Laila on the Farm :: Princeton Portrait Photographer

This sweet girl joined me on a bright Spring morning for my a Farm Inspired Photo Session. The objective was simple, explore the farm and let its beauty be a backdrop for Laila. I love how the blue gingham and red boots pop on the lush greens. The red barn walls and picket fence were an added bonus! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for farms. I am naturally drawn to their rustic beauty. I this latest addition to my Shutter Starr Styled Sessions. Thank you for visiting!Princeton Portrait PhotographerFarm Inspired Photo ShootPrinceton Portrait PhotographerLittle Girl on FarmFarm Inspired Photo ShootPrinceton Portrait PhotographerHamilton NJ Portrait PhotographerPrinceton Portrait PhotographerNew Jersey Portrait Photographer

Circus Inspired Fun! :: Princeton Portrait Photographer

I am happy to finally post one of my Styled Sessions from this Spring. I have been working on so many, that it just feels great to start sharing them with all of you. This circus inspired set of photos has a playfully modern twist to them. I fell in love with the bright pink, blue and green colors that added some vibrant energy to these images. I mean, how can you not smile when you see Ariana in all this sugary sweet cuteness?

Big thanks to Handmade With Love for the adorable tutu, leg warmers, hat and necklace. You can check out more of their adorable accessories in my last blog post here.

I hope these images bring a little sun to this otherwise rainy day. Stay tuned for more of my Styled Sessions on the blog soon!

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Shutter Starr Favorite :: Handmade With Love

Welcome to the first “Shutter Starr Favorite” post.  These posts will be an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite vendors, photography products and anything else that makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.

Today I am happy to introduce you to Handmade With Love. I happened upon this Etsy Store a few years ago and have loved their hair accessories ever since my first order. It is a wonderful mix of playful, feminine, sweet and just plain pretty. I have been using their hair accessories for my various photo shoots and I have even purchased quite a few pieces for myself. This lovely shop is owned by Connie Garbutt. I asked her to tell me a little bit about herself and her business:

My name is Connie Garbutt and I am the owner/designer of Handmade With Love. I started creating accessories for my little girl and it blossomed into a business which I absolutely love.  I create a variety of items from maternity sashes to necklaces & hair pieces. I thoroughly enjoy working with customers to create custom pieces for the special occasion in their lives, it’s such an honor for me.
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Last week I had some  lovely little girls joined me in the garden to model some of Connie’s beautiful accessories. This is just a taste of what she has in the Etsy store. Be sure to check out her shop and you will see an extensive selection of goodies. Connie has been a pleasure to work with. If you are looking for something specific, just let her know. She has also done custom pieces for me. AND Connie was also kind enough to offer my blog readers a coupon code to use for your shopping pleasure! So head on over to Handmade With Love and use Coupon Code: SHUTTERSTAR15 for 15% off your entire order! The coupon code is only good for a limited time, so enjoy it soon 🙂 Have a fabulous Friday and stay posted for another session next week with a Circus Inspired accessories by Handmade With Love!
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Caleb {11 Days Old} :: Hamilton NJ Newborn Photographer

If you follow my work, you know that the majority of what I photograph is outdoors. In fact, when I first started shooting I avoided doing sessions in-home as much as possible. I just loved shooting outdoors. But what I realized through the years, and began to embrace, was that when you photograph people at home, there is such an amazing comfort level for them, and that is a beautiful thing. I also think that documenting families in their living space, where many people spend years and years of their lives, is a wonderful keepsake. I have lots of faded memories in my mind of the different homes I lived in as a child, but not many photos of them. It would be great to be able to look back at those places where we lived, played, and grew. All my Newborn Sessions are in the families homes, and I really feel it makes the moments we capture so much more personal.

Below are some of my favorite moments from my session with little Caleb and his family. I can’t clearly describe that magic connection between a mother and child, but when I am given the opportunity to capture it, it speaks for itself. These are the kinds of sessions that give me the warm fuzzies and leave me proclaiming to the world how muchI love my job, because I truly do.

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Sue Bryce + 28 Days :: My creativeLIVE Experience

I don’t even know where to start with this blog post. I just knew I had to get it down in “print” while it was still fresh.

