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A Little Bit About Us
Salwach Photography is the premier South Jersey newborn, child and family photographer specializing in natural light portraits serving all of South Jersey and parts of the Philly region. We capture moments that will last forever including babies’ milestone packages and children’s first birthday cake smashes. We are an on location photographer based out of Sicklerville, NJ serving South Jersey residents.
I do not just capture pictures, but special moments that are frozen in time and will be something you will look back on forever. They are timeless photos that will always have a special place in your heart.
Its not just about taking your photo, but giving you an amazing experience. From the very beginning to the end, you will feel like you are in the right hands. One of my 6 year old clients held my hand after her photo shoot and told me “You are the funnest person to ever take my picture” If that doesn’t sum up how you can expect your experience to be, I’m not sure what can.
I make it my mission to have your photo be worth a thousand words and give you an unforgettable experience…
Owner and Photographer
Hello! It’s-a-me, Damien! A very special happy first birthday to this little guy celebrating his NJ Cake Smash! When Damien’s parents came to me with the Super Mario cake smash set up theme, I couldn’t have been more excited. Growing up, video games were a big part of my life (yes, I’m a nerd, but I’m okay with it!) The first game I remember playing with my sister and brother was Super Mario on Super Nintendo. I was totally the BOSS, get me a Yoshi and I could conquer any board! I got to work right away on props so that this could be a completely unique and memorable experience for Damien.
It’s the best of compliments when the parents say they had several New Jersey photographer’s websites open and went back and forth and choose yours. Honestly, it was the best of feelings and completely made my day. Not only did they decide upon hiring me they drove an hour and twenty minutes from mid NJ to come so that I could take his NJ Cake Smash portraits! Seriously I have the best clients ever!!
I can’t get over gushing how adorable this family was together! I can honestly say this family was a pleasure to work with! They have such a beautiful and true bond, when Damien put his hand on his father’s cheek I almost died!
How cute is this one on his butt?!?! The “O” is a gold coin!
Damien was all smiles from start to finish and destroyed his cake like a boss! He is also quite the adventurous little guy and he smashed his cake and destroyed it he went right on the move trying to crawl all over and look out the window. He was such a blast and such a happy baby. Seriously he just smiled the whole time!
How to make your own Props
I had a few people after this shoot ask me about how I made my NJ Cake Smash props and I’d love to share, a lot of love went into the making these!
Needed: For the brick boxes, I used red wrapping paper, brown and maroon paint, two rectangular sponges, 2 paper plates, paper towels, toothpick and a 12 x 12 box. I always check my South Jersey local dollar store before I start my projects and was able to get many of my items there. The paint and boxes I bought at a craft supply store close by. Always makes me happy to save money!
- Unfortunately the red wrapping paper wasn’t large enough for me to wrap my box like a present so instead I cut enough for it to go around 4 of the sides- 12 x 48. I then cut squares 12 x 12 for the top and bottom out. There’s a few different ways you can adhere your wrapping paper onto the box, the best way I found was to glue gun the paper on.
- I then took white paint and squeezed it into one of the plates and squeezed the brown paint onto another plate. The maroon paint I added a few drops onto the brown and then swirled them around with a toothpick. I wanted to make the bricks multi colored that way it gave it a little more realism.
- After my paint was all set up, I took my rectangular sponge and dipped it into the brick mixture paint. To get off the excess paint and not have paint dripping down the box, I blotted it onto a paper towel and then I started making my bricks. I made sure to stagger the bricks so it resembled real bricks. Make sure to leave a small space between each brick as well be adding the white in between as mortar.
- After you make all your bricks, it’s time for the white mortar. I took the second sponge and cut it to be able the same size as the spacing left in between the bricks length wise. I also cut another slice and made this one shorter and the same size as the bricks on the shorter side. The using the same method, I finished off the painting. I did accidentally get some of the white a few times onto my bricks. I used a wet paper towel though and lightly wiped it off, luckily it worked each time. Wipe it off right away though so that it doesn’t have time to dry.
