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Kalei’s cake smash! First Birthday session | New Jersey Photographer |Renee Romero Photography

Lately I’ve been working with so many little ones, which is definitely something I’m not used to even though I love working with them. So after photographing five mini sessions, and one newborn this month (7 kids total) I decided to pick the last session for the blog. Kalei’s cake smash session, which was only my second cake smash done, the first one being a week prior to her session. 

Throughout my experiences photographing one year olds I’ve come to understand that they are not always happy, sometimes all they want to do is hold on to mommy and daddy and want nothing to do with me, while others are happy and smiling but moving every direction I don’t want them to be. Cake Smash sessions yield the same results, they are just ten times more messy. 

We started off Kalei’s session with regular photographs of her. Then moved on to the photographs with the cake. IMG_1665wm IMG_1646wm

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I just loved so many of the photographs we took that I couldn’t only share the photographs her mom had chosen. And lastly I wanted to share one outtake from the session. Kalei kept running away from the cake and going to her mom, the result being this photograph of her mom covered in more frosting than Kalei was. IMG_1724wm

This session was a lot of fun to shoot, and I can’t wait to shoot more cake smash photographs in the future, and hopefully work with Kalei again. 

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Also, I absolutely loved the little romper, and shoes that Kathleen chose to dress Kalei in, you can find both at the following etsy stores. 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/theprettyowl

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GigglesandWigglesBtq

 

 

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Olivia; Newborn session |New Jersey Newborn Photographer|Renee Romero Photography|

A month ago, I had the wonderful opportunity of shooting my first full session in New Jersey with Scott and Lizzie for their maternity photographs. Now a month later, I am ecstatic that they also chose me to photograph Olivia! 

 

One of my favorite photographs from Lizzie and Scott's maternity session in Historic Smithville Park.

One of my favorite photographs from Lizzie and Scott’s maternity session in Historic Smithville Park.

On Monday August 11th, I got to take photographs of Olivia in my studio just 8 days after she was born. Since newborns are generally difficult to photograph I prepared myself for what I’ve had to do recently, break up the session between two days as babies did not want to sleep, be posed, or be comfortable with much of anything we tried to do. 

Olivia however, was great! She didn’t cry much, except when we tried to put her in a couple of the baskets. But she still allowed us to get some great shots in those as well. I was also very happy that her parents brought so many different outfits, and headbands to use. With all of the little hats, wraps, props, and diaper covers I’ve acquired, we had a lot of different things to work with. 

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I am so happy with the way this set of newborn photographs turned out, and am really pleased to add more photographs to my newborn portfolio. 

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Kim & Brett, session at Laurel Pond, Fort Dix NJ. |New Jersey Photographer|Renee Romero Photography|

Another week has flown by, and a lot more work has been done. Last week I had the opportunity of photographing my wonderful neighbors Kim, Brett, and their dogs Duke and Samson. Since then I have also photographed two mini sessions, finished the edits/order on a newborn session, and have done a lot more updates to my website, and social media sites.

            These photographs were taken on July 31st at Laurel Pond near our homes on Fort Dix. First, we began photographing them and the dogs, which was just as difficult as I thought it would be since I’ve seen restless they are when they’re out. Luckily, we got this one of them all!

            After we got one good photograph of the dogs, Brett took them home and we began taking photographs of Kim and Brett by themselves.

            Here are a few more photographs of Kim and Brett’s session!

            I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to shoot another session here. And even more will be coming soon!

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Want to see more photographs? Don’t forget to visit my website www.reneeromerophotography.com and ‘like’ my Facebook page www.facebook.com/reneeromerophoto

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Julians Newborn Photographs; New Jersey portrait photographer. ~Renee Romero Photography~

One thing I don’t do often is photograph newborns. When Jil contacted me asking about photographing her son when he arrived, I was really excited since she had inquired about her session just a couple weeks after I had moved here.

            And since I had planned fully making a studio space for myself over the summer, I became even more motivated since I would finally have a working space to bring newborns in to.

            So over the course of a couple weeks in June, I bought three rolls of seamless paper, bought strobes, built a floor, painted furniture, and ordered various wraps, hats, and other things needed to comfortably pose and photograph newborns.

            On July 24th, Jil and Dominic brought Julian in to the studio! I took a lot of photographs that day, but wasn’t completely prepared for how unhappy little Julian would be with us trying to pose him. He also didn’t sleep enough for us to get as many shots as needed. So, I invited them back for a second round of photographs the second week. I just had to make sure that Jil had a variety of different photographs to choose from and that she would be completely happy with them!

            While newborns are unpredictable, they certainly are rewarding to document. I’m so glad to be able to give these photographs to new parents!

            Here are just a few of the photos I took of Julian during both sessions.

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And Last, here is a photograph of the beautiful couple, and Julian! This photograph was requested by Jil since she hadn’t yet gotten a photograph taken of all three of them.

