Why Sunset Sessions are Better Than the Rest!

I was going through images from fall sessions and swooning over the lovely sunshine and it made me think about why I loved these particular sessions. All of them have something in common ~ beautiful light.

In photography, light is EVERYTHING! Sunset sessions are my favorite because the light is perfect. About 2 or 3 hours before sunset, the sun is low in the sky and it has a warm, golden glow. I can position my subject with the sun behind them and they will become completely illuminated. That is why sunset sessions are better than the rest!

Here is an example of a session that took place about 2-3 hours before the sun set. I know it sounds like a tricky time for young children, but try to keep an open mind. It might be a nice break from your routine. You can give the kids a late snack and then head to dinner after the session or try an early dinner and then bedtime when you get home. Most kids have a melt down time. I totally get that. For my girls it was always right before dinner when they were tired and bored. Maybe a trip to the park or a romp in the yard is just what the doctor ordered and you’ll have some fabulous pictures to show for it!!

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sunset family session



New Mini Sessions Announced – Precious Pets!

pet mini sessions in NJ

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These mini sessions are for the forgotten family members. The ones who love to play in the dirt, chew up your shoes, and chase squirrels.

I’m a huge animal lover! Dogs are my favorite, but I’m a sucker for a cute kitty or even a hamster. I grew up around animals and I know that pets are an important part of so many families. These mini sessions are a great opportunity to showcase that love!

Precious Pets Mini Sessions will take place Saturday, May 3 (rain date will be May 4). These mini sessions are for pets and their playmates ~ your kids;)

Mini sessions will last about 20 minutes and will take place in Florham Park. The cost is $300. Your mini session gallery will contain between 5 and 8 images and your session fee will include ALL of the digital images. That’s a great deal!!

But that’s not all! (I totally jut sounded like a game show host) Bring an item to donate to the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, and you’ll receive 4×6 prints of all session images. Below is a WISH LIST of the items they are in need of.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Spring Newsletter

As always, sessions will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. Your session fee is non-refundable so please make sure you are available (for the rain date too!). A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot and the balance will be due IN CASH on the day of the session.

Here are the times available.

4:30 booked

Email me with any questions! stacy@stacymaephotography.com

3 Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

With Teacher’s Appreciation Week quickly approaching (May 5-9), I thought it would fun to highlight some fun ways to show your child’s teacher how much you care. Here are 3 Teacher Appreciation gift ideas that are simple and creative. You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board too!

This first one is from Funky Polkadot Giraffe and was intended as a back to school gift for the first day, but I love it for Teacher’s Appreciation Week. It’s a School Survival Kit. All you need is a plastic bucket (which you can find at most dollar stores) and a few fun items like band-aids, pencils, erasers, animal crackers, tissues, etc. You can use all of the items on the Survival Kit list or you can pick and choose your favorites. You can download a list of the items on the list here.


teacher appreciate gift ideas
This next idea is so easy. Mason Jar Gifts. You can find mason jars at the grocery store or even Michael’s. Go to The Country Chic Cottage, print their mason jar tags, and fill ‘em up with your teacher’s favorite things ~ candy, cookies, chalk, stickers, etc.
mason jar gift ideasLast, but not least, gift cards are a little more up my alley. Although the homemade ideas are super creative, a gift card sounds more practical to me. Doesn’t mean you can’t have fun though. Check out this free printable over at LandeeLu.
teacher appreciation gift ideas

5 Creative Ways to Display Images in Your Home

While I think it’s wonderful to be able to have digital images from your portrait session to treasure forever, so many of my clients confess that they never actually print their pictures! Can you imagine? Well, today I’m giving you 5 creative ways to display images in your home. No more excuses!

1. I love this arrangement from Jessica Downey. Simple and modern. It’ll work in a variety of rooms. Hallway, living room, over your desk at the office, even in a child’s room.

5 creative ways to display images in your home

2. This is a great idea from one of my favorite photographers. You’ve probably heard me gush over her before, but Laura Winslow is a creative genius. I am always so jealous of people who can think outside of the box. She took some everyday food trays, painted them, layered with another tray, and then adhered a 4×6 to the center. What an awesome way to make a photo stand out!

5 creative ways to display images in your home

3. I LOVE the idea of mixing pictures with quotes and inspirational sayings. Choose things that have meaning to your family.

5 creative ways to display images in your home

4. Try non-traditional frames. And add some color! You don’t have to choose black, brown, or white. Especially if you are hanging pictures in a playroom or a nursery. I love this blue frame by Organic Bloom. Doesn’t it pair perfectly with that blue chair? Think about spots in your home that could use a pop of color. Search for a fun frame and choose a color that coordinates.

5 creative ways to display images in your home

This last display is from Tater Tots & Jello. If you haven’t see their blog, go check it out now! So much DIY inspiration:)An Instagram display! I made something similar with a cheap white frame from Walmart. I used twine cut to the width of the frame and hot glued it to the back of the frame. I ended up with 4 rows of twine. I found some really cute clothespins and printed a few of my favorite IPhone shots and clipped the pictures to the twine with the clothespins. I love it because I can change out the shots whenever I want to update the display.

5 creative ways to display images in your home


One Simple Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Photography Today!

Whether you are using a point and shoot camera or your trusty smartphone, there is one simple thing you can do to improve your photography today!

one simple thing you can do to improve your photography

Your perspective is your point of view. In photography, there are several ways you can communicate that. You can shoot your subject from a variety of angles. Don’t just stand in front of them and snap away. Think about the story you are trying to tell. If you’ve got young children, try shooting them from a lower angle to make them appear larger than life and more grown up.

2 kids jumping on a bed

dog on swing set

As adults, we’re so used to taking pictures from our point of view ~ standing over our children. Try getting down on their level next time. See things from their point of view.

infant sitting up

close up of crayons

You can also get up high and shoot over your subject for a bird’s eye view.

little girl laying on a fur rug

little boy kissing newborn baby girl

So the next time you have your camera out and you’re taking pictures of your children, try switching up your perspective. It’ll make a world of difference in your photos and help turn those everyday snapshots into frame worthy treasures.

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