Why Professional Family Photos are Worth It: A Visit with Sunny Bunnies Portraits

Friday, March 20, 2015
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I hate being photographed.  Can you tell?  It's hard to find a shot of me, the real Jersey Momma, anywhere on this site.  I like candid shots- ones where I am laughing or not looking at the camera.  I am hard on myself.  I am my own worst critic.  So I think this is the reason why I never bothered to have professional photos taken of The Jersey Momma's Boy or our family.  I thought, I can take my own photos!  I don't need a professional photographer!  But you know what?  I regret that decision and I'm going to tell you why.  I was recently contacted by Nadia of Sunny Bunnies Portraits in Washington, New Jersey.  She asked if I'd like to come in for a mini photo shoot, to see what her studio was all about. So I thought, why not?



Where is Sunny Bunnies Portraits?

Nadia's studio is based in a cozy little room of her mountain top home in Washington, NJ.  But she can meet you on location somewhere if you work out the details with her.  She takes photos of newborns, babies, and children (but she will take family photos, too!).  Nadia is sweet and friendly, and even The Jersey Momma's Boy, who can be very shy, seemed to feel comfortable in Nadia's home.

Sunny Bunnies Portraits Studio - photo courtesy of Sunny Bunnies Portraits

What is a Professional Photo Shoot Like?

I can't speak for all photographers, but Nadia was warm and welcoming.  She was kind to The Jersey Momma's Boy and talked to him in a soft voice during the photo shoot.  Although she specializes in babies and newborns, she also enjoys photographing children, families and siblings.  She had a slew of adorable props for us to choose from, and she put care and thought into picking out the right props and how to set up the photos.

It was a challenge to keep The Jersey Momma's Boy from slouching during his session!

Nadia also had some adorable outfits that her clients could dress up in if they desired (The Jersey Momma's Boy wanted nothing to do with hats or suspenders or anything of the sort, and that was okay, too).  But the little girls' dresses?  Oh, my!  Precious!!

The Jersey Momma's Boy didn't mind holding some fake Spring flowers for his photo shoot

What Are My Options for Professional Family Photos?

I remember going to Sears when we were kids and awkwardly posing with my sister (The Pirate Cupcake lady!), but we've come a long way since then!  If you're not comfortable going to a photographer's home, you can also go on location somewhere, like local parks or lakes, to get some beautiful natural shots.

Nadia also took the time to make a Pinterest board for me of ideas, so I could look through them before the shoot and decide what kinds of images we hoped to capture.  There were so many cute ideas!  Posing with toys, seasonal props, black and white, close-ups!  So much to choose from!  Here are some of the sweet poses that Nadia came up with for The Jersey Momma's Boy:

When The Jersey Momma's Boy saw these, he said, "I look so handsome!"

Can I Afford a Professional Photographer?

Nadia occasionally offers specials at her studio, so check her website or Facebook page for options.  At times, some photographers (including Nadia at Sunny Bunnies) will offer mini sessions around the holidays, so be sure to ask what package options and prices are available.


How Do I Get My Photos?

Sunny Bunnies sent us all of our images via Drop Box.  The images are ours to keep and we can take them anywhere we want to print them.  Each photographer is different, but Nadia usually sets up online galleries for her clients (not always DropBox, but some method of online file sharing).  She can also provide a CD of images if you prefer.


Are Professional Family Photos Worth It?

So this is the initial question I started with, and here I am to tell you why these photos are so important.  I have said before, especially in the About Me section of this blog, how much I cherish time and every moment we have.  As the momma, I am the one who takes most of the photos in this family (and with my cell phone, no less, so the image quality is not always great!).  But that means I am also not in a lot of the photos.  I know a lot of moms out there will agree, you have a million pictures of your children, but not many of you, or you with your children.  Am I right?  And since I am always avoiding the camera, the memories of me with The Jersey Momma's Boy are not being documented very well!  So remember that.  You deserve to be in the pictures, too.  You, momma, are beautiful.  And these moments?  These days of baby cheeks and pudgy legs- they go by in a flash, in a heartbeat.  You look back and think, where did the time go?  Having a professional image of such a special time is a true treasure.




Disclaimer:  You can find Nadia at Sunny Bunnies Studios on her website or Facebook page. Sunny Bunnies provided us with a complimentary photo shoot in exchange for documentation of our experience with her. 

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Make Your Own Find It Game

Friday, March 13, 2015
It's not easy to think of ideas for class parties. There's only so many DIY games one can create! Once again I needed to find a fun activity to do in The Jersey Momma's Boy's classroom for the latest class party (which just so happened to be a Dr. Seuss Read Across America Party.  You can read about the Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game we made for that party here). I was trying to think outside the box and I came up with a DIY Find It Game!


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Make Your Own Votive Candle Holders

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Mini votive holders make great gifts and they look so pretty on a gloomy day!  You can make them in any color combination for the holidays, too (think green and white for St. Patty's Day, pink, red, and white for Valentine's Day.  You get the idea, right?).



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