Children, Photography, Public Places & Events by Jennifer Evans

As a Mom AND a Photographer, I wanted to share some insight into the legalities of children, photography, public places & events. From time to time I volunteer my photography services to the town where I live.  This means I photograph public events and activities for them.  Today I photographed a public event where there were A LOT of children in attendance.  Having been in this profession for years, I knew going in that at some point during the event a parent was going to ask me about what I was doing with my big camera taking photos of their children...and I was right - a concerned Mom asked me to not photograph her children.

In today's digital world, there are cameras to be found everywhere and as parents we want to protect our children from unknown lenses...but there are a few things that you should know regarding the legal rights of picture-takers.

MISCONCEPTION: Many parents believe that a photographer (or someone with a camera) must request consent before capturing or publishing a photograph containing the likeness of their child or children.

This is NOT TRUE.

TRUTH:  Photographing a person in a public place, including children, DOES NOT require a model release or expressed consent.  When it comes to PUBLIC places or being in PUBLIC VIEW (even if you are standing on private property), consent or a model release is NOT required unless the photograph will be used in advertising (think billboard for Verizon or some other company) AND the person is recognizable.

Think about it - if photographers were required to gather model releases from everyone they photographed our news and tourism industries would quickly die.

MISCONCEPTION: Parents believe that they can demand that a photographer or person stop taking photographs of their children and/or delete any that have been taken.

This too is FALSE.

TRUTH: Private citizens (and even Police Officials) DO NOT have the authority to require that the photographer stop taking or delete their photographs.

MISCONCEPTION:  If someone takes a photo of MY child, that photo belongs to ME!

No, this is FALSE.

TRUTH: When a photographer takes a photo, no matter who their subject is, copyright belongs to THE PHOTOGRAPHER.  It's called "intellectual copyright" and believe it or not, it is perfectly within their legal rights to not only take the photos, but they have the right to display them, and even sell them as long as they aren't doing so commercially (as indicated above).


I know this may seem scary - but  there is something you can do.

Approach & Inquire

If you are concerned about someone photographing your child in public, the first thing is to remain calm and respectfully approach the photographer.  Simply ask them what they are taking photos of and for what purpose.  You will probably find that it is a student, tourist or media photographer who means no harm.  You might find that your child may make a newspaper or blog article...and I can tell you from experience, that may be a very fun and rewarding experience for your child!

Voice Your Concern and Kindly Request They Stop

You are always within your right to kindly ask that they do not include your children in their photographs.  Please do not be rude and approach them in anger...they are probably just doing their JOB.  When you ask kindly, MOST photographers will completely understand and agree to your request without confrontation.

What If They Refuse to Stop?

If the photographer refuses, and they are not breaking any rules dictated by the public domain (some locations do not allow for reflectors, tripods, etc), it is up to YOU to take your children and leave the area.  You cannot demand the photographer to stop taking photos and you cannot force them to leave.  So instead of getting angry and frustrated, do the one thing you CAN do - move elsewhere.


If confronted by a concerned person or parent, be calm, respectful, and prepared to explain yourself. We live in a somewhat fearful society and it is important to recognize that. Understand that most people who question you are most likely coming from an honest place of fear or concern. Parents just want to protect their children!  Confidently explain to those who ask, who you are,  what you are doing and why you are doing it.

I personally respect requests from parents whenever possible.  If they ask that their child not be photographed I will take photos from angles that exclude their children.  It's not that difficult and it will be appreciated.

Another thing I tend to do when photographing children in public places is try to capture them in a way where their faces are not completely visible.  I realize that this isn't always possible or practical since media relies on facial expressions to depict mood and emotion, but it is always nice to get faceless imagery when it makes sense to do so.

Oh, and if you were wondering about that request today - of course I excluded her children from my photos - I even went back and deleted any I had taken before the request right in the camera.  No hard feelings...I'm a Mom too and I get it!

DIY Cake Smash Cake by Jennifer Evans

photograph of cake and tutu Let's talk CAKE!  Over the years I've had the pleasure of photographing several cake smashes and I've seen all different kinds of cakes. We're talking grocery store sheet cakes, fancy schmancy bakery cakes and even fun, tall frosted cupcakes.  But can I share a secret with you?  Out of all those cakes, the cake in these photos is by far my favorite!  It was perfectly sized, beautifully and simply decorated and best of all - MOM made it for well under $20!

A toddler getting ready to smash her cake

Nope!  Not kidding.  This perfect, toddler-sized, Pinterest-perfect cake was Mom-Made (and she doesn't have the Keebler Elves hanging out in her kitchen)!  I asked her to share her secret and here it is...

Materials Needed: 2 - 4 inch baking pans (she used two 2-cup Pyrex dishes she had around the house) 1 box of cake mix - $1.98 2 cake pads (one to use during the icing process and the second to transfer the finished product) $3 for 6 (or you can use a flat plate for free) 1 M piping tip - $0.98 Piping bags - $4.00 for 12 (you can use a gallon ziplock bag) Icing Knife - $4.89 (a butter knife will also do the trick!) Spatula 1 Tub of vanilla icing - $1.89

She used the following You Tube Video to guide her:  CAKE DIRECTIONS

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So go ahead...take some time and make your child their own personal-sized cake smash cake!!

A Tiny Peek Into a Fotoplicity Vacation by Jennifer Evans

The ice from the mouth-watering sangria glistens in the orange glow of the sun as the comforting scent of leftover homemade bread wafts in from the open kitchen doors behind me.  I take in the sound of the bubbling fish pond below which mixes in unison with my husband's relaxed breathing next to me and the sounds of the children playing somewhere in the dusk.  Together we watch as the sun sets behind the mountain and enjoy the peacefulness of the moment..sangria Each August my husband and I pack up the kids and we head off on a much needed summer vacation.  While many love to sightsee and travel to distant exciting or exotic locations for their getaways - ours is a whole lot simpler.  My husband and both work a lot (my husband way more than me).  So for us - summer vacation is our time to slow things down, relax and just enjoy being together.  That usually translates int0 renting a nice home with a pool somewhere in the mountains of Pennsylvania or New York or New Jersey.


