Seal Beach Location
**If these times fill up quickly, I will add a new date.
$100 for a 20 minute session. The first three to sign up will get $200 off the mini-session CD. (Email for details.)
**I will have this couch at the sessions, but if you’d prefer just the greenery, you don’t have to use it.
To book a session, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-980-6480
It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted someone from the community, but this one will make up for it. Prism Boutique has an expertly curated selection of bohemian-style clothing and jewelry in the heart of Belmont Heights. We need about a million more businesses like this in Long Beach…people who are just amazing at their trade. Dayna’s passion for her store is apparent in every little detail. I photographed the store last week and was amazed at how many details I had missed the time before.
I met Dayna at Anthropolgie when I was photographing events at the store. Years later, she left her job at the store to begin her own venture. You imagine her starting with a blank canvas, but that wasn’t the case. She had to work through layers of paint, plastic lattice and fake grass to get to the bare bones of the structure. Once that was accomplished she and her husband worked to create everything from the cash wrap to the clothing racks. I even ran into Dayna at Home Depot during her construction days. Seeing her dream become a reality is awe-inspiring.
If you’re in Long Beach, head over to her store on 406 Termino Ave. If you aren’t local, don’t fret…you can shop her goods online!
My new favorite after-school snack for the kids! We love these so much, they’re gone in about 2 days. The topping is reminiscent of an apple crisp. Head over to Little Skye Kids where I share the recipe…
Can we talk for a moment about clothes? I know it’s a superficial thing, but what we wear affects our mood. I’ve been in an outfit that I love and felt like I could conquer the world. I’ve also worn clothes that I’m constantly tugging at or stuff that just doesn’t feel like me. And sometimes, I’m just unsure. I’m wearing an outfit and thinking, is this working? Is this cute or am I trying too hard? All it takes is a compliment from a friend or stranger to pull me to the other side.
Cute boots. Love your top. Where’d you get those jeans from?
It’s really simple, but a little affirmation goes a long way. Sometimes when I work with clients, I’m helping them with outfits or something they’re just telling me ahead of time what they’re planning on wearing. Either way, (because I work with awesome people) I just know they’re going to show up looking great.
I used to just focus on the job ahead. Taking pictures. Taking for granted how hard they’d worked on outfitting the family. But, I’ve changed my tune. Before we even start, I compliment. It’s important to verbalize what you’re thinking. If you can tell someone spent extra time on their hair and make-up, let them know how gorgeous they look.
I know it seems like a no-brainer, but I have a feeling that even normal people (not photographers) forget to compliment. In our head, we’re thinking…oh my gosh, I love that dress…but it never makes its way to our lips. So, compliment someone today. Whether you’re taking their picture or not.
Oh and speaking of awesome outfits…this amazing pregnant mama put this whole thing together and looked stunning while doing it.
A few weekends ago, I held photo sessions in Los Angeles and Orange County. It was open to babies, kids and families. Some chose to go all out with for Valentine’s Day..other kept it simple and just updated their child’s photos for home. Either way, the weather was beautiful, I got to try out a new location and everyone that came was in a fabulous mood. That’s the perfect equation!
They’re back! I’m opening up another round of mini-sessions at a secluded little spot in Laguna. Last year was so much fun! There’s so much exploring to do in the beautiful place.
The mini-sessions will be February 17 (President’s Day, so you may have it off work). I’ll start with morning sessions and if they fill up, I will open up some afternoon sessions as well. So, email me if you can’t do morning and I will try to do afternoon too.
Cost: $100 for a 30 minute session (I’m making it longer than my normal 20 minutes because there’s so much to see!) There will be special rates for digital image packages for the first four clients that book, so you can email about that as well.
Date/Time: February 17th 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30am (but if these fill up, I’ll do an afternoon session too) And this is plenty of time for just the kids or the whole family.
January is the hardest month. We’re coming off sugar cookies and a constant string of parties. January just seems so dull. The most exciting thing happening is the drawers I’m re-organizing. And let’s not even talk about weight-loss goals. But, it’s behind us now. February is a short month, with the highlight of Valentine’s Day right in the middle and even a day off school! I hope your February is off to a good start. Are you planning your Valentine’s yet? I did a round up of free printable Valentine’s over on Modern Parents Messy Kids if you want to check it out. And in the meantime, here’s a little flash back from a super cute family’s holiday photo session.
I was thinking the other day about how important it is to believe in people and invest in them. Years ago, someone believed in me and bought me a sewing machine. At the time, I was making little girls dresses out of vintage linens and selling them online. I was getting by on an old junker of a sewing machine when someone from church told me they loved what I was doing and wanted to gift me a sewing machine that would make my job much easier.
Fast forward a few years and I had saved enough money to quit sewing and buy a professional camera, lenses, a Mac and everything else I needed to start this photography business. I feel like it was that initial investment that got my foot in the door. I learned how to run a business through those initial years.
Look around you and encourage those hard-workers in your life. Whether it’s an uplifting text, watching their kids for the afternoon or spending cash on them…believe in them. I’m so thankful someone believed in me.
//family photography taken in Balboa Island, Newport Beach
I love LOVE. It’s probably why I enjoy my job so much. Getting to photograph families that love each other is the best! So, this Valentine’s Day I wanted to make this easy for you. You might just want a few snaps to get all crafty with your child’s Valentines, maybe you want to update photos of your children or you missed the boat on doing Christmas card photos, so this is an excuse to get the family together for a shoot.
Here’s how it’ll work…I’m offering limited spots on Feb 1 with 3 options. To sign up, you can either email me at email@example.com or call 562-980-6480.
5 minute session, 5 digital images (via download link) $100
*perfect for one child or a family with one child
10 minute session, 15 digital images (via download link) $250
*perfect for up to 3 children or a family with one child
20 minute session, 25+ digital images (on a custom flash drive) $400
*perfect for any amount of children (cousins/friends) or families with multiple children
If you’ve worked with me before, you know I’m fast! I like to make it fun for you and get you in and out with a handful of great images! But remember, it is fast, so if you have a child that is very shy and needs time to warm up, please choose the 10 or 20 minute session.
The location! In the morning I’ll be at a park in the LA area (about 15-20 min from Long Beach) and in the afternoon I’ll be at a park in Huntington Beach. (Specific directions will be emailed when you book.)
I will bring some fun Valentine props, which we can use if you want!
You’ll have the photos delivered by Feb 7 with a full week to work on projects/gifts before Valentine’s Day. (Scroll down to see the available times.)