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This blog is your go-to resource for my best tips, tricks and inspiration to help you have an amazing, effortless and enjoyable family photo session. So, grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage and browse the latest posts below. Or, check out some client favorites:

What to Wear for Spring Family Photos
What to Wear for In-home Newborn Photos
What to Wear for Fall Family Photos
Best Time for Maternity Photos
Three Things Not to Say to Kids During Your Session
Best Parks for Family Photos - New Jersey
Family-Friendly Hikes in NJ

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Spring Family Photos | Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville, NJ


Family sitting on blanket with baby girl in Cross Estate Gardens, Bernardsville, NJ

If you’re looking for a beautiful location to take family photos in central or northern New Jersey, consider Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ. This stunning estate feels like a secret garden tucked away in Somerset County, and offers a picturesque backdrop for your family photos. The perfect spot for your next family photo session […]

Tips for Organizing Digital Photos on Your Phone

Client Tips

Tips for organizing digital photos on phone

What do you to with all the photos you take with your phone? Chances are your precious pictures are accumulating digital dust on your device, not to mention taking up too much space. Maybe you keep meaning to organize your photos or do something with them, but you’re not even sure where to begin. Not […]

Ten Tips for Your In Home Newborn Session 

Client Tips, Newborn

Myths about newborn sessions at home

In home lifestyle newborn photo sessions are a wonderful way to capture the special moments of your new family in a comfortable and meaningful setting. But if you’ve never had family portraits taken at home, you might be unsure what to expect or how to prepare for your in-home newborn photo session.  Here are some tips […]

Moody Family Beach Sessions in Cannon Beach, OR


moody family beach session

Last summer, my family and I visited the Pacific North West (PNW) for a combination family vacation and a photographer meet-up. Although we only got to spend a few days in Oregon, I’m so happy we visited. Having grown up in New Jersey and spent summer vacations at the New Jersey shore, I’ve always loved NJ […]

What to Wear for Newborn Photos At Home

Client Tips

Westfield Photographer - What to wear for newborn photos at home

As a lifestyle newborn photographer in New Jersey, “what to wear for newborn photos” is among the most common questions clients ask me. Clothing choices can have a big impact on whether you love your photos. In fact, clothing can either complement and enhance, or detract from the feelings your images evoke. So if you’re […]

Tips for Capturing Your Christmas Memories Authentically

Client Tips, Family, Lifestyle

Capturing Your Christmas Memories Authentically

Three Tips for Capturing Your Christmas Memories Authentically — Forget photographing your kids in front of perfectly staged Santa scenes. There’s no need to coax forced smiles from your kids on Christmas morning. The holidays are all about making memories as a family. If you want to remember the wonder and joy on your kids […]

How to Choose What Colors to Wear for Fall Family Photos in NJ

Client Tips, Lifestyle

What Colors to Wear for Fall Family Photos in NJ

What colors to wear for fall family photos is the most common question I get as a lifestyle family photographer in NJ. Follow these tips to help you choose the perfect palette for your fall photos. Opt for Colors that Complement the Setting First, consider when and where your session will take place. New Jersey […]

What to Bring to Your Outdoor Fall Newborn Session

Family, Lifestyle, Newborn

Outdoor fall newborn session

Fall is a great time for outdoor newborn photos if you live in New Jersey. By September, the heat and humidity of summer is gone. But sunshine and warm days often abound through early October. If you’ve already booked a fall outdoor newborn session, or are considering one, you’ll want to bring a few things […]

Three Things Not to Say to Kids During Your Session

Lifestyle, Photo Tips

things not to say to kids during photos

For the Best Family Photos, Avoid These Three Things: Whether you’re hoping your family photographer will capture real and spontaneous smiles from your kiddos (and who isn’t), or those soulful stares your baby boy makes, here are three things Not to say to kids during your session. Please… Don’t Ask Your Kids to Say “Cheese” […]

Summer Bucket List Ideas for Your Family in NJ

Family, Lifestyle


Looking for summer bucket list ideas for fun family outings this summer in New Jersey? Check out my 10 favorite summertime activities below. 1. Catch a Minor League Baseball Game As a baseball momma (my son has been playing baseball since he was old enough to hold a ball and bat!) and wife of a […]

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