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Hi, there! I’m Karen - a boutique family photographer with a special love for babies! 

About Karen

It was both Nikki’s and my first – Nikki’s first maternity session and my first lifestyle fitness theme maternity photoshoot.

Nikki doing Ring Rows in her home gym

Nikki and her husband Justin have always been a fan of lifestyle portraits. I photographed both their older kids’ newborn photos in their home. Now they are expecting their 3rd baby – a baby girl.

This is likely my third and final pregnancy. I never did a maternity session with my first two, so figured I should do one now. I thought it would be really cool to capture me in my happy place – our home gym. We built our home gym in March 2020 when the gyms originally closed and have never looked back. It’s awesome to be able to workout at home on our own time, and I love that our kids are frequently involved during our sessions. It’s challenging and chaotic at times, but I love that we are encouraging them to be active daily. With two daughters especially, I never want them to feel intimidated by walking into a gym. Girls and women belong in the weightroom. – Nikki

JJ – their oldest son, giving the baby a kiss
Mimi – soon to be a big sis, hanging out with Mommy while she was working out

The current programming Nikki follows is called Paragon Training Methods (Instagram: @paragontrainingmethods). During the photoshoot, she was doing some squats, deadlifts, lunges, reverse Nordics (modified using a band), dumbbell Romanian deadlifts, push-ups (modified/elevated on a box), and ring rows.

dumbbell Romanian deadlifts

Since this is my third baby I am pretty well-versed in training while pregnant. I lift lighter weights, and in general lower the frequency and intensity during sessions. Everyone always says “listen to your body” when pregnant, but a quote that I find even more helpful is, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” – Nikki

push-ups (modified/elevated on a box)
reverse Nordics (modified using a band)

Nikki was 31 weeks pregnant at the time of the photoshoot. She is always super tired for several weeks during the first trimester, but other than that this has been a pretty smooth pregnancy! She walks every day, lifts weights four days a week, and tries to do 10 minutes of prenatal yoga most nights. Justin massages her feet every night. It is exhausting being pregnant with two toddlers. But she is happy that they will all be pretty close in age.

Justin getting the rings up for Nikki
Nikki loves that their kids are frequently involved during their sessions

Nikki shared with me later that it was a little awkward at first during the photoshoot. But since they have known me since 2017 she was completely comfortable later on. During the post-editing style discussions, Nikki prefers “less is more”. She loved the black and white “mood” of the solo pictures of herself but picked the color version if her family were in them.

I like the metaphor since they add color to my life…and I definitely don’t want my stretch marks edited out. They are my “pretty lines” and I’m proud of them. – Nikki

The baby is due on Valentine’s Day! They are so excited to be having another baby girl. The name hasn’t been picked out yet.

Visit JJ’s newborn session blog here.

Visit Mimi’s newborn session blog here.

Photography by MuSen, LLC is an East Brunswick, NJ based baby & family photographer. All sessions are customized to meet clients’ needs. Contact us if you wish to book a similar session to tell your family’s stories.

- L. (maternity and newborn sessions customer)

I had an extremely anxious pregnancy after my miscarriage, which is why I didn't reach out to you until so late, but you really went out of your way to accommodate and make it happen for me and my family. I'm so glad that I have all these photos of this special time in our lives and the captures of (our) brand new baby. I'll be forever grateful for the perfect moments you captured. Thank you again, so much."

"Hi Karen. Just wanted to really say thank you again for everything with our sessions. I could not be happier with how they both turned out."

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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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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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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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Once again I'm so grateful that you managed to squeeze us in and did such wonderful work with our newborn! We absolutely love the prints and can't wait to put them up around house! I can't wait to book you for his 1 year shoot!

"Hi Karen, thank you so much!"

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