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Bring on the beach… | NJ Beach Photographer | Long Beach Island, New Jersey

If you live in the north east, you know you’re ready for summer.  It’s been a long, cold winter and a very wet spring and I think we’re all dreaming about some warm days in the sun with sand between our toes…

Well, it’s never too early to think about booking a beach session.  This family bravely booked theirs for the beginning of April.  Wow – that’s daring!  Miraculously, it was a balmy 55º with very little wind….what were the chances?  I must say it was quite beautiful.  LBI off-season is less crowded but no less special.  And there’s no line at The Black Whale either.

This mom’s objective was to get just one good shot of the whole family together…I think we more than succeeded.  Her twin girl and boy were not only adorable in looks but had the most endearing personalities as well.  Mom & Dad couldn’t have been cooler.  We had some real fun together….

Mom did a fabulous job of dressing and accessorizing.  I love that.  You can see how nicely denim photographs, and adding bows and fun jewelry can really enhance the look. I love her off-the-shoulder sweater also…

Beautiful girl on dunes & close up of her necklace - NJ Child Photographer

Girl on beach in white dress & accessories - NJ Beach Photographer

Beautiful girl on dunes - NJ Child Photograper

I love this boy’s vest – it makes him look like a little man!

Beautiful boy on dunes - NJ Child Photograper

Black and white of boy on gazebo - NJ Beach Photographer

Black and white of girl wearing bow - NJ Beach Photographer

Brother and sister on beach with parents in background - NJ Family Photographer

Twins on the beach - NJ Beach Photographer

Beautiful family on the beach - NJ Beach Photographer

Sister and brother look out at ocean - NJ Beach Photographer

Family on gazebo - NJ Beach Photographer

We start in Beach Haven, then drove up to “old Barney” to finish up the session…

Family portrait by the Barnegat Lighthouse - NJ Beach Photographer
We decided to get one of just mom and dad.  They were so laid back and easy to photograph…and WOW do I love how this one turned out!
Beautiful couple by the Barnegat Lighthouse - NJ Beach Photographer

6 days old… | NJ Newborn Photographer | Bergen County New Jersey

Only 6 days old when I met her, this baby girl was all of 5 lbs when she was born.  Being so young and small made our session an easy one…she slept the entire time and was very easy to pose.  Her mother did a fantastic job with the girlie accessories.  This first headband with the leopard print was my favorite, and the pink bloomers a close second.  Dad was also there to lend a “hand” and with more than just the hammock, as you’ll see…  Enjoy!

Black and white of sleeping newborn girl with leopard skin bow - NJ Newborn Photographer

Newborn baby girl with pink bow & bloomers - NJ Newborn Photographer

Newborn feet with wedding ring - NJ Newborn Photographer

Newborn girl in pink knit wrap - NJ Baby Photographer

Newborn in father's hand - NJ Newborn Photographer

Newborn sleeping in hammock - NJ Baby Photographer

Mother and father hold baby girl -  NJ Newborn Photographer

Indulge me… | NJ Children’s Photographer | Bergen County New Jersey

Very often I prefer black and white processing to color.   Sometimes removing color also removes distractions and gives more focus to the subject. It is raw and pure and adds a timelessness to the image.  I decided that for this blog post, I would indulge in an all black and whites.  Two families with four cousins, came together on a sunny Saturday for one of my spring mini-sessions.  The children were beautiful and well-behaved and all the adults were happy that spring had finally seemed to arrive.  A very pleasant morning indeed.   Now don’t worry guys, there are plenty of nice ones in color too…

Black and white image of boy leaning against stone wall smiling - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white close up of beautiful girl - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white of boy peaking from behind a stone wall - NJ Child Photographer
Black and white of baby on a blanket -  NJ Baby Photographer

Black and white of three cousins on a bench -  NJ Child Photographer

A Room with a View… | NJ Newborn Photographer | Bergen County New Jersey

I’ve been loving all the newborn shoots I’ve had lately.  I love how differently each one turns out.  Each baby is one of a kind; each family has a different story; and every home that I enter has a style and feel of it’s own.    I like to incorporate as much of this as I can into each session to make it a custom experience…that keeps it fresh and exciting for me and also unique for my clients.  This baby’s parents had such a cool bedroom…I just had to use their purple walls as a backdrop.  Throw in some beautiful window light, a gorgeous dresser and a zebra rug and voila –  styling complete!  It doesn’t hurt that this baby brother is just a sweet as can be.   Enjoy the view…

Baby boy backlit by window - NJ Newborn Photographer

Baby boy sleeping by window - NJ Newborn Photographer

Baby boy sleeping - NJ Newborn Photographer

Baby boy in aqua cocoon - NJ Newborn Photographer

Baby boy sleeping on dresser - NJ Newborn Photographer

Beautiful girl holds baby brother - NJ Child Photographer

One year older… | NJ Baby Photographer | Bergen County New Jersey

OK…this is just the kind of angelic face that makes me, the mother of two wonderful boys, want a little girl.  It happened a year ago at her newborn session and it happened again a year later during her one year session.  Doesn’t help that she is sweet as pie with me…I could just take her home!  OH and the accessories…bows, flowers, pearl bracelet, pink slippers…I was dyin!

Beautiful baby girl in pink - NJ Baby Photographer

Girl with sequined slipper - NJ Baby Photographer

Girl and bows - NJ Baby Photographer

Beautiful girl with a flower barrette  - NJ Child Photographer

Her nursery is fabulously decorated, from the crib to the dresser to the curtains.  I have to say, I just love how the framed portrait from our previous session fits right in…

One year old girl in her room - NJ Baby Photographer

And here is her big brother, who I photographed last summer.  In this first photo, I caught him entranced by the tv and I just love the feel of it.  Soon afterwards he was engaged and smiling.  I think it’s the sparkle in his eyes that makes him such a beautiful model …just like his sister!

