Announcing: 2018 Holiday Mini Sessions

We are excited to announce our 2018 Holiday Minis will be at Hidden Pond Tree Farm in Mendham, NJ again this year. Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday November 17th. We wish we could do another day but our schedule is already packed this year!

For $130 ($138 after NJ sales tax) you’ll receive a 20 minute photo session at the tree farm and a gallery of photos from which you can choose 6 favorites to be edited and receive as high-res files with full print rights. And of course you have the option to buy more edited photos if you wish!

Click below to book a morning or afternoon time slot before they’re gone! See you there!

So Many Babies!

We’ve had so many clients and friends have new babies this Spring! Here’s a collection of some of our favorites. It was so hard to pick just a couple from each newborn session!

Green Again

The view from Washington Rock State Park in Green Brook, New Jersey

The view from Washington Rock State Park in Green Brook, New Jersey

Two hawks soar over the top of the rock - no, not Rockefeller or Newark, but rather Washington Rock State Park in Green Brook, NJ. Spring is in full bloom and every tree is green now.

The unexpected 30-mile panoramic vista covers the eastern plains of New Jersey all the way to New York City. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington used this vantage point to monitor General Howe’s British troops as they moved from NYC to Bridgewater and Westfield NJ.

Announcing: 2018 Valentine Mini Sessions!

Scarlett shows off one of our Valentine setups. Our little girl is getting to be a little big!

Scarlett shows off one of our Valentine setups. Our little girl is getting to be a little big!

We still have openings available this Saturday, February 10th, morning and afternoon, for special Kids Valentine Mini Sessions. $90 will get you a 20 minute session with fun holiday props, and 5 edited photos delivered in your own online gallery with full print rights. Perfect for parents looking to update pictures of their children, or families looking to try us out for the first time!

Go here to book a time slot while they're still available!

Holiday Mini Sessions 2017

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We had yet another successful year of Holiday Minis at Hidden Pond Tree Farms in Mendham, NJ! Thank you to all the families who took their holiday pictures with us this year at the tree farm! We’re looking forward to using Hidden Pond again next year!

Fall Portraits at Cross Estate

The Arielle family walks the laurel framed pathways at Cross Estate Gardens iN Bernardsville, NJ.

The Arielle family walks the laurel framed pathways at Cross Estate Gardens iN Bernardsville, NJ.

Cross Estate Gardens is located on the headwaters of the Passaic River in Bernardsville, not far from Jockey Hollow and NJ Audubon's Wildlife Sanctuary. It feels like another world - a hidden gem in a quiet forest that seems like anyplace but New Jersey. But perhaps we need to stop saying things like that and be proud of beautiful places like this in the Garden State!

The Stawksi sisters explore the classic gardens at Cross Estate in Bernardsville, NJ.

The Stawksi sisters explore the classic gardens at Cross Estate in Bernardsville, NJ.

The estate and gardens offer a glimpse into the lifestyle of wealthy people in the early 20th century who built grand country mansions as summer retreats. The original house was built by John A. Bensel in 1905. In 1929, W. Redmond Cross purchased the property. His wife, Julia Appleton Newbold Cross, was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and made extensive improvements to the gardens. In the 1970s the property was acquired and added to the Morristown National Historical Park. And in the 1980s the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation began working with the parks system to maintain the beautiful gardens.

The Glenn siblings pose amongst the ferns at Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ.

The Glenn siblings pose amongst the ferns at Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ.

In 1977 former Chester NJ resident Jean Pope started a volunteer project to bring the gardens back to life. The results speak for themselves. Blue and white wisteria wrap themselves around stone columned pergola. A massive redwood towers over fog-kissed ferns. Mountain laurel frames pathways, beckoning you to stroll down them. Cross Estate is break-taking at any time of year, but we're partial to Fall, and we think the three families we photographed there this season would agree.

The Careys Annual Fall Portraits

The Carey family on the beautiful campus of the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ

The Carey family on the beautiful campus of the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ

Every Fall we can be sure of a few things: changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin spice (everything), and the Carey family's fall portraits. They've been with us every Autumn in October since we started our business four years ago. We've watched them grow as a family and it's a delight to capture it with photos every year. This year we went to Delbarton prep school in Morristown, NJ. Their main campus gardens, full of a combination of salvaged historic NYC architectural elements and a prized collection of fine Italian sculpture, are the centerpiece of the Delbarton campus, and truly shines in the colors of Autumn. A beautiful setting for a beautiful family.

