Last Sunday was a bit crazy in terms of weather. It was hot (80) near my home, and mid-winter (California Winter) in Venice. It was chilly and overcast, but it was perfect for photos. :)
My first meeting with this family occurred during last year’s Tales & Toys Fall Mini Sessions. I had a wonderful time with N, T, and their Aunt. This year I had the pleasure of photographing the kids with their mom as well as their aunt and grandmother. I also met Charlie the dog too. There is a lot of love in this family, and it is beautiful to see it come across so honestly in the photographs.
Here are a few from the day…
Two weeks ago, I had a maternity session with Kristine and Family. Five days after our session, little Stella arrived three weeks early.
I had a wonderful afternoon meeting Stella last weekend. Here are a few favorites from the shoot.
I fell in love with Sophia the first time I met her back in 2009 during an instore promotion with Janie and Jack. I secretly hoped her parents would contact me again. :) A few months later, I was asked to photograph Sophia’s first birthday. It was a beautiful day after a long week of non-stop rain. Since our first meeting I have become good friends with her parents. Every session is fun and carefree. Sophia has a very strong will, and it is a pleasure to watch her grow into it.
A few months ago, Kristine mentioned they were expecting another child. It was a delight to have the chance to photograph her family again. It is a good thing we had the session when we did, because their little one arrived three weeks early (less than a week after our session)!
I cannot wait to meet her!
In the meantime, here are a few favorites from our maternity session.
Sunday was the perfect Fall day for a session. The temperature was just right, the sky was a vibrant blue, everything was pointing towards a fun shoot. By the time we finished our session, it felt as if we had known each other for years. I had a wonderful time the entire afternoon. It is always a treat to photograph a family that loves having fun and being silly. I love capturing the genuine smiles on the parents faces as well as the kids. :)
Here are a few of my favorites from Sunday’s shoot…
It’s that time of year again! I am excited to announce that I will be partnering with Tales & Toys for a day of Mini-Sessions. Tales & Toys is a wonderful kids store now located at 125 A Richmond St. El Segundo, CA.
Here are the details on how to qualify for one of the sessions…
Last weekend, Tales & Toys had their grand re-opening party. I stopped by to say hi and to grab a couple of photos.
Now that Tales & Toys has a big space in the back, I know they are now offering classes and events. Check out their Facebook Page for more information.
I need to start out by thanking my parents for all the patience, comforting, and walking around that comes along with celebrating Halloween with your children. Especially that one year when my niece and I went to this one house were a fake body rose up from a grave in front of the house we were walking towards. We screamed louder than one would have thought possible, and we ran back to the car fast. My dad calmed us down and walked us back to the house, slightly shielding us from the body, but also explaining that it was not real. Then there was the year where I had a Halloween party. My mom dressed as a witch, and she even removed her bridge to reveal a large gap where her 4 front teeth should have been. She went to the store to buy an actual tongue to use for part of the haunted house, and she even took the time to peel grapes so that we could use them for eyeballs Thank you mom and dad for all the years you spent with me on Halloween!
I mention all this because last night I had my first glimpse at what parents go through on Halloween through adult eyes. I spent the night with my boyfriend’s brother and his family. When I arrived I was greeted by their eldest. She was already dressed up as sleeping beauty. I helped get their younger daughter ready as a butterfly. I think the sneakers were a nice added touch to her costume. Their son was the smiliest batman I have ever seen. We went tricker treating, and we handed out candy. Their younger daughter got scared when the neighbors turned on their Halloween sounds, so I carried her the whole night. My arm is still a bit soar today, but I really don’t mind a bit. She and I even worked out an agreement where if I said trick or treat at each home, she would say thank you. It almost worked, but the majority of her thank yous were whispered into my shoulder. I left around 8:30 and was ready for bed shortly there after. I had one of the nicest Halloweens I have had in a long time (barring last year which was lovely, but for very different reasons). It really made me appreciate all the Halloweens my parents spent with me.
I am attaching a few of my favorite photographs from early in the evening. I hope every one had a safe fun Halloween!