Jude & Natalie Take On The Beach: NJ Kids Photographer

Last week I woke up and I didn’t feel like being me.

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I didn’t want to go to the gym or run errands or  finish my work.

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I wanted to go to the beach.

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I spent 10 minutes daydreaming of what a day at the beach with just Jude would feel like, before finally rolling over, getting up, and packing for our day at #AsburyPark. I sent out a text to my friends and asked if anyone else felt like playing hooky, and as luck would have it, Devon and Natalie did.

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I don’t know what your Wednesday looked like, but ours looked and felt like heaven.

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I think the combo of sun, ocean, sand, and sky, is healing.

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When I find myself overwhelmed with this beautiful life, I need to see nature do what nature does. I spend much of my time arranging nature to look a certain way in #familyphotos, but it’s rare that I enjoy it and accept it for what it is. I love my job, but in order to remain good at it I have to try new tricks, look at new places, and photograph for fun. Just for fun. Just fun.

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We arrived to 70 degree weather and an entire beach to ourselves, and it was wonderfully cathartic.For their part Jude and Natalie were the happiest I’ve ever seen them.

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Natalie is calm and reflective, where Jude is high energy and completely insane ( in the best way). She is a lady and he is part caveman- getting completely nude and rolling around in the sand like a small puppy. The beach is his home, his vessel. I have always believed my children need to return to the ocean- like visiting heaven or a place you’ve been before and will return to again someday.

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It’s days like this, where I am reminded that we can always come to this place where nature and wild curiosity will refresh our creativity and remind our spirit just how to feel again.

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I am so grateful to have stopped the world, for just long enough to enjoy it. If you’ve never played hooky from your life, you should.

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Don’t think, just go.

Don’t plan, just show up.

Eat some sand, jump waves, and stare at the sky. Live like Jude does, wild and free.

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A special thanks to Devon and Natalie who ran away with us.

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