365 project-March 2019/San Diego Portrait Photography/personal

So out of 30 days I only have 10 images for the month of March, I’m thinking I should put a reminder in my phone to take a photo a day. I’ve noticed doing this project has made me pay attention to details and thinking outside of the box or my norm of shooting.

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March 1st 2019- a visit to the plant store to pick out some new plant babies. River named one “Charlie”

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March 3rd-Smiley boy

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March 4th-”I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be”

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March 7th-Always dancing

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March 8th-Details I don’t ever want to forget. I can’t wait to recreate this photo when they are older.

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March 15th- Watching her do these simple things that she loves, like painting or drawing, makes me so happy.

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March 18th- Morning cartoons

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March 20th-Visits from Nonnie are always fun.

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March 24th- Warm days

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March 25th- Spending the day with cousins, playing at the park

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March 30th- Visiting grandma and grandpa in Redding, making new memories over spring break.

Sophia and Aria //San Diego Maternity Photography //Mommy and Me

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”

Becoming a Mom 6 years ago has been the biggest blessing and most rewarding jobs ever. This lovely mama is about to have not one, not two, but three beautiful girls to mother. I’m so happy I was able to capture such a special time for Sophia with her oldest daughter, Aria. I remember wanting to soak up every minute with my first before my second was born.

This beautiful, intimate mother daughter session has inspired me to do so many more sessions like this in the studio. I have an opportunity for these on May 4th, I’m hosting Mother’s Day mini sessions. Spots are filling up quick and I would love to be able to give this beautiful gift to as many mamas as possible. There is a button at the bottom of this post to inquire about booking.

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Click this button to inquire about booking for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions!

Click this button to inquire about booking for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions!

365 project- February 2019, Christy Golder Photography

February is one of those months that seems to always fly by! We had our first real snow fall and then at the end of the month we visited one of our favorite family’s in Idaho to attend a wedding. I love being able to capture the little things that happen in each day.

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February 1st Just a slow morning watching my girl do crafts by the fire.

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February 4th Building forts on a rainy day

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February 5th On a drive up in the Laguna Mountains in the fog.

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February 6th Our first dusting of snow this year!

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February 7th Morning routines. Sitting on the couch texting good morning messages to Papa.

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February 10th Making Valentines Day cookies

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February 11th Spider-man filling in for Papa.

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February 13th One of those days I slowed down and just snuggled with my girl in her bed, the lighting in her room was catching all of her beauty.

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February 15th goofy kiddos, this girl is always dancing.

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February 17th Watching the rain, awaiting the snow

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February 18th This boy gets soooo excited for snow, he’s obsessed

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February 20th Airport hangs. Getting ready to take off for Idaho.

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February 21st “Mama, I want to eat all the snow, but don’t ever eat the yellow snow!”

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February 24th I love photographing horses any chance I get, they are just so beautiful and majestic!

Carly-Cake Smash

Oh how quickly that first year goes by! I love capturing first birthday photos, especially when cake is involved. This session was shot in the studio using a few different setups, I always recommend shooting some in a cute outfit before cake is put in front of your little, this way we get more than one look for the session!

I love to capture this special birthday, click the link down below to get more information!

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Copeland Family

Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; its defined by commitment and love. It means showing up when they need it most. It means having each other’s backs. It means choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other!
— Dave Willis

I have been photographing the Copeland family since their oldest was just a little newborn. I am so honored to be trusted with each and every family I capture. I adore shooting families and realize how incredibly important it is to capture each stage. I strive for my photos to tell more than words can. My goal at each session is to capture you just as you are, come as you are.

These images will be cherished when your littles have littles of their own. Often times looking back at my own family photos has brought so much appreciation and I am reminded what is the most important thing in my life when my eyes gets blurry and I lose focus.

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365 Project

One of my goals this year was to take more photos of our everyday life as a family. Not only to document such a precious year as my littles grow up but to stretch and grow my photography skills. Best decision, I can’t tell you how precious these photos are to me. I haven’t put too much pressure on myself, I only took 14 out of the first 31 days of 2019…….grace. I also need to jot down a little note for each image so I don’t forget why I took a particular frame and what it means to me.

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JANUARY 1st We drove up to Laguna Mountain to find snow.

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JANUARY 3rd FOCUSED. Some rare alone time with my boy while sister was at preschool, playing a new favorite game.

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JANUARY 4th A big milestone for our 6 year old, first tooth lost!

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JANUARY 5th nightly routine of getting ready for bed, brushing teeth and hair.

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JANUARY 6th Rain

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JANUARY 7th self portrait

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JANUARY 9th hike with friends after the rain.

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JANUARY 16th working on homework.

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JANUARY 20th Legos on a a Sunday morning.

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JANUARY 23rd My girl, my muse. Doing some creative photos.

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JANUARY 24th morning cuddles before school.

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JANUARY 26th dancing before ballet class

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JANUARY 28th not a fan of electronics but at least they are together….

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JANUARY 29th Evening walk after school, one of my favorite things about where we live.