Jil, Dominic, and baby Julian were all a pleasure to work with, and getting them their order within the next week is something I really look forward to. I always love meeting and working with new clients again. I hope to work with them again in the future.  

            Want to see more photographs? Be sure to look at my website www.reneeromerophotography.com and ‘like’ my Facebook page www.facebook.com/reneeromerophoto

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Lizzie and Scott: Maternity session in Historic Smithville Park

The first half of my summer was rough. I could barely generate any interest in my area for sessions. And I was starting to feel really defeated. Having a photography business is hard. All of my time, and money goes back into my business, regardless if I’m generating enough sessions to really support myself. Luckily, I have an amazingly supportive husband who understands that this is all I really love doing.

So after a month of feeling like I was going nowhere, Lizzie and Scott booked their session! Now you can imagine my excitement after everything in the first portion of my summer.

While I was very excited for the session, I was also very nervous! Their session was my first big session in New Jersey, I had no idea where to go at this new location, and my camera was fogging up every ten seconds because of the humidity (I’m used to the desert!). Luckily their session ran very smoothly besides feeling hot the whole time, and the millions of bugs that decided they would introduce themselves to me! I screamed a good four times in front of my new clients (embarrassing right?).

I’ll let these speak for themselves! These are just a few previews for everyone, maternity sessions are fun! And I love shooting them, because I don’t get them often. Like any other session they’re still important to me, what’s better than documenting the amazing gift of carrying a child?

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Also, thank you to Scott and Lizzie for being so great! They gave me my first session here, and were the first people I introduced to my new pricing, and ordering system! So while I experienced many technical difficulties while we were trying to get their order placed, they were still so nice about everything. I can’t wait to get them their photographs!

Want to see more photographs from other sessions? Visit my website www.reneeromerophotography.com and like my page on facebook! www.facebook.com/reneeromerophoto

 

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Maternity sessions, newborn planning, and vendor fairs! This weeks events.

It was an eventful week for my business. Monday, I had the opportunity to photograph the winner of the mini session model contest I ran on Facebook at the end of last month! Amber brought in her son Declan but he wasn’t too happy about having his photographs taken. I was however, able to get a few photos of him. I especially loved the ones where he was laying on my studio floor wanting to sleep.IMG_9888wm IMG_9938wm

 

Tuesday, I got a chance to photograph my first full outdoor session in New Jersey! I’m so happy to finally have sessions booked! Previews of this great session will be posted next week after I meet with the couple for their ordering session.

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Just a tiny peak at the thumbnails of this set of photos. The rest are gorgeous but I’m keeping them hidden for now!

 

The rest of the week I spent sorting photographs, and updating galleries on my website,marketing $50 mini sessions for my new studio, and preparing for two newborns I’m shooting next week!

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Mini sessions available to New Jersey residents only! And 15% off to all new clients!

And today, I participated in a vendor event! I got quite a few connections with other small businesses, passed out business cards, and got to show off some products!

Next weeks blog post will be much more exciting, and have more photographs from sessions to show off! In the meantime, wish me luck! I have a newborn coming in tomorrow! photo photo2 photo4

 

Don’t forget to view my website! www.reneeromerophotography.com more updates are coming soon.

 

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Self Portraits: Accepting my trials

I may often come off as a person who is confident, driven, and will do whatever I can to achieve success. While that is true, I often feel stuck.

Before I moved I was talking with a friend about doing a self-portrait series. I was explaining to them that I felt so much anxiety, that I was worried about moving, and starting over with my business. I thought giving myself another personal project to work on would take my mind off of what was worrying me. Now, three months later I’ve finished these portraits, and feel they were what I needed to feel better about myself.

Entering my adult life is terrifying, I’ve moved away from my friends, my family, and amazingly supportive clients. I’ve spent most of my summer trying to find work here, to develop my business again with little success. And as much as I’ve tried to realize that this is just another step in learning how to thrive, it’s been harder than I can control.

This series is a reflection of myself, while my portraits are a direct representation of who I am, they also reflect on aging, and the impressions we get of ourselves over time that doesn’t go away.  They represent the thoughts, anxiety and feelings that as much as I’ve grown, and succeeded, I’m still in constant fear that whatever I do, is never enough.

Using four photographs of myself, different textures, and using digital editing techniques to blend them together with my thoughts. I wanted to succeed in showing that through all of the negative feelings, and criticism I give myself,I still have a clear view of who I am. All of my uncertainty over time has become a part of who I am.

I realize that this series is different; I don’t share my artistic works with clients often. But the past two bodies of work I’ve made have greatly represented that I’m struggling. And I have to realize that struggling is okay. If a year ago I didn’t dive into building my business right I never would have gotten to this point in my work, and feeling confident that I could produce great photographs for clients. And I also couldn’t have become comfortable in creating works that are more personal, rather than being technically difficult.

I hope people will get something from these images, will be able to relate to feeling that it’s okay to feel like that everything may not go the way you need it to, or the way you want it to be. I am strong enough to accept that these trials I’m facing are another way of helping me develop myself, and my work.

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