This year we opted for a spot that borders all three states.  Our getaway home is located at the end of a dirt road surrounded by nothing but nature.  It's quiet here - well, except for the rooster who lets us know that morning has arrived!  We spend our days sleeping late, relaxing and playing poolside, cooking up amazing meals that consist of farmstand finds and fresh eggs from the hen house on the property.  We take day trips to state parks, local attractions, take in sunsets and sunrises and just exist and enjoy one another's company.  We have no schedule - as a matter of fact, we don't even look at the clock.  It's very freeing.

While we do have to sneak in a bit of work, working from a table with a mountain view is much more relaxed than an office.  And this year my daughter did spend a sick day on the couch - but that's ok - when you don't have set plans, a little glitch like this isn't an issue.

If you've never experienced an uneventful vacation where life slows down - I highly recommend it.  It really does wonders for the mind, body and soul.  The only thing we hate is having to leave...

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And of course, I have to take some beautiful photos of my girls when I have access to a gorgeous location like this! girl looking to the skywalkingWM're not photogenic? by Jennifer Evans

As she sits in front of me, lovingly cradling her infant, we talk about options for her upcoming session.  We discuss what she envisions her ideal family portrait to look like and how she is thinking of displaying it in her home.  We review potential locations and she tells me about each of her children.  She is excited, but throughout the meeting I notice her fidgeting her hands and the hint of insecurity behind her eyes.  We work out the details and then I ask, "do you have any concerns you wish to bring up?"  The fidgeting stops and I can tell she is struggling with something.... she takes a deep breath and says...

"I love your work, and I'm really excited about this - but I'm not photogenic."

She is not alone.  The majority of my clients come to their consultations with this EXACT concern.  Whether it's about their weight, their nose, their hair...there is something that makes them believe they are unable to look great in a photo. Heck - I share the same insecurities!  Head on over to this blog post where I bear my personal photography fears.

Text Image "I'm Not Photogenic"Can I let you in on a secret?  It's not that you aren't photogenic.  I swear!  You may not believe it, but I can make YOU look just as amazing as the folks in my portfolio!  I'm serious.  My portfolio pictures are of REAL PEOPLE.  They are not models, and many of them had the same worries you.  No - I don't practice magic, I won't perform photoshop plastic surgery and I promise not to put you on the cabbage soup diet before your session.  What I will do is photograph you in a way you've most likely never been photographed before.

Here’s how I do it...

I will LISTEN One of the many reasons I require consultations is to get to know you.  This includes finding out what your hesitations and insecurities are.   When I know up front what you are self-conscious of, I can make a point of diminishing that issue.  Hate your mid section?  I'll use people, props and objects to camouflage it.  Not crazy about your nose...I'll make sure to have you facing forward in many photos.  Self conscious of a double chin?  I have a few tricks up my sleeve that will make that disappear in photos without photoshop or surgery.  Confide in me and let me take the weight off your shoulders by doing what you hire me to do...create amazing imagery!!

We will PLAN I will help you with choosing location, wardrobe, hair and makeup.  I will give you my cell phone so you can send me photos from the store or your closet!  I will plan and customize the session WITH YOU and answer any questions and address your individual concerns.  From posing to props - everything will be strategically planned around your specific needs.

I will PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS Let me worry about where you should place your hands or the angle of the light hitting your face.  I will walk you through subtle posing techniques, show you how to hold your head and make sure your necklace is straight.  I coach you through the nerves and we'll have fun doing it!

I will use my KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE I have been perfecting my craft for quite some time now and all my years of knowledge and experience are at your disposal. I will use it all to create gorgeous portraits for YOU.  From lens choice to posing - you can trust that each and every choice I make will be done with purpose.

I can't tell you the number of times I have had clients in tears at their reveal simply because they actually liked the way they looked in the photographs!

But I don't want you to just believe me blindly.  I mean, I could be lying to you - after all, this is a blog post written by... um...ME!  I'd much rather you head over to Facebook or Google and read what my clients have to say.

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And you know what?  You don't have anything to lose.  Put your trust in me for ONE session.  I stand behind all of my work with a satisfaction guarantee.  If you come to your Reveal and don't love a single photo I will either offer a reshoot or refund your session fee.  Want to know another secret?  I've NEVER had anyone take advantage of that guarantee!!

So...what do you have to lose?  Schedule a consultation and let's talk!

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And Then There Were Four...A Family Maternity Photo Session (Edison, NJ) by Jennifer Evans

I was so excited about this family maternity session... Mom and I have worked together in the past (she's a photographer too).  I love that I had the perfect Mommy & Me dresses for the to wear!  Mom&DaughterWM This session ended up getting postponed a few times due to weather, however when we did finally shoot it the weather and location were absolutely perfect.  BlogBoard-Jelinski Maternity-1

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FamilyWMThe best part of this session was that little P, as the child of a photographer, was very familiar and used to posing.  She directed many of the shots herself and did a great job!  This particular image was her idea and she set the whole thing up herself!  Jelinski-WEB-8

Do you love this maternity dress?  Check out more photos of it HERE.

Limited Edition Princess Sessions by Jennifer Evans



How many times have you thought to yourself, "I don't want my kids to grow up."  I often watch my youngest daughter play "pretend" with her stuffed animals and absorb the innocent beauty of it.  I know that her stuffed animals will soon be replaced with cell phones and trips to the mall to hang with her friends.  Let's face it, our children will grow up, and they'll do it a lot faster than we would like.

That's why it is so important to cherish every moment that we can right now!

These princess sessions are designed to capture your child's imagination as it is right now.  There is nothing more magical than watching your child put on a shiny, shimmery dress and step into a pretend world of wonder.  She gets a sparkle in her eye, a skip in her step and then she TWIRLS. A pretty dress and sparkly crown changes HER world.  It magically transforms her into a princess in a far away kingdom.  Watching that happen is beautiful - that is the magic of childhood. Don't miss this opportunity to capture it, bottle it up and keep it forever with beautiful artistic photographs.

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The Artisan Folio

This gorgeous handmade folio is included with each session!

