August 27, 2019

Local Spots for family photos in NJ

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Local spots for family photos Marlboro & Manalapan NJ.

Local spots for family photos in Marlboro & Manalapan NJ. Here are my recommendations for five local spots for family photos near Marlboro and Manalapan NJ. As a Manalapan child photographer, I have visited countless beautiful outdoor locations that are perfect for family and children’s photographs.
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Choosing A Location

Selecting a location is critical part of planning a photo shoot. Because of my experience, I know what works and what doesn’t. For example, if you have smaller children, you want the location to be somewhat close to home. So, if you live in Marlboro or Manalapan, focus on spots in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. While pictures in Central Park may seem like a fabulous idea, the long car ride and ever-present traffic should be deterrent.


Also, nobody knows your child better than you. If they are uncomfortable in certain situations, it is best to avoid them.  A child who hates the sand is not going to be happy at a beach photo session, no matter how badly you want those photos.
Finally, does your child like new things? If so, than you can choose the location of your dreams.  That said, many kids are more comfortable in locations they know. So, choose someplace familiar, or make a plan to take them there a couple times before your session.  You want them to be relaxed!
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Five Local Places For A Photo Shoot

Below I have shared my favorite five local places for a photo shoot. Each is just a short car ride from Marlboro or Manalapan, making them perfect for family photos.

Location 1: Holmdel Park

 For years, Holmdel Park has been one of my favorite places to photograph Marlboro and Manalaplan families and children. It’s close to home, minimizing your travel time, and it’s almost always open, offering us the flexibility to shoot whenever is best for your kids.  Even better is the variety of settings it offers. There are beautiful trees and trails, a fabulous hill and even a playground. It’s lush and green in the spring and summer, it’s spectacular when the leaves change color in the fall, and if your game, it is super pretty when it snows (imagine some fun photos on a sled)!
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Location 2: Asbury Park

 If you are looking for a children’s photographer who knows Asbury, I’m your girl! I’m a Jersey Girl at heart and have grown up at the shore. As a kid I rode the carousel in Asbury and feasted on cotton candy.  Today, Asbury Park is more popular than ever.  A resurgence of restaurants has truly made the city and beach a destination. If you love the idea of a beach photoshoot, Asbury is a great place to go. We can incorporate the sun, the sand, the water…..and even the boardwalk.  Looking for a great place to eat afterwards, try Langosta Lounge, their veggie burgers are out of this world, and they have a kiddie menu!

Location 3: Monmouth University

 I know, it sounds strange. Family photos at a college? Trust me, it is beautiful. The storybook-like campus is home to two historic buildings, each one, in and of itself, provides a magnificent background. Bonus, it’s not far from Long Branch, a lovely beach town complete with a boardwalk, shops and yummy restaurants. If your children are not too young and have a bit of patience, we may be able to incorporate two locations!  Bonus, consider stopping for ice cream on the way home. Strollo’s Lighthouse has soft serve and fabulous italian ice!

Location 4: Allaire State Park

 This is one of the most popular locations for photos in Monmouth County, and it’s easy to understand why. The park offers so many beautiful backdrops.  The village brings you back in time; the buildings are from the 19th century. You can pose on wooden bridges or in front of wagon wheels. There are also fields of flowers and trees and trails. The opportunities are endless.

Location 5: Red Bank

If you are looking for a setting that provides a downtown vibe but also has the opportunity for some waterfront shoots, Red Bank may be the perfect location. Downtown is a mix of old and new, with buildings that can serve as a fun backdrop. The city is also located on the Navesink River and Riverside Gardens Park is a great spot to shoot as well. Don’t forget to stop at Sugar Rush, in town, for a sweet treat!
As a Marlboro and Manalapan family photographer and children’s photographer, I have taken pictures throughout the local area. These locations are five of my favorites, but are by no means your only options. If you want to look beyond these five local spots for family photos just let me know. I’m happy to make more suggestions or try someplace new.

Book Your Session Today

If you are ready to schedule a session with a professional photographer, contact me today.  I would love to speak with you, learn a bit about your family and share the way in which I work.  While you are always welcome to have your family photos taken in my studio, I am also happy to brainstorm with you to determine the best location for your personal situation.
Pssst I also have a TON of Hidden spots under my belt !

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