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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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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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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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Beautiful Barcelona – Travel Photography

Barcelona. What a wonderful, beautiful place. I went on my very first European Vacation earlier this month, and we spent just about a week exploring this glorious city. The architecture is gorgeous. The people – locals as well as tourists from around the world – are delightful, and the food is out of this world. I look forward to returning someday, but in the meantime, here is just some of all that we took in on our journey — one of my first attempts at travel photography.

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Park Guell 

Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell is one of the most iconic and unique destinations in Barcelona. Once inside, you feel a bit like you are trapped inside an enchanted forest, or a dream, or a cartoon, as I’ve seen it written. You can spend hours exploring the grounds, as we did — so be sure to bring your hiking gear (or at least some good sneakers) and provisions!

Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell Barcelona

Gingerbread House Park Guell Barcelona

Gingerbread House Park Guell Barcelona

Walking path Park Guell, Barcelona

Walking path Park Guell, Barcelona

White House Park Guell Barcelona

White House Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell Barcelona walking path

Park Guell Barcelona walking path

Gaudi's House Park Guell Barcelona

Gaudi’s House Park Guell Barcelona

View of Barcelona from high atop Park Guell.

View of Barcelona from high atop Park Guell.


Basílica de la Sagrada Família

Another of Barcelona’s most famous spots, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is truly a must-see for all. I know nothing at all about architecture – but couldn’t help but be amazed by the awe-inspiring and elaborate detail of this holy structure — even in its state of perpetual construction. In that state it will remain for at least another ten years. The hubbie promises we will go back then to see the finished product. He will be held to that for sure !!

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Sagrada Familia Construction

Sagrada Familia copper door

Sagrada Familia copper door

Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Interior - Crucifix

Sagrada Familia Interior – Crucifix

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Exterior

Sagrada Familia Construction

Sagrada Familia Construction


The Streets and Markets of Barcelona 

Apart from our treks to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, we spent our days and nights exploring Barcelona’s many neighborhoods – barrios or districts as they are known. Almost every district has a distinct look and feel — from ultra-crowded, high-end shopping areas to peaceful pedestrian malls and parks, to narrow, cobblestone alleyways and streets featuring mom and pop shops, pubs, and cafes.It feels as though you are being transported to a new place with every turn.

Gothic District Barcelona Street Scene

Gothic District Barcelona Street Scene

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

Barcelona Street Scene near Mercado De La Boqueria

Barcelona Street Scene near Mercado De La Boqueria

L'Eixample District Barcelona

L’Eixample District Barcelona

Church of Santa Anna Barcelona

Church of Santa Anna Barcelona

Market in town square Gracia District Barcelona

Market in town square Gracia District Barcelona

Flors Farrés - Flower Market - L'eixample District Barcelona

Flors Farrés – Flower Market – L’eixample District Barcelona

Doors to the future. Law School Barcelona.

Doors to the future. Law School Barcelona.

Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí Barcelona

Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí Barcelona

Patio seating at outdoor cafe Barcelona

Patio seating at outdoor cafe Barcelona

Balconies abound in Barcelona

Balconies abound in Barcelona

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

Fresh Squeezed Juices at Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona

Fresh Squeezed Juices at Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona

Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria

Fresh fruit at Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona

Fresh fruit at Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona

Barcelona Market

This is just a tiny slice of a bit of a whirlwind trip. If you ever have the chance to travel to Barcelona, do it without hesitation! Undoubtedly, the first thing anyone who has ever been there will say when they find out you are traveling there is: “Ohhhh!!! I looovveee Barcelona!” Now, I will too!

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Gentleness, Strength & More in the Woods: Wildlife Photography

Deer. We live in a place where they appear just about every day; coming by to graze, pass through, and sometimes even to rest. They are bold, yet cautious – seeming almost as curious about us as we are about them. Sometimes they stop and stare, and other times they dash away. It can be a challenge to coexist with these creatures – especially when it comes to sharing the road. But, we watch out for them as best we can and enjoy having them around. If you do a quick search on the meaning or symbolism of deer in the Bible, in dreams, and elsewhere, you find words to describe them like gentleness and strength; peace and grace to name a few. From I’ve observed, those are pretty accurate. Here are a few images of our gentle, strong, peaceful, graceful friends.

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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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