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My happy list? {Northern NJ Senior pictures}

We have a tradition in our family of sharing 4 happy things at the end of the day. We go around in our little circle of 4 and talk about the good things that happened during the day. In that spirit, after seeing these images I want to share my 3 happy things from last week. These are the last couple of photographs from the last senior photoshoot of last week.

  1. Having an assistant, Taylor (left) who loves photography as much as I do and absorbs every single thing I say.
  2. Working with senior girls like Dezi (center) who are fun, quirky and make me laugh. They remind me every single day how much I love working with this age.
  3. For being able to share my passion with my daughter (right) and to show her how it is possible to make work play.

High School girls getting ready for senior pictures

What are your happy things for the day?

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What you need to know about campus social life series.{5}

Christina goes to West Virginia University and I know she’s loving school!

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: My best friend in college is my roommate but otherwise I met my best friends through Greek life. I know Greek life sounds kind of cliché but I highly recommend joining Greek Life because I met so many more people in other sororities and fraternities.

DORM ADVICE: Always keep your room clean. Definitely add the lights and tapestry cause your dorm is your home and if it isn’t cute you’re not gonna want to stay in it. Also try to make friends with every one on your floor for a better time. Lastly, become friends with your RA because they can become a good source for advice.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Definitely Greek. There is nothing better than frat row. Going to the fraternity houses is always my favorite and it is just a better way to meet more people.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS: Going out with all my friends and sorority sisters to either a frat house or a club and dancing our nights away having a blast. Also in college the weekend starts on Thursdays (lol).

CLUB FAVORITES: I love to go to the clubs Lux and also Whisper. It’s always so much fun because we usually have socials there and it’s a great way to meet people.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Usually Clutch which is a wing shop that delivers. I usually get wings with their famous clutch sauce along with mac and cheese with bacon sour cream and peppers. My roommate and I get it at 12 all the time.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: After every win for any type of game, it is tradition to sing Country Roads by John Denver. Whenever we sing it I always get the chills because it is such a proud moment for all Mountaineers.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: There is a place called Los which is off campus. They have the best Spanish food and drinks. My favorite place on campus is a downtown restaurant called Lotsa Mozza. They have make your own brick oven pizza. Everyone loves it.

STUDY TIP: Never wait till the last minute to study because then you will be stressed out and most likely do bad on that exam. Always do homework the day it is assigned so you’re not in a rush. Also, Quizlet will become your best friend.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: I usually go to the library which is a 5-minute walk and rent a study room with my friends. We put our favorite music on and all study together and have fun fooling around during study breaks. We sometimes stay there till 2 in the morning.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: In the library café called Eliza’s. I usually get a medium white chocolate latte, iced when it’s hot out and hot when it’s cold out. I sometimes drink four of those in one night they are so good.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Alpha Phi clothes.

MOST USED APP:Definitely Uber. My mom yells at me for how much money I spend on the app.

HOMESICK: I thought about how they would be happier to see me at school and having fun and getting an education. I also thought about how boring it would be to stay at home.

SKYPE OF FACEBOOK: Facetime 100%.

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY:Last Monday.

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Bailey S. {Senior Photoshoot: Morris County, NJ}

Can I tell you a secret? This has never happened before but it almost did. Let me start from the beginning. Bailey’s mom was referred to me by a client. She called to book a photoshoot for Bailey, her daughter and was on board from the moment I spoke with her. We set a photoshoot date and then during Bailey’s styling appointment I asked her if she was excited.

No. Not really. I don’t like having my picture taken.

High School Senior Portrait of girl in pink,

Well that was a surprise but I really did think we had gotten to the point where she was at least looking forward to it, a little. And here’s the secret… on their way to the photoshoot Bailey was on the verge of asking her mom to turn around and go back home! Bailey told me this as she was getting her hair and makeup done. Yikes! Now I’m thinking this is going to be a tough one when actually it was the exact opposite. Bailey is as sweet as they come, self-assured and grounded. She just isn’t comfortable in front of a camera (not that unusual). She relaxed right into it.

Of course, I had to ask if she felt any differently after the shoot. Not so much. Here’s how I feel about this. You may not be comfortable in front of a camera and it may be the last thing you want to do BUT

you need to exist in pictures, 

for the ones who love you and for the ones who you will love in the future.

Beautiful senior girl in pink outfit

girl wearing a boho hat sunlit

Thank you Bailey, from the bottom of my heart, for trusting me enough to photograph you even though it made you feel uncomfortable.

P.S. You rocked it!

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what you need to know about campus social life series. {4}

Giovanna is a freshman at Rowan.

Breast Cancer Awareness Photoshoot

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Me and my one friend met at orientation and stayed in contact. Once school started we met up and us and our roommates instantly became best friends.

DORM ADVICE: Even though mess is inevitable in such a small place, try to keep it neat so you don’t lose things.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: It depends on the night.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…Either going out with a bunch of my friends or staying in and having a girls night.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Chickies and Petes (they just built a new one in campus!)

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: A nice walking trail through the woods on campus.

STUDY TIP: A quiet study environment for sure!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: A cubicle near the window in the quiet section of the library.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: One of the many Starbucks on campus, or Ry’s bagels.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Concert tickets.

MOST USED APP: Rowan blackboard which organizes grades and assignments.

WHEN I MISSED MY FAMILY THE MOST: I would FaceTime (: them.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last week.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {3}

Gianna goes to University of Kentucky and is majoring in Marketing and Economics.

Senior portraits girl laughing

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: In my sorority.

DORM ADVICE: Make sure you go out and make friends and get to know the people on your floor. It makes college ten times more fun!

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…I usually spend my weekends sleeping in and working out, studying, or going out at night.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Either the bar or an athlete party, frat parties are not what people think they are.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING Always chocolate.

CLUB FAVORITES: CHAARG! I am an exec member for a health and fitness organization for women at UK and its the best thing I could have ever done.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: Greek sing or Dance Blue!

FAVORITE DISCOVERY OFF CAMPUS: My favorite discovery off campus is the Arboretum. Its this awesome nature preserve where I go running

STUDY TIP: Don’t wait until the night before to study. This isn’t high school, and college is ten times harder.

SECRET STUDY SPOT:The back of the library in this little cubby so no one can bother me lol!

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: I don’t drink coffee, only tea but Common Grounds is a great place for coffee!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: My most recent google search was youtube videos on greek sing because my sorority won overall champs.

MOST USED APP: Instagram definitely!

I MISSED MY FAMILY MOST WHEN:I usually just would try to keep myself distracted and try not to think too much about home when I was home sick.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: FaceTime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Sunday night.

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Why I laugh and cry at this photoshoot.

This photoshoot has become an annual event where I start out laughing and inevitably end up crying. I pull together “my girls” who I’ve been working with all year long and my new squad for the upcoming year. I love getting them together because, although I never meant for this to happen, the current girls end up doing a little bit of coaching and put the new girls more at ease. It’s always a silly photoshoot that is all about laughing and letting loose. But then we run out of puddles, color powder (more on that in a future post) and the photoshoot ends.  I say goodbye to my class of 2017 girls; as I said, I inevitably end up crying. I’ve watched them change before me whether they realize it or not and  I really do feel like they’re “my girls”. It’s bittersweet, it reminds me that time is fleeting and I think I’m more emotional than ever since I also have my first child going off to college. So to Bri, Johnna, Nicole F., Nicole W., Natalia and Taylor: keep in touch, let me know when you’re leaving for school and come visit me on breaks. xoxo, Paige.

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