Even though it's a crazy year...even though this year has brought so much turmoil to all of our lives, even though our spirits may be bruised, somehow Christmas Spirit and Santa can always make you feel happiness and joy.
When I contacted Santa a few months back, I asked about this year's photo sessions and he said we'll have to social distance, but let's talk about how we can make this happen. So Santa and I got together for a little brainstorming session at the studio and we came up with a few dates. Although not everything panned out the way I had hoped, I'm very happy to have made many of my clients happy this year by offering some Santa Minis.
We had one day at a tree farm and I still have one day open, November 7th, with Santa, which is just about filled up. The November 7th date is indoors at my home studio this year. It will allow for a little more social distancing ability than my photo studio, as the space is a little bit bigger and We don't have to fear running into the different businesses that are in the same building as the studio is.
I wanted to get Santa nice and early in the season since life keeps changing I feel by the day and by the week, I thought the earlier in the season, the better and who knew if there would be a Santa at the mall this year, so I'm so grateful that Santa was open to these sessions and that families were open to the social distance Santa experience this year.
November 7th, we will be taking temperature checks and asking questions before entering the studio space for photos. This year has been more electronic 'paperwork' than ever as well, however, we're making it happen. The sessions are lasting 20 minutes, and we're taking an extra 10 minutes after the session to clean and sanitize the space before the next family walks in. These sessions are very limited, however, I think it's great the kids & families will have a little one-on-one with the Big Guy this season.
I hope you all stay healthy. Please take all precautions and don't forget to stay positive, smile often and wash your hands.
Millie Dee Photography
Millie Dee Photography is currently in Flanders, NJ, will be moving to Landing, NJ January 1, 2021.
Halloween has been my favorite holiday for decades. The inside of my house turns into a skeleton & scary clown fest. I try to get to Salem, MA every year or so with my kids, too.
I think what draws me to this Holiday called Halloween is that I or we all get to be creative; it's a time that you're creativity can shine. I get to be someone else for a day; however, I do feel that Halloween is more of a lifestyle than a Holiday.
It's just fun! My assistant saw some photos titled 'boo-doir' somewhere on social media and tagged me in the post so I could try it, too. Before a newborn session one morning, the family was just a few minutes behind schedule and I was all set up, I had this skeleton in the car, so I took a crack at my first 'boodoir' photosession.
I must say, I fell in love with posing this skeleton right away; I was amazed that this pile of bones could actually hold some of the poses.
For the past several years, I've had a Halloween themed portrait session, but one was a family portrait of all of my creepy dolls and the other two were of a creepy monster baby swaddled up like in the newborn photos.
I've been wanting to create a Halloween themed photo session around fog and special lights, but that may need to wait for next year since this is what I created this year. Although, I can totally see this Boodoir session happening again next year; perhaps it will become an annual event; a Halloween tradition, such as pumpkin picking, hay rides and drinking fresh apple cider from the farm.
These are just a few of the poses; I have about a dozen of them that I love. If you're interested in viewing more of them, I'm sure I'll be posting them to my social media. Please follow me at: ig: millie_dee_photo and fb: MillieDee Photography.
Happy Halloween, 2020 style, everyone!
Stay Scary Healthy this year!
I KNOW I'VE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT I REALLY DO HAVE THE BEST JOB. I GET TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE.
IT'S A SPECIAL GIFT TO MEET A NEW CLIENT FOR THEIR MATERNITY SESSION, AND GET TO SEE THEM AGAIN FOR THEIR NEWBORN'S FIRST PHOTO SESSION AND OTHER MILESTONE SESSIONS, LIKE THE BABY'S 3, 6 9 MONTH PHOTOS, ALL WORKING UP TO THE BIG FIRST BIRTHDAY!
SOMETIMES I JUST GET TO SEE THEM FOR PART OF THIS JOURNEY AND EITHER WAY, IT'S ALWAYS A PRECIOUS OCCASION TO CELEBRATE THESE BIG MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE.
THIS LITTLE GUY CAME TO ME, WELL, HIS MOMMY BROUGHT HIM TO ME FOR HIS NEWBORN PHOTOS. AND WE GOT TO MEET UP AGAIN FOR HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY.
HE'S THE LITTLE BROTHER WITH TWO BIG SISTERS...WHO CAN RELATE TO THIS? (ME).... I'M THE OLDEST OF 3, MY SISTER IS THE MIDDLE CHILD AND MY BROTHER IS THE BABY...AND WE ALWAYS SAID HE'S THE FAVORITE. HAHA... HE'S STILL THE FAVORITE, I CAN'T LIE!
THIS LITTLE GUY COMPLETES HIS FAMILY. HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, LITTLE GUY!
THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR KIDS, ALLOWING ME TO BE PART OF THESE PRECIOUS OCCASIONS IN YOUR LIVES.
WE'RE GEARING UP FOR HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS, WHICH CAN I BE HONEST, IS ALWAYS FULL OF ANXIETY FOR ME. WILL THE WEATHER BE NICE? WILL EVERYONE SHOW UP? WILL THEY BE ON TIME? WILL EVERYONE FIND THE LOCATION OK? THERE'S SO MUCH BEHIND THE SCENES WORK ON PROPS, SCHEDULING, AND THIS YEAR, COVID HAS ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF STRESS. IT'S LIKE HAVING AN EXTRA HOLIDAY TO CONSIDER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON. HA.
