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Congratulations Class of 2017!

Wishing these girls nothing but the best…a life full of adventures, laughter and happiness. Stay in touch. xoxo, Paige

17 grads 2sr grads 2

Now is the time to book your senior photoshoot class of 2018 girls! Get in touch and let’s talk.

 

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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Victoria K. {Senior Photoshoot: Randolph NJ}

There’s the phrase a ray of sunshine, well Victoria is far more than that. A ray is far too underwhelming. I’d say a bucket full of sunshine is more accurate to describe her. Anything I asked she’d respond in this sing-songy way, Okaaaay.

At the beginning of a photoshoot it sometimes takes a few minutes for the girls to warm up and get relaxed in front of the camera. Not this one! It may be because of her theatre background but I’m more inclined to think it’s ingrained in her DNA. That’s just who she is, easy, breezy, happy and so much fun to be around. She’s off to USC this fall and I can assure her future room mate that she’s hit the lottery with Victoria!

outdoor sunlit portrait of a teen girl

Senior portrait of girl laughing

I love, love, love this image directly above! It’s so rare to capture a teen girl like this and for it to be exactly who she is. Keep on shining Victoria! To see Victoria’s close friends’ also had photoshoots with me take a look here and here.

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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. {1}

I’ve done my fair share of campus visits over the past year. We have two more to go in another couple of weeks and then it’s decision time! I ask a lot of questions when we’re on the tours, thankfully my son finds it funny. Have you ever noticed that no matter how you ask the question about social life all you get is the politically correct response. Well we have the most recent movies playing and there are great plays and jazz ensembles at the cultural center… Ummmmmmm, ok. I have a hockey-playing, rough and tumble, fun-loving BOY and I’m not naive! So here’s what I’m doing about this…I touched base with a whole bunch of my Paige P. girls (who are NOT wallflowers!) and asked them about social life at their respective schools. We’re going to be covering a very wide range of schools with this series! Stay tuned and subscribe in the upper left hand corner so you don’t miss a post.

First up…Fordham University. Morgan  is majoring in journalism with minors in Spanish and Fashion. If anyone can pull this off, it’s Morgan.

MorrisCounty-senior-portraits

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: We all lived on the same floor in my dorm last year.

DORM ADVICE: Definitely freshman year leave your door open to make it a community and get to know the people on your floor. Even if you don’t stay friends with them, it’s always nice having some people you could at least go grab lunch with and know since they’re in such close proximity

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Bars are definitely the biggest here. There’s no Greek life which I personally love so the bars are always fun. House parties at the sports team or club houses off campus are a nice change up from the bars too but they don’t happen as often. 

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Always a bacon egg and cheese on a bagel from Rams Deli, as it is everyone’s favorite and it’s always packed, especially after a night out.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Spring weekend when they have all different free events for us on campus like a concert and a dance and it’s all weekend long and everyone throws parties and there’s always something to do.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY OFF CAMPUS: Free access to the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens which are both right across the street and so fun to go to in the nice weather.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON CAMPUS: The ramvan because it’s a super convenient way to get downtown without having to walk to the metro north or d train subway.

STUDY TIP:  Study out of your room because every time I try and study in my room I end up in bed taking buzzfeed quizzes on my computer rather than being productive.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The basement of Walsh Library because less people go down there and there’s usually an empty conference room I can grab with my friends and sprawl out in.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE:  Off campus at Prince Coffee on Arthur Ave.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH Trying to find the interview of the little boy from Moonlight on NY Times while I was watching the Oscars last night.

MOST USED APP: Definitely snapchat! It’s a nice way to see what’s going on around campus with your friends.

I MISSED MY FAMILY THE MOST WHEN:  My roommate freshman year would go home frequently on the weekends in the beginning of the year, but i got over it by trying to be social and make friends.

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime.

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: I did laundry last night. It’s a hit or miss on Sundays because the laundry room always fills up so quickly but it was surprisingly empty last night.

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My funny valentines

All it took was a bag full of pink fluffy boas and red kitschy props to get this Valentines photoshoot underway. This is what happened…sweet, sassy, silly.

valentines-photoshoot-high-school-seniors

You can find the video from this Valentines photoshoot posted next Tuesday on my YouTube channel.

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Why you need to do what you love.

If I could pass any piece of wisdom on to my son, daughter or to the girls that I work with it would be…

Do everything with so much

love in your heart

that you would never want to do it any other way.

This photograph was taken in a space vibrating with creativity. Its effect was mesmerizing on every single one of us and we couldn’t get enough.  Then this happened…

sun-streaming-in-window-teen-pictures

The sun broke through at the exact moment this shot was set up. We gasped.

Do what you love. It will give you moments like this that are worth everything and more.

If you missed the back story on this location take a look here and check back next Thursday for more on this photoshoot.

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