[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 🙂

[Summer Family Photos at Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, NJ]

It’s that time of year again…when I head out, on what usually is the hottest day of the year, with an amazing family to do photos! Every single time I photograph this family it’s perfection! We always seem to be acting crazy to get the kids to laugh or smile or hug each other and every time I go through the photos I am amazed with how good we did!

For this years photos, we made the trip out to Manalapan to Happy Day Farm. It was my first time there and I could have stayed forever! I already can’t wait to go back to pick my own fruit and check out what else this farm has to offer.

We were headed to the farm this day however for one very important thing…Sunflowers! And boy did we get them! It was so incredibly beautiful to see all of these flowers in bloom. Happy Day Farm had some really fun areas for photos so we had the perfect backdrops!

Yes this session was soooo hot but it was so worth it! If you haven’t been to this farm yet, you better check it out!


[Family Beach Session Point Pleasant, NJ]

I’ve done plenty of sessions in Point Pleasant before, but this was my first session in Point since I became a local! It was fun to do a session right in my own backyard!

This awesome family comes down to Point every weekend and I’m so glad that they do because we got to have this amazing session! We took advantage of the beautiful summer sunset and did all of our photos right on the inlet!

They were really good sports during this session because the best place for photos happened to be a short walk on the rocks. They toughed it out and it was totally worth it! The best part of the session was when we caught Chloe’s adorable laugh at daddy’s silly dance moves behind the camera!

Nothing beats a summer session on the beach, and this was awesome!



[Courtney and Dylan’s Simply Sweet Wedding Spring Lake, NJ]

Earlier this summer I got to photograph one of the most beautiful and personal wedding ceremonies ever! Courtney and Dylan were married in a quaint gazebo in the heart of Spring Lake surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Courtney’s lifelong best friend and her boyfriend played the music for Courtney and her father to walk down the isle to and it was so special! Their friends and family sat in benches in the gazebo that perfectly surrounded Courtney and Dylan as they became husband and wife.

Dylan and Courtney exchanged vows, presented flowers to their parents and sealed it all with a sweet kiss!

After this touching ceremony, everyone gathered in front of the gazebo for photos and it was perfection! The weather was what every bride and groom dream of on their wedding day, so we didn’t really work up a sweat with all the photos we took!

This was a perfect day to celebrate the marriage of a beautiful couple. It was really special getting to witness this small ceremony and be part of this amazing day! Congratulations Courtney and Dylan!

-Michelle 🙂

[Welcome Baby Lia Cranford, NJ]

A few weeks ago, I had a really special opportunity to photograph one of my colleagues newborn baby! Sweet Lia Rose, along with her big sis and mom and dad, was so so cute and totally nailed her first photo session!

Mom had the family perfectly coordinated and I had a little helper to give me clothes or blankets for the next photo! It was so fun! Baby Lia was so calm and only cried a few times when she was hungry…I hope she’s that good for mom and dad all the time!

This was such a fun session and Baby Lia and big sister Ella were just the cutest little girls ever!


[Logan’s Baptism Belmar, NJ]

Even though this was a chilly, rainy day in May, it was still such a beautiful celebration for Logan’s Baptism! I met this little man before he was even born at his mama’s gorgeous Winnie the Pooh baby shower. I was so excited to be part of this special day for Logan with his amazing family!

The Baptism was held at St Rose Church in Belmar and it was a busy day for babies being baptized! It was so sweet to see all these families coming together to celebrate their little ones being baptized into the Church. When it was Logan’s turn, he was surrounded by his parents and god parents and didn’t cry at all! In fact he was leaning over ready for his big moment!

After the ceremony, we got the party started with all kinds of wonderful friends and family. We took pictures with Logan’s little cousins and friends and tried explaining to the babies why some of them had bottles and others didn’t! They just weren’t on the same feeding schedule! 🙂

This was a perfect day to celebrate sweet Logan with so many people who love him by his side! Congratulations!

-Michelle 🙂

[Leslie + Ted’s Engagement Session Baltimore, Maryland]

I was so so excited when Leslie asked me to do her and Ted’s engagement photos! Leslie is one of my best friends from Penn State and I was so excited for her when her and Ted got engaged!

Of course I made a weekend out of the engagement session and went down to Baltimore and Leslie and Ted were the best hosts! We had to wait for the rain to stop, but we watched the Penn State game in the meantime which was obviously the best way to kill time!

Once it finally cleared up, we walked all around their neighborhood and got to catch up and take photos! It was the best of both worlds for me! There were a lot of beautiful backdrops to take photos and it was just so sweet seeing the love between Leslie and Ted! Congratulations!



[Fall Cousin Session Cattus Island Park, NJ]

I haven’t been to Cattus Island Park for photos in a while so it was really fun to get back there for this fun fall family photo session!

Of course we had to have a super windy day, but at least it was sunny! And the kids did a really great job posing and smiling even though it was chilly!

I’ve photographed these siblings before and we had a lot of fun, but this time, we had their cousin with us! Family is number one for me, so I love getting to capture families being together!