In November I got to meet and photograph this beautiful family as they celebrated the soon to be arrival of their new addition. They braved the cold to capture our beautiful desert at sunset and how stunning did it turn out to be. Sometimes we are just lucky to have the best light, location and clients. Um how gorgeous is she pregnant?
With 2016 comes new adventures and I am so excited; so when asked to capture the next part of this story I was honored. This is the first session of the new year and I can’t think of a better way to start. Baby D and his family elected to have a lifestyle session in the comfort of their home and surrounded by their things. OMG I am in love with lifestyle newborn sessions! Need to do more.
As with many of the families that I photograph this family is away from their extended family as they grow due to the military; making great images important for everyone who is not here to enjoy this little man’s sweetness. He slept perfectly, going to have to ask his dad to swaddle all my newborns BTW! The few minutes he spent awake were peaceful as you can see below. His sweet sister was ready to pose with him and well her dog 🙂 so we were able to capture some great sibling shots – she may have needed a tiara in some!
Mom and I were already working on our themes for future sessions so I am pretty excited to get to watch this family grow for the time they get to be here.
What is a family looking for in a photography session and how do they find it? There are different levels of talent and experience, there are different art forms and perspectives so it is important to find that photographer that can deliver what you envision. I hope I capture that for the families I work with each and every time.
Courtney and I scheduled and rescheduled this session which happens when working in real life but am I ever so glad we got our schedules together. Unbeknownst to me we work our session in on their 7th wedding anniversary which makes it that much more exciting to capture some of what they have experienced and created together.
Boy did we have fun!! I always want to create beautiful pictures but I also strive to have an enjoyable experience so with three little ones in tow we needed to stay moving, keep their attention and have some fun; we did exactly that. Courtney has a beautiful and sweet family full of love and laughter. We captured a little piece of each personality throughout our time together and I wish you all continued happiness!
It’s kind of fun that I am writing this post about celebrating birthdays when today happens to be my daughter’s 19th birthday! Capturing these milestones, the 1st birthday and cake smash, are always fun and exciting; for parents and the photographer at least. I have yet to have a one year old just dive in and enjoy the moment of cake without the “no”!
Wyatt’s mom came to me with a great theme and idea for his one year session. I love when parents are excited and have these fun ideas; so superhero it was. She not only prepared Wyatt for some great photographs but also the siblings. Making a great dynamic trio they were ready to fight crime or maybe play at the park and eat cake. Wyatt wasn’t so sure about the cake or the grass but once his brother and sister joined him he seemed to settle right in. This session eventually ended with a family cake picnic. Awesomeness!
With major thigh rolls and big blue eyes we started our session at the Morongo Preserve to capture him with all his handsomeness. We did some sitting, crawling and even some sort of standing/walking to memorialize this time in his life; I am lucky to help families capture these moments forever as they are so fleeting and easily forgotten.
Milestone sessions are so important to me as a mother and a photographer. I love the natural flow of capturing these times for the families that I serve. Sometimes it includes a fit, they are cute when they are not yours, but it captures your reality in these very moments as you experience them. I can say that I wish I had more images like these of my own children; my poor grandkids, someday when they arrive, will grow to hide from the camera I am sure as the lesson has been learned. While of course I will always advocate for my profession as I completely believe it is important to let someone else, a professional, capture these moments and memories for you I am often asked what the best camera is for a parent to carry and I will tell you every time; the one you are going to use! Take it out and capture something amazing today, you, your family, something that will bring you right back to a moment in time and make you smile.
Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments in time for you, for the experience, and the cool opportunity to work with such sweet and cute superheroes.
While this is a bit of a late post I can’t help but share; these three have grown near and dear to my heart. I was contacted by their momma when she was still pregnant with her baby girl, that would start 18 months of capturing their fun, bright, and sweet children as well as their family. This is another one of those times that I can’t say enough how much this hobby/business has blessed my heart. Watching children grow is amazing and these three astonish me every time I see them.
The Ericksons were on their way out of Twentynine Palms for a military move so we captured some great images for them to commemorate the time here and hopefully help decorate their new home. Family sessions in the Joshua Tree National Park inevitably mean we will be doing some rock climbing, generally more than mom and dad had planned 🙂 ; this session was no different. With little adventurous ones we had fun finding new spots, on new rocks, that we could photograph both the beauty of this family as well as, the amazing desert setting.
As moms we often miss the opportunity to capture ourselves and our relationships with those in our family; it is something that I always encourage my moms to – I myself am bad about it. Mom rocked her portraits like a star in this session. Bet the hubby has one of these in his wallet before too long. We also took a few brief moments to capture mom and dad not as parents but as a couple. These two were fun and endearing to one another creating amazing pictures but also emoting their love and friendship. These are the moments that I live for and are why I am so in love with what I do ❤
The Brownings and I met last December through a garage sale purchase, from there I have had the pleasure of getting to know them and watch them grow as a family. Pregnant when we met they asked me to do their newborn pictures, since that we have met on a few more occasions to celebrate this first year in their daughter’s life. Always one of my favorites to work with a family again and again. Doesn’t always work that way in a military town.
These two are super proud of who they are, the country that they serve and their family. We have been able to capture that throughout every session while allowing their families to see this little one blossom and grow. I believe Hilary and I bully Ethan just a bit but he is always smiles and a good sport; even when we pulled out the tutu at this last session.
OMG the best job in the world! These two were super cute together and couldn’t take their eyes off of their new son. Away from family as so many of our military families are they were looking to commemorate this time in their lives and share a peek into their new family. We even caught some great baby smiles at the end that will melt the strongest of hearts!
When Lucille’s mommy contacted me about scheduling a Cake Smash session I was super excited. With ideas in hand we scheduled her session for a gorgeous local preserve and park; one that the family frequents often so it made for a perfect backdrop to memorialize this occasion.
I met Lucille’s mom through business dealings about two years ago so I was lucky enough to see her transition from wife to mom as her belly grew. We lost touch for a bit but when she emailed me to capture the First Birthday images I couldn’t wait.
Lucille with her beautiful porcelain skin was delightful to photograph as we moved through a few different set ups. She definitely wanted to be on the move and was very serious the entire time we were shooting. With family all over, including Canada, I know all be excited to see this stuffed animal party and Lucille’s cheek. When not looking at her beyond poofy cheeks you may be caught in those blue eyes. I know I was. She wasn’t a huge fan of the cake which in the long run always makes mom happy she played along for us so we could get some adorable shots with lots of facial expressions I am sure will make everyone smile.
Thank you again Dusastre family for letting me capture this exciting day!
One of the best things with my job is getting to watch families grow throughout the years! This is a larger family dynamic but several of them I have worked with before; this time there were more itty bitties and new spouses! With everyone visiting from all over this was a great opportunity to get some Grandma shots and grandbaby pictures. Hope you all love them!!
8 month old twins, mom and dad, the park what a good morning. These two weren’t too sure that they wanted to participate in our photo session but through some playing and fun they got on board. They couldn’t have been cuter and this session was pretty awesome since this family was just reunited after a long deployment. These little guys were all about mommy and daddy, big smiles, some shoulder time, the swings and we captured a little piece of their story!