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I have gotten TONS of texts and emails with questions about the boudoir sessions!  Booking does not start until 9/15/12.   Here is additional information for those who want it!
When: Saturday 1/12/13
Where: A beautiful, private estate on LBI.
Times: Scheduled appointments from 2pm – 9 pm.
How much: $250.  $125 due to hold your time slot via check or paypal (info in contract you get). $125 balance due in cash day of session.  Marcie and Kelly of True Beauty will be doing hair and makeup!  The price includes professional photo ready hair, makeup, 20 minutes of photography, and 10 retouched images. You will need to come 1 hour before your photography time slot to get your hair and makeup done. If you are late, that time will come out of your allotted hair/make up/photography time.  PLEASE make sure you are on time.
What happens if I made a retainer payment but can’t make the day of? Payments are not refundable or transferable. Due to the cost of renting the estate, securing hair and make up ect, there is no refund.
Should I tip the girls doing hair and makeup? You don’t have to, but if they did a great job (I am sure they will, they are rockstars!) it isn’t a bad idea!
Will the photos be ready for Valentines Day? Yes. You will get them for digital download via drop box in about 2 weeks. You can use them as you please!
What should I wear?  you can bring lingerie, his white button up, tie, favorite sports jersey, your wedding veil, suspenders, a fedora hat, sky high heels, pearls, cowboy boots…. Really what ever makes you feel good!
I am self conscious about my body, should I still do this? That is your choice. We will talk about your favorite features and we will focus on those.  We can get creative and stay away from the areas that aren’t your favorite.
Will there be a lot of people there? Yes.  But our session will be private.  It’s an estate, girls will be coming in, getting hair and make up done, hanging out, snacking, drinking, chatting, ect.  Your session will be in a private area. It will be me and you.  If another friend booked with you, they are welcome to come up and be in the room for encouragement if you want! Sometimes a glass of wine and a best friend can work wonders! Please do not bring people who have not scheduled with you.  This is for LFP clients ONLY.
Who sees these images?  Me and you. That’s it.
Can you make me look skinny? Your body is your body, you are beautiful. We will work within your comfort zone and pose you in the most flattering way.
Do I have to get naked?  Absolutely not. You can, as long as it’s tasteful.  This isn’t hustler magazine, but we can do whatever you want! Boudoir is about having fun, feeling and looking fabulous!
Can I bring examples of photos I want done and hair and make up I like? Yup!
What else can I expect? Lots of girls, laughter, music, encouragement, light snacks, drinks (I will have some; feel free to bring your favorites!) and good times!
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Natalie and Ryan were referred my way from a mutual friend (Hi Marcie!)  and I was fortunate enough to have them book LFP for their teal and black wedding at The Carriage House in Galloway.

There were big plans for an outdoor ceremony, but Mother Nature had another idea.  Natalie and Ryan had beautiful ceremony under the grand staircase, and it was perfect from the first second to the last.

Natalie was as calm as could be and looked ten times more beautiful than I could have imagined.  Ryan was just as relaxed and looked handsome as ever.  The way they smile at each other lets anyone in a 10 mile radius know it’s the real deal : )  

Natalie and Ryan wanted to keep things somewhat traditional but had NO problem putting their own spin on things.  There was a candy bar, photo booth, activities for the kids and a flash mob dance. Yup – the girls –bride included- broke out into a flash mob.  I know you’re jealous.  Well, I know I was!

The Carriage House offered a stunning location with lots of great photo opportunities.  Here is just a tiny peak of some of what made it to facebook, and some that didn’t!

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Hey ya’ll! Things at LFP have been super busy!  Head on over to my fb page to see the awesome-ness I have been up to!

I have been getting lots of emails about what to wear… so I headed over to my beloved pinterest and found LOTS of ideas!  Also, click the “what to wear” tag at the bottom of my blog to see posts I have written about it and other examples!

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Thank you for reading about today’s blog about South Jersey engagement photos!

As soon as I started shooting, I told Dawn and Russ I wanted to blog about their session.  Amazing and personalized photos take a bit of planning.  Dawn made sure she incorporated all the things they love and that had meaning.  The result is awesome!  It’s beautiful because everywhere you turn there is meaning, and because they are super smitten with each other, and it’s really cute!

