California Girls in Massachusetts
Ok, so the colors probably won’t be this beautiful while I’m in Massachusetts and Connecticut early September, but I’m looking forward to a change of scenery and a chance to visit my old haunts. If you are a past MA client or would like your chance to be a MA client, email me for a session 9/12-9/15. Travel sessions start at $500 and include digital files. Can’t wait for our visit!
My daughter has her first big dance recital coming up. She goes to one of those megastudios in RSM and I think the day of the recital will be a bit overwhelming, so we got in some portraits ahead of time.
Little Cowgirl, South Orange County
California Summer Portrait
Now that summer is upon us I have a break from school and am able to concentrate a bit more on offering photography sessions (and updating this blog!). Every once and a while to flex my artistic muscle—which allows me to continue to shoot fresh and creative portraits for my clients—I get together with a bunch of local Southern California photographers to play with models or our own kids and just create for fun. I was able to get this portrait of my own girls with props provided by the fabulous Los Angeles photographer Je Neuhaus
. I’m now inspired to try new things and take more artistic wall-ready portraits of my own children and my clients. I always like my sessions to be a partnership with those I photograph—if you have something you’d like to try out in your own portraits, please let me know. I look forward to creating art with you!
M. is one of those kids I could photograph all day. It’s cliché, but the camera loved her! She has a great spirit, easy smile and the most beautiful brown eyes. She came out for a headshot mini-session and in ten minutes I had a ton of gorgeous shots with an incredible variety of expressions. I just know that M. is going to light up any stage the way she lit up in front of the lens!
Outdoor Children's Portrait
E. and his family came to see me for a little mini-session today. Last time I photographed them E. was not even one and he is now almost three! It’s amazing how fast they grow. Although E. took a little while to warm up, I loved the sweet moments I was able to capture with his mom and dad like this one. It was great to catch up and I hope I’ll be able to photograph E. more in the future when we come back to visit!
Family Portrait Cuddle
Sister Portrait on the Lake
I loved photographing this family! The girls were great and happy to suggest ideas and ham it up and mom and dad were open to any of their ideas (and mine too). It was wonderful to also get a preview of what I have in store for me in about four years with my two girls…and I have to say, if it is anything like the kind of fun times the F. family has, then I can’t wait!
Family Portrait on the Boat
Romance and Silliness
A. wanted to play w/her fairy costume and was happy to have me take pictures of her (she’s becoming quite the model!). Part of my job as a photographer is to find little pockets of gorgeous scenery in everyday environments. This particular spot is just in my front yard, and most people wouldn’t think it was anything special, but A. and I found it a fairy wonderland! It’s so much fun to have a little more time over the summer to enjoy taking pictures of my own children and I will try to share some of C. soon.
Miss A. wanted to act as art director for her own patriotic shoot using the little flag she got at school. I was happy to indulge her even if we got a little silly with our stars and stripes sheet set. I guess I have the same silly bone as my four-year-old, because we were both giggling at the end.
black and white portrait
In the effort to try to enjoy the summer rainy days while we are still in Massachusetts, we bought A. a cute little bug umbrella and she wanted me to take pictures of it today. When the rain calmed down enough for me to take her out and use my camera while holding my own umbrella we headed out into the yard. She’s at the stage where she likes to get her picture taken, but doesn’t necessarily like to hold still, but I’m happy to chase her around and also to catch a few moments like this where she pauses for a breather.
Outdoor child portrait
and she looks a tad wild-eyed, but that’s what a week cooped up inside for bad weather will do to you!
She might be sad that ‘it never rains in Southern California,’ but I think all the swimming will probably make up for it.
She’s probably even a bit awkward as four-year-olds go, but my daughter does like to dance! Today was her last day of dance, drama and crafts camp at The Performing Arts Connection – I’m really hoping I can find a great place near Irvine for her to dance, and if I can partner with them to do headshots, like I’ve done for Sam, then that’s great too!