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EAGLES Superbowl NICU Fundraiser!

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Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday and Happy Eagles Superbowl Weekend!! It has been like Christmas around here everyone is in good spirits and I just love it! I have to be honest… I’m not much of a football fan but I AM super excited to relax with my family and eat lots of yummy treats tomorrow.

The Eagles Superbowl came at a great time because I have been wanting to host a little fundraiser for quite a while. When the Eagles won their last game, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to get people in the studio for a fun, carefree shoot celebrating our local team while supporting an amazing cause. Today, we had 20 gorgeous children in the studio for Donate What You Wish Sessions and 100% of the proceeds went to Cooper + Virtua’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Personally, I have worked with dozens of beautiful babies that spent time in these hospitals after birth, so it has an extra special place in my heart. To participate in the session, clients were required to make a donation of any size… they could have donated $1 or more for this very small 2-3 minute session. I was so humbled and absolutely blown away by the kindness I saw today.

Thanks to my incredibly generous clients, we raised $625+ for this cause!!!!! WHAT?!?!

With this money, we were able to donate a ton of items off of the NICU wishlist:

  • 76 Premie + Newborn Onesies
  • 67 Receiving Blankets
  • 28 Lunchboxes
  • 26 Icepacks
  • 23 Hand Sanitizers
  • 12 Pairs of Newborn Mittens
  • 7 Hand Lotions
  • 2 Boppy Pillows

Clients, friends + family who donated… I am thankful for all of you beyond words and I am so glad that together we were able to help all of the little fighters in our community. My “job” has introduced me to so many genuine and kind people I am so blessed to know you! Click here to check out the gallery from today’s sessions… all of our little Eagles fans were TOO CUTE!! Clients  please take a look at your email for information on how to download.

 

Go Eagles!

All my love,
Jena Rae

Tangible Little Moments Photography
Maternity | Newborn | Family
Medford, NJ

Happy New Year! Maternity + Newborn Slideshow

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Hello everyone and Happy New Year! It has been amazing year for our little studio in Medford, NJ- we shot over 400+ sessions and 138 newborns! What an honor and a blessing it is to photograph such important moments for my clients turned friends. I love watching families grow- children becoming older siblings, couples becoming mommies and daddies and moms and dads becoming grandparents truly gives me all the feels. I can’t wait to see all of you in 2018- I have a feeling this year is going to be better than ever!

Lots and lots of love to all of you!

Keep smiling,
Jena Rae

 

Medford, NJ Maternity | Newborn | Family Photographer
www.tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com
South Jersey Photographer

2017 Fall/Holiday Slideshow!

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Hello everyone!

It is 1:31am… officially Christmas Eve. I am fairly certain that I have forgotten a few presents, slacked on wrapping, and should have started prepping my holiday dinner today but instead I am enjoying the evening with my family and reflecting on our holiday season in the studio. It was our busiest yet- we worked with so many beautiful families this year and loved every minute of it. I am such a broken record because I always say that every year was the best year ever but… this really was the best year ever! Thank you to all of you for being so unbelievably patient and kind during such a busy and chaotic time of year. Please know how much I love all of you and how thankful I am that you picked me to capture your family this year. Enjoy our holiday slideshow and if I missed anyone – I promise it wasn’t intentional I tried to go down the list with my 1 am eyes half open.

Have a very happy holiday with your families and thank you thank you thank you for working with us!!

Keep smiling,
Jena Rae

Medford, NJ Maternity, Newborn + Family Photographer
www.tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com

Black Friday Specials!! Medford, NJ Maternity | Newborn Family Photographer

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Hi everyone and happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your hearts and bellies are full after a relaxing day with your families. I woke up early today and went to Starbucks with Vince + Cooper. We have a little holiday tradition where we treat ourselves to our morning coffee and then take our spoiled dog to the dog park for a little swim and exercise before our big day. We went to Vince’s parents in the early afternoon to hang out with his parents and mine. I have dinner #1 there and then we head to my grandparent’s house to spend time with my dad and his side of the family. Eating on Thanksgiving has become a science for me… I’ve learned to only eat certain things at each house so that I can make it through the day without being sick. When my husband and I first started dating, we did double dinners and I learned my lesson the hard way. I ate SO much at each house that I ended up having to drive home with the windows down and my head in a bag… I was so sick from my two dinners that I missed my Black Friday shopping the next day!

