The one year photo session. It gets a little tricky because maybe the last time you saw them, they were a chubby little sitting baby. Maybe they were just trying out their crawling moves. At one year (or a bit older), they are GO. GO. GO. And there’s a reason I put those in all caps. Those new to walking, want to WALK.
So, I enlist the help of mom or dad. I love this series because his dad was threatening to tickle. We would time it out so he would run in for the tickle, laughs would ensue and we’d start all over again. I got real smiles, authentic expressions and he was still, while waiting to be tickled. Win-Win.
Long Beach Baby Photographer // One Year Old Photo Session
Here’s a little sneak peek from a recent photo session at the peninsula in Long Beach. It’s the perfect place for a baby or toddler photo session…the water is calm enough to dip your toes and it tends not to be very windy.
I’m a list-maker. Well, I’m lots of things beyond a list-maker. But making lists is something I do every day. I have an understated gray moleskin notebook and I like to make lists with little boxes in quaint hand-writing that I can actually check off. Yes, I know there’s an app for that.
There’s just something gratifying about making a list and checking off the tasks as I complete them. Do you make lists? How do you accomplish all that needs to happen in a day? I bet you use the app. Or maybe you just have it all tucked away in the back of your head.
Either way, summer is around the corner. We are in our last few weeks of school. And that means the lists will go down by at least half. I won’t have to remember to buy granola bars for the track meet or that the science fair project is due Monday. I will have to entertain three squirmy kids, but that’s another story. 🙂
Crawling babies have all the moves. It’s as if everything they do was meant as a pose for the camera. There’s never enough rolls on chubby arms and legs, either! Sophia had her newborn session with me, her 4 month session and now her 7 month session. It’s been so much fun to see her grow and I can’t wait for her next session, when she’ll be walking around! Here’s a look back…
//newborn photo session at home in Orange County
//4 month photo session at my studio in Long Beach
I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday!! I knew this week would fly by and it has. It’s been a blur of shopping, building, painting and photo-editing. In fact, my hands are covered with green paint and I just got done shopping for moss today…how’s that for a teaser!
OK, enough about what I’ve been up to. Here are the details for the Ladera Ranch Spring Sessions…March 28 (Saturday) from 8:30 to 10:30am I’ll be in a secluded field absolutely covered with lush greenery and pops of orange wild flowers.
I feel like I absolutely scored by finding this location!! I can’t wait to see the images we come up with. The photo sessions will be 20 minutes long and will include an online gallery of 10+ images to choose from as well as (2) 5×7 prints. Additional prints/cards/etc. can be purchased a la carte.
The cost is $110 and if you are a socal resident (you don’t have to live in Ladera Ranch to participate) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Of course I’ll be bringing some gorgeous antique furniture out to the field. My wonderful Ladera host, Arlene, is emailing this info to all her friends, so I have a feeling the spots will go fast! This is such an awesome way to get Easter pictures of your kiddos that will out-do everything you’ve done before!!
Last week I got to meet up with Jennifer…the mastermind behind Tiny Oranges blog. It’s a blog dedicated to Orange County moms and their little ones. I can’t remember exactly how I found Jennifer’s blog. It’s one of those rabbit trail things…you know you sit down to look up movie times and the next thing you know you’ve found the latest and greatest new site!
I emailed Jennifer, we hit it off and ended up meeting for coffee. Or tea in Jennifer’s case. 🙂 Starbucks was kind enough to coordinate their cup cozies with my whole theme for the day.
As a mom and entrepeneur I wanted to ask Jennifer how she started her blog, how she comes up with WHAT to blog about and basically how she got to be so dang talented! Turns out she was inspired by The Wedding Chicks…a blog I also frequent! She thought there should be something equally as cool for moms. Specifically moms in Orange County. And even though starting a blog was unfamiliar territory, she wrapped her experience in the dot com industry, her years as an event coordinator and of course her experience as a new mom into Tiny Oranges.
The blog has great tips, giveaways and fun things to do in Orange County. I love how easy it is to navigate and she has something new just about every day! Next week, I’ll be doing a spot on her blog about practical things you can do to improve your pictures.
Because Jennifer has her finger on the pulse of all that is new and cool for moms, I wanted her to share with us what she couldn’t live without and what’s she’s dying to have! Soooo, her must have is this shopping cart cover and she can’t wait to get her hands on a new UPPA Vista Baby Stroller. Go check it out…it looks awesome! And make sure you frequent her blog for tons more eye candy!
She was kind enough to pose for a photo, so you can put a face to all the fun stuff that’s coming out of Tiny Oranges. Oh and if you’re in the know about a cool new place for kids or the product that all your friends are buying, send her an email. She loves to include contributions from local moms!
Last but not least! I promised to share info about the Spring Mini-Sessions that are coming up at Rascals to Rebels. Here’s the 411. The Huntington Beach Store is now taking sign ups for March 13 and 14 from noon to 2pm. The store is hosting complimentary 15 minute mini-sessions and prints can be purchased a la carte. You need to go by the store to sign up, so go quick…last time it filled up in 2 days!
All this warm weather has me excited about an upcoming trip to Oahu! I’ll be staying on the North Shore March 18-23. There really isn’t a more beautiful place to do beach photos, so if you happen to be lucky enough to be reading this from your home in Oahu or if you know someone who’d be interested shoot me an email. email@example.com
I’ll be spending many hours watching Brent surf, so I thought it might be fun to break it up with a photo session! There will be special pricing, so email me for details.
Also, for all of you who asked about the photo tips I mentioned, those will be showing up next week on a friends blog. You’ll get to meet her tomorrow!
I thought I’d use today’s post to share a few quick updates… Thank you for all of you who sent me pictures of your adorable little guys! I have already selected the little boy that will be doing the railroad photo shoot. He happens to have a cute little brother, so lucky me! I promise to update the blog with those pictures once we get them done. I’ll be trying to squeeze in something new every month, so check back for more opportunities!
In other news, this week is going to be CRAZY! I have two more photo-sessions coming up at Rascals to Rebels. This time we’re spreading the love to the Huntington Beach store! I’ll be wrapping up all the details on that today, so more to come soon. I’m also doing an Easter event in Ladera Ranch, hosted by the lovely Arlene, so I’m off to location scout for that today. So, if you’re in that area, let me know if you’re interested in some super cute spring photos!
Finally, a post just isn’t a post without a picture, so I’ll share what has been a top secret project for my photographer friend Shannon. She has rocked out the new catalog for Matilda Jane. A month or so ago she asked if Jillian and I would like to model for her. I’m not normally up for being photographed, but I knew I was in good hands, so I said yes! Of course Jillian and her good friend Madison know how to work the camera, but Shannon made an average girl like me look somewhat cute. Thanks friend! So, here we are…