Maternity & Newborn Session

I am often asked when it is suggested to shoot maternity photos. I generally recommend 30-34 weeks, depending on how the mom-to-be is showing and feeling. There is a sweet spot where the pregnancy is still comfortable yet the mom clearly has a bump that can be seen. We don’t want to wait too long or baby could come early or mom could become a bit more immobile.

Newborn sessions are done in the baby’s first 14 days of life to ensure they are sleepy enough to capture those precious tucked up sleep shots. It is also the time before baby acne and dry skin start to appear. Here is a sample of a recent maternity and newborn sessions that I did for this loving family!

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I always love when dogs are incorporated into the session!
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We took these photos on Valentine’s Day!
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Introducing pup to baby- such sweetness!
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Mama-to-be

I recently had the pleasure of taking pictures of this gorgeous pregnant mama-to-be. She wanted to surprise her significant other with maternity photos so we did a variety of photos. We started indoors and worked our way to the beach. I had the best time getting to know this amazing woman and I absolutely love the photos. Here are my favorites from our photography session:

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Awaiting baby Lola

This is an extra special post because my youngest sister and her husband are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child, a little girl. It is hard to imagine my baby sister having a baby of her own but I couldn’t be more thrilled for them and know they will be awesome parents. A couple weeks ago our family took a trip to Ojai, which was the perfect setting for her maternity photos. Green, lush and captivating, I was inspired at new heights and I am in love with the photos we took. Five more weeks until my niece is due!

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Baby bump to baby boy!

Photographing this beautiful couple was such fun as they were awaiting the arrival of their little angel. Shortly thereafter, I got to come back and photograph their son Graham as a newborn! They lived near the beach so we divided the maternity session between the beach and their home. Their sweet and energetic dog was thrilled to meet baby boy as they cuddled for photos together. Here are my favorites from the two shoots:

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Boy oh boy!

I recently photographed my beautiful sister, brother-in-law and nephew to capture this special time in their family as they await the arrival of their baby boy due in June. We went to the beach where my nephew Beckett could run and play. They are beach lovers (like me) so it was a perfect location for their shoot. I am in love with all their photos and couldn’t wait to show them the photos we took. Here they are:

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Mommy-to-be….here comes #3!

Well, this shoot was done many months ago when this sweet family was expecting there third child. They have since welcomed their little girl to their loving crew. Big brothers Henry and George were full of energy, laughter and spirit. We did a mix of photos inside their gorgeous home and outdoors where boys can be boys. Here are some favorite moments captured:maternity and family photography los angeles_1073

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Parents-to-be

I love doing maternity shoots. There is so much excitement and wonder, love and warmth to be captured. When I was asked to photograph a fellow photographer, I was flattered and nervous all at the same time. I wanted to do a great job for my friend and colleague. We did the shoot in her Malibu home and I love the photos we captured. Here are some photos we took:

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Soon to be five.

This beautiful family welcomed me into their home to document a special time in their lives. They are expecting a baby and thought it was a perfect time to capture photos. They had recently moved into a new stunning home which was the perfect place to hold our session. We did a handful of shots indoors and did most of the shoot outdoors in their breathtaking garden. So many beautiful moments, here are a few of my favorites:

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A very special experience.

Several months ago I had an experience that moved me in a way that I had never felt before. I was booked to shoot a maternity session for a woman who had gone into labor that morning. She expressed how she really wanted to do the session despite her pain and situation since the photos were really important to her. I came to her house and we did our best to shoot the photos through her contractions and pain (looking at the photos you would never know she was in labor!!) We did not do a lot of talking since she was intensely laboring at that point, so I shot between contractions and took breaks frequently.

About half way into the shoot, midwives arrived to the home to set up for a home birth delivery. At that point I did not know she was planning to do a home birth. They asked if they could take her in the other room to check her progress and see if the baby was coming. A few minutes later, her husband approached me and said that the baby would be arriving any minute and would I mind sticking around and taking a few pictures of her delivery. This was something that caught me off guard and I was really unsure. I agreed to stay but told him that this would be a first for me (especially since I had a c-section with my daughter and had never seen a birth before). It was a blur from that point on. Everything happened so quickly and I snapped pictures as much as possible while experiencing the miracle of life. As I watched a baby come into the world, I cried and snapped pictures and couldn’t believe what I had just been a part of. I took photos for several minutes after the baby was born and then I left the family to enjoy their newest little bundle of joy. A week later I was invited back to do newborn pictures and photograph the family.

This journey touched my heart in a special and life changing way. I am pregnant with my second and due any day now and it was this experience that is making me hopeful to have a v-bac with my own delivery so I can have this incredible journey with my own family. Here are the photos we took: maternity, delivery and then newborn pictures:

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pregnancy glow.

This maternity session was held at the Santa Monica Pier on a warm weekend day. We started the shoot on the pier and worked our way down to the sand. The couple were really excited to meet their little one and they decided not to find out the baby’s sex until the birth. I always admire people who can wait to find out because it must be a great test of patience! Such a lovely couple, and I love the photos we took. Here are my favorites:

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