Every year, coLab Arts has an annual gala. It’s a way to bring awareness for specific causes and raise money to continue their programming for the community.

This year’s gala featured an “immersive visual and performance art experience that embraces our reconnection to the Raritan River.” There were various performances by different local groups. Actors, dancers, singers, and visual artists all created unique work that centered around the Raritan River.

Take a look at some excerpts below.

Thanks to Dan, John, and the rest of CoLab for allowing me to be a part of such a rewarding event once again.

For more info on CoLab and their programs, visit http://www.colab-arts.org/

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Meet Bryce! He was born on August 19th, 2016. By the time I met him, he was 3 weeks old and ready to rock his newborn photoshoot. His parents, Dara and Jon, were so excited for our session!
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I always like to ask if there’s anything personal the parents would like to include in the photoshoot. Sometimes it’s Star Wars details. Other times it’s laying the parents’ baby pictures next to the newborn to show how much she/he looks like them. Whatever the parents decide, it’s always a really nice touch and makes the photos all the more special.Bryce’s father, Jon, is big into music and plays the guitar. My original thought was to lay Bryce on the guitar itself, but he wasn’t very fond of that so we had to improvise a bit. (Side note: Improvising is the name of the game when it comes to newborn photoshoots, so I always come prepared with backup ideas). We decided to put him in the guitar case and as you can see below, he rocked it!

Thank you, Dara and Jon, for inviting me to be a part of your son’s first photo shoot. I hope you enjoy these newborn photos for years to come.

 

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Ryan and Mike said “I do” on September 30th of last year and celebrated with a rustic-meets-classic wedding in Randolph, New Jersey.

I first met the couple when they’d asked me to shoot their engagement session. It was then that I had the opportunity to get to know them and learn how they met and how he proposed.

Both the bride and groom got ready at the hotel where they were staying—separately, of course—surrounded by their wedding parties and family members. I love shooting the raw excitement and anticipation while the bride and groom get ready!

Ryan’s mother and bridesmaids were just as excited as you’d expect as she got her hair done and stepped into her lace wedding gown.



And the emotion on Ryan’s face as she opened this card from Mike.Equally fun was shooting Mike and his groomsmen as they popped open a bottle of whiskey to enjoy.

Like many couples these days, Ryan and Mike did a first look before the ceremony.

Note: I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. First looks, while not required, make the formal portraits process quicker since a lot of them can get taken care of before the ceremony. That means more time for the couple to spend with their guests during cocktail hour. A win-win!

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Unlike a lot of others couples, they took a moment to have a quick toast together at the hotel’s bar.

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Somehow, these two even managed to squeeze in some foosball and air hockey before the ceremony. Talk about a fun-loving couple.

Wedding Couple fooseballThe ceremony (as well as the reception) was held at the Meadow Wood Manor and was attended by about 125 guests. Fun Fact: That’s where my wife and I got married in 2012!Meadow Wood Manor is known for their customer service and attention to detail. That’s one reason why Ryan and Michael chose to get married there.

Amazingly, many of the staff members even remembered my wife and I from our wedding there almost 5 years later! It was such a treat to be back there from the other side of things. They were incredibly helpful and accommodating with anything the couple or my staff needed. And I may be biased, but their food is amazing!

At the reception there was plenty of dancing, laughing at toasts, and enjoying cake. Everyone was having a great time.

How cute is this picture of Ryan waiting for a bite of cake?

Thank you to Ryan and Mike for allowing me to photograph your wedding and be there for such an amazing moment in your lives! I know you have a lifetime of happiness ahead of you!

Thanks to my other shooters, Amanda and Jess!

Vendors

Ceremony & Reception Venue
Meadow Wood Manor —MaryEllen Hatcher
MaryEllen@meadowwoodmanor.com
(973) 607-0609
http://www.meadowwoodmanor.com/

 

Florist
Monarch Floral Designs —Maria Caplan
reecap9@aol.com
(862) 881-2342

Wedding Dress
Park Avenue Bridals
341 Pompton Ave, Verona, NJ 07044
(973) 239-7111
https://www.parkavenuebridals.com/

 

Hair: Style Me Up Pretty—Niki Likos
(973) 943-7918
http://www.stylemeuppretty.com/

 

Makeup: AM to PM Makeup by Andrea—Andrea Mitsaelides
(973) 896-9335

DJ: Krystian- Alpine Entertainment
info@alpine-entertainment.net
(201) 478-8990
http://www.alpinedjs.com/

Cake: Gourmet Touch Bakery
21 Church St
Liberty Corner, NJ
(908) 604-0600
http://www.gourmettouchbakery.com/


Favors
: Wine made by bride and groom @ Your Own Winery
92 Route 23 North
Riverdale, NJ
862.200.5808
Michele Crecca- yourownwinery@gmail.com
http://yourownwinery.com/

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Meet Jaxon! Jaxon was born on August 29th, 2016 and I got the opportunity to photograph him two weeks later. You can check out the maternity session I shot with his parents here.

Jaxon’s parents are huge baseball fans, New York Mets in particular. Let’s go Mets! Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom named his son Jaxon, and that’s one of the reasons they chose his name.

I often start newborn sessions with some posed shots, usually with the baby sleeping or lying down. Soon baby Jaxon decided he’d rather be in his parents arms, so we moved onto some lifestyle shots, which as a photographer I prefer. The goal is to capture you and your new family doing what you do everyday, whether that’s reading to your child, feeding them, or just snuggling up on the couch.


And that’s exactly what we did with baby Jaxon.

Don’t you just love the quizzical look on his face? 

Thank you so much to Jenna and Micah for asking me to photograph Jaxon’s newborn session. Your little family has such a happy future ahead!

 

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Meet Jack! Jack was born on August 4th, 2016. From the moment I stepped into their house, I noticed Jack’s parents were glowing (despite being exhausted, I’m sure)!

Unsurprisingly, newborn shoots can be a bit unpredictable, so we usually budget at least a few hours to account for diaper changes and feeding breaks. Not only does this take the pressure off getting the perfect shot if the newborn baby is being a little fussy (as babies can be), but it also gives the parents a much needed rest.

During Jack’s session, we wanted him to be as comfortable as possible, so we made every effort to keep his beanbag warm and cozy with a portable heater.

Side note: I always ask the parents to bump up the heat in the house. When we’re all sweating a bit, baby is as comfy as she/he was in the womb.

 

 

His parents wanted to try a few different outfits from family members for the shoot, which I’m always happy to try. Another little touch that makes the photographs extra special!

Personally, I think his turtle outfit fit him best! What do you think?

 

Thank you so much to Jack’s parents for inviting me into your home to photograph his newborn photo shoot. It was a pleasure to spend a few hours with you during this exciting time for your family.

 

Send me a message to discuss your new baby’s newborn session.

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