The Jersey Shore is so many things to so many people. But to me the Jersey Shore is all about family. The people who come down here every year are carrying out a tradition that has been going on for years, and they are teaching their kids and grandkids about the tradition. They get the same pizza every year. When they get ice cream, chances are they go to the place that they went to as a kid. Where did Grandpop get his donuts? Chances are, the next two generations love that same donut. Want to play mini golf? Lets have a redo of last year! I love this mentality. As much as I like to fancy myself as an adventurous person who tries new things… Thats not always true. I love these traditions. I love that families come to the Jersey Shore with their parents, their kids, their brothers, and their sisters. I love that they do the same things every year. Because what lies in that pizza, that ice cream cone, and that donut is memories. Memories of being a kid, memories of days on the beach, memories of walks on the boardwalk. So much come backs to you when you see the signs, smell the smells, and take the bite. All of a sudden you are 12 again. But here you are… licking the falling jimmies from your own child’s cone. That’s the Jersey Shore. That’s love.
I spent a lovely evening on the beach with this family on the first day of September. Clouds and drizzle threatened us to cancel, but nevertheless we persisted! And the light and air could not have been more magical! What a gorgeous family! I was so happy to capture these images for them to freeze this moment in time. Till next year…
Having a baby is a crazy time in life! Most of us have 40 weeks (if we are lucky) to prepare for the world flipping event of having a baby. The Mom and Dad of this little beauty only got about 2 weeks. Yes. Two weeks. Not the way most adoptions work, but that’s the way the world works sometimes. And this girl couldn’t be more lucky to be loved by such an amazing couple.
Are you expecting a baby? Or planning an adoption? Newborn images are so special and worth the investment. There are only this little for such a short amount of time. We blink and it’s over. Those little fingers and toes. Those sweet baby yawns. The pink little lips and button noses. This moment in time needs to be captured!
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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!
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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.
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
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.