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As a Mom of 2, I know how valuable your time is & how stressful it can be to even think of planning a portrait session for your whole family. This is why I have created a portrait experience unlike any other.
Every detail from wardrobe styling to hair & makeup will be coordinated for you, with your input - of course!
Myself & my team will take care of everything so you can spend time where it matters most.
Image samples above are from the suppliers website
ARE YOU VISITING A JERSEY SHORE BEACH? PLAN AHEAD!
Beach family portrait sessions are best photographed in the early morning & evening hours,
before & after the height of the sun, when the light from the sun is the softest.
Avoiding direct sunlight is essential to capturing stunning portraits without dark undereye shadows & squinty eyes.
I prefer weekday morning sessions, especially with children. This alleviates the need to avoid crowds later in the day & from experience, children tend to be happiest in the morning hours.
If you send your morning and afternoon at the beach, you risk being tired & sunburned at sunset
& sunset tends to fall around dinner time during the summer months.
Picture walking up to the beach with your morning coffee before the beach fills with crowds.
Watch the sunrise and enjoy the quiet empty beach.
Let's take some gorgeous family portraits and afterward, let the kids play so I can capture some informal candid images of them playing in the sand. These are the moments we want to cherish forever, right?!
Our favorite escape, The Jersey Shore.
Then, you have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy it!
Need some help with selecting the right clothing?
Here are a few tips but I'm always happy to personally assist you so please just ask!
If you are booking a studio session, you will be traveling to my home studio in Chadwick Beach.
Toms River/Ocean County NJ 08735
Here, you will feel right at home. I invite you to come in your sweats & enjoy being pampered by my hair & makeup artist.
We will play dressup & myself & my team will guide you through every step of your portrait session.
Welcome to my happy place!
Infuse the walls of your home with custom designed displays featuring:
fine art prints, framed prints, canvas, metals and acrylics.
Add keepsake collection boxes and/or albums to your coffee table or even on the mantle.
Prints starting at $190
Collections starting at $990
For additional details on products or to book your newborn photography session,
please feel free to reach out via my contact form on this site. I will reply within 48 hours. (Please check your SPAM mail.)
The products that I offer are unique pieces that I believe best preserve and showcase your images
for you & your family to cherish for decades.
You’re welcome to book a complimentary planning & design consultation so that I can assist you in selecting the perfect sizes & materials to display & preserve your family's special milestones. Contact me today to begin planning your session!
CONNECT VIA VIDEO CHAT!
It is important to me to have a connection with each & every family. I want you to be comfortable & trust that I will not only make you & your family look & feel good, but that I will assist you with selecting the best products for you & your home.
LET'S MAKE IT OFFICIAL
After our initial video call, you will receive the booking information, all to be completed online. Once completed, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail so you can start planning what to wear & where you may want to showcase the images from your session in & around your home.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
I provide all of the tools to make the family session planning process easy & stress-free. After booking, you will receive my family session planning questionnaire & from your answers, I’ll design several timeless & classic set ups in your requested colors & materials.
IT'S SESSION DAY!
If your coming to the studio, it will be fully set up prior to your arrival. We will start the session by photographing the children while Mom gets her hair & makeup done. Followed by family portraits & parent & sibling poses. It’s my job to capture as much variety of your family as I can so when we design products, we have lots of options for images to be side by side on the wall or in an album spread.
YOUR REVEAL/ORDERING APPOINTMENT
After the session, you will come back to the studio or meet with me via Zoom to see your images for the very first time. Images chosen for product will be edited & sent to you in an online gallery. From this gallery, you will be able to share your images with friends and family, download to your computer, share to social media & order additional prints.
If you live closeby, you can come to the studio to pick up your products or I can deliver to you. When your products arrive, I will inspect them & notify you of their arrival so we can coordinate a pick up or delivery.
If you are interested in professional wall art installation, this can be coordinated for you at no additional cost. Myself or someone from me team will come install the artwork for you.
WRITE TESTIMONIAL & STAY IN TOUCH
Hooray! You have now experienced my full process from start to finish!
Please take a quick moment to write a brief review of my services for other expecting parents to see. My business runs on referrals so every review matters! By leaving me a review on Google, you are provided with a $190 print credit that can be used at your next ordering appointment within 12 months of receiving. You can also earn print credits by referring clients to me. For each client that books, you can earn more $190 print credits, Studio & product credits CAN be combined but must be used within 12 months of receiving.
Let’s connect today so that I can create a
custom photographic experience
for you & your loved ones
that you will cherish for a lifetime & beyond!
