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My Values. A personal post about what I value | Burlington NJ | New Jersey Newborn Photographer

My values.

I value memories. I value the giggles. I value albums. I value videos. I value time. I value seeing my boys smiling faces on my wall.

Everyone has different values. I value so much.

I'll never got get when Christian was little and started to say Mama and Dada. We were on the couch and Aaron Stinsman was working over time since it was his busy season and Christian starts saying DADA.

I said yes, Daddy will be home soon. He kept saying Dada and then started to point past me. I was confused because obviously dada was not behind me. So, I looked over and Christian was pointing at a wedding photo of Aaron and I. My heart melted. He was looking at the photo and knew exactly what he was talking about and who he wanted.

Dada came home and he was all happy and jumpy. It made my heart so full that he recognized him from the photo.

A few weeks later, I turned on my amazon video list on our tv and decided to watch some home movies. I video everything. My dad did the same thing for my brother and I. Somedays we would just be running across the couch or is Disney World. These are awesome memories to look back on. So I turned on a video of Aaron "stealing" a toy from Christian when he was maybe 5 months old. The belly laughs were hysterically and he started to laugh at himself. We just belly laughed through the 2 minute video.

I value the moments that I will never get back. I value the time and effort I put into capturing these memories. I am that mom that would rather be spending time with the kids then doing laundry or dishes. The laundry will always be there. The dishes will get cleaned eventually. Your baby will grow up and time is fleeting. <3 Capture your children yearly to show them that they are a part of your family unit <3

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Why I am a photographer and why it is me passion. | Stinsman Photography | New Jersey Newborn Photographer

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Why I am a photographer and why it is me passion. | Stinsman Photography | New Jersey Newborn Photographer

Providing a way to freeze time is my true passion. Freezing time is the reason why I am a photographer and artist.

Why do I do what I do? Why a photographer? Why start my own business? Some of you may know, I started my business in 2013 knowing that I didn't want to work in healthcare full time the rest of my life. I was starting to plan for my family and as an MRI Tech, there was 0 flexibility with shifts or childcare. When my husband and I were dating, I straight up said, I do not want to work full time when we have kids. That was my number one why I started my business. I saw mom's at work who would miss the first day of school because their shift started at 7am or moms who talked about how they only saw their kids for 2 hours before bed during the week. I could not see myself doing that and that is why I started my photography business. I always loved taking pictures. I even say my girlfriends and I in high school invented the selfie, but I wanted to do something that I had a passion for.

So why start my own business and not work for someone else? I wanted to model my business around past experiences good and bad. If I hired a photographer and there was something negative that came out of it, I made sure to model by business around how not to let that happen. Customer service is my number one priority. Excellent communication and service is what I strive to be if not perfect, very close to it.

It's not something that is necessary to live, so why photography? You're completely right. I know you do not need photography to live but, I value it for myself and I know other's value it for themselves. I do not want to miss a milestone or memory and neither do my clients. What motivates me with my business is being able to stop time. Kids grow up so quickly. I say it every day to my oldest Christian. He started to sing the ABC song the other day and the first thing I thought was, where has the time gone! I chose photography because I know how it is to be in so much love with my husband and children, I want to capture that for my clients family as well. Life is too fast. The weeks fly by. I make sure that sessions capture the smiles, giggles, tickles and laughter just like with my own family. These are the memories that we forget; the time spent together. To capture it for anyone is a joy and gift.

Photo by: Kaleidoscope Imagery

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Lactation Cookie Recipe | New Jersey Newborn Photos

I know I’m not alone when I say breastfeeding is hard. It’s one of the most amazing things we can do for our babies as moms, but also can be the most exhausting, frustrating, time-consuming, emotional aspect of early motherhood. Throughout my 13 month journey, there wasn't one day that was easy. That is why I wanted to share this recipe with you that helped me with my supply

I’ve always had the desire to breastfeed my baby and before I even gotten pregnant, I had this glorious vision of easily and exclusively breastfeeding them until they were at least a year old. Well, when Christian was born, my visions for how breastfeeding should go were quickly proven wrong. I just didn’t and couldn’t make enough milk. We tried everything…lactation consultants, nursing as often as possible, pumping after and between each feeding, lots of water, lots of rest, Fenugreek, Mother’s Milk tea, increasing my calorie intake by 1000 extra calories on top of the 2000+ I was already eating, and anything else that was recommended. I was willing to try anything and although my supply did increase some, I just couldn’t keep up with his growing demand.

Before my son was born, I would walk through the baby aisle at Wegman's and browse through the hundreds of mommy products. Cookies, butters, creams, wipes. You name it, it was overwhelming. The cookies seemed enticing because now I had a reason to "safely" eat cookies without feeling guilty. When Christian was born, I snatched a few up to see if they tasted good. Some were, some weren't. But I realized how expensive these cookies were and that I wouldn't be able to afford them for long once my maternity leave came to an end. 

So I literally googled, "No Bake Lactation Cookies." I didn't have the desire or want to bake cookies so I wanted to see if there was a no bake version. Just like cheesecake, right? (haha) 

I must say this recipe is absolutely delish! I also plan to make these for when baby number two comes (in the future). 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (you can find easily at Whole Foods in the supplements aisle)
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I used peanut butter)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or Coconut flakes (I used both)
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

And there ya go! I hope this helped! Please comment below if you have any suggestions or add anything fun!

 

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