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We’re Getting Warmer- Schedule Your Spring Session Today

by & filed under Portraits In The Park, Portraiture.

Liberty State Park Blossoms: 2020 Spring Session Dates are here!

With the advent of Spring Forward and all the adjustments to family life that losing an hour of sleep creates- there is a positive aspect. The 2020 Spring Session Dates are here! It’s getting warmer and we are getting ready for the beauty of Spring. Will you join us this year for a session in the park? We have some amazing locations for beautiful family portraits.

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

Saturday, April 4th
Sunday, April 5th

Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th

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

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. 

Liberty State Park Jersey City is a new favorite location for family sessions; close by for NYC families as well as NJ clients it offers a variety of wonderful backdrops including blossoming trees, the NYC skyline, and river views.

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- you can make a day of it- we have some tips for you here.

Saturday, May 2nd
Sunday, May 3rd
Sunday, June 6th

Hartshorn 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.

March is Women’s History Month: Celebrating Local Women & Their Stories

by & filed under Be Inspired, People and Places We Love.

Sometimes we get so caught up in where women haven’t gotten yet (gender-based violence, the wage gap, maternal health and #metoo to name a few) we forget how far we have come. March is the month for that celebration as Women’s History Month.

While we are excited about the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote and the dedication of an entire month celebrating Women’s History, I wanted to make it personal. To speak with and about women in our community who are using the rights we have earned to assert their passion, creativity and freedom. We chose women from the surrounding community that we have met and admired.

Their stories inspire and their endeavors are well worth supporting. We’ve dedicated a page on our blog for each amazing woman- and linked to them here. Read and please feel free to comment here with a glimpse into YOUR story.

Jennifer Araneo
Kamari Aykes-DeBarbieri
Nathalie Crews Vargo
Carrie Gallaway
Veronica Manning
Andrea Rizvi

Jennifer Araneo- Mind Body Hoboken

by & filed under Be Inspired, People and Places We Love.

Jennifer Araneo Mind Body Hoboken

Watching people walk into my office carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and then walking out feeling lighter and their faces are even brighter makes it all worth it.” Jennifer Araneo

Before we start talking about business- what are three things you’d like the people reading this to know about you?

1. I learned “the Body Achieves what the Mind Believes” in high school when I was doing research for a public speaking class. I gave my speech on Guided Imagery.
2. I climbed Mt Fuji when I was studying in Japan.
3. I’m a born and bred Jersey girl, met my husband when we were in high school and now have three beautiful children.

What’s the best thing about working away from home? 
Having my own space allows me to create a calm and peaceful sanctuary for my clients. From the essentials oils filling the air, to the subtle lighting and soft plush carpeting, when you walk into the office you immediately feel at ease.

And, conversely, what’s the worst?
I’m not home when my children walk through the door after school.

I like to ask everyone- what’s your WHY? What takes gets you into work every day?
So many people struggle with stress and anxiety. Reiki is a wonderful way to put the body in a meditative state while it rests and restores, rebalancing itself in homeostasis. Watching people walk into my office carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and then walking out feeling lighter and their faces are even brighter makes it all worth it. Seeing the change in people is my WHY.

In five years, what does this career path look like? Or is it another?

In the next 5 years I believe more people will understand the healing benefits of reiki and the age range will widen to serve my age group and above.  I recently launched Freya Divine Wellness, Gifts for the Spiritually Minded.  Freya Divine offers spiritual products that accompany people looking to support their self-healing and balancing their energy.  Chakra candles are now available online and in my office and within the next few months and within 5 years there will be more products available such as sage sticks, crystals, and essential oil blends.  

If people want to reach you and Mind Body Hoboken, what’s the best way to do that?

My office is located in downtown Hoboken in a charming building above the Starbucks. Sometimes it helps to view my website, mindbodyhoboken.com to learn more about reiki and some other services I provide for stress management. I offer free 30 minute consultations. My number is 201.994.3500 . Instagram accounts @mindbodyhoboken and @freyadivine