Category Archives: Personal

A Day at Work with Paige P {Seniors Photographer, Wayne NJ}

I don’t often think of my work as work but shortly before a photoshoot I was on the phone with my son (checking in from college) and looked at the clock. It was a  few minutes before start time. I said, I have to go to work, hung up and then thought, wow, really? This is work? So instead of telling you, I thought I’d show you. I came home with burrs in my shoes, scratched up legs and a whole lot lighter from laughing so much. Take a look. This honestly is a typical day at work for me.

The cherry on top…all video and stills are by my assistant…who happens to be my daughter.

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Summer and saying goodbye

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I hope you had a great summer! We spent our vacation with eight high school seniors soon to be Freshmen in college, sounds crazy, I know, but it was the perfect way to end our summer. We soaked up every minute of it.  Spending time with all these really great kids, all on the cusp of starting something new was special. A couple weeks later we brought our son (first born) to college. I’ve been more or less preparing for this for the past year or rather 18 years, I don’t think though, that will ever cushion a parent from the heartbreak of saying goodbye to their child. Everyone will ask, how was it and honestly all I can think to say is heartbreaking. He is 10 hours away and won’t be home until Thanksgiving. His presence is missed daily even with another sibling still at home. They all have that special something they add to the home and it will be missing. I’m sad but it’s a double edged sword. He is really happy where he is. This is what we’ve been getting him ready to do for the past 18 years. To go out on his own, find happiness, make good decisions, stay safe…When I watched him walk back to his dorm as I sat in the car with tears streaming down my face all I could think was that he has become a young man who has exceeded my wildest expectations (in a good way!). It’s hard to be sad about that. So to all those parents who have sent their kids off to college my heart is with you. I heard it gets easier with time. Now, for me, I’m diving back into a full fall schedule and a lot of fun things to share with you.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {7}

Andrea is a double major in Health Administration and Human Resource Management at Rutgers.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Jane was a girl who lived on my floor my freshman year and the first day of school I went into her room and introduced myself and asked her to the dining hall! We are such great friends and live together now.

DORM ADVICE: Its a very small space, keep things clean and respect your roommate or things can get very awkward.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: I decided to become a founder of a sorority on campus and it was the best decision I ever made. I met so many amazing women and left my mark on the Rutgers community. (More on this in another post!)

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…hanging out with friends either watching movies or going out to frat parties and dancing!

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: I’ve never had a fat sandwich but I hear those are all the rage. I’m a classic mozzarella sticks and french fries gal.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Football games. Even though we lose almost every game it is still so much fun tailgating and showing our Rutgers Pride.

FAVORITED DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS

STUDY TIP: Don’t leave anything until the last minute because you always feel bad for those people who have to pull an all nighter the day before an exam, don’t be one of them!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The Seminary Place library, or the academic building.

BEST CUP OF COFFEEGerlandas Coffee is hands down the best on campus. The barista knows my name personally and my order, don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: How to calculate GPA.

MOST USED APP: Sakai or my Rutgers app that tells you when the busses are coming what the dining hall is serving and teachers post all announcements homework and quizzes.

HOMESICKNESS: My parents are definitely not proficient in the technology area so it was usually just a phone call. When they were feeling really sentimental they would have my brothers FaceTime me. I do come home a lot though because I’m not too far!

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last time I was home lol!
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YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY IN PICTURES

This is a repost for those of you in the midst of college essays…

THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSONAL ESSAY & A PHOTOSHOOT

I’ve been in search of a college advisor to help with the personal essay portion of the college application. While speaking with an advisor today, she was explaining how she likes to pull threads eventually getting to the core of who that person is. What makes them tick and why…their true personality. She was giving examples, we discussed my son and she spent a whole lot of time with me (awesome!). Towards the end of our conversation

I blurted out, you do exactly what I do the only difference being is that I photograph their personality.

I told her I was a seniors photographer and started to continue when she said, I know you! You’re Paige P. It was funny and yes, I have to admit gratifying BUT the point is, a photoshoot is not much different (ok, it’s a whole lot more fun!) than a personal essay. You’ll have the gestures, looks and smiles that you’ve fallen in love with over and over for the past 17 years. Now it’s time to get it down on paper before they leave and to call me to set up a shoot. September is filling up.

 

 

 

 

 

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Focusing on the now.

This is a repost from last year that I think will help all those parents of seniors starting or in the midst of the campus visits. Good luck!

I’ve spent the past few days driving, more or less, in a circle. We’ve been on the college visit circuit, sitting through presentations, taking tours, asking questions…The car rides have given me a lot of time to think and despite the length of some of these trips it has given me more time. More quality time to spend with my son and more time to prepare myself for him to eventually leave.  It gives us a chance to talk about both the mundane and the heartfelt and for me to completely focus on our time together.  There are more of those car rides and flights coming up which I’m now looking forward to. I apologize in advance if I’ve fallen behind on posting or taken a bit more time to get back to you but I’ve got a son right now who needs me as much as I need him.

August Break

August is just around the corner which means it’s family time for me. My first is off to college and as you can see we’re pretty close. This month is for him, my daughter who will be celebrating her sweet sixteen and of course Mr. Paige P.  If you don’t have pictures of you with your family, this is the month to do it. Find a family photographer who can capture your relationships exactly the way that they are.  If you’re interested in booking a senior photoshoot with me please know that I’m available beginning in September (which is filling up) Take some time this month to play with the ones you love. Happy August!

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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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