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 ❤
When Hannah contacted me to discuss her upcoming birth and newborn pictures I had already decided I wouldn’t be photographing anymore births; well as you can see by these images I caved. Hannah and I hit it off right away and spent our coffee date discussing photography with a little of everything else. I am always so amazed and blessed by the many people that this business has brought to my life. There was some worry that dad might not be local when it was birth time so how could I not be there to capture this amazing time for this wonderful growing family.
This particular birth story started in an operating room instead of the delivery room but what an awesome opportunity for a photographer to be invited into the OR. I walked in the room as momma was walking away to the OR to meet dad for the first time. We became fast friends as we were about to experience the amazing arrival of their baby girl. In true southern girl fashion Hannah wanted her hair to be perfect for pictures so her anesthesiologist made sure to fix her hair for the camera 🙂
I was able to spend a few minutes after baby S arrived with the family, capturing their first moments as three and what a pleasure to watch two people fall in love with their new baby girl and each other all over again.
On day 4 I got to spend the day with baby S, her momma, and grandma capturing some great images for her newborn session. We used elements of her daddy’s career, family jewelry and other great colors, fabrics and textures to create a series of images that I know they will cherish forever.
Thank you Key family for allowing me to be a part of our family’s story. I’m so excited for October and apparently for Baby S’s prom 😉
Newborn sessions are done in the first 5-10 days after a little one arrives so when this family contacted me and wanted to do a newborn styled session with their 3 month old I was honestly a little worried but always up for the challenge. To my surprise it wasn’t a challenge at all; this delightful beauty was sweet from start to finish and oh so photogenic. Mom and I worked seamlessly from pose to pose, she had some great items to use that went perfectly with what I brought.
We added a few pieces of patriotism to our session to honor the 4th of July and her daddy who is a Marine. I love when families are so proud of their service and country! Lucky for me I get a lot of that working in a military community. The sacrifice these families make is real, service members that spend countless hours away from their loved ones and often in danger.
This little lady truly exudes timeless beauty in each of these images. I hope her family loves them as much as 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.
These two came to me in May for their maternity session so I was excited to also be asked to photograph their new little one shortly there after. We met half way at a small park in Lucerne Valley for an outdoor session where we had lots of fun. A cousin came along so of course we had to add her into the session. With two active duty parents this little one is in for an adventurous lifestyle.
Photographing newborns is always amazing to me. The opportunity to capture a time in a family’s life that is new and all about love. Each story different and full of exploration of who you have become as an individual, as a parent, and as a family. What an honor to be asked to be a part of this time in each of my client’s lives!
So here we have lots of cuteness, some pink camouflage, a great setting and cake; what more could a girl turning one ask for! Thy stylized cake smash was fun, we might on Annie’s 1st birthday to wonder the Morongo Preserve, capture some pictures and eat cake. She wasn’t the biggest fan of cake but she looked good hanging out with it 🙂
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!