. The Boys & Girls club gives children a place to go after school so their minds are occupied with constructive and safe activities. I grew up in the Dominican Republic a beautiful Island full of happy people, gorgeously breath-taking beaches and history, as well as a high poverty rate. Growing up, I was lucky to have a great foundation from my parents;  My cousins were not so lucky.  They got involved in unsafe activities because they had no place to go after school but the streets.  I believe 100% that if we provide children with a safe outlet where they can be themselves, we will have amazing adults.  It was so rewarding to see how open guests were to place bids on auction items knowing the money will go towards these two very important causes. The Gala or “Basket Ball” as it was titled, was an amazing event, full of happy and well dressed guests. Jim & Juli greeted their guests as they came in;  making happy fans happier.

Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.
Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.

Guests also had the option of taking photos with the Basketball team, an option that was VERY popular.

Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala
Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala

The live auction was very animated, Jim and Juli were hilarious!

Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.
Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.

The highlight of the live auction though, was the auction of the jacket Jim Boeheim wore when he was ejected from the game against Duke.  Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the, Feb. 22nd 2014, Duke game. The jacket auctioned off for $14,000! Money that will go straight into our community!

Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.
Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.
Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.
Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Immediately following the live auction, X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performed for the guests.

X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performes
X-factor runner up Carly Rose Sonenclar performes

Dinner and dancing to the band, Prime Time Horns, followed.  The band played awesome music; the dance floor was packed the entire time! The crowd kept asking for “one more song” after another. What a great time.


Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala
Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala
Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns
Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns

The staff at the Turning Stone, from the food and beverage staff to security were very attentive the entire time. A special shout out to the security team, which is comprised of an outstanding and tight group of guys.

Part of the Turning stone Security staff  from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala
Part of the Turning stone Security staff from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala

I can’t close without mentioning the event coordinator, Kelly Taylor.  The event which hosted about 850 guests ran flawlessly thanks to her and her team.  They were all on point for every aspect of the event. Any questions I had, they knew the answer or guided me to the person who knew. It was a very nice experience working with them.

Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids
– Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids
Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.
– Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.
 Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)
– Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)

I leave you with some fun photos from the event. Also, links to Jim and Juli’s Foundation in case you would like to make donations to the Boys and Girls Club or underwriting pediatric cancer research at the Upstate Cancer Center.
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Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage
– Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage


Guests having fun!
– Guests having fun!
Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests
– Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests


Jim and Juli Boeheim being  cute dancing at their 2014 Gala
– Jim and Juli Boeheim being cute dancing at their 2014 Gala
The SU Men's basketball Team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala
-The SU Men’s basketball team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala

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