Villas New Jersey Julie ~ Joy

"Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe." ~Danielle LaPorte

  Julie is one of the most exuberant people I have ever met.  She is able to channel her inner child and exude play and fun in a way that inspires me beyond words.  She is spiritual, passionate, joyful, and possesses a glow that you can't help but be drawn to.

  The beach is Julie's happy place and she loves to dance so we combined her loves and set the scene for her to open up and experience freedom.  We played music, opened our eyes and hearts to the beauty of nature, and giggled and danced through this joyful session. 

  Our story is a little unique as our original destination of choice is not where we ended up shooting her session.  The universe had other plans for us as we made a quick decision to photograph her at the Bay rather than the Ocean.  We ended up with a spectacular sunset on our own "private" beach and could not be more thrilled with the results!  It was a beautiful lesson to go with the flow and let the universe guide you because the magic that occurred was extraordinary.  

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Pennsville New Jersey Rebekah~Yoga on the Delaware River

"Some days I feel like I'm still a stranger in my body, 6 months postpartum and my back hurts most days, I feel a disconnect in my lower belly from the c-section and I'm exhausted.  And then there are these pockets of amazement. This body created life, and sustains life.  Even on days when I feel slightly broken I can create shapes and find the shadows of my old self, but now only better, stronger, and more aware." ~Rebekah

  Rebekah yearns for strength and softness, she is disciplined with her yoga practice and the mother of a 6 month old baby boy.  That is not an easy feat, to make time for self care and embrace the journey into motherhood is a balancing act that is difficult to achieve.  Rebekah accepts this challenge with grace and courage and I admire her ability to be present in the moment with her son as well as herself.  I wanted to document a glimpse into her journey as a strong and soft woman displaying self care for her body, mind, and spirit.  

  We chose the Delaware River as our setting as Rebekah is an open water swimmer and this has always been close to home.  She is a mermaid at heart and experiences freedom in the water so that is a big part of who she is.  The clouds covered the sun representing her stormy past and creating a mood that suited her story. 

  Through photographing Rebekah and gaining more insight into her world I've gained so much admiration and respect for her.  She has transformed hardships into triumphs and she exudes joy and gratitude.  I am incredibly grateful to have shared this experience with her and I look forward to continuing our new found friendship.