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ARE YOU VISITING A JERSEY SHORE BEACH? PLAN AHEAD!
Beach family portrait sessions are best photographed in the early morning and evening hours, before and after the height of the sun, when the light is softest. Avoiding direct sunlight is essential to capturing stunning portraits without dark undereye shadows and squinty eyes.
I prefer weekday morning sessions, especially with children. This alleviates the need to avoid crowds later in the day and 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 and sunburned at sunset and 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!
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
It's session day! Sit back, relax and let Marianne walk you through the session, coaching you through her posing workflow. Then, sit back and relax on the beach and enjoy a snack while I photograph your children.
Through my pre-session planning questionnaire (& optional consultation),
we will plan every detail of your session together from wardrobe to set design.
After your session, you are invited back to my studio (or we can meet via Zoom) so that I may guide you through choosing the best ways to display & preserve the images from your session.
let's book it!
At your session we will schedule an appointment roughly 1-2 weeks after to review your portraits 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 for selections. Wall Art and Album Design will also be procured, during your private appointment.
2 weeks before your session we will meet at the studio for a private tour or schedule a 15-20 minute phone 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 spouses 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.
A $250 creative fee per session is due at the time of booking in order to retain my service. This fee is for families with up to 6 family members.
The creative fee is $300 for families with 7 or more family members.
This covers the time and talent of the photographer, your pre consultation and your gallery reveal 1-2 weeks after your session date.
This creative fee is non-refundable. There is a no minimum investment for our custom portraiture. Our typical client investment is $1990 or more.
Prints, products and digital files are separate from creative fees.
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.
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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.
To learn more about her services and see if she is available for your session date, click the link below and let her know I sent you.
WANT TO FEEL LIKE A STAR?
If you are booking a studio session, you will be traveling to my home studio in Chadwick Beach. (Toms River, NJ 08735).
Here, you will not only feel right at home because I am able to provide you with the simple amenities of a home (boppy, bottle warmer, changing table, fridge, couch, etc...); I believe it also provides an unparalleled level of trust to those that may not know me personally prior to our session because my studio is on the same property as my home.
I do not take my career lightly. Handing your brand new baby that you have been carefully caring for since you found out you were pregnant to a new person, professional or not, can be a little unsettling.
Welcome to my happy place!
Infuse the walls of your home with custom designed displays featuring fine art prints, metals and/or 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 and materials to display and preserve your family's special milestones. Contact me today to begin planning your session!
Contact me to plan an in-person or over the phone session planning consultation so you can decide if we are a good fit.
This also gives you an opportunity to share all about you and your family, while you get to know me as well.
Feel free to ask a million and one questions.
I'm happy to answer them.
Once you have booked your session by signing the contract and paying the retainer fee, I will send you my session planning questionnaire that will ask many questions about your personal style and color preferences. This is done so that I can properly prepare the studio for your session and I can successfully design imagery that will fit seamlessly into the current decor in your home.
Proofing galleries are delivered within 2 weeks of session date.
Retouched galleries can take up to an additional 2 weeks from the date the image selections were submitted.
Product order delivery varies by manufacturer but most products are delivered within 2 weeks from order payment and proof approval.
LET'S DO THIS. TOGETHER.
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!
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.