To all of you planning sessions, take a lesson from Dawn about how to “make it work”! This is a very personal look inside their life.  It’s not just books and random things… these photos have a soul of their own that is rooted within their entire family.  Dawn was kind enough to give me a breakdown of the item, I included little snippets from our exchanges below!
In this 100 degree weather, thinking about their winter wedding has me even MORE excited!  I can’t wait to see what they come up with for their big day!  They are such a sweet, kind and genuine couple I honestly feel blessed to be able to tell their story.
South Jersey engagement photos
Pistachios-russ’s grandpa’s Fay, Russ is named after him. 
Pepperidge farms milano cookies are a representation of Russ’s grandpa, he used to have a bread route where he delivered bread to different stores. 

Picture frame- I received as a Christmas present from Crystal, Russ’s sister. she is the best-so happy I am getting a sister!:)

Small glass ink bottles-my parents found these (and many more) when they were dating. They found them in the woods behind my grandparent’s (my dad’s parents) house in Freehold, nj. my mom and dad mean the world to me. Even though my dad is no longer with us, I feel his presence everyday with signs (like numbers, etc). Mom is my rock. I have never met anyone so strong in my life. She is a fighter all the way. I admire her so much
Silver/crystal tulip fruit bowl-my grandmothers.
Doilies-my grandma’s (mom’s mom).

Lilacs-one of my mothers and her mother’s favorite. We had these growing in my backyard since i have been a little girl… my grandma had TONS of HUGE bushes in her yard.

Ceramic bowl (brown)- I made on the potters wheel in college!

Fishing book(s)-represent Russ’ dad, my dad and my brother-all are huge fishermen!

Dogwood tree-one of my all time fav trees…my dad planted one in front of my room when I was a little girl. every spring I looked forward to it’s beautiful white blossoms. We also have a dogwood in our yard now too!
Landscape/flowers/trees/my dad’s actual landscape books-represent my dad :)… he passed way too early in life. He was FULL of energy and spunk. From what i remember and what people tell me he was so loved by everyone. I aspire to be like him, to make him proud. He was everyone’s rock.
Significance of 22-it was my dad’s football # in high school. It happened to be the day Russ proposed to me also (he didn’t know). It just a good # for me. my lucky # always.
Seashell/shore books=where Russ and I met, at Jenks on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ.
Journey=our “album.” We love their songs, have been to see them in concert, our relationship has been an amazing journey from our first meeting. Russ is my best friend. We were so meant for each other. He has such a kind soul. We have so much fun when we are together, I really was blessed the night we met.
Glory of their times-Russ’ favorite book! he is a HUGE reader 

Phillies memorabilia-Russ’ team since he was a little boy and also works for the organization!

Baseball glove Russ’ from when he was a young boy.

Philly ticket-our first game together! It was so cool… we sat right behind the dugout!


The letters i painted, the sign i made- I went to school for art, it’s a huge part of me. 🙂


Allaire park-Russ’1st time being there was last year around labor day…he loved it…we perused the old buildings…historically it is amazing!
Railroad- Russ’ great grandfather was involved with the railroad for many years!
To see more photos from this session, check out my Couples Album on FB!


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Laura and Ed were referred to me by our mutual friend Stephanie. (Hi Steph!) Laura called a few months ago and we ended up talking on the phone for a loooong time. It started with photography, then went to DJ, make up, and a whole list of other things not related to photography. We hit it off right away!

Fast forward two months till this weekend. I was lucky enough to get to meet Laura and Ed in person with their SUPER handsome baby boy. I loved watching Ed interact with him. I know all dads love their children, but Ed gets an A+ in the dad department. You can see how proud he is of his little man from a million miles away. In person Laura was even more sweet, kind and gentle then she was in all our conversations, emails, and text. Yea- we text a lot too! (I can’t help it. I think she rocks) Her Disney princess eyes kill me in the best way possible. Gorgeous.

They are getting married in Toms River at the end of this summer and I am lucky enough to be their wedding photographer! But let’s be honest – they are the lucky ones. Sometimes couples get married because it’s the thing to do, and sometimes couples marry because they are perfect for one another. Laura and Ed are perfect for each other. They interact with such ease, they look and listen with intent when the other is talking, and they were flirty with each other the entire time. THAT’S when you know you still “got it goin’ on”.

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