I LOVE SEEING THE FAMILIES EVERY YEAR, GETTING TO SEE THE KIDS GROWING UP, GETTING TO SEE THE PARENTS AND TALK TO THEM FOR A FEW MINUTES. IT'S TRULY A JOY FOR ME.
AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, MY STUDIO IS MOVING FROM FLANDERS TO LANDING. IT'S REALLY JUST A COUPLE OF MILES DOWN THE ROAD AND I'M EXCITED THAT THIS LOCATION WILL STILL JUST BE 1/2 MILE FROM ROUTE 80 AND I'M IN A LITTLE STRIP MALL, 172 LANDING ROAD, LANDING,NJ. I'LL BE NEXT TO A CHIROPRACTOR AND BABERSHOP AND ACROSS FROM A PARK. THIS SPACE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER, BUT I'M EXCITED OVER THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES IT WILL OFFER FOR ME AND FOR MY CLIENTS.
I HOPE TO ALSO START SELLING MY DEEVA FUEL COFFEE OUT OF THE NEW LOCATION AND TO OFFER MY CLIENTS TO JUST STOP BY WHEN THEY'RE IN THE AREA FOR A CUP OF COFFEE AND CONVERSATION TO CATCH UP WITH THEM!
I'M ALSO EXCITED TO HOPEFULLY HAVE A VERY SMALL LOUNGE AND HEADSHOT STATION SET UP THERE...OKAY, THAT WILL BE FOR ANOTHER POST SOMEDAY IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
WHATEVER YOU'RE CELEBRATING THESE DAYS, MAKE SURE TO CAPTURE YOUR MOMENTS AND SHARE THEM!
MILLIE DEE PHOTOGRAPHY
I'M DETERMINED TO KEEP SOME 'NORMALCY' DURING THE CRAZIEST YEAR OF OUR LIVES. SANTA IS VISITING THE STUDIO THIS YEAR! SANTA WILL BE WITH US FOR 3 DAYS, OCTOBER 18TH AT THE TREE FARM IN NEWTON AND NOVEMBER 7 & 8 IN THE STUDIO.
WE'RE HAVING SOCIAL DISTANCE SANTA PHOTOS THIS YEAR, SO THERE IS NO SITTING ON SANTA'S LAP AND MASKS NEED TO BE WORN UNTIL PHOTOS ARE BEING TAKEN. HOWEVER, WE HAVE IDEAS...SANTA CAN READ A BOOK TO THEM, HE COULD PEEK BEHIND THE TREE OR THE CABIN AND SHARE SILLY LITTLE MOMENTS TOGETHER FROM A FAR...ALOT OF KIDS DON'T LIKE GETTING TOO CLOSE TO SANTA ANYWAY, SO WE'RE USED TO HAVING A "PLAN B" IT'S JUST THE "PLAN B" IS PLAN A THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID.
THESE ARE HAPPENING AT MY HOME STUDIO THIS YEAR IN LANDING, NJ. THE HOME STUDIO HAS ITS OWN ENTRANCE & DRIVEWAY AND IS DIVIDED FROM THE REST OF THE HOUSE. I FEEL THIS IS A BETTER LOCATION THAN THE FLANDERS STUDIO BECAUSE, FOR ONE, THERE IS MORE ROOM, SO IT WILL BE EASIER TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AND SECOND, WE DON'T HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE OTHER BUSINESSES AND THEIR CLIENTS AS WE DO AT THE FLANDERS STUDIO LOCATION, AS WE'RE TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH OTHERS.
SESSIONS ARE RUNNING IN 20 MINUTES INCREMENTS, HOWEVER, THEY'RE BEING BOOKED ON THE HALF HOUR, EVERY 30 MINUTES, TO ALLOW 10 MINUTES IN BETWEEN SESSIONS FOR PROPER CLEANING & DISINFECTING.
I'M ALSO EXCITED BECAUSE WE'RE GETTING SANTA IN THE STUDIO NICE AND EARLY THIS YEAR; JUST A WEEK AFTER HALLOWEEN. IT'S ALMOST LIKE WE'RE CRAMMING IN THE HOLIDAYS ALL TOGETHER THIS YEAR, SORRY, HOWEVER, I WANTED TO PLAY IT AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. I BELIEVE WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY. WE'RE FOLLOWING COVID GUIDELINES AND THERE WILL BE A WAIVER TO SIGN. (OH, WHAT OUR LIVES HAVE BECOME JUST FOR SOME HAPPY PHOTOS!). HOWEVER, IT IS WHAT IT IS THIS YEAR, I'M JUST EXCITED TO HAVE A LITTLE NORMAL AMONGST THE CHAOS TO OFFER SANTA AND HOLIDAY PHOTOS.
IT'S A HAPPY TIME FOR MANY AND I HOPE TO OFFER SOME HAPPINESS HERE FOR FAMILIES ALONG WITH SAFETY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MINI SESSIONS OR COVID GUIDELINES, ETC. I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ...PLEASE REACH OUT THROUGH WWW.MILLIEDEEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM OR CALL 973.805.FOTO. WISHING THE HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST HOLIDAY SEASON FOR EVERYONE
Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...