This in home family lifestyle session in NJ was the perfect way to kick off the new year. I am so excited to do more sessions like this in client’s homes. I couldn’t wait to post a sneak peek of these images because they’re just too good not to share! I know what you’re thinking though – my house doesn’t look like that. Well, neither does mine so who cares?!?! It’s the memories that this family is creating that matters. Moments like this happen all the time at home. Everyday magic. But no one ever thinks to have it photographed. Why?  It’s just as important as those sunset family sessions everyone craves. When you look back at images like this years from now, it will spark a memory and you’ll tell stories about how every Sunday morning you piled in to the kitchen to make pancakes. Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, remember to capture the small stuff too!!

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Who doesn’t love a chance to make a mess? Middle sis is looking like she can’t wait to dig in!!

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

Natural light in home lifestyle family session with a gorgeous family making pancakes. www.stacymaephotography.com

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It’s only week 2 of my Project 365 and I’m already behind! But, to be fair, yesterday was a holiday and I didn’t get on the computer. I am, however, doing well with taking pictures everyday. It’s just posting them that hasn’t been consistent. Lol!

One of the cool side effects of having my camera out is that my 9 year old loves to use it. She will walk around the house taking pictures and I love to watch her. It’s also really neat teaching her about exposure and how she can brighten her images when she wants to and how to focus as well. She’s becoming quite the shutterbug!

Last week we had a little snow so I took a few shots of her playing outside (and the mess that followed her in!) We also welcome a new pet into our home. A bearded dragon. Her name has changed a few times since we got her, but I think we’ve officially settled on Lizzy. I’m sure there will be a lot more pictures of her in the future! And I always end up feeling guilty about not having as many pictures of my older daughter, but she’s not as willing to get in front of the camera anymore. I’ll have to find more sneaky ways to capture her!

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Now that it’s January and I have some time to get caught up blogging, I can’t wait to go through my 2016 sessions and share my favorites. I met this lovely family at the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit over the summer to photograph them after recently having moved to the area. Their daughter Allison was so sweet and loved being around mom and dad. She even had a special lovie join in for a few shots. I love when parents are ok with incorporating a child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal. What a nice memory it will be when Allison is grown. She can look back at these images and remember her childhood pal!

I love the light during a sunset family session because it makes everything glow! I know a lot of parents can be skeptical because it’s so close to bedtime when the kids are little, but it’s so so worth it. I promise! The nice thing about a family session with me is that I don’t ever rush things. If we need to take breaks because your little one is getting cranky, that’s totally fine. I ask parents to bring snacks, a drink, and of course, that lovie! Anything that will comfort your child if they do end up getting tired.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the M family session. Enjoy!

Sunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.comSunset family session in NJ. Lifestyle family poses. Backlit family session. www.stacymaephotography.com

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I can’t believe I made it through my first week of the new year doing a Project 365. Might not seem like a lot, but for me it’s huge! I’m not particularly good at routines, but I really wanted to stretch myself and grow this year so I’m making an effort to take a picture every day in 2017. Here’s what week one looked like.

Starting my first Project 365. Tips for completing your own project from the Narrative Society. www.stacymaephotography.com

1/365 Playing with her Hatchimal.

My week in photos. Week one of my project 365. www.stacymaephotography.com

2/365 Every afternoon the sun sets in the front of the house and shines through my front door creating this cool rainbows. My daughter had a friend over and I asked her if I could take a picture. Pretty cool war paint if you ask me. Lol!

My week in photos. Week one of my project 365. www.stacymaephotography.com

3/365 I don’t have the best looking shower but I love how she looked through the door.

My week in photos. Week one of my project 365. www.stacymaephotography.com

4/365 A beautiful sunrise. Glad I was able to capture it. My hubby and I have been waking up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the gym!!

My week in photos. Week one of my project 365. www.stacymaephotography.com

5/365 Doesn’t everyone wear sunglasses inside while they’re watching TV?
My week in photos. Week one of my project 365. www.stacymaephotography.com

6/365 My 9 year old snuggled in bed catching up on some reading this morning.

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2017 Model Call

Some of you might remember a personal project I did two years ago called Little Lovies. Well, I’ve decided to make this a permanent offering in 2017 and am looking for a handful of children to photograph to help promote these sessions. If your little one has a lovie that they can’t live without – a teddy bear, stuffed animal, blanket, etc. – please send me a picture and tell me a little about where it came from. If you are chosen, you’ll be asked to sign a contract which gives me permission to post the images on social media. You must also be available on a weekday morning. There is no cost involved and you’ll also receive one digital image as a thank you for participating.

If you want to get a better idea of the types of shots I hope to capture, please follow my new instagram account Little Lovies. I also have some specific ideas I want to try!

I’m also looking for a few kids/families who are willing to be photographed in their home. Again, I have specific ideas for these shoots so I’ll be choosing based on those needs. I’m looking for families with young children who are laid back, easy going, and don’t mind if their kids jump on the bed or make a mess. I’m also looking for homes with tons of natural light. If you live in a dungeon, please don’t apply! Here are the scenarios I’d like to capture …

Pancake breakfast. Looking for a family with an open, airy kitchen with lots of natural light.
Jumping on the bed. Looking for a child’s room with lots of light and bright, fun decor. Kids only.
Under the covers. Another bedroom shoot. Kids only. Preferably a light, bright bedroom with white sheets and bedding.
Bubble bath. Looking for a bright, airy kitchen with a sink big enough to bathe a child. Lots of soapy bubbles and a chubby baby please :)

And one outdoor sessions – Snow! Anyone willing to bundle up and head outdoors for a snow session?? This one might be tricky to schedule since we won’t know when it’s going to snow, but if you’re up for it let me know. I’d want to be in on the styling though :)

If you’re interested and would like to apply, please send a picture of your family/child and the room mentioned. Oh and please feel free to forward along if you know someone who would be the perfect fit!

Photography Classes for Moms

I’m so excited to offer these again! Last year I created an online class and this year I’d love to connect in person. The class will be 2 hours and will include basic photography lessons. You’ll learn tips for successfully documenting your everyday moments, composition tricks for images that wow, how to get sharp images, what lenses to use, how to find good light, and more. The class will not be camera specific so bring what you’ve got! I may just ask you to do a little homework and dig up your manual so that you can find the buttons we’ll be using. I will also go over a few tips for taking better iPhone photos and specific apps/editing tools that I love.

To find out more and sign up, CLICK HERE!

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