Hot Cocoa Cup Sessions are a lot of work, but they are so adorable. Your babies are only little once, why not take every possible moment to capture how cute they are!

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What to expect at a Hot Cocoa Cup Session, aside from your adorable baby/toddler in a cocoa cup:

•What’s the cut off age? These sessions are perfect for sitters to 4 or 5 years old. We have two difference sized cocoa cups, one for the smaller babies and one for the large toddlers/kids. After 5, it gets a little tricky because of their size, and ability to fit into the cup comfortably.

•What’s in the cup? A mixture of warm water and chocolate milk. Please let me know ahead of time if your child has an allergy and we can adjust our ingredients. We also include giant marshmallows.

•Is it warm in your studio? Yes! We keep the heat cranking during these sessions because it can get chilling and uncomfortable sitting in liquid! We also have towels ready.

•What to bring? Bring a warm change of clothes. A towel or two. Your child’s favorite snack, in case they don’t like marshmallows. (For example, a gingerbread cookie, crackers, etc.) Baby wipes, in case there is drool or food on your child’s face. Expect to be hands on to help things run smoothly!

•What should they wear? You can dress your child in some festive clothes! The best thing to do is have them wear a swim diaper, and a red/white bathing suit, suspenders and a bow tie, fun barrettes for their hair, or even a top hat, or bonnet!

•Do you have props? I do have props available if you would like to use them! I have things like fun headbands, bonnets, etc. (My prop collection is ever growing!)

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Hot Cocoa Cup Sessions are a lot of fun for both the parents and the child. We try to make it a good experience, and encourage little ones to splash! They don’t need to look at the camera, I actually prefer them to enjoy the moment and have natural smiles and interact with the marshmallows, and hot cocoa. Which, is just warm liquid. It’s a unique experience that they won’t be able to do forever. Don’t miss out on this, because in the blink of an eye, they’re too big and you’ll miss out. Don’t miss it. Even if you think it’s silly, you’ll look back and be so happy you did it.

little girl in hot cocoa cup eating giant marshmallow

Our 2023 sessions came to an end and I am so excited to announce that I will be offering them again in 2024. Currently, I am planning to have them in early November. Save the date, and if you’d like to book early, booking is now open for November 2024.

Click the link below to reserve your spot!

Hot Cocoa Cup Sessions

December 21, 2023

Rustic Christmas Hot Cocoa Cup Sessions in New Jersey

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The Bokeh Love Photography Gear List

I have had some requests on the type of gear I use. So, I’ve compiled a Photography Gear List of everything that I use (AND LOVE!) First and foremost I want you to know that I have partnered with Amazon, to be able to share all of my favorite products with you, so when you click on the links below, they will take you directly to Amazon to give you the most amazing prices on all of these products. Second, I am a Nikon girl so all of the products I have listed below are for use with a Nikon camera. I have always used Nikon, and will continue to do so! I love their products, their cameras, their speedlights, everything! So, if you are looking to upgrade your gear this season, check out my list, you may find something that you absolutely need!

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Camera Bodies: 

  1. Nikon D4 –
  2. Nikon D800 –

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Speedlights & Speedlight Accessories: 

  1. Nikon SB910 Speedlight –
  2. Nikon SB800 Speedlight –
  3. Nikon SD800 Quick Recycling Batter Pack for SB800 –
  4. Flash Mount –
  5. Phottix Strato II Multi Receiver & Transmitter –
  6. Phottix Strato II Receiver –
  7. Neewer 47″/120cm Octagonal Softbox –
  8. Westcott 28-Inch Medium Apollo Softbox –
  9. CowboyStudio 7′ Light Stands –

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Lenses & Lens Accessories: 

  1. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G –
  2. Nikkor 35mm f/2D –
  3. Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR –
  4. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D-
  5. Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED –


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Bags & Cases:

  1. Black Rapid Camera Strap –
  2. Epiphanie Lola Camera Bag –
  3. Epiphanie London Camera Backpack –
  4. Pelican Carry On Case –



I think that’s it! I would love to hear how helpful this article was for you! If you are just starting out in photography or if you just needed some gear inspiration! Email me at

Best of luck, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


*All Images in this post are ©Nikon and ©Epiphanie and are used from


December 8, 2015

The Bokeh Love Photography Gear List


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