[Marissa’s Senior Pictures Ocean Gate, NJ]

I’ve never been to Ocean Gate before, but when I found out I was doing a photo session there, I immediately went to check it out. I’m a big fan of Island Heights, a cute town right across the Toms River, and Ocean Gate is equally as adorable. The pier and boardwalk right along the river are the perfect backdrop for some pretty awesome pictures.

When I first arrived for this session, Marissa was joined by her best friend, mom and sister. They had all kinds of props and all of these amazing ideas for pictures…which makes my job pretty easy 😉 Marissa was a little shy at first, but once we got going, she was the one suggesting where to go next, what new poses to try; she was awesome! She even took the lead when her best friend and her sister joined in to pose for some photos too! These girls were so much fun!

By the end of our session, Marissa was a total pro. She was a natural in front of the camera and every picture I took truly captured her happiness and cheerful spirit. I hope you have the best senior year ever, Marissa!

-Michelle 🙂

[Maternity Photos Pt. Pleasant, NJ]

I don’t get to photograph other photographers a lot, but when I do it’s so fun! Getting to work with someone who has an artistic background is exciting for me, because it’s awesome to share ideas and figure out the best locations and the best lighting together.

This was my first maternity session and I loved every minute of it. The beach and boardwalk were packed, but this cute family of 3 (almost 4!) was up for trying anything! We made our way all over the Pt. Pleasant boardwalk and the Big Sister even got to take a ride on the carousel and eat cotton candy! She loved giving her mama kisses and she loved riding with daddy on the rides.

Mom, dad and big sis are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little man and it was so exciting for me to get to capture some of their last moments before he is here! I’m sure we will be seeing more of this growing family very soon. Congratulations!

-Michelle 🙂