Its fall! The leaves are changing colors and your children are getting bigger. You want to document this season to remember how cute they look in those brown corduroy pants that stinking adorable pumpkin sweater! Because next year, they probably won’t allow you to dress them, so savor this moment. So the question is, do you book a mini session or a full session?
You need to first take a look at your family, and see what would work best for them. If your children like props, and love a good theme, but get bored easily – then perhaps a mini session is your best bet! Mini sessions are usually themed, and can last anywhere from 10-15 minutes.
A full session would allow your family up to 1 full hour to walk around a location of your choice. Your family will be able to play, laugh, have fun and make a really great memory out of this. Your photographer (me!) would walk with you, capture fun candids of your family enjoying each other, and pose you when we get to the really amazing spots. Some people think that the 1 hour is too long for a child, but, when you really think about it, we aren’t photographing for that entire hour, your children are running, laughing and having a great time!
Both sessions will allow you to obtain beautiful images of your family, that’s no doubt! It really depends on you and your family and what you are looking for. With all of that said, let’s jump into some photo examples of a fall mini session and a full session below, and don’t forget to check out our list of mini sessions for the 2020-2021 year here, and to book your full session click here!
It’s finally here! The year that your son or daughter goes to Pre-School! What ever emotions you’re feeling, they’re justified, and I won’t judge! Your baby is growing up, and gaining so much independence. Be proud of them, smile, and let them go! It’s a big step to watch them grow into their own little personality. But, what about Pre School Portraits? Will they be good enough, will your child smile, will they give them enough time to truly capture that personality that they’re growing into so fast? That’s where I come in! I offer Pre School Portraits in Galloway right in my studio. Your session will last up to 1 hour, and no that does not mean we will be photographing for that whole hour, it simple means I will allow your child the opportunity to laugh, giggle, shake their silly’s out and be themselves!
Of course we have props, because what child doesn’t like a prop? One of our best props is a vintage desk! It’s the perfect size for your little one, and we place old books around it, as well as a fresh bag of apples for your child to play with, toss around, and even balance on his or her head! It’s a lot of fun for both the kids and the parents!
How we are protecting everyone with Covid: We sanitize our studio before and after each session, wear masks, have 2 sanitizing stations, and only book one full studio session per day, unless we are having mini sessions.
Want to book your child’s Pre School Portraits in Galloway? Click here to book your session!
Bokeh Love Photography will be hosting Christmas Mini Sessions in Studio on November 21 & 22. This special 2 day event will feature our toy shop and luxury holiday season foyer backdrops. This will be done inside of our barn studio in Galloway!
*I will also have a blue and cream snowflake backdrop as an option with props available if you celebrate Hanukkah for the studio sessions. Please let me know ahead of time if you would like this option so I can set it up!
November 21 & 22
This event is for up to 3 small children at a time. If you would like to schedule a family session, please book our outdoor mini’s here!
We have a beautiful collection of girls dresses in sizes 6 months – size girls 14. These options are available in our client closet once you book the session. All items are laundered prior to the session, and laundered after your session for the next use.
Sessions are $180 + tax and include 5 digital images of your choice from an online proofing gallery. You will be able to purchase the entire gallery of digitals for an additional payment of $99 after you receive the online proofing gallery. Additionally, other products are available for purchase through the online proofing gallery as well.
** COVID 19 ** We are doing our part to keep safe distance and respect all boundaries to prevent the spread of Covid 19. Sessions will be 15 minutes long with a 10 minute buffer between to allow for social distancing. Please arrive 5 minutes before your session time and wait in your car until your actual appointment time. Photographer and other staff will be wearing masks at all times through out your session. We will also have a hand sanitizing station near by, and will be sanitizing any props used during the day between sessions, including the sofa.
Both set’s will be present, and you will have your choice of which one you would like to do.
If you would like both sets, simply book 2 spots back to back!
To book your session, click here!
Family Portraits at Weymouth Furnace? Yes please! Weymouth furnace is like a fairy tale, right out of the book! It feels magical here, like a princess will just pop right up from around the stone structures. Wait a minute, are those princesses right there? Yes! Why, I believe there are two little princesses right in this blog post haha.
