The Years Are Short

Four Year Old Portrait by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

Yesterday, my baby boy turned four. FOUR! It really is amazing how quickly they grow. I still feel like he was only a baby yesterday. But now, as he tells me, he is a “big boy.” Which is a little bittersweet, I’m excited for the years ahead as he learns to read, ride a bike, start elementary school, but I’m also sad that he really isn’t a baby anymore.

Four Year Old Portrait by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

I was feeling all of those mixed emotions yesterday and, of course, it made me pull out my camera to capture exactly what he is like at four. As I uploaded the photos to edit them, I realized that I have taken very few personal photos this year. It’s been such a busy year of growth and change for my business that I didn’t pick my camera up outside of work very much at all. Which makes these pictures even more important.

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I want you all to remember to pick up your cameras more and capture those everyday moments with your kiddos. And come see me once or twice a year to get some gorgeous heirloom photos of your little ones as they grow. You’ll never regret the money you spend on photos that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

We all know that the days may be long, but the years are far too short,

xo,
Maggie

p.s. We have a few spots left in our Celebrate Motherhood Mini Sessions, if you’d like to get some photos in with your littles this month.

Four Year Old Portrait by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

What to Wear – Motherhood Mini Sessions

Our Celebrate Motherhood Mini Sessions are coming up, and I’ve been getting some questions about what to wear for your mini session. So I put together a few tips for you:

1. Reflect your personal style. Don’t go out and buy outfits that you would never otherwise wear. Match your outfits with the style and personality of your family. You want your portraits to reflect who you really are as a family on your best day. I always tell families to wear a slightly dressier version of their everyday clothes.

2. Make sure that your outfits don’t distract from your faces. Choose tops that are either solid or have a small pattern. Large prints and patterns can be distracting in photos, even when they look great in person. If you love prints and patterns, keep them small or below the waist. A cute patterned skirt looks fantastic with a solid top. Instead of patterns, you can mix items with details and texture like lace, ruffles, ruching, pleating, and knits.

3. Complement each other without being identical. Choose two to three complementary colors and then wear different combinations of those colors, with each person wearing at least one of the colors to tie them in with the rest of the group.

4. Keep in mind the location of your session. As you plan your wardrobe, consider what location will be the backdrop for your session. You want the clothing choices and the photo setting to complement each other.

For our morning Celebrate Motherhood sessions in the studio I recommend wearing light colors or neutrals. In a studio setting they will look soft, clean, and classic.

Mother's Day Sessions by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

For our afternoon Celebrate Motherhood sessions we will be in a park location with a lot of greenery. This gives you a lot more color options. In the spring I love pastels and classic neutrals like denim and navy. Because we’ll be in a green location avoid wearing green, so you don’t blend in with the background.

Mother's Day Sessions by Just Maggie Photography - Los Angeles Family Photographer

5. Don’t forget about yourself Mom! Consider having your hair and makeup done just before your session. If you’d like to book one of our hair & makeup artists, please email us for their rates and availability. If you color your hair, remember to have it touched up. You may also want to have your nails done in case we shoot some close-ups of you holding your little one’s hand, or something similar.

We can’t wait to see all of our Mommy’s and your little ones. These are such special sessions and I can’t wait to capture beautiful images for you. Remember that having your photo taken should be fun, please don’t stress too much. Do your best to get everyone ready and then be ready to have some fun with us! No matter what happens we will get great photos, I always do.

And if you haven’t booked your session with us yet, we have a few Celebrate Motherhood Mini Sessions left. Click below for more information:

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Casey’s Family Maternity Portraits at Home

There is something so simple, lovely, and serene about a maternity session at home. There’s no stress of getting ready to go, driving in traffic to get to a location on time. You just get ready and I arrive. So easy, which is ideal when there is a big brother who might not be so excited about taking photos. But this little one did great, just hanging out with Mom & Dad at home.

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