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Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ wedding and portrait photographer
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Hello, and thanks for stopping by! I'm Christina, the woman behind the lens here at Christina Keddie Photography. I'm an on-location events and portrait photographer based in Princeton, New Jersey, covering weddings, engagement, maternity, families, and special events. I love capturing real and unguarded moments of life, love, and emotion. And I love working with my clients to bring out the very best in them for each session and event! I would be honored to document your special moments, and provide beautiful prints and albums that you'll treasure! So take a look around, check out my portfolio links above and my most recent blog posts below, and call (609-751-2189) or contact me today to book your session!

April 7, 2014

Liza + John | Intimate at-home Jewish wedding in Monroe, NJ

All weddings are beautiful and romantic, a celebration of the merging of two families and the beginning of a new life together.  But I have to say, Liza and John's intimate ceremony, held in Liza's mother's beautiful Monroe, NJ home, was such a sweet and fun family celebration!  There may have been under 20 guests, but everyone was so excited to be there, and so excited to stand beside Liza and John.

Because March in New Jersey isn't exactly outdoor wedding weather, they set up the chuppah indoors, in the beautifully-appointed living room, right next to a mantle covered in old family wedding portraits.  But they brought hints of warm weather and colorful celebration into the ceremony as well -- the kids were all dressed in tropical oranges and blues, and everyone shook fun personalized maracas to make a joyful noise when John broke the glass and the newlyweds shared their first kiss!

There were so many beautiful moments of honoring special family members throughout the ceremony.  Liza and John had postponed their wedding after Liza's father passed away unexpectedly, so they included a time to remember him -- Liza's eight-year-old son Eli had written a letter to his grandfather, which he presented during the ceremony.  Eli was also an integral part of the rest of the ceremony, coming up to stand by the couple at key moments and passing out the maracas to the gathered guests before the breaking of the glass.

Then after the ceremony, and after the signing of the ketubah, Liza and John provided a really fun activity for all the kids: hitting at a piƱata in order to get wedding favors!

What a beautiful, fun, family-filled day to celebrate Liza and John!  I was so honored to be a part of such an intimate gathering, and I loved creating these images.  Mazel tov, and best wishes to your sweet new family!

Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer
Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer
Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer
Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer
Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer
Intimate at-home Jewish wedding | Christina Keddie Photography | Monroe NJ wedding photographer

March 31, 2014

What to wear: Spring family portraits

At last, at long last, it appears that spring is finally around the corner here in Princeton!  This New Jersey winter has been particularly long and hard, but now the snow is melted, temperatures are rising, trees are starting to bud -- and it's definitely time to start thinking about those fun outdoor family portrait sessions!

For this month's what to wear inspiration board, I wanted to celebrate the coming of spring with a soft pastel color palette.  I saw this dress on the Target website and fell in love with the peachy pink color and the lovely romantic lines -- the ruffled neckline is so sweet, and the empire waist and swishy fabric would be flattering for most body types.  And I love the idea of carrying that color over to the little girl's outfit via a matching ribbon at the waist!

One great complement to these peach tones would be hunter green, and the slightly muted green of the dad's shirt in this example would be a fun way to play off the pastels on the girls.  And little man would be adorable in a green checked polo onesie!

These greens and peaches would look wonderful against a newly green landscape, and would work just as well against the gothic architecture of the University campus or the small town charm of downtown Princeton.  Now that spring is finally here, the world really is your oyster, and you can have your pick of fantastic backdrops for your family portraits!

What to wear: peach and green spring family | Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ family photographer

Want to dream more about outdoor spring photo fun with me?  Contact me and book your session today!  :)

March 14, 2014

Product spotlight: Heirloom albums!

One reason why I love shooting "lifestyle" candid portraits as well as the traditional posed portraits is because of the way this style lends itself to storytelling -- creating photo essays that capture the story of your family, your engagement, your pregnancy, at this particular moment in time.  And what better way to display these photo essays and tell these stories than in gorgeous, heirloom-quality albums!

I recently designed a new album to use as a studio sample, because I so want to put this gorgeousness in the hands of every one of my clients who might even be a little bit interested in having me design an album from their sessions.  :)  For this particular sample album, I chose a premium silk cover in a lovely neutral taupe that picks up on the color palette that Tae and Jeff used so beautifully in their in-home family session back when their son, Beck Curtis, was just a tiny little guy.  This album is 12x12, with 30 luxuriously thick pages (each 1/16th of an inch thick!) -- it's solidly constructed, and will definitely stand the test of time.

Heirloom album with family portraits | Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ portrait photographer

My albums are all flushmount, which means that each two-page spread is a single photographic print that extends across the spine without any cuts.  This gives you the option to display huge images across the full width of the spread -- a look I really love!  The pages are all printed on archival quality photo paper, rated to 200 years under proper storage conditions.  And when you open up the album, you see nothing but beautiful images, cleanly displayed, telling your story.

Heirloom album with family portraits | Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ portrait photographer

And have I mentioned how luxurious and thick each of the pages is?  In the photos below, you can see how smooth the center crease is, and how solidly-constructed each page looks.  (And yes, 12x12 makes my fingers look pretty small!)

Heirloom album with family portraits | Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ portrait photographer

You can choose from an image-wrap, linen, silk, or leather cover, and you can emboss the front cover with your choice of text.  This album is covered in pewter silk, and the cover really is just gorgeous.

Heirloom album with family portraits | Christina Keddie Photography | Princeton NJ portrait photographer

I just can't use enough superlatives to describe this beautiful, beautiful album.  :)  Don't just take my word for it, though -- set up an initial consult with me and you can see this and all my other awesome premium products!  Contact me to find out more about designing a session and an album with me!