Posts in Category: babes

Sweet baby chub

Never take it for granted, this fleeting delight.

Sweet baby chub.

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Look at this smiling baby!


I’m so lucky and so grateful that I get to call photographing you and your families my work! It’s an honor and a pleasure to come into your homes and meet your families and get to see you love on each other.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you’d like me to come photograph you and your loved ones, give me a shout! SoCal, I’ll be coming your way soon, so keep an eye out for dates!

and baby makes three…

I got to photograph one of my favorite people on Earth, Joann, AND her sweet family a few weeks back. I’m SOOO happy looking at these images. I just love them.

Best believe there are more from this session coming up on the blog. Soon!!



Ready to book your portrait session? Send me an email and tell me everything about your lovely family! 😀



Baby’s breath


Thursday’s mama

Show Mama Some Love

Happy Tuesday! Like I mentioned yesterday, every day this week I’ll be posting an image of mama love so we can all get in the right frame of mind for Mother’s day this Sunday. Because how can you not when you see all this love beaming out?!

Are you ready? Have you planned some special way to show the mama in your life some love? You know you want to!


5 ways to prepare for your portrait session

So you’ve booked your portrait session and you’re super excited about your session. Yay! You’re finally going to get some amazing portraits. And then the nerves set in a little. Maybe you should have waited until you lost weight or had more money or had finished decluttering or… there’s always a reason not to, isn’t there?

Well, fear not. I’m going to share five ways you can prepare for your session which will hopefully leave you feeling more relaxed and confident about what’s about to happen!!!






Make a list of questions to ask your photographer, don’t be shy! Or better yet, send that list of questions in an email. Get all the information you need to feel prepared and secure about the process. Many photographers send clients an information packet after booking that answers frequently asked questions. If yours doesn’t, have a look at their blog, facebook page or twitter and then ASK your questions!




Schedule your session with care. Pick a time of day when everyone is rested and well fed, and there’s nothing else to rush off to. That way everyone can relax and focus on enjoying each other instead of watching the clock! If your shoot involves styling or props, make sure you have time enough to get everything together without feeling rushed.




Focus on what you can control – make sure everyone involved knows what to expect, has an outfit picked out and that you’ve talked about what you want to do with the images. Bring as much or as little as you like to the session, whatever works. You could bring toys, props and clothing options or simply come in whatever you’re wearing.




You’ve done your research, reviewed the portfolio and chosen to fork over your hard earned cash to this person. Trust that your photographer will capture images that delight you.




Don’t worry, keep breathing. We’ll make amazing portraits. You and yours just have a good time together and really take the opportunity to enjoy each other, and let your photographer work her magic!

Hope that helps. If you’ve got any questions, give me a shout!


Katie + Justin + Marcus + Kaelyn




Katie & Justin (and Marcus & Kaelyn),

Meeting your family affirmed how lucky I feel to get to do this – meet beautiful families and take gorgeous portraits of them! The morning flew by and your spontaneity and connection to each other and your precious children was just a treasure to be around. And I felt like I’d always known you. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, if only for a few hours. Hope you adore these as much as I do!



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baby feet. five ways.

Protected: Melanyann + Eric + Pryor

Is there anything better than tiny little baby feet?

Waiting for baby.

brother and sister.

So many sessions to share with you! I’m still sick but thankfully, well on the mend. I even managed to drag myself out of bed AND the house yesterday for a few hours when we ventured into the city. I’ll post about that adventure later.

For now, I just want to leave you with a preview from a super sweet family portrait session. It was my favourite kind- there was so much love and connection there, I felt full being a part of it.

So. A taste of what’s to come.



Everytime Chésaweh has seen these pictures, he’s pointed and said, ‘that’s me. and that’s my baby sister.’ Obviously it isn’t, but it makes me smile because I think he’s saying, ‘that could be me. and that could be my baby sister.’ 😀 Here’s the whole love-ly family, smooching on the littlest one! mwah!



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