{Family Portrait} In My Backyard Session, Lacey Twp, NJ

Not MY backyard actually – their backyard!  But I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while now & this session was like the last piece of the puzzle.  I will make an announcement about these special sessions soon!


I was invited to come photograph the whole awesome family as a Mother’s Day gift.  Elyse is a treasured friend that I’ve kept in touch with in spite of moving hours & hours away & big job changes for both of us, so when she contacted me for this shoot the 1st thing I responded was something like: “You mean see you in person & give you a big hug????  Hell yes!”  And when it came down to choosing a location near Lacey, NJ they chose their Mom’s backyard.  Kinda perfect.


A mix of lifestyle photography & posing is what I usually bring to my sessions but even with direction from me the vibe at this backyard session is casual & relaxed in these images.

Nicole Dolan Photo_0079I think his girls are the apple of his eye…

Nicole Dolan Photo_0072And I think her girls are tender on mom …
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Sisters, aunties, & a joyful young mom.  I love her expression at her littlest (especially because that little one crinkles her nose with big smiles too!)
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Sometimes when the camera is focused on you it helps to just laugh & hold hands… & laugh!Nicole Dolan Photo_0074

Not only do babies grow up fast but once they learn to walk they run too! Slow down, love.Nicole Dolan Photo_0067


This was Take Two of just the the two of them.  Which was happily interrupted by ….

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… their favorite grandkids.  Nicole Dolan Photo_0083


Crinkly noses make room for the biggest smiles. 🙂

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This big sister was awesome during pictures as long as she was near her loved ones.  But when I asked if I could take some of just her she shook her head No.  Then when we were pretty much all done I got a gentle tap on my shoulder & her aunt told me she was ready for “her turn.” I gained her trust & was rewarded with this sweet expression:Nicole Dolan Photo_0068

Thank you to the Baumer family for inviting me with such open arms.  Big hugs all around!


Happy to be so,



Bonus: Take One.  When your whole beautiful family is gathered for pictures just for you, your emotions can run high.  Happy tears flooded in when she looked into her man’s eyes.

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