I Love You Already ~ Northern NJ Portrait Photographer, Maternity

Meet Laila, Oscar, and Dexter.  Laila, my friend and co-worker,  and her husband of 12 years are expecting their first child in November.   As soon as I found out she was pregnant, I immediately begged her to let me do her maternity photos.  She graciously agreed and so this past weekend, we set out to capture this amazing moment in their lives.

All week the weather was calling for rain and storms and we were holding out to see if the forecast was going to be wrong.  We awoke to a gloomy and overcast morning, but with only a 30% chance of rain for the afternoon, we decided to power on and hope for the best.   We started our session with gray skies, but by the time we moved the party outdoors, the sun burst through the clouds and this glorious photo shoot began to really come alive.

Now, obviously, a maternity session is about the expectant mother and her ever growing belly.  But, Laila and Oscar are such a unique and dynamic couple, that I really wanted their story and their love for each other to shine through.  Because, at the end of the day, it is exactly that, that brings us to this chapter.    And, of course, their story would not be complete without the inclusion of their first baby, Dexter, who was an absolute joy to work with.

Oh, yes.  Dexter is their “Morkie”.  A Maltese/Yorkie mix who may have a little bit of competition, come November.  But, something tells me that he’ll be even more spoiled with the arrival of his new sibling.  :)

And, without further adieu…. This beautiful growing family.

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Priceless Moments ~ North NJ Portrait Photographer, Breastfeeding Session

Recently, I had the honor of joining Jena while she nursed her third and final baby to document this incredible journey that she has been on.   She contacted me, simply stating that she wanted to capture this time; immortalizing these quiet stolen moments of bonding and nurturing.

As I settled in with my camera to snap this sweet baby boy and his mama, she began to share with me her experiences with nursing her three boys.  It’s so amazing how each baby and each experience is so unique and sacred and it was such a blessing to be able to share in this particular story.

Jena is also a talented writer and has shared her experience on her blog.  To read about her nursing journey and how this session came to fruition, please visit her at:

Philosophy Times Four

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Sibling Love ~ Northern NJ Portrait Photographer, Family Sessions

You may recall a post from a few weeks ago, regarding a mini session?  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much interest, so it didn’t quite happen.  A silver lining to that fact?  This sweet brother and sister!!!    Originally, they were booked for a mini session slot, but big sister wasn’t really a fan of the theme and since they were the only booking…the theme got tossed.   Instead, I had the pleasure of capturing these two in a pure and natural light.

I can tell that they are going to be BEST friends in life.  They are super lucky to have each other. There is nothing better than a sibling.  :)

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A New Royal~ Northern NJ Portrait Photographer, Newborn session

My best friend welcomed her second child, her first son, into the world in early June.  This woman is an ultimate childbirth warrior.  Her first baby weighed in at a whopping 9lbs, 7oz.  This “little” guy weighed in at a staggering 9lbs, 10oz.  She is truly my hero.

She lives in my home state and I was fortunate enough to be able to make a trip home 3 weeks after her sweet boy was born and get some newborn photos.  I had forgotten how teeny even a big baby is and he was far too interested in what I was doing to sleep the whole time.  He certainly is going to be a heartbreaker.

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The Ayala Files~ Northern NJ Portrait Photographer, Family Session

I have been SO excited to share these photos!  A few weeks ago, a new friend of mine asked me about doing some new family photos for her.  I jumped at the chance!   I know her and her two (zomg, ADORABLE) boys from my local babywearing group and they are just fantastic so I was super excited to meet the rest of the family!

It was a bright and beautiful day and we kicked off the session with a little playground fun while the little ones warmed up to the camera.  Needless to say…their shy streak didn’t last long!

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