Let there be cake!

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!

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Family portrait photography Los Angeles, Baby first birthday cake smash photographer
Family portrait photography Los Angeles, Baby first birthday cake smash photographer

Fabulous Five

After a bit of a break from blogging, I am back in 2016! I have been so excited about posting pics from this family holiday card shoot I did recently. We started out shooting at their beautiful home and then went for a little stroll in the neighborhood. This couple makes parenthood look easy and so much fun. Many laughs were had by all and I adore all the photos we took. Here are my favorites:

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Xavier is one!

A year ago I met and photographed this lovely family, first we did a maternity shoot and then we had the newborn session. Well, I was thrilled to see them again and see how Xavier has grown! He was so sweet with big gorgeous brown eyes and a wonderful smile. We started at their home and then went to the park. We took many wonderful photos, here are my selects from their shoot:

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Sweet Caroline

I recently met a darling little girl named Caroline. She and her parents came to town from New York and scheduled a shoot while visiting their family in LA. Caroline was such a doll, full of smiles and a sweet demeanor. Her little outfits were darling and her family was a pleasure to get to know. All in all this was a great shoot and we took so many wonderful photos. Here are a handful of my favorite images:

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sweet baby emma has arrived!

Caroline is a darling little girl who I photographed when she was just a little baby. Well, she recently welcomed her baby sister Emma to the family! Emma was sleepy and so beautiful at just 8 days old. And she and I share a birthday! I really enjoyed meeting her and seeing how Caroline has grown up. It was a really special shoot and it was so nice to visit with this loving family. Here are my favorite images from the shoot!

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outdoor summer fun!

Harrison was a darling soon-to-be one year old when we did the family photo shoot. He had just started walking the week of the shoot and was experiencing the world in a new and exciting way. We held the session at a beautiful Beverly Hills Park late in the afternoon which served as the perfect backdrop for our summer session. This family was warm and welcoming and it was a really nice afternoon. Here are my favorite images of the day:

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my perfect little nephew.

My nephew Beckett was several days late and had me anxious for his arrival. He made me an aunt and has touched my heart already! Naturally we did a newborn baby photo shoot to welcome this little cutie into the family and he did an amazing job. At just 4 days new, he was quite a little poser. Since daddy is a golfer and surfer we used props to document these hobbies. Welcome newborn baby Beckett and congrats to my sister and brother-in-law…I am so happy for you!

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get your photos organized.

These days with digital photography, many people never do anything with their files. In the olden days (as in 10 years ago…) people would take their roles of film to a lab and would go back an hour later to printed photos. Those would be added to albums, put in frames or shared with friends. Now people put photos online but often fall behind in actually printing their images. Since I take thousands of photos every year, I have to stay organized so that having photos printed never feels like a daunting chore. Blurb.com is a company that makes the most beautiful photo coffee table books. For my family, I print one book a year and fill it with all the photos I have taken. The key to doing this is not saving all your photos to the end of the year. Blurb has a software called Booksmart that you download to your personal computer. You can design your book any way you like with many page layout options, background colors, fonts, etc. There are a variety of sizes and paper options to choose from. The last book I ordered was over 300 pages (books can be anywhere from 1-440 pages!) The print quality is incredible and the prices are affordable.

Just to make it even easier for you, here is my workflow:

* End of weekend/event/vacation/anything where photos have been taken (could be every Sunday evening): Create folder on my computer and import all photos taken

* Open Booksmart and import the photos from my computer into the software

* Create pages using different layouts. Add text to label events as needed. Save and close.

* This process if done regularly takes about 10 minutes. At the end of the year I order my book and it comes in the mail about a week later. Done, easy easy!

Whether you make photo books or have prints made for your home, don’t let your digital files just sit on your computer. The sooner you get started, the better it will feel to get those images organized in a way that you and your family will enjoy them for years to come!

“H” is for Henry

Henry was getting ready for his first birthday when we did his photo session with his family. He was learning to walk and loved pushing his walker around the house. His parents wanted to do some studio shots and when we put Henry down on the backdrop, he had so much fun playing with the paper! He was a beautiful boy with a sweet smile and charm. We took many wonderful photos and here are some of my favorites:

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twins! eight weeks young.

Cian and Silas were twin baby boys who were a perfect pair. Though not identical in looks, their mannerisms, poses and many facial expressions were perfectly in sync. We had a lot of fun photographing the boys together, individually and with their parents. We started in their home and then went down the street to the beach. These beach boys were smiley and adorable and we took many photos that I really love. Here are a handful:

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