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I met Christena and her daughter early one morning while we were at the park. It turns out, that same day was her due date. After playing for a short while in the cold, we made plans for a photo session with the newest member of their family once he or she (a surprise!) joined them.

Last week, I had the pleasure – and I mean honestly, Christena is such a sweet and inviting person, I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend – of photographing her little boy! Baby W. Only 7 days old, he made those perfect little baby cries and blinked with purpose, trying to see the world around him.

I am so honored to have been able to capture these moments in time. A sincere thank you to Christena, Bill, their daughter M. and son W.

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The Tomato Bistro – Photo Courtesy of The Tomato Bistro

The Tomato Bistro, located at 102 Rector Street in Manayunk, has quickly become one of our favorite go-to restaurants. When we were experimenting with a gluten-free diet (in addition to being dairy, egg, nut, peanut and fish-free), we discovered the Tomato Bistro and were so excited that they made what turned out to be a really great-tasting gluten-free/dairy-free pizza! Now, whenever we’re not in the mood to cook, we head to the bistro.

The Tomato Bistro – Photo Courtesy of The Tomato Bistro

The staff here has been terrific when it comes to dealing with Elliott’s allergies. If there’s ever any doubt about ingredients or cross-contamination, they understand the importance of bringing these issues to our attention. Any parent of a child with severe allergies understands how tricky (and life-threatening) it can be to eat out at a restaurant. And while more establishments appear to be food-allergy conscious (new menus listing all ingredients, fancy kiosks where you can browse by specific allergen), in our experience, that almost makes it worse. You begin to trust that they know what they are doing and you let your guard down. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve sent back “plain” steamed veggies that were covered in margarine because the chef/cooks thought that that was an appropriate substitute for butter. (It isn’t.)

The Tomato Bistro makes us feel comfortable in a situation that is normally very challenging. And since we’re usually there around 5pm-6pm (earlier than most), the staff doesn’t seem to mind if Elliott wants to scale the 17 steps up to the 3rd floor and back down again…

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