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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.

For a Limited Time, Garden Minis!

For the first time ever I'll be offering summertime children's mini sessions! These adorable sessions will take place at the garden of your choice at Colonial Park! You can pick from two exclusive dates July 15th and August 6th! But spots are limited for each day so book your sessions soon!

Sessions are for children only and come with a 30 minute session, online proofing gallery, 5 digital photos with retouching, and one gift 8x10 print! Sessions are $99 for up to three children and $25 an additional child.

Sessions are limited to be sure to book yours before they fill up!
To book, reach me, Alexis, on my Contact page or at the email or number below!
HellionPhoto@gmail.com // 732•710•2426

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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!

Make Your Own Photo Mother's Day Card!

What if I told you for the same price as a card at the store, you could get one made online with your photos and sent to your house for the same price? You would probably love it right?! Since making your own personalized products online can be a little confusing or overwhelming I made a step by step blog showing you how to make your own Mother's Day card on Shutterfly!

He's the website link where you can get started:
https://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/mothers-day-cards-stationery/mothers-day-cards

Step 1 //  Go to the website and pick out your favorite card layout! They have great options for both Mom and Grandma!

Step 2 // Once you find the card you like, click the button to get started!

Step 3 // Double click the gray area to add your own photo

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Step 4 // After you upload your photo you can edit or crop your it. If this screen doesn't automatically pop up you can find it by double clicking the card's photo again. This is also where you can remove the photo from the card if you change your mind.

Step 5 // After you click 'Done', then 'Next' in the upper right corner it will bring you into the inside of the card! First thing you'll want to do is toggle though the options tabs on the left to change the card shape (if applicable), inside layout, and card color/background.

Step 6 // After you decide those options you can upload more photos and write text! Double click the gray square to do these options! In the font window you can change font type, size and color. Below you'll find my finished example!

Step 7 // After you've clicked 'Next' after you've finished your card you can pick out your envelope and if you want to jazz it up a little, add a pretty envelope liner!

Step 8 // Now last but not least make sure in the upper left corner below the logo your quantity is set to one card! Sometimes it will automatically set to more. To change your quantity click the triangle next to the word each and select '1' or whatever amount you'd like.

And now you're done! The last steps will have you make and account with Shutterfly and pay for your product, but if you've ever bought anything online you should know what to do! Don't forget, all cards are on sale until May 10th so order yours asap (and so your get it in time as well!)

If you have any questions feel free to contact me or Shutterfly!

Happy (almost) Mother's Day!