Ice Cream Adventures – Afters Ice Cream Pasadena

Confession: I’m a workaholic. I absolutely love what I do, so I have a tendency to prefer working over pretty much anything else. Which is why when someone recently asked what I did for fun, I didn’t really have an answer. “Well, I watch Netflix and eat ice cream with my husband after the kids are in bed.” To which she responded, “So, you don’t ever go and do anything” Ummmm, yeah no, I really don’t. And the, “wow, that’s sad” look on her face made me think that maybe I should start doing something. So I spent some time thinking about the things I enjoy that Josh and the kids might enjoy too. And that’s when I came up with the Ice Cream Adventure.

Ice Cream is truly one of my great joys in life, I prefer it over any other treat, just a small scoop of that rich creamy deliciousness and I am one happy lady. So I decided that we would spend our weekends taste testing the very best ice cream shops L.A. has to offer meanwhile checking out some parts of the city we don’t get to visit often enough.

I started with some research on what were considered the best in town and I created a Google Map as a guide for us to use on our weekend adventures. We started in Pasadena at Afters Ice Cream.


Afters is a vintage gas station turned into an ice cream stand.

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They are known for their Milk Bun Ice Cream Sandwich, picture a cookie ice cream sandwich but instead of cookies doughnuts! Eleanor had one and loved it!


I’m an ice cream purist though, I prefer just a scoop nothing extra. I couldn’t decide on just one so I a scoop of the Jasmine Milk Tea and the Vietnamese Coffee. Both were amazing!

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Josh had the mint monster, Eleanor had Cookie Monster and George had the Blueberry Acai. All were really tasty! This place is going to be tough to top!

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Check out our ice cream map to follow our adventures and try some of L.A.’s best ice cream for yourself:

Celebrate Motherhood – Spring Mini Sessions

Motherhood is an experience like no other. It is a gift and a challenge. As mothers, we are the nurturers, the hands to hold, the soft place to fall. Every day we teach, protect, empower, and inspire. We are strength and compassion, loving our children with everything we have.

Motherhood is precious and should be remembered, but I know that as a mother myself I am always on the other side of the camera. I am capturing memories, but I am missing from so many of those moments. When my children look back at the photos of their childhood they will know I was there, but they won’t see the way they made me laugh, smile, and radiate with pride. They won’t see that look of pure love in my eyes.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to be guilty of this. Most of us shy away from the camera and are so busy making the memories for our children that we aren’t captured in them. It is time to change that. This is your moment to step in front of the camera and turn the overwhelming love you have for your children into a work of art that can hang on your wall for years to come. I want to help you do that.

It’s time for our popular, Celebrate Motherhood Mini Sessions.

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

Sessions will be held on Saturday April 22nd with studio sessions available in the morning and special outdoor WILDFLOWER sessions in the afternoon. Session Fee is $95 to book, portrait collections begin at $225. Portraits will be delivered by Mother’s Day!

Contact us now for more information and to book.

Do it now before they grow any bigger. You don’t get this time in their lives back. This time when Mommy was the most important person in the world to them.

Thank You for a Beautiful 2016!

Every year, on New Year’s Day, I go through my very favorite images from each of the previous year’s sessions and I create a very special slideshow as a huge thank you to all of our clients! In 2016 we met a lot of new families and had the amazing pleasure of photographing so many of our regular clients. It’s one of my greatest joys getting to watch all of your little ones grow up. These images fill my heart with joy and gratitude to each and every one of you. It is because of you that I am able to run the business of my dreams!

2016 was a year of hard work, some small set-backs and failures, but ever greater successes! We photographed 101 families with 66 babies & 160 kids. The year began slower than normal, but ended with a fall that was twice as busy as the year before! And in the midst of the busy season I had a health scare that inconvenienced some clients and made my work load even heavier. I want to thank all of the wonderfully kind, patient and understanding families who we had to reschedule. I am thankful to report that I am strong and healthy going into 2017. My body may have just been telling me that I need to remember to drink more water, get more sleep,and take a break once in a while.

I am an admitted work-aholic, always struggling against my impulses to overfill my plate. To save me from myself, I added a few new members to our team to help with our growth this year. Not only did we have a full shooting schedule but I also taught a workshop, an online class with @clickinmoms, and mentored a few other photographers. AND after an almost two year search for the right space we moved into our first commercial STUDIO!

I can’t wait to see what the year ahead holds for us. We plan to shoot more, teach more, play more, and laugh more! Bring me your babies!

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