Happy 2nd Birthday Riley Rose!

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Dear Riley Rose,

I cannot believe you are 2! I remember finding out I was pregnant with you like it was yesterday and now, all of the sudden you are no longer a baby. I know you turned into a toddler a long time ago, but you were still a baby. Don’t get me wrong, you are still my baby- you will always be my baby, but last night, when I was rocking you before bed you fell asleep in my arms. I could have put you in your crib, but I just kept rocking you and kissing your head and when I looked down, for the first time, I saw a little girl in my arms.

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Riley, you bring so much joy to my life. Your smile lights up the whole room. You are happy and curious and adventurous and SMART. Oh, Riley, you are so smart. You started speaking in full sentences at 15 months. You ask thoughtful questions and you sing songs. Your favorites are “How Do You Do?” (Finger Family) and 5 Little Monkeys. You love to play 5 Little Monkeys and throw yourself on the floor in a fit of giggles. You love to climb. Lately you are fiercely independent and lately want to do everything yourself. You like to walk down the stairs, holding my hand. You love Peppa Pig and trying anything big brother Lucas does. You are a tough girl. You definitely have a big brother. You know how to defend and speak up for yourself. You are assertive and not afraid to go after what you want. These are qualities that will serve you in life.

I am so grateful to be your mama. Never stop shining, Riley Rose. I love you.


Mommy <3

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Our Family Christmas Card 2017

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I am so excited to share our 2017 Christmas card! I had so much fun making our card this year, but it was HARD to choose from the amazing photos Erin Witkowski took! A few of my favorites made the card, but if you want to see more, see this post.

As I was getting ready to blog our Christmas card, I thought it would be fun to share our Christmas cards from years past! I have been sending a photo photo Christmas cards since our wedding in 2012. It quickly became one of my favorite traditions and it is fun to compare our cards this year and see how our family has grown!


2012keri calabrese photography*Photo by Cassi Claire Photography

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*Photo by Ryan Elizabeth Photography

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*Photo by my good friend, Krista!

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Photos by Jennifer Lam Photography

I’m signing off for a few days to enjoy Christmas with my family. Have a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

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Newborn Photography: A Grand Adventure

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A Grand Adventure: A Newborn Session

“As soon as I saw you, I knew that a grand adventure was about to happen”

Newborn sessions are quickly becoming my new favorite type of photos. I love the natural approach to a lifestyle newborn session. It might seem overwhelming to invite a photographer into your home while you are still adjusting to life with a newborn, but I promise you it’s worth it. Typically, it is recommended to do your newborn session within 2 weeks of the baby’s birth, but with a lifestyle approach, I find it’s not as necessary. Baby Sidney was already 6 weeks new when we captured these adorable photos and we got the perfect mix of alert, but also sleepy baby shots. I love the simplicity of the color palette Sara chose. The combination of white, black and grey paired nicely with their clean and modern home, while pops of pastels from the nursery complimented the look.

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I just loved standing back and capturing this authentic moment in the first photo above and witnessing mom and dad enjoying their sweet baby girl.

Sara, Josh and Sidney, I had so much fun getting to know you and capturing these memories. Thank you for welcoming me into your home!

If you liked this session, see this adorable newborn session here!

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NJ Wedding Photographer: Best of Weddings 2017

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NJ Wedding Photographer, Best of Weddings 2017

Ahhh! You guys, it is time to share some of my favorite photos of the year! This year I was blessed to take so many beautiful pictures of all sorts of occasions- weddings, birthdays, engagements, families, bridal showers, studio openings, newborns, head shots and more! It was too much to tackle in just one post! So this is part 1- Best of Weddings 2017. In this post I am reliving my favorite wedding related events of the year- weddings, engagements, bridal showers and even an amazingly executed styled shoot!

Not only did I get to add some amazing photographs to my portfolio this year, but more importantly, I met some incredible people, beautiful brides, hilarious grooms, the sweetest bridesmaids you ever did meet, just to name a few!

I had the pleasure of shooting at a number of amazing venues this year, including Indian Trail Club, (my new fave!), Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Wainwright House, Garden City Hotel, Upper Montclair Country Club, Highlands Country Club and that is not even all of them! If you are getting married at any of these venues…call me! 🙂

I also worked with and learned from a number of incredibly talented professionals! Cassi Claire, Lauren Allison Diane Hu, Yumi Matsuo and so many other talented Spark girls!

Okay, enough talking. Let’s get to the pretty pictures, shall we?

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Our Family Christmas Card Photos

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Our Christmas Card Photos by Erin Witkowski Photography

Yay! Our Christmas cards are in the mail! Before I share our final card design, I am so excited to share a few favorites from our session with Erin Witkowski Photo! Erin is basically a mix of photographer, baby whisperer, designer, storyteller and magician! Each year she creates a magical Christmas village at a tree farm in the Hudson Valley. Yes, I made my family drive an hour and a half each way to work with Erin and get these photos and it was totally worth it! So all you husbands complaining about taking family photos this time of year- my husband has it worse! But he was a total champ (thanks, honey! You’re the best!)

Erin was truly a miracle worker, getting Riley to look and even smile. She’s usually our sweet “Smiley Riley” but she was a little under the weather this day. But she couldn’t help but smile when she saw the jingle bells and yes, there was even a pony! It was truly magical and I will treasure these photos forever.

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If you are considering family photos- do it! It can be a pain to coordinate outfits and schedules and yes, it is an investment, but it is completely 100% worth it!

Our Outfits!

On Riley: Janie & Jack
On Lucas: Sweater: Old Navy / Button Down: Ralph Lauren
On Keri: Tulle Skirt: Morning Lavender (I’m obsessed!) / Sweater: Ann Taylor
On Dan: Button Down: Ralph Lauren

Want to see more Christmas photos?! See these from my favorite Christmas Tree Farm!

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