The Lighthouse Series | Montauk Children’s Photographer

Long Island is exactly that; a long island. One the east end, we have 2 forks: The North Fork and The Hamptons, which culminates at Montauk. The End. No, that’s not the end of the blog post. That’s what Montauk is called. At the eastern most tip of Long Island, is the Montauk Lighthouse. It is the oldest lighthouse in New York State and was completed in 1796. When people mention Montauk, one pictures endless beaches but you cannot help but think of the lighthouse. Its an iconic part of Montauk and Long Island.

Montauk started as a fishing village and has become a resort village. Technically part of The Hamptons, its more casual and family friendly than the rest of the towns that make up The Hamptons. Fun facts about Montauk is that it has no traffic lights in the entire town. It started to become a bit of a parry town, spilling over from The Hamptons, but the residents and business owners have pushed back, to bring back to its family destination status.

Every year for the past 5 summers, we have been going out to Montauk for a family vacation with my in-laws. In the 1970’s, my mother-in-law’s father owned a restaurant in Montauk, called The Flying Fish. It was across from the airport and today it is known as Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe. Naturally, we go there every year for dinner (we love the corn fritters, onion rings and the baked potatoes! And we always do s’mores there too!) This annual trip is something we all look forward to every year. Unintentionally, the 4 of us have stayed in a different place every year but this past year we stayed at The Surf Club and really liked it. (I actually took the girls back for an overnight trip at the end of August and we stayed at yet another different place!)

Every year, I try to do a photo shoot with the girls but this was the first time I came up with the perfect “Montauk” session. I found a location that has perfect views of the lighthouse in the background. Unfortunately, we had terrible weather predicted for the week we were there, but that actually helped with this location and I really wanted those moody skies for this session. We didn’t shoot long, as we were losing light quickly and the rain clouds were really coming in quick, but it really couldn’t have been any more perfect!

This is one of my favorite sessions with my girls and its an amazing memory now of one of our favorite places. Oh and that seagull was 100% real!

If you are interested in booking a session, contact me I’d to hear about your vision and make it a reality.


Peanut and Pip Photography is a Long Island based, natural-light, on-location photographer. We also love to travel and service all of New York City and the tri-sate area. Our style is classic and timeless, with a bit of whimsy. Our goal is to preserve this moment in time. We strive to capture the magic and wonder of childhood, the dreams of teens and seniors and the love between families with beautiful, breathtaking and timeless portraits. Every session is customized to you and your family. My works stands out because it is a collaborative effort between my clients and me. I find a way to integrate both of our visions. I often joke that I have crazy ideas, but my clients always trust my vision because they know they will get something unique in the end. I don’t see the world the way everyone else does and that is reflected in the art I create. My ability to create on the spur of the monument is part of my magic. While I always have my go-to locations, I rarely shoot them the same way each time I go there. I get bored of the same things very easily and no two sessions are ever the same, even when shot at the same locations.

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