Another visit from Reia (8) and Zoe (10) from Shanghai!

It’s been a few years since the last time I saw this beautiful family. They live in Shanghai, but often spend summers here in California. Reia and Zoe are such sweet little girls. Quite giggly and silly, especially Reia, but also great at going into “model mode”. Such gorgeous little girls. I traveled up to Irvine for their shoot and the weather ended up being quite perfect. As you can see, at the verrrry end of the shoot we finally got the perfect “golden light” (so for those who wonder why photographers like to shoot right before sunset….now you know why we push to shoot so late ;) Of course this only works on perfect sunny days though).

Olivia (6 months) and family, visiting from Houston, TX

Before I start with this beautiful family, let me first apologize for my lack of blogging since mid-late January (eek!). I always take time off around the holidays (Christmas/New Years), but after that things got crazy. Besides shoots and PJ going back to school after winter break, I was prepping for a trip (getting shots, buying/packing, etc), my husband was gone on a work trip for a week, PJ started club soccer (which means practice twice a week, as well as tournaments), PJ did a few shoots for Old Navy (which meant many days up in LA), then I was gone to Thailand (Krabi and Bangkok) and Taiwan (Taipei) for 17 days on vacation. When I returned it was nearing the end of the school year and I was the room mom for PJ’s class, so there was a lot of planning to do for Teacher Appreciation Week, end of the year field trips, activities, and of course our end of year party. On top of these things, I also had my nephew’s high school graduation/party, plus all of my regular daily life stuff….so yeah, I apologize, but planning to get back to the swing of things :)

Back to this gorgeous fam….

Adorable Olivia and her family were in town visiting from Texas. During the week of their vacation, it happened to be during “non San Diego weather”. We had very unusual weather due to a storm off of the coast of Baja, so instead of our typical sunny skies and dry heat, we had days of on and off torrential downpour, constant gloom/overcast, heat, and worst of all….humidity. Our friend was here and staying with us from Seattle, and I joked that he and my clients brought their weather with them!

Anyway, luckily on the day of our shoot we didn’t get any rain, but the gloom, heat and humidity was still in full force. Thank goodness these clients were used to this kind of weather and didn’t let it bother them. I arrived at their hotel room and they were dressed perfectly. I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE when people dress up for shoots, so when I arrived and they were dressed up, it was so perfect. They looked awesome! Little Olivia isn’t sitting up quite yet, so that stage can be a little tricky, but she was such a trooper throughout the shoot and gave us lots of smiles. We ended the session at the beach (and the weather had gotten even gloomier there, complete with an overlay of ocean mist/fog), and not too long into it, miss Olivia fell fast asleep in her daddy’s arms. It was the perfect ending to our shoot.

Favorite 14 of 2014!

Since I started Lot116 back in 2007, i’ve always done a post with my favorite images of the year. My posts would have been a mile long if I didn’t set a number, so i’ve always set the number based on the year, so for instance, the first year was 7 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 9 in 2009 and so on. It blows my mind to be posting my “Favorite 14 of 2014″! Those first few years it was SO hard to pick just 7 or 8, so at least now I get to pick a good amount of photos, yet it still is crazy hard, and I always have to enlist the help of others to help to narrow it down at the end.

Before I post, I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of my clients.
Thank you for trusting me with your families (and my sometimes silly and/or crazy ideas).
Thank you for choosing me (when there are a million other photographers in the world).
Thank you to those who i’ve had the honor of photographing for years and years (I love being “part of your family” and watching your children grow).
Thank you for everything! I truly appreciate you all!
- xoxo, Julie

A late holiday post from Lot116

I posted these on my Lot116 Facebook page, but wanted to post here as well. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Our holiday card this year….

This was another 5 minute shoot just in front of our house. No snow or sleds here…..so in SD, we make-do with skateboards ;)

New Years card…

Since there was snow up at my sister’s area (Temecula!) on New Years Eve, we headed up to check it out. In between throwing snowballs, making a “snow cat” (instead of a snowman) for her teacher…who loves cats, and writing names in the snow, we did a “New Year’s shoot” even faster than our holiday card shoot. Yep….30 seconds and done :) haha…and I didn’t even bother to edit the photo at all.

At home with Grant

The last time I saw this little guy he was just 9 months old. He’s 2 now and has grown so much! At our last shoot, he wasn’t walking yet, so he just sat and smiled….and smiled…. and smiled some more the whole shoot (haha). This time it was a bit trickier ;) Grant wasn’t so sure about having photos taken this time, and also has some alphabet letters that he is really attached to (especially his dear letter “O”), so his alphabet letters were a part of the whole shoot. It’s ok though, we agreed that one day they would look back and realize that these letters were part of his life at this age/stage, so just like a security blanket or favorite toy, I don’t mind having them in photos at all (and they didn’t either)….and hey, much better to have an extra item/toys in photos rather than an unhappy kiddo ;) I still got (cropped) a few without the letter anyway ;) We did the shoot at their home in their amazing backyard, which had the coolest full basketball court, a pool (which we didn’t shoot since it was gated off for Grant’s safety) and golf putting green. They are also currently getting ready to build a fort/play structure for Grant. He is one lucky kiddo and I told them that all the kids are going to be begging to go play at their house all the time! Such a fun place!