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Three Generations ~ New Jersey Family Photographer

There were birthdays galore and smiles all around during this wonderful family session from earlier this month. Grandma and Grandpa were visiting from out of state, and everyone gathered to celebrate multiple July birthdays, which several members of this family just so happen to share. In fact, the matriarch of the family explained that her daughters arranged the photo session with the whole clan as a gift to her for her birthday. How special is that? The closeness, love, and laughter this family shares is apparent, and I am honored to have been asked to capture a little of that for them. It was a lot of fun to work with all of them too. Here are a few highlights:

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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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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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Super Special Family Session on a Beautiful Fall Morning – New Jersey Family Photographer

It brings me such joy to finally be back behind the camera doing what I love, and working with this beautiful crew for my first shoot after a few months away was extra-special for me. I have known Momma my whole life. Literally. We “met” in high school and became friends. Then one day, when our Moms found out we were friends, we learned that we are actually distant cousins through marriage, and that we had met way before high school – when we were babies playing in the same crib or playpen or something. As life goes sometimes, young adulthood took us separate ways again, but several years ago, the good side of social media brought us back in touch, and we’ve been reconnected ever since. When it was time for hubbie, doggie, and I to move, it was my friend/cousin who helped us find the place we now call home. To see her so happy with her wonderful husband, her sweet, silly, adorable, delightful, little boy, and her first child (the four-legged one) makes me smile. And, to have been able to capture just a few glimpses of that happiness means the world to me. Thanks, guys, for getting up at the crack of dawn and braving the chilly fall morning shoot, and for getting me back out there again. You guys are the best!!!

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A Northern Colorado Sunday Evening – Family Portraits

I was so thrilled to have the chance to work with this fun family on a warm, wacky weather, June Sunday evening in northern Colorado. We first started toward one location for our shoot, then with an ominous sky over that way, promptly turned in the opposite direction to try to get just a few photos before the rain came down. We managed to out run the rain (for the most part anyway), got way more than a few photos, and even got a few shots of this beautiful family with a pretty awesome rainbow in the background. Thanks to all of you for letting me capture some of your time together before Abuela headed home to Argentina. You guys are the best!!

 

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Backyard Pool Party — Child and Family Photography

What a blessing it was for me to have been given the opportunity to photograph this dear girl enjoying a little backyard pool time with her Nana not too long ago. A child with special needs and without abilities that many of us take for granted, she certainly has many incredible attributes all her own — including the ability to give and receive a whole lot of love! Though she may not speak with words, she finds many other ways to communicate. That giant smile of hers, for example, well, that just speaks volumes. It was my honor to capture a few moments of this sweet, beautiful child having a little fun in the sun.

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