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Royal Add Ons

This session is guaranteed to create images that need to be displayed in PRINT!  I have personally chosen some gorgeous ways to present these priceless memories.

PRE-ORDER BONUS! If you pre-order one of these Royal Products when you book the session, you will receive a complimentary Mobile App of all the final edited images so you can access your images on the go and electronically share them with friends and family! All products will be on display the day of the session and may be purchased through your online gallery.  The mobile app, however, is only available with the pre-order.



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How many children does the session include? One.

How much does it cost? The session fee is $300.  This includes a short session, FIVE fully edited, high resolution digital images and a gorgeous Artisan Folio with two fine art prints.  You may add additional products to your session if desired.

Can I keep the dress? The dress rental is included in the session fee.  If you love the dress, you may purchase it for an additional $45.00

What about siblings? You may add on ONE additional sibling for $125 which includes the dress & prop rental.  You will also receive an additional digital (Total of SIX).  Images will include two of each child separately and two of them together (depending on cooperation and willingness to pose together).  You will choose which two images to include in your Artisan Folio.

What if it rains? The rain date will be the following Sunday - September 17th.  You will keep the same time originally booked.

What if I'm not available for the rain date? Please only book if you can make the rain date or are willing to forfeit your deposit.

Will there be hair and make up? No, please come with clean hair - no makeup needed!

When & how much do I pay? $100 is due at the time of booking to hold your spot and order the dress in your child's size.  The remaining balance will be due one week prior to the session date.

This Couple Is Celebrating Their Two Year Anniversary by Jennifer Evans

This beautiful couple came to me to celebrate their anniversary.  One of the things I loved about these two from the start was their easy-going and fun personalities.  When we met up for our session it turned out to be one of the hottest days in June.  It was sticky hot, but you would never know it from these photos.  The love and connection between these two is palpable.  THIS is why I do what I do.  Capturing interactions and feelings and turning them into artwork, for me and for my clients!  THIS is so much more than snapping photos! Anniversary Session by FotoplicityCouple SessionAnniversary Session by FotoplicityAnniversary Couple

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It's A Cake Smash with a bonus!!! by Jennifer Evans

Who doesn't love a cake smash?

The Cake Smash Session has been popular for quite some time and many folks don't know if I offer them.  But I'll let you in on a little secret...even though I don't really advertise them, I do do them, and I absolutely love them!  There is one caveat though - I only do them outdoors.  Why?  well - for one, they can be very messy.  Having them outside makes cleanup a lot easier on everyone involved.  The second reason is that outdoor photos are just SOOOOOO much nicer (in my opinion anyway).  There is really nothing better than using nature as a back up.  And finally, as long as it's warmer, my favorite part is the wash up.  I provide a pretty bucket - we fill it with warm bath water and baby not only gets clean but the photos are adorable!  Turning ONE

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Keeping It Simple, Contemporary Portraits for your Child by Jennifer Evans

As I've matured in my career so has my approach to portraits.  Let me share with you what I've learned...

Portraits are not about props - it's about connection.

A truly great portrait pulls you in.  It provides insight into the moment that the shutter was clicked.  It connects you to the person in the photograph and draws your attention in such a way that everything around you stops for a tiny millisecond of time while you absorb that person's expression....and then you FEEL IT and are forced to react.  It touches your heart and reaches your soul.

My photography and the full service experience I offer is all about creating that connection... however, as a busy Mom, I realize that sometimes a long, involved process (no matter how amazing it is) isn't always needed nor convenient.  My years of experience have allowed me to develop the skills needed to connect and photograph a single child quite easily and quickly. That is why I am introducing these simple sessions designed with one purpose in mind....SIMPLICITY.


SIMPLE The Contemporary Child Session is all about simplicity from start to finish.  Whether you are looking for an updated portrait for your child, a gift for Grandma or wish to give a simple, yet amazing gift to someone you know - this portrait session is the perfect option.

ABOUT These sessions are for ONE CHILD only.  They last about 20 minutes and can ONLY be booked on weekday mornings.  The focus is on your child so I will choose a location based on lighting.  They will either take place in East Brunswick or Highland Park.


Phone Consultation - We will schedule a short phone consultation to discuss your session in detail.

Online Proofing Gallery - I will choose and edit up to SIX images from the session and upload them to an online gallery for your review.  From there you will be able to select your product package images.  If you wish to add additional items you may do so at that time.

Product Packages Yes!  You get to choose one of these three packages - it's included!

Package A Package B Package C
(1) Mounted 8x10 (2) Unmounted 5x7 (1) Mounted 11x14 5x7 Metal Print (Easel Optional)


The session costs about the same as a cut/color/rinse/blowdry appointment at your hair salon (maybe even less)!  And I promise this will be more meaningful and won't need to be repeated in 6 weeks - well, unless you want to!


Are you ready to capture your child's true self without any distractions?



Introducing Framed Collections by Jennifer Evans

Have you ever tried to design a photo wall display? To say it can be overwhelming and frustrating is an understatement.  But I'm about to take a whole lot of work out of the process.  Starting this month I am proud to offer all of my clients FRAMED WALL COLLECTIONS.  I'm making wall design as simple as 1...2...3...4!

Here's how it works....

STEP ONE - Choose your collection

I have four collections to choose from.  Simply choose the layout that fits your wall space and preference.Framed Collection Set

STEP TWO - Choose your prints

Now the hard part....decide which pictures from our session you would like to use in your collection.2017-04-08_0002

STEP THREE - Choose your frame

Choose your frame style!  These low-profile, high-impact frames complement any decor.  Choose from classic, modern, beachy, or rustic designs.Frames Collections

STEP 4 - Matted or Unmatted?

The final decision is whether or not you would like your prints matted or not.  Matted prints offer a more classic style frame while unmatted prints allow for a larger images and offer a more modern look.



Making The Choice Easy

The best part of these collections is that no matter what layout, frame our mat you choose, all Framed Collections are priced the same.  One price with lots of options!  Simple as that.

Are you ready to upgrade your walls?  

Schedule a complimentary consultation with me to learn more.

