About Me

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      My name is Carla Loeven. At Moxie & Grace Photography, I love families! I specialize in every aspect of family portraiture: from documenting your maternity journey to capturing your newborn’s adorable tiny features to documenting the milestones in your children’s lives all the way up to senior portraits. I will capture the life journey of your family.

     If you work with me,  when it is time to pass the story of your family on to children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren you won’t be handing over an iPhone or the password to your cloud account. You will hand your loved ones beautiful, archival prints, canvases, and albums documenting the journey of your lives.


     I love to welcome families into my studio or I am available to go on location for sessions. Every session is custom designed for each family and I will work with you to design the session of your dreams.

     I am a very experienced photographer and I will provide you with consistent, professional photographs at each session. I attended Hofstra University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. After graduation I worked for several years for Conde Nast Publications producing photo shoots for magazines and working with many of the best
photographers in the world. In my time at Conde Nast I honed my photography skills and learned the importance of attention to detail and professionalism which I bring to every session now. I eventually went on to earn my Masters in Fine Arts Education from Hofstra University and I taught elementary and secondary art for over ten years. In my time as an educator I learned patience and that each child is special and unique. My experience as a teacher and as a mother of two children has provided me with invaluable insight and skills necessary to work with my clients, your children.

     The safety of your family is my first priority! I know that your children are the most precious people in the world and I appreciate the privilege of working with them. I am fully insured, vaccinated, and educated in the proper handling of newborns and children of all ages.

     If you have a child with special needs, please reach out to me! I am willing and able to accommodate any needs your child may have. I believe every child should have the opportunity to have beautiful portraits and I can provide that for you!

     If you want to book a session or have any questions please make contact and I'll be happy to help.  Moxie & Grace Photography is located in Long Island, N.Y.

Moxie & Grace Photography

     I am often asked how I came up with the name for my studio. When I was a child my grandmother Elizabeth lived with us. She was British and I often remember her telling me I had a lot of moxie. When I was finally old enough to look the word up in the dictionary I realized that this determination or force of character came from Elizabeth. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I thought a lot about what she would be like. I daydreamed about how I would raise her to be to a strong, smart, and kind person. By the time I decided to open my studio space I had two daughters. After several years of thoughtful parenting I knew I wanted my daughters to grow up to be women who live life with moxie, but also grace. The studio and everything I do is for my daughters, so it made sense to me to have the studio name be a reminder of the women I know my daughters will become.