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Confessions of a Newborn Photographer – New Jersey


I have to confess a couple of things to you, my friends and clients.  The first is that I fall a little bit in love with each baby I have the privilege to meet.  I adore their little fingers and toes, wrinkly skin, downy soft hair, and all of the tiny features that make them unique.

I have always adored babies.  One of my favorite memories is rocking my godmother’s infant daughter for hours at the Virginia coast.  She was six weeks old and being a fuss-bucket – the only people who could calm her were her mother and I, so we took turns.  I was maybe twelve or thirteen.  How many teenagers bond that quickly to a crying infant?   I was told I was a natural and I still hear that today.

I’ve always known I wanted to be a mother, as well.  I used to dream about it, even as a child playing ‘house’ with my friends.   I couldn’t wait to decorate a nursery in happy anticipation, sing lullabies to my sweet babies while I rocked them, and watch them grow every day, learning about the world around them the way only a child can.

Unfortunately, becoming a mother hasn’t come as easily as it did in my dreams.  My husband and I made the decision early on to wait until we felt we had a stable foundation within our home and marriage to provide for a child.  When we felt we’d reached that point and decided to start trying to make our dreams of a family come true, there were many failed cycles, a couple of military deployments and a little thyroid cancer for me thrown into the mix.  A few years later, we are still trying to add a child to our family.

I tell you all of this, not because I want your sympathy, but so that you understand just how important each of your babies are to me and to give you a little insight about just how much I love what I do.  I look at your little ones and I see a little bit of my future child in them.  I wonder what he or she will look like, sound like, even smell like, as I’m snuggling your own little miracle.  Newborn sessions bring me a sense of serenity like nothing else can.  Every baby I meet is a reminder of what we will someday have, and I understand more than most how precious the sweet little ones in my arms really are.

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AmberOctober 10, 2012 - 4:07 pm

These images are stunning and so are you, inside and out <3 I adore you and your work.

Amy OOctober 10, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Beautiful work! I can’t wait to see what your very own will look like one day, I am sure just as perfect as all the babies you photograph.

Fabiana BeatrizOctober 10, 2012 - 5:45 pm

I breath a sigh every time that I look at one of your images. Your work is so soft, and warm, and genuine. Baby Benbow is going to be the luckiest baby on the planet, when he/she arrives! You have a heart of pure gold!

CarrieOctober 10, 2012 - 6:34 pm

You are such a beautiful soul x


North Jersey Newborn Photographer

I am still playing blog catch up, bear with me!  I had to share some favorites from this session.  Little Abby was a complete doll for me and is obviously adored by her wonderful parents.

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CarrieJune 29, 2012 - 5:28 am

These are so fresh and pretty!


Yes, I’m still alive!

My poor, poor blog has been terribly neglected for a terribly long time.   It was a whirlwind for me last year, including a nearly 11 month deployment for my husband and a cancer diagnosis for me.  Keeping up with clients had to come first, so blogging fell a bit by the wayside!   I’ll go into more of that later, but in the mean time here is the long overdue update for the beautiful pregnant mama below.


Little Laurali’s daddy deployed not even two short weeks after her birth and returned 10+ months later to a much bigger little girl!  I’m told she adores her daddy and is thoroughly enjoying having him home!

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MaeganJune 21, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Beautiful work! I love first shot. There’s nothing like the way a newborn looks at its mama.

(And scary post – I hope you are doing okay!)


Northern NJ Maternity Photographer

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside … when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone. ” – Author Unknown

Meet Alissa.  She absolutely glowed during her pregnancy and I’ve never seen someone so laid back, easy going, and excited to meet her new daughter.

Knockout, right?!

Then she let me play, doing something way out of my norm!  It was so much fun!

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amy lenhartMay 28, 2011 - 8:46 am

gorgeous session! love the soft colors and tones to these pictures!!! and a beautiful mom to be!

Cindy MerrittMay 31, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Glowing is right! What a beautiful girl – inside and out. And I don’t think I’m biased just because we share a last name :)

Stephanie, you have a gift and a calling. May God bless you and your family as you continue to pursue that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Leah JentJuly 15, 2011 - 9:29 am

Beautiful! She is so glowing and gorgeous! Love the beach and the colors, Stephanie. Great work!

CarrieJuly 21, 2011 - 6:07 am

Beautiful mumma, beautiful location, beautiful lines = beautiful work!