Some locations are just WORTH the drive to, and the Craig House in Manalapan, NJ is one of them! This place wasn’t close for me. In fact, it was well over an hour drive for me, but when this mama (another photographer!) wanted to shoot here and I looked it up, I knew we had to plan her NJ family photography session for this spot. She had initially reached out for a breastfeeding photo session over the summer but decided to switch it to a full family photography shoot and I am SO happy she did.
As with a lot of my sessions this past year, the forecast called for rain but had a great attitude and said, let’s do it! It was misting a bit as we arrived and I was a tad bit nervous that the skies might open up but we actually got a really perfect, dramatically cloudy night with some mist, some perfectly blooming golden rod, and tons and tons of love within this family. Some of my favorite shots of last fall were all found within this one session. When a family shows up, is just themselves, including silly energy, hat stealing antics, comforting tears (because yes, tears can happy with toddlers on shoots, and that’s totally okay,! And sometimes it even delivers the sweetest moments to document), lots of play, sweet Mom & Dad moments, and even some nursing photographs thrown into the mix, you are bound to have an amazing lifestyle family photography gallery to treasure forever as your kids get older.
Desiree Hoelzle Photography is currently booking spring and early summer Philadelphia and South Jersey area family sessions. Let’s connect about setting up a session that’s perfect for your family! See more about working with Desiree here.