I just saw this gorgeous little family six months ago. Little Lila was practically a newbie. Meeting again just before her first birthday, I am reminded how quickly time flies with our children. I am reminded of how their chubby little hands feel as they grip our pinky finger. I am reminded of how it feels when they finally hit that first year mark, and we look back and can't believe the first year is over.
Let's remember to document every little step, every little toe.
Happy first birthday, beautiful little Lila!
San Pedro is my hometown.
I've always said that San Pedro is just an old fashioned small town, disguised as a Los Angeles suburb. Families all know each other, friends from elementary school are your friends for life, and memories are made by the cliffs, the loading docks, and in little spots like Averill Park.
So when I found out Vanessa and Bryan would be getting married in Averill Park, and having their reception on 7th Street in downtown San Pedro, I couldn't have been more thrilled. I knew it would be the kind of event that everyone wants to attend- the kind of wedding that feels like a family reunion, even for those who have never met.
I was so right.
Congratulations, Vanessa and Bryan- I can't thank you enough for letting me a part of this day.
I know you have years of memories to make together in this special place.
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.
Baby Thomas is one month old. Which means he likes to look around, see everything going on, and be in mama's arms all day long.
We were happy to oblige.
Thank you to this beautiful new little family for asking me in to your beautiful home during this special time. (And thanks to Mama for offering to put on a beautiful evening gown and go outside. Totally worth it. :) )
Enjoy this time together- it passes so quickly.
The Gauthier family welcomed this beautiful baby girl one month ago, and life has changed for them in the most beautiful way. When you see these two new parents with their little girl, you can just feel how much they love her and cherish her presence. I was so blessed to spend a day with them in their Los Angeles home, capturing a few moments that they can look back on in a few years when they forget what it was like to hold her on their chest, or what her tiny little voice sounded like whenever her pacifier found its way out of her perfect little lips.
Welcome to the world, little Noa girl.
You sure are loved.
I don't want to say that my friend Claire stalked this family. But, essentially... well...
Claire's youngest son was in the same Mommy and Me group as this family, and when she saw them, she instantly knew I would have to photograph them. A quick conversation, a text to me, and we were connected.
It was instant love.
How do you not fall in love with a family this adorable, this stylish, this fun to be around?
We shot on mom's 30th birthday, and she kept telling me how these images were, for her, the beginning of a new chapter. For her and her little family. It's a new, more content, happier and more settled chapter, one which we all strive to get to.
Thank you, Carlsen family, for not being weirded out when Claire approached you, for being so willing and happy to go along with everything I wanted for you, and for being open to shooting at my new favorite location in Orange County.
I'm so honored and excited to have been the one to usher you in to this new chapter of your beautiful lives.
A BIG thank you to Claire Pedroza- who not only connected this family with me, but also did mom's vintage hair and makeup styling.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com