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A vacation house in Poconos spells f-u-n for kids and this fiery family photoshoot proves it. So fiery that a hose was needed to cool things off.

Spending time with your family away from a dust- and noise-polluted city is a lifetime memory. Whether you own a vacation house in Poconos, rent it out for a weekend, go for an adventurous camping, or even live in the woods among the hills as I do, your kids are bound to have a childhood to tell stories about. You will not have enough weekends to enjoy hiking, picnicking, white river rafting, zip lining, tubing, camping, cycling, wildlife watching, visiting country fairs, farm markets, corn mazes, water parks, zoos, and historical places.

A family photoshoot, or a lifestyle documentary if you will, will help you cherish those moments. I’ve just written about one family having an unstoppable fun at the Raymondskill Falls and on a spectacular Delaware Water Gap lookout. I’ll skip the story of why I shot there this time, you can find out more in that blog. Good times, however, can be had right in the backyard of your vacation house in Poconos! Here is another family for you.

Olga was another mom who caught my special offer for the locals. Unlike Anna from the previous story, I haven’t worked with her before. Meeting her family was a delight and the work commute was, eh… a 4-minute breeze. It wasn’t the shortest in my career, though. That record stays with a neighbor whose daughter’s communion I photographed a decade ago back in NYC. I just walked from driveway to driveway then.

Olga and Edward have three kids and have owned their vacation house in Poconos for many years. They also have a neighbor girl friend who always hang out with them. I couldn’t exclude her from the shoot.

The children spent summers growing up with woods in the backyard. Knowing me, I assumed they had places to wander off, explore, and even station. You see, I lived through my teen years surrounded by the trees in an oddly survived house in the center of a city’s park (pictured above, demolished in late 90s). There were no houses next door, so the woods were the only thing to find my adventures in. I wasn’t surprised to hear that these guys indeed had a “compound” of their own built in the trees, with the walls, entrance, and all the proper “living in the wild” stuff. Sadly, the recent storm destroyed it. Their age didn’t call for rebuilding it but as an homage, I posed them on that spot.

As we prepared for the shoot, we came up with all sorts of the backyard activities to mix heavily into the “normal” family portraits. Pillow fight, bubble battle, checking their phones, doing selfies, swinging on a hammock, jumping off a couch, tickling, splashing in the lake, stone skipping, and as a grand finale to this action-packed and tiring 4-hour shoot, team water hosing! Let me stress—all of this without leaving the community! So really, if you aren’t in the mood of driving anywhere, a “think-like-a-kid” mode will have you covered. As with the previous published shoot, I tried to stay candid, just throwing ideas to them and going with the flow.

Hope you will enjoy these moments as much as I was taking them! If you own or rent a vacation house in Poconos with your family and want to commemorate this life stage professionally, ask me about a very special summer offer. I do not advertise in social media. I have only two weekend dates available, August 25 (update: now booked up) and 31 (update: partially booked, late afternoon left). Cheers!

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Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


  1. […] took place first, a week prior to my family visit. You may recognize Olga from her family’s goofy session at their summer house in Poconos. To no surprise, they must have ignited their friends to catch some more fun action before the […]

  2. […] will recognize these wild kids. Their NYC family has a vacation house in my Poconos community. I first worked with them in the summer of 2019, in the first Bughouse issue. Then we did another fun project with two more […]

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