I can travel up and down the coast from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Beach and never tire of the the sunshine and deep blue water. It seems like most clients want to have a photo session at the beach at least once. This was my first time taking this family to the beach. We started with B’s newborn session in my studio, the next year was in the studio for his one year, then to a local park and now at three years old, we settled on Seal Beach.
This was the perfect place for an adventurous three year old. He started out a little timid, but by the end of the session, he was completely drenched. We had so much fun capturing all it is to be THREE!
Sometimes we look at a photo and feel like it all just fell into place. When in reality, as photographers, we are spinning quite a few plates. Here’s a little bit of what’s inside the mind of a photographer. During a photo session, I’m thinking about my camera settings and light angles first. But if that’s all I thought about, my photos would be boring. I’m also reading people (and kids!). I’m trying to get to know them…and eventually make them laugh. I want my angles to be flattering, so I’m thinking about that too. THEN, you throw in something like the wind. I have to trouble shoot the wind be placing my subjects in a way that won’t leave them with hair flying everywhere. And if I can manage to keep all the plates spinning, I can end up with beautiful, authentic photos.
I just wrapped up a super cute set of spring mini-sessions. They filled up so fast! And I can understand why…after a winter of rain, the sun is now out. Everything is green and sunset lighting is everything! If you haven’t started thinking about Mother’s Day yet, doing a mini-session might be the perfect idea. Your husband can treat you to family photos or just photos of you and your kids. OR you can gift this to your own mom…photos with grandma!
I’ll be doing these photo sessions at the Huntington Beach Pier at sunset. These sample photos were taken on an overcast day (which can happen!)…so either way (sunset or overcast) this beach is beautiful.
Click on the links below to book your session. Directions will be mailed after you booking.
Details: $100 session fee + $300 (for all your digital images- Kids only) or + $350 (for all your digital images-up to 5 family members)
Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions will take place on April 1 at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This is such a beautiful sunset location. It’s close to the beach, so you’ll get the wispy type foliage that grows by the water. There’s also an inlet of water and paths with fencing. Lots of great options for photos!
This type of photo session is great for kids or families. You can even invite grandparents and make the most of the time!
Cost: $100 session fee + $300 session fee for kids only and $350 for families
Location: Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Sign up: To reserve your time and receive directions to the location, click the time links below to check out with Square.
Sometimes a good family photo session means capitalizing on what you’ve got. In this case, I had a very shy (and super cute) baby. Instead of focusing on the fact that I was having a little bit of a hard time getting smiles, I decided to recruit her big brother. I’ll always ask questions during the photo session. Is she normally shy? Did she skip a nap today? What do you do at home to make her laugh? Information is key. If I have a baby that is comfortable around her big brother, I’ll ask him to help me tickle her feet or give her kisses. (Huntington Beach Photographer)
Asking questions also helps with what strategies I’m going to use when everyone is in the photo. Sometimes a baby likes loud noises and silly dancing. Other babies aren’t quite sure about all that hoopla and would prefer a quite game of peek-a-boo. Again, getting the information I need and then recruiting help is my key to a great photo session.
I love working with kids. They don’t have any pretenses. And they aren’t conformed by social norms. If they want to do something, they just do it. And I love it! It’s what makes them kids. And they grow out of it eventually. So, it’s super sweet to have these little moments during the photo session when they just let their personality shine.
During this particular session with twins, he was reserved and she was silly and funny and moving all around. Even the multi-colored nails were just HER. Love it!
If you’re a detail-oriented person like me, you want the colors of your birth announcement just perfect. And sometimes, websites only have a limited amount of colors. What I love about Basic Invite is that they are one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail.
I just created this birth announcement and was looking for the perfect peachy-pink to compliment the baby’s skin tone. I was able to customize the back of the card and add the same peach-pink in the text and graphic design. Each element on the card has it’s own color options, which make the process so customized.
Not only does Basic Invite have a lot of colors to choose from, they also have so many design templates. I had fun putting together a few different announcements and had the samples sent to me. Days later, I was checking them out to see which I liked best. With color and layout, it’s nice to see the design in person….especially before ordering multiples. If I wanted to make any adjustments, it was an easy process. They even sent me an email to see how I liked the design samples I received.
First Birthday Invitations were another product that I had fun creating on the site. I was able to customize the envelope color and get this…all of envelope styles are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.
Using Basic Invite was a breeze. From choosing designs and colors to the follow-up by their customer service team, I knew I was going to love the end result. And with their sample system, if I didn’t love my first choice, I could try another sample. By the time I am ready to order boxes of announcements or invitiations, I’m in love with every detail of the card.
I see lots of one year photo session ideas…but the most recent one I photographed was just too cute. I had to share it with you! Instead of doing a cake smash, this mom put together a variety of edible finger paints. I love that moms are more conscious when it comes to what they are giving their children to eat. Not that I’m against a cake smash. If there’s a time to give your baby sugar, I think that’s the time!
This one year old’s favorite food is Fage yogurt. So, her mom used the yogurt to create finger paints. She put them in cute containers and dyed them with natural dye. We used a white piece backdrop paper for the floor. Hello, easy clean up! I got set to go and mom put her down. It was non-stop fun for a good 10 minutes! And I love the way the photos turned out.