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 talk you through the session, coaching you through her posing workflow. Then, sit back and relax on the couch and enjoy a snack while I photograph your baby and/or child.






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through my pre-session planning questionnaire (& optional consultation),
we will plan every detail of your session together from wardrobe to set design.

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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.

"She took her time, made sure to get all the shots we wanted and honed in on the style we were looking for."

MOLLY

Marianne was incredible to work with for our newborn photos. Marianne is a professional and it’s evident in the way she handled our little girl. The entire experience was enjoyable and peaceful (and that’s impressive when working with a newborn). She was also patient with me as a first time mom and I felt absolutely comfortable handing over my little girl to her. The pictures came out even better than we expected! She took her time, made sure to get all the shots we wanted and honed in on the style we were looking for. I know these pictures will be memorable forever and we’re so pleased with them!

"We instantly felt comfortable in her studio and very happy with all the extra care she took handling our newborn with special needs."

COURTNEY

Marianne was very responsive to our questions and was very helpful leading up to our appointment for newborn portraits. We instantly felt comfortable in her studio and very happy with all the extra care she took handling our newborn with special needs. Our photos are stunning and we absolutely love them. We are so appreciative of her experience and expertise!

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More reviews can be found on:
WeddingWire, The Knot & Google

I offer a large variety of unique items including: fine art prints, heirloom albums, custom wall designs. and more.
 
On average my clients tend to invest between $990-$1,990 on beautifully crafted heirloom product displays for their home. 

All clients are offered a complimentary planning and design appointment once their proofs are ready for review.
We will discuss in detail what you envision your final images looking like & we will work together
to achieve the images you imagine hanging in & around your home. 

Newborn photo sessions are offered at my beautiful New Jersey studio,
or in the comfort of your home. 
Studio newborn sessions take place at my studio
located in Chadwick Beach/Lavallette, NJ 08735 on select weekdays at 10:00am. 

I love to create images that are natural & timeless by photographing newborns & their families in a combination of neutrals & soft tones so that your baby is the primary focus of the image.

All outfits, blankets and props are provided to ensure that your final images are consistent with my warm, natural and modern chic photographic style. Maternity clients, as well as, new mothers may have access to my studio wardrobe for their photos. 

The Imagery experience

My calendar does fill up quickly. It is best to be scheduled in my calendar 2-3 months in advance.
Expecting clients should reserve their place in my calendar as early as possible before the baby is born to ensure there is room on my calendar. 
It's is never too early to book to ensure a spot during the recommended time frame.

Newborns sessions are most successful when performed during the first three weeks of life.
However, I do offer newborn sessions up to eight weeks of life. 

My custom newborn photography sessions are all about THE EXPERIENCE.
Clients will receive access to my client portal with all of the information on what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, etc.

Clients will also complete a questionnaire where props and colors can be chosen prior to your session so that your photo session sets can be designed and ready when you and your little one arrives.

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newborn photography SESSION

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let's work together!

The Studio

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.


Rest assured that I am thoroughly trained to be handling your little one safely throughout the session. I am also fully vaccinated & insured.

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!

Preserving life's most cherished moments

HEIRLOOM PRODUCTS

full product guide

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SEASONS CHANGE BUT YOUR MEMORIES SHOULD LAST FOREVER

Say Hello

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. 

Your Questionnaire

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.

Keeping In Touch

Please contact me within 72 hours of baby's birth. Typically, discharge day is a good way to remember to notify me tat baby was born so we can both look at our schedules within the following 3 weeks.
 
Feel free to ask a million and one questions. I'm happy to answer them. 

Your Session Day!

In your client portal, you will find PDF's for maternity and/or newborn sessions. These PDF guides were created to assist you in preparing for a successful portrait session. 

Please arrive to the studio 15 minutes early.

Your Photographs

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.

The Process

LET'S DO THIS. TOGETHER.

Newborn

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Pricing

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.

Platinum Maternity Session  $550

• 1.5 hour studio session 
• Access to studio wardrobe
• Includes spouse AND sibling shots
• Includes 15 digital images of client's choice 
• Additional images can be purchased for $30 each
$100 print credit toward the purchase of an heirloom product



Premium FULL Maternity Session $450

• 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 


Maternity MINI Session $350

• 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 

Lifestyle sessions are 60-90 minutes in length.

Lifestyle sessions are more casual sessions performed at your home. Therefore, they do not include any items from the studio and are not posed in the same fashion as studio work. We utilize the items and decor throughout your home.

Lifestyle home Session + travel

CREATIVE FEE

Two 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.  


PRE-session CONSULTATION

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.

To see a visual of my workflow, click here

A $300 creative fee per session is due at the time of booking in order to retain my service.
This covers the time and talent of the photographer, your pre session consultation and in studio or
via Zoom gallery reveal two 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.


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Newborn sessions take place at my home studio located on Chadwick Beach Island in Lavallette, NJ Ocean County 08735.
All props and accessories are included in your newborn photo shoot. We have a studio wardrobe full of maternity gowns, and props, blankets, hats & headbands for your little one!

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FULL SERVICE STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN HEIRLOOM PRODUCTS, DIGITAL IMAGES AND KEEPSAKES.

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Newborn

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Pricing

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.

Platinum Maternity Session  $550

• 1.5 hour studio session 
• Access to studio wardrobe
• Includes spouse AND sibling shots
• Includes 15 digital images of client's choice 
• Additional images can be purchased for $30 each
$100 print credit toward the purchase of an heirloom product



Premium FULL Maternity Session $450

• 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 


Maternity MINI Session $350

• 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 

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: I technically learned how to take a proper film photograph while attending Monmouth University throughout 2000-2004 and while finishing school, I worked in a commercial portrait studio. Soon after, I started photographing weddings and babies. When I had my first child, I decided I had to pick 1 career and stick to it so I left the graphic design/printing industry.

Q: How many newborns have you photographed?
A: I've photographed over 3,000 newborns in the last 5 years inside and outside of my local New Jersey hospitals. 

Q: Are you vaccinated?
A: Yes, I am fully vaccinated and keep up on all testing so that I am allowed to work within the hospital systems.

.Q: Do I need a maternity session?
A: Maternity clients tend to use their photographs for their pregnancy announcement, website registries, baby shower, guest book, framed prints for their guest tables, and their house... and of course Facebook & Instagram! It is a time you will never get back so I highly recommend them... I do wish I had more images of both of my bumps. :)

Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: Yes, I do! Traditional payments are due in full at the time of booking (within a week). But, if you need a payment plan, I can stretch the payment into equal 1/2's if that works best for you. Just let me know and I will make it happen. It's that easy. Payment in full is due by the session date though.

Q: How do I book you for my session?

A: Love this question the most! To book me for your session, simply let me know which collection you would like to book:
•Your full name and email address to send the proposal to
• Your Due date
• Collection Choice
• If the session is on location, what the address and/or zip code is



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GIFT CERTIFICATES

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!

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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!

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Check out the video below to see me in action!

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.

“Photography is a way of feeling,
of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever…
it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

—Aaron Siskind

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referral program

My business has been built on referrals
as a thank you to my clients, I offer the following:

Clients must book session by signing the contract and paying the session fee in full.

receive a $25 referral credit
for every client that books a session
Referral credits CAN be combined and redeemed for both
a future session and heirloom products.

Referral credits must be used within one year of earning them.

My business has been built on referrals
as a thank you to my clients, I offer the following: