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I just received a mobile photo from my friend Kim who is enjoying one of the biggest photographer trade shows of the season in Nashville, TN - ImagingUSA. It’s hosted in a different city each year by Professional Photographers of America. Sadly, I wasn’t able to go to the conference this year, but I’m definitely enjoying the tweets and Facebook statuses of my fellow photogs who are there learning lots and enjoying all of the photo industry excitement!

Sarah and Drew’s super-cute CD case is on display in the MpixPro booth at ImagingUSA. How cool is that? I love it that my clients are looking fabulous while thousands of photographers stop by the MpixPro booth!

Did I mention I LOVE MpixPro for printing/assembling all of my DVD cases and image boxes? They totally rock!

-S

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Jillian + Kyle - A Central Park Engagement Session

What can you do on a chilly, windy Sunday afternoon in New York City? Why not an engagement session? :) This fabulous couple and I had been planning on this particular afternoon for the past two months, since Kyle would be driving in from Pennsylvania. They had everything planned: Jillian’s super-cute red sweater, their perfectly faded jeans, and the evening after the session to be spent with family in NJ. I anticipated perfect fall colors and a mild day in Central Park, but didn’t quite get what I had planned! I’m always up for a challenge, and I had my good photo friend Nicole along for the ride, so we knew for sure that this photo session (however chilly) would be fantastic.

We split our time between the warmth of a hotel lobby and the cool air of Central Park, and I’m willing to say this engagement session has become one of my favorites. Jillian and Kyle, you were so awesome to tough out the cold; thanks for trusting me that we’d get great photos!

As always, here are a few of my favorites:

Aren’t they so cute together?

Here’s the hotel lobby where we spent quite a bit of time staying warm, and a great art deco doorway:

We did manage to find some trees hinting at autumn and I like the fun color in the fallen leaves:

I loved Jillian’s shoes:

It was great that they could just cuddle to stay warm and forget about being photographed:

Jillian has such a great smile!

We also stayed warm down in the subway for a little bit. Totally worth it, if you ask me!

I always like to try to snap a photo of couples holding hands. This one is really sweet:

And I never tire of finding reflections in an image. I love this one:

Jillian and Kyle, I’m so excited to photograph your wedding next year! Thanks for making this engagement session so beautiful!

-S

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Lauren + Matt - A New Jersey Wedding in Hewitt and Picatinny

I’m not sure I can sum up Lauren and Matt’s wedding in the space of a blog post. There were so many perfect details, tender moments, and happy people. But I’ll give it a try!

You may remember Lauren and Matt’s engagement session from last spring. In planning for their session, I learned of Lauren’s love for nature and everything spring, fall, colorful and green. I also learned that Lauren is a bit of an environmental advocate, and in lieu of favors, the couple made donations in honor of their guests to the Jane Goodall Institute. (So cool!) Lauren was also the queen of wedding planning, and each time she e-mailed me to chat about photos, she’d say something like, “Well, my theknot.com countown says 53 days!” This woman was as excited and prepared as a bride could possibly be. So, I was quite sure she was going to have a fantastic wedding. And she did.

The day began with snow, which by noon became simply the brisk but beautiful wind of an autumn Saturday. The chilly air didn’t phase Lauren though. Being the nature-lover that she is, she wanted to spend quite a bit of time doing photos outdoors.

Check out her amazing Maggie Sottero dress in her beautiful green room at her parents’ house:

Here, her bridesmaids help her into her dress:

This is a really sweet detail. I think each of us has a favorite thing from childhood, and Lauren has had this stuffed animal for many, many years. He’s been with her so long he even dressed in a little tux for the occasion of her wedding:

My eyes are often misty during the exchange of vows at a wedding ceremony. But on this wedding day, I was moved to tears a little early, as Lauren opened a gift from her soon-to-be husband. Let me set the tone for you…

“Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.” She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain around her neck. It was lucky that she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life.

J.M. Barrie - Peter Pan

Here’s Lauren opening her gift of a “kiss” from Matt. Wow, this guy gets it.

Now that I’m tearing up again, I just have to show you how gorgeous Lauren was. She was seriously glowing all day!