Fall Mini Sessions 2017

The Williams children savoring the Autumn explosion of color at Foote's Pond in Morristown.

The Williams children savoring the Autumn explosion of color at Foote's Pond in Morristown.

Red, orange and yellow everywhere you look. Pumpkin spice wafting from coffee shops. Fallen leaves crunching under foot. Picture snapping while there's still foliage to capture. This is what Fall is made of for us. We love sharing it with our clients, who enjoy Autumn just as much as we do. 

This year we held our Fall Mini Sessions back to back October Fridays at Foote's Pond Park in Morristown, NJ. It's a beautiful little park on James Street heading south out of town. You wouldn't know you're less than a mile from the bustling downtown Green. Small bridges and docks branch out over the pond. Short trails lead off into the woods and quickly circle back around. There are plans to dredge the pond and improve the park, but we hope it retains the magical "hidden glen" feel to it.

Grace Mongey gets adventurous under the bridge at Foote's Pond Park in Morristown, NJ. No trolls here, just a beautiful little girl whom we've taken pictures of for over 3 years! (There may have been wellies involved to achieve this shot.)

Grace Mongey gets adventurous under the bridge at Foote's Pond Park in Morristown, NJ. No trolls here, just a beautiful little girl whom we've taken pictures of for over 3 years! (There may have been wellies involved to achieve this shot.)

We Rise

One World Trade Center as seen from Washington Square Park in New York City

One World Trade Center as seen from Washington Square Park in New York City

We began this month with remembering 9/11 and the Twin Towers. We end this month with a look at the newly rebuilt One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. I was in NYC last week to shoot products at NYU for a client, and took a break in Washington Square Park before the trek back to the subway and train home to NJ.

Despite being a part of the NYC skyline for years now, and open since 2014, it is still sometimes surreal to see it there. As a resident of NJ, it is more natural to see it part of the skyline looking east. For some reason, when visiting Manhattan, it makes me do a double-take to see it more close up. This is not, however, a negative thing. Beyond the eye-catching, beautiful design of David Childs – which honors the original design of the twin towers while firmly 21st century at the same time – it is uplifting to see the new building towering over lower Manhattan. We never forget, but we do move forward. We rebuild. We continue. We rise.

Our First "Meet Me In Morristown"

The rock band "Sane Insane" provides the soundtrack for our corner of Meet Me In Morristown.

The rock band "Sane Insane" provides the soundtrack for our corner of Meet Me In Morristown.

Meet Me In Morristown is a street festival in downtown Morristown that takes place the last Thursdays of Summer (May, June, July and August), and is organized by Morris Arts and The Morristown Partnership.

Artisan craftsman and visual artists set up tables to showcase and sell their art. Musicians and street performers echo from one block to another. Local businesses offer sidewalk sales, and restaurants offer happy hour specials. Summed up, it's a really REALLY good time!

Liz and I have wanted to attend since moving to Morristown in 2015. Beyond our photography, we are both artists – Liz being a ceramics teacher at Morristown High School, and Michael being a graphic designer. 

Here was our table: showing off our work, offering some of our landscape and artistic prints for sale, and holding a contest to win a free photo session. Big props to Liz for putting all these elements together to make our table look so good!

Here was our table: showing off our work, offering some of our landscape and artistic prints for sale, and holding a contest to win a free photo session. Big props to Liz for putting all these elements together to make our table look so good!

Ironically, our first time experiencing it this month was as participants instead of attendees. Morris Arts accepted our application and we had a table between Sona Thirteen and Revolution brewhouse. We had a wonderful time meeting other artists, speaking to prospective clients face to face, and just enjoying the whole night.

Special shout to "Sane Insane", an awesome band that set up next to us and provided a rockin' musical backdrop that made the hours fly by. We had so much fun we can't wait to do it again next May. We hope to see you then!

Max Dunn at 10 months

Max Dunn, 10 months old, at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ.

I always love repeat customers. Of course, we like it for business – but more importantly for me, I love to watch the children grow. The last time we shot Max, he was only a couple months old. Now he’s 10 months! My how time flies!

We had a great photo session at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, despite a late start and some wet weather. However, Max took it like a champ! He loved crawling on the Arboretum's bridge and trying to splash in the lily pad pond. And he giggled like crazy when mommy and daddy threw him in the air! I look forward to seeing Max grow some more.