[Family Session Seaside Park, NJ]

I love when families are vacationing at the beach in the summer and reach out to me to take family photos! It’s so much fun to be able to capture these special memories on their vacation!

We had the most perfect night for this session at Seaside Park. The weather was perfect and the setting sun made for a beautiful sky!

I had a moment of panic however when my camera decided it wasn’t going to focus! We were about halfway into the session and I had to shoot the rest with manual focus. I’m not a big fan of focusing manually but once I was “forced” to shoot that way, it wasn’t so bad!

Not only was this session beautiful, but it was a big challenge for me that I was able to overcome, which was pretty cool!

-Michelle

[Family Session Spring Lake, NJ]

I’ve worked with this awesome family before, so it was so great to be able to do a session with their extended family! One of our first sessions together was at this same spot and it was fun to get to do another session here!

We had the perfect sunny day so naturally there was a lot of activity, but I always love seeing other photographers out with their clients!

We had three generations of family together, so we took time to make sure we got all the different groups that we wanted! We finished the session with a change of clothes from the youngest grandchild and did a mini session of just her…it was adorable!

-Michelle

[Elizabeth’s Bridal Shower Middletown, NJ]

I love when I get to photograph baby showers or bridal showers in someone’s home! It’s so fun to see how the family and friends decorated everything and how their home was transformed!

Elizabeth’s shower was at her childhood home and her mom had the best decorations! My two favorite however had to be the life size cut out of Elizabeth as a child and the huge, inflatable flamingo in the pool that was wearing Elizabeth’s mom’s veil from her wedding!

It was a gorgeous, sunny day and most of the festivities took place outside by the pool! Before the games started however, there was a sweet surprise for all the guests in the front yard. The amazing ice cream truck, Lexylicious was there to provide the best desserts for everyone!

This was such a sweet celebration for Elizabeth; surrounded by her friends and family!

-Michelle

[Pat + Lindsay Double Trouble State Park, NJ]

I was so excited to photograph this adorable couple’s engagement session! I have known Pat for years and when he first introduced Lindsay I knew it was meant to be! They are such a sweet couple and it has been so special to see their relationship grow!

We ventured out to one of my all time favorite places, Double Trouble State Park on a beautiful night! It was so great catching up with them and getting to take their photos, especially because they were cute and giggling most of the time 🙂

I can’t wait to celebrate this awesome couple in a few months at their wedding!

-Michelle

[Marina + Todd Asbury Park, NJ]

What’s better than an engagement session at the beach?! When that beach is Asbury Park! Not only does Asbury have a gorgeous beach, but it has incredible architecture and art! It was so fun photographing Marina and Todd’s engagement photos on this perfect summer night!

We started off by some beautiful paintings and of course the old carousel building…one of my favorite spots! We ventured out onto the beach and the couple had a glimpse into their future wedding that will be on the beach in Mexico!

After a long walk on the boardwalk, we found a few more gorgeous paintings to pose in front of! It was the perfect night for engagement photos of this perfect couple!

-Michelle

[Theresa Hope’s 1st Birthday Toms River, NJ]

It really is crazy how fast time goes! I remember photographing Baby Theresa when she was a week old! Flash forward to her first birthday and she is just as adorable as she was the day I first met her!

Not only did I have the opportunity to photograph her first birthday session and cake smash, but I also got to photograph her 1st birthday party with all of her friends and family! I’m so lucky to have clients that have turned into family where I can capture these special moments but also help to celebrate!

The theme for Theresa’s birthday…Sunflowers! Mom had the best props and clothes for our backyard photo session and Theresa was all smiles! Even though there was an amazing cake, the sweetest part of the session had to be when we took photos in Theresa’s garden that her dad created just for her! It was perfect!

Theresa’s first birthday party took place at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and it was beautiful! It was the perfect, sunny day to celebrate a perfect, sunny little girl! Everyone helped to decorate the house, inside and out and there were so many fun games and crafts for all the kids to enjoy!

Happy Birthday Theresa!

-Michelle 🙂

[JJ and Jenna’s “I Do BBQ” Howell, NJ]

I love engagement parties! I think it’s such a good idea to celebrate the engagement before all the major wedding planning starts! JJ and Jenna had one of the coolest engagement parties…an I Do BBQ! Such a fun theme!

From cornhole to a customized bar, this awesome barbeque was perfect to celebrate the beautiful couple with all of their friends and family! But the kids might argue that the best part was the amazing candy bar, complete with personalized JJ and Jenna M&M’s!

The weather was perfect, the music was great and everyone was so happy to be together to celebrate this amazing couple!

-Michelle 🙂

[Rise Yoga Meditation Movement Studio Bayville, NJ]

It’s pretty amazing when you get to be part of someone else’s dream! I had the opportunity to photograph a really amazing space in Bayville before they made their grand opening!

Rise Yoga is a new studio in Bayville that specializes in Yoga, Spin and Barre classes and really focuses on helping each other rise up through movement, acceptance and love.

I’ve known Rise’s fearless leader, Tina, for some time now and seeing this dream of hers come to light is incredible! She is dedicated to bringing her community an inspiring space where they can focus on their health and well-being!

It was an honor to be part of capturing this beautiful space for all to see! Head on over to their website to read more about Rise’s incredible mission and to book your first class today!

-Michelle 🙂