Christmas Minis

Christmas Minis are here!! Bring your littles into the studio for some adorable pictures to get in the Christmas spirit! We'll have some yummy Christmas cookies, music and the cutest setup. 

Price $165

 (up to 4 littles per time slot)

What you get

30 minute session

15 images on digital file

1 5x7 of your favorite print

(other prints sold separately) 

Studio is located in Pine Valley CA. Must be paid at time of booking to reserve time slot, non-refundable but can be put towards a future shoot date. 

How to book

Fill out form below and check desired time slot, contract will then be emailed to you to pay and sign. Once that is taken care of your all set!!!

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Corrao Family

It's been a minute since I've blogged, this family session was one that I wanted to get up on the blog asap! We had so much fun shooting, mama was super prepared with some adorable props for her girl and I'm so happy they chose to do photos in my neighborhood!
My fam is getting ready to wake up at 2am and drive to Idaho for a vaca!! I'm pretty excited to have more time with my people, visiting framily plus I'm getting my photos done!!!
Here's to an amazing week!! 






















I can't get enough of this cuteness! 

If your wanting to get your family photos done, please reach out! The fall season is almost here and I'm filling up with sessions already!
I'd love to capture some beautiful memories for you. 

5 tips on how to plan for photos with kids

As a Mom, you try to be prepared as possible with your littles everyday. You can anticipate their needs and be ready with things such as snacks, diapers, activities, the list can go on and on. 
When booking and planning for photos with your kids you may not know what to expect. 
I've put together my top five list of tips on how to prepare and go through a session with kids smoothly and as stress free as possible. 

ONE.
Pick a session time that is ideal for your kids. Most photographers will suggest and say they recommend sunset hour (golden hour) and while I prefer that time of day for lighting I also understand that it may be too close to bedtime for your littles. If that's the case they will probably not be in their best moods that time of day, then I would recommend an early morning or sometime after nap time and we can still get some beautifully lite photos. 
This photo was taken in the middle of the day, the light is a little more harsh but its still a great shot! 

  
Two.
choose outfits that are comfortable and easy for kids to move around in. Both of my kids are sensitive to tags and certain fabrics. Therefore I know they will complain if there is a itchy tag in their shirts or an uncomfortable waist band on pants. I'm obsessed with flower crowns but I also know that not every little girl is going to be ok with wearing one. It's always worth a try but don't force something otherwise there might be lots of tears in photos. 

Three.
Plan to bring something fun to play with or an activity that your kids will enjoy! Bubbles, a picnic, a favorite stuffed animal, a fun game such as ring around the rosie or dancing are always a fun way to get kids distracted if they are over it or starting to throw a fit. During a session I will always suggest a fun game like peek a boo or dancing to get some giggles.



Four.
SNACKS! Kids can eat none stop, sometimes I like to take a break in the middle of a session for a quick snack! Remember to bring something that won't stain faces or clothes. I also suggest bringing or offering some kind of treat at the end of the session. I'm not against bribing kids for great photos, sometimes it works like a charm!!

FIVE.
Go with the flow.
At the end of the day kids will be kids. We can't always predict their mood changes and even though it can be frustrating we can't flip a switch and turn it off, even though that would be awesome! Of course we all want "the perfect shot" with everyone smiling and looking at the camera. I'd say most if not all of my sessions I can at least get one of those in your gallery.





Some of my favorite images are the in between moments, the candids, everything may not be going exactly the way you pictured it but the moment, together, is being captured and honestly as a mom I'm so grateful for every image of me with my kiddos.



If you are interested in a session I'd love to chat more!!


Life Lately-personal post

Hi!! Hope your having a fabulous thursday! Mine is going great except for the fact that I have a cold, but I'm sitting on the couch all morning with coffee in hand working, so I can't complain too much ;) 
It's been so long since I've done a personal post, I love being able to look back at these to see how much has changed and how much my babies have grown. 
Hunter had his spring break about a week ago and got 2 whole weeks off from school! We had a few days out and about doing fun things but mostly stayed home. We had fun Easter morning going through the kids baskets and getting ready for Easter at my mother in laws.





I was feeling inspired by a Pinterest find and decided to make these dirt cupcakes with chocolate covered strawberries, they were delish and super cute right!?! 










Went to visit my big bro in Temecula one day! How adorable is my niece?!





Hunter has been doing soccer for the spring season and so far likes it, here's some photos at one of his saturday games.
Its pretty cute watching all these 4-6 year olds chasing after this ball, there's basically no white lines when your this little. 







River has been loving her ballet classes and is getting really good! 




She has also become quite the chicken whisperer, which is major progress from when we first brought these girls home. She asks me a couple times a day "Mama, can we go check on the baby chicks?" its pretty cute. We finished the coop this past weekend, except for a few minor things that need to be done in the future. I will post more pictures of that soon because it turned out super adorable!!


Culver Family-Extended Family Session

Goodmorning!!! I can't believe its been so long since I blogged last, time flies when your having fun! 
I'm sitting here in my dining room, sipping my coffee