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This sweet family of 4 came to have Ava’s photos taken last Sunday.  Big sister, Ashley, was such a little doll.  She was a cutie, she was silly and she loves “Baby Shark” and Face-timing! LOL! She is 2 and a half and I can tell that she is going to be such a help to mom and dad and a super Big Sister to Baby Ava!

My boys are 2 years apart (TO THE DAY) and it’s always fun to see similar age differences with the children I photograph.  It is almost as if I have this little secret about how I know how the next 7 years will be for them raising 2 kids so close together.  And I smile.  Because you know what?  It is HARD!  But also…more importantly…it’s so wonderful.  Being a mom is such a struggle and such a JOY!  And I am so grateful to bear witness to families on this journey.  Even when they are already 2 and a half years in.  Everything changes all over again.

Life is funny like that.  It happens to us over and over again; LIFE.  We get used to things and then a big change happens.  Sometimes it is something we can control, but lots of times it’s not.  And we ride the wave and bend and break and adjust.

Here I go, on another one of my tangents.

Any how, here are some shots from our newborn session.  Isn’t Ava the sweetest little thing?


I love baby yawns!

Thank you Megan and Michael for choosing me to capture this very special time of your life!

NJ Newborn Photographer | Caden

How lucky am I that I get to do this for a living??? Believe me, there is not a day that goes by that I do not thank my lucky stars. And as a busy momma, I don’t get out much. Not even to see friends or family. So sometimes I get to see them when they book a session with me. Y’all don’t know how much that means to me; truly.

Caden is such a sweet, even tempered little baby. He was so good during our session (can a baby even be bad? Is that even a thing?). He let me pose him and cuddle him and snuggle. Fun Fact: I pretty much cry at some point during every newborn session I do. I am so overwhelmed by the beauty of all of it. Of life, of this new little being, these incredible, pure and innocent little souls. And I get to be with them during the most magical time of their lives (in my opinion).

And the moms (dads too of course), but the MOMS. My appreciation for and awe of women is immeasurable. I don’t know if it is because of my own experiences. I guess that must be part of it. But women…what we do. What we go through. The changes to our bodies, to our mind, to our emotions to our SOUL. We don’t come back from that. Once we go through pregnancy, we are forever changed. There’s no going back. Sure, this may be my opinion, but I feel it in my own soul. How lucky am I that I get to be with them, sit with them, hold their babies, at probably the most vulnerable time in their life. To listen to their stories of childbirth. Of fear, of strength, of sadness, of overwhelming love and joy. We are souls having a human experience and I feel that most when I am with a mom and her new baby.

So I may have gone off on a tangent there, but HI! My name is Joan Marie and it is a pleasure to meet you. This is me… and

THIS IS CADEN…and OWEN!!! Have you EVER?!? <3

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 Newborn Photographer | Delaney | 9 Days

I was so excited when this family contacted me to schedule their newborn shoot. I photographed their first born 2.5 years ago which always makes it very special when they come back. They are the sweetest family and their newest addition, “Laney” (don’t you LOVE that nickname?) is just as sweet as her big brother.

Thank you for trusting me again with your most precious gift, Sarah and Sean!!


joan marie

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

908.312.1788 | info@joanmariephotography.com