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Happy Birthday! – Warren County NJ Cake Smash Photographer

It’s hard to believe that this little lady is already a year old!  One of the greatest honors as a photographer is when a client returns.   I just love watching my newborns grow and change and explore this big new world.   And what better exploration than CAKE?!

We started off this session with a few traditional one year portraits.  Then we moved right into the good stuff.   But the funny thing about babies is that they don’t know how amazing this yummy treat is, so it takes them awhile to warm up to it.   A virtue that I could stand to learn.  A full cake in front of ME?  Gone before you can say “big slice or little slice?”

After she coated herself in frosting sufficiently,  she relaxed in a nice warm bubble bath.  And then decided she was ready for some more cake.   So, we did what any normal person would do…and served her cake while she splashed.   This girl has my heart.

 

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A Family Begins- Morris County, NJ Newborn Photographer

My former co-worker welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world in December just before Christmas.   I was SO excited to get the message that Baby C was finally here and we could officially get the newborn session on the books.

I had spent months carefully designing this session.  I knew mom loved soft textures and very feminine color palettes, so I set out to make the most luxurious sets that I could think of.  Lots of soft stretchy wraps, soft unspun wool blankets, and cloud soft backdrop fabrics married with soft pinks and creams.   But, she also loved that rustic organic style too, so I made sure to incorporate lots of wood and earth tones to compliment her skin tones and her thick dark hair.

She was such a cutie but at 2 weeks old for her session, she made me work!   But, if anything is worth breaking a sweat for, it’s those amazing baby yawns and big yummy grins.  She was such an expressive baby and so cuddly and squishy, I could just nom her cheeks right off her face.   However, after practicing great self restraint, I managed to leave those sweet cheeks right where they belong and capture her rare moments of sleep.

As I mentioned in the post about their maternity session, I love LOVE when dads get involved with the maternity photos.  I love it even more when the parents (either or both!) get in on the newborn photos.  There is something so amazing about capturing their first official portraits as a new family.   That raw and awe inspiring love they have for their new baby and for each other is such a reminder that it’s not just babies being born, families are being born.  Entire new identities and values are being born.  And that is such an honor to bear witness to and to immortalize in print.

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Roses love Sunshine, Violets Love Dew- Hunterdon County, NJ Maternity Photographer

Gosh, Where do I even begin with this one?  This abundantly beautiful mother to be was a co-worker of mine in my 9-5 life.   For several years, we anxiously awaited her announcement that she was expecting.  She was but a newlywed when she came to us, so our “gentle nudging” was all in jest but we were certainly looking forward to it.   She’s such a stunning beauty to begin with, I just knew that radiant glow of pregnancy would set her off like none other.

When the day finally came, we were all elated.  And, of course, I couldn’t resist demanding  requesting to do her maternity and newborn photos.   I went on maternity leave before her belly really showed up, so I missed all the fun times in the office watching her grow into this new phase of life.   But, when she arrived for her maternity session, she took my breath away.   She was every bit as lovely as I had imagined she would be.

She chose a purple off the shoulder ruffle gown from my client wardrobe, and also brought along a ruby red stunner as well.   Of course, we could expect this saucy Peruvian goddess to bring her own spicy flair!    We had so much fun with her session and I was thrilled that her husband came along for the ride and got in on some photos too!  I love when the dad’s to be join in.  This is a time to celebrate both of them as they prepare for their new roles as “Mom and Dad”.

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A Day in Our Life- Warren County, NJ Child Photographer

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to take the time to capture my own family more frequently.  With my real camera. Not my phone.  All too often, it is so easy to just lift that palm sized camera while scrolling Facebook and grabbing a quick snap.  But, sadly, those photos don’t print all that well and with my sweet littles always on the move, I don’t always catch the moment before it’s gone.   I’m hoping to stay on track with printing these and putting them in an actual photo album for them to look back on over the years.   My last trip home, I brought back a photo album and a box of photos from my childhood.  It was amazing to look back on those memories and to see so much of my children’s faces in my own and in the faces of my loved ones.

This was a random Thursday morning.  My middle child is currently obsessed with her Elsa PJs.  My oldest child couldn’t be less interested in clothes.  And my youngest is still in that “lump on a log” stage.  (but not for long…she’s 6 months old as of the day these were taken! )   The kids were playing in the dining room when I started skulking around the house with my camera.   My son was crushing kinetic rocks, while sitting on top of the dining table, naturally.   My daughter disappeared into her room, where I found her making me all sorts of delicious food in her kitchen.   The next thing I know, we were having a full on photo shoot day!  Both of the older kids got their cameras out.   My son focused his attention on capturing me or the dog…whomever was the most amicable subject at the time.  My daughter, clearly on her way to being a newborn photographer, started snapping photos of her doll in the stroller.    Meanwhile, the baby kicked and babbled in the crib watching us with wide eyes.   I can already see the love of this art forming for her as well.

As you can tell…this was all so spontaneous that my daughter’s room is a mess.  And that’s ok.  That’s real life.   One day, I’ll miss the toys and the footie PJs strewn across the floor.   And lucky for me… I’ll have this day to return to again…when my babies were content to take photos, crush rocks, and make their mama yummy plastic snacks.

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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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