2017 Senior Mini Sessions by Jennifer Evans

Introducing Fotoplicity Senior Mini Session, 2017!Do you have a high school senior who is looking for a couple of amazing portraits to document this special time?  Maybe you just need one photo for that graduation announcement.

This year I am offering a simple 15-20 minute photo session for graduating seniors.  These sessions will be short and sweet and are only available on select weekday evenings through May 15th.  




Your choice of ONE Highland Park location (Donaldson Park, Raritan Ave Mural or Wooded Trail) ONE outfit (I will also take a cap & gown photo if you bring it) SIX of the best images edited & displayed in an online proofing gallery

Option One | $225

All SIX Digital Images with Print Release 9 x 9 Heirloom Portrait Presentation Folio w/ TWO 5x7 Matted Prints Phone App with ALL gallery images (a perfect digital keepsake)

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Option Two | $125

8x10 Mounted Print with it's High Resolution Digital Negative Phone App with ALL gallery images (a perfect digital keepsake)

Additional Prints & Products Add-ons such as gift prints, wallet prints and portrait folios will be available for purchase through the proofing gallery.  The perfect option for those who would love to have lovely professional prints to display in your home or include in their grad announcements and thank you notes.

Looking for a fully customized session with more options and flexibility? CONTACT ME

Use the form below to request a Session Date/Time.  Contract & Payment are required to confirm the session.

A Beautiful Maternity Session, East Brunswick New Jersey by Jennifer Evans

This beautiful couple came to me looking to capture this special time in their lives....Maternity Photos by Fotoplicity, NJ While we were planning this maternity session the weather was churning out 40-60 degree days - February was proving to be quite a warm month.  Of course the day of our session Mother Nature decided to throw in typical February weather. I think it was around thirty degrees and even colder by the water where the wind was whipping.  But we were granted a gorgeous setting sun so we pushed through.  In between each of these shots Mom was wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket and Dad must have taken his jacket off and on 15 times!

Maternity Photos by Fotoplicity, NJ Despite the cold, I really couldn't have asked for a more perfect session.  In the end you would never know that it was freezing out.  Their love for each other and their baby couldn't be more apparent.

These two reminded me how much I absolutely love photographing expecting parents.  There really is no other time quite like this.  The love, wonder and hope that an unborn child provides is simply amazing and beautiful!

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I'm getting real and 90% of women will on. by Jennifer Evans

I'm going to be honest here - this may be one of the most difficult blog posts I've ever written.  Why?  Because I'm going to share that insecure side of me that I keep deeply hidden.  The only comfort I have is knowing that every other woman in the world shares many of the same insecurities and hides them as deep as I do.  So today, right now, I'm going to do the heavy lifting for all of us. Social Media....

I think most of you will agree that it is both a blessing and a curse.  How great is it that we get to communicate with family, friends and acquaintances near and far on a daily basis?  We get glimpses into their lives that we would not get if social media did not exist.  On the down side, this atmosphere of voyeurism has created a fake perception of reality.

From Instagram to Facebook we are constantly bombarded with everyone's seemingly perfect lives.  Jane just got married to the most amazing guy, Sarah's children are gorgeous and never misbehave, Tara lives a life of luxury traveling the world for her dream job and Christy just lost 25 pounds doing Crossfit and looks ridiculously fantastic.  What we don't see are all the life clips which have been selectively edited out.  Jane went on hundreds of horrific dates for YEARS before finding "the one", Sarah's children whine, cry and throw temper tantrums just like everyone else's, Tara spends 1/2 her life at airports and hotels and is extremely lonely most of the time and Christy has had more downs then ups on her very long health journey.  We don't see this because most folks curate their lives on social media and portray only the news-worthy good.

I GET why people do this - heck, I do it too.  Who wants to know that my morning was shit, I screamed at my kids, had a fight with my husband and am wearing two different colored socks today?

But here is the problem with our social utopia.  When we see these perfect lives day in and day out we start thinking that something is wrong with us and our imperfect lives.  This is especially true when it comes to our self esteem.  Let's be honest - how many selfies do you need to take before you find that perfect one?  The one where you look 10 pounds thinner and your expression is perfect?

Social media may be more of a detriment to us women than fashion magazines ever were. At least with the fashion magazines we could just blame the editors for using only use size 0 models.  We can't do that with social media.  Social media shows us REAL people - one's we know personally!  This increases our need to measure up more so than ever before.

I see it every single day.  Women everywhere are beating themselves up about their physical appearance and non-perfect life.  We are in an ever lasting quest to find the perfect makeup, hairstyle, diet or exercise program to improve our exterior (and therefore our interior) and we are HARD on ourselves.  Really hard.  Unrealistically hard.  Damaging hard.

Here's Where I Get Real....

I am guilty.  I turned 45 this year.  FORTY-FIVE!!!!  I'm at the top of the hill, getting ready for the decent.  Crap.  This year I spent a small fortune on expensive makeup, wrinkle creams and other magical treatments that promise to reverse (or at least hide) the signs of my aging skin and body.  Over the past few years I have successfully gained about 20 extra pounds.  Between the age and weight, I struggle with mirrors every damn day of my life.

Last week I started advertising for a Mother's Day Makeover Session.  In my post I say how as Moms, we need to take time and embrace ourselves.  As a photographer I am constantly boosting women's self esteem by capturing beautiful images of them - images they didn't think were possible....but you rarely catch me on the other side of the lens. Ok, I'll admit - I'm a hypocrite.  As a matter of fact, I typically HIDE from cameras.  Show me a picture of myself and I spiral down the "I'm fat, old & ugly" hole.  It took EVERYTHING I had to suck it up and get the PhotoPass when we went to Disney because I knew that meant I would be in every picture.  EVERY PICTURE!  Ugh.  Ugh.  Ugh.  (In the end I did it, but not for me, for my kids - because that's what Mom's do, suck it up and do it for the kids, right?)HW STUDIO

The truth is, aside from Disney, my family hasn't had formal pictures taken in years.  Want to hear my excuses....  (they may sound familiar)

"I'll take family pictures when I lose the weight." "I don't look good in photos." "I hate seeing how old I look." "I'm afraid I'm going to hate myself more than I already do." "I don't want to see that double chin."

