Hi, I’m Molly…

A former Air Force kid (thanks, Pops!) and New York City transplant, I’ve had the chance to see a lot of the world, and meet a wide variety of people. Working as a professional photographer over the past seven years has not only cemented a passion for documenting people as they are, in the present moment, but to show people of every origin, background and place in life that, they too, can look amazing in photographs.

Portrait sessions are geared specifically to help you reconnect with your own strength, confidence and beauty. My goal is for each and every person who steps in front of my camera to leave feeling engaged, happy and most importantly, proud of the images that we create together.

WRITE: molly@gbearmedia.com

TALK: 917-558-3931

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Photo credit:  Trish Hadley

Photo credit: Trish Hadley

 

 
One of MANY photos in the family albums of my dad posing with Bos, circa 1990s.

One of MANY photos in the family albums of my dad posing with Bos, circa 1990s.

“What’s with the bear?”

A question I’m often asked but always happy to answer is “What’s with the bear?” The company name is inspired by my dad, Bruce, who was a flight surgeon in the Air Force and a lifelong lover of bears, in all shapes and sizes. When I was in second grade, he found “Bos” - full name “Bosworth J. Combat Bear” - who accompanied him on all adventures, including a deployment to Bosnia and squadron duties around the country. Bos also joined us on family trips, including travels for my tennis where he’d hang out in my dad’s backpack, head popping out so he could “breathe” as we walked through airports and hotels. If anything builds a foundation of learning not to care what others think, that’ll do it. Looking back, my dad was the best example of living life to the absolute fullest by casting external judgements aside. He (along with my amazing mother) instilled a work ethic, a sense of accountability and a joie de vivre that wasn’t easily dampened. He didn’t let his imperfect eyesight cut aspiration of flying jets short. Instead, he took his spectacled self and made friends with the F-15 pilots who took him up on monthly ride alongs when possible.

Shortly after my 16th birthday, he passed away in a car accident. It was a life-changing moment that took a long time to work through, especially as a young person. But his memory and all that he stood for has helped push me to reach higher, both personally and professionally. I wish I could photograph him now, but I’m so thankful I had the crazy good luck of having him as my father. He was generous, kind, funny and the best dad a girl could ask for…I imagine he’s up above the sky with the Great Bear himself enjoying the view. Thanks for everything, Pops.

Pops and me, circa 1989.

Pops and me, circa 1989.

Condit family portrait, circa 1986. That might be the last time I wore pink…

Condit family portrait, circa 1986. That might be the last time I wore pink…

And now, the most important women in my life…

The two most important women in my life - my ‘auntie’ Donna (left in group) and my mum Cynthia (middle in group). We finally took our own Women’s Series portraits in January with a handy Canon remote. Being able to photograph them was nothing short of amazing, and a good reminder of why I do what I do. Photos, matter.

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Donna E., photographed January 21, 2019.

Donna E., photographed January 21, 2019.

Cynthia C., photographed January 21, 2019.

Cynthia C., photographed January 21, 2019.