Toddlers are so much fun to capture! They are filled with energy for days, a range of expressions and emotions, laughter, tears and everything in-between. These moments are raw and real and I love watching toddlers in action. Mom and Dad wanted photos with their energetic dog too, which made the shoot even more playful. It was fun capturing everyday moments shared in this family that will forever remind them of this time in their lives!
Newborn sessions are usually done within the first 14 days of the baby’s life to ensure they are sleepy and will easily go into those little tucked poses. This can be hard to do for some families who are just settling into life with a newborn. During this stage of my life I was exhausted, emotional and kind of a wreck. That was not at all the case with the family of this recent newborn shoot. The parents were calm and patient with the process. Dad read books to big brother while mom nursed the baby. During the shoot, they were encouraging as big brother approached his new baby sister. Watching this family gave me such joy and I love the images we captured!
I recently photographed this loving mommy and her three precious girls as a Father’s Day gift for Dad. We met at the beach late in the day and simply let the girls play. Mom requested to capture a few portraits but to also focus more on real candid moments over staged pictures so we let the children be kids which is exactly how to capture the BEST childhood laughter and play. I love the bright airy quality of the light at this time of day and the clothes they wore were a perfect compliment. Here are the photos we captured on this magical day!
Pink, green, blue and neutrals are the tones of the amazing and super soft collection by Paige Lauren Los Angeles. We shot many adorable outfits on lots of precious babies and toddlers to create a colorful and sweet collection of images for promoting their newest line. If you have not had a chance to check out their kids clothing, I highly recommend it. The items are SO soft and stylish and I have been really lucky to work with Paige over the last several years. Here are a handful of favorites from our session!
How to dress for a family photography session is very personal and should speak to your unique style. While it is nice to coordinate and not clash, I do not like to dictate what to wear. Sometimes families dress in casual attire, while other times they get dressed up. These photos are ultimately yours to treasure, so I want my clients to dress as a reflection of who they are and what they love. Clothing can give confidence, comfort and style, all wonderful additions to family pictures. This family dressed so beautifully for their photo shoot, I absolutely love the color palate and sharp style they conveyed. I love even more that they were open to running around and playing even when dressed to the nines. To me, that is something special. Here are the magical photos we captured in this dressy yet playful session!
The purpose of this photo session was to capture sweet photos of these four cousins/siblings together for a photo book gift for the grandparents. It was a surprise and such a thoughtful gift idea from the two families. We started early one morning and took a variety of pictures in every combination to have a nice range of options for the photo book. A company that I love to use for my personal photo books is Blurb.com. They specialize in photo books and have a quality that is excellent and pricing that is fair. Since my photo sessions include all the images, this is a wonderful way to display many of the photos captured. Below are my favorite pictures from this sweet cousin session.
It seems that lately I have had a newborn baby girl streak- so many girls being born! This newborn session was just focused on capturing photos of this sweet baby girl and I am so in love with all the pictures we took! Mom and dad live near the beach so we did a mermaid photo and I adore the color palate in these! Mom and dad snowboard and ski in the winter so we did a creative image with the two in one. The floral photos were a last minute addition as I saw a beautiful floral arrangement in their home which gave us a soft feminine touch. We captured their pup, beach bag, first tutu and a sweet poster in the crib. Such a fun shoot and I really love the variety of photos we took!
This gorgeous mama has been such a special part of my life since before I discovered my love of photography. We went to UCSB together and had lots of fun in our youth. My junior year I studied abroad and took a photography class. After graduation I decided to attend photography school at Brooks Institute of photography. This special friend let me use her as a model for my assignments in photography school. Fast forward to motherhood, I have had the privilege to capture the special times in their life as a family unit. This beach session was a lot of fun on this gorgeous Southern California day and it warms my heart to see the love and joy among them!
My amazing friend started a company called Platefit, a unique fitness experience, which is all the rage here in Los Angeles. It is a modern style workout using high intensity interval training done on individual Power Plates. During the holidays she joined my holiday mini session day at UCLA to get family photos taken, and then finished up with a handful of fitness photos for her company. I really love the pictures we took and really admire this strong and motivated mama for starting such an awesome fitness company. She is hard working and has a heart of gold. Here are the pictures we took!
Often times people who have never done a family photography session are unsure what to expect. It can be stressful planning the clothing, getting ready and to the shoot on time, picking a time of day that works best for schedule and kids temperaments, etc. Then the uncertainty of how kids will respond to being photographed is another factor. I get it completely and try to do my best on my end to make it as easy on parents as possible. I like to encourage laughter and play during the shoot to make it feel less like work and more like fun to the children. I find that brings forth the best and most genuine smiles. The kids in this session were so much fun and brought an energy that made my job easy. They laughed, ran, played and I clicked away. I think we captured a nice mix of portraits and play which is always my favorite approach to a family session!