My name is Marianne Bley. I am a wedding, newborn & branding photography specialist. My home studio is located on Chadwick Beach Island in Lavallette, Ocean County New Jersey 08735.

I am passionate about capturing life's milestones, both big and small, for couples and growing families and assisting them in preserving their images by creating stunning wall displays and tabletop heirloom products to grace their living spaces with the ones they hold most dear to their hearts for generations to come.


Surprise Proposal Lavallette Beach Toms River, NJ

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2018 was the year of surprise proposals for me. I had several gentlemen reach out to me with their ideas to propose at the Jersey Shore, specifically on Lavallette Beach. Some vacationed here while dating and others had a family home here and wanted to pop the question while attending a family reunion. Tommy wanted […]

Surprise Proposal Lavallette Beach Toms River, NJ

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Amanda is one of my best friends. We were in each other’s weddings so when her and her husband had their baby girl I was determined to coordinate our schedules to squeeze in a newborn studio session for her baby girl. Of course, babies come when they want and Cora came during one of my […]

Summer Baby Girl Newborn Studio Session


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I have been photographing Maeve’s parents, Corine and Jake, for quite some time. I had the pleasure of taking their engagement and wedding photos over the last few years, as well as, their daughter’s newborn photos at my Toms River portrait studio last spring. This time, Corine brought Maeve in for a spring milestone 1st […]

Spring Milestone 1st Birthday Portrait Mini Session

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Holland Ridge Farm Maternity Photo Session | NJ Photographer I met Rachel and Sean several years ago and have photographed them as a couple, as well as, with their immediate families on several occasions over the years. What is very special about this particular couple and session is that it is in celebration of their […]

Holland Ridge Farm Maternity Photo Session

Maternity Photoshoot

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Today I am sharing Amanda’s maternity photos from her studio maternity photo session with me from last year. Amanda is one of my best friends so I asked her to come to my home studio in Ocean County, NJ to play dress up for fun. She wore a few of the maternity dresses and separates […]

Studio Maternity Photo Session Ocean County NJ

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I have been writing this blog on and off for about 12 years and I have not written many personal posts so here goes! Now, some of you who do know me a little, may know that I was: Met my husband on! Moved in with him in 2012 & got engaged 3 weeks […]

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me


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More Tips for a Successful Newborn Session Keep baby awake for a minimum of 90 minutes or more prior to your session start time. Nursing? Avoid spicy foods for 24 hours or more before your session. Schedule shots or immunizations the week (or at least 48 hours) prior to your session date. If you use […]

More Tips for a Successful Newborn Session

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This list is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks of age. As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, so be sure to consult with your pediatrician. I high suggest if your […]

Suggested Foods to Avoid When Nursing


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How to Get the Most from Your Newborn Session A little bit of planning and preparation will help you get the most from your newborn portrait session. Below are a few tips that will help make your session a success. A Full, Sleepy Baby For Squishy Poses Those adorable newborn poses you love are easiest […]

How to Get the Most from Your Newborn Session

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What To Expect – Newborn Session Before Your Session Each of my newborn sessions is highly personalized, so I like to work one-on-one with you to plan your session based on your personal style and how you plan to use your images. A pre-session consult is our time to go over the details, cover questions, […]

What To Expect – Newborn Session



Wedding, newborn & first year photography celebrating your love, growing family & life's milestones in a timeless and classic fashion.


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