Speaking of Black Friday…

Every year I do Black Friday specials as a way to show you all how thankful I am for your continued support. I couldn’t do what I love every single day if it weren’t for each and every one of you… I say it often but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. My life is so fulfilling because I am able to watch your families laugh and grow year after year. Enjoy your holiday weekend, enjoy your families, and enjoy our

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS! <—- Click there!

I love you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving + happy shopping!
Jena Rae

Medford, NJ Maternity | Newborn | Family
South Jersey Photographer

Weston’s Newborn Session

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Welcome to the world, Weston!

How handsome is this sweet little boy? He was an absolute angel for his newborn session at our South Jersey studio in Medford, NJ. Can you tell? He snoozed throughout his entire two hour shoot. Weston’s mommy and daddy booked our Classic Collection- you can learn more about our newborn packages here.

Keep Smiling!

www.tangiblelittlemomentsphography.com

Medford, NJ Maternity | Newborn | Family Photographer

Doing what you love is freedom, Loving what you do is happiness

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Hi all!

As usually I am slacking with blog posts. But I am (for once) a bit ahead in the editing department so I figured I would squeeze in a little blog entry.

Aside from doing photography in most of my time, I spend a lot of time with my husband Vince and my bestie, Cooper. We hike and cook and go on boating trips. But recently, I’ve been doing yoga and it has really awakened a humbling and grateful part of my soul. I’ve always been grateful for my career; however, I’ve been thinking so much about how and why I do what I do and I truly believe it is what I am meant to be doing.

A lot of my clients ask me “so how did you get into photography?”

The direct answer: my mom bought me a camera when I was nine. I took pictures of my dog and clouds and waves at the beach (they’re still hanging in my childhood bathroom at my parents house!) but I never thought of photography as a career. I went to college for English and education (I’ve always loved kids) because I literally couldn’t think of anything else to do with my life. I graduated and started long-term subbing quite a bit and while I absolutely loved all of my students, I couldn’t land a full time job for the life of me. I came home crying daily and my husband finally sat me down and said “enough is enough… what do you want to do for the rest of your life?” I just stared at him and cried and he said, “how about photography? You clearly love it.” And that was literally that. Vince went on Craigslist and bought me $300 worth of photography related items and we never looked back. I did maybe 10 sessions my first year and continued teaching full time. I interviewed a million times at the school that I was long-term subbing at and I finally decided that I was going to push my photography business and go full time in the summer of 2015 when I was turned down for yet another job. Literally the next day, I was offered a full time (52k/year salary) and I turned it down.  No promise of income whatsoever. People called me stupid. People doubted me and I really can’t blame them. I had 10 clients.

The real answer: I am doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. My soul was purposely lead here. When I was unhappy at my teaching job, my grandmother used to say “My mother always said, if they wanted it to be fun, they would have called it play.” That absolutely crushed me. I couldn’t imagine working a job every day that I didn’t love. And now, I don’t. I love every second of every day with my clients. I work around the clock capturing memories for my clients and nothing makes me happier. I am truly blessed to be in this business and I feel like I’m “playing” every single day.

I often wonder what life would be like if I continued my teaching career. I think about who would have captured my client’s memories if I didn’t. All I know, is that I’m glad that I was lead here. All of the hardships, late nights and long days are so incredibly worth it. I am so grateful for my clients who trust me, my family and friends who believe in me and the world that forever inspires me. I promise, I don’t take any of your moments for granted.

