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A Great Family + A Great Location = An Amazing Result | New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer July 6, 2009

What do you get when you mix a fantastic family, an awesome location, and a beautiful day?

You get a most perfect mix of ingredients to create an amazing set of portraits!

I couldn’t have asked for more than my two favorite things:  Family portrait shoots and an amazing location like Princeton University to take the photos.

With it’s amazing architecture, rich with history, Princeton University made for a perfect unique backdrop for family portraits on this lovely May day!

Thank you to the “S. Family” so being so flexible to trying different poses and being so pleasant to work with!  We loved working with you!


Sneak Peek: The “S. Family” @ Princeton Univ | New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer June 29, 2009

I spent a beautiful May day with the “S. Family” at Princeton University.  I really enjoyed working with them!

They were up for all my pose ideas and I think that allowed us to get some UNIQUE photos.

We enjoyed all the campus had to offer for great portrait settings.

There are so many things on campus that provide such a great backdrop for a photo shoot that make me just love it there!

One photo in particular (below) is one of my favorites from the shoot:


True love stories never have endings October 21, 2008

Happy 6 year Anniversary Ed & Amy!

True love stories never have endings ~Richard Bach

Here’s to many, many, many more years of happiness together!

Love you guys!


Coming Soon! The “M” Family at Princeton University October 19, 2008

Today I photographed the “M Family” on Princeton University Campus.
Mom “C” and I were college roommates in our sorority and it was so wonderful seeing her after all these years, meeting her husband “E,” and her absolutely beautiful girls “H,” “M,” and “S.”
When Jo Ann and I arrived and met up with “C’ and her girls “H” presented me with this drawing that she had done for me.  I was honored.  I decided I must scan it and share it on the blog. 🙂

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This is “M” – isn’t she the cutest??  Look at those eyes!

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This is “H” and she is a little ham for the camera and I just adore her!  More beautiful eyes!

And last but not least – this is “S.”   Look at at that little angelic face!

I can’t wait to get caught up and be able to share more from the most recent shoots I’ve done.  I have another tomorrow morning so I will be playing “catch up” for quite a while!  Now I’m off to bed because I really need some sleep! 🙂


Amy + Ed = Engaged! (Sneak Peek) October 12, 2008

It was an awesome engagement photo session, yesterday, with Amy & Ed on the Princeton University Campus.

What more can I ask for besides great friends, great weather and a great location (and a gorgeous couple too!)?

The 3 of us spent the late afternoon on campus looking for interesting spots to get some unique perspectives while managing to avoid the crowds of people walking around campus on this gorgeous day with weather in the 70s!

Speaking of unique perspectives…I had Amy & Ed laughing and/or worrying most of the day as I climbed on walls that had 20 foot drops, laid on my back on the pavement (which got the most laughs of the day),  removed large door mats from vestibules because I liked the tile floor underneath, or I posed in the background of people’s photos on purpose because they walked right into our photo shoot as I was about to snap a photo…(and then proceeded to take 10 mins worth of photos while we waited…don’t you hate that?).

Yesterday was Amy’s birthday and I was so excited to be able to do this session since she’s been waiting for months and months to do it.  And what better day to do it besides her birthday! 😀

I hope you had a great day Amy!  Ed, I’m glad you’re liking what you’ve seen so far – I told you it wouldn’t be painful  and that you’d like the results!

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Princeton University in HDR August 22, 2008

I never finished working with the photos from my Princeton University visit so I completed a couple more HDR shots from that day last week.  I thought I’d share them even though they were from December 28th.

This day provided me some of my best architectural HDR shots to date!  It’s one of the best places locally to get some amazing photos!

You’ve seen these statues in a previous post but here is another version that I just processed:

The rest of the photos below were processed right after the the initial shoot but I don’t think these particular photos were shared on the blog back then.  Enjoy!


Friday Afternoon With Mom August 9, 2008

My mom and I had off from work yesterday so we decided to spend a couple hours in the afternoon in Princeton, NJ.  Princeton is such a great college town with so many restaurants, stores, places to sit and relax, statues & monuments, and if you have a few hours to kill you can walk around the historic campus of Princeton University.  I spend a lot of time photographing the architecture at Princeton (some photos can be seen HERE)…so many great subjects for HDRs!!

Mom and I decided to have lunch at Theresa’s Cafe Italiano.  We got a window seat and shared Margherita Pizza and mixed green salads.  YUM!

After lunch we decided to take a walk around town until our meter money ran out. 🙂

Mom posed for this photo…

…and then she took my photo.  Good job mom!!

Then we walked around Palmer Square which is a stylish collection of shops, restaurants, offices, and residences surrounding the Town Green and the historic Nassau Inn.

“Rest Traveller, Rest, and Banish Thoughts of Care; Drink to Thy Friends and Recommend Them Here.”- This quote was drawn from an old English inn near Oxford, and dates back to 1937, when Nassau Inn was rebuilt on Palmer Square.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is a historic NJ restaurant connected to the Nassau Inn and has a unique pub atmosphere.  The restaurant was named for Yankee Doodle after Norman Rockwell painted a thirteen-foot mural about the historic figure for Nassau Inn in 1937. Today, this piece of American art history continues to hang behind the bar in the Tap Room.  To view the painting click HERE.

Nassau Square which was bustling with people for a Friday afternoon.  I got a kick out of this woman trying to manage 4 dogs.

It looks like this girl needed a break from her high heels for a few minutes! 🙂  Her chocolate lab was so well behaved!  I wish my lab would be so calm out in a public place with so many people around!

I was surprised to see how many flowers there were in the town square.  I snapped a few here and there as we walked around.

Sometimes I think flower photos can lack pizazz (ha! did I really say “pizazz?” where do I get these words?!?!)  so I decided to add my own bit of magic to these hydrangeas.  I added a texture just to give it a different feel and I’m enjoying the final result.

Window shopping at all of the stores is fun.  They all have such nice displays.

I love all of the store fronts around Princeton and the architecture in the town is great too!

This might be a new favorite textured flower photo!  Oooooooh!  I love the antique look the texture gave it.

This was my favorite restaurant back in college – Winberie’s.  Our school was so close to Princeton that we spent a lot of time there.

If you look really close (bottom left of the window) you’ll see that Albert Einstein was dining there yesterday.

‘Al’‘ (we’re old pals so I an call him that) held his drink up when I waved to him. LOL 😀

Part II of our adventure (where I dragged mom along with my on a “drive by shooting”) can be seen on Monday night/Tues morning.  I’ll know you’re all be waiting with anticipation!

Have a great weekend!