Another day, another golden sunset, another beautiful beach family photo in Malibu, California. The Berggren family drove down from the bay area for a long weekend visit to chase away the Norcal mid-November blahs... and it worked! They were blessed with warm breezes and sunny afternoons and a sweet sunset session at the beach, to create some memories of this family adventure.
This sweet family's Malibu beach portraits came at just the right time. Brayden was born the first week of COVID, in isolation, and Kalei missed out on maternity photos and newborn photos. So these photos of 6-month-old Brayden are particularly special because they are his first photo shoot! And that face... what a sweet little nugget!
I loved spending a lovely golden hour with these three at El Matador, capturing a few special moments as a family. And this session was particularly special because Kalei and David are also engaged to be married next year! They hadn't shot engagement photos yet, so this session doubled as engagement pics (with the cutest little plus one ever).
Congratulations Kalei and David! You have so much to be grateful for and excited about, and I'm glad that you can now treasure these sweet moments forever.
These Hermosa Beach park photos are just too cute for words! With little Micah just arrived one week previous, these photos were the perfect moment to welcome him into the world and introduce him to family and friends around the country who had yet to meet him. What a sweet little peanut! We had the best time exploring around the pond and under the trees at Polliwog Park in Hermosa Beach, on a softly lit late summer afternoon. Congratulations to these first time parents!
And if Christy and Darin look familiar, it's because their beautiful Point Dume maternity photos happened just a few weeks before Micah arrived (funny how that happens...)
These Palos Verdes family photos were so much fun! Mama Kate had the brilliant idea to snap her maternity photos at home in the morning, with a relaxed, intimate vibe. Then we transitioned to family and maternity photos at St. Francis Church in Palos Verdes. Both spots were in the morning, so even though we shot during an August heat wave, the air was still cool and fresh. I love the way these photos really bring out the personalities of each family member, and the authentic connection they have as they wait for their baby girl to arrive any day now.
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These Malibu family photos were so dreamy and filled with breezy laughter. I loved shooting at Leo Carrillo, where the sweeping clifftop views and hidden details of the many pocket beaches allow for unlimited exploring for curious kiddos.
This El Matador beach family photo session was just the right mix of energetic big brother, sweet twin sisters, and everyone super excited to welcome a new baby into the world. Congratulations to the awesome Piippo family as you away the arrival of little Number Four!
These Colorado Springs family photos came together so beautifully in Garden of the Gods, thanks to stunning blue skies, vibrant orange rocks, and some well-coordinated outfits!
Between the grandparents, grandkids, grown-up siblings, and cousin combos, these extended family photos are one of those special once-a-decade opportunities. And I'm so glad the Evans family invited me along for the task! I know they will treasure these moments, and these memories, for years to come.
Thousand Oaks family photos at home during COVID! Baby Claire was born at the very beginning of the pandemic (can you imagine?!?) and mama Alex missed out on newborn photos. BUT she didn't miss out on a sweet set of family photos with little Claire making allll the googly giggly baby noises and smiles. I'm so pleased with how these family photos at home turned out. Hanging out in the backyard enjoying one anothers' company. It just doesn't get better than this.
These sweet Runyon Canyon maternity photos were so much fun to plan and create together with Danie and Tony. In some ways, COVID has narrowed down our collective focus by decreasing our access to gatherings and people. And in other ways it has broadened our focus, by introducing us to people we wouldn’t otherwise have met. Like Danie and Tony. They moved to Los Angeles a month before COVID hit, and knew almost no one. In a new house, with a new baby on the way, they waited. And waited. The world around them was changing and they hadn’t even had the chance to get their feet under them.
When they reached out to me (connected through another client of mine), they suggested Runyon Canyon because it’s around the corner from their home… but they’d never been there because of the lockdown! It was so much fun to explore the trails and views on this moody misty June morning, as a first time for all of us!
Congratulations to Danie and Tony as you prepare and welcome Baby Matilda into this world very soon!
Beach family photos in Malibu with the sweet (and adventurous) Robertson family was so much fun!! For starters, they brought me a Chik-fil-A sandwich (score!) and then mama Caitlin proceeded to climb down about a thousand stairs to get onto the sand at El Matador. Once there, they splashed and played and tumbled and I'm pretty sure everyone got covered in sand and saltwater and it. was. perfect. It was also right in the middle of COVID, as the beaches were opening up and the chance to spend a sunset evening next to the water was so very good for the soul.
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