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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

Newborn Photographer in Margate, NJ...

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There is nothing in the world like a newborn baby! And as a Momma of two little girls, there is nothing that I love more than a brand new baby girl in my studio to spend the afternoon with.  This lovely little lady made her appearance one week before I met her, which is usually ideal for sleepy dreamy images of a squishy new baby.  But this little lady was wide awake and ready to greet the world! The first few weeks with a new baby are so so hard.  But it is so worth it to have the moments captured because they are gone so quickly. If you are expecting a baby I would love to capture images of those little hands, feet, lips, eyes, and yawns.  I am available for traditional newborn sessions in my home studio in Margate, NJ, or for lifestyle session in your new home as you settle in with your little one.   Contact me to discuss your session today! 

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.  

Ocean City, NJ

I was so lucky to have the chance to photograph this beautiful family in Ocean City, NJ.  Our beach towns offer so much more than just beautiful beach locations.  This lovely park space was the perfect location for capturing some fall inspired images. Family photo sessions give us the chance to step out of normal routines, get dressed up, and have a fun and intimate experience while creating lasting memories.  It's a great excuse to connect and get ice cream afterwards! Everyone wins. Including me, who loves to document these moments for families.

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Photographer in Margate, NJ, Ocean City, NJ, Linwood, NJ, Galloway, NJ, Longport, NJ, North Wildwood, NJ, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 

Margate, New Jersey....

"Well, I have certainly seen faraway places.  Maybe it is time to find my place by the sea." And it was, and she did. 

'Miss Rumphius' by Barbara Cooney


Nicole Gilligan Photography has moved to Margate, New Jersey!  I am happy to have the beach and the ocean as my backyard for my girls to grow up on and enjoy.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.  This weather has been amazing and this is the perfect time of year to capture images of your family.  I am available for beach and other sessions in Margate, Longport, and Ocean City through The WIldwoods and Cape May.  Please contact me to set up your session today. 

September 27, 2017

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It's that time....

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June 4, 2017

It's unofficially summer here at the Jersey Shore.  These early June days are the second best thing to September days.  Gorgeous weather, warm days, cooler nights, and no crowds on the beach! Things are opening up and coming alive down here!  The other day I had a blast photographing this little guy on the beach in Ocean City, NJ.  His evening started out with two slices of Manco and Manco Pizza.  Then he and I spent some time together laughing, chatting, playing in the sand, and running in the water.  From there he was going to get a chocolate and vanilla twist at Khor Brothers. Can you dream up a more perfect summer evening?!? This is the time to start thinking about summer beach portraits or just updating some family photographs.  Everyone will soon be sun kissed and now is the time!  Contact me if you will be in Margate, Longport, Ocean City, Brigantine, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, The Wildwoods, Cape May or anyway else this summer and want to capture your summer moments.  Didn't plan ahead?  No problem. Contact me anytime when you are at the shore to check my availability! 

 

 

For the love of Spring....

April 13, 2017

Tulips are one of the very best signs of spring!  They seem to whisper goodbye to winter and I love that! I spent the evening with these two lovely ladies in their Easter dresses and they were just the sweetest little loves!  Spring and Easter and are great times to think about updating family photos.  Things feel fresh and new, and everyone is excited to get outside and explore some great new places to take photographs! These shots were taken outside of City Hall in North Wildwood.  These guys do a great job with their flowers, and combined with some beautiful evening light this spot was just divine! Please be in touch to arrange your photo shoot!

Getting Ready for Summer....

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.
— Van Morrison

April 7, 2017

Here at Nicole Gilligan Photography we are getting ready for summer!  What does that mean? Getting out the beach buckets, buying new hats, daydreaming about the ocean, and getting ready for portraits on the beach.  Summer is an amazing time at the Jersey Shore.  We come here and find the best of ourselves, often waiting right there where we left it last summer.  The towns of the Jersey Shore hold our memories, our hearts, our favorites foods and smells, and a piece of who we truly are.  Every year we relieve the moments of so many summers past and find delight in the fact that very little has changed.   Most important of which is our feelings about this place. Every summer since third grade I have spent my summers in North Wildwood. Spending endless days on the beach with my Mom and Dad as a kid, working as a waitress through my high school and college years, and squeezing in as many days as possible as an adult.  Now, my greatest joy comes from having my two girls at the Jersey Shore.  Nothing fills my heart quite like watching them run in the sand.  Even dragging them back sandy, hungry, and tired is what the shore is all about.  My walls are covered with portraits of my girls at the beach. It keeps the memories of summer alive all year round.  If you plan to be at the Jersey Shore (Margate, Longport, Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, North Wildwood, Cape May) and would like to capture images of your children or family on the beach I would love to work with you.  I am most at home with my feet in the sand and a camera in hand.  Contact me to arrange a fun and relaxing evening on the beach!