10 Year Journey Continues with Children Photography

When I started photographing children ten years ago, I knew just how important their expressions were – be it laughter, a cute smile or just their own natural look.

The joy I experience when parents see the images I captured of their children is always so rewarding. Working with the children year after year, I have the privilege to watch them grow up through my camera lens. It is really gratifying to go to their homes and see all the photos that I took throughout the years and know that I was a part of their lasting memories.

Here are some of my favorite images from my first ten years:

I got Chloe, Ellie and Dean to laugh by making them say something silly about their dad…it just cracked them up!

Photographing two sets of twins that are all four years old could be challenging, but I managed to get some great images – this is one my favorites.

Three brothers who are just so cute; Adam, Travis and Max.

I have been photographing Lauren since 2011, the year I took this photo. She lives out of state but her grandmother resides in Laguna Beach. Her grandmother loves this image and ordered it as a canvas wall portrait. The colors of the sky are beautiful in this timeless image.

Photographing Porter in front of this large door shows just how small he was at that moment in his life.

Jack is 10 years older than Erin. There is a big height difference that I had to keep in mind when posing them. This image from 2014 is one of my favorite images of the two.

I was photographing a kids’ party when I happened to look down at the rent-a-clown’s feet.  Noticing the juxtaposition of the little girl’s feet next to the clown’s big shoes, I knew I had a great photo the parents would love! Later, I found out that the beautiful ankle bracelet the little girl is wearing was designed by her mother.

From the same party, I love the image of this young girl with her mesmerizing blue eyes.

The first time I photographed Chloe was in 2009.  It was a very cold day, but she was such a good sport throughout the shoot. I have been delighted to photograph her many times since.
Luke looking up at me, sitting amongst the fall leaves…pure perfection.

Looking forward to the next 10 years photographing many more children…….

Mia Class of 2017 – Prom Portraits

Knowing how crazy it is the actual day of Prom, I did a separate session with Mia two weeks prior to Prom. I selected the venue because of Mia’s gorgeous dress,  Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estate. It was built in the 1920’s and I knew the architecture would enhanced the beauty of her dress. 006 ADSC_7820 mutedWe wanted a very romantic look so I had Mia’s hair curly. 003ADSC_7675 8x12 cropped004 ADSC_767002ADSC_7719 cropped005ADSC_7797001DSC_7463 copyThe above is one of my favorite images. I told Mia she looks like an angel and she immediately cracked up.
006ADSC_7828001ADSC_7909 8x12Next to the Plaza is the Malaga Library. I love these steps. 007ADSC_7921008ADSC_7965

Bailey Class of 2017 – High School Senior Photography

Second time photographing Bailey. First time was many years ago for a family session. It was nice to see her and catch up with Bailey and her Mother.
005We photographed at the Lab/Camp in Costa Mesa. Which is such a photographers heaven with great backdrops and the light is perfection. 006The pretty white dress Bailey is wearing is for the dress she will wear during graduation. 007113013 copyI have photographed many high school seniors and families at the Lab/Camp. I always have at least one image with a background I never used before like this floral backdrop that is wall paper across from a hair salon.
062002001Bailey plays the piano and has a love for music so I created this image with the musical notes. 003

Blair – Class of 2017 High School Senior Portraits

During Blair’s consultation, I discovered that Blair would like to incorporate bright colors for her session. The Lab/Camp aka as the Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa jumped to my mind. A perfect fit for Blair’s vision of bright color. This purple wall is so flattering to her skin tones.
ADSC_7074 Eye adjustment Cropped 8x12ADSC_7077 Adj backgroundADSC_6970 cropped 8x12More Color with the tin walls!ADSC_6980ADSC_7027ADSC_7106ADSC_7129 BorderAs a photographer, I appreciate the many backdrops and the lighting at Anti-Mall.
019ADSC_6884Stairs are always a favorite backdrop. Fun and hip!ADSC_6848 croppedADSC_6841ADSC_7216 8x10 croppedBlair has an amazing smile, great skin and hair. A beautiful young woman! ADSC_7143 57% opacityThought the above image was very french.022Here is a more sophisticated look with a pop of color with the red lipstick.007024The light was great. As the sun was just coming down and I used a video light on Blair to give a dramatic look.

Children Photography – Laguna Beach

Ellie, Chloe and Dean are from New Jersey. During their visit to California their Mother contacted me about taking their photographs. One fine day in September we met in Laguna Beach. They’re adorable!!!004-logoIt was fun capturing their cute expressions. 007Their Mother loved the images!001-blog003002010011012