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Cake Smash Photography | Westfield, NJ

Let them eat CAKE!

I was so happy to have Natalie back in The Studio for her First Birthday session! I do not get tired of seeing how “my” babies have grown over the course of a year. Especially when they haven’t been in since their newborn session! It is so fun to see the similarities to when they were babies, but also to see the changes that have happened since then! I genuinely LOVE it!

I also LOVE getting to see the parents and talk to them about the year and how much has happened and how THEY’VE GROWN! It’s especially fun when this is their first baby and they go from being brand new to the whole parenting thing to having a year of experience under their belts. You can see photos from Natalie’s Newborn Session here.

If it doesn’t come through in my writing on this page, I REALLY LOVE what I do! And I REALLY LOVE the families that choose me to capture the most important times in their lives. It’s really an honor and I am so grateful <3

We started Natalie’s Birthday Session with family pictures, then took some portraits of just Natalie and then we went to town on that cake!

Thank You

Thank you so much Kathryn and Eric for trusting me with these special moments and the opportunity to watch your beautiful baby as she grows! THOSE EYES!!!

Newborn Photography NJ | Chatham

One month of sweetness <3

Sometimes mommas contact me after baby has been born to schedule their Newborn shoot. And while we (speaking for Newborn Photographers across the world) always recommend booking in advance, we understand that is not always what happens. Why? Well, because, LIFE! Life in general can be crazy and busy and overwhelming. Now throw in growing a baby in your belly and all the planning that takes place just to be prepared for the baby!

What’s the best age for a newborn shoot?

All Newborn Photographers have different thoughts on the “ideal” time to photograph a newborn. And the windows can vary greatly. Some don’t take on Newborns after they reach a certain age, like oh, I don’t know, over 2 weeks. And while that may sound crazy calling a 2 week old baby “too old”, the reality is that the photographer doesn’t believe they will be able to deliver the images that they would be happy with. So thank them for being honest with you and themself about it! It CAN get more difficult to do a newborn shoot as the baby gets older because they are awake more often and can be more difficult to pose.

Then there are also some photographers who legit don’t have any availability for a newborn session because they have a full calendar of shoots that were booked 6 months before baby was born.

But the good news is…there are a lot of us! Especially here in NJ! With various price ranges and packages and experience and props and equipment and training. There is no shortage of Newborn Photographers in NJ to choose from. 🙂

And I am so happy that I had availability on my calendar when this momma called me. I actually only take a number of Newborn Sessions a month so that I am able to accommodate parents who didn’t have a chance to book months in advance. He was just super adorable and so were his big sis and bro!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present to you, this adorably handsome little boy Mateyko…

Newborn Photography| Finbar

Baby Finbar <3

Not only do I have the honor of photographing these precious little babies, but sometimes I get to photograph my own cousins! This is Finbar Toughey. My littlest cousin. He may be a 2nd cousin or 1st cousin twice removed, or some sort of version of a cousin that I still haven’t been able to wrap my head around, but HE’S MY COUSIN! 🙂

Hannah and Stephen came with their little Vivian from NYC for their Maternity session and came back once Finbar was born for their Newborn session. I do Maternity as an add-on for my booked Newborn clients (incase you were wondering). And Hannah had some ideas and inspiration for her Maternity session which I love. Because it is a collaboration after all.

They are the sweetest little family and I will cherish the time we spent together capturing the new life they have built with one another!

Scotch Plains | Newborn | Liam

Here I am again! Catching up with more newborn session updates! This little guy was WIDE AWAKE for almost the entire session! He was just so interested in all the things I was doing! While usually I prefer babies to be asleep for their sessions, I wasn’t mad about it. Just look at these images! HAHA! He was STARING right at me!

I was so happy to capture baby Liam in the first days after his arrival earthside. His momma grew up in the same town as me and I’ve known her parents for years! It’s so fun to see grandchildren of people that I literally grew up with and see the similarities in their looks. Sure, babies are combinations of the parents, grandparents, and on and on. But I can’t help but see a lot of his Grandpa Brian in him. 🙂

Welcome to the world Baby Liam! I’m so behind in posting, you’re probably walking and talking by now LOL! Just kidding, he’s like 4 months old HAHA!

Newborn Photography NJ | Joan Marie

NJ Newborn & Baby Photographer

I LOVE Newborn Photography!

What can I say about Newborn Photography other than I absolutely LOVE it! From tiny baby fingers and toes to the cute little noises they make. There is no denying that these babies are little miracles. And I am SO BLESSED and GRATEFUL that parents let me snuggle, hold and photograph these tiny blessings that they have brought into this world. And I feel a calling to create beautiful pieces of art with baby as the subject. I love being a Baby Photographer!

My newborn photography sessions take place at my Portrait Studio located in downtown Scotch Plains, NJ. As a Fine Art Portrait Studio I offer a variety of beautiful archival products and wall art for you to display and enjoy in your home for years to come.

Sessions include a complimentary consultation and a personalized and individualized approach to planning your unique session with me. You will have access to all of my props and adorable newborn accessories (shhhh…I have ALOT, just take a look at all my bucket options!) and the best part (besides the day you pickup your artwork)…the gallery reveal and ordering appointment!

Because I take a very limited number of Newborn Clients each month and highly recommend you book at least 12 weeks in advance to secure a spot on my calendar! There is a $300 session fee and images start at $250, Collections at $990.

Do you offer Maternity Sessions?

The short answer is YES! In addition to Newborn Photography Sessions, I offer Maternity as an add-on. I really enjoy working with women and showing them how beautiful they are. And what is more beautiful than a woman who is carrying life inside of her? Honestly it’s also so exciting for me to actually be a part of their experience. From meeting and talking about their pregnancy, their hopes, their dreams, their excitement. And then just a few weeks later they’re in my Studio with their new baby. It’s honestly a complete honor.

Maternity sessions are very much a collaboration with my mommas to be. Each woman is unique and I really try to capture their style and beauty in a personalized way. And I think every woman deserves to have images capturing the miracle that is pregnancy!

Recent Newborn Photoghraphy Sessions

Newborn Photos

joan marie

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

908.312.1788 | info@joanmariephotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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