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Ventnor City, NJ...

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I spent the evening on the beach with this gorgeous family during the week before labor day weekend! Some schools had already started, the towns and beaches had started to empty out, but that week was HOT and pure summer heaven! Family life is tough. Kids are a LOT of work. The frustrations and vigilance is never ending. I don’t think its a stretch to say that every parent, at some point, feels they are at the breaking point. But then there are the moments…when a mom swing her kiddo through the air, or when Dad gets a hug he wasn’t expecting, or everyone snuggles in and its pure magic. I love to capture those moments. Those pure and genuine smiles. The true hugs around moms neck. A kid who count be happier then to be held. Families that, through the moments and the chaos and messiness, couldn’t be more imperfectly perfect and in love!

Want to create some magic? Contact me!

Ocean City, NJ

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I got lucky!  This amazing family found me on Instagram and we spent a lovely summer evening on the beach in Ocean City! It had been a GORGEOUS beach day.  You know the type.  Warm water, clear blue skies, a little breeze.  The type of day that makes you want to stay long past the time that the lifeguards leave.  With two little kids (one of whom still naps), those day are currently on hold for me.  The next best thing is getting to go back an hour before the sun sets.  That magical time has been named golden hour for all of the right reasons.  This time of evening is pure bliss.  The last of stragglers are heading home to shower.  The setting sun is casting a bit of a haze in the air. The sand is slightly cool under your feet. It is heavenly, and by far one of my favorite things in the world!  This family was so much fun and this adorable little guy was such a delight to chase around the beach!  Next year I hope to see this family again when they add a new baby girl!

Summer is almost gone!  But September is glorious and is an amazing time for a family photo shoot!  Contact me and let's do it before the pumpkins arrive!  

Honorable Mention...

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Nicole Gilligan Photography is proud to announce that one of my photos has been selected as an Honorable Mention in a photo contest featuring images captured during golden hour! This lovely image is of my beautiful daughters on our amazing Margate beach.  I must admit, I am pretty proud!

Follow this link to see the winner and other honorable mentions!  

https://www.lightroompresets.com/blogs/pretty-presets-blog/golden-hour-photos

Maternity Session in Ventnor, NJ

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I was so excited to capture this growing family just weeks before they welcome their first baby into the world!  Everything about this evening was just dreamy!  Starting with this absolutely gorgeous Momma, her amazing dress, the gorgeous sunset light on the beach, and the perfect late spring waiting for summer air!  It all added up to perfection!  This little guy is so lucky to have these two amazing people waiting for him! 

Are you expecting a baby?  Do you want to capture images of your growing belly and changing family?  Contact me to schedule your session.  I would love to be a part of your journey. 

Cherry Blossoms!!!

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Seriously!?!?  Is there anything more beautiful in spring than cherry blossoms?  I just adore them!  The Gilligan family moved to Margate in the fall and didn't know much about the town.  So imagine my delight waking up in spring to find the streets lined in PINK!!!  It is just beautiful!  As a rule, I am not really into my kiddos in matching outfits.  Maybe thats because I get most of my kids clothes second hand from my fabulous fashion loving sister.  But I have to say, when I dress these sweet girls in matching pink dresses, I swoon!! We headed out onto Ventnor Ave one evening to play and capture some moments under the trees.  I couldn't love these images any more!  

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner.! Now is the time to get outside and to schedule a time to capture your family as they are right now!  Contact me to book your spring or summer session. 

Cake Smash in Margate, NJ

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This little guy turned one!  First birthday's are so exciting!  One year of life in the big picture is so small, but that first year is so huge.  So many milestones, so much growth, so much love.  When my little girls turned one, it felt bittersweet to me.  In so many ways it feels like the end of the baby days.  It's actually not, but somehow it feels like the road to them not being a baby just suddenly got much shorter.  I love capturing first birthday photos in any way that a family chooses.  Some people love cake smashes.  Other people love beach shots.  For some, just some images of their kiddo doing their everyday thing is what they love.  However it is that you want to capture your littles birthday, I would love to be there for that moment.  Be in touch and we can freeze time before the road to toddlerhood begins.  

Margate, NJ Photographer

Hammonton Lake Park

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November 5, 2017

Just look at this beautiful family! When I shoot family portraits there are a lot of things that are important to me.  But one thing is at the top of that list, and that is connection.  As families we so deeply connected to our partners and our children and I want that to show in every image that I capture.  I like my families to get snuggly, to move in close, to do the things they do when they are not being photographed by a stranger.  It is that connection, that intimacy that makes amazing family portraits.  Then through the years when clients glance at the image or take a moment to linger over it, I want them to be reminded of the moment and memory of the day it was created and I want that memory to fill their hearts.  

If you are looking to capture images of your family that are filled with connection and love and show who you truly are as a family, I would love to help you create these images.  If you are in or near Margate, NJ, please contact me to book your session.  Nicole Giliigan Photography serves the Jersey Shore area including the towns of Longport, NJ, Ocean City, NJ, Ventnor, NJ, The Wildwoods, Sea Isle City, NJ, Avalon, NJ, Stone Harbor, NJ, and beyond.  Also serving inland communities of Galloway, NJ, Smithville, NJ, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Northfield, NJ, Linwood, NJ, and Somers Point, NJ.  I look forward to capturing images of your family.