Welcome... This is the space which I update the most so it'll typically show my most recent work. I share my latest Orange County family photo sessions and occasionally some personal work, including my family, who are at the very heart of my art.
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I had the pleasure of meeting sweet little Mason this past weekend when he was about 3 weeks old. Last time I saw mom and dad was, in a sense, bidding farewell to their life as a twosome during their maternity photo shoot at Noguchi Garden. Of course Mason doesn’t know it yet, but he has been born into a family with lots of love and style. Mom and dad recently moved into a new development in Lake Forest and they made such an incredible nursery for their son
I was excited to get outdoors and shoot after all the rain we have had here in Southern California. This is my first winter in So Cal and I joke with everyone that I brought the East Coast weather with me as it has been one of the rainiest and coldest winters in years (just my luck). Don’t get me wrong, we need the rain - absolutely. But spending so many days indoors and cancelling and rescheduling shoots (as I did with this one) is not what I am used to out here
It was this sweet family’s first photo shoot and it came together about as seamlessly as it could. The big sister you see in these images is a spirited personality and was fairly unfazed about her new little brother, but she definitely had a few opinions about having a camera around. If I had so much change going on in my life, I wouldn’t want a camera up in my face either. Newborn photo shoots aren’t quite the same once you already have a child. It’s hard when you can’t dedicate all of your time to just one child anymore but instead have to manage two with only two hands. But therein lies the fun for me. Instead of creating the moments, I have to wait for them and pounce on them when I get the chance
It’s been awhile since I have done an adults-only session. I forgot how easy it is to work with people who are obliging to follow all my directions and suggestions, as it’s certainly not the way once little people are in the picture. Needless to say, the session was pretty great. The garden is often empty and other than a wedding party taking photos, we basically had the garden to ourselves to wander around and roam at our luxury. I had been looking forward to this session for awhile
It’s fun to work in new locations. It keeps my work fresh and the pace and challenge for a family session interesting. Mama R contacted me last year and wanted to move in a more journalistic direction for her family photos – fabulous! Her desired backdrop for her annual family photos was abandoned railway tracks, and so I went location scouting. There are quite a few such locations in Orange County
One year old shoots often go pretty well. I don’t want to jinx myself, but there’s a few reasons they seem to really work well. At around 1, a baby is more independent and can entertain themself at least for a little while. And they are not yet at an age where they have a lot of attitude and push back. So when I turn up with my camera, most of them are eager to play with me and my lens.
The mother and daughter in this blogpost are very special to me. In 2018, my family and I packed up our belongings and moved to sunny Southern California. I went trolling through local Instagram hashtags, as one does, in order to find the local artistic talent, and there was beautiful Christina and her incredible family film images. But that wasn't what made me reach out to her: I read a bit more about her story and it turns out we had more than photography in common
Right off the bat, I'm going to say that I created some of my favorite images to date in this session. But first things first, Liz is a super talented family photographer - she shoots on film and I adore her work. Check out her website, Elizabeth Glenn Photography. After having this sweet pair on the other side of my lens, I personally think it's impossible to get a bad photo of her daughter. I love the intimacy that shines when I shoot mamas and their kids, especially when it's an in-home session
How was 2018 for you?! For me, it was a pretty great year, but I certainly don't say that every time a new year is around the corner. That said, 2018 definitely had more ups than downs for me, my family and my business. The best thing about 2018 was welcoming our daughter into the world in April. She came on the early side, which I was so grateful for given that I really, really don't like being pregnant. Around the same time as our daughter was born, my husband was offered a job in Southern California
We arranged this one year milestone photo shoot in the nick of time. The little cutie-pie in the photos well he turned 1 last week. I love hearing from parents when they want to schedule a 1 year milestone session as making it through the first year, for both the parents and the babe, is a momentous occasion. It's also a fun time to to shoot because, as the years progress, you can remember where your baby was at (ie was your babe crawling or walking, how many teeth in his sweet grins etc)
It's always wonderful to work with families that treasure their family images as much as I treasure my own. Mama E and I got talking months ago when they were expecting their second beautiful boy and we scheduled a maternity session, a fresh 48 and newborn photos. I've collated some images from all three sessions to share in this blog post
This lovely mama contacted me saying that she was looking to take her family photos in a more candid direction. Naturally, I couldn’t be happier that my work caught her attention. Her kiddos are fabulous ages to let the kids run round and find their own fun. Our backdrop for this session was none other than Top of the World Laguna Beach, which makes a pretty great backdrop for photos any time of the year
Jeffrey Open Space Trail is a natural and classic spot for family photos. It is filled with both natural and man made beauty. The trail stretches 3.5 miles through the heart of Irvine. On the natural side of things, the space is filled with meadows, creek beds, woodsy trails and botanical gardens. On the man made side of things are stone tunnels, metal footbridges and public art displays
I really think that family sessions get more fun the more kids you have. That probably sounds pretty alarming because I’m sure that parents with 3 or more kids get intimidated and exhausted by the idea of a family session. I get it. Life with kids is wonderfully exhausting. But here’s why I thinking it gets more fun with more kids: my style of photography lends itself to being candid and a little bit silly
It all started with a late night message exchange when this mama messaged me indicating that she really wanted to get some photos of her and her gals. She said it had been awhile. Lucky for all of us, I had a last minute opening, so I feel like this lovely threesome was a match made in heaven sent straight my way from the Photo Gods. We met at Alta Laguna Park. I got there a bit early, as I always try and do, and while I was fiddling around with my camera I heard a big gregarious hello and I looked up to see a warm welcome wave from mom and her daughters looking effortlessly fabulous as they cross the car park
As a mom who has a 2018 baby, I have to admit that newborn shoots this year have stolen my heart. When we moved to this sunny city about 5 months ago, I was eager to acquaint myself with local moms to help our West Coast transition and teach me about this amazing new city. And you won’t find a sweeter Insty feed than local OC Mom Blogger, Jen Pennella. She is now the mama of two deliciously adorable little dudes and shares her local happenings and adventures in mamahood on her account
Choosing a location for your family photos is important. After all, these are the images that you will look back on that hold your family history. In this blogpost, I continue to discuss great outdoor locations for family photos in Orange County, California. If you know the Orange County area, then you know there are an abundance of outdoor locations
Table Rock Beach is a very well known local beach which is tucked away in South Laguna Beach. There’s plenty of sand in a deep cove with homes high above. Not to mention, large rocks of a variety of sizes and shapes which provide an excellent backdrop for any type of photo session.
