Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific. They discovered the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.
During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demigod Maui. He guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. They encounter enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, she fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
What do you do when it’s pouring rain out and you somehow need to get your kid’s Boca Halloween photoshoot done in a beautiful, photogenic “fall setting”? You hire the greatest professional photographer you know, Sweet Memories Photography, and IMPROVISE!
Yep, that’s us/#dailybocaavery at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market with the best of intentions (aiming for festive pumpkin patch and hayride photos) and the worst South Florida weather. Lightning, thunder, the works!
But, you would never know it looking at these photos that Naomi Phelps of Sweet Memories Photography took. That’s why you work with a pro (and make sure to find a location with some cover).
Boca Halloween Photoshoot
Avery decided she wanted to be Princess Leia from Star Wars for Halloween this year. I think she looks pretty badass. But with so many (sweltering)Halloween events in Boca, I wanted her to have a few costume options that didn’t have long sleeves and a turtleneck collar.
Luckily, when you’re a mom blogger doing a Boca Halloween photoshoot, options are welcome by the photographer. Meet the Boca blonde version of Elena of Avalor!
Props are also key. Notice the light saber AND Avalor-an scepter in the majority of our shots?
If your child gets into character anything like mine does when they dress up, you know how cute these photos can turn out. I see them as a time capsule…and a way to keep the grandparents off your back until you make the time to do your family holiday photos. 😉
Last but not least, from Avalor to under the sea, here’s our mini mermaid! (The tail can also be worn in water and is from JoBella Girl’s Boutique in west Boca.)
Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography has such a passion for the real, sweet moments and true emotions of people in everyday settings. Despite the weather, Friday night exhaustion and multiple costume changes, she had Avery hamming it up for the camera! She is amazing with kiddos.
Scheduling your own Boca Halloween Photoshoot with Sweet Memories Photography is easy and so, so worth it!
Request the $299.00 Boca Mom Halloween package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location PLUS a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which I kind of love. One price = all the photos
Download your photos and enjoy them as much as we love ours!
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Tell us a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start your practice…
I am originally from Philadelphia and moved to Boca Raton with my family during high school. After having lived through some pretty bad winters, I knew that I never wanted to leave! I received my Bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami and went on to complete my masters and doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. When it came time to start thinking about starting a family, my husband and I decided to move back to Boca to be closer to our friends and families.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Florida, specializing in the treatment of children, young adults, parents, and their families. My main areas of focus are on social and emotional concerns, developmental disabilities, employment and school-related challenges, and family dynamics.
Prior to having my son, I worked in a variety of settings including non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, schools, university clinics, and hospitals.
I had always wanted to make the leap into private practice knowing it could provide me with the flexibility to do what I love and have time to spend with family. But, I was fearful of being out on my own. With the support of my amazing husband, I took a huge leap and began Ryan Seidman, Psy.D., LLC. Fast forward four years and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to work doing something I feel so passionate about, while also having the time to raise my son.
What’s unique about your practice and why should MBMom readers become clients?
Within my practice, I utilize various modalities to treat each client’s unique needs. This includes individual counseling, behavioral interventions, social skills training, family therapy, parent education and training, and group therapy. In addition, I provide consultative services to a variety of school personnel and medical professionals throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. I also have extensive experience conducting developmental, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.
About six months ago, I joined an incredible group of professionals at The Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders. This facility is unique to this area as it provides individuals and families the opportunity to access a variety of services and providers, all within one office. The Center truly emphasizes the idea of treating the whole person rather than only focusing on specific symptoms. In addition to individual psychological and psychiatric services, clients are able to take advantages of the center’s additional cutting edge services including teletherapy, intensive programming, mindfulness training, group therapy and family therapy.
What exciting things are happening at your business?
I am very excited to be able to offer a variety of social skills groups at The Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders. These groups will aim to increase a child’s ability to navigate social situations with ease and success.
Goals include, but are not limited to developing and improving social understanding, flexibility, and problem solving skills as well as decreasing anxiety. In addition, the Center offers a variety of additional groups in order to serve the specific needs of our diverse client base.
What do you, Ryan Seidman, love about living and working in South Florida?
Having grown up in South Florida, I feel so lucky to now be able to give back to the community where I was raised. It’s going to be wonderful for my son to now experience all of the incredible things that this area has to offer; most importantly sharing Miami Heat games with his family (and of course winning the halftime baby race at 11 months old)!
Shriek Week 2016 at Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park Community Center is back in October with TWO WHOLE WEEKENDS filled with local Halloween fun and entertainment for the whole family! Can you believe they’ve been hosting this event for 12 years already?
The best part? The themed haunted house is re-designed each year, so Shriek Week 2016 is always fresh with something for every age group in your family. And they go all out. It’s crafted with professional effects, lighting, sets and actors.
The theme for 2016 is…wait for it: “Florida’s Terrifying Tourist Traps!” Tourists will be able to visit the UNwelcome Center to peek in on Florida’s craziest oddities. Ahhhhh! Timed reservations are required for this top notch haunted attraction, which is appropriate for ages 7-12.
BOCA RATON’S SHRIEK WEEK 2016 DATES/TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays- October 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. and a special “Lite Nite” on Thursday, October 27 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Shriek Week “Lite Nite” is perfect for children ages 5-12. There will be a less intense version of the haunted house for younger ones and those more easily frightened.
COSTS: Haunted House discounted reservations are $6.00 per person. Reservations will be $8.00 per person starting October 4th. Reservations can be booked in person, online, or by calling the Box Office at 561-347-3948.
MBMom Tip: Reserve early as time slots do sell out.
Other highlights for Boca Raton’s Shriek Week 2016 include:
• Haunted walk-through attraction “Granny Grim: Alien Lab” where guests can find out if UFOs really do exist • Trackless train rides • Free LED lighted stilt-walking “robots” & DJ show (1st weekend only) • Magic Shows (2nd weekend only) • Food vendors
Families can enjoy a variety of additional entertainment activities including a black light carnival game room, photo souvenirs, glitter tattoos, make & takes and more! Most activities require additional activity tickets which can be purchased onsite the day of event. A FREE indoor Trick or Treat Trail will also be featured nightly.
The Kids’ Scary Film Festival will also be returning for its 5th year. Films will be shown in the queue area while patrons await their turn for the haunted house, and everyone will get a chance to vote on their favorite film online!
For more details, dates, times and costs visit www.SugarSandPark.org or call the Community Center at 561.347.3900.
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