Sunday, May 24, 2015

High School Senior Photos

Right up there with newborns as my favorite thing to photograph is seniors. High school senior photography is a much bigger deal in other parts of the country then it is in Southern California. Here, kids get it done for their graduation announcements and that's about it. In other areas, they look at senior photos as capturing an important slice of time. They order coffee table books or albums, announcements and other items to display around the house- its a big deal! In Southern California, its something people sometimes do, in other parts of the country, its something people feel the need to do! Because of this, I don't get the chance to photograph as many seniors as I would like. I'm hoping things change some day, because they sure are fun to work with.
Congrats to Sarah who will be graduating from Dana Hills High School in a few weeks and heading off to San Francisco in the fall! Go Blue!
high school senior photos

high school senior photos

high school senior photos

high school senior photos

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy 6 months Degan!

Milestone sessions are so much fun! It's so great to see these little guys grow and change! This was Degan's 6 month session. He sure has become a happy little guy! All smiles and laughs (with a bit of drool thrown in).
For those of you who are wondering what in the world Milestone Sessions are, they are session that usually take place at 3, 6, 9 months and one year. Those dates that usually mark changes- 3 months is tummy time, 6 months is sitting up, 9 months is crawling and one year is walking. Its just so great to document these times in your little ones lives. Sure, you have a million photos of them on your cell phone! But what are they going to have to show their kids and their grandkids? Hummmm
6 month photo session

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Newborn- Arya's at home newborn session

You may remember this sweet little thing from her Fresh 48- her newborn session in the hospital. Well, about a week after she came home from the hospital, I drove up to her house for her more traditional newborn session. And as we got underway, I quickly discovered that this little one does NOT like to be cold! I was sweating, the heater was blazing and if I so much as uncovered her a little bit, she let me know she was not happy! Mom says her grandpa is the same way, hates to be cold. Isn't that funny?!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby Anniston- Rainbow Baby

Have you heard the term Rainbow Baby but wondered what in the world that meant? Were they ethnically so mixed that they represented many nations? Were they the baby of a guy couple? These were some of my first thoughts!
According to Urban Dictionary, a Rainbow Baby is "a baby that is born following a miscarriage. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better... The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change the experience…something colorful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery". After I read that, it made sense! A Rainbow Baby is the blessing that follows the heartache of losing the baby (or babies) before.
Well, little Miss Anniston is a Rainbow Baby. Luckily, she follows just one loss, but having had many friends who have had miscarriages, one loss is one too many. I'm just so happy I had the chance to meet little Miss so early in her little life! Having meet her parents before they were married, it was great to see them as a family.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Welcome Baby Arya- her in hospital photo session

Welcome to the world Baby Arya! This little princess had her Fresh 48 done just 15 hours after she was born.
What is a Fresh 48 you ask? It is a lifestyle session, done at the hospital to document your little ones entrance into the world. The point is to capture the environment, the hospital or birth center and all the wonder that goes with welcoming your new little one. Why bother? Because some day these images will be precious to you. Some day, when they are teenagers and driving you crazy, you will look back fondly at how small and precious they were. ;)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Mini Session dates announced!