Terrible right?  If I'm not willing to even take family photos, how can I ask women to invest in pictures of just THEM?  Yup, I'm a hypocrite.

Let's play psychologist and analyze this.  I KNOW that I am my own worst enemy.  Sure, I need to lose some weight, but I've always been on the heavier side and that never stopped me before - there has to be something else.  You know what the problem is?  Like so many other Moms I put myself LAST.  Before I had kids I spent more time on myself.  I took the time to blow dry and style my hair every single day.  I took time to apply my makeup nicely.  I spent money on a nice wardrobe and I wore heels. HEELS!  Ha!  I took time to enjoy a paint class, go out with my friends for a drink, had date night with my husband.... And you know what?  I was CONFIDENT.  And that confidence is EVERYTHING.  Nowadays I rarely style my hair, my makeup application is a joke and my everyday wardrobe consists of sneakers, yoga pants, a few pairs of jeans and a handful of comfy shirts and sweatshirts.  The worst thing...I hadn't had a haircut in almost a YEAR!  That's just ridiculous, isn't it?  Last week, after months of procrastinating I finally splurged and got a haircut.  And you know what?  I walked out of that salon feeling like a million bucks.  I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a window and actually stopped to take a second look.  I haven't felt that good in a LONG time.  And that was JUST a haircut!

The A-Ha Moment....

The bottom line is that we can feel good about ourselves TODAY.  NOW, if we let ourselves.  We need to stop comparing ourselves and our lives to our friends and family on Social Media.  We need to dedicate that time and energy into ourselves and our own families.  Focus on what makes us happy and not care about what others think or do.  When we do that something magical can happen...

Yesterday morning, as I was getting ready for my work day and blow drying my newly cut hair, I decided to go full out and take the time of doing some detailed makeup. I swear adding a touch of mascara can be face altering!  The hair and makeup inspired me to pull out a pair of my favorite jeans and instead of going for my comfort shirt I put on a camisole and a fitted jacket.  I finished the look with a pair of heels.  I can't remember the last time I wore HEELS.  (By the way, when I say heels, I mean 2" heels - that's my limit).  I grabbed my coffee and walked out the door feeling better than I have in forever.  I had a lighter step and a smile on my face.  I felt CONFIDENT and ready to conquer the day.   And when I got to work, do you know what I did?  I took advantage of my studio set up and faced my fear of the camera and had myself a little Glam Mom Photo shoot.  I mean how can I ask other Moms to dive in if I'm not willing to do it myself, right?

I'll admit, doing a self -photoshoot is not an easy task.  Trying to nail posing on a timer, without seeing yourself is more of a challenge than you would think, but I managed it.  And here are the results.


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Taking these pictures of myself in this more positive state of mind allowed me to focus on appreciating the things that I DO LIKE about myself instead of focusing on all the things I DON'T LIKE.   I love my hair - I'm 45 and that is my natural color.  My eyes are a pretty cool mix of green and brown and change with what I'm wearing.  Yeah, I need to lose weight, but I don't look half as bad as I beat myself up over.  Most importantly - I realized that if I put a little more energy into myself my whole attitude is better which directly and positively affects my family.  When I'm happy my family is happy.  When I'm confident I'm teaching my kids to be confident.  When I'm happy and confident my husband gets to enjoy the woman he married!  And once I start feeling better about myself I am encouraged to make more positive changes in my life.

The Walk Away

I encourage you to look within yourself and find that self-confidence that has been buried.  Grab it and bring it out.  Forget what Jane, Christy, Tara and everyone else is doing or what they look like and celebrate YOU, as you are, right now.  Take a little time each day to do something for YOU that will make YOU feel good.  Stop all the negative self-talk and appreciate the positives instead.  And if you're like me, STOP fearing the camera.  Grab your kids and your significant other and strike a pose!

You are worth it.

WARNING: This article may offend your LinkedIn or Website Profile Image... by Jennifer Evans

WARNING:  This article may offend your LinkedIn or Website profile image!

I know, I've all heard me preach about the importance of a good headshot.  I promise, I'm not going to talk about that in this post (although it's true!).  Instead, I'm going to dive into what actually makes a headshot a good one.   After all, if you don't know that, how can you determine if yours needs updating or not?  Believe it or not, just because it was taken by a photographer doesn't mean it's good.

I'm going to admit something somewhat embarrassing.  Sometimes, when I have some time to kill, I go on LinkedIn and browse profiles.  Why?  Because as a photographer I am in constant search of improving my craft and one of the best ways to do that is to look at the work of others and learn from it.  For me, that means learning what to do and learning what not to do.  When it comes to headshots, LinkedIn is chock full of learning opportunities!

Unfortunately, LinkedIn is full of lots and lots of very bad headshots.  Now, when I say BAD, I don't necessarily mean bad portraits.  Actually, I see some very nice professional PORTRAITS of people but just because it's a nice portrait doesn't mean it's a good headshot.  YES, there is a difference - and it's a big one.  Oh, and for the purposes of this article I am not going to cover the use of selfies or random cropped event photographs that people use - those go without saying... those are not headshots and shouldn't be used as such. Period.


  • Good, professional lighting
  • Sharp and in-focus
  • Technically sound photograph
  • Focus on the head (no body)
  • Confident & friendly expression
  • Accurate portrayal of the person & their personality
  • Complimentary posing of the body
  • An image that makes a statement
  • Attention to detail (hair fly aways, straight collars, appropriate clothing choice, skin tones, etc.)


Since I don't want to use random LinkedIn images, I'm going to use some of my own work to demonstrate.  Let's look at these two images.  ArtisticWM


Both of these images are great portraits.  The lighting is good, they are technically sound, images are sharp and they are both shot from the shoulders up.  Both images show a very friendly and happy woman.  But one is a portrait, the other is a HEADSHOT.  So this one is probably obvious....the top one, while a beautiful portrait, is a very BAD HEADSHOT.  Why?  She isn't looking at the camera.  We don't see her eyes.  And while she is obviously happy in the photo, by not looking at the camera we can't really "see" the person.  Eye contact is important for connection - even in a photograph and especially for a headshot.  Another problem with the top image is the editing.  The matte look and low lighting makes this a much more artistic photograph than a business oriented one.  Now let's compare that to the bottom image.  THIS is a good headshot.  Her smile is nice and friendly but the look she is giving exudes nothing but pure confidence.  Her hair is neat, and her makeup is clean.  You can't help but FEEL that this woman knows what she is doing.  This photograph makes a very strong statement and demands your attention.  THAT is EVERYTHING!