- I suggest doing one side of each block at a time and then doing one side of another this way you don’t touch wet paint.
Needed: Topiary plant in craft aisle near the Styrofoam balls or if you cannot find a large Styrofoam ball 6″, round wood dowel (stick) 3/4″ and a cylinder Styrofoam 6″ or smaller so that this fits within your clay pot. I only used the Topiary plant because it was much cheaper than buying all the parts separately. Also, make sure to look for coupons for your NJ local craft store. I bought all these things at AC Moore with a 40% off coupon. You can also substitute these sizes to make a larger or smaller plant as needed. I think if I ever made this again I would probably make a slightly larger plant. You will also need a 6″ clay pot, green and white felt, cheap wire, small corks, white, green and red spray paint.
- I started off by first cutting my Styrofoam before spray painting. Make sure you do this step first so that you do not need to respray paint. I cut my cylinder to fit firmly in my clay pot. This will hold everything together so make sure it is snug. And cut a slice out of the top of my Styrofoam ball. There’s many ways to accomplish this. I suggest googling ways to see which way would work best for you. My husband just used a saw.
- Spray painting everything first. I did about 2 to 3 layers on everything so that it was nicely coated. You will need to paint the wooden dowel, cylinder Styrofoam and clay pot green. The small corks white and the ball red.
- Once everything is dry its time to being assembling. Add the cylinder into the clay pot. Gently push the ball into the wooden dowel. I did not add any glue as I wanted to be able to rotate it when wanted. If you would like yours more secure, feel free to add a bit of hot glue. Then add the wooden dowel piece to the cylinder. Wow, your plant is starting to look life like!
- I cut 6 round circles from the white felt, about 2″. I hot glued these onto my plant. Then I rolled up a bit of felt an 1 and 1/2″ and outlined the mouth and hot glued it on. I also took my 6 corks and added my teeth.
- Finally to make the leaves, I used a pen to trace out a pattern on the felt into a leaf shape. Make two. I then took my wire and glued it onto the middle of my felt pieces to look like real leaves. Add a little extra wire on the inside of the leaves so that you can poke it through the Styrofoam and attach it.
This was by far the easiest thing to make. I bought some small yellow plates at the dollar store and strung them with fishing line poking holes with a knife on each side of the plate. I used some masking tap to keep on the opposite side of the plate to hold the coins in plate. Yup, its that easy!
Reach out to me for your child’s NJ Cake Smash!
Owner and Photographer
As you look through my family portrait packages, you can see that all my packages include digital image downloads. I do this for a few different reasons, but one of my main reasons that I want your experience with me to be super easy and the most convenient for you. Lately I have had quite a few people asking for prints so I may in the future change to a slightly different model to better fit my clientele, but for at least this year I will continue to only sell the digital images. So the question is where exactly should I get my digital images printed at?
The place I suggest all of my customers to order their prints from is www.mpix.com. They also own a national printing lab and I have excellent results and experience with them. I print my own orders through them as well. Their colors are very true to your digitals and they are reasonably priced. Below I will show you my latest purchase and all of the pricing and options I added on for my order.
My gorgeous daughter just had her third birthday and her birthday party is this weekend. For her South Jersey children’s birthday party, I of course, needed to print out one of the images from her birthday portrait session to display at her party. My favorite turned out to be this images of her blowing glitter. She looks like such a little princess and she loves the photo. Every little girl deserves to feel like a princess every once in a while!
The left is the original photo and the second is a picture taken of the printed photo. Please remember since the printed photo is 8 x 10 the dimensions are a bit different
I order an 8 x 10 in their metallic paper. I choose this because I really wanted her image to feel magical but for the most part you will probably just want to choose their regular paper. I also added their lustre coating to make sure the paper lasts longer and is more resistant to finger prints. The total for this was $3.73. There are many times coupons on retailmenot.com and the other coupon sites so make sure to check them out. The shipping was another $3.95 for economy 10 day shipping and brought my total for this order to $7.31 which is not bad at all for a quality print and this included upgraded paper and a finish!
