Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice | NJ Lifestyle Family Portraits

I wanted to start this off by calling this post "Double Trouble" but these two little girls are bundles of joy; full of smiles, giggles and love!  It is no wonder where they get it from when you look at the love that their parents display & freely give to them.  

The wonderment & awe that children bring into everyday situations and occurrences is priceless.  They remind you about what is truly important and to enjoy the moment that you are in.  Let's all tap into that childhood innocence and spend this holiday season appreciating the small things.

(And can we talk about how cute those little jackets are?!)

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a beautiful New Year!  xoxo

The Real Gifts In Our Lives | NJ Lifestyle Photography

As a child, you want the coolest toy, the newest gadget, and the biggest, shiniest box sitting under the tree.  As you grow older, you come to realize that the best gifts aren't toys, gadgets, or material objects that could fit in a box.  They don't come with a price tag, and can't be bought in stores.  The real gifts in our lives are our loved ones, the moments we share, and the every day miracles that happen.  They are the conversations where we learn about ourselves and those closest to us.  The times we laugh so hard, our faces and stomachs hurt.  The quiet, warm embraces that calm us & express love without words.    

This holiday season, Maria & Joe took some time to create more memories with their growing family (and baby #2 on board!)  There was lots of laughing, kissing -their dog Gizmo included-, a little crying, and even a shoe that went floating down the creek (which made for a bit of adventure and something to look back on & laugh at).  Here is their Christmas Maternity session, celebrating the gift of marriage, family, and their daughter(s).  

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Buon Natale!  And this year when thinking of New Year's resolutions, I encourage you to spend time every day reflecting on the daily gifts you have & receive and being grateful for them.  It is easier to be thankful during the holidays, but when you fill your life with appreciation, it will change in the best way.  :)  xoxo       

Merry & Bright!

As the remaining leaves fall from the trees, the temperatures begin to drop, and we see the first signs of snowflakes in the air, we are reminded that December is upon us.  The season's flavors of peppermint and eggnog are surfacing again and there seems to be a surplus of sugar cookies baking in everyone's homes..mmm!  People are decorating and holiday cheer is beginning to spread.  However you choose to celebrate, and whichever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is Merry & Bright!

I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable little girl for her very 1st Christmas photos.  Can't believe she is getting so big already!  You can see her newborn shoot here.  Here are a few images to get you in the holiday spirit.  

From Shore's Edge Photography - Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, Buon Natale!


"Fall" Into the Holiday Season

This time of year can be a whirlwind of events.  From selecting and making Halloween costumes, planning and cooking for Thanksgiving, and shopping and preparing for Christmas, we each have to remember to slow down and spend some quality time together.  Luckily, when you are planning Christmas family photos, you get to spend an afternoon together playing in the park.  I had the pleasure to photograph this special family just as the leaves were changing and before it got too cold.  With the brand new addition of their baby Evan to their family, we got to capture some Holiday Joy.  

Congratulations Dan & Steph, and May Your Holidays Be Bright <3