I kicked off 2018 with a beautiful newborn session. The session took place on-location at baby Annabeth’s nursery room. It is actually her Mommy Jen’s old room.
A lifestyle portrait with Annabeth and Mommy in the room where her Mommy grew up in and now has been converted into Annabeth’s own nursery room
We together brainstormed several themes. A main theme is books, because her Mommy Jen is a librarian at the Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Library System.
A 2D floor art book theme with Mommy’s favorite books around baby Annabeth
Another theme is Star Wars. Annabeth’s Daddy Marc is a huge Star Wars fan.
A 2D floor art design showing Daddy Marc’s Star Wars collectibles
Annabeth’s name is a tribute to her two wonderful grandmothers: JoAnn (Jen’s mom) + Beth (Marc’s mom). Jen and Marc wanted her to always be connected to them, especially since JoAnn passed away in 2015 from an aggressive form of leukemia and the two would never get to meet. Her middle name, Elaine, is Jen’s middle name, too. Before Jen and Marc came up with Annabeth Elaine, they considered Elaine Elizabeth, but Annabeth was the clear winner, especially as it means ‘grace of God’.
Snow theme design to reflect that Annabeth is a winter baby.
Annabeth was born on her great-uncle Karl’s birthday and 5 days before Marc’s (her dad) birthday. Her nickname is “The Pea,” since that’s about how big she was when Jen learned she was pregnant. Annabeth is 18 years younger than her sister Brianna (her only sibling).
Snugglesack and matching beanie hand knitted by a 10-year-old boy.
Jen loves music! She plays piano, keyboard, flute, and piccolo, and sings in church and in a community choir.
Marc is studying to become an ordained pastor.
Brianna goes to a high school for dance, and she intends to study Criminal Justice in college next year.
“Our concerns prior to the session were its length (were 5 themes too much? could Annabeth last that long? what if she gets fussy?) and if we had a big enough clear space. In reality, the session went smoothly, though it started out a bit rocky since Annabeth was having an uncharacteristically fussy day and needed many feeding/calming breaks. Despite that, Karen was very patient and went with the flow. We didn’t feel pressured to speed up so we could fit everything in before Karen had to go; in fact, an end time was never mentioned except to say that the average session is 3-4 hours (ours was 5+). Karen was also good about bringing adorable props, thinking up cute poses, and jumping in to help (vs. being reluctant to handle babies). She even came back to take a few more pics when she realized we’d missed some family shots. It was an overall positive experience”, says Jen.
A Unicorn Book Theme
Daddy Marc is a volunteer firefighter at Lumberton.
“Our advice to future parents is to stick with it even if the baby gets fussy! Some of our best photos came at the end of the shoot once Annabeth had calmed down and cried herself out.”
- ZHAO FAMILY
We have gotten many compliments from visiting guests. The photos you took are candid and captured true moments of joy. The product has amazing quality and yet very easy to install. I can’t wait to get another great collage for the upcoming family shoots. Thank you Karen.
"We absolutely loved the wall collage you designed for us. It has become the focal point of our great room"
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- JESSICA JACKSON
She listened to what type of photos we were looking to achieve and offered suggestions since she is in fact the professional! Karen was always very responsive if I had any questions leading up to the actual photo shoot and was an absolute pleasure to work with the day of our session. Everything went very smooth, and our proofs were delivered very quickly. After the selection process, our final images were delivered also very quickly and looked so amazing. We have received so many compliments and will be using Karen again in the future. I highly recommend MuSen Photography to anyone looking for quality professional photography!
"Karen was amazing to work with from the very beginning through to the delivery of our final photos"
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- SUE COLON
I hired her to do my daughters first birthday party photos and she captured the moment perfectly. I was so pleased with her work I hired her again to do a mother and daughters photo shoot for Mother’s Day. She NAILED IT one of the most beautiful photo shoots I have ever seen. Karen picked the location, lighting, told us how to pose her eye for perfection is beyond words she saw my vision and made it come true. She also was very easy to contact and communicate with. The turn over time to receive the photos was fast and easy. Karen is also very sweet it was truly a pleasure working with her. I highly recommend her and if perfection is what you seek Karen is definitely the one. I look forward to working with her again. Thank you so much Karen you rock .
"Karen is absolutely amazing."
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Truthfully from the beginning when we met in the diner to the very end of our day to stay to capture all of our memories. You were a pleasure to work with and we will be using you again for sure for our family photos and every event we have. I love most about you that your attention to details and making sure you get everything right and perfect for us.
"Karen what can I say but you are fabulous"
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