Finally, during one of the steps it asks if you would like color correction on your photo. I suggest not adding this as their lab will change the colors to what they think looks better so your photo won’t be as close to your digital image. If you want the closest colors to the image you have, click that you do not want this feature.
Also let me explain how great their shipping is. I ordered on Monday late in the day and they processed and printed on Tuesday and it was delivered Friday morning. This was supposed to be 10 day shipping, but as you can see it came so much more quickly! Not bad at all!
So the moral of this story is make sure you spend a little bit more on your photos for quality prints. I have had some past customers come to me saying that they printed at an hour photo at one of the chain pharmacies and that the coloring is completely off. Now unfortunates that customer has a print they do not like and will spend extra money to get another print at mpix.com.
Owner and Photographer
There’s something special when you get your whole entire family together for a portrait session. There are so many different personalities and you can really vibe off each other. This family wanted to get an extended family portrait for their mother including all the siblings and grandchildren. This is also basically perfect for a Mothers Day Gift too and right on time!
We also had some extra time at the beginning of the session so we took a few individual family shots. I can’t help, but to love the below one where they are all connected and smiling at one another!
Posing a large family of fourteen people was honestly a bit of a challange for me. So We broke this up into two sessions. Both sessions took place in South Jersey locations. The first was by a secluded pond in Windslow Township, NJ and had some amazing tall reeds and long sand roadways. This is the second time I’ve been here for sessions and it’s always a great quiet spot!
The second session was taken at Scotland Run Park in Clayton, NJ which gave us some nice greenery, flowering trees and another pond. There were quite a few other photographers there and seems to be quite a popular spot. We even saw a quinceanera there and their dresses were gorgeous!
I love that for the different sessions that they choose completely different outfits. For the first they went completely colorful and fresh and the second they went with a more matching outfits.
This is one of my favorite images from their session. The breaking up of the smaller families within the large family while still being a uniformed group is really fresh and unique take on the more normal poses.
On a side note, happy Mother’s Day to all my lovely mothers! You lovely ladies take such pride and joy in your children, striving everyday to raise your children to be healthy and happy. I know sometimes we feel as if we fall short in the parenting department, but you are great mothers and I see it evident in every portrait session. The bonds I have seen lately truly touch my heart! Being a mom is the most important job we all have and we are doing a great job!
Enjoy your day tomorrow with your children as I hope to do with mine! Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely mamas!!
Owner and Photographer
I’ve been anticipating the blooming of the cherry blossom trees for months now. Their beautiful pink petals are captivating and I knew I needed to have a session with these magical trees. In our South Jersey region the best time for the cherry blossom trees is around the last week in April as they are normally in their peak bloom and absolutely gorgeous!
So I decided to take my lovely daughter and her best friend Greyson out for a quick session. I love the bond these two have together! They’ve know each other for about a year now, but they seem like they’ve been together since birth. They seriously may be the cutest ever and I have secret plans that they will marry when they are older 😉
Being children, they weren’t very cooperative except at the beginning of the session. I always feel it’s so much harder to photograph your own children as they never behave as well for you as for someone else, but we got some amazing shots right at the beginning before they decided they no longer liked the camera. Little buggers!!
I’m thinking of having mini cherry blossom sessions next year and hope that some of you will join me. As always feel free to comment and let me know in any type of session you may be interested in.
Look how smooth and creamy his skin tone is! I tried out a new type of skin editing technique called frequency separation. The reason this technique works so well is the fact that it keeps the texture of the skin on a separate layer so that you don’t lose the important overall quality and texture of the skin. That way when editing the skin doesn’t look like a dolls, but rather an unblemished version of your own skin!
I’m going to use this type of skin editing for all of my close up portraits as I’m in love with the final results. Do you love it as much as I do?
As for open sessions, I am booked through out May though if you’re looking for something during the week I may be able to squeeze a session in. I already have a few bookings sold out in August so if you are looking for something during the summer let me know soon so that you get your ideal time and location. I hope to see you soon!