“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”

Keep smiling,
Jena Rae

Tangible Little Moments Photography
www.tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com
6 Union St. Medford, NJ 08055
Medford, NJ Maternity | Newborn | Family

Client Spotlight: Renee + Liam

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Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by for today’s client feature!

I remember the day I met Liam and Renee like it was yesterday. It was a brisk, sunny afternoon on March 3rd and Renee had just become a big sister the day before to sweet baby Liam. Kelly and John, their parents, booked me for a Fresh48 to capture Liam’s first days in the hospital. I walked in the room and instantly felt an overwhelming amount of love and kindness from the whole family. We began taking photos and Renee was a little unsure about what role she wanted to play in the session. She loved her little brother Liam but she wasn’t super interested in taking pictures with him at first. At the time, Renee was only about two so she was more interested in climbing on the chairs and exploring the hospital room. We decided to find a little treat that would lure Renee into the photos with her new brother but the only thing we could find was a gift that Kelly received from the hospital- it was some type of glass jar with diner mints inside. I wasn’t fully convinced that Renee would have much interest in the mints (and I’m not sure Kelly and John were either… what two year old likes mints?). We put a little mint underneath Liam (pictured below) and I captured one of my all time Fresh48 shots of Renee “looking longingly at her brother” but really we know she was actually just reaching for a mint. After Renee ate the mint, she was literally addicted. You would have thought we gave her the most delicious chocolate or ice cream… she was completely obsessed. I can still hear her saying, “Mints! Mints! Mints, pwease!” Renee had about 30 mints during the one hour session but she was just so cute we really couldn’t help it. I think sometimes we crave the perfect picture so badly that we forget about the stories behind our photos. In many years when Renee and Liam are older and they are flipping through an album with their mama and they come across this beautiful photo, I know Kelly and John will tell them this story and they will laugh and laugh about this amazing day.

Keep Smiling!

Did you know we can create custom packages? Kelly booked a modified Baby’s 1st Year Package– If you are ever interested in booking and you don’t see a bulk package that fits your needs, please chat with us! We are happy to mix and match to build a package especially for you!

Medford, NJ Maternity, Newborn and Family Photographer
www.tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com

Client Feature: The best part about my job

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Hi all!

Thanks for tuning in today for a very special client feature. As some of you may know, before I was a photographer, I was a teacher. My favorite part about being a teacher wasn’t lecturing, grading tests, or creating review games. The thing I loved about teaching was watching my students change and develop into amazing little people from September to June. When I started my photography career, I had no idea that I would get to do the exact same thing with my clients and their children. Capturing the important moments of my client’s lives is such a blessing and I am so thankful that they trust in me to do so- it is truly one of the best parts of my job.

One of my lovely clients just had her first birthday this weekend. I think I photographed this gorgeous little girl with her family (at least) once every three or so months and I am so grateful to have worked with them throughout the year. I’m excited for this blog post because it is a beautiful photo story of lovely Reese’s first year. She is such a smiley, sweet little girl and it has been an honor to watch her grow.

Awaiting Baby Reese {Maternity}

24 Hours New {Fresh 48}

{In-Studio Newborn Session}

{Baptism}

Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice {Fall Mini}


Baby’s 1st Christmas! {Holiday Minis}

Happy 1st Birthday, Reese! {Cake Smash}

It is so important to exist in photographs. Capture your baby’s first year and all of the little things in between. I promise you won’t regret it.

Keep Smiling!
Jena Rae

www.tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com
Medford, NJ Maternity, Newborn + Family Photographer

Easter/Spring Mini Session Dates + Fees

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Hi Everyone!

It is hard to believe that today I was planning Easter and spring mini sessions while it was bitter cold and snowy. I made a little announcement about Easter and spring minis earlier today via my newsletter and I received some amazing feedback very quickly. Because of that, I got way to excited to hold off on announcing our Easter and spring mini session dates and packages so here they are!


