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!
These beautiful twin big sisters were so excited to take photos with their new baby sister. They each took turns holding her and were such great helpers through the session. I have known the twins since they were three years old and it was so nice to see how they have grown into little ladies. The love and affection they showed for one another and for their precious sister made my heart warm. I love the pictures we captured!
I am so proud of my sister, Lana House, for her hard work and dedication to her Pilates Studio in Pacific Palisades. Lana is the kind of person who practices what she preaches, by living a healthy lifestyle- not only with fitness, but with healthy non-toxic eating and overall wellness. I encourage you to check out her instagram page: @houseoheath to see what I mean. She inspires people to be their best selves every day and is so dedicated to spreading her tips and tricks about health. Lana has a Pilates studio at her home in the heart of the Palisades where she provides a challenging and personalized workout. Her clients are extremely loyal and love her teaching style which is true to the authentic teachings of Joseph Pilates. We recently took photos of her space along with a new headshot. Check it out! And for additional information on her services you can email her: info@HousePilates.com
People often ask me what time of day is the best for photography. My feeling is that is varies throughout the time of year. In the late fall/winter, I am completely comfortable shooting any time of the day because the sun never goes directly overhead. The days are shorter and so a mid-afternoon session is required to have enough light. In the late spring/summer months the mid-day light is quite harsh and undesirable. In that case I would suggest early morning or later afternoon light. The closer you get to sunrise or sunset, the more magical and soft the lighting becomes. This session was done later in the day close to sunset which gave us a really beautiful light quality. I love the photos we took and here are my selects.