Mo’s Maternity Session at the Beach

When Mo, my friend and tattoo artist, told me she was pregnant I was thrilled. I’ve wanted to photograph her for awhile and her maternity session was the perfect opportunity! We headed to Leo Carillo Beach in Malibu to photograph these stunning maternity portraits.

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When we arrived I was a little disappointed. Instead of a beautiful golden sunset we were met with drab grey skies. Definitely not my favorite. But when we got onto the beach, I looked at Mo, in her beautiful mauve gown, standing against the dark water and grey sky and it looked absolutely perfect! And when a little bit of light came out and the clouds started to show just enough sky, I knew that I would love these images.

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And just 16 hours after I took my last shot, their little girl was born. It turns out those uncomfortable little cramps she was feeling on the ride, were not from the bumps in the road. I believe this was the least amount of time I’ve ever had between one Mama’s maternity and newborn session. I’ll be sharing her newborn photos soon.

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Newborn Madeline at Home – Baby’s First Year

I felt so emotional driving to see this family for their second baby’s newborn portraits. I thought that I might cry as soon as I saw them, but I managed to keep it together.

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I had photographed big sister, Sam’s Baby’s First Year sessions. She had some challenging, and at times scary, medical problems throughout her first year that I had continued to follow closely on Mama’s Facebook page since I last saw them at Sam’s one year old session almost two years ago. She’s doing really well now, but it was a difficult few years for this family, who are some of the kindest but toughest people I know.

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I was thrilled to hear that they were expecting a new little girl and that I would get to spend another year with them.

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We were finalizing dates for Mama’s maternity session when Madeline decided to come early. So instead we planned for her newborn portraits. And I had the pleasure of photographing these beautiful lifestyle newborn portraits at home.

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Big sister Sam did such an amazing job with her new little sister! She made what is usually a difficult part of the session, getting toddler siblings to cooperate, so easy.

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I am so happy that I get to spend another Baby’s First Year with this beautiful family.

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Declan’s One Year Old Portraits at LACMA – Baby’s First Year

This lovely family was getting the kids ready to meet me for little Declan’s one year old portraits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, meanwhile I was at home packing my gear. I heard a scream and then crying from my kitchen. My 8-year-old daughter had accidentally sliced a huge gash into her arm with a pair of kitchen shears while trying to cut the plastic off the top of an ice cream carton (without asking permission I should add). So I quickly called the family who were very kind and understanding and then rushed her to the hospital to get two little stitches. (She would want me to mention that she was very brave and didn’t cry or anything while she was getting her stitches.)

Luckily, both the family and I were available to reschedule for the following weekend. And it turned out to be an amazing session on a perfect sun-drenched Southern California day.

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