I've said it before and I'll say it again:
I. Love. At home. Photo shoots.
And here's why:
1. It's part portrait sitting and part photojournalism. As you can see, some of these photos are posed and Christmas-card or frame-worthy. Cool. Totally what most people want for family photos. BUT, lots of these photos are the "in-between" kinds of moments. The snacks on the kitchen floor. The diaper changing and "Let me show you my room!" kinds of scenes that only happen when kiddos are comfortable in their own space. You don't get stuff like this at a park or at the beach. This is magic, and it only happens at home.
2. It's a time capsule. Not only will you have photos of your little looking the way they do today, but you'll have a snapshot of your whole space. Years down the road, these frames will trigger a whole host of memories, from "Oh, I remember that painting!" to "Look how small the trees are," to "Whoa that was before the remodel!" These photos aren't in a sterile studio or impersonal park; they're in your home.
3. Everyone is way more comfortable. You. Your kids. Me. Your pets. No one is going to get a parking ticket. No one has to hike to the "shoot location." No one is worried about random strangers in the background. It's just all you, your family, and your love, in your space. So kick your feet up onto the couch. Take a break to nurse your child. Change your outfit if you're feeling it—because you can!
Every month, just in time for the full moon, MoonBox subscribers receive a package on their doorstep that's packed with essential oils, crystals, a special tea blend, and a guided meditation, all grounded in what's happening with the moon and stars this month. "It's a full moon ritual in a box!" the website says.
A mini sesh as sweet as Guine and Urundi's mini me, Gabrielle. We may have gotten lucky with a knockout sunset, but even if we hadn't, I'm sure Gabrielle's giggles would have lit up the sky.
One of my favorite clients is SCU•Presents, the performing arts center at Santa Clara University. The key to filling seats in their performing arts venues is to have great marketing, and the key to great marketing is the spiffy posters I make for each music, theatre, and dance production.
I work closely with the SCU•Presents marketing manager to create each poster, based on a design brief. Once each poster is finalized, it is used in digital and promotional print efforts, from posters to postcards, email and social media blasts.
Below is a sampling of the posters I created for SCU•Presents in 2017.
Chad and Hailey's wedding took place at an incredibly cool venue near the Port of LA. The expansive warehouse space with industrial details and strung everywhere with market lights provided the perfect backdrop to celebrate the new couple as the sun went down.
Saturday, November 18
Getting ready: Hailey's family home
Ceremony & Reception: 4:15pm at Crafted LA
Wedding coordinator: Sweet Peach Planning
Cocktails: The Cocktail Concierge
Catering: Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach
DJ: DJ Mike Gonzo
I can't get enough of this mini holiday session with the Begert family! Taylor and Lauren are dear friends who embody joy and abundant love to everyone around them. It's only fitting, then, that their firstborn son, Isaiah, also brings joy and a smile to anyone's face who meets him.
We stopped by Malibu Bluffs Park on a Friday morning to snap some moments in the midst of the Begert family's life together. The cool thing about a mini session is that it's short, which makes it ideal for kiddos with short attention spans. We only shoot for 30 minutes, which takes the pressure off the parents to keep their kid happy and entertained for a long time.
Interested in a mini session? Shoot me an email!
I think you have to have a pretty warm heart to endure a blustery, down right chilly afternoon portrait session at Zuma Beach in November. Mind you, "chilly" in Southern California should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Mike, Stephanie, and little Mila brought all the cuddles and snuggles, despite the stormy seas.... and these photos are even better because of that.
What a wonderful time of year to be celebrating family and a new baby, on the way in the spring!
I've been loving these at-home shoots lately, even and especially when there's a newborn in the mix. There's nothing like taking a few minutes to freeze time, especially when it feels like it all moves way too fast.
The holidays, a new baby brother, a cool grassy backyard, a sweet scooter.... all good reasons to celebrate with a family mini session at home! Whitney (mama) is a dear friend of mine who is really good at remembering to schedule photo shoots at regular intervals, to document the ever-changing, picture-perfectly imperfect moments that make up life with little ones. (She's also really good at remembering to print those photos too... I know, she needs to teach us all.) This at-home session was sweet and unexpected and snuggly, just like I imagine life with two-and-a-half-year-old and newborn boys is.
Whoa these two.... they need to just get married already because their connection is so grounded, so natural. Sunlight in the fall in Malibu can be hit or miss, so when day-of arrived and the marine layer hung low, I thought for sure Cassidy would ask for a reschedule, but I'm SO glad she didn't. The colors from this shoot are just luscious.
I live in Malibu, Calif.,