What do you think?


I love this photograph!  Technically it is on point.  But is it a good headshot?  No.  Not even close.  This is a glamour or contemporary portrait.   Yes, she looks Ahhhmazing.   She is smiling and she is confident as heck.  But this image should never be used as a professional business headshot.  Why?  Well, to be blunt - it's just a touch too sexy.  She has movement in her hair, the makeup is a touch too glam and the way her lips are poised make it "un-professional".  The confident look is a different kind of confidence than what we want in a headshot.  Although I will say that if this was a creative headshot (for an actress), this would be fine to add to her portfolio.  Acting headshots are very different than business/corporate headshots - but I will not go into that here.   When it comes to a business professional, this shot is not acceptable.

The Nitty Gritty

Ok, now let's get down to the nitty gritty details.  As with anything, it's the details that truly make a difference.  Take a look at the two images below.  There is no denying that both of these are strong headshots.  They portray one very confident professional.  Honestly, either of these would make for a fantastic LinkedIn profile picture, but which one is better and why?DoctorWM copy

Doctor Headshot

I suppose that is kind of a trick question, because without knowing this woman you can't really answer it.  Let me explain - the better image is the one on the bottom.  Why?  Simply because her hair is up.  Why does this matter?  Because when she is at work, she wears her hair up 100% of the time.  It is a true representation of her.  If you run into her on the job, you will see the woman in the bottom picture - not the one in the top picture.  But BOTH images are important for her to have because most professionals have a need to portray different versions of their "brand".   When we took these, I recommended the top image be used for any sort of formal self-promotion she may need (if she needed it for a brochure or such), but the bottom image was the one we both preferred for her online presence.


There is a lot more to a good headshot than you think.  If you are serious about your personal brand it is extremely important that you find a photographer who understands the difference between a portrait and a headshot and can coach you into achieving the strong, friendly and confident look you need to stand out from the rest.  Serious headshot sessions take time and experience.  Remember, just because a photographer takes a nice portrait doesn't mean they can take a effective headshot.  When in the market for a headshot photographer please do your homework.

Here are few tips that should help you:


  • Quality Photographs: Lighting, sharpness, accurate skin tones are extremely important.
  • Consistency: Look at their portfolio.  You want to find someone who can produce the same results time and time again.
  • Professional lighting equipment: Find someone with a professional studio set up.  They need professional lights and understand how to use them to produce excellent results.  One of the biggest "mistakes" I see is a nasty glare in glasses.  This can be avoided if the photographer knows how to work with their lights!
  • Realistic Retouching:  Sure, we all want to look like super models, but a headshot needs to be REAL.  Headshots should NOT look "photoshopped".  It's one thing to remove a blemish and a few undereye circles, another to make someone's skin look like a newborn baby's bottom.  There is no place for that in a good headshot!
  • Accurate Representation:  People should look like themselves!  Expressions should be genuine, not "posed".  It takes a good photographer to eliminate the natural anxiety that most of us feel in front of the camera and instead exude GENUINE confidence and friendliness!
  • Posing: Even though headshots are typically shot from the shoulders up, posing is still important.  You can spot a slump a million miles away.  Stance can affect expression.  A good headshot photographer will work with you to find the right pose that highlights your best features.
  • Creative Headshots vs. Corporate Headshots:  An experienced headshot photographer understands that there is a different headshot need between these two professionals.  Acting headshots require a lot more looks and a large variance of expressions compared to the businessman/woman.
  • Price:  Good headshot photographers aren't charging $50 or less.  It takes a lot of hard work and training to be able to produce consistent, excellent headshots and good photographers charge accordingly.  A reputable headshot photographer typically charges between $150-$300 for an in-depth session with a handful of images including business licensing.  Don't be fooled by the Target $19.99 headshot specials that have you in and out in 10 minutes.  Remember - you get what you pay for.  When it comes to your career, the investment may very well be worth it!

Now that you know what makes a good headshot, why not go and evaluate yours.

I'm not going to apologize if I offended your headshot image because if I did, I know that I did my job and provided you with the information you need to make it better!!

If you are in Central New Jersey and wish to learn about Fotoplicity Headshot Sessions you can contact me HERE.

Mother's Day Makeover - 2017 by Jennifer Evans

Motherhood is beautiful. To your children and your husband, the love, care and courage that it takes to be a mother are treasured and appreciated. However, the reality of a busy life means that us Moms don't often FEEL beautiful.  Let's face it - after cleaning up messes all day long, doing several loads of laundry, preparing and cooking meals and working, most women don't feel they are "glowing".  Instead they just feel exhausted and, well....a mess. This Mother's Day, why not indulge in a fun makeover and photo shoot?

Glam Mom

Only $300!

Includes Hair, Makeup, Photo Shoot & $50 Print Credit!

APRIL 30th & MAY 7th


We'll start off with a full hair and makeup makeover by Rachel from Rocky's Hair & Makeup.  She'll spend some time not only making you feel amazing, but providing some simple skin care and makeup tips along the way.  When your makeover is finished, Rachel will provide you with a sample product for you to take home with you!


Once Rachel finishes up, Jennifer from Fotoplicity will get your confidence soaring by taking photos of you that are worthy of a magazine cover.  You'll receive wardrobe suggestions BEFORE the session and during the session she'll spend time coaching you through stances and expressions and offer you posing techniques that you can use whenever a camera is present.  Most images will be taken from the waist up, however there may be a few 3/4 or full body.  If you booked back to back sessions with a friend or family member we'll be sure to get a few photographs of the two of you together.


