Mommy and Me Maternity Session | Lisa and Jasper | NJ Maternity Photographer

Mommy and me sessions are so close to my heart. They make me think of the special tiny moments I share with my own boys and never fail to remind me of the fleeting nature of time [insert sad face].

When a Mommy and Me session is created around a glowing Mama-to-be, it makes it even sweeter. For this session, the dynamic of an expectant mother with her firstborn child, who was about to become a big brother, is so bitter-sweet and beautiful. Only a mother can understand that feeling. Having gone through this experience not too long ago, I still remember the feeling all too well.

Lisa and Jasper were such a fun duo to photograph! Lisa has Broadway performing and touring under her belt and is on maternity leave from teaching dance at a local dance studio. Jasper is a spunky two-and-a-half-year-old who loves trains and enjoys being his Mama’s sidekick.

We met up at Memorial Park in Maplewood, NJ. It was a cloudy morning, which gave us beautiful soft and moody light as we moved around the park to capture some candid moments as well as a few gently posed ones.

Lisa wanted to capture some images of her holding Jasper’s hand while walking side-by-side. It’s such a simple moment but I know that as the new baby arrives and Jasper grows through the years, these images will be cherished and will bring back memories of that moment - a little hand holding on, fitting just right…

We played some silly games and Jasper got to mess up Lisa’s beautifully styled hair and give her super smoochy kisses. His favorite thing was running over the bridge, playing with the trains I brought along and observing the ducks in the river.

Congratulations to the Boag Family on the arrival of their Baby Boy!

Here’s a taste of their session:

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NJ Fall Family Minis 2018 - Natalia Ladden Photography

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I’m super excited to announce that my NJ Fall Mini Sessions will take place on October 13 and 14, 2018! Crisp Fall air, leaves crunching under your feet, sweater weather and changing colors…. Ahhh, it’s a photographer’s dream! And I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new awesome families at my Minis!

I will be keeping a close eye on how the foliage develops over the next couple of weeks and will scout out a vibrant spot for us to enjoy. Fingers crossed for Mother Nature’s cooperation! The exact location will be announced to the registrants closer to the dates but it will be within 10 miles of Millburn and Maplewood, NJ.

Rain dates will be the weekend of October 20 and 21, so please hold those dates. Your time slot will remain the same.

What’s a Fall Mini?

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Mini sessions are a short version of a full photography session and give you a taste of what it’s like to work with me while getting some beautiful images to feature in your Holiday cards and on your walls.

My Fall Minis are short and fun. We will play but will also move fast, so bring your best smiles and be ready! Several sessions are scheduled in one location back-to-back with only a few minutes in between for transitioning from one family to another. It’s a really good idea to be on time!

If you’ve already booked you Fall Mini, I can’t wait to capture your family moments! And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?