For 28 Days Sue Bryce, via CreativeLIVE,  has been schooling us photographers on everything from posing, to marketing, to natural light studios. I enjoyed absorbing every bit of information she willingly shared. Even my 4 year old has watched some of the online lessons. “Mama is doing photog-wafer school again” he would say. Personally, I think he was drawn in to her awesome accent like the rest of us. How could I not want to watch her for 28 Days when she sounds like that? But, I digress. Let’s fast forward to about 20 days into the course. I saw on my CreativeLive Twitter feed that they were taking applications to come to Seattle to be a part of the live broadcast of the last day of 28Days. What an amazing opportunity. I immediately thought “I have to do this”. Then, of course, the next thoughts were all negative: “They’ll never pick me”;”it is too short of notice”;”how will we juggle the kids schedule”? If Sue was there with me, I am pretty sure she would have told me to “clear those blocks”. So, I did. I sent in my application and decided to let the fates decide what will happen. 4 days later (which was 4 days before the show) I, along with the other photographers chosen, received a lovely little email inviting us to Seattle.

This is when all the fun and craziness started. The search began for airfare and hotels, and my husband began rearranging his work schedule. Within hours of receiving the email I had had sent an excessive amount of texts, messages and tweets. And my Facebook friends list grew as I started connecting with fellow photographers who would also be embarking on this adventure.

The travel involved in this adventure was crazy in and of itself. Delayed flights, missed connections and totally new itineraries made via twitter and American Airlines- but that is a whole other story! At 9:30 pm on Sunday night I walked into my hotel in Seattle. A group of photographers were congregated in the hotel lobby, and there we sat and chatted about all things photography, Sue and 28 Days.

I was up bright and early on Monday and ready to start my big day. I could barely believe I would finally meet Sue Bryce. The Sue Bryce. Being at the studio was surreal. Sitting in the front row, watching everything unfold was surreal. Seeing Kenna Klosterman and Susan Roderick sitting with their computers in front of me was surreal. I think you get the idea. It’s just such an odd thing to watch people on online and then actually get to meet them face to face (hence my overuse of the word surreal).

Then Sue came out and rocked my world. I sat there and nervously watched as she spoke about business and photography. About clearing blocks and different marketing techniques. I could go on and on about what 28 Days has to offer and the endless lessons that are given out willingly by Sue, but honestly, if you want all that info you should really take the course. I mean it is TWENTY EIGHT DAYS. That is a really long blog post I would be committing to 😉 . There is so much information to take in. And the one thing that every person has asked me about going, was “Was it worth it”. The simple answer? For me, YES. I am all about the life experience. I had the opportunity to meet a photographer I hold in high esteem and listen to her talk about what she does best. Heck yeah, it was worth it. Sue Bryce is the Queen of Glamour Photography. That is not what I do. I am a Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer- so why would I follow her so closely? Because she is inspiring. Because anyone who is that talented at what they do has something that I can learn. Her confidence and conviction in what she does is amazing. Everything she spoke about can be applied to my current business plan, and will make it run smoother. They say that if you want to grow as a person, or in business, that you should surround yourself with people that are better than you, so you can learn from them. Sue has given so many of us that opportunity. It was a life changing experience, simply because it made me really think about what I do, how I do it, and what I do to make it better.

One last thing I want to address. Remember in the previous paragraph how I stated that I am not a Glamour Photographer? I probably should have put an asterisk on that statement, or added a “yet”. I was so moved by Sue’s photography (you really need to check her work out!), that it made me want to try doing a glamour/transformation style as well.  Do I plan on being exactly like Sue? No. But that is the beauty of what she taught me. She gave me the foundation to do this type of photography, but within my style and in my way. That is a pretty amazing lesson!

Big thanks to Sue Bryce and CreativeLIVE for letting me be a part of this and for giving me an experience I won’t soon forget. And another shout out to all the amazing photographers I met along this journey. I look forward to building our relationship and watching you grow as well.

I left my big ole camera home, kind of ironic for someone going to a photography workshop, right? Below are some of my iPhone images and screen grabs from my 72 hour adventure. Thank you for joining me here as I shared this very special experience.

Have a great day!

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