The Perrella Family

I just recently got an email from a woman who was pretty close to her due date and she wanted to do a maternity/newborn session with me.  I was so delighted to meet this precious family.

With three little boys under the age of five, life is quite busy.  I was thrilled to know that they were expecting a little girl! Yay! Pink is so perfect in every way! One really cute fun fact is that if you notice in the photograph below, there are numbers written on the easter eggs.  It represents each child's birthdate. So adorable!

Our session was so sweet and spontaneous and it was in a very natural environment.  First we started our photos outdoors and had some fun with a little antique stroller.  The boys really enjoyed pushing it around and pretending that their baby sister was in it.

We then moved up to the studio where we were able to let the boys run free and have some special mommy time individually as well as all together.   We even managed to grab dad for a few of our shots.  

Since our maternity session, Marianna gave birth to their princess Isabelle and I am expecting them to come to the studio this Friday for their newborn session.   I cannot wait for all the pink and the excitement and joy to capture. Stay tuned...........

The Webb Family

This year I have had so many wonderful family portraits to photograph.  I just love when families come together to celebrate their love and relationships in such a beautiful way!  Sometimes it is several months or even years since many family members have been together.  

The Webb Family wanted to celebrate their parents and thought there was no better way than to have all of the members photographed together.  Especially with growing families, it is wonderful to have grandparents with their grandchildren to have these memories for a lifetime! We even captured a few of the couples together which I thought was so sweet.

The children here in this family were so adorable and had such fun just running around for the session.  I love to let kids be kids so there is lots of fun and laughter while I am shooting.  The candid moments truly are my favorites.  Please enjoy this beautiful family!

LIFESTYLE HEADSHOTS FOR CINNAMON WOLFE PHOTOGRAPHY

There are so many things that happen in our lives.  I love when I meet new people.  I am a total people person and my husband says that I could talk the doors right off of a garage!!!! That is what I love most about my job.  Dealing with so many things as a photographer, especially wedding photography, brings you to a place where you are always with people.  

I had the privilege of meeting Cinnamon purely by coincidence.  I was selling my shoot sac camera bag and she happened to see my ad.  We realized we did not live that far from each other so we decided to meet.  It was a quick meeting, but afterwards I went and checked out her website.  It was clear that she was a believer in Jesus!  I contacted her and told her that we both share the love of Jesus . She was delighted to find a friend here in New Jersey seeing she is new to the area. We set a date and met for lunch. We spent about 6 hours in the restaurant and chatted the whole time! I thank God for this precious friend.  She has brought so much joy into my life, besides from taking some awesome headshots for me (I never like my photos, but she rocked it!) We have tremendous respect for one another as fellow photographers and we build each other up all the time. She has taught me so much for my business such as blogging (yes, she created a monster) she designed this amazing new website, introduced me to photo mechanic and has saved me so much time that I am singing her praises every time I have to cull my images.  Cinnamon and I are actually going to be working together this May on a wedding in Brooklyn New York.  I cannot wait!

We decided together that we both needed some headshots so we went out in very cold weather and had a blast!  She is funny, smart, full of life and so beautiful inside and out! I am so pleased with these beautiful images I captured of her.  I think they totally show her awesome personality!   I hope you enjoy.  Check out her gorgeous work at www.cinnamonwolfephotography.com.

Pam + Morgan's Engagment Session featured

I am just so pleased to share this publication of Pam and Morgan's Engagement Session! This beautiful new blog,  Click here to read the post. Red Oak Weddings is a new wedding blog is devoted to assisting and inspiring couples planning their wedding in NY, NJ and PA.

This love story... it made my whole week. I love their journey to find one another, the sincerity of their story, and how effortless and adorable Morgan and Pam are with each other. Debbie Ryan from Deborahann Photography perfectly captured their engagement in Morristown, New Jersey on a gorgeous summer day... and if their engagement pictures are this beautiful, I can't wait to see what's in store for their wedding.

 

New Jersey Morristown Engagement Pictures

Hannah Marie

Well this little beauty was all of seven days old when she arrived with her mom and dad in the studio.  I have had the pleasure of knowing Ashley and Chris for many years and it was so wonderful to capture these precious moments for them of their beautiful family.  Hannah was around seven pounds and seven days old and that is really the ideal time to photograph a newborn session.

She was pretty sleepy throughout our time together and I could not be happier with the results!

 

Coffee Lover or Coffee Snob

So here is the question? How many times do you hear people say "I am such a coffee snob"? Myself included.  For the longest time, I have been drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee. Now some will say, "How can you be a coffee snob with Dunkin"? Maybe they can understand Starbucks or some of the fancier lines of coffee brands but Dunkin is pretty ordinary.

