A wonderful photographer created the Hot Cocoa Sessions, and it broke the internet! With so much demand for it, I decided to try them myself! I am excited to announce that Bokeh Love Photography will be offering Hot Cocoa Mini Sessions in Galloway, NJ. Rain or shine, the weather will not matter! You will be safe in my studio and you will get to have your child photographed in a big cup of cocoa!
These mini sessions are $180 which includes 5 digital images of your choice from an online proofing gallery. You will be able to purchase the entire gallery for $99 as well. Click here to book your session!
The hot cocoa is a mixture of warm water and hot cocoa mix. I have two different sized cups so I can accommodate sitters (babies who can sit on their own) up to 3 or 4 years of age.
Your child should wear a diaper cover and bathing suit. The reason for this is because we want them to look adorable in a super cute outfit (I recommend a red/white bathing suit!) but also for their safety. You don’t want them to actually bathe in the Cocoa, so covering them up will prevent any infections. Your child’s safety is our number one priority! Here is an adorable outfit from Amazon!
Yes! Between sessions the cup will be dumped & sanitized. A new batch of warm cocoa will be made for the next client. Keeping things clean and sanitized is very important to us to protect you, especially during COVID! We will also be wearing masks during your session and there will be a buffer between your session and the next, to allow for you to clean up and leave before the next client arrives.
I am very excited to be able to offer these Hot Cocoa Mini Sessions in Galloway, NJ and I am so excited to show you the set up! The setting will be a country kitchen with gingerbread men/women, and some other fun things for your little to look at. And of course we will have GIANT marshmallows!
Take a look at the setup below:
Planning on having family sessions done instead? To see what to wear for family Christmas sessions, click here! This will give you some ideas for how you should dress your family for the absolute best family portraits!
Not sure what to wear for Christmas Portraits? Let me help you with some visual guides! Selecting your outfits can make or break your family portraits! You really want to select outfits that flatter everyone, and can showcase who you really are. Is your family causal and comfortable or is your family upscale and glamorous? You can go in so many different directions. The possibilities are virtually endless and you have the internet to shop at your disposal!
H&M : Really great selection of clothing for kids and adults. A great way to stay trendy and relevant, and not submit to the “cuteness” of boy clothes you will find in other chain stores. Also, convenient, and you can find GREAT deals here!
Janie & Jack : On the more expensive side, but the quality alone is worth it! They have a very distinct style that will not disappoint!
Zara : High fashion kids clothes (and adults too!) If you want to stand out, this is it!
Boden : Really beautiful clothing options for the whole family! High quality pieces, velvet, tulle, sequins, blazers, shoes, etc.
ModCloth: An amazing resource for women both regular and plus sized, with an amazing assortment of different and unique styles!
Shein : Stay in style with the amazing options at Shein, for men, women and children!
Neiman Marcus : Always a solid choice for a classic look for every member of your family.
Ted Baker : High end designs, beautifully crafted, and gorgeous additions to your closet that will last the test of time!
ASOS : For men and women, the clothing you will find here are highly stylish and perfect for that wow factor!
You should take some time to really think about colors, patterns, styles and textures to create your own look for your family. You will really have a good time searching the internet for just the right pieces, and then it’s time to shop! Or, you can look in your closet and try to find different things you have purchased throughout the years, to make something work! It’s a really fun challenge and you will feel so much more proud that you’ve styled your family on your own! I’d say that will earn some serious bragging rights!
Take a look at the board below and see how I styled them. You will have a much better idea on what to wear for Christmas Portraits!
The images you see above were not photographed by me. These images were complied via the internet of outfits found at the stores above. I am not associated with the stores, nor am I an affiliate. Bokeh Love Photography has not received compensation by telling you to visit these stores. I am simply sharing with you my honest opinions on outfits and accessories that would look stunning for your family portraits. To purchase any of these images, please visit the links to the stores above, during the 2020 November-December season. If visiting at another date, these outfits may not be available, so in the future, please use them for color and pattern reference only.
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!
Fall family sessions are my favorite.
The weather starts to change, somehow we get all of this energy to rake the lawn, pops of color and comfy flannels call our names and FORCE us to put them on! SOCKS! Who doesn’t love socks, and hoodies, and those super comfy, fuzzy boots… yes you know the ones, the ones that you can stick your toes inside and wear as slippers. Watching movies with ALL of the blankets, and waking up in the morning and making a big cup of hot coffee!
Yes, autumn is here, and it’s time for Fall family sessions. Because, why not? Your children are older, they’re so cute and of course you want to dress them up in the most adorable fall attire you can find. These images make beautiful wall pieces, but most importantly… this is a tradition!
These special sessions are something to look forward to! You’ve made it through the summer, your kids are in a new grade at school! They’re entering a new chapter of their lives and you want to document this. It’s special, and you’re creating and documenting these memories that they will love looking back on as adults. Then they can carry on the same tradition with their own children. Be proud of that, you did that!
Bokeh Love has been photographing Fall family sessions for over 10 years. Whether it’s a mini session or a full session dedicated to capturing those natural smiles and giggles, you’ll be happy you made this investment!
Avalon beach portraits are probably my absolute favorite. Avalon beaches are quiet and calm. There are never many people there, and when there are, it still isn’t a lot. In the evening everyone is strolling along the streets eating ice cream so we have the entire beach to ourselves. I also have a few favorite spots that I love to go to. This is one of them. I love when I can incorporate greenery into my beach sessions for variety. That way the gallery isn’t just sand. Kids tend to get bored easily, so changing the environment but not going too far also helps!
It’s a nice walk, but the kids love it because they can run! This session started a little bit early, around 7pm because of the littles, but ideally, I like to start my sessions around 7:45 for the very best golden hour. However, as you can see here, with the right location, you can shoot anywhere, at any time so long as the lighting situation is correct! Not every location is the right location so it is a very good idea to discuss location with your photographer ahead of time, so you know that where you are going and at what time, is the right time!
Even if you are staying in a neighboring town, there is just something about Avalon that is very special and worth the trip. It’s also nice to visit somewhere else one night of your vacation. So if you are going to Ocean City or Sea Isle, check out Avalon one night as well, or make it a point to get some ice cream after your beach portraits! They have so many options for ice cream in Avalon, including my favorite – DOLE WHIP! (It’s sugar free, dairy free and GUILT FREE!)
Don’t forget to book your session before you come down (Book your session here!) to make sure everything is set for your vacation, and I will do the location scouting for you! I can wait to chat some more about your upcoming Avalon beach portraits and look forward to seeing YOU on the beach! xoxo- Lauren
Check out our favorite Avalon session from last year:
Family Beach Session in Avalon, NJ