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NJ Newborn Photographer | Madison, NJ | Fresh 48 | Caden

I have been slacking on blog posts! So, here I am, playing catch up 😉

This year I started a new journey in my Newborn Photography career. I began doing Fresh 48 sessions. Ironically, the first of these sessions was with my cousin’s new son, Caden…in FEBRUARY!

I know, I know, how could I be blogging about something that happened 8 months ago? Easy! I’m just DOING IT! HAHA! But we all know that life can get crazy and busy. And if you don’t know that, then maybe you don’t have kids yet. And when you do, maybe YOU will want to book a Fresh 48 Session with me. Who KNOWS?!?

On the morning of my hospital session with Caden we got hit with a blizzard! As much as I dislike snow (shoveling, kids getting dressed and undressed, wet boots in my house), there was something magical about this one. You know the kind of magic; new baby, the quiet snowfall, the serenity that fills the air with the new life that has just come into this world, changing everyone’s lives forever.

For me, one of the BEST parts of this session, was that my Grandma was there while I was documenting. This was her newest Great Grandchild. And I was overcome with emotion seeing the way she looked at him. She had seven kids herself. She has well over 10 grandchildren. I think this is her 8th Great Grandchild. And yet, still, the awe and wonder in her eyes shows how the miracle of life just never seems to lose its power over us. Even when you’re almost 93 <3

Some of my favorite images I’ve ever captured are from this session. They remind me that this is my life’s work and my true purpose. I feel most alive when I am photographing babies and families and these special connections and moments that are gone in the blink of an eye.

So, without further ado, here is my cousin, and my cousin, and my baby cousin (and my Grandma and my Aunt/God Mother), welcoming their newest son into this world on a cold, blizzard-y morning in February.

Stay tuned for another post from his newborn session!

NJ Family Photograper | Union County

I photographed the beautiful love and connection between multiple generations a week ago and it was nothing short of magical. Lori and her sister, Amy, both went to my high school and it was so much fun being able to reconnect and witness the love they share for Mimi and their children.

Amy has 2 GORGEOUS sons, around the same ages as mine. If you don’t have 2 boys or more…you might not understand what that can be like. But I do! In fact, Amy’s sons went to preschool with mine (an interesting fact that neither of us realized until quite a ways into the school year). And I was blown away by their personalities and ability to “hang out” and converse with me. I haven’t seen them for maybe FOUR years now and I can’t describe the joy I feel being able to see how little boys have grown.

Lori was in my graduating class (I won’t say the year ;)). And the last time I saw her was when I took newborn pictures of her little Olivia. Olivia was the tiniest little peanut when I met her and now she has grown into a beautiful little girl. Lori has since been blessed with another beautiful daughter since I last saw her and I was able to meet her during our Sunday family session. Poor little Zoe was less than thrilled that I was interrupting her nap time, but she persevered and I managed to get some adorable shots of her too.

Maybe the most touching part of my session was the reason for it. Lori and Amy gifted this session to their mom, Mimi, for a Birthday present. They wanted to document the love between their Mom and children. This, this right here people, is what makes my heart Split Open and Melt (props to you if you got this Phish reference). But in all seriousness, this is what gives me life. And I saw the love between all of them. I witnessed it for myself. And it was beautiful and heart breaking and amazing and inspiring and ALL THE THINGS. And I hope that I was able to document that for them in the images that I delivered.

At the end of our session a beautiful butterfly appeared, and all the kids new that it must be their Great Grandma letting us know that she too was a part of our special morning.

This is my purpose and I am so grateful for the people who choose me to do this work.

Thank you, Hart Girls! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

NJ Family Photographer – The Jackson Family – Fall 2018

It was a pleasure working with The Jackson Family again.  I hope that I get to do it again next year when their baby will be almost ONE!

It means the world to me when my Clients come back for their family pictures.  What a very special investment; investing in your family <3

Here are some of my favorites from their session.





joan marie

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

908.312.1788 | info@joanmariephotography.com