Monday, June 10, 2019

He Did, He Can, He Will

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*This post is dedicated to one of my cousins... you inspired me with your beautiful words of hope to write this. Thank you ♥️

I was driving home and typical Barbara move, going through my list of what I needed to get done in numerical order (if I say it out loud it helps me know it is, in fact, going to get done).

And then one thought led to another, and it's like a dump truck just unloaded every single thing that I was worried about right smack in the middle of my mind.

Bills? You sure you'll have enough? You need to make sure you finish your projects. 


Must show up on social media and be present... it's the algorithm,  come on Barbara.

Ra ra ra.... worry, worry, worry.

And then I literally had to stop myself and talk out loud and say, "Okay Barbara stop, just stop. You're doing it again."

Why do we do this to ourselves? And then I thought, it can't be just me, this is something that happens to everyone at some point. 



There's something at the core of this all though. I know that the enemy prowls.

I'm going to get real now. The thing is the devil isn't just a scary red guy with a pitchfork and cape waiting to throw flames at you.

On the contrary, nowhere in the Bible does it even say he is ugly. But it does say that he walks among the earth, looking around to who he can destroy.

// Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. // 1 Peter 5:8

The devil (and his demons) can use many devices to get to us. Often times it all begins in our minds. And so we must be really careful what we allow into our minds. 


What are we hearing? What are we seeing? Who we talking to?,  Where are we going and what activites are we doing? What are we being exposed to?

In today's world, many things that are good are portrayed as bad in which many things that are bad... are masked up as good. We need to be alert with what lines up with God's Word to know the truth.  

// Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. // Philippians 4:8

In 1 Samuel 17:37 David states:


// ... The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine... //

David had the confidence that if God had been with him and gotten him through his past situations... God would surely do it again.

If He did it in the past, He can definitely get me through it again, and when I place my trust in Him... I know He will.


When the times get tough and you're feeling like you can't make it this time, remember.

He did, He can, and He will this time too.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Fort Lee Historic Park | The S Family

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I worked at a school last year with Lillian and when she contacted me this year to photograph her beautiful family... I was so excited! 

They spent the past 7 years here in New Jersey and will be moving back to California, so they wanted to remember their precious memories here with photographs, so of course, I took them to the Fort Lee Historic Park which features a beautiful backdrop of the George Washington Bridge.

I had so much fun picking dandelions for the boys and chasing this sweet family around... here are my favorites from their session!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Danielle & Michael | Princeton University Engagement

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Danielle and I went to the same high school, she makes the most unbelivable sweets (just as sweet as her!), so when we met to chat about her engagement photos... I couldn't contain myself from the excitement.  

We munched on avocado toast and sipped iced lattes as she retold her story of how she met Mike and his surprise proposal. Mike set up an entire day for them in Newport, Rhode Island and even had his coworkers and family in on the surprise. 

They went to the perfect spot for sunset and when Mike asked Danielle to marry him, she cried and then he cried... and then of course I cried as she was retelling the story.

What I loved most is that she said he changed his heart for her and she watched him grow into the man he is today. 

We walked and had plenty of laughs around Princeton University and then ate a yummy lunch together downtown. I had such a great time with Danielle and Chris Pratt (ahem I mean Mike ;) Here are my favorite photographs from their engagement session!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Michele & Michael | Asbury Park Engagement

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I met Michele in a cute coffee shop and we talked about her beautiful wedding details over large mugs of frothy double chocolate cappuccinos with marshmallows floating to the rim. 

She told me they had been dating for about 9 years before Michael proposed, and they had known each other since elementary school. One day when she least expected it, she came home from work and Michael prepared the words "Will you marry me?" starting from the outside parking lot all the way inside. Michele couldn't believe it, he really surprised her! One of their favorite things to do together is going to concerts. 

We walked around Asbury Park, ran around on the sand as we soaked our feet in the cool water (well I totally got drenched!), and enjoyed the breeze. Michele and Michael, you are absolutely stunning... I'm so excited for your beach wedding next year! Here are my favorites from their engagement session. 

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