In Praise of the Smile – nj baby photographer

A few days ago I was walking through the grocery store. I usually find food shopping pretty enjoyable —  I like good food and I love to cook — but this was not one of those days. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and I was having a grumpy, negative moment. Some days things are tougher than they need to be and on this day, small problems seemed insurmountable and the big ones, well the big ones were just weighing on my soul.

Let’s face it, moods are contagious. No one wants to be around you when you’re unhappy so my goal was to get in and get out and wallow in my crankiness alone in my office. I kept to myself and concentrated on what I needed to buy. But then I turned a corner and glanced up at the person coming toward me. She looked up too and smiled at me. It was not your typical — pass someone in the aisle and smile to be polite — it was a big, hearty, happy, beautifuly contagious smile. It was the kind of smile that made me wonder if I knew her (I didn’t). It was the kind of smile that made me want to know her. I turned around and watched her go by. I don’t have many “stop me in the my tracks” moments but this was one of them. I wanted to follow her and ask her what her secret was but I didn’t. Instead, I continued to shop, my mood changed for the better. My day wasn’t perfect but my attitude was much more positive and I can thank this person for helping to make that happen. All because of a simple smile.

So many photographers will tell you that they love a serious look on a child. Don’t get me wrong, I do too. But there is no replacement for the genuine, heartfelt and radiant smile. So this post is in praise of the smile — the happy, joyous,, authentic smile. The kind of smile that can turn your day around.

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Winter Mini sessions are back {nj baby photographer}

Winter indoor mini sessions are back!

$100 session fee for a 30 minute indoor session

Did your baby just start sitting up? Has your son lost his first tooth? Did you just get a new puppy? Are you pregnant and want to document the moment? These nj sessions are perfect for you!
Packages begin at $250 and we are introducing ready to hang framed triptychs for a special introductory price
February and March only

email savinggrace@savinggracephoto.com to book your session

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3 Little Sweeties {Basking Ridge newborn photographer}

So in the midst of writing this blog post, I had an idea.  I’ve been photographing this family since Baby number 1 arrived in the world just a few years ago. Baby number 3 arrived earlier this year so I thought it would be fun to lay the images of each of them side by side. I think it’s wonderful that mom had the foresight to capture their first years because I know when these little girls have grown into beautiful young women, they will love looking through the images of their first few years.

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And here is the full blog post for the new little one. As you can see she is much adored by her big sisters! (and isn’t it so fun to see how much they’ve changed from their newborn pictures a few years ago?)

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mechermmroche@gmail.com - February 12, 2015 - 5:20 pm

So very beautiful! !!!!

Hidalis ramirez - February 12, 2015 - 6:41 pm

These are the most beautiful girls I have EVER seen!! They obviously take after their aunt…

Dawn Herr - February 12, 2015 - 7:46 pm

The most beautiful grandbabies anyone could be blessed to have ♡♡♡

Maria Manjelo - May 11, 2015 - 10:01 pm

You do amazing work, I wish you would post more because i regularly check your website to see your work for my own inspiration.

admin - May 13, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Thanks Maria! I am more of a Facebook sharer but I try to post here every so often!

Something sweet to warm your heart {westfield nj baby photographer}

Well yesterday we had snow and ice and today it was a brutal 20 deg! While I desperately miss warmer temperatures I don’t always mind the snow days of winter because it reminds me I need to slow down and take each day as it comes. There’s also something so beautiful about a world encased in ice. I spent my morning taking some pictures of it (which I’ll be sure to share on my instagram account) and this afternoon I put together my February newsletter which will be going out tomorrow morning. There is still some time to join it if you want — you can do that by signing up here:

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I’ll be posting my specials here later in the week but if you’re like me and want to be in on the specials as soon as they come out, then signing up for receive my newsletter is the way to go. (plus it has lots of fun information and pretty pictures). This month I’m introducing a fun new line of framed prints. I love seeing my pictures on display and these arrive ready to hang on your walls.

Now, on to another sweet baby that is sure to warm your heart. So many photographers shy away from babies who are an “older newborn”. Not me. 6 weeks. 2 months. 4 months. I love them all. Certainly some babies can go through a fussy stage but I am a patient lady and I’ve never left a photo session worried I didn’t capture enough. As you can see by these sweet images from a session I did in Westfield, NJ, newer isn’t always better!

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Baby Love {nj baby photographer}

Most people when they think of indoor photo sessions, think of newborns but one of my favorite ages to photograph, and one of the most fruitful sessions to schedule is the baby session. Starting anywhere from 4 months to 18 months — baby sessions can be done indoors in 1-2 rooms of your home. There is truly nothing more precious or special than a beautiful shot of a baby in their own environment, with their own toys and blankets around them. Winter is a great time for this kind of session since trees are bare, allowing more light into your home. Although these shots of the baby by herself, all sessions can include mom and dad. I’ve never had any issues using what parents typically have on hand — headbands and blankets are always popular. Hoodies and hats are great too. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did and if you look through my portfolio, you’ll find many more!

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