As the holiday mini sessions are starting, I am looking back on those captured last year with pride and joy. After I capture photos, I put them aside for some time, so as not to spoil them for my clients. I want you to be the first to show them off to family and friends. Whether it be on social media, birth announcements, or holiday cards, I can appreciate the element of surprise and would never want to spoil it. It is not easy to do since I really love showing them off but it is always worth the wait. I also think it is important to note that I never post images online without permission. Your privacy is of the utmost importance and I completely respect that it is your choice. I am always grateful to be able to showcase the families I capture! Here is a beautiful family I photographed last fall in one of my holiday mini session photography shoots. So many wonderful moments captured!
Often I am asked what to wear in family photos. It is hard to answer since there are so many different directions you can go and look great. Back when I was growing up it was popular to have all the family in jeans and matching white shirts or everyone dressed in one color. While that is still done and continues to look great,, it seems that many people are getting a little more fashion forward with their choices by mixing colors/tones giving each person an individual look but all together still well coordinated. I find that selecting 3-4 colors or tones and mixing it up for each person is a wonderful way for everyone to have an individual look but collectively to have a well-coordinated photo.
Ultimately, these are your photos to love and enjoy, so I think it is important that you choose clothing that makes you feel good and reflects your style. If you are the kind of family who likes to dress casually in life then that is perfectly acceptable for a family photo! If you want to make it more of a special occasion type attire that is also great! Whatever makes you happy and love the photos, I think that is the best way to go. If ever you need help, I have visual references for my clients who need a little direction or inspiration.
Here is a photo session I did this summer for a family who always does a great job of styling their shoot. I love the pale purple, blue and white palate they chose. Each person has a great individual look but together they all go well as a group too! I love that the little girl’s dress ties all the colors together and the pattern is not too distracting because it is surrounded by solids. Here are my favorites from their at-home family photo shoot!
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.
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!
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!
It is fun to step in to a family’s home and capture photos in a place that is a new creative canvas for me. This family had recently moved into a new home and wanted to capture some sweet new photos. We started with a more dressed up series of images and then took a more intimate and playful approach with a pajama party filled with laughs. I loved showcasing both sides and adore the pictures we took!
I photographed this family during one of my 30 minute holiday mini sessions at a park in Beverly Hills. We have been friends since college but I hadn’t seen them for awhile and had not had the pleasure of getting to know their kids until this fun photo shoot. They were kind and sweet, playful and so easy to photograph. I loved getting to capture their love and energy. Here are my favorites from our session together:
Cake smash photography has become a popular trend for babies turning one year old. All babies react differently to this new sensation- eating sugar, getting messy, and playing with cake. It is fun to watch and I always love to end a cake smash shoot with a bath because most babies LOVE the bath! We started with a family session, sibling photos and candid moments and ended with cake. Happy birthday baby girl!
Twelve plus years ago I had my first newborn photo shoot. It was before I had children of my own and I didn’t know much about children but that day changed my photography journey forever. I loved watching and capturing the joy of these new parents overjoyed and in love with their precious baby. And to watch the family grow over the years has been so touching. This was our most recent photo session and I am in love with the pictures we captured. We started out at Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills and finished up at a nearby intersection. I have nothing but love for this family and the special place they hold in my heart. Here are my favorites from our session!
Today was a day off from school so I took my kids to Underwood Family Farms. If you haven’t had a chance to go there, it is a wonderful place for kids. They were having an Easter Festival so there was an egg hunt, games, egg dying, and much more. There are also animals to feed, playgrounds and my favorite part, picking fruits and veggies. It is good wholesome fun and I love watching my kids be kids at the farm. Today we picked strawberries, fava beans, sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce, and carrots. I really enjoy these special days with my kids and here are some photos we took on our adventure.