In-Studio Easter/Spring Minis with Baby Chicks:
 March 11, 12, 13

I will have three adorable sets. One will be very plain- white wood with a simple Easter banner and baby chicks (please note that these baby chicks aren’t real due to the safety of my clients and the health of the baby chicks. I spent quite a few dollars on five different pretend chicks that look VERY real!!) We will also have a rainbow set and a floral set. You are welcomed to any of these sets during your session as time allows. I will have some outfits available for boy ages 6 months-1 year & girls ages 6 months-6 years if desired.


Outdoor Spring Minis: 
April 1, 22

The location of my outdoor sessions will be at Historic Smithville in Mount Holly. I will bring the baby chicks and a few very simple props but we will mostly be using our gorgeous surroundings.


In-Studio & Outdoor Investment
:

  • 20 minutes of shoot time
  • Online gallery of images to choose from
  • 5 edited high resolution digital images
  • $175


Reserve your slot before February 14th and receive a special package:

  • 20 minutes of shoot time
  • Online gallery of images to choose from
  • 8 edited high resolution digital images
  • $150

There is a $50 non-refundable retainer required for booking. I will be sharing samples of our indoor sets mid to late February.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: jenarae@tangiblelittlemomentsphotography.com

I am so excited that spring is coming- we are going to have so much fun with these sessions!

Keep Smiling!
Jena Rae

TLM’s Favorite Newborn Products

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Hello everyone!

Just a quick, fun little blog post for you this evening. As you know, I see tons and tons of mamas in my studio. I absolutely LOVE seeing all of the little gadgets and gizmos they bring in for their sweet newborn babies since I am always looking for convenient, new necessities for me to use in my studio/recommend to my mommas. So without further adieu… here are some must have items for new mommies and daddies:

1. If you’ve had a newborn session with me… you know that this item is my absolute (without a doubt) favorite newborn necessity. If you have yet to buy a baby shusher- what on earth are you waiting for?!?! I’ve used a ton of different noise makers… fan apps, heartbeats, waves, music… you name it.. if it makes a sound then I’ve used it during a newborn session. The baby shusher is the most effective noise maker that I’ve found as it works best for my newborns overall. I am going to start carrying this product in my studio very soon because nine times out of ten, parents order this amazing thing on amazon before leaving my studio. You can purchase your own baby shusher HERE

2. Sick of carrying an entire jar of powdered formula? This powder dispenser is amazing and allows you to pre-measure the servings! Super convenient. Why didn’t I think of this?! & it is only $6 on Amazon!

3. I absolutely LOVE everything from The Honest Company. Their Organic Nipple Cream seems to be the most widely used amongst the mamas that I work with and they cannot say enough positive things about it. The best part is that it is USDA Organic and you only need to use a teeny tiny bit so it doesn’t break the bank.

4. I LOVE Gripe Water! Before I rant and rave, this is a product that you should absolutely check with your pediatrician about before using. I’m certainly not a doctor, so I am solely speaking from experience and basing my opinions on what has worked for me in my studio with my mommas and their little babies. It is super tough when little ones are gassy and uncomfortable more often than not. Gripe Water is a great supplement for tummy aches, general discomfort and even hiccups! I especially love Wellements Baby because this product is USDA Certified Organic, free of chemical preservatives, free of gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and artificial ingredients and it is pediatrician recommended! This stuff is magic! I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

5. Last but not least… my last favorite is a special treat for mom… and dad! I’ve heard a lot of my prenatal and post partum mamas say, “Don’t mind my ugly bra” or “UGH the only underwear that fit are granny panties!” You! Lingerie is an incredible company that manufactures stunning nursing bras that literally look like they came off of the shelves at Victoria’s Secret. They come in super sexy colors and styles but the best part is… they’re super comfortable and convenient for nursing your little one. Even if you’re not nursing, they are great while you’re still early in your postpartum recovery. New mommies deserve to feel beautiful!

Keep Smiling!
Jena Rae