In the trees- Warren County, NJ Family Photographer

Back before Thanksgiving, I made a trip back home to Arkansas.  While I was there, I took the opportunity to photograph some of my friends.  This family is the sister, et al, of one of my dearest friends.   She also had her third baby recently and was so excited to have photos done of their new family of five.

Due to scheduling conflicts, weather, and illnesses, we didn’t get together until right before I was leaving to return to New Jersey.    Unfortunately, this meant…weeknight.  The dad didn’t get off work until 4:30 and it’s about a half hour to the tree farm from his house, so we were pretty much looking at shooting in the dark.   But, not to fear, we forged ahead armed with a speedlight and high ISO settings and made beautiful memories for this beautiful family.

I absolutely love the amazing color and texture that the christmas trees add to these images.  Late fall/early winter can feel so drab and lifeless, but this was really a magical spot.   We can’t thank Motley’s Tree Farm enough for allowing us to do this quick dusk session as not only were they not even open for the season, but they were getting ready to head home!  So, special shout out and thanks to them.  If you live in the Central Arkansas area, be sure to check them out for their Christmas trees this year, and check out their pumpkin patch!    We used to get our trees and pumpkins from them when we lived in Arkansas and they have an amazing selection!

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Field of Love- Phillipsburg, NJ Family Photographer

This mama is a dear friend of mine.  She was one of the first women to reach out to me when we moved to Phillipsburg a couple of years ago and has been a saving grace for me too many times to count.  Whether it’s watching my kids so I can shoot a session, or coming over to have coffee and make sure I’m not losing my sanity, or accompanying me on photo shoots as my assistant…she’s definitely building up some good karma points.

We did her 4th and last baby’s newborn session a couple of years ago and decided it was time to update the family album and get the whole crew in front of my lens.   This was a gorgeous day… late October, warm afternoon, cool breeze.  And they all showed up looking like they belong on the cover of a magazine.

Her girls are not only beautiful, but such sweet helpers to each other, their mother, and others.  I had to tote along my little lady (she was about 2 months old at the time) and the big girls did such a wonderful job of entertaining her while I got all the individual shots.

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A Walk in the Woods- Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

I met this sweet mama through one of my mom groups about a year ago.  She was selling my unicorn Tula and I was bound and determined to make it mine.   We met up in the Target parking lot and immediately hit it off.  She was so sweet and funny!   Fast forward to the fall, we finally got her amazing family in front of the camera!

She chose Jacobsburg Park in Easton as the backdrop for her fall family photos and I fell IN LOVE.   This is an amazing location!  There are pathways, creeks, old historical structures.  A photographer’s paradise, for sure.   We crossed over the bridge and in an instant, we were transported from a parking lot into a colorful forest.

We strolled along the path admiring the scenery and chit chatting until we came upon the best little wading hole.  I can’t wait to come back here in the summer when the weather is warmer.

As much as I loved this place, it is pretty special to them too.  They were so excited to show me the way to the water and that’s obviously their favorite spot.   They were being so cautious not to get their adorable outfits wet and muddy, but I could tell they wanted nothing more than to splash around and have a ball.


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Holiday Mini Sessions *closed* NJ Portrait Photographer

I’m excited to announce that I have opened up booking for Holiday Minis! This year, I ‘m even more pleased to announce that 10% of each session will be donated to NJ Farmers Against Hunger. This is an amazing organization that allows farms to donate their extra produce to those in need. Please contact me ASAP to book your date as slots will go quickly!

October 28th and 29th
Rain Date: November 4th and 5th



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Who’s the Boss?- Allentown, PA Family Photographer

8 years ago, I was hired at a small insurance firm in Little Rock, AR.  During my interview, my soon-to-be boss and I discovered that we were both getting married on the same day!

Our families became friends and I worked for him until we moved to NJ 5 years ago.  The day I gave my notice was probably one of the saddest days of my life.  I was not only losing a great employer, but also great friends.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago, when we found out they were moving just a little over an hour away from us!!  We were THRILLED to have a little piece of back home so close!

I was even more excited when, just a few months after their move last year, they asked me to do some family photos for them.   This family, besides being super sweet and genuine, is absolutely STUNNING.  Seriously, the type of family you find featured in prominent society magazines.  They have excellent style and are naturals in front of the camera.   And their little guy is an absolute joy to photograph!   I am so excited to share these here and I hope to be honored to photograph this family many times over.

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The Greatest Love- Roxbury, NJ Family Photographer

One of the greatest joys in life is being a mother.  And being the mother to boys carries it’s own special piece of heaven.  The bond that ties a mother and her sons to one another is fierce and heart-wrenching.

It was such a joy to watch my friend, Kiera, and her two boys interact and love on each other at this unique Mommy and Me session.  They were very much all wrapped up in her love.

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Where There is Love~ Phillipsburg, NJ Family Photographer

It seems like I’ve been gone awhile since my last post, but nothing could be farther from the truth!  I’m so excited to share all of the amazing babies, families, and bellies that I’ve been honored to capture over the last few months, starting with this one!!

Leslie and I have been best friends for over a decade.  We have experienced each other’s highest and lowest moments and I can honestly say this…this is the happiest I have ever seen her.  She and her family are absolutely incredible and I consider them my family as well.  I will always be Aunt Astin to her babies. 🙂

On a recent trip back home, we got together to get some updated family photos of her, her husband, and their 2 beautiful children.   You can feel the love flowing off of this screen when you see the way they look at each other.

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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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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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All In the Family~ NJ Portrait Photographer, Infant, Toddler, and Family`

**Note: This post mentions infant loss. Please be aware of this sensitive content before reading on**

This family had originally scheduled to have their entire brood photographed.  We had plans on shooting at a local resort with a lot of beautiful scenery and detail.   Well, when rumors of a monster snowstorm for the day of their session arose, we had to postpone our shoot.  *cries*

We were unable to reschedule with the original location, so we decided to at least go ahead and get the kids photos done in the studio with plans to get the entire family in the frame in the spring…if it ever comes.  (PLEASE come, Spring!!)

This family is absolutely amazing.  There are 5 kids… 2 beautiful teenage ladies. 1 sweet and headstrong little boy, who is 2, his twin sister, an angel baby who was born sleeping, and a cute and cuddly 6 month old little guy.   There is absolutely no mistaking the love that these guys all have for each other.   They were a joy to work with and I can’t WAIT for our spring session.

Molly Bears is a non-profit organization that makes weighted stuffed bears for parents grieving the loss of an infant.  They are an incredible company and I had the honor of photographing the bear that they made for this family.   In addition to this bear, they had a piece of art commissioned by Carly Marie.  She creates beautiful artwork as a way for bereaved families to heal and to honor their loved ones.

As I said, this family and their story have really reached into my heart and locked me in.  I can’t wait to work with them again.  Without further adieu…

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