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Dating Profile Session | Cranford, NJ

“No Ragrets”

I had a great time hanging out with Josh during his shoot a few weeks ago. It’s always so much fun getting to know more about the people I am shooting. I find there is always something beautiful and interesting to learn about each other. I think we are missing that these days. So many people are rushing from one place to the next and we really miss out on that human connection. I’m not saying we need to make friends with everyone we meet, but sometimes a smile or a hello can go a long way!

One thing I love about these sessions is that I really genuinely want to know more about my clients. I feel like making that connection is essential in the way that I capture their portraits. It helps me to be able to get honest shots of real smiles and whatnot. And it also helps everyone feel more comfortable!

Josh is fun, outgoing, talented (he’s pretty good at the Chinese yoyo!). He is interesting and loves traveling. Not only has he been to Japan, but he actually attended all 4 years of college at Osaka University! If he could have ANY JOB it would be a tour guide, hands down.

Tour guide hands down. Or the owner of an onsen-hotel or boba shop in Japan where the vibe is chill, people are diverse, and I can make my own schedule.


I love traveling (I grew up in Edison but actually went to Japan at Osaka university for all four years or my undergrad) Also love boxing (hard work and focus can’t beat the feeling…) I’ve been sparring less recently though to make time to study for the bar exam. To relax I usually just read Steven king haha. His stuff isn’t too dark or weird for me, I think he has an unshakable grasp of the human psyche and just shows it for what it is…) My worst “hobby” though, is that sometimes I can get lost on YouTube for hours and sleep at like 3 am…

I know it won’t take Josh very long to meet the person he’s looking for. He has a great smile and a good heart. Thanks for choosing me to capture you, Josh! I really enjoyed it!

NJ Dating Profile Photographer | Westfield, NJ | Andrei

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with Andrei to take pictures for his dating profile. We had a blast! He is genuine, kind and confident. The first thing I noticed about him was his height! He is TALL! I think one of the first things I said was, “Dang! I should have brought a step stool!”. The next thing I noticed was his accent. Although he has lived in the US for a long time, he still has a slight, but distinct, accent from Romania. Gotta love an accent, am I right?

Before my dating profile sessions I send out a questionnaire that helps me get to know my clients. I have to admit that I think it might be a little lengthy right now, but Andrei had no problem entertaining me by filling it out. I consider myself a bit of an empath and I am intuitive by nature. I honestly feel that when I read the answers to these questions I get to know each individual at a deeper level and this helps guide me through our session.

When I read Andrei’s answers to the questionnaire I was moved; he knows what he wants and what is important to him. I even got the chills when he mentioned that he recently asked for something and The Universe listened! I love that so much because I do believe that when you ask for something the Universe does listen. One of my favorite quotes comes from Paolo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist”. It reads, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. Andrei is a Spiritual person who likes meditation and exercise. He is also goal oriented and is on the path to fulfilling those goals!

For Andrei, the 3 most important things he is looking for in a partner is

  1. Kindness towards others
  2. Goal Oriented
  3. Open Minded

Andrei is looking forward to scheduling another shoot with me, but honestly? I’m pretty sure that he is going to meet that special someone really soon and won’t be needing my services come Summertime. He is living his life in alignment, knows what he wants, is spiritual and he understands that when you ask the Universe for what you want, you usually get it. 😉

Here are some shots from our session in Westfield, NJ.

joan marie

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

908.312.1788 | info@joanmariephotography.com