My philosophy on maternity photography is that it should capture the short-lived, incredibly special phase of pregnancy in a modern, timeless, and never cheesy way. I mean, I’m sure we’ve all seen that Buzzfeed article about maternity sessions gone AWRY…yikes! So when Kim (a blogger here and here) reached out to me to take photos, I was thrilled! Not only is Kim an old friend from junior high, but she and I share the same doctor! That may not sound too crazy, but of all the thousands of doctors in LA, what are the odds of us choosing the same one? I love it.
Since Kim and her husband currently live in the Pasadena area, I jumped at the chance to use some of my favorite locations for our shoot. We started at Float (which happened to be closed that day…perfect for photos!), then wandered down Lake Avenue, and finally ended up at Pasadena City Hall. It was such a fun afternoon and I am so honored to have captured these two before their world changes in the best way possible :)
Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot:
I can’t wait to meet (and photograph!) your little one, Kim and Gabriel! xo
A few months ago I had the pleasure (seriously, it was such a joy!) of taking photos of my friend Heather’s parents and all six of their beautiful, energetic grandkids. It was a dream job because they just wanted me to shoot fly-on-the-wall-style and capture the special relationships that Grandma and Papa have with each of their little ones. As much as I enjoy a good posed photo, there’s nothing quite like catching those priceless moments in between…and with six kids under six, there were priceless moments galore!
Here are some of my favorite images from the day:
With Christmas fast approaching, I knew I wanted to get holiday cards but I also knew that we needed an updated family photo. As much as I would have LOVED to have had one of my favorite photographers capture us in the finest light, there was simply no more time left to get it done. Enter: the camera self timer.
John was fighting off a bad cold, Briar was desperate to jump out of my arms and roll in the dirt, and I had to change my shirt twice, BUT WE MADE IT HAPPEN. I got a great family photo (plus a few more gems!) and my dream of sending out holiday cards in 2015 was actually made feasible. Small victories, people.
This year I partnered with Pear Tree Greetings and chose a brushed gold style holiday card from Genevieve Gorder’s collection (P.S. I love her). My love affair with a gold is showing no signs of stopping plus I love the simple design.
These cards are so thick! I’m obsessed with sturdy paper goods and these totally fit the bill.
On the back, I took a single photo slot and turned it into two images with a little Photoshop magic. I like to bend the rules, what can I say? ;) I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and receiving lots of happy mail!
For my birthday, I only wanted one thing: a trip away with my husband sans baby. As much as I love Briar, I hadn’t spent a night apart from her since she was born so the thought of being baby-free was, well, all too appealing. And guess what? It was wonderful! Actually, it was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. Just me, my husband, and one of the prettiest cities in the world. Briar spent the weekend with my parents and while John and I missed her terribly, it was exactly what we needed to reconnect as a couple.
Some of the highlights include: coffee at The French Press, hot chocolate at Handlebar Coffee Roasters, seafood enchiladas and margaritas at Cava, shopping on State Street, brunch at Scarlett Begonia, and sunsets over the Pacific. If this weekend was any indication of what 29 will be like, then I am READY.
I’m pretty sure I won the jackpot in the in-law lottery.
John comes from an amazing family full of loving, caring, hilarious people who made me feel like a member of their tribe from day one. This is his sister Jamie’s family and I’m so thrilled that John and I not only consider them to be our family but also our really good friends. Needless to say, anytime I can get them in front of my camera to document different phases of their lives, I am more than happy to do it! We took these photos back in August at golden hour and I am so excited to finally be sharing them:
The other day I was looking through photos on my hard drive and stumbled upon a forgotten folder I (cheesily) called “Just the Two of Us.” When I was pregnant, I had made a conscious effort to document our lives as they were. John and I both knew our days as a twosome were numbered, so I wanted to capture those leisurely days for us to look back on in the distant future.
Well, that distant future is now. I sent John a few of these images and quickly texted him, “Remember this??”
His response: “Oh, how we were missing something in our lives and we didn’t even know it.”
Touché, husband. Touché.
As I uploaded a bunch of recent images onto my computer last night, I was overcome with joy. I am so grateful to have these simple moments — the ones that are so fleeting yet so powerful — captured forever.
I often wonder if John and I are doing enough as Briar’s parents. Are we setting a good example? Are we showing her enough love? Are we giving her all the tools she needs to flourish and thrive? And worst of all, are we looking at our phones too much?! I’m constantly evaluating and reevaluating all the ways the two of us can better our parenting skills.
But then I see these images and I know we’re doing just fine. I see the joy and wonder on Briar’s face. I see the unconditional love in my eyes. I see how John would move heaven and earth for the sake of his daughter. These photos reaffirm everything for me. We are doing just fine.