Beautiful boy enthralled on the couch - NJ Child Photographer

Boy smiling - NJ Child Photographer

Boy on bed with train - NJ Child Photographer

Don’t worry guys, the snow’ll be gone soon and we’ll all be outside playing! 🙂

At the window - NJ Children's Photographer

Three… | New Jersey Family Photographer | Hudson County, New Jersey

Three months is very young…yet there is such a big difference between a newborn session and a three month old session.   At three months, babies are alert, can hold their heads up and can even push up off their bellies sometimes like this little boy.  No more teeny-tiny, sleeping baby poses…instead it’s wide eyes, cooing and hopefully with the right prompts, some adorable smiles.  Some people feel you can see more of  your baby’s personality at this age and so decide to wait until the 3 or 6 month milestone.  I have to admit, I love photographing BOTH stages!

This little boy was such a joy….he was so calm and pleasant, and barely fussed at all.  The secret to keeping him engaged…just jingle some keys and he was happily interested!  These family shots are among my favorites…mom and dad had such a warm and gentle way about them and I really feel that this comes across in these images.

Adorable baby boy on bed - New Jersey Baby Photographer

Mother holding baby boy in black in white - NJ Family Photographer

Beautiful family in black and white - New Jersey Family Photographer

Father smiles at his baby boy - New Jersey Family Photographer

Baby boy on fur - New Jersey Baby Photograper

Baby boy looks up - NJ Baby Photographer

A Special Family Session… | Family Photographer | Monmouth County NJ

Last April, I ran a campaign called “Shine a Light on Autism” to help raise autism awareness in which I asked families experiencing autism to share their stories with us. During the campaign, many moms, dads, and family members wrote in and shared their unique experiences with us. Each heart felt story was more moving than the next. They touched me deeply. Thank you to all who participated, and if you haven’t read the stories you can do so here. Also a HUGE thank you to Autism New Jersey for their help in promoting and supporting me throughout this endeavor! The campaign ended when my brother Paul, who also has autism, reached his hand into a hat and randomly drew the name of the family who would win a portrait session with me. It was Andrew and his family…

Montage of a beautiful boy who has autism - NJ Child Photographer

After trying to coordinate busy schedules, we met with Andrew and his lovely family at Deep Cut Park in Monmouth County.  The foliage was perfect and though it was a crisp day, the kids soon had their jackets off.  Andrew was a handsome boy with a gentle demeanor and kind eyes. He was also quiet and seemed a bit unsure of why we were at the park.  I led him to various places that I thought would make for picturesque backgrounds.  His older brother, Brian, who stayed with us for most of the time, was encouraging and supportive. Seemingly wise beyond his years, Brian was also very interesting to talk to.   He enjoys photography and wanted to know how I took pictures of moving subjects without them coming out blurry.  He may have been referring to his little sister, Kaitlyn, blonde and beautiful with all the energy of a 3 year old. She would stop just long enough for a few shots and then run off to play. Andrew would also wander off after a couple of clicks. When I gently coaxed him back, he would agree and come with me to one of my strategic spots.  One time he came towards me and didn’t stop.  As he got closer and closer, I thought he was going to kiss me on the cheek, but he stopped just as his nose almost touched my face.  He was smelling me;  his brother said he liked to do that sometimes.  Later when I told his mother, she said, “Oh, he must be very comfortable with you.  That means he likes you.”  I was so touched.  Andrew said very little and so this gesture meant a lot to me.

For much of the session, Andrew held on to a doll – Jessie from Toy Story – much like a security blanket offering some kind of tactile reassurance. This made me think of my brother who very often has a small, soft football that he adeptly tosses up in the air from hand to hand without even looking. Every Christmas we get him another one to replace the worn out one that served him all year long. I tried to take Jessie from Andrew a couple of times and saw that he wasn’t comfortable with that, so we just decided to make the doll a part of documenting Andrew…as he is, with what he likes. Andrew is beautiful.  His face has the innocence of a child, but with that innocence comes a special vulnerability.  I know how difficult it is for someone with autism to understand and navigate through this complicated world in which we live.

After meeting his mom and dad, I can see that Andrew is very lucky  to have such loving and devoted parents.  They were nothing short of warm and comfortable to be with, and you could see how much they loved their children. My hope is that this session does “Shine a Light” on autism and is a small window into one of the many families that are affected by it.

If you haven’t read the story or seen the video that Andrew’s mom submitted, you definitely should.  It’s beautiful.   You can also hear what she has to say about the delicate balance of parenting three children, including a child with autism here on her blog.

Black and white of beautiful boy - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white image of adorable girl - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white image of handsome boy - NJ Child Photographer

Two brothers - NJ Child Photographer

Sister kissing brother - NJ Child Photographer

Adorable sister with two brothers - NJ Child Photographer

Handsome boy looks up at the camera - NJ Child Photographer

Beautiful blonde girl - NJ Child Photographer

Boy smiling on a path - NJ Child Photographer

Loving family affected by autism - NJ Family Photographer

Best of 2010 | NJ Child Photographer | Bergen County New Jersey

It’s been such an incredible year for me…I have met the most wonderful families and have really loved ALL of my clients!  How lucky I feel!  To celebrate, I thought I’d put together a Best of 2010 slideshow with some of my favorite images.  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year from Christine DeSavino Photography and hope to see you in 2011!



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