OCNJ Beach Senior Portrait Session | Genny

I shoot a limited number of portrait sessions each year, with a large part of that focus being Senior Portraits for girls.  There's something so precious about the stage of life that lingers between childhood and adulthood, and I always find it challenging and fun to capture girls and women feeling comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.  Genny has a rare form of confidence that's met with a quiet (but bubbly) poise about her that is difficult to describe.  We didn't even need to exchange many words throughout the session; she worked it and brought much to the table during our OCNJ Beach Senior Portrait session in NJ, where both of our families spend an annual vacation.  This was probably one of my favorite Senior Portrait sessions to date! OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits 3OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits OCNJ Senior Portraits

I love it when Mom jumps into a few shots during a senior portrait session!!!  Genny's Mom & Sister Lucie joined us for the session and we captured a few 'family' shots of the girls as well.  I love it when that happens!  

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Nicole DuMond is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer based in Stillwater, Pennsylvania.  Nicole offers portrait sessions on her family’s 9 acre homestead as well as on location sessions in Columbia, Luzerne, Sullivan, Lycoming, Montour, and Northumberland counties.

For more information on portrait sessions, please visit http://www.nicoledumondphotography.com/portraits-family/

For booking, please use the contact page or email Nicole at nicoledumondphotography@gmail.com

 

A Day Off | The Green Barn Berry Farm

Every so often... I need to detox.  And by detox I mean I need a day to do simple things that I always want to do and don't often have the time to do.  For me it's not even kicking my feet up to relax, it's getting out to see something and do something and feel something.  I'm not a very stagnant person, and although I do love to curl up on the couch every now and then I'd much rather be making memories and savoring experiences and feeling the warmth of the sun and the smell of the sweet summer air. For the past 15 months, I have been working a full time job as well as running what I like to consider a fairly successful little photography business.  No, I don't plan to work 80 hours a week forever, and I'm not sure what the future holds, but at the moment I'm still enjoying both as much as possible, building up quite the dream assortment of photography gear, and saving some money for some projects we are working on for a new baby who will grace us with her presence this Fall.  And that means I get tired sometimes.  Not even tired in an 'I'm exhausted' sense, although that does happen, but more so tired of my brain running in circles and the helpless feeling of being incapable of shutting it down.

Monday I took a much needed vacation day (funny, because I just had 4 days off earlier this Month) to do some of the simple things I enjoy, and one of them was berry picking.  I have been picking berries since I was a little girl, when I used to sell my bounty strawberries at the hospital where my Mother worked, roaming the halls and hiking my price up to something slightly unreasonable.  I guess my Mom taught me to be an entrepreneur at an early age, and no one can resist a fresh quart of strawberries from a kid.

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I enjoy mostly any outdoor activity, but I strangely enjoy monotonous things like weeding and picking berries where I can just let my mind wander and admire something as simple as a perfectly created, juicy berry have always been high on my activity list for summer.  We headed to The Green Barn Berry Farm in Muncy because it's blueberry season and I love blueberries.  It was my first time visiting the farm and we will definitely be back!  The staff was friendly, the farm was beautiful, and the rows were easy to navigate.  Picking was good (I like a slightly less ripe berry... I love the tart!).  Aiden (my 6 year old) had a blast (he made it into a competition to see who could pick the most berries, of course), and we even met up with some good friends.

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I will cherish this day for years.  This may sound so silly to some of you, but I'm sure someone can relate.  There are always a few days of each season that just stick out in my mind into the next season and especially the next year as great days, and this was definitely one of them.  And they never have to do with a fancy amusement park or an elaborate vacation.  I find that most of the spare time in my schedule is much better spent going for a walk at home, playing catch in the backyard, taking a drive through the countryside and stopping at the Amish stands along the way.  There is so much beauty around us to be enjoyed.  Get out and do something simple.

For more information on The Green Barn Berry Farm checkout their website here:

http://thegreenbarnberryfarm.com/

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