A Land Rover Defender + a gorgeous family

This was my 4th year in a row shooting this amazing family……and seriously, i’m always a sucker for a rad vehicle thrown into a shoot! As always, I showed up and they were dressed perfectly, but this year they weren’t sure to shoot, and they decided at the last minute to shoot up around their neighborhood in Laguna Beach. We definitely scrambled for locations (you should have seen up driving and speed walking from place to place haha), and lost light quickly towards the end, but we still got plenty of beautiful shots and definitely had our share of laughs. Oh and I got permission to post a “holiday card”-esque shot! :) I’m sure many people look at my blog/site and wonder if I take any photos where everyone is looking/smiling. The answer is yes. Although it’s not always my favorite (I prefer more lifestyle shots, which is why I don’t showcase those type of photos), especially around this time of year, I do try and make sure to get those shots. Oh and yes, I get plenty of smiles from everyone as well, but just like rad vehicles, i’m a sucker for serious model poses….and trust me, these kids can rock them like nobody’s business.

I take this shot of them every year ;)

Kruz (1) and family

I can’t believe this little guy is 1 already! Didn’t I *just* do his gorgeous mama’s maternity photos and his newborn pics?? Time is seriously flying! Poor Kruz is teething like crazy, so since he was happiest with his pacifier or fingers in his mouth, we had to try and work really sneakily to remove the pacifier and/or fingers to get shots before the sad lip appeared hahaha. Luckily we still got smiles as well…and oh my goodness, when he had cake for the very first time it was HILARIOUS. He is SO stinkin’ cute!….and I can’t handle those chubs!! He also has the best big brother and sister who were so helpful and sweet (as they always are) during the shoot. Again, no family pics so I don’t ruin the surprise of any holiday cards, but we got plenty :) Here are just a few teasers from our session.

“Give me my cake….”

“YES!!!! I’m one suckas!!”

Another year with one of my favorite families!

This was session number *6* with this awesome family! I’ve been photographing them since Luca (who will be 6 in February!) was just a few days old! I’m very lucky to meet new clients, but i’m even more lucky to have amazing clients like these who have stayed with me for all these years. It’s amazing to arrive to a shoot and have kiddos run up and give you hugs. Luca was adorable and said “Sorry, my face is a little dirty. I was at school all day”. It was the cutest thing. Honestly, these two gorgeous boys could be covered in MUD and still be adorable. Rhys (almost 3) and his little smile….oh boy! He kept coming up to me during the shoot and hugging my leg. Love, love, LOVE these boys and love that i’ve been able to watch them grow :)
Here are just a few teasers (and again, no shots that might possibly be holiday card photos ;) We got plenty!!!)

Owen (3) and Zoey (16 months)

I knew this shoot would be awesome when these two little ones greeted me with smiles and “hi”‘s immediately. Owen, however, completely stole my heart. I’m not joking, just about a minute after meeting me, as we were walking to our first location, he says to me “I’ve really missed you”. His mom and I looked at each other and laughed a bit and his mom said “But Owen, this is your first time meeting her”, and he said “Yeah, but i’ve really missed her”. HAHAHAHAHA. Throughout the shoot he was just full of personality and laughs. Not long into the shoot he asked if he could hold my hand (which a lot of kids ask to do. Maybe it’s because I look big and cuddly? haha)…and again, my heart melted. Adorable little Zoey was quite into exploring, as most little ones her age are. Once they learn how to walk/run….there isn’t much they want to stay still for. The trickiest part about the shoot was the mix of sun and clouds every 2 seconds it seemed. Every time I got my settings perfect…BAM…a cloud (or the sun) would come back and I would have to rush back to change them again. This family was awesome though! As usual with this time of year, I won’t be posting as many sneak peeks, and I won’t be posting any shots (for instance any everyone looking/smiling – which I did get a ton of with this beautiful family!) that might possibly be used for any holiday cards.

Happy camper (Elijah Phoenix turns 1)

It seems like just yesterday I was taking this little guy’s newborn photos. Yep, our nephew is officially 1 now (as of September 17th) and is one of the most quiet, cute and mellow babies ever! Since they were late to the shoot, and we were losing light quickly (and they had a dinner party to go to), I only had about 30 minutes to work with….but luckily Elijah is a super easy going baby (especially considering he was asleep when they got there – most babies would freak out), so all went awesome for what turned out to be a mini session. Oh and the teepee was made for his birthday party (which was on Saturday) so it was perfect for the shoot as well. Check this cutie out. Soon he’ll be walking and talking…..and before they blink he’ll be 2!