Summer is finally here! And that means that outdoor portrait season has officially begun. With the sunny skies and warm weather, I love taking my clients outside the studio. The outdoor light is magnificent and it shimmers in the late afternoon ‘golden hour’. On top of that, everyone is sporting that sun-kissed skin and “school’s-out-for-summer” look, making their portraits that much better!

Here are 5 of my favorite locations to shoot at on a pleasant summer’s day:

1. Verona Park, Verona, NJ


Verona Park is a 54 acre, picturesque park with a beautiful lake bordered by Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenues in the southern part of Verona. The lake is surrounded by weeping willow trees and winding paths, and a most notable stone bridge which makes a wonderful backdrop of family photographs.


2. The Countryside


Farms offer sprawling vistas and plenty of nooks and crannies for fabulous photography. The wide-open spaces allow a photographer to experiment with their subjects, easily moving them around the grounds to offer varying backgrounds and scene-setters.


3. Eagle Rock Reservation, Montclair, NJ


Eagle Rock Reservation is 408 acres of hills, streams, and valleys located on the borders of West Orange, Verona, and Montclair, New Jersey. Though located in the middle of the most densely populated county in the most densely populated state in the country, the Reservation is mostly undeveloped and boasts an extensive trail system within its borders. It’s so close-by that I am there often enough to consider it my outdoor studio.


4. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township, NJ


Morris County’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum is located at 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey. It is open daily without charge. It is also the headquarters of the Morris County Parks Commission.  Paths wind throughout the park giving you a mixture of broad landscapes and intimate gardens that are great for family portraiture.


5. The BEACH!


One of my all-time favorite spots for portrait sessions is down the Jersey shore. With the crowds gone after 5pm, we sometimes can have the beach all to ourselves.

In fact, if you are headed down the shore this summer and are looking to capture you and your family at their summery best, schedule your FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION asap!

Here’s the current schedule:

Bradley Beach, Avon, and Belmar area,  JULY 7, 8, 27, 28, AUG 19, 20

Long Beach Island AUG 13, 14, 15

Email for updated schedule.

What better way to bring the beach home with you?

Call 973-783-1065 or E-mail

…Plan ahead:  schedule your outdoor summer portraits
before another season’s over!