Her bouquet was probably the high point of the day’s details. When she saw it for the first time she remarked how it was exactly what she wanted. I love how it’s so natural, delicate, and a bit whimsical. Just gorgeous!

I love seeing a bride and her bridesmaids share a laugh:

(There are some great photos of Matt and the groomsmen getting ready too, but I’m going to let my fabulous second photographer, Nicole Haley, be the one to reveal those over on her blog later.)

During the ceremony, Lauren was smiling the whole time:

Exchanging rings. That smile is still there!

Here’s a shot that I love. It’s one of those that I felt in the moment was really beautiful, and I got the shivers when I saw it again while preparing it for this post:

After the ceremony, we spent some time doing some fun portraits outdoors:

The bridal party did the serious look pretty well:

But mostly, they were having a great time laughing:

These two make a pretty hot bride and groom!

Lauren really wanted to do some cute images while sitting down in the leaves. I loved it!

Again, I want to thank Nicole for being such a fantastic addition to photographing this wedding. While I was capturing this moody image:

She was getting this great shot. Lauren’s animal print shoes were so cool! :)

The reception took place at the Cannon Gate Club at Picatinny Arsenal. The space around the golf course there proved to be a perfect backdrop for more fall-colored wedding photos:

I love how relaxed they both were. They are so in love!

By the way, her flowers were done by F.H. Corwin Florist in Warwick, NY.

I can’t forget a great portrait of the groom:

Here’s just a tiny glimpse at some of the details at the reception. Each table was graced with a sweet bird like this one, and Lauren wore a peacock feather in her hair for the party:

More of the glowing table decor and a glimpse of their cake:

Their first dance was choreographed and I LOVE that it incorporated sweet glances like this one:

The kiss at the end of their dance:

Lauren dancing with her dad:

She also announced a super sweet dance with her mom. Here, her sister joins in. I love this moment:

And what would a wedding reception be without a little air guitar?

And a little more air guitar:

Sometimes I crawl around on the floor at wedding receptions just to get shots like this:

This is one of my favorites. This couple is so cool!

And hot. Wow, Lauren. I love it!

Lauren and Matt, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your wedding. It was a spectacular day!

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Lily - New Jersey Newborn Portraits

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing Andrea and Mark’s newborn sweetheart, Lily. (Remember their Pier Sixty New York wedding from last year?) Oh. My. Goodness. Lily is a beautiful baby and so alert and inquisitive for being just under two weeks old! At first I wasn’t sure if I’d get to see her in her wide-eyed stage as Mark and Andrea had told me I would, but after a few little naps she really did show us those gorgeous eyes!

She started out very sleepy:

So sleepy, in fact, that no matter what position we put her in, she still didn’t wake up. :)

But eventually, her eyes opened a bit:

And then she went back to sleep again. This time, doesn’t she look so happy in mom and dad’s hands?

Hello! I love this one. She’s looking at daddy here:

The pursed lips are too cute:

Aaaand, back to sleep:

Here’s a shot from her fabulous nursery. This wall art was skillfully painted by her grandpa!

And here she is looking pretty grown up for a two-week-old! She was really having a conversation with me. :)

And a cute look over mom’s shoulder:

Tummy play time was pretty fun!

I’m so glad I had a chance to photograph Lily. Thanks, Andrea and Mark!

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Xander at Six Months - New Jersey Child Photography

I love it when my clients come back to me again after their weddings for another type of photo session. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of photographing the nephew of one of last year’s wedding couples, Andrea and Mark. (Remember their Pier Sixty, New York wedding?) Xander was just a perfect little guy during his entire session! He got a little sleepy near the end (play-time is tiring stuff!) but he wasn’t a crier at all … just a smiler. I like smilers. :)

Here are a few of my faves from his session.

My favorite part about baby portrait sessions is the time I get to lay on the floor and just talk baby-talk. He might have just been goo-goo-ga-ga-ing, but he was talking to me in this one! And he looks so inquisitive.

Giggles. Yep, he’s quite the model!

Of course he’s teething, so I thought a little thumb-in-mouth image was OK. We did our best to keep him from chewing on his little fingers though! :)

He was full of cute expressions. Even just a simple study of his hand and a glance up at mom were enough to make my heart melt.

And, yes, it was a fun little break from wedding editing. Now, back to it!

-S

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