Christmas Tree Farm Extended Family Session

This holiday season brings me a very special session. I have always wanted to do an outdoor holiday session at a Christmas tree farm. Lots of thanks to Giamarese Farm & Orchards for providing the location.

What makes it even more special is that it is an extended family session with 11 little cousins. Their grandparents have been asking forever for a picture of all the grandchildren. Their parents can never organize it so they thought it would be a great holiday surprise!

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They just love to be together with their cousins. The girls love to play dolls and the boys love to play Nerf War!

“We tried to be not matchy matchy but still coordinate. We started with maroon and went from there. ”

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Tyler – The first born, the Prince! Jameson – The Happiest; Dylan – Cries all the time, “LOL but really she does!”
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Isabella (Right) – First born girl , rule follower, always does the right thing; Mia (Left) – Spunky.  “Born three weeks after our Mom’s Dad passed away and she is just like him!”, said Mia’s Mom; Brody (middle) – Idolize Tyler. “He is funny!”

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Glorianna (Left) – Kindest! Best best best friends with Mia; Gianna (Right) – Best smile ever! The silliest.

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Ava (Right) – The perfectionist, so smart! Emma (Left) – Miss independent! Max (Middle) – Last baby cousin! Shares Isabella’s birthday!

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Their parents favorite part of the session: Watching the kids interact, laugh, and just be happy to be together!

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The parents were worried about coordinating them all. “Even though it seems undoable, you will love the pictures no matter how they come out because they show cousins who really care for each other. ”

From MuSen: What a fun fun fun session! The kids have so much energy! For this session I added bonus winterize effects to every picture. Clients get both original and winterized versions. There is no need to wait for real snow day. Session took place on a fairly warm day as you could see from the outfits. As many like to dress light for photo sessions, including winterize effect helps to erase your worrying about kids getting sick from the cold weather.

Again I cannot thank enough for Giamarese Farm & Orchards for this! Instead of charging us for location fee, the Giamarese family asks everyone to help support Farmers Against Hunger! We made our donation. Join us and donate here.

From Strangers to Friends

Cameron’s first birthday session was a big hit. It is something very different. Instead of smashing a cake, he smashed spaghetti.

Chef’s guide to perfect spaghetti recipe.
1. Make sure veggies are fresh and taste delicious. (They are from the photographer’s own garden, picked one hour prior to session!)
2. Stir well during cooking
3. Check tenderness
4. Enjoy!

Cameron’s Mom Lizzy and I have become friends through all these portrait sessions. This is the 3rd time they came to me for pictures. I feel so grateful that she always opens up to my ideas and willing to try new things with me.

They were the winner of my session donation in support of East Brunswick Youth Council on 2016 East Brunswick Day. Lizzy had always wanted to have professional pictures taken of her family and the children, but it just never happened. Coming across the donation I made at the silent auction made her think that this would be the best time to try to win something! And She did. “A fantastic photographer who is creative and listens to input and produces beautiful pictures!”, said Lizzy.

Portrait was done on location in their house.
Ron, the dad, football and sports nut who is also into memorabilia and collectibles.
Liz, the mom, loves craft stuff and shopping!! “lol and spending time with the kids.”, according to Lizzy herself.
The couple love taking the kids on outings… Central park, the beach, zoos, etc.
Arianna, now the 14 year old, artistic and funny. Great at drawing cartoon and animation as well as more classical pieces. To visit blog on Arianna’s Bat Mitzvah, click here.
Bryce, the 3 year old, silly kid that loves to make people laugh. “He is our little superhero.”


Cameron, now the 1 year old, “our little butterball of happiness”. He has figured out how to get around, but he really loves his pacifier and his mommy. He celebrated his first Hanukkah last holiday season.

“I love how well Karen interact with the kids and family, its not a simple task to get so many people to focus and smile and get a great picture! I also love that she let me help get involved and pose and make suggestions during our session”, said Lizzy.


For Cameron’s first birthday session, we came up with the spaghetti smash idea. Lizzy had purchased a large pot for Cameron to fit into and I provided the fresh veggies from my own garden and chef’s hat that we used for the props. The other props Lizzy rummaged through her drawers for the rolling pin and spoons.

Safety tip: always put heavy weight at the bottom of props like pot, bucket, etc for babies to prevent accidental flipping. A 10 lb weight plate from any sporting good store would do just fine.
Lizzy was worried that Cameron would not co-operate at all for the pictures and the entire session would be wasted, but he did great!


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“Have fun with the entire experience, and don’t expect your 1 year old to do what you want them to do :)”, shared Lizzy. She loves this picture because it captured a real moment of a 1 year old.
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From MuSen: I am donating again at this year’s East Brunswick Day to support EBYC. Visit the FB event page for more details.

To learn more about the Sequoia package, click here.

To learn more about the First Birthday pacakge, click here.