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.


Yellow is this Spring’s new color trend

Sitter session is perhaps one of my favorite categories of portraits. Babies at this developmental stage are very sweet and easy to work with. Sitter sessions are usually done between 6 and 10 months old, when babies can sit independently for over 30 minutes but cannot crawl yet.

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Baby Amandine, 8 month, is a returning client of mine

My sitter sessions are typically done on location. I will design the themes and provide all props per pre-session consultations. I will also provide all matching outfits. Parents are also encouraged to provide babies with the outfits they pick out.

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Siblings and family are always welcomed.

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Matching crocheted siblings outfits by BuyBillerman

I will also offer solos to siblings.

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I like to give clients a little surprise. Yellow is this Spring’s new color trend and sitter floral bonnet is super hot right now for baby girls. Although my client asked for earth tone, brown, and pink/pastel colors, I decided to surprise her with an extra set of trendy yellow Spring floral bonnet theme. She loves it!

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Visit Baby’s First Year Plan to learn more about baby milestone sessions and experience the on-location, all-inclusive pampering.

(Amandine had her newborn session done with me in June, 2016. Click here to visit her newborn session blog)