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Memorial Day Weekend in #HipNJ

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Still not sure where to celebrate? #HipNJ has got you covered. Here are some of the best places in New Jersey to celebrate this weekend.

Saturday

 The Headliner (Neptune)

Pork Roll Festival (Trenton)

 

Sunday

 The Headliner (Neptune)

Oasis Pool & Day Club (Neptune)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Atlantic City)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Atlantic City)

Monday

Avenue Beach Club (Long Branch)

Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair (Woodland Park)

Bonus

Crystal Springs Resort *for the golfers out there* (Hamburg)

Book your tee time here.

 

5 Tips for Capturing Photos of Your Child in Their Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner. It will be here sooner than you know it, so #HipNJ has found some simple tips for capturing the perfect photo of your child in their Halloween costume, courtesy of Stacy Mae Photography.

1. Don’t wait until Halloween. This one will save you lots of stress, I promise. Don’t wait until right before you go trick or treating to try and snap Halloween photos. Your kids all dressed up and ready to go. If you ask them to stop and pose, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Instead, take them out a few days before and make it fun! Have them get into character and they’ll love it!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

2. Think about light. Light is the most important element in photography. It can make or break a photo. The best time of day to shoot is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset. The sun is low in the sky so you won’t have to worry about ugly shadows like you would if you took pictures in the harsh midday sun. I love the look of natural light and clouds can actually be a good thing. We shot these pictures on a cloudy day and the light was nice and even. I didn’t have to worry about where to place my daughter. If you have to shoot indoors, get your child close to a big window and open the blinds. You need to let in as much light as possible.10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

3. Choose a location that is clutter free. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, you want to make the costume the star of the show, not the mess in the background. I chose the top of a parking garage at an office building nearby. It was a weekend so it was empty (safety first!) and I felt like it fit with her superhero costume. The color of her costume pops and the focus is definitely my little Wonder Woman! If you need to shoot in your home, clear the room and get rid of anything. Your front door is a great option if you don’t want to stray too far from home. Just keep in mind the lighting tips we talked about above. You want to make sure your front door or porch is shaded.10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

4. Get in close. There are usually a lot of fun accessories with a Halloween costume. Don’t forget to capture them! Get in nice and close and grab some detail shots. I love the headband from my daughter’s costume. So cute! And don’t be afraid to try some interesting compositions. Shoot close, far away, from above, from below. Be creative!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

5. Include a few props. As long as it makes sense for the costume. Is your child dressing up as Snow White? How about including a basket of apples! Do you have a Star Wars fan? I bet your child would love showing off his/her lightsaber moves. For my daughter’s Halloween photos, we included our dog Lady, because she has a similar costume. Two super cute superheroes! One quick tip of you’re going to attempt including your pet in Halloween photos with your child – get help!! My husband was with us making sure Lady stayed in position. She got a lot of treats that day!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

If you’re feeling a little ambitious you could try taking a few short video clips and making a slideshow. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could use your iPhone! Just another fun way to capture Halloween!

We hope these can help you when you’re having your annual Halloween photoshoot with your kids this year!

#HipNJ Celebrates Chili Dog Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Hey, #HipNJ readers! Today is a very important day, and we want to help you celebrate. In case you didn’t know, today is Chili Dog Day. It’s a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, and we have compiled a list of some of the best places in NJ to get one!

Hot Grill (Clifton)hot

Customer said: “If you like chili with your dogs this really is the place for you.”

Hank’s Franks (Lodi)

hankCustomer said: “The onion sauce is terrific and the chili is the bomb.”

Rutt’s Hut (Clifton)rut

Customer said: “The chili was delicious. It almost tasted like it had stew beef in it.”

Hot Dog Caboose (Midland Park)caboose

Customer said: “I recommend the chili dog, really yummy!”

Lindy’s (Brick)lind

Customer said: “Add on their homemade chili with some mustard, onions, and cheese, and you’ve got one hell of a chili dog.”’

Max’s Hot Dogs (Long Branch)max

Customer said: “It’s worthy of mentioning the greatness of Max’s own chili – it’s chunky and full of flavor, not runny like you’ll find at other hot dog joints.”

Head over to your favorite hot dog place and grab yourself a chili dog!