Quail Hill Trailhead provides a great location to connect as a family. The trailhead is an easy two-mile trail at the foot of Quail Hill. There is minimal elevation gain on the hike and the views are fabulous on clear days. The Quail Hill Loop is also well maintained and is easy to follow. It is also a great place to shoot if you want to bring along your family dog, as Quail Hill allows dogs on leashes. For these reasons, it is a popular location for family photoshoots
The title of this session encompasses the words “motherhood session”. As a photographer, when I hear that phrase I automatically think of mothers in beautiful dresses with long hair flowing in some beautiful field of fresh flowers and greenery or maybe a similar sort of set up at the beach. That’s definitely the photo stereotype that has evolved for the term “motherhood session”. However, for this session the plan was to do something that mom and her son do regularly together
Choosing a location for your family photos is an important decision. As the years progress, these are the images that you will look back on that hold your family history. Over a series of blogposts, I discuss great outdoor locations for family photos in Orange County, California. While there are a number of factors to consider when thinking about your family photo session, one word often comes to my mind: location, location, location!
Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of sprawling trees and the foothills surrounding the park are filled with an abundance of wildlife. The variety of landscape means that you can get a variety of settings for photo shoots. From rocky landscapes to green fields (although less when there’s no rain), Irvine Regional Park is definitely a great spot for a nature filled photo session
When one thinks of Huntington Beach, the iconic Huntington Beach Pier is one of the first things that comes to mind. The pier itself measures 1,850 family feet (560 m) in length making it one of the longest piers on the West Coast of the USA. The pier is located at the intersection of Main Street and the Pacific Coast Highway and is the heart of the area. It is an historic area
Corona del Mar State Beach is a fairly popular family beach in Newport Beach, Orange County. It runs half a mile long framed by rugged cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. It has its own feel and is set among flower-named residential streets. All beaches in Orange County are gorgeous, but Big Corona looks like it came right off of a movie set, which isn’t entirely fanciful given that it featured in Gilligan’s Island
I’m stoked to share my first photo session in sunny Southern California. One of the things I was most excited about when I knew we were moving here is the light. You can totally overdose on the beautiful golden light out here. Back on the East Coast, there was light to be sure, but I always had to search so hard for it. Light is in abundant supply here in Cali
Deciding what to wear to a maternity photo session can sometimes be stressful. You want to look beautiful, as you know you’ll be looking back on these photos for decades to come, but you may (or may not!) be feeling anything but beautiful. If you’re searching for the perfect outfit to wear for wall-worthy photos for your upcoming maternity photo session, here are my top 3 tips to make sure you nail it
As a family photographer, I am often asked what age is best to schedule a newborn photo session. There's no right age for everyone as it depends on a couple of personal factors, particularly what style of photography you want for your newborn photo shoot. All babies and their temperaments are different, and one baby may be easier going than another regardless of age. But generally speaking, the age of your new babe will be insightful as to what sort of photos we can easily capture together
This photo shoot was the last session I scheduled before leaving the busy East Coast of the USA for the sunny shores of Orange County, and I had a blast. What's the saying, something about going out with a bang?! Mama J and I got on very well. We had a few email exchanges prior to our session. What to wear is a big decision and given they are expecting a sweet baby boy, a light blue dress seemed to fit the occasion perfectly. Because these two call Long Island home, they wanted to head into the big smoke for their maternity photo session
It's been about a month since we left the East Coast for the sunny shores of Southern California, more specifically, Orange County. Our second born was about 6 weeks old when we left. Not the ideal time to move, but is there ever an ideal time to move when you have kiddos?
Choosing a location for your family photos is an important decision. As the years progress, these are the images that you will look back on that hold your family history. Over a series of upcoming blogposts, I will be discussing great outdoor locations for family photos in Orange County California. While there are a number of factors to consider when thinking about your family photo session, only one word comes to mind: location, location, location!