Five pregnancies later and Gem finally decided to take maternity photos. These pictures meant so much to her since this is her last pregnancy and I totally felt the emotion editing these. Gem, you're absolutely stunning and I can't wait to meet your baby boy!
I am SO behind on blogging, but it's been such a busy Spring with being pregnant, Ava starting school, buying our first house and all the shoots in between. I will catch up after our move, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this adorable first birthday.
The last time I saw Chase he was just learning to sit up so it was so nice to see him again taking steps and being so interactive. I thought his party's theme was so cute and perfect for a little boy and the bubble lady was so entertaining and fun for the kids!
To celebrate all the mamas, I will be having mini sessions just in time for Mother's Day! Capture the bond between a mother and her children on April 23rd or 24th.
Mini sessions include: 20 minutes of shooting, 10 hi-resolution images for $100. Both sessions will be located in the Fremont area.
Saturday, April 23rd will be held in the early evening outdoors and Sunday's session will be be an intimate, indoor setting in the morning similar to the photo below.
Perfect for mothers with young children/babies and expecting mothers.
To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I was so excited to shoot this family on New Year's Eve because they are friends of ours that now live in San Diego. We don't get to see them much and the last time we did, the boys were only 6 months old. We definitely had to improvise since they wouldn't stay still (typical of toddlers), but we captured their true personalities!
Valentina was only 10 days old when we shot this session. I still get so surprised at how little newborns are at this age. She is just so beautiful and looks exactly like her big sister already.
I love that we did this shoot at a Christmas tree farm because it was so festive and fun. I enjoyed my time with this family and wanted to keep hanging out with them! I mean they do have two girls, one with the same name as our daughter AND they are A's fans!
It was a cold morning and the girls needed a few breaks in between, but we got some great shots that day.
I didn't know Melissa prior to this shoot, but it turns out we live very close to each other and have a ton of mutual friends! I love when that happens.
This family was so easy to work with because they never complained even though it was super cold and wet out. We also shot on an incline and they were totally cool about hiking up and down and through the trees.
Melissa and Chris are getting married this year in Hawaii, so we snuck in a couple photos of the two of them.
This was one of my favorite sessions because this entire family means so much to my family! My husband grew up with them and Justin is our first daughter's godfather so obviously we love these guys. They have also been such big supporters of my business and I am so grateful for that.
I always get nervous shooting friends, but it was the most fun I've had on a shoot. When you have 6 adults trying to make a baby smile for a picture, there's going to be a lot of laughs.
Eli did not like me. He hid and cried when I would point my camera at him and he wanted absolutely nothing to do me. I totally get it, so I had to be a creeper hiding behind bushes sometimes so he wouldn't notice me. Most of this session was totally candid. It was Eli playing with his trucks and running around with his parents, yet we still managed to get smiling shots of him looking at me. Kush and Lan were super patient with him (and me!) and I can tell how great of parents they must be.
Kayla was the easiest toddler I've ever worked with. Toddlers are never easy, but she was an exception. All she needed were treats and she was happy to smile, look at the camera and didn't ask to leave once.
I was able to squeeze the Lee Family in at the last minute so they drove all the way from San Francisco to meet me in Livermore. They were seriously so easy to work with leading up to our session and even easier to shoot. They are so down to earth and I loved talking to them about parenthood, living in the city and just life in general.
Lizzie was only three months old when we did this session and she was super smiley thanks to her aunts standing behind me shaking toys and holding treats for both Lizzie and Buster, the dog. Lizzie was so easy to photograph and didn't complain the entire time.
We did this session at Lake Chabot on a VERY cold afternoon. We were all shivering, but managed to get through this shoot with tons of laughs. Rowena wanted to photograph her family of 6, along with her parents and son's girlfriend because it's been years since they had professional photos done. After I took the first few photos, everyone loosened up and made this shoot a fun one.
Tawny and I went to high school together, but it wasn't until a few years ago that we became friends. She was set up as our realtor and our families have been close since. Our daughters are the same age and it has been so awesome to see them grow up together since they were just learning to sit up.
This family is about to welcome another baby in a couple months so this session was a combo of family portraits and a maternity shoot. If it wasn't for her belly, I wouldn't guess she was pregnant. Who looks that great in their third trimester and has the energy to spin their 3 year old around and walk all over the park in heels? Not me.
Anna contacted me wanting a session ASAP because her oldest daughter was visiting from the another county. We were able to find the time and I'm so glad we could make it work!
I never got around to blogging mini sessions, but here are a few. Some families requested to be temporarily left off the blog until their holiday cards went out (we have mutual friends) and that is totally understandable. I had such a great time getting to know each family and I'm super grateful for them and taking a chance on me for my first mini sessions ever.
Melissa and I have a few things in common, but my favorite is our obsession with the show, One Tree Hill. She's really the only other person besides my husband who I could cry with about it being over so I was excited to see her and meet her kids. I loved how the they were running around the whole time playing during this shoot and it gave me a glimpse at what it's like to have four kids. It was crazy in an awesome way, eventful and silly and it made me want a big family even more. This session was a family shoot and senior pictures rolled into one. I got to spend alone time with Mylee and learned that she is not only a cheerleader, but class President and has applied to some great colleges. I'm sure her parents are so proud of her and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her.
Mini sessions are perfect for holiday cards or if you just want a few photos without having to buy a full hour long session. Minis are only offered once a year (5 slots available per session) and require a 50% non-refundable deposit at booking. For more information or to book your session today, email email@example.com
We did a super quick newborn session for Lennox at 13 days old. His mom had a great idea for a birth announcement and it turned out adorable, but I will wait to post that after she sends it out!
I kept smiling while editing this session because the girls are just too cute. I had such a great time with this family and I could see how much fun they must have together. Janyce, it was so great reconnecting with you and can't wait for future playdates!
Eileen makes pregnancy look so good with her maternity style and glow! She wanted really simple photos for her son's nursery and requested them to be at home. I love how intimate and timeless these are and they are such a great gift to give Baby Lennox. I think maternity photos are so special because they capture this exciting time in a mother's life that your baby will one day appreciate having.