I was so excited to FINALLY meet this family. How could I refuse their request to “somehow capture our living circus in all its chaotic splendor.” They definitely get the award for best email. I love clients who own up to the craziness that kids bring a family portrait session. They weren’t expecting perfection and that in itself is perfect to me. Here’s just a quick peek into our time together.

 

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NJ family photographer
NJ family photographer
NJ family photographer
NJ family photographer
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My baby turned 11 today! Another year older, another year wiser. She’s grown so much this past year, both physically and emotionally. I love getting to watch her develop and mature.

This is a very big birthday. She got a cell phone! Her head was buried in it all day. We made her sign a contract in order to use it. On it, there were things like, “I will not post inappropriate pictures online. I will not share my password. I will always return your calls.” I’m a little nervous, but also excited for her.

This summer, she’ll be going to camp where she can sign herself out and walk over to the town pool. Lots of responsibility. I think she can handle it, but only time will tell. I worry about this beautiful face and all the things she will come up against. I only hope we’ve done enough to keep her safe. My baby.

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tips for taking pictures in full sun

With graduation parties, end of school celebrations, and those first few beach days filling up the month of June, you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors taking pictures. Today I’m going to give you some tips on how to shoot in full sun. You can’t always time a photo op so you want to know how to make the most of the light you have.

1. Find some open shade. Duck under a tree, a gazebo, an alley, a porch, etc. The key with shade is to have your subject stand just on the edge so that their face is evenly lit and looking out towards the open sky.

2. Create your own shade. Use a fun prop like an umbrella or a hat.

3. Shoot with the sun behind your subject. This way you don’t get squinty eyes and harsh shadows. Ideally, shooting backlit works best when the sun is low in the sky, but you can make it work midday as well.

4. Look for natural reflectors. Sand, cement, water, a white wall. All of these things are natural reflectors that will help to bounce light back up into your subject’s face when the sun is behind them.

5. Take advantage of the bold color and contrast that full sun can provide and have your subject stand facing it. They can throw on a pair of cool shades to conceal any dark shadows. Or have them look off to the the side or down so that no one is squinting. This is assuming you have a subject who is able to sit still. Lol!

 

These two were the first set of newborn twin girls I’ve photographed in a looong time. I asked my friend Shannon, with Shannon Mulligan Photography, to help out and I couldn’t have done it without her! Twins are a lot of work! And these two beauties were already showing differences in their personality. Miss A took a little longer to settle down, but Miss S was super laid back and easy going. I wonder if that’ll be true 10 years from now. What a fun morning!

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twin newborn poses

This family shoot was so much fun. The V family got together to celebrate a special birthday and wanted to capture the moment forever. It’s really so important, especially when grandparents are involved. I hope they will treasure these pics for years to come! Here are a just a few from our afternoon together.

Morristown, NJ photographer
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