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Summer Morning at the Park – New Jersey Family Photographer

A few weeks back, I got to spend a pretty summer morning at the park photographing this beautiful family. With every session I do, I feel so incredibly blessed to get to meet and work with such wonderful people — and this time was no different. Through the warmth and the sunshine of that early summer day, the little ones were just as sweet and smiley as a photographer could hope for. Big Sis is little natural on the other side of the lens — her poses made me grin. And, Baby Sis is a happy little doe-eyed bundle with a smile as big as the sky. Mom and Dad are pretty great themselves :-). Thanks so much to all of you for letting me capture a few special moments for you. Here are a few highlights from our session:

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Mom, Dad, and Their Girls – Springtime in New Jersey – NJ Family Photographer

It is a joy for me to be back after a bit of a break with another family photo session post — just as it was a joy for me to get to photograph this lovely family a few weeks ago. We met at a vast and glorious park in north/central New Jersey. This state, you may be surprised to learn, is home to many really incredible, expansive parks, which make awesome backdrops for photo sessions and give the little ones tons of room to run (often a much-needed component in family photo shoots). As anyone who has ever pointed a camera at a toddler knows, it can be a bit of a challenge to get them stay still long enough to get a good shot, let alone to smile on cue. Trying to get the littlest member of this family to do those very things made for lots of fun and laughs that day. Big Sis, Mom, and Dad all got giggles out of her — and out of me at the same time. It is obvious, even just being around them for a little while, that these four share a great deal of love and a sweet, happy, joy-filled life together. I am grateful to have been invited to capture some of that, and hope they enjoy their photos for years to come.

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Giant Smiles & Lots of Laughs on a Crazy-Windy Day | New Jersey Family Photographer

I couldn’t help but grin as I worked through the images from my super-fun, extra-windy photo session with these familiar faces not long ago. Of course, you always hope for great “photo shootin’ weather.” Sometimes your wish comes true, but other times, you just have to go for it, even if conditions are less than ideal. This was one of those “other times.” We somehow managed to dodge the wind long enough to get some nice shots with mom, dad, and their silly, sweet little man, who is surely destined for stardom! He has a smile as big as the sky, strikes a pose like he’s been modeling his whole life, and is overflowing with joy, laughter, and personality. I just adore these guys and am happy to get to capture moments like these for them:

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Precious Girl Exploring the World – New Jersey Family Photographer

Last week, I had the chance to work with another truly lovely family, and what a joy that was. In addition to meeting new, awesome people and capturing special memories for them, one of my favorite parts of family sessions is watching the little ones explore. This sweet, wide-eyed little girl just loved running free at our location, stopping only to dance to the music coming from the wedding reception taking place nearby and/or to examine the wonder of her surroundings. She could have spent hours examining magical things like pebbles and leaves, even blades of grass. What a world it would be if we could all take the time to see and appreciate the wonder that is all around us – and dance – like she can. Here are a few highlights from our session:

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Beautiful Family. Blustery Day. – New Jersey Family Photographer

It’s been a few months since I’ve had the opportunity to hold a family photo session. In spite of my starts and stops, I just love it, and I am always so grateful to get behind the camera whenever I get the chance. What a joy it was to get back to it with these guys – a lovely, fun couple and their adorable, two-year-old, little trooper. Though you might not be able to tell from the photos, it was quite a chilly, blustery day when we went out for our shoot. The little star of the show would much rather have been cozy at home after his long day, I am sure. He hung in there, though, and gave us plenty of awesome smiles – especially when Mom and Dad made him giggle and when he spotted an airplane flying high up in the sky. But the fun really began when his two cousins arrived to share the spotlight with him for a little bit. Cold and wind aside, it was a fun time in the park. Here are a few highlights:

 

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Sweet Baby Baptism – New Jersey Event and Family Photographer

What a precious thing it is to witness a tiny baby being blessed and dedicated to God through baptism. And, what a precious honor it was for me to have not only witnessed but to also have captured moments from this sweet little angel’s baptism day with her beautiful family. The smiley star of the show was as perfect as anyone could have hoped for throughout the entire day — which made it way to easy to take tons of lovely shots, which I hope her family (and one day she herself) will treasure. Here are just a few.

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2015 Never-Before-Seen: Newborn Photo Session

There are just a few days left before 2015 comes to a close, and I am finally sitting down to catch up and reflect on my photography from this wild, wonderful, wacky year. In doing so, I came across some of my absolute favorite photos, which I am very long overdue in posting. No matter how much time goes by though, these images – from my first newborn session with a very special little guy – will always mean so much to me. He has since grown into a not-so-little, happy, smiley, bouncing (quite literally) baby boy who brings such joy and laughter into everyone’s life. I am so grateful that his mom and dad entrusted me to capture some of his earliest precious moments, and I so look forward to capturing other precious moments in his life every chance I get. Here are just a few highlights from our sweet, sweaty, silly, newborn session earlier this year:

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