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Audra & Family
I shot Audra’s maternity portraits a few months ago and was recently able to photograph baby Raelee for the first time. This slideshow includes all of the portraits from the recent baby portrait photography session, as well as a few of my favorites from the maternity session. I wanted to make sure I captured some of Tyler too so they could have matching portraits. We tried to get some of both kids, but as you can see Raelee was not having it.
I love these kids!! I’m sure ya’ll will see plenty more pictures of these two in the years to come.
VALERIE & SHAWN
Valerie and Shawn love Disneyland. Shawn actually proposed to Valerie on Main St. in Disneyland which is why we chose this as their engagement photography location. We spent about four hours running around riding rides and taking pictures in Disneyland and California Adventure.
The first two photographs here were taken in California Adventure. For the second photograph I had them dance in the middle of the street in the Hollywood land. I had my long lens on so I was able to get up close to them without them feeling like they were being watched with a giant camera. Sometimes I like to have my couple do fun things like dancing for no reason. It’s silly and fun and it usually brings about genuine smiles on their faces like the ones you see here
NEW FREEDOM JEWELRY
I was lucky enough to be able to work with New Freedom Jewelry and to offer them my photography services to help create this ad for them. Their story was featured in Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine with the ad to raise awareness of what the foundation does.
Here is a little bit about them…
It really is a fantastic organization. Please purchase jewelry from them to support the organization.
How cute is this kid? (The answer is soooo cute!) We took Fischer and his mother out to a regional park in Irvine, CA that is so beautiful. We played with Fischer and let him walk/crawl around while we captured his expressions. I had this brilliant idea to create a fall atmosphere where the giant leaves fell around him. Josh and I went out to our friend’s house early on the morning of the photo shoot to collect giant leaves. When we got there the family was just waking up. When they let their dog out he jumped up on Josh’s leg to say hello and ended up peeing all over him. I’m not talking about a little bit of pee when the dog gets excited. This was a full morning puppy pee. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the clients never see.
Okay, so this idea of mine ended up being a bit of a disaster. I admit it wasn’t that brilliant. In half the images I took the leaves covered Fischer’s face. In the other half of the images he was watching them fall or chasing after them. This image here is the best one we got. I still think it is a cute idea and I do want to try it again.
In this image Fischer had began to cry and his mother came to the rescue. Just after she picked him up the tears faded away and I captured this adorable image. It reminds me of images of my dad back in the 60′s when he was a baby. Timeless images are the best!
This one here was taken toward the end of the shoot. At this point he was getting tired and we had already brought out the snacks. Now it was time for the bubbles. Bubbles are awesome! Most kids completely forget that they are upset or tired as soon as they see bubbles. The key here is to wait until you really need them to bring them out, otherwise you risk having the child get bored.
Every once and awhile Jamie Michele and I get together for fashion photography shoots. It’s so much for us to hang out and be creative together. This time we decided to do a 1940′s fashion shoot at the circle in Orange, California.
In this shot I wanted a lighthearted look. I positioned the camera so I could capture a slight sun flare that gives it the sunny glow. Jessica, our model, came up with great facial expressions like the one you see here. I love Jessica’s beautiful eyes that light up in each shot – a photographers dream.
When I go to a new location I try to find areas that match the vibe I’m going for. For 1940′s I thought the fountain would be perfect. In this shot I was going for the idea that this woman was out enjoying a day of sun. I love the big glasses.
This last shot was taken just after we sat down for a cappuccino break at a local sidewalk cafe. I wanted to capture the idea that Jessica was out for a day of shopping when we captured a beautiful smile on her face. The photo shoot was so much fun! Jessica did an awesome job modeling for us an Jamie, as usual, did an amazing job on makeup.