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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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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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When the decision is made

This is going to be a short and sweet post. If I delve too deeply I’ll most likely disconnect my keyboard with all the tears dripping down on it. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ve seen the occasional heartfelt posts about our college prep/search journey through junior and senior year with my son. Almost a week ago we were anticipating our final 2 college visits. The year long process has been a roller coaster and I was ready for the final decision to be made, I think. The reason I say, I think, is because I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after that decision.

We’re now on the other side and my son fell in love with his school of choice. I think it’s perfect for him.  Now, it’s real. He’s going away. Far away. It’s heart wrenching thinking about him leaving home but it also feels right. It’s time and he is so excited and happy. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? As a mom, I guess, I’ve been preparing for this since the day he was born; to raise a happy, healthy child who will grow into an amazing adult. And that is what I try to keep in my head with every day we get closer to the time that he leaves.

I’m sure I’ve got a few more of these wandering, emotional posts in me before end of August. If you’d like to catch up on the past few you can go here here or here.

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Eva G:{Senior Photoshoot, Randolph NJ}

One of the first things that Eva’s mom told me is that she is a “picture person” she has an entire room hung with beautiful portraits (I can vouch for that, now having seen it) and that she was crushed when her photographer retired. At that point I was feeling both honored and honestly a little nervous.  P.S. Eva’s photoshoot was a great day … her mom’s reaction speaks for itself.

I just wanted senior photos of my daughter, something really special and not overly posed.I think Eva’s images are amazing and exactly what I was looking for.It’s worth the investment to see your daughter in a way that allows her to just be her.

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I’m still booking 2017 senior portraits and have also started booking 2018! If you’d like to book a photoshoot please get in touch with me.

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My top 3 intentions {senior photographer, northern NJ}

It was 2 1/2 years ago that I made the switch to being a Seniors Photographer. It has been a creative whirlwind, a dream coming to life. Sometimes I struggle to explain what it is that I do because it isn’t the norm. The why is easy, it makes me wildly happy, the girls even happier (having had an unforgettable experience) and the mom’s, happiest. They have a little piece of their daughter to hold onto forever. In the spirit of the New Year I’m celebrating this wild ride and want to share the top 3 intentions I whisper to myself over and over and over again before, during and after every photoshoot.

Emotion, Emotion, Emotion

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This is what it’s about, right? You love your daughter to pieces. The thought of her growing up and leaving one day, hurts. You’d freeze time if you could, but you can’t. You know the difference between her pasted on smile and the big, beautiful, genuine one. You can read her unique gestures and expressions so well. That’s emotion. That’s what really matters. It’s what I aim to capture. Those are the images you need, have to have. I know, I’m a mom too. It’s not going to keep them from growing up but it will give you a piece of them to hold onto forever. It’s also one more way of saying I love you.

Keep it Real

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Can I tell you how many times during a shoot I’ll either be looking for my lens cap, which I misplaced, AGAIN, or the person in front of my camera tells me that my lens cap should be removed before taking the picture. Oh, right, I’m the professional. I’ve gotten caught in sticker bushes, sat in poison ivy and have laughed until I cried. It takes far too much effort to try and be “the professional”.  What I will tell you though is that, in return for me being me, I get a whole lot of “realness” and trust reflected back to me. Authenticity is everything.

Imperfections are Perfect

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I’m not looking for the perfect pose, with perfect hair and a just so smile. That’s not real. It’s not my idea of real. Quite honestly it looks really uncomfortable. Barefoot with the wind blowing her hair in her face is much more my speed.

These 3 intentions will always lead me to my happy place. What leads you to your happy place? Here’s wishing you a New Year filled with joy.

If you were celebrating over the New Year and missed our New Year’s shoot you can take a look at it here.

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Focusing on the now.

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.