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Let’s Make a Date for a Fall Park Session

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PER_8742 copyI know that back to school can be a challenge but now is the time to book your session for the fall colors. (Have a look at our park sessions.) Whether it’s just been too long since your last session or you are someone who shoots with us every year for your holiday cards (bless you for that) now is the time! Not sure of what to wear? Here’s my secret.

Of course there is some flexibilty on dates and locations I wanted to share the times and places we have scheduled. We will be featuring these locations in the next few newsletters.

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC -sessions at 11 am or 1 pm
Sun, Oct 20th

Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Sept 28th
  • Sat, Oct 5th
  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th
  • Sun, Oct 27th

NJBG at Skyland Manor (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th
  • Sun, Oct 27th

Pier A, Hoboken (Please call- availability limited)

  • Sat, Sept 28th
  • Sun, Oct 6th
  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sun, Oct 13th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sun, Oct 27th *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sat, Nov 2nd  *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak
  • Sun, Nov 3rd  *yellow ginkgo leaves at peak

Central Park, NYC -sessions at 9 am or 10 am

  • Sat, Oct 12th
  • Sat, Oct 19th
  • Sun, Oct 20th
  • Sat, Oct 26th

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date 

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date

Let’s Make a Date

What to Wear for your Fall in the Park Session

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What to Wear for your Fall in the Park Session

So many of our families choose to have their portraits taken in the Fall Autumn is an amazing time for photographs of your family. The weather is cool and crisp and everyone feels more energetic. The colors around you are a burst of greens, gold, orange and crimson and make for a vivid background. I often get the question- “What should we wear for our Fall in the Park session?” from clients. While styles change, there are certain rules that remain constant. You can get some great ideas from our Park Portfolio. Here are some tips for dressing for your Fall family photo shoot.

Avoid the matching family outfits.

Families dressed in the same colors or matching jeans or white shirts is a trend that has come and gone. My very best trick for getting the family’s look together is to begin with mom- and an outfit she likes, and build from there. I lay the clothing I plan to wear on the bed , then add my husband’s choice and then the children and adjust pieces until I have a mix that works.

Stick with solids or soft patterns

Limit super-bright colors which will draw the eye to one person and try to keep patterns either small or subtle. Keeping colors a bit muted and patterns small creates balance between the subjects of the photo.
Avoid all white or all black
Strong black or white also draw the eye away. Bits of either are fine like a white shirt under a jacket or white jeans but too much black or white is distracting to the eye.
Leave logos at home
Try to avoid clothes with words or easily visible logos, characters or pictures. Like patterns, these will distract from smiling faces and will also “date” your photos.
 Classic works best
Trends come and go but your family portraits will grace the walls of your home for a very long time. Choose classic styles that will bear the test of time.
It IS all about you
Whatever you choose to wear, be comfortable. Clothing that is tight or scratchy fabrics or too-high collars will impact how you look in photos. The best images allow family members to move freely and be themselves.
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Get Outside! Nature Centers in Northern NJ

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Nature Centers in Northern NJOur area is a suburban oasis – full of lively downtowns, tons of kids’ activities, town pools, and playgrounds galore. But sometimes, you just want to get the kids outside! Here are a few nearby places you can bring the kids for unique nature experiences!

Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside
One of our favorites, this free nature museum is open year-round. It has an indoor component with a few cute exhibits for the kids to poke around in. They have tons of events, nature classes, and hikes for kids of all ages (some are drop-off, some are parent/child), which are always uploaded to the Macaroni Kid calendar. It’s situated right in the Watchung Reservation so after visiting, you can either explore Trailside’s new sensory-friendly trail complete with a little play zone and fire pit (which I highly recommend) or you can also hike any of the surrounding trails in the Watchung Reservation. The sensory-friendly trail also backs up to the Watchung Loop Playground (one of our favorites) so you can really make a whole day of it!

The Raptor Trust
1390 White Bridge Rd, Millington
Take my word for it, The Raptor Trust is worth the drive! And, by the way, the drive isn’t really that long anyway! A bird sanctuary situated in the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, The Raptor Trust is free to enter and so much fun. There are a bunch of permanent bird residents there but also some that are being rehabilitated until they are released to the wild. There are multiple types of owls, eagles, songbirds, and more, in very visible enclosures. The entire bird viewing area is outside. If you’re up for it, you can head to The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center for a hike after your visit with the birds.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave, Summit
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a nonprofit garden and arboretum with a great educational center. They have events and festivals throughout the year but you can also go for quick hike and explore the grounds on your own. From May through October you can take a free guided tour every Saturday at multiple time slots – check the Macaroni Kid calendar for times! But wait, there’s more! They offer classes for kids of all ages – some drop-off, some parent/child, some for the whole family. They cover a wide range of topics like gardening, wildlife, bugs, food, and so much more. They also have some really fun events and classes for adults, bus trips, birthday parties, and camps for kids. For $125/year, you can get a family membership and get access to most of their offerings for free and discounts on the ones that you don’t get for free with your membership.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
24 Forest Dr S, Short Hills
Situated in the heart of Short Hills, you might miss Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary if you didn’t know about it! It’s a modest arboretum where you can take a quick, very kid-friendly hike and then stop at the Stone House to see some animal exhibits. They have both live and mounted animal specimens. Throughout the year they offer early childhood education classes, camps, birthday parties, guided hikes, and host special events. An annual family membership is just $75 and you need to be a member to participate in classes and events.

South Mountain Fairy Trail
197 Glen Ave, Millburn
Right across the street from the Millburn Library, it’s a quick loop lined with adorable fairy houses nestled along the way. You can just hike the loop with the houses or you can head onto one of the woods roads and see even more of the South Mountain Reservation. You can pick up a map at the Millburn Library to navigate your way on the trails. On the actual Fairy Trail, there is a scenic area with a water feature but you can keep going all the way to Hemlock Falls if you’re up to it! If your little hikers aren’t so ambitious, just do the loop and then head into Millburn for some ice cream. See more tips for hiking the Fairy Trail here.

 

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