I will guide you every step of the way
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Maternity sessions should be performed
between 32-36 weeks.
During this time, you have a nice shape to your belly
& you are less likely to go into labor.
• One hour studio session
• Access to studio wardrobe
• Includes spouse OR sibling shots
• Includes 10 digital images of client's choice
• Additional images can be purchased for $30 each
• $75 print credit toward the purchase of an heirloom product
• 30 min studio session
• Access to studio wardrobe
• Includes 5 digital images of client's choice
• Additional images can be purchased for $30 each
• $50 print credit toward the purchase of an heirloom product
let's book it!
My very own hair stylist, Alyssa Nesse, offers the most amazing traveling services & she will pamper you!
Alyssa will come to the studio an hour or so before your session & provide hair + makeup services to your liking.
If she is unavailable for your session date, I have several other stylists that I can coordinate for yo0ur session so don't worry!
WANT TO FEEL LIKE A STAR?
let's book it!
Family sessions take place at my home studio located on Chadwick Beach Island in Lavallette, NJ Ocean County 08735
or on location, at your favorite beach access point or local park. Travel fees may apply based on the location distance from my studio.
If interested in booking, the first step is to schedule a 15-20 minute Zoom consultation. During this time we will discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We will choose wardrobe or prop accessories for your styled photo session. We will go over any must haves or requests. Here at the studio we provide shopping assistance for families who need hands on help choosing wardrobe for parents and/or participating children so that everyone looks cohesive so you are sure to enjoy your portraits for years to come. Also, we will discuss all the archival print products that we offer: custom albums, mounted prints, custom framed art, and so much more. If you are not available to do so, my session planning questionnaire will cover all that I need to plan for your session.
At your session, you can opt for a same day ordering appointment or we will schedule an appointment within 1 week of the session date to review the unedited images in person or via Zoom. All parties wanting to partake in the investing of portraits are encouraged to be at the Reveal appointment as this will be the only time to purchase. A beautiful slideshow of your images will be portrayed. Wall Art and Album Design will also be procured, during your private appointment. Wall art installation available.
reveal, DESIGN & ORDERING APPOINTMENT
A $590 retainer is due at the time of booking in order to retain my service.
• Photographer's Time & Talent
• Photography Assistant
• Pre Session Planning Consultation
performed via Zoom schedule through digital brochure
• Professional Hair & Makeup for Mom
• Access to Studio Wardrobe and/or Wardrobe Assistance
• Access to Studio Backdrops, Props & More
• Gallery Reveal, Design & Ordering Appointment
performed either in studio or via Zoom (either same day or approximately 1 week after your session date)
• $400 Print Credit to be used at your ordering appointment
Prints, products and digital files are separate from session fees. No digital files are included in the session fee.
Session fees are non-refundable.
Our typical client investment is $1200 or more.
*All credit card payments are subject to a 3% surcharge
pre-session consultation &
session planning questionnaire
Gift certificates can be purchased in any denomination and can be used towards your sessions creative fee or towards product purchases to be ordered at your ordering appointment.
Once a gift certificate is purchased, please reach out to schedule your session in my calendar.
Dates fill up quickly so please reach out right away to ensure my availability!
Maternity, Newborn, Milestone & Family Portrait Sessions starting at $590
This includes a $400 print credit to be used during your ordering appointment.
All products are purchased separately at your design & ordering appointment.
Prints starting at $190, collections starting at $990.
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ARE JUST A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Lemonade, hand lettering, & shiny objects
My name is Marianne Bley.
Some refer to me as a Professional Wedding Crasher, others The Baby Whisperer.
I have been building relationships and delivering spectacular wedding experiences to couples for the last 13 years. I have photographed over 350 weddings and have an extensive list of testimonials across the web.
5 years ago, I took the leap into specializing in newborns as well. I have spent this time working side by side with doctors and nurses in my local hospitals, as well as, taking private training lessons with various newborn specialists and leaders in the newborn photography industry to learn everything I can about these beautiful little people. Since then, I have photographed over 3,500 babies!
My work doesn't stop there, I assist clients in designing stunning displays to grace the walls of their home and/or business. By utilizing your personal style and color palette when planning your session, I am able to create displays that fit seamlessly into your current home decor.
Whether you are looking to show off that new flashy engagement ring, celebrate the growth of your family or a milestone, I am your girl!
I invite you to continue to explore my site and if my work speaks to you, I would love for you to contact me to discuss a custom portrait experience for your family.