These are not your typical Halloween mini sessions. I LOVE Halloween and I want to throw a party! Won’t you join me for the 4th Annual Stacy Mae Spooktacular? We took a little break, but now we’re back in action with a great location and super fun games and contests. The party will take place on October 22 at Loantaka Brooke Reservation in Morristown from 9:30 until 12:00. Bring your child dressed in their costume for photos. Pets are welcome too! Registration is $40 and includes one digital file as well as a goody bag full of treats (no tricks!) for your child. After the party, all of the images will be posted to Facebook for a Halloween Costume contest. The winner will receive their image as a framed print! Tell your family, tell your friends! I hope to see you there!

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in the past, but mommy and me sessions are my absolute favorite! If I could gift every single mom in this world photos with their children I would. Us moms are always the ones behind the camera and it’s important to me that we get in front of the camera every now and then. As a photographer, it’s so amazing to be able to capture the love between a mother and a child. To see the way a mom looks at her child. It’s pure joy and unconditional love. There’s nothing like it in the world. And to have it frozen in time in a photograph. It’s a gift. As a mom though, to be able to SEE that love – in a picture – is priceless. These two ladies are the perfect example of why I love mommy and me sessions. They had fun! They laughed. They danced. They enjoyed each other’s company. So it wasn’t a boring photo shoot. There was no complaining (except about the heat!). In fact, it could have just been a walk in the park with old friends and I just happened to have my camera. So effortless! And that beautiful golden light. To die for!

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

Mommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.comMommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.comMommy and me session. Mother and daughter pose ideas. Sunset. Backlit. www.stacymaephotography.com

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I’ve only done a handful of gender reveal sessions in the past few years, but I really want to do more. I would have loved to do something like this when I was pregnant. I found out the sex with both of my pregnancies and this would have been such a fun way to announce it to family and friends. I had my babies back before the days of Facebook and Instagram though so I probably would have had to email everyone a picture instead of posting to social media. Lol!

When mom contacted me to do the gender reveal session, we browsed through Pinterest to get some ideas and this is what we came up with. I chose the Frelinghuysen Arboretum because I knew the sun would be setting behind this tree and I also knew it’s branches were low enough that we could hang the lantern. I have to be honest, it was so much fun finding out the sex before the family. I could not wait to see their faces when that confetti popped out! I also knew I had a job to do and I didn’t want the pictures to come out blurry because of my excitement!

Gender reveal session. Lantern filled with confetti. Blue and gold. www.stacymaephotography.com

Here are some more of my favorites from that day!

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I love shooting at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown. There are so many beautiful spots to shoot! On this particular day, it was brutally hot though. You know one of those humid days when all you have to do is move an inch and you sweat. I might have suggested we reschedule, but this extended family session had to happen because it would be a long time before everyone was together again for a photo. So we went for it!! I packed a bag full of ice cold water to bring to the shoot for everyone and we stuck to one part of the arboretum so that we didn’t have to walk too far. We moved quickly through the session because storm clouds started to roll in and we were nervous the skies might open up and we’d get soaked. As if the heat wasn’t enough!

With an extended family session, my first goal is always to get the big group shot. We also wanted to try and get all the kids together. Five kids all under the age of 7 in a photo with everyone looking??? I’m sure you can imagine what it must have looked like behind me with moms and dads and grandma working their magic to get the kids to look and smile. I think these turned out adorable!

Extended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.com

Here are a few more of my favorite shots from that day.

Extended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.com

Extended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.comExtended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.comExtended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.comExtended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.comExtended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.comExtended family session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Morristown, NJ. www.stacymaephotography.com

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Even though I’ve been a family photographer in NJ for more than 7 years now, I still don’t know all the best spots to shoot. People ask me all the time and I have my favorites, but there are tons of great parks in NJ. nj familyThis beautiful sun soaked family session at Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, NJ is one of my all time faves. It was the first time I had met this adorable family and I could not have asked for a happier family. I had also never been to Watchung Reservation, but it was beautiful. We walked through the woods, checked out a few trails, and I even got a lesson in how to spot poison ivy leaves! And to end the night on a perfectly magical note, little man decided to doze off under a tree. I mean, come on!! Perfection! Check out some of my faves from the B family’s photo shoot.

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