Owner and Photographer
Hellene’s Junior Prom, A South Jersey Senior Photographer
Last weekend was a crazy, but good crazy kind of weekend! On Friday, I took this gorgeous teenager’s junior prom photos. On Saturday, I had two sessions including Melina’s baptism and then a 80th birthday party. Sunday, was amazing meeting up with my May bride and meeting her fiance for the first time at a local Starbucks.
This amazing young lady who attends Timber Creek Regional High School in Gloucester Township in Sickerville, NJ. Hellene is a member of the Nation Honor Society, a free style swimmer with the swim team and while keeping all her school work straight also works part-time. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with her family and swimming in their outdoor pool. Hellene already has high goals in life and is looking at becoming a surgeon.
I have known Hellene now for about a year and I can honestly say I am so glad to know her. She always steps up to a leadership role and is the first to make things happen. Not only that, but she has an amazing heart. Hellene is a fashionista and loves bright colors with lots of bling.
I love working with teenagers as they have such creative ideas and they aren’t stiff in front of the camera. They know the camera loves them and gives the camera love right back! A big part of her life includes her Dominican heritage, which I can’t wait to find ways to incorporate into her senior session which we’ve scheduled for this Summer.
As you can see, she has many close friends as her vibrant personality seems to just attract others. How cute is the way Hellene’s prom date, Terrin asked her to prom?!?! I can’t get over how cute these prom-posals are! Terrin dressed up like a bunny and visited her house with this super cute sign that says, “I want to go to Prom with SomeBunny like you!”
Below is one of Hellene’s best friends, Marissa. Doesn’t she just look like a movie star?!?! These girls I swear are just gorgeous!
Going through these images was extremely hard, as you can see, and I wanted to keep them all to post! I avoided that, of course, but it was a close call to having a million pictures on here!
Juniors now is the time to schedule your Senior session! If you are looking for a senior photographer in South Jersey, make sure to contact me! Spring and Fall are the most popular times for Senior photography and slots fill up very quickly.
Owner and Photographer
Salwach Photography is owned by South Jersey raised Samantha, usually referred to as Sam. I am mother to the world’s most beautiful little girl. She is the one who inspires me everyday to make the most out of life. She is also the one who made me push myself to finally follow my dreams and become a photographer. I wish I had a really unique story of why I became a photographer, but its pretty standard.
Years before I seriously considered becoming a photographer, I would stare at newborn and wedding photos and just soak up every detail loving these images. I worked in Human Resources at a staffing company in Philly at the time and decided to stay home when my wonderful husband and I had our first born. I just could not get enough of photographing each little detail of her tiny toes and hands and wanted to take amazing pictures like the ones I always saw online. From there I got my first DSLR when she was around one and went to work following her around like the dedicated mom-erottzi I was.
I am so glad that I decided to become a family photographer as it was a dream I guess I always had, but never really though of as something I could obtain. The safe route always seemed like the easier path and starting my own business was scary. I will always thank my little Brooke Lynn for constantly making and continually making myself into the person I want her to look up to which includes following your dreams and knowing nothing is too big to accomplished.
Photo Credit- Shooting Star Photography
South Jersey newborn photographer, family photographer, child and children’s photographer including first birthday smash cake photographer. We offer our services in all of South Jersey and NJ including but not limited to, Gloucester Township- Blackwood, Glendora, Erial, Sicklerville, Blenheim, Lambs Terrace, Chews Landing, Hilltop, Sewell, Washington Township and Turnersville. In Camden Township- Haddonfield, Berlin, Clementon, Pine Hill, Magnolia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees Township, Bellmawr, Atco, Lawnside, Gibbsboro, Collingswood, Winslow, Runnemede, Audubon, Lindenwold, Vineland, Mount Ephraim. In Burlington Township- Burlington, Moorestown, Pemberton, Bordentown, Evesham, Delanco, Mount Holly, Shamong, Tabernacle, Medford, Maple Shade, Edgewater, Mount Laurel, and Cinnaminson. We also of course serve the Jersey Shore areas including Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City!
Give us a shout and let’s make your dream come true!!