No better friend than a sister {nj family photographer}

As photographers, we often experience first hand how quickly a year or two can pass in the eyes of a mother. I have been photographing this family since the oldest was in her mom’s belly. I’ve photographed them as they’ve moved homes and with each visit I’ve captured the changes brought on by the years.

There is something so special about sisters and how the older ones care for the youngest. As with many siblings of 3, the youngest was particularly feisty and opinionated but oh so photogenic too. And the big sisters — well they love their baby sister oh so much!

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Capturing the family – nj newborn photography

So yes, maybe it’s been a while since I posted a session to  my blog but it’s not for lack of desire. I love sharing in so many different places that sometimes my blog is the red headed step child of social media. 2015 is the year I plan to change that. For one, I have added a page that shows up to the  minute instagram feed. Click “Social” in the menu above and it will take you to the page. My instagram feed is a mixture of business and personal, iPhone and pro camera mixed together. I’d love for you to follow me and you can do so by clicking here: http://instagram.com/savinggracephotographynj/

In the next few weeks I will be sharing lots of new work as well as some wonderful new product offerings. As many of my blog readers know, making sure my clients go home with beautiful prints, albums and other products is important to me. Like many others out there, I struggle against the digital tide. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when the UPS truck swings by and drops off a set of prints. I love prints. I love frames. I love planning out walls. I love knowing that my work is displayed in your homes. To make this easier, I will be offering a line of ready to hang wall galleries. These will include triptychs and framed storyboards in sizes that work in many different spaces. I’ve already hung the first set in my own home and will be photographing and sharing it soon.

Now on to some beautiful pictures! This is from a  session I photographed late last year. I loved spending time with them and their new baby and have wanted to share the images for some time!

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2015: The Year of the Family

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all of my amazing clients who trust me with your memories — you make me smile every single day. I am so grateful that you allow me to capture so much joy and heartfelt emotion. Yes, family life can be crazy and chaotic — I know mine is. But I also know just how much our families means to each of us. There are so many special moments I get to be a part of and for each one I am thankful. They give me hope for the future and appreciation for the present.

Please enjoy some of my favorite moments of 2014. And here’s to 2015 — the Year of the Family at Saving Grace Photography!


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The death of the snapshot {nj child photographer}

If you’re like me, (Gen-x adult, pre-digital age) than your personal photographic history is in the form of a snapshot, the ubiquitous 4×6 or 5×7 shiny Kodak or Polaroid print stored in a box somewhere in your basement. Maybe you dig them up every so often for #TBT or maybe you just like to look at them to remind yourself how thin you were when you thought you were fat or how young you looked when you thought you were old. No matter your reasons, there is nothing like a crappy, often unflattering snapshot to bring us back to certain points in our lives.

My own boxes have survived several moves, a flooded basement, 2 hurricanes and a near constant level of deteriorating moisture. Some of the pictures are faded. Some are stuck together. Sometimes I don’t recognize the people in them and sometimes the pictures dredge up painful memories of regret. In a few I am thin as a rail, in others not so much. But these pictures catalog my past, dividing it into stages — high school, college, my NYC years, marriage and my first child, people I’ve loved and those I’ve tried to forget. At some point the pictures stop. It’s not that I stopped taking them. I just stopped printing them. Digital media (hard drives, CDs, the cloud), ephemeral yet seemingly endless, became the method of choice for storing my memories.  Beautiful, artistic images might adorn my walls but the common, everyday snapshots  never see the light of day.

When my brother and I were young we would hole ourselves up in our parent’s closet and pore through shoe boxes filled with pictures they’d amassed over the years. We’d laugh at ourselves as babies — my chunky baby self filling the frame — and appreciate the elegance of our grandparent’s wedding pictures. There were moments we could recall with absolute clarity and many we didn’t but we knew this much:  here was our history.

Pictures — the good ones and the mediocre — connect us to our past as much as our future. So what happens when that physical manifestation of our history disappears and all we are left with are the pixels we can de-encrypt from an outdated phone? If you doubt the possibility let me remind you of some of the natural disasters of recent years. Destruction is not just possible, it’s inevitable. Facebook won’t be around forever. At some point most of us will be forced to live in an analog world — even if only for a few days .

I am a photographer so I take lots of pictures. I take some with my work camera and I take many with my Iphone. My Iphone pictures are uploaded to a dropbox and stored on my hard drive automatically through the cloud. A backup program runs quietly on my computer and uploads my hard drive data to an off site backup server. It’s a nice process and quite seamless. Most people don’t even go that far. I cringe when people tell me how they store their valued pictures on a DVD, a mostly obsolete storage method. These days new computers aren’t even sold with a DVD player so given the rapid rate of technology change, DVDs will soon be as archaic as a floppy disc. You would think we would learn but we rarely do  — until it’s much too late.

My challenge before the end of the year, to myself and everyone out there, is to resurrect the snapshot. Print those mediocre IPhone pictures — the ones you took of your kids on the playground. Put together family albums — they don’t have to be perfect and it’s really never been easier. You can design an album of instagram photos using a Blurb book. Artifact uprising makes some really nice and very affordable albums and I love their tag line: Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible. And how adorable are the mosaic albums? You can download the app directly to your phone and print those iPhone pictures directly from your phone. It’s as easy as sending a text.

If you don’t want an album, then print some cheap prints at shutterfly or snapfish or my personal favorite: mpix.com. Foxgram.com prints instagram prints and they even sell a cute little album to store them. But it doesn’t matter whether you display them in frames or store them in a shoebox somewhere in your basement. Printing them gives them meaning and value. Sure a snapshot can get ruined but try losing a whole childhood of pictures when you carelessly drop an unbacked up external drive. I promise you the latter is much more  nauseating.

My children love to dig through my boxes as much as I did. They ask questions. They want to know if that’s me with the funny/big/red/blonde/ hair. I love that they see value in my past and I hope they will carry on the tradition of documenting their life, even if it’s only for themselves.

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