4 years ago, almost to the day, I moved into my studio in Basking Ridge. I loved my little space, the cozy rooms and generally lovely light. I loved welcoming my clients there, sharing my work with them and making them feel comfortable in the space. I signed my lease for 4 years because I knew I wanted to spread roots in a location and I loved the little town I was in. The space worked well for me for a long time, until one day it didn’t. I had grown and changed as a photographer and although I still loved the town, the location and above all else having a space of my own, shooting in the same spot began to feel like a burden to me. I hope when I say this that it doesn’t detract from the work I did for my clients while I was there. But after a while I yearned for a change. And the studio style I had become known for became a style that felt a bit like a comfortably worn coat — reliable, dependable. Predictable.
And so I go back to the start. The place where it all began for me. My family and I are moving in the next 2 weeks and while we hope to have a space sometime in the future on our new property, it’s not a necessity. I love working on location. I love the freedom and most importantly, I love the uncertainty. For me uncertainties (of light, of location) equal new challenges. And how else can I grow further without challenges?
More on this later but for now, a new blog post, and the perfect client to share. She’s been with me from the start and I’ve watched her family grow from a little boy who was just 1 when I met him, to a family of 3 with a beautiful new baby girl. To say I am grateful that I get to do this would be an understatement.
Yes, we’re waiting patiently too! (or maybe not so patiently). I can’t wait to be outside and these bright, beautiful but very cold days are such a disappointment. Here’s an adorable image from last May — a sun on the shoulders, almost summer day in the park. I can’t wait to be back here again!
Some housekeeping — those of you on my facebook page, already know this (and if you’re not on my facebook page, then maybe you should be!) but we are moving the week of April 12th. I will have extremely limited availability for the early part of April. Please bear with me as I get settled in our new home. I will be traveling from Long Valley, NJ now so my travel range will be a bit different. I hope to have some amazing new locations to share with you!
There is something so simple, yet nothing quite as divine as the way each newborn I meet falls into the comfort of their mother’s arms. I have image after image of mothers and their newborn babies – they are some of my favorites — and I always suggest we get at least a few images of mom with her child. I capture the best smiles, and the most content looks. I love the simplicity of this image. It is the first of many I will be sharing in the next few weeks as I celebrate motherhood.
Happy Saturday! I love how curious this little guy was about his feet. Definitely a fun image to showcase this morning!
I hope everyone out there has started thinking about spring portraits. Beautiful weather will be here soon and we can’t wait to go outdoors and start shooting. Please check out facebook page first for all mini session events. We will also be running some wonderful first communion mini session events in late April and early May. Our daughter is receiving first communion on May 4th and we would love to help commemorate this special event for you. Check back soon to see some of our favorite communion images.