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Candid Family Portraits – NJ Candid Family Portrait Photography

Normally, I don’t shoot family portraits aside from wedding days. It’s not the I don’t like them, but since I don’t shoot them, people never ask me. But when they do ask, I say: sure, but…I have to warn you that I don’t take the typical family portraits. What do I mean? Well, after one or two photos of you looking at the camera, I move on. Since Isabella was born, I have been documenting our lives together. As a newborn, I took lots and lots of portraits of her. I played doll with her, and I dressed her in every cute outfit I found…pink bow on her head and all. But once she started walking, she taught me to be a different kind of family photographer. Isabella taught me to capture the little moments, the laugher, the joy. The photos where she is having fun, and show the silliness of our family became my favorite photos, and my most cherish possession.

In a way, she re-programmend me, and I like it this way. So when Rachel asked me to take photos of her family, I gave her my usual warning, she still agreed, and I was glad. We really had a great time taking photos of this beautiful family. Ellie is absolutely adorable, and the camera LOVES her.

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To childhood friendships and second generations – Photo of the week

Once upon a time, there were two four year old girls who met in Kindergarden. During the next thirteen years, these two girls became inseparable as they went through elementary, junior high and high school together. We were like peas and carrots; peanut butter and jelly. We were both only child, and we understood each other even when we didn’t say a word, although most of the time, we couldn’t stop talking. Our conversations were about nothing and everything. There were always interesting and never boring. Both our moms pushed us to reach for the stars, and we believed there was nothing we couldn’t do if we put our minds, hearts and souls and worked hard towards it.

A few weeks ago, I saw my dear friend Alicia after sooooo many years, emphasis in many years, and I can’t say how happy that made me. An added special bonus was to see her daughter Arianita and my Isabella together. It reminded me of us, of that special time in our lives.

This photo of Arianita represents all of that. It captures that innocence of our childhood friendship; our freedom; our happiness, that desire to reach for the stars and our Joie de Vivre.

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Oh, the freedom of childhood!!

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Maternity Session – Kisha

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Kisha of Pure Ambiance for over a year now, and it’s been a blast working with her in some many weddings and some awesome events. Over the months, I’ve seen her belly grow, and I’ve seen her wobble. I’ve followed her tweets with her cravings, and the not so good days. In all, it’s been nice to follow her pregnancy, and it was even better to photograph her maternity session, and to capture her joy and that of her family.

Today, I’m thrilled to hear that she is finally in labor now… so I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a photo of her recent maternity photography session. Congratulations Kisha!!!!

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Good-bye Michael

I met him once, but a dear friend of mine cared enough about Michael for me to be touched by this. Michael passed away and my friend is heartbroken. As her heart heals and she picks up the pieces, she regrets not having a recent photo of him. That taught me a valuable lesson, photograph everything and everybody, you never know when it would be the last chance.

To Michael…

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Flowers by : Karma Flowers

Olivia Maternity Photography - New Jersey Maternity Photographer

Cycle of Life – Olivia Maternity Photos

One of the joys of being a photographer is to be able to capture special moments in a person’s life. Last year, I photographed Olivia and Carlo’s New Year’s wedding. Today, I’m acting all maternity photographer taking Olivia’s maternity photos, and I feel double the joy as I’m capturing a new chapter in their lives.

In a few weeks, they will welcome a beautiful baby girl, who by the way will have one of the most beautiful names, and I can’t wait to photograph their little angel. I think by that time, I can call myself the official family photographer!!

You look soooo pretty my dear Olivia!!!

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Tomyka Family Portraits

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was working seven days a week, fourteen hours a day, for several months straight. After shooting a much anticipated and great event, she stayed up until 3AM. The next day, while she prepared for a family portrait for a friend, this girl got a migraine…. and I mean a category 5 migraine. So this girl told her husband she would lay down for 5 minutes…. only 5 minutes, and then wake me up… to thought, maybe the combination of Tylenol and a miracle would take the pain away….. and then she had a blackout…..

If you guessed I was the girl, you are 110% correct. If you are wondering what happened to that poor girl, thank you very much for thinking of me. If not, what’s wrong with you?

Going on with my story. The 5 minutes turned into many more minutes, and my wonderful husband didn’t wake me up. Instead he took our friend and her family to the place I had planned, and he took the pictures himself.

After my internal alarm woke me up, I felt like in a parallel universe. If you tell me that I died, I believe you. The pain had gone away, and I felt aware of everything. OK, not in the same way as Limitless…. (if you haven’t seen the movie, you should), but OMG, what did just happen to me. What time is it? What year is this? Ok, the last part was an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

I called out friend, no answer. I called Danny, no answer. Why do we have to have a rule to turn our cell phones off when we are shooting? Ok, so he probably went on without me. OMG, would my friend think that I didn’t want to shoot her pictures, I surely hope not.

