This little family received this session as a gift, and it came with perfect timing. They are moving from sunny California to the Midwest, which I hear has actual seasons. So they really wanted to take some time to preserve the memories of basking in the sun and playing in the sea.
I hope when you are braving the chilly Midwest winters, you can pull out these photos and remember what it felt like to have your toes in the sand and the ocean breeze in your hair.
We met on a gray and foggy Sunday morning. The girls had their reservations, I could tell.
As we laughed and played, and walked around the park, both the skies and the girls' spirits warmed, and we ended giggling and dancing in the sunlight.
Thank you, Chan family. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Sunday morning.
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Athan is now 100 days old, which is cause for celebration!
If you aren't familiar with the Korean tradition of the 100th day celebration, you can read up on it here.
Mom, Dad, big brother, Grandma, Uncle, and even the sweet little Millie (their super smart little terrier) all gathered around to celebrate Athan's 100th day.
Thanks everyone, for the sweet smiles. Can't wait to see you in another hundred. ;)
For those of you who aren't familiar, I am a featured photographer for Red Thread Sessions- an organization that donates family sessions to adoptive families. It's something I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. To be the one to document a family that has chosen to give a child a home full of love and security is something I am grateful for beyond words.
Here is a peek at my first session for this incredible organization- with the Jacobs family. They waited eighteen months to bring him home from Korea. I can't even imagine what that must be like- to know your child is out there, to be ready to show him love, to go to bed every night wishing you were tucking him in, and to not know when you'll have him with you. It's the definition of the endurance and power of a parent's love.
Enjoy these first images of their new family, and if you know someone who is adopting, please send them over to Red Thread Sessions.
2012 has been an absolutely jam-packed-crazy-busy-lose-my-mind kinda year. Through it all, I have had such incredibly patient, sweet, understanding, and grateful clients, that I can't help but want to pay that gratitude forward.
For the first time EVER, I am going to be offering a special Black Friday deal. You don't have to wake up at 6am, or fight crowds of sleep-deprived turkey hangover zombies to get the perfect gift.
I'll be offering a one hour photo session for $150, including the digital download of images. That's more than 40% off the regular session fee! And, even better- it's being offered as a gift certificate!
Once you purchase the session, you'll receive an actual gift certificate in the mail, which you can keep and redeem yourself, or choose to give to someone you love. It's the most perfect gift for that family you know hasn't had a family photo in forever, for your sister who's expecting her first baby and doesn't think maternity photos are a priority, your mom and dad who just want pictures of the grandkids.
See how cute it is? They'll love to open this on Christmas morning!
Okay, so here's how it's gonna work:
1. The deal is for a One Hour on-location photo session- valid for any on location portrait session (excluding pinup, wedding, or newborn). It can be used on location for a group of up to five people, and redeemable in all of 2013, subject to availability.
2. The deal will be offered only on the Facebook page, from time of posting on Friday 11/23/12 until midnight PST that day. It will be listed as a regular status update, and those who want to purchase must comment on the status update with their email address. Invoices will be sent to that email address, and must be paid before midnight on Saturday 11/24/12, or the session will be invalid.
3. There are a limited number of these sessions available. I can't tell you how many, but it will be limited.
This is the only special I am presenting through the rest of the year- so please act quickly! I want to make sure you don't miss out!
Thank you again to all my clients- for enjoying my work, for being incredibly patient as this business has grown, and for coming back to me as your own families grow.
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I really do feel so honored and privileged when a family returns to shoot with me again. This family is so fabulous- so fun, so real, so comfortable and up for anything (hello, standing in the waves!). Their children remind me of the dynamic with my own three kids. What a delight to see these three kids squeeze each other, laugh and play together, and tell me how much they love each other. Mom and Dad, you are definitely doing something right.
Enjoy these treasures from our day at the beach- I dare you not to smile.
Clarence B. Kelland
Happy Father's Day.
I set Alyssa up.
On our High School varsity volleyball team, I was setter and Alyssa was our middle hitter. (By the way, Deanna, our last bride, was our second setter- it's been a fantastic month for San Pedro Pirate reunions!)
In high school, Alyssa was the strong, confident, self-assured atheletic girl that everyone was intimidated by (in the best of ways).
So it only stands to reason that now, so many years later, she would end up with a strong, confident, funny husband, and an independent strong-willed hilarious little girl. I was so incredibly honored and excited to take these family photos for her as she awaits her second baby.
Love you guys- can't wait to meet #2!
Well, the heat index is rising, the ice cream truck is starting to circle, and the kids are getting restless. It must be almost summertime!
I'll be hosting TWO Summer Mini-Sessions coming up. I am SO excited to offer a date in San Pedro, what I consider to be my hometown. If I lived closer I would shoot in San Pedro every single day.
Take a look at the dates and details below, see what works for you, and send me an email at email@example.com to secure your spot. Spots fill quickly, so please don't wait!
SATURDAY May 26th
Orange County Park Location
FOUR spots available
SUNDAY June 10th
San Pedro Beach Location
THREE spots available
Your 20 minute session includes:
all edited images on disc with personal printing rights,
private proofing gallery,
two 5x7 and one 8x10
Spots tend to fill up QUICKLY!
Grab your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org