10 Year Journey as a Photographer – Orange County Photography

I started my photography business in 2007 and along the way I have met many incredible people that have let me tell their stories by capturing those brief moments from babies to adulthood. I feel so honored to be a part of so many people’s photographic memories. To have clients turn in to friends and to be privileged to record special moments for them has been a remarkable time for me.

For this month, I am going to share my favorite images throughout my ten-year journey as a photographer – first up are precious baby images dating all the way back to the beginning in 2007.

When I am doing a photo shoot with a baby, I really feel like I am stepping into a very intimate moment between the parents and their baby. Seeing that bond there is just amazing and it is great to capture that in unforgettable images so they will always remember the special moment and love they had for their baby.

I photographed cousins – Lily and Cash. They were born to two sisters within one week of each other.  Lily’s blue eyes just popped and Cash had these rolls of baby fat that were so perfect!

Annalise was 10 days old (at the time, the youngest baby that I had ever photographed). I had this vision of a stork bringing her home and incorporated the Special Delivery sign.

I photographed a couple that was expecting their first baby for their maternity; they knew it was going to be a boy. We did their photoshoot at their home, so I got to see Caden’s nursery with a baseball theme to it. Caden’s dad conveyed to me how much he loved baseball and could not to wait to teach his son to play. That inspired this image with Caden and his dad’s baseball and mitt – a picture they ended up using on Caden’s birth announcement.

Pink was the color inspiration for Charlotte’s session. When Charlotte suddenly clasped her hands together and looked up at me I knew the image was going to be flawless. The parents loved it.

I had been waiting for a warm day to photograph a baby outside. Found this huge banana leaf to place baby Beck in. I remember having to make sure the leaf was warm before setting Beck down on it.

I had the pleasure of photographing Baby Cianna four times during her first year. One of the best things about being a portrait artist is that I get to watch these kids grow up. It’s like seeing a caterpillar turn in to a beautiful butterfly. I’m always in awe at the many changes.

Baby Ben was six months old and not yet able to sit up without falling over, so I propped him using his parents’ feet showing how small he was at that age.

I went to Imaging USA Trade Show and fell in love with a blanket of roses. I bought it and have used this lovely prop during many photoshoots for babies. This image was one of the first wall portraits that my clients ordered. Seeing a wall portrait in print that I created for the first time was really rewarding to me. I have used this image of baby Stephanie many times myself at shows and for advertising.

Baby Wyatt’s blues eyes are looking at his mother. It was such a tender moment that really touched my heart.

Stay tuned for my blog on favorite childhood portraits…..

Holiday Portraits for Children

Erin and Jack’s annual holiday portraits took place this year at the Pier in Santa Monica. ADSC_8268 LogoThese images of Erin were taken under the pier and the light was beautiful. 002Underneath the pier are all these orange boats. Great backdrop for Jack.
003080I love all the intense colors at the pier. 006Jack is 10 years older than Erin. There is a real height difference so I had to keep that in mind when posing them. 009Sunset Image! Perfect backdrop with Ferris wheel and pier.

Lacey and Lauren – Twin Photography

Lacey and Lauren’s annual photography session. Always a pleasure photographing these sweet and beautiful twins. Their Mother always has such gorgeous dresses, jewelry, shoes, etc. for them to wear. Just loved their dresses. 001 Logo Photoshop009 PhotoshopWe photographed at their home. I brought a backdrop that would compliment the colors of their dresses. 010 PhotoshopI also brought this pink chair which Lacey is sitting in. I really do plan out the session prior to the shoot. 012 Photoshop093 Photoshop003 PhotoshopLacey is the taller of the two sisters. They’re not identical twins.

Brother and Sister Photography in the Park

My second time photographing Jack and Erin. One over-cast Saturday morning giving it a soft box lighting. 059 LogoTwo of my favorite images of the two together. 005 LogoADSC_1543 LogoBeautiful one of Erin. Her eyes are amazing in this image. The color so vibrant. ADSC_1830 Filter001 Logo002 Logo102006Erin and Jack’s Mom was thrilled and loved the photos!

Chloe – Orange Children Photography

I have been photographing Chloe since she was five years old. That is what I love about my job is seeing children blossom before my very eyes. I enjoy working with Chloe’s Mom as she has such great taste in planning out Chloe’s wardrobe. Now that Chloe is 10 years old she has a say on what to wear for her photo shoots. She picked out the plaid shirt, jeans and boots. 007 LogodWe photographed at the Los Rios District in historical San Juan Capistrano. It is one of the oldest areas in California dating back to late 1700’s and early 1800’s. 034 Logo
001 LogoThere are so many fabulous backdrops in Los Rios. The the vivid red in the image above just adds some pop, and the bench in the below image had perfect lighting.
002 Logo006 LogoI did some off camera lighting with a filter to look like the sun. 005 LogoI look forward to photographing Chloe next year. 070 Logo