But then I talked to her… and being the great person she is, she understood. The best part of all, I knew she was in good hands. Danny is such a great photographer, you know that rare breed of photographer/ cinematographer, best of both worlds. In the end, everything worked, Danny photographed Tomyka and her beautiful family, and the photos came out great.

Tomyka is the owner of UMYK Designs, and she makes a wide range of hand crafted products. If you need custom aisle runners, cake toppers, or hand painted signs definitely check her out. And for the girls who like a little bling, Tomyka does hand crafted Swarovski Crystal iphone cases.

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All about D – Deidra’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

Early this year, we photographed Daina’s Super 18th Birthday Party – Part 1 and Part 2, so when I got the call from Pure Ambiance Event Planning to photograph Deidra’s Sweet 16 party (Daina’s sister), I knew this party was going to be super special. But what was even more special, was meeting a wonderful and super sweet sixteen year-old who loves music and fashion, and dreams of becoming a doctor. After I got back her questionnaire, I felt, like….. awwwwww, she is so sweet, and it turns out, she really was, and we are truly honored to have documented two very important days for this beautiful family.

Deidra’s Super Sweet 16 party took place at the Hyatt Morristown, and the ballroom was completely transformed into a super hip lounge. The party included celebrity appearances by Lil Twist, Travis Porter, and Angela Simmons. Angela travelled directly from Europe to host Deidra’s Sweet 16 party!!

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NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Hottest 18th Birthday Party – Part II

It’s really hard to top off the previous post full of great details created by Kisha Barner and her Pure Ambiance Event Planning team, but that was just a preview to the awesomeness Kisha concocted for this Barbie themed Birthday party. Just wait until you see the incredible grande entrance, the aerialists, hip hop dancers, celebrity DJs, celebrity tv host and a special celebrity guest.

This barbie theme party wouldn’t be complete without a real life barbie box… right? But Kisha kicked it up another notch, by having Daina inside the barbie box descending from the ceiling to make her grand entrance.

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

This is one of my favorite moments, after Daina made her spectacular entrance, snow started falling and the crowd roared as Daina took the stage. This was the moment she had been waiting for.

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Let’s get this party started with none other than Celebrity DJ, DJ Absolute from Hot 97 who had guests parting all night.

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K. Foxx from Hot 97’s morning show and Terrance J. from BET’s 106 & Park jamming with Daina.

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

The cherry on top of this spectacular sundae was the special performance by Ms. Keri “Baby” Hilson. Yes, you are beautiful, and nobody hates you!!

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

More awesomeness… incredible hip hop dancers and aerialists

hip hop dancers on stage

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

The million $ shot by Danny… no there was no balcony, and yes the aerialist is flying!

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

Aerialist

The stars of the night, Daina and Keri Hilson.

NJ Celebrity Birthday Party Keri Hilson

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NJ Hottest Birthday Party at Vibe – Part 1

When Kisha Barner, from Pure Ambiance Event Planning asked if we shot events other than weddings, I said absolutely. Seriously, anytime there is an awesome event and a sweet girl, we’re there. But never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this event was going to be as awesome and spectacular as it turned out to be. I mean, Kisha is a PRO and her designs are stunning, but this was, hands down, the most spectacular party ever.

Kisha and her Pure Ambiance team did a phenomenal job planning, designing and executing this event. No detail was overlooked, the day was timed down to the minute to ensure a flawless event, and the entertaining… well wait until you see these pictures.

I met Daina right at the party, and she was lovely, sweet and a joy to photograph. To Daina, your mom and your beautiful family…. a million times thank you. Thank you for trusting us to document such a special day for you.

Just to start… a sign with Daina’s name.

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Daina’s VIP lounge.

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All the furniture was brought in to match Daina’s colors, hot pink, green and white.

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NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

How cute are these pillows with her name and party theme.

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The welcoming lounge.

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

Even the water had her name.

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

No party is complete without a Photo Booth, and what better for a barbie girl than to strike a pose with Barbie and Ken.

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NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

Talk about VIB ; this Very Important Barbie had a machine to scan the bar coded invitations… and a custom made rug to welcome her guests.

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

A huge thank you Vibe, this club is fantastic for those who want a one of a kind and out of the box event.

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

As if the lounge was not awesome enough, there was a bigger surprise awaiting guests.

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer

NJ Celebrity birthday party photographer