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Until Next Year Summer...

Well as usual, summer was wayyyy too fast! I photographed a ton of great events in Downtown Somerville this year and it was tons of fun! I love talking to people enjoying out cute little downtown that I've become so proud of. Here are some of my favorite snaps from the summer!

The Downtown Somerville Alliance asked me to take some cute and unique photos for marketing use and this is my favorite one is shot! the planters on Division are new this year and I'm hoping they return next year too!

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I really enjoyed phtograhed the Summer Stages on Divisoon as well. The bands they pick every year are perfect outdoor summer music and give a great sense of rlaxation and enjoyment. Although i didn't get to photograph all 6 of them, here are a few of The Rollbacks and Busse & the Vibes!

And of course we can't forget about CRUISE NIGHT! Fridays becoming the craziest night of the week as Main Street fills up with vintage cruisers and hot rods. It's really a sight to see, the car are all unique and gorgeous and they encourage getting a close up look while everyone leaves their hoods up! You can also stop by one of Main Streets many restaurants and make a night out of it!

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Summer in Somerville!

For those of you who have been to my studio, you know I'm currently located in the heart of Downtown Somerville on Division Street! It's such a cute area with great shops and you can't go wrong with any (and I mean ANY) of the restaurants. (Seriously, I've tried almost all of them!) But what you might not know is that there are so many fun and family-friendly things to do in the the downtown area all summer long!

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First, one of my favorites: The Starlit Cinema! Thursdays at 8:30 pm from July 13th until August 17th you can catch a movie on Division Street! You can hang out and enjoy some Somerville treats, Blue Sheep Bake Shop, where Starlit Cinema takes place, is a great place to grab an ice cream or cupcake. (Did I mention they have ice cream nachos???) Chairs are set up, but bringing your own is recommended, just in case they fill up. Check out this summer's schedule below:

Second up is Somerville Cruise Nights! Watch the town fill up with unique and vintage cars! Car owners from all over New Jersey come to show off their cars on Main Street. I've seen everything there, from classic cars to Knight Rider! Sadly, KITT was there without David Hasselhoff. The area can fill up quickly sometimes so come a bit early or slightly later during the event to make sure parking isn't an issue. Municipal Lots #1 and #6 are your best bets for finding a spot. You can check out all of Downtown's parking options here.

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Finally is the Summer Stage on Division Street! Saturdays from July 8th to August 19th at 7pm - 9pm, you can relax on Division Street to some great local music. All acts are family friendly, of course! A great way to enjoy the Summer Stage is to dine outside at one of the many fine Division Street restaurants that offer it such as Pinoy, Division Cafe, and Origins. This gives you the chance to have a delicious meal and enjoy live music at the same time.

Pick your fave (or all three) and come on out to an event! Who knows? You might even see me there taking photos!

For more info on these events, check out Downtown Somerville's Facebook Page.

It's June Already???

Hi everyone!

I wanted to make a post updating everyone on the crazy spring I had and let you know what's coming up! This spring has been one of my favorite yet, I announced a new Mommy & Me Mother's Day Special that lead to some really adorable photos! Here's some from two of my favorite session!

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And did I mention these sessions came with the cutest photo lockets? (I probably did because I'm in love with these lockets! haha!)

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I also did a bunch of Communion Sessions this spring! I love photographing kids who are making their communion because they always look so beautiful and angelic in their dresses & veils or little suits!
These photos of the lovely Ava were taken at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club! The grounds there are gorgeous and we got there just in time for the tulips!

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I also caught this adorable moment between Communion girl Bella and her sister Lia!

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And yet ANOTHER beautiful communion girl! Olivia looked angelic and this photo of her and her dad is one of my favorites! Who doesn't love a cute daddy daughter moment? :)

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And my last session of the season was Serafina! She showed both sides of her personality at her session, taking both sweet and sporty photos!

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Thank you to everyone who photographed with me this spring, you were so much fun to work with!

Now for what's coming up! This year for the 4th of July I will be giving away one free session to a military family! I'll announce the details mid June and then you'll have until July 3rd to nominate yourself or military family you love! The drawing will be held live on Facebook on July 4th! Make sure you're following my Facebook page for updates!

Second up is Garden Minis! For the first year ever I'll be having summer mini sessions! These will be kids only discounted mini sessions held at a local garden! (check me out below doing a test run with friends!) these will be on two select dates, July 15th & August 6th.

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Lastly I'm hoping to do a pet session special this summer! It's still in the works but we're looking at special sessions for your furry family members! We're even trying to get a shelter in on the action as a way to give back. The sessions would be available all summer long and be available at my studio or on location.

There's so many exciting things coming up! If you have any questions about anything going on this summer let me know! I'm always happy to talk :)

Happy Summer and see you soon!

Photographing Food with Blue Salt Culinary

Food is one of my favorite commercial subjects to shoot, It's beautiful, artistic, and best of all, I usually get to eat some of it when we're done! Recently I got together with Blue Salt Culinary in Somerville, New Jersey to photograph some of their delicious dishes. 

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The dishes ranged from classics like vegetables with dip and mozzarella & tomato to amazingly unique items like their incredibly popular mini tacos (these had ahi tuna!) and mini lobster rolls!

It was great to be able to photograph all different kinds of dishes with no rules. Blue Salt let me have complete creative freedom; I was able to try new lighting, angles, styles to create images that I knew would fit their modern classic style.

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As the night went on, the sun started to set which allowed me to let my creative side show even more and use the light and lens flare to my advantage. (This probably my favorite photo from the set!)

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The table was also adorned with some stunning classic and modern flower pieces from Gems & Stems, also located here in Somerville! They run a beautiful shop in downtown Somerville and I highly recommend them, especially for my favorite, Mallori's hand tied bouquets!

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Chef Sean had also created some fantastic succulent pieces, which he does regularly! They're full of unique plants you don't get to see often and look like small individual gardens across the table!

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And of course I can't show you all this marvelous food without talking about the chefs behind it. Blue Salt Culinary is run by Sean and Steven, two extremely talented and decorated chefs who turn out dishes that are delectable as well as eye pleasing. They put the ultimate care into designing a menu that is perfect for you and combines traditional flavors with plates that are also new and innovative. 

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Visit these awesome businesses here!:
Blue Salt Culinary- www.bluesaltculinary.com  •  www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Salt-Culinary
Gems & Stems- http://www.gemsstems.biz  •  www.facebook.com/Gems-Stems
Mini Taco Shells- www.minitacoshells.com  •  www.facebook.com/minitacoshells