I have been photographing Portraits at Weymouth Furnace and this family for years. It’s only right that we finally planned a session here. Every year I see them grow bigger and more mature! It’s a beautiful thing to see their smiles and I love when they recognize me and get excited for their portraits!
This year, they decided to have their Family Portraits at Weymouth Furnace. It looks like it is directly from their very own story book! Which suits them, since they are in fact little princesses. (They have princess wands!) Of course no trip to the furnace would be complete without some splashing in the water. Just a word of caution though, you should never go in the water here without being with a tube party! (tubes help you stay afloat!) It’s very dangerous and you must heed the signs posted that say “no wading!” It is for your own safety! With all of that said, this location is absolutely gorgeous, and the girls found a natural water run off to splash in at the end of their session.
It’s the Historic Weymouth Furnace! “The Weymouth Forge land was purchased in 1800 from the West New Jersey Society by five partners headed by George Ashbridge and Charles Shoemaker. In 1801, the State granted permission to dam the Great Egg Harbor River “for accommodation of iron works and other waterworks…”. Iron production began in 1802.” Click here to continue reading about the Weymouth Furnace and add it to your plans when you visit the area!
Covid 19 has impacted our lives in so many different ways. For instance, you may have lost people near and dear to you, had to stay home and quarantine, or have your newborn session at home! However you are coping with this pandemic, please know that small businesses are able to still help you with your needs, however, we are operating a little bit differently as of late.
This beautiful baby girl made her appearance a little bit early, and during this pandemic. Therefore we couldn’t have an in studio session because of social distancing, however – we found a way!
I spoke to Mom about expectations and how the session would go. I dropped off newborn fabric wraps and headbands and directions ahead of time on how to wash and sanitize the items to protect her baby and the fabrics as well. She was able to select which colors she wanted to use, and then when I showed up we were able get to work!
Because of social distancing and the delicate immune system of a newborn baby, I advised Mom that I can not touch her new bundle of joy. The health and safety of newborn babies and their families is always my number one concern. Therefore, Mom had to wrap her little one on her own (Which honestly, made for some beautiful images that she will remember forever!) She wrapped her like a pro! I am so proud of her, and how well she was able to listen to direction and help make this session even more beautiful!
How did I protect the baby? Good question!
1. No contact at all!
2. I stayed 6ft-12ft away at all times
3. I shot with a 70-200mm Lens (I shoot Nikon, you can find the exact lens I shoot with by clicking here, and the exact body I shot with by clicking here).
3. I allowed Mom to pre-wash the materials in her own laundry soap and/or lysol the day before the session. I prefer Dreft for all of my wraps.
4. I wore a mask the entire time. I highly recommend whichever mask you get, you should also purchase filters and cut the back of your mask open and pop in a filter. Not all masks are made to prevent viruses from getting through the fabric. Having a filter helps with that.
5. No hand shaking Mom, Dad or Kids! No contact at all!
6. I also keep hand sanitizer on me as well as disinfectant wipes.
In addition to all of this hard work (Thanks Mom!), I also snuck in some composites too! Composites are digital images that give you that studio look, but are purely digital. That is where my photoshop skills come in handy! (Thank you college education and the Digital Art and Design Program at LIU!)
Anyway, let’s get back to this newborn session at home! It’s not every day that your clients front yard looks like a park! How gorgeous is this! Check out the images and just look at how adorable this little one is, and how perfect their family has become.
If you are planning on having a baby, or if you are approaching your due date and you need a newborn photographer, I would love to photograph your newborn session at home! Once we have the clearance to go back to studio sessions without social distancing, then newborns will be okay to photograph! Until then, we will do our very best to stick to the guidelines set by NJ.
Having a baby is hard work! I know, I’ve had 3 babies myself. So having to wrap your own baby, during your little one’s newborn session is HARD! But during the time that we are going through right now, things are so unknown, and scary, that we really need to think about the safety of our children. Newborn babies especially, do not have their immunizations yet, and can’t fight off a virus that lets say you or I could fight off. Therefore, if Mom is able to wrap her own baby, it’s safer all around for everyone. We have to come together as much as we can right now to keep each other safe.
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