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.)
If you’re in Southern California right now, you’re experiencing summer with me. Isn’t it crazy to be wearing sandals and sundresses? In January!?! I moved to LA in January of 1997. I remember getting on the plane in Missoula, MT with the thermometer reading -7. I got off the plane during a heat wave, like we’re having right now. I met my would-be husband that day and I never looked back! With summer weather year round and a cute guy by my side, I’m still here!
Here’s some more shares from the holiday sessions I did last year in Irvine!
I know I’m long overdue for a blog post. My little sister will remind me. Did you know it’s been a MONTH since you’ve blogged? I love blogging, but there are times that I just have to let it go. And for good reason.
Right after Christmas, I went to Guatemala with a few of my family members. My brother (traveler extraordinaire) led us on a whirlwind trip around the country. This photo was from New Years Eve. Brent and I were celebrating on top of a volcano. What!?
I posted lots more pictures over on Instagram. But for now, here’s one of the many gorgeous families I photographed last fall. Love these guys! My favorite memory is about this shoot was the little boy had just made this necklace at school. Instead of saying no to wearing it for the photos, his mom said yes…it would be a memory to this age he will never be again. LOVE.
Doing photo shoots at the beach in southern California isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. State beaches require permits and the ones that aren’t state beaches tend to have lines (literally) for the prime spots. Seal Beach is right on the border of Orange County and Los Angeles. It’s somewhat of a hidden gem for photo sessions. What I love most about it is the wood pier, which is seen here and here.
Yes, you might see another photographer here and there, but for the most part it’s not a crowded beach. If I’m not shooting at the pier, I like to head south on the beach to the little jetty. It’s neighborhood parking (instead of the lot) so it’s even quieter.
Here’s a recent photo session from a day with perfect lighting (morning overcast, but not too gray!)
I’m still keeping my 50+ holiday sessions under wraps, but once cards go out, it’s going to be share-time like crazy over here! This was a session I did last year in Ladera Ranch. I had so many of those perfect moments. I love it when families come together and their love for each other is immediately recognizable!
This week, I photographed the loveliest family from Canada. We had gorgeous lighting and everyone was in a great mood! You just can’t beat that! In other news, I forgot to blog that I did add 5 new November dates and gave the heads up to my mailing list first. Guess what, they snatched them all up! So…I can add one more date, but would love to hear from you all if you are interested or if everyone that’s game has already booked. If you are up for doing a mini-session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can pull together. Of course, if you want to book a full session, that’s always available. The mini-sessions are limited and I’ve learned they go QUICK!
This is a blog post about a gorgeous mama and a cute little boy and all the sweetness that happens between them. I love being able break from the family photos and get babies or kids with each parent. I feel like these are the special ones that they’ll have in a frame away at college. This is me and my mama.