Hairstyling, makeup & a 20-30 minute model photo shoot.  Hair & makeup tips from Rachel along with a product sample and posing techniques from Jennifer.  Once the session is over, Jennifer will choose the best 5-8 images from your session, expertly retouch them and place them into an online proofing gallery for you to view.  You will be given a $50.00 print credit and a complimentary web-resolution magazine cover (shown above) for social media sharing. You will be able to purchase digitals, prints and products directly from the online gallery.

Sessions are $300 per person.  Sessions are restricted to clients 16 years of age and older.  


Before you even start, I'm going to stop you.  DO NOT talk yourself out of this.  So what if you have 10-30 pounds to lose - so what if you just had a baby - and don't even convince yourself that you are not photogenic.  Let me tell you something - with the right makeup, hair and photographer we will melt your insecurities away!

Sample Makeover This Mom just had a baby 8 weeks prior when she came in for her makeover.....who would've known?

Book With A Friend, Sister or Mom! If you book with friend, sister or Mom we will take some photos of you together!


Choose the date and time you want.  

NOTE:  There are two spots for each time to accommodate those who are booking with a friend or family member.  The actual makeovers will happen consecutively but we do invite you to enjoy each other's company while waiting.  You will have an opportunity to take photographs together.

Welcoming in the New Year with Family Photos by Jennifer Evans

How beautiful is this family?  Let me share the story behind these images.  Right around Christmas Tania contacted me about doing a family session which included her, her husband, her child and her husband's brother and sister.  The reason?  They wanted to surprise her Father-In-Law with updated family portraits which they haven't had done in YEARS.Family One of the first things I did was to take an individual photograph of each of the siblings.  Sometimes people are a bit hesitant to have individual portraits makes most folks uncomfortable to be the center of attention, especially in front of a lens.  But here's the thing...most folks end up LOVING these photos.  Why?  Because having a professional portrait done is WAY different than having a friend take your photo and it's also different than having your school portrait done.  I take time to explain how to stand, work through facial expressions and take advantage of the light. It doesn't take long, but it does take experience.  The two siblings on the left are still in high school. Both told me that they HATED their school photos so I set out to snag a perfect portrait for each.  Needless to say they were THRILLED with the outcome.2017-01-29_Family03 Tania had run into me several years back at one of the Street Fairs in Highland Park.  She had signed up to be on my mailing list and had kept me in mind for future.  She contacted me a few weeks before her Father-In-Law's party and we set this session up for New Year's Day.

It was a bit chilly but they all handled it well...even the baby! 2017-01-29_baby

Tania's brother-in-law even braved "the wall".  This is one of my favorite see, it can be a bit scary getting out on this ledge.  There is water on both sides and it is only about 3 ft. wide - less in some parts.  Add to that the wind and cold - well - you get the idea!  But now he has a great story and an image to go along with it!  2017-01-29_ledge The main goal of the session was to get photographs of the three siblings and all variations of them.  It's really helpful for me to know the WHY behind any session BEFORE we start.  Since I knew going in that these photos would most likely be hung on a wall in some sort of collage on Dad's wall, I made a point of getting photographs that tell a story and that work well together. 2017-01-29_siblings Just as we were finishing up I convinced Tania, who had her first child only 6 months prior, to get some photos of just her.  You've heard me say this before - I think it is SO IMPORTANT for women, especially MOMs to EMBRACE themselves.  We so often get lost in our children and day to day lives that we can easily forget who we are and what we are about.  Taking photo solo not only provide a little reminder that we are strong, confident and beautiful, but allow for a little self-indulgence which is important to do from time to time.  Now Tania has these beautiful photos of herself that she can share with her daughter.Embrace Session So there you have it.  What a great way to bring in the new year!!!  Happy 2017!Family

Five Tools That Will Help You Hang Your Photos With Ease by Jennifer Evans

I hear the struggles of hanging pictures all the time.  As a matter of fact, I know a bunch of people who have purchased prints and wall art but are afraid to actually hang them!  Hanging photos can indeed be a somewhat daunting task, but with the right tools that task can become less scary and maybe even fun! As a photographer I have hunted high and low for tips and tools that might help with this challenge.  Today I'm sharing my favorite five.


Simple Hanging Tool

You can pick up this tool at Home Depot or Lowes for under $15.  Hang your photo on the hook then hold it up on the wall to find the perfect location.  Once you do, remove the photo (leaving the tool on the wall) and push the button to mark the wall exactly where you need to nail/screw the hook.  Easy Peasy!

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Beehive Picture Hangers

I recently became aware of these awesome hangers.  For those of you who struggle with getting the measurements perfect, as long as you come close - it won't matter.  Multi-image displays are a breeze with these.  Simply attach the hook to the back of your frame/canvas and place the picture on the wall where you like it adding a touch of pressure to make a mark (similar to the Hang & Level Tool above).  Install the hanger where you marked and now you can easily hang and adjust the picture to the perfect location.  I love that you can micro-adjust the location of the picture up, down, right or left.  You are pretty much guaranteed a perfect install!beehive

Monkey Hooks

These are so cool.  Not only are they cool, but they are very affordable.  You can pick them up in any hardware store - I've even seen them in Target.  All you need to do is push them into the drywall and finagle the hook through.  The large hook balances the weight of the picture on the inside of the wall.  Best part - no drilling, hammering or tools required!  monkey hook


For those of you who live in older homes (like me) you have the added joy of worrying about cracking and crumbling the plaster when you try to nail or drill into it.  So much fun, right?  This makes picture hanging twice as scary because fixing a mistake can be much more involved than it is with drywall.  But no worries - here are two options to consider.

Command Strips, Hooks, Etc

Oh 3M, how I love you for coming up with these amazing little strips!  You can use the velcro versions or the hook versions to get those photos on the wall without doing any damage!  I highly recommend this for lighter weight products like Standouts and Mounted Prints.  They do make heavy duty command strips for heavier items (framed prints and canvases), however I personally prefer to use regular hanging hardware for those. command strips

Painters Tape Trick

  • Once you know where to hang your piece, cover the mark with painters’ tape or masking tape to prevent the plaster from cracking or crumbling around the nail hole.
  • With a pen, mark the hanging spot over the tape.
  • At slow speed, drill a pilot hole using a drill bit just big enough for the size of the hardware you’ll be using.
  • Remove the tape and put your nail, screw or toggle bolt in the hole and hang your picture.


