The Serbins // An Ocean City NJ Family Photography Session

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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
— Diane Arbus

I read these words by Diane Arbus a long time ago, but they always seem to resurface in my mind when I'm photographing. Last week I was honored to get this sweet family in front of my lens, (Kate happens to be an incredibly talented portrait photographer based in NJ!), and Diane's words really resonated with me when I was preparing the photographs from our session. Consider the way Jon looks at Kate as she looks toward their son - you don't always know how a person looks at you when you aren't looking at them, that is until a photograph exists. I've experienced this myself and it's hard to find the words for it, you have to see it to really feel it, but seeing the way that the one you love looks at you from outside of yourselves is pure magic.

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A Last Light Couples Session in Ocean City NJ // Philadelphia Photographer

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After a week of rainfall and seemingly endless gloomy skies in Philadelphia I woke up on Sunday to blue skies and eighty degrees. A reprieve just in time for my session with Sarah and Matt. I packed up my gear and headed toward Ocean City, just a few hours before sunset. The ride was beautiful, occasional clouds and streams of magical "post rain" sunlight, but not storms. I thought for sure we were in the clear. 

About an hour before we were scheduled to start, I stepped onto the beach to find a soft breeze, blue sky and sunlight shining on my shoulders - perfection. Our session was scheduled to start at 6:30, and at 6:27 I got a text from Sarah that read "Are you okay? Are you in your car?" ...That's odd.  I thought, of course I'm okay, it's absolute perfection out here! And then it came. At 6:30 on the dot, with a single clap of thunder, the sky opened up. I sprinted back to the Jeep as the torrential downpour began, just in time for our couples' session. We decided that we'd wait it out in the hope that the seemingly endless black sky would clear. If it didn't, we settled on the idea of a quick Notebookesque shoot in the pouring rain. At least we'd have something. 

After about thirty-five minutes, the storm rolled out over the horizon and we headed back to the beach. Needless to say, we're glad we decided to wait it out. The variations of light, and sky we had to work with were absolutely breathtaking. Clouds, a bit of fog, haze and a bright orange sunset, were everything I could have dreamt up for our last light session on the beach. 

Have a favorite shot of the bunch? Let me know in the comments! 

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Ocean City NJ Couples Sunset Session
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Sometimes it knocks the breath right out of me, realizing how lucky I am to be here and alive with you. To be the one you feel safe with. To be the one whose bones you curl up into when it’s cold. To be the one whose mouth you drowsily kiss when you are half asleep in my arms.
— Beau Taplin
Ocean City New Jersey Couples Session

Ask These Questions Before You Book A Photographer

Ask These Questions Before You Book A Photographer

“How do I find the right photographer? How do I know which photographer is the best fit for my family? Who is the best engagement photographer in Philadelphia? How do I know I’ve made the best choice when choosing someone to photograph my family?” - I’ve heard these questions from long distance friends and I’ve seen them asked time and time again on Facebook, so I’ve put together a list of 5 must ask questions to consider before you book a photographer. These are so useful whether you’re searching for a great fit in a wedding, family, engagement, or adventure photographer. Regardless of your session needs, it’s important to connect with both the portfolio AND the personality of the person you hire, so read on, ask yourself the right questions - and make the best choice for YOU, no matter who it is!

Hunting Island Beach Family Session / Beaufort, South Carolina

With a Beaufort trip in sight I've been thinking a lot about this place, Hunting Island State Park - a place that for three years was my favorite getaway. Only a twenty minute drive from the small town where I met my husband, this was the spot I'd end up every time I got in my car without a destination. I think my favorite afternoon spent tide-side at Hunting Island was with my sister and her babies. We drove out mid afternoon on a Wednesday, it was March and the shore was desolate, not a car or person in sight. We jumped out of her car and started walking along the beach, the sun soaking into our shoulders as we stepped into the tiny footprints paved by my nieces and nephew. After about a half a mile the pale blue sky turned dark and almost instantaneously, the crashing tide transformed into a sheet of black glass. With a loud clap the sky opened up, and there we were - standing on the sand under a torrential downpour - it was more beautiful than I can put into words, the water and the sky jet black, the sand soaked, hair dripping and clothes clinging against our skin, the kids shrieking and laughing and hugging our legs.

Why paint this picture? I suppose it's to give you a glimpse of what this little place really means to us, to the people who've lived here. I want you to look at this family session and see more than just gorgeous images, I want you to see a family who for a brief time called this place home, who made similar memories on this shore and who will always remember it as a place of joy and adventure. I want you to see how comfortable their feet are upon the sand here while chasing the sunset with me.

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