New Jersey Family Photographer | Cherry Blossom Beauty

We headed to Branch Brook Park, in Newark NJ the weekend of the cherry blossom festival. My intention was to photograph my daughter for her second year birthday portraits at this park. I figured it would be a nice way to celebrate the season she was born in, plus pink happens to be her favorite color. So we packed up and headed out at sunset (a very bad time in our house considering we have a 2 year old and a 6 month old). But we went anyway because I'm a photographer and I needed to get the best shot. Scarlett was a difficult subject to say the least. I was sweating and bribing her with everything I had. In the end, the bubbles kept her mildly entertained and I was able to capture a few shots I love. But when I got home and looked at them all, I though she just looked "off." Turns out she was on the brink of a very bad cold. So all I see when I look at her face is a sick little girl. But still, the lighting- the dress- the trees- are too breathtaking. I'm compelled to share! Hope you enjoy this little snippet in to my original idea for her "second birthday portraits."