It's time for Spring Mini Sessions! I would call them Easter Mini Sessions, but no live bunnies for these, so we will just stick with Spring :)
Why no live bunnies? Well, photo sessions with live animals is a touchy subject in the photography world! I have seen photographers almost go to drop down drag out fights over this (except that they were on photography forums, so no actual physical violence was possible! Thank goodness!) Many photographer swear it is illegal to photograph live animals (with the exception of family pets) for profit. If you do some digging you will find that it is not technically illegal, but you can yourself some hefty fines if you do so without the proper permits. You can read more about it here and here.
I personally chose not to do sessions with bunnies and chicks for a few reasons- one, because these are delicate animals! Chicks can easily be killed and bunnies have delicate backs. I couldn't sleep knowing that I hurt a sweet little bunny just for photos! Two, I don't own bunnies or chicks or know anyone who does- so I would have to rent them and increase the sessions fees. Three, bunnies bite and chicks have been know to carry salmonella, and four- if PETA or one of their members gets a hold of you, its all over!
So with that out of the way- I am offering Spring Mini Sessions! They will take place on Sunday, March 22nd at a location in South Orange County. The session fee is $50 and includes 2 digital files. This is a themed session, designed for kids. I will have a number of props including a vintage tea set and a tent with vintage quilts. Each session is only 15 minutes- great for little ones who get tired quickly!
After your session you will preview your images from your own home on a private web gallery. You can choose your two images and be done, or purchase additional digital files (starting at $25) or prints and gifts.
Digital files can be downloaded directly from the site and used to order prints from your favorite local or online photo printer. They are full resolution files that can printed as large as 16x20 (and possibly
Want to see some of the photos from the last Mini Sessions- just click on the header image and it will take you to the main body of the blog, scroll down and you will find some of the adorableness for our Valentine's Day Mini Sessions!
Email me with questions at

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Aiden- Newborn Photos

Bet you can guess what dad's favorite past time is! Dad was a huge golf fan (and a huge LSU fan), so we incorporated a little of both into sweet little Aiden's newborn photos. This adorable little guy had the softest hair! Yes, most newborns have soft hair, but his was extra soft. Such a cutie!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ryder- Newborn Photos at home

Welcome to the world little Ryder! This little guy was such a cute chunk! But boy, he did not want to sleep for me! This is the face that stared back at me most of the session! He didn't cry, he just wanted to stay awake and check it all out!
Mom chose to do an In Home Newborn Session for her first little guy. I don't blame her, it a great option to have a photographer come to your home to take photos instead of packing everything up and heading to a studio- especially if its your first baby. I remember not wanting to get out of my pjs for a week after I came home! Well, with in In Home Newborn Session, you don't have to! :)
If you choose an In Home Newborn Session, I come to you. Yep, I lug all that stuff to your house! It's not easy for me, but I know it makes new moms' lives easier, and that's why I offer it.
All you need is a bright open space. Sometimes this is the living room, some times it's baby's room, some times its the kitchen! Yep, I have photographed newborns in the kitchen because it was the room with the best light. But you would never know it by the photos! And what a great story to tell them when they get older!
So whether it's an in home session you choose, because you don't want to get out of your pjs, or an in studio session, because the thought of me moving your furniture sends you into panic attacks, call me and lets discuss your newborn photos.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentines Day Mini Sessions- So Much Cuteness!

This little one is one of the happiest 6 month olds I've photographed. She always has a smile and just emanates the best attitude! But then again, so does her mother :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Mini Sessions- its not all red and pink

No red for this group! The oldest was obsessed with military and insisted on wearing his army shirt, so I guess mom decided to go with a green theme to match. They were such cute boys (and they had a sister too) that it didn't matter if they were wearing more green then red, who wouldn't want to be their Valentines? So cute!

Valentine's Day Mini Sessions- Brothers

You may recognize this adorable little guy from his one year cake smash? He was done crying over cake and was all smiles today! Even when his big brother was trying to stop him from doing what he wanted to do. Such cute boys! Who wouldn't want to be their Valentines?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Mini Sessions- I got a smile!

I didn't think I was going to get this cute little guy to smile! The first half of our time together he just gave me that look. That "what do you want? Now go away" look. I had to work at it a little, but I coaxed a few smiles out of him by the time we were done and here is the proof!

Valentines Day Mini Sessions- another adorable duo

One of my favorite parts about doing kids only sessions like I did for the Valentine's Day Mini Sessions, is that you get a chance to really capture the connection between siblings. And how darn cute are these two! He really did love his sister! 

Valentine's Day Mini Sessions- Little guy

Because I did the Valentine's Day Mini Sessions outside- and this year they were in a field full of wildflowers, I usually say that my little ones need to be able to sit up- this is for their safety and because of the limited time of a mini session. But I made an exception for this adorable little guy who believe it or not, is only 4 months old! He is a chunk! Weighing in only a few pounds less then his big sister! And such a happy little guy :)