Bring me all the expecting mamas (maybe not all, but a ton please) …. these sessions are so fun. And when they show up like a princess I’m just giddy with joy. She also had her cowboy and her twinning minis with her. What more could I ask for?! The only unexpected thing we had to deal with was due to our location choice. The park was being set up for the Washington Brewers Festival. There were booths, honeybuckets, and eye sores all over. Thankfully I knew the place well and we were able to still find the magical places. We ended up attending that festival and it was awesome. So check that out too next year.
On my home front school is officially out and we are super excited for all the summer fun to come. We bought a couple of fun toys for the water and have some trips coming that we’ve been planning for years. Up next on my work schedule will be a newbie to the world. I can’t wait to meet this little guy.
This lovely family is back for the newborn photos of baby #2. They drove a long way to my house for the photos to be done in my studio. It was a delight to have them all in the images. Sometimes its just baby or baby and mama. Mama may need a break from other small kids so that has it’s advantages too. But having the whole family in the images is really a gift for the new mama to treasure for years to come. I have a large lego table that kept big sister occupied for all the times she was waiting.
I can come to you in your home as well. Which is great in many ways. The images are unique to your surroundings. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can nurse them right before I come. Sometimes the drive messing up the sleeping part. But I love awake photos so it’s something to consider when you book. Or if you have other kiddos with more energy they are probably easier to occupy at home with all their things. Just know that my preference is your preference. Your comfort is my goal. And I’m sure that’s different for every mama.
Tips for a successful newborn session in your home would be:
*a long feeding before I arrive in a diaper and blanket only if you can swing it.
*white noise to mask the noise of me. I’m not that loud but the camera even with the beep turned off still has a click.
*a very warm room. I’m be sweating and that’s ok. I have a heating pad in my bin ready to go.
*snacks for older siblings
*Book before they turn two weeks so they are as sleepy as possible. I’m pretty flexible and have open times midweek if you’re nervous about not getting in.
*Let me know what blankets, hats, or anything memorable you want to include are. This gives me time to purchase coordinating items. I have a lot of props, but I like to get new things for each shoot. I know it’s a terrible habit.
*Don’t stress. Crying does not bother me. Kids are kids. I worked at a dental office so I’ve worked with kids 10 years before the 8 years I’ve photographed them. Cleaning their teeth was 100% more challenging. Believe me.
Hopefully some of these tips help ease your mind and let you have a zen experience.
There are two things in this world that can make you better when you are feeling blue….puppies and babies. When this joy arrived I was at the lowest of lows in my personal life. We tragically lost a family member at the end of January. Time stood still for a very long time. So seeing this little babe was just what the doctor ordered. He has a perfect face with perfect skin and he had lots of smiles for me. His parents unknowingly gave me a gift. The gift of a much needed distraction. I will forever be grateful for that time I spent with Samuel on his ninth day of life.
I’m ready to come back and play. I have a weakness for the newbies. They turn me to mush and my face hurts from the constant smiling. I get the butterflies and numbness in my arms because I’ve held them too long and my biceps arent toned up. I love everything about these kinds of sessions.
I just wanted to express to all my clients of 2017 how much I adore each of you and appreciate your kind words. Some of your sessions weren’t posted and kept private, but I still look at your images and think of the time spent on each face. Supporting me in this creative outlet brings me so much joy. I couldn’t share so much love in the world without you all.
For me personally, life has been rough this year. I’m really looking to 2018 for further growth in all aspects of life and with this passion. Bring me your challenges and any crazy ideas you have. I love them all. I hope to venture to new locations, meet new faces, see new tiny lives, and connect with all of you from the past sessions.
I hope you fill your homes with all of these images. I actually need more wall space myself. I want to see the people I love plastered all over it. If you come to my house that’s what you’ll see. I’m ready for more adventures like the road trip we took to Disneyland and back along the coast. Who’s with me?!
I thought I’d switch things up and post the images without the dynamic grid. Let me know which format you like better. I personally think this showcases the images better. If I could figure out how to make the grid larger, then it would be a close tie for me
Our fabulous fall didn’t disappoint for this sunset session at my clients home. They have an amazing view of the valley and had pastel pink skies with a clear cloudless sky. My little friend here showed me all the around the property and inside their gorgeous home. They have the best pantry door and cool lighting that I might have been drooling.
I also found out this little beauty’s favorite super hero is Superman just like her daddy. I watched her amazing moves on the trampoline, swinging like superman, and met all her chickens. Oh and her new little kitten. I can’t wait to see her again. It’s a pretty awesome time photographing friends.
Up next are some more families session. Just in time for mailing out cards.√
This little joy just turned One. It’s the second time I’ve take her pictures and she is a doll. She’s much more mobile now, but always smiling and happy. Now she really is a little barre baby climbing like her siblings. You can see that in one of these images below.
She LOVED her cake and devoured as much as she could. She wasn’t very happy to part with it. It was so cute. And sharing is caring. I watched her share quite nicely. What a sweetiepie!
We did this shoot even though the weather was less than ideal. The cabana used was covered and some shots were indoors. So don’t worry about dark rainy days. Window light is the best! And I see that next week the sun is coming back out. A great time to get your fall photos or your yearly card photos for the end of the year.
This amazing wedding story began by the click of a keyboard. I loved hearing about how they met online and found out they worked at the same company. After finding that out the lunch dates began and the rest is history.
They both know how to write beautifully and express their feelings completely. I was almost bawling during the speeches. But I held it together. Just some dust in my eye, I promise. 😉
These two are deeply, madly in love. Everyone around could feel it. The ceremony was touching and had an orchestra playing. Only a few drops of rain and much cooler temps than the crazy hot summer we experienced here. I loved the unique cake and all the decor that the bride handmade herself. Every detail had meaning and love infused within. What a joyous occasion with the intimate family and friends that came.
These two love to run the trail here and picked the venue so that every time they run they will be reminded of their union together. I love it!
I wish you both all the happiness you can embrace. Here is a preview of the day from me to all of you.
Another new life arrived for photographs this week. She was 21 days new. She brought along her adorable big sister who enjoyed all of Olivia’s toys and patiently waited her turn. We started at Lake Rasmussen which is a close to my place. It was as beautiful as ever there. This was also the first time big sis (she is two) got to hold her sister. It was very sweet to watch. She was very gentle and loving as you can see.
I used some very precious tie backs from Carli. The white fawn and the green ones are from her shop. If you are local and make newborn props message me. I’d love to add some more pretties to my collection.
Here are just a few of my favorites of this darling family.
Here is another gorgeous family! And they included their parents this day. Which just melts my heart. It makes me think of my grandparents who I miss deeply. They always told me that they were ornery. Which was far from the truth. Maybe a little fiery, but sweet as pie. And these adorable two were just like them.
I loved all the one liners from Austin Powers, Princess Bride, and Zoolander movies. I know there were a ton more because I was constantly laughing. Yes, you are ridiculouslygood-looking. Thanks for all the smiles and laughs you guys.
What a lovely family. How can I have the most amazing clients?! I think kind, amazing families stick close to other kind, amazing families. So I want to say THANK YOU for the referrals everyone! You are sending me such wonderful friends and family. I am forever grateful! I leave with a gigantic smile each time feeling renewed with joy and passion in my craft.
These angelic littles were so beautiful and adored each other. We played and giggled and I loved how the parents made them belly laugh. We explored a few different areas of my favorite location.
I hope you all are having a fabulous vacation. Between all my sessions you can find me at the beach or on the water.