Twins: Cuteness Overload

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Twins

The arly photos are so precious! These twins were just days old when they came to visit us and they could not have been more adorable unless you count the photos with their older brother! Take advantage of this last month of our studio special to save $200 on our $495 session- 45 minutes and a custom 8×10 of moments to treasure. Also, ask about our pregnancy/newborn and newborn/9 month session packages. Two sessions (more twins!), more photos, more love.

This opportunity will be gone soon. Please give us a call- March is already so busy but we have a few spots left- call 201.610.1199 and schedule your session today.

Limited Time Offer 2019 Studio Session Special: Save $200!

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As much as we love our Fall park sessions and Summer beach sunrise and sunset images there is a special affection for studio images. Our studio has the advantage of 2 full walls of windows providing loads of natural light. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold and our lovely pine floors allow for barefoot running, spinning and dancing.

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to how wonderful a studio session can be with a very special offer- our 45 minute mini session with a custom 8×10 print, regularly $495 is just $295 Sessions in the studio are perfect for

  • Extended families (wonderful as a gift for grandparents!)
  • Newborns
  • Maternity
  • Siblings
  • Beauty

These sessions can be used for your own family or given to friends for the holidays and their own portraits. Please give us a call at 201.610.1199 to schedule a session or order a gift certificate that will delight the recipient.

This session special pricing is only valid for sessions taking place between January 7th and February 28th. All sessions must take place in our 720 Monroe Street Studio. Sessions are subject to availability. Studio special pricing is not valid for prior sessions.

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Winter Skin Savior

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Winter Skin

Here are some tips from my favorite facialist Megan McGhee. She is the best and makes house calls so give her a call if you are in need. I am planning a “peel party” in the near future with a few girlfriends! Just what you need at this time of year to have a fresh face for the spring. Want to schedule your own gathering? Reach out to Megan at meg.mcghee@hotmail.com or by calling 630. 347. 9350

From Megan:

If you have big plans this winter to hit the slopes, it’s essential to keep your skin in mind before facing the elements. Between brutally cold temperatures and blustering winds, your skin can become dry, chapped, and irritated with each run. Read below for some of my skin tips and skin-saving products.

Cleanse, Hydrate, Protect

1- Cleanse

Since we’re dealing with a colder climate than usual, keep in mind that your cleanser should be tailored to the frigid weather. Treat your skin to a cleanser that won’t compromise your skin’s moisture barrier. During the colder seasons—and especially during your next ski trip—swap out your regular cleanser for a hydrating formula that’s been tailored to your skin’s specific concerns and needs. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm  (Sephora $29.50) is a silky, smooth, and lightweight formula that is gentle on the skin while removing makeup, dust, and grime off your skin, eyes, etc. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It has no fragrance and is easy to use.

2- Hydrate

Cover exposed skin on the slopes with gloves, a scarf, a face-mask, and a hat. For the areas you can’t cover up, I swear by Decleor’s Aromessence Marjolaine Baume. (Amazon $68) It’s really rich and hydrating so it acts like a skin barrier, which helps protect from wind.

3- Protect
Pile On the SPF!  Obviously, if you spend hours in the sun, you need to spread on the SPF. But make sure you’re covering everything that’s exposed. I suggest using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater with both a chemical and a physical blocker, like  EltaMD SPF46 (Amazon.com $33). Chemical sunscreens absorb ultraviolet radiation and give it off as heat while physical sunscreens reflect ultraviolet radiation. Together, they provide the best protection against the sun.

Extras

A dry pout is never a good thing when mixed with snowy weather. To help keep your lips hydrated and smooth, reach for a deep conditioning lip balm and emollient with SPF. On the mountain my top pick is Coola Liplux Original Formula SPF 30 $12. It has a rich formula with Raspberry and Avocado fruit butters soothes and nourishes, while also protecting with SPF 30. It glides on smoothly and keeps lips feeling hydrated for hours.

Post-Ski (for healing)

When you have windburn, you don’t want to put chemicals on it. Try applying a thick layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment (CVS $14) to any chapped areas to instantly soothe and heal.

 

Spring Sessions- Where Will You Go?

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Spring Sessions

Spring photo sessions are absolutely a marriage of art and science. We have been studying the patterns and timing of blooms for Spring in this area for almost two decades! Whether you fancy a field of daffodils or a sky filled with cherry blossoms we have a location perfect to capture images of your family in the beautiful Spring light.

Stevens Park, Hoboken -is where the cherry blossoms will be in bloom and makes a gorgeous setting for your family shoot.

Saturday, April 6th
Sunday, April 7th

Saturday, April 13th
Sunday, April 14th

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit – has a spectacular field of daffodils predicted to be in full bloom at this beautiful location just in time for these sessions.

Saturday, April 20th

A few other locations are also possible (call for availability):

New for 2019:

NJ Botanical Gardens/Skylands  offers the elegance of formal gardens and gentle paths winding through the woods- this spot also includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.

Fort Tryon Park is located just above the GW Bridge this park offers amazing architectural elements as well as beautiful green spaces and an amazing view of the Hudson River and the Palisades for stunning portraits

Perennial Favorites:

Pier A in Hoboken is a beautiful spot with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Central Park, New York City is an iconic location where you can create lasting memories with your family.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills has stone walls, magical ferns and wooded areas which make this a dreamy location for a family shoot.

Davis Johnson Park in Tenafly has spectacular spring colors and when standing on the stone steps one could easily be on a country estate in England.

Visit our gallery for a peek at some of our favorite park portrait shoots.

Weekend dates are available and are booking fast.

Call today to book your session (201) 610-1199.

Hot Pants for Spring

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Pants for Spring

It feels like just yesterday that cargo pants were objectively ugly, but if the Spring Fashion Week runways are anything to go by, it won’t be long before we’re all wearing them. We’ve seen them on about every Kardashian/Jenner and a number of street style stars, often dressed up with strappy heels or boots.

But don’t worry, the cargo pants that designers have been showing on the runway over the past few days are a pretty far cry from the ones you bought while back-to-school shopping at Old Navy in elementary school.

In addition to cargos in slick silks and tight tapers you can follow the trends back to the 60’s with preppy windowpane plaids and denim in wide flairs both ankle baring and floor sweeping.

L to R Top to Bottom:

Joie Okana Cargo Pants

Johnny Was Satin Cargo Pants

Anthropologie Essential Cropped Flairs

Alice and Olivia High Rise Wide Leg