Valentine's Days Mini Sessions - 2017 by Jennifer Evans

This year I thought I'd offer something a little different for Valentine's Day.  I'm a "less is more" type of person especially when it comes to children and photographs.  Children are perfect just the way they are.  There is no need for a ton of props and fancy backdrops.  After all, the point of a portrait is to capture expression and feeling, right?  These sessions will be very simple.  The focus will be on the upper body and face.  I will provide a fresh flower or two to give them a "Valentine's Day" feel. VDayMarketingBoardSMALL



Sessions will be held on Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 2pm.

What’s Included?

A 15 minute indoor session Proofing Gallery of FIVE retouched photos One Digital eCard for download and online sharing (I will choose the image most suitable for the card layout - sample image below)Valentines Day Fotoplicity

BONUS for Return Clients

Your repeat business is much appreciated!  If you have booked a session with me in the past you will receive a complimentary 8x10 print of the image of your choice!

Prints, Products and Digitals

All prints products and digital files are sold separately.  Special pricing will be made available for the duration of your proofing gallery. Digital Images will be $35 each (savings $15) or all 5 for $100 (savings of $75).  There will also be special pricing on certain prints and products.

Age Restrictions

Due to the nature of these sessions I am only accepting children ages 4-18.  Children younger than four will not have the attention span nor the ability to follow the direction required for a session like this.  If you have a younger child please contact me directly for information on a custom session.

What about Siblings?

Because sessions are only 15 minutes long, siblings will require their own session.  If you would like an image of your children together (maximum 3 kids) please book back-to-back sessions and we'll make it happen.  Important:  This does NOT increase the number of images in the proofing gallery which will remain 5 per child.


The Fotoplicity Office, located at 180 Tices Lane in East Brunswick, NJ.

What to wear?

We're keeping things simple, so clothing should be the same. Girls - a black, white, or pink tank top with skinny straps makes for awesome photos. Boys - a plain white or black t-shirt will work fine. Bottoms don't matter - legs will NOT be in the photos.

IMPORTANT:  Photos look best if hair is styled and neat.  Do take time to remove temporary tattoos, chipped nail polish or any other distracting things from the body.  (Blemishes, scratches or cuts will be touched up during editing)

How do I sign my kiddos up for this awesome mini session?

These sessions are RSVP and prepaid – click on link below to select your preferred time slot.  I will contact you within 48 hours with a contract and invoice.  Spots are non-refundable, but in case of a sick kiddo or meteor hitting earth that day, you can certainly apply it towards a future session.


Valentines Day Flowers

Pay It Forward - GIVE and GET a Leg Up in 2017 by Jennifer Evans


A Season of Giving - Let's Pay It Forward!

So often we get get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and seemingly forget what it is really all about. Spending time with family and friends, treasuring time honored family traditions: baking cookies, decorating ornaments, or making gingerbread houses with your kids. The holiday season is about love and sharing that love with others.  It’s about bringing a smile to someone's face.

This year has been such an amazing year of growth for me and my photography business. I’m so thankful to be able to wake up every morning and go to work doing what I love. This holiday season I would like to share that love and pay it forward by offering two people a complimentary Headshot Session.

As you know, in today's digital world a professional headshot is often the very first impression a potential employer or client will get of you.  It's more important than ever to have a photo that represents the professional YOU.  This year, why not give someone a LEG UP in the workplace by nominating them to win a professional headshot session!

PAY IT FORWARD by nominating someone deserving or in need of a a headshot session and if they win I WILL GIVE YOU your own headshot session!

Please only nominate someone who would like to get and would benefit from headshot photos.  It may be a good idea to check with them BEFORE nominating them!!





Forget waking up at 2am this Black Friday and standing in line to get some electronic device or toy that will be irrelevant or forgotten about by next Thanksgiving...this year, why not purchase something that will not only stand the test of time, but will pull at your heartstrings and be a meaningful investment for your entire family for generations to come? Your Memories in PRINT times TWO!!!!!!folios-10small

I'm super excited about this package deal because I've never offered anything like it before.  I have so many clients who look forward to their annual photo session with me from year to year in order to capture family growth and change.  But let's face it - a year is a long time and our family can change quite drastically in that time frame - especially the children!  Take a look at those annual school pictures....the changes become even more apparent.

So this year, why not plan on capturing your family memories TWICE instead of just once?  Wouldn't it be nice to have one set of pictures in the Spring and then again in the Fall?  Or maybe you want to use one session for the whole family and the other just for the kids.  Maybe Grandma & Grandpa are planning a visit in July and you really want professional photos of them and the kids but you don't want to give up your usual Fall photo session.

With this package deal you don't have to choose!


TWO Digital Photo Sessions for up to 5 people 24 Edited High Resolution Digital Images (12 each session) 12 Styrene Mounted 5 x 7 Professional Quality Prints (6 each session) 5 x 7 Heirloom Folio Box to store and display your mounted prints Wall Design Service (optional) 15% off any additional print purchase from the sessions


$200 Deposit $328 Session 1  $328 Session 2

Prices listed are inclusive of sales tax.  

Total Package Cost = $800 (plus tax) Total Package Value= $1350   SAVINGS= $550



This deal disappears on Sunday 11/27/16



Both sessions must be booked in 2017.  Booking is based on availability of Photographer. Sessions are limited to a maximum of 5 people. Price based on regular portrait sessions.  Enchanted or other specialty sessions may incur additional fees. Travel fees will be incurred for locations outside a 10 miles of East Brunswick, NJ. Folio Box will be delivered AFTER the first session with the sessions's mounted prints. Initial deposit of $200 required.  This deposit is non-refundable. Remaining balance (including 7% sales tax) will be split between the 2 sessions ($328 each).   Total Package Price = $800 ($856 after NJ State sales tax) Balance payments are due the day prior to the session. Contract required to book session. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

Questions?  Please email me at