Portrait Session Giveway: Raffle to Benefit the Hoffman Family

When I was in high school, I had the pleasure of meeting Tara (Carman) Hoffman my freshman year. We quickly became great friends and we spent many a night over each other’s houses talking, laughing about life and our futures.  We ended up attending the same college together too, celebrated each other’s 21st birthdays and witnessed each other fall in love with our now husbands.  I’ll never forget when Tara told me she was going on a date with Joe Hoffman.  Soon after meeting Joe, she told me he was 100% the man she would marry.  And surely she did.  Their wedding day was incredible and they went on to create a BEAUTIFUL family.  They welcomed two beautiful children to this world: Dylan and Olivia. When I first entered into the photography field, quite literally the first pictures I ever took was of Dylan and Olivia at a park and then again at Olivia’s Dedication (See below). I was honored to capture their beauty as a family.


Sadly, their beautiful Olivia at just 3.5 years old passed away unexpectedly this April. It is unimaginable to understand what the Hoffman’s are going through. Our hearts are broken for them and there’s so little that anyone can do, aside from sending love and support, which they surely appreciate; however, I’d like to go a step further. To assist with some of their financial burdens and give the Hoffman family a chance to mourn and heal their hearts, I am is raffling off a  Full Portrait Session, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Hoffman’s. They are the type of people that are always doing for others and it’s truly time to give them a little help while they deal with mourning the loss of their beautiful Olivia.


A portrait session with Janine Collette Photography.

Session can be used for family, children, engagement and maternity portraits. Please note – Newborn portraits excluded.

* Up to 2 hours of shooting time at the Willow Wood Arboretum in Chester, NJ

* Talent, Creativity and Professional enhancement of 50 images

* Ownership of 50 high-res images provided to you on a DVD with full print rights

A Collection of Prints:


2- 8×10

4- 5×7

VALUE: $750.00

Who my enter:  Anyone is eligible to enter.

When: Winner may schedule session in June through November 2013 – Session to be held at the magical and lovely Willow Wood Arboretum in Chester, NJ

How:  Each raffle ticket is $20 and payable via the PayPal Link Below.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Hoffman family.

You may purchase a ticket and gift the session to a friend or family member, should you win.

The more tickets you buy the closure your chances to winning!   You may purchase more then one ticket at a time.

Tickets must be purchased in the multiple of $20. The winner will be seletced at random on May 26, 2013 and announced on the Janine Collette Photography Fan Page on Facebook.

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UPDATE:  You can also send a check to purchase raffle tickets! You may direct your donation to:

Janine Collette Photography, Attn: Janine Grimm, 3 Roseberry Road, Washington, NJ 07882.  Payable to: Janine Collette Photography and mark Tara and Joe Hoffman in the memo line. Include your most current address.

We will mail you a copy of your receipt.

Fine Print:  Session may be scheduled from June to November 2013.  Session will be held in Central NJ, at the Willow Wood Arboretum.  Session will last up to 2 hours.  Limit of 8 people for session.

Questions:  If you have questions, please feel free to call or email Janine via: janine@janinecollettephotography.com or (908) 463-0036  website: http://www.janinecollettephotography.com

For those of your viewing this, I thank you for taking the time to read about this wonderful family and for those of you who choose to donate, our hearts could never thank you enough!

 HUGE THANK YOU to the following who have donated thus far! 🙂

Blair Dames
Kenzie’s Creations
Kelly Muller
Craig Repmann
Nancy Best
Geralyn Zanetti
Donna Bruno
Danielle Simon
CJ’s Diecast & Collectibles
Sandria Morten
Maureen Weiner
Samantha Dahl
Lisa Borelli
Bridgette Kish
Nicole Hoffman
Judith Smith
R & D Lines Model Train Repairs
Nina DeRosa
Melisda Higgins
Vincenzo Grande
Adrienne Darpino
Marcella Pugliese
Jonathan Gerard
John Hoffman
Dawn Ayotte
Tara Conway
Andrea Rosko
Laura Lagala
Kim Switaj
Adrian Yenchak
Michael DeSapio
Victoria Lyons
Ed Webber
Yezenia Paz
Christy Stickle
Sarah Henry
Lynne Hannon
Michael Pompeo
Regan Ludeke
Donald Deakyne
Elaine Zelker
Susan Sarcona
Theresa Knox
Jessica Kapetanakis
Hope on a Rope Jewelry
Jennifer Flannery
Katherine Burke
Hector Burgos
Emily Frankenberg
Patrick Woodworth
Denise Weber
Stephanie Koren
Thomas Oswald

{engagement: Kelly and Bill} Hoboken New Jersey Engagement Photographer

What an amazing couple! I had a wonderful shoot with Kelly and Bill for their engagement portraits.  The couple choose to have their images taken in Hoboken, NJ; their now home town. Kelly is such a natural beauty and you can tell by Bill’s subtle loving smiles towards her, they are truly a wonderful pair.  Kelly’s beautiful engagement ring was designed by her fiance, yowza.. it’s amazing!!  I’m so excited to shoot Kelly and Bill’s wedding later this year at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge.

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