Category Archives: Family Photography

2017 Year in Pictures | Ridgewood photographer

At the beginning of each year I put together my Year in Pictures slideshow with images from all family and children sessions I’ve done prior year.  I love seeing all these images together, remembering laughter and silly faces.  I am a lucky lucky girl because I get to capture all these amazing memories for all these wonderful families!   This slideshow made me smile – watch it and I am sure it will put a smile on your face as well!

 

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Fun Ridgewood family photo session with two boys and their parents

When I first met this Mom and Dad at their pre-session consultation we just clicked and I  knew that their family photo session would be tons of fun!  It was several months in the making but definitely worth the wait because it was even more fun than I thought it was going to be! This session had it all –  the yummiest made from scratch (by DAD!) organic bread, toy race car competition, a game of football, quality time of swings and climbing up slides and lots and lots of laughter.

And after spending some time at their home we headed to Ridgewood for a few portraits in one of my secret locations in downtown Ridgewood.  This spot does not look like much but the images there come out so well!

When the parents came in to my Ridgewood studio for their in-person viewing session to see images from their session they kept awwing and ooohing at every single image and Dad asked me if I knew that certain pictures would come out the way they did and told me that there was no way he could take pictures even closely resembling mine:)

They loved their images and ordered a whole lot of wall art including a beautiful collage of nine 12×12 acrylic prints to be displayed in their family room.  And when they saw the finished product there was even more awwing and oohing:)

 

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Fall family photos in Ridgewood and at Ho Ho Kus brook

Family photographer has always been my first love – I just love photographing families, capturing bonds between brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, dads and daughters.  Throw in a dog or two into the mix and I am in heaven!  And while I love my Ridgewood photo studio (it is great for so many different types of photoshoots) I truly believe that no location is as perfect for a family as their family home; noone feels more at home than well, at their home! 🙂

But I also love to incorporate families loves and interests in their sessions so I was beyond thrilled when these guys chose to split their photoshoot between their Ridgewood home and a fishing brook in the nearby Ho Ho Kus where they go fishing pretty often.  This session was a blast – little sister M. a natural in front of the camera – she was silly and was hamming it up for the camera – I can definitely see Broadway in her future! 🙂  Her big brother T was not that thrilled about the idea of having his pictures taken (I get it.. it may not seem like such an exciting prospect to a 10 year old) but I brought out my love for Harry Potter and we bonded over that instantly!  He was the one kept showing me cool tricks he could do on his bike and asking me to take pictures of him doing them!

And at the end of the session when I asked the kids what they thought of their photoshoot big brother T said it was ‘good’, which I think is the biggest compliment you can receive from a 5th grade boy!:)   And as if that was not enough this Mom told me that she loved having sessions with me (these guys are repeat clients) not only because pictures come out great but because I really get kids and that’s the reason why I can capture images that truly reflect who these kids are.. And that, my friends, is exactly what I strive to do!

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Downtown Ridgewood photo session with older children

Being a Bergen county family photographer I mostly photograph families with young-ish children.  Parents want to get pictures of their newborn, babies, toddlers, little kids and come back to me year after year after year for those photos.   But once children reach a certain age – around 10 or so sessions become less frequent – kids are busy with after school activities and social lives and they just don’t change as much every year.   So while I do photograph tweens and teens I don’t do it often.  But it is always a treat when I do – it is nice to have an adult conversation with my subjects!  I believe these sessions are as important as sessions with young kids  – as they are only a few more years before ‘grown up’ children leave the nest and go to college and I think it is priceless to have these last few years together captured.

I loved meeting this family – Mom and Dad and I hit it off at their pre-session consultation.  They never had their family pictures taken and they wanted to remedy the situation before their oldest went to college.  And when I met the kids I loved them as well!  I imagine that as a teenager having a photographer follow you around and pose you in a public place may not be very comfortable or fun – but these boys did great!  They were funny and relaxed, naturals in front of the camera and very entertaining!  Mom and Dad were amazing together and I cannot get over the way this Dad looked at his wife – with so much love!

They are “in love with the photos” (their words!) and I have to say that I love the way they came out as well!  And I know that a beautiful canvas collage and individual canvases these guys ordered will bring make they smile for years to come!

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Bergen county holiday studio mini photo sessions are here!

Do you want to get beautiful professional pictures of your kids for Holiday Cards this year but realized that it is already a bit too late to do an outdoor photo session?  Well you are in luck because my FREE studio Holiday Mini sessions are here!  This promo has been very popular ever since I first rolled it out at my Ridgewood photography studio four years ago and I am excited to do it again!    So if you live in Bergen County and want to get a beautiful studio picture of your kids for holiday cards you are in luck!   I will be offering FREE holiday mini sessions at the studio for anyone who books a new photo session for 2018!  And not only you will get a photo session for free, you will also receive a high resolution fully edited digital image – for free as well.

What:
FREE 20 minute holiday studio mini session AND one FREE high resolution digital image (perfect for creating beautiful holiday cards!) when you book a new Signature, Simplicity or Milestones session for 2018
– Additional images are available for purchase at a special discounted price

When:
Wednesday November 15th: 11:30 AM till 2 PM
Saturday November 18th: 9:00 AM till 2 PM
Saturday December 2nd: 9:00 AM till 12 PM

Where:
Live Love Laugh Photos studio – 580 N. Maple Ave Suite 201 Ridgewood NJ

Fine Print :
– Mini sessions are for up to 3 siblings (no family pictures)
– Not valid for newborn sessions
– Not valid with any other specials or gift certificates

You can see a few samples from last year’s sessions here, here , here here, here here.

This year I will have some of the set ups I’ve done in the past – ‘milk and cookies’, ‘holiday lights’, ‘winter wonderland’:

In addition to these I am bringing a brand new ‘set’ – giant snow flakes!    I took Mia to the studio a few days ago for a few test shots – here they are for your viewing pleasure:

So this year leave the picture taking to a professional, book a new photo session and get ready to get compliments on how beautiful your holiday cards look:)

NOTE: This post will appear at the top of the blog while the mini sessions are on-going.  To see images from the latest family and children photo sessions please scroll down.

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