So this leads me to the conclusion that I just love the taste of coffee, not for the caffeine, (I only can drink decaf, just taste and aroma.  I don't care for Starbucks and most of the supermarket brands I don't like at all. So yes, I am incredibly picky or some would say a coffee snob.

 This is the scale that we use and we measure in grams.  If you have any scale around the house that measures in grams it will be fine to use.

This is the scale that we use and we measure in grams.  If you have any scale around the house that measures in grams it will be fine to use.

Here is the thing, my son, who is a guy who loves coffee to the point of measuring, grinding, and just about everything else you need to do to the beans to make the best cup of coffee ever, has had a very strong influence on me lately. I have seen him buy the expensive beans such as companies like Stumptown, Intelligentsia and a few other awesome companies.  Watching him, measure, boil, grind, and time the rate of how fast the water goes through the carafe, (this is a process called pour over).  I am thinking how could all of this time be worth it? Now I am talking months of observing him doing this! He only drinks regular so I was reluctant to drink the caffeinated coffee to try it out.

 So here is a photo of our arsenal! The scale, the scooper to measure out the beans, the grinder is in the background. We actually have a really fast electric one but I just used this one today because it is easier to photograph (this is a hand one which is a little tough to use for me to use). The kettle on the right is awesome to do pour overs with because you can control the amount of water coming out. You really want to pour nice and slow.  The carafe is in the middle and the filter is placed on top.

So here is a photo of our arsenal! The scale, the scooper to measure out the beans, the grinder is in the background. We actually have a really fast electric one but I just used this one today because it is easier to photograph (this is a hand one which is a little tough to use for me to use). The kettle on the right is awesome to do pour overs with because you can control the amount of water coming out. You really want to pour nice and slow.  The carafe is in the middle and the filter is placed on top.

Months had passed, and my daughter was here visiting and she asked if I would make the coffee for her that her brother raves about.  Mind you, I had to go purely on memory watching him make it everyday thinking I could do this.  I gave it my best shot and I actually was able to produce a great cup of coffee for her from memory. While brewing it myself, the aroma was so aromatic and inviting that I was tempted to try some regardless of the fact that it was caffeinated.    That is all it took! A few sips and I now am hooked and convinced that this is the way to enjoy  a real cup of Joe! So now, I do go and buy myself the expensive beans (around $18.00 a bag) which was a big jump from buying the three pound deal from Dunkin for about $20.00. 

 So here we will now grind the beans and then the coffee will be placed in the filter on top of the carafe.

So here we will now grind the beans and then the coffee will be placed in the filter on top of the carafe.

 Once the beans are ground, you then will place the coffee in the filter and take the boiled water and pour slowly over the grounds. After the correct amount of water is poured it is complete and ready to enjoy.

Once the beans are ground, you then will place the coffee in the filter and take the boiled water and pour slowly over the grounds. After the correct amount of water is poured it is complete and ready to enjoy.

Do I still drink the Dunkin and go their every afternoon?  Well maybe not every afternoon, but yes I do still go alot.  As much as I LOVE the pour over method and the expensive beans, I do not indulge regularly.  I also like the morning coffee to be ready to go as soon as I am up for the day. I do enjoy the whole process of preparing the coffee when I have time. I believe this is an art all of its own.  Not one hard to accomplish by any means, but you first have to have the gear like everything else which adds up to quite a bit of money. Being a photographer, I totally need the right gear to get that beautiful end result and it is the same thing with just about everything we do. 

 Here I am actually trying to pour the water and take the photo at the same time! Not as easy as I thought.  In the beginning, you just pour a bit to get the grinds to really soak up the water. Also you can download the app from intelligentsia and it will help you follow the directions perfectly as far as the timing of how long and how much water and coffee beans to use. 

Here I am actually trying to pour the water and take the photo at the same time! Not as easy as I thought.  In the beginning, you just pour a bit to get the grinds to really soak up the water. Also you can download the app from intelligentsia and it will help you follow the directions perfectly as far as the timing of how long and how much water and coffee beans to use. 

So I guess I am coming to the conclusion that I am not a coffee snob ,  but more like a total coffee lover who has acquired a fine taste in coffee. Just like people that like fine wines,  I think they just love wine and enjoy the really great stuff! 

Here is the end result! So pull up a chair and a favorite magazine, add a little biscotti and enjoy!


So there you have it!  What is your opinion on this subject? Would love to hear your thoughts and find out just what you all are drinking in the coffee world! Thanks for stopping by............