Winter Blues | NJ Photographer

I have been having some serious winter blues. I feel stuck these days. Paralyzed by the cold weather. Unmotivated to leave the house. 

Do you ever feel like that? 

All this inside activity has my mind racing in a million directions. My journals are literally overflowing with ideas, experiences, products, workshops, things to do - try - read. But I feel stuck and disheartened. Not sure about any of it. Not ready to jumpstart. 

Sure, it's part winter. But I think it has a lot to do with FEAR and trying a new path for myself and my business. But my heart wants to play bigger.

This morning when I opened my email and read Susannah Conway's newsletter , I found a sign that I am on the right path. This slow-mo stage may all be part of the process. Thank you Susannah for sharing this  : 

You were not born to play a small role in life... There is something — a vision or an idea — that is coming for you. You may worry that it is too much, but don’t worry. It is meant to be yours... You are being asked to remember that when something is right for you, endless synchronicities and support will flow your way, at the right time and in the right way. Stay open, receptive, playful and surrendered. Even if everything seems to be in a bit of a shambles now, it’s really just the essential mess before a truly spectacular success.
— Sacred Rebels Oracle by Alana Fairchild

We should all have B I G dreams. It's what drives us to be better and to evolve.

So for now, I will keep brainstorming, journaling and dreaming. I will let my curiosity and ideas warm me up until the winter melts away. 

 

Middle School Memories | NJ Tween Photographer

This is what I remember from my Middle School days :

Braces. Benetton. Bi-level hairstyle. Feeling awkward in my skin. Desperately trying to fit in. And feeling oh so thankful for girlfriends who saw past all of this and helped me feel a sense of belonging.

The pre-teen years are rough. Reports show that a girls confidence plummets during puberty. Campaigns like #likeagirl speak to this issue. We all want to build our girl's self esteem at a young age so that they can grow up feeling confident and equipped to make smart decisions. 

I believe in this too. This is one of the reasons why I am so fond of photographing tweens. My sweet spot are girls aged 10-12 (6th and 7th graders) because they are still young and playful yet open and ready to find their independent voice. They are on the brink of adulthood and in this day and age, it happens SO much sooner. I want to give them the gift of confidence. I want to show them how beautiful they are inside and out. I want to celebrate their friendships and show them that good friends are much more important then popularity or the newest app. 

And photography can do all of that and more....

My goal is to champion girls' confidence with memories that they will treasure forever. It's like putting something in your back pocket that you take with you everywhere, especially when the times are tough.  

There are so many occasions to gift your daughter this special photography session : acting head shots, double - digit birthday, graduation from elementary school, pre-camp celebration with friends or just because you have a great kid. Whatever it may be, photography will help HER see what YOU see in her. She will feel inspired and empowered.  

Find out more about my glitter girl photo packages here. I am NOW booking both solo and BFF sessions for Spring 2015.

 

Happy & Healthy | NJ Brand & Business Photographer

I admit it. I am a member of over five different fitness studios. I sign up with the best intentions to get fit, get healthy and lose weight. But after awhile, I start to get bored. The exercises become monotonous and then I stop going. A new place opens that is exciting and fresh, and I sign up for that. This goes on and on until I have memberships all over town.

Lucky for me, I found the bari studio in Summit, NJ. This place offers a hybrid workout unlike anything I have taken before. You get cardio, you get toning and you exercise using a trampoline. Imagine bouncing up and down, turning, twisting, kicking and jumping all on the trampoline while working your core. And they keep changing up the routine. It is so hard. And boy does it hurt so good. 

What I enjoy most is the experience in this studio. It is positive, real, inspirational, helpful and so fun. They support you if you are a size 0 or a size 10. You could be in the over 40 club or a young teen (check out their teen classes on Sundays at 4 PM). They encourage you and invite you into their bari community. You are pumped to not only workout but to live healthier. 

These ladies are doing something right because I am sticking around getting my ass kicked in group classes and I even signed up for privates. I love their energy so much that I even started working with them. Believe me, it is not easy to photograph young hot things. I would hate them if I didn't love them ;)

If you are looking for a challenging dynamic workout and to be part of a community dedicated to health and fitness, contact my girls at The Bari Studio. They will hook you up!

Credits: Outfitted by Lululemon. Makeup by JuLu Beauty.

SSC Theme 4 : Something White | NJ Photographer

There sure is a LOT of white where I live right now. But this church caught my attention last week.

If you ever wanted to slow down life a bit and start cherishing the everyday magic, join our Stop, Snap Celebrate photo challenge. Every week there is a new photo theme and you get to share in a private group on Facebook. It's all about creativity and community for everyone! All cameras, levels are welcome. All you need is an open heart and willingness to celebrate your life.

Join the Facebook group HERE.

#snowblizzard2015 | NJ Tween Photographer

It's a snow day here in NJ. We were expecting the biggest blizzard of all time but fortunately, it missed us and we only got a white wash. I am grateful we didn't lose power or it was worse.

The winter wonderland was just too pretty not to have a photo shoot. I have been dying to take some snowfall photos and luckily for me, I found the perfect subject. My 10 year old neighbor was camera ready and never complained once about the cold. Who says you can't enjoy a snow blizzard?