On Tuesday I flew from Israel to New York, so I'm now working in the city. We flew Aerosvit (the Ukranian national airline) because it was cheap, and it turned out to be an interesting flight. About halfway through the flight, the flight attendant started handing out surgical masks. I asked her what was going on, and she said that a passenger was ill with what might be swine flu. So we all wore our masks the rest of the flight, and when the plane landed they didn't let anyone in until they had a doctor confirm that it wasn't swine flu. As public health measures go, it was pretty impressive. But it was definitely inconvenient, and I was not excited about the possibility of being quarantined on a plane with someone carrying a deadly disease. Luckily, everything worked out ok, and I got some great pictures of passengers wearing masks.
My wonderful next-door neighbors in Jerusalem, Ruti and Tal, are having a baby this summer. They have been so sweet all year, inviting my husband and me over for dinner, showing us around Israel, and even having us over to Tal's parents' house for Rosh Hashana. So when Ruti told me she was pregnant, I decided to give her a maternity session as a gift.
Ruti is one of the sexiest, most beautiful pregnant women I've ever met. She's so centered and comfortable with her body, and she's totally glowing. She and her husband Tal are so in love and so happy about their baby; they were such a joy to photograph. I won't be around for the birth of their little boy, but I can't wait to meet him either next time I'm in Israel or when Ruti and Tal come visit me in New York!
I regularly babysit Yaron, the adorable son of Rabbi Stacey and her husband Tamir. When I told Stacey I'm a photographer, she asked me to take some family portraits in the park. They're such a sweet little family!