Book Launch Party | NJ Brand Photographer

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Books + Bubbly is happening this Friday, September 15th in Millburn, NJ (304 Millburn Ave). You are invited to join us and I am super excited to be sharing my new book, The Brand Photography Playbook: The Insider's Guide to Planning Your Photo Shoot and Building a Stand-Out Brand. A comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs, answering all their questions about brand photography and walking you through how to plan a successful photo shoot. It also includes storytelling photography that will inspire you and illustrate the power of visual storytelling. 

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Planning a book signing party is no joke. It takes a village, especially if you want to do something fun, unique and interactive. Lucky for me, I have a dream team of collaborators. When I shared on social media and by email asking for help to throw a #mikibash, these boss ladies did not hesitate and jumped right in to help at this book launch event. I am so grateful to these women and their support. They are all NJ local business owners who share a passion for entrepreneurship and community. I am so proud to call them my friends and to introduce them to you:

Lori Csik of Dressed by Lori

The perfect venue for the book launch party. Books, bubbly and boutique. Lori Csik opened Dressed by Lori after a 30 plus year career in fashion and the retail industry. Over the years, Lori has developed a strong sense of what women are looking to achieve with fashion and how she can help them bring out the best version of themselves. Dressed by Lori is a fresh chic venue to shop for contemporary and whimsical, yet classic and feminine day to play dresses, designed for the dynamic lives of modern women. Lori has an eye for styles and fits that promise to compliment varying body types and a craving for designers creating American made products. She believes a dress can take a women from “day to play” giving her clients the flexibility they need to lead a busy life, but look and feel amazing while doing it!

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Kelly Desario of ReelStyle Beauty

Ladies of the Lip Lounge! At the book event, Kelly and her team will be offering a fun lipstick application so you can pucker up and be lip ready. ReelStyle Beauty was was created as a Brand that could "Reely" evolve & expand over time. We say #getREELSTYLED , servicing hundreds of Brides a year, countless photoshoots, Campaigns Ads, Bridal Blogs, Women Entrepreneur Branding, NY & Miami Fashion Week & more. The ReelStyle Essentials Collection & Our Pocket Stylist Consulting has blossomed & is going to be fully launched in 2018. 

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Erika Guzman of Adorn Market 

What's a party without a selfie booth? Erika is a creative superstar and creating a selfie booth for the event. She is a designer & hand-lettering artist; a creative soul, inspired by abstract art, texture, poetry, nature, photography and vintage home decor. With a degree in Merchandising and Design, her biz - Adorn Market launched in January earlier this year. Erika creates inspirational wood signs with rustic style for clients to adorn their home. Each piece of wood she chooses is carefully hand-picked, cut, stained and painted with love in her art studio. Her hand lettered art is amazing and inspiring. And she is just the kindest, sweetest person I know! Follow her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/adorn_market for ideas for the home, special events and gifts.

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Jen McHenry of Cabi and Direct Cellars 

What's a party without cocktails? My biz bestie Jen is both a fashionista and wine lover. Before becoming a stylist she had corporate job in NYC which required long hours and with twins on the way she knew she needed something where she could put her family first myself. The supportive network of smart and driven woman at cabi (a fashion company reinventing the way women shop) made her decision easy…not to mention the great clothes and the companies focus on supporting woman on a global basis. It really was too good to be true : a company created by woman for woman! cabi allows Jen to be in business for herself, but not by herself…The perfect fit!

She loves the social side of this business while offering private styling appointments and group Fashion Experiences and what better way to be social then pouring a fabulous bottle of wine while ladies are playing dress up! Enter Direct Cellars wine club which offered the perfect blend of connecting over beautiful clothes AND great wine….I hate trying on fabulous clothes and drinking premium wine said no woman ever!

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Anne Davis of The Danish Baking Girl 

Made with love. Anne is originally from Denmark and has fond memories of her mom’s baking, the house filling with the most amazing and comforting smells. Baking has always been a part of her life. She carries those traditions as the inspiration for her business. Everything she bakes has a personal story behind it, from cookies to breads to pastries.

Lucky for us, Anne is sharing her Danish baking at the Books + Bubbly event. She will be bringing Stenalderbrød, a bread that has become very popular in Denmark with the introduction of the Paleo Diet. The Danish name, Stenalderbrød or Stone Age Bread, comes from the concept of eating like people did thousands of years ago when nothing was processed. It contains no flour, leavening, dairy or eggs.

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Elizabeth Girouard of Zing Meals 

Delicious eats. My friend Elizabeth Girouard, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Workplace Wellness Master Ambassador, Educator and fellow entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Pure Simple Wellness, a holistic health coaching and training service and Co-Founder of Zing Meals, a local, gourmet healthy meal delivery service providing healthy, fully prepared meals that taste great and fuel the body. 

Elizabeth will be providing a sampling of their yummy creations including Chef Vaughn’s famous mayo-free chicken salad (gluten-free and dairy-free options will also be available). Make sure to check out what’s on the delivery menu from Zing Meals for next Tuesday on their website: www.zingmeals.com/menu and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/zingmeals.

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Jeri Freeman and Lauren Ohs of Stacks and Snacks

Bite sized yum. Dynamic duo, Jeri and Lauren will be sharing their tasty, handcrafted bite-sized desserts. These treats come in more than a dozen unique flavors. They start with a base made from scratch (brownies, blondies, sugar cookies, oatmeal and more), then layer creamy chocolate and a crushed topping to create a petite mouthwatering treat. 

Stacks are available as catered trays or 2-pack favors for special events. They can customize colors, flavors or packaging and work with you or your organization to provide a sweet ending to any occasion. I am thrilled to be partnering with them at my book party event. Get ready for some YUM.

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And then to add more fun to the party, we have some exciting door prizes from some of my favorite boss babes : 

Beauty Counter by Maggie Zakhary 

Swapna Patel of Stella & Dot 

Birch House Candles

Julia Lovallo Creative Marketing 

Special thanks to Parker Petals for floral arrangements and Maria from In the Moment Photography for coming to capture the event. So many amazing women collaborating together! I am counting the days until the #mikibash on Friday, Sept 15th at Dressed by Lori in Millburn, NJ (304 Millburn Ave). Hope you will join us.

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If you are not local and are curious to learn more about The Brand Photography Playbook, find out more HERE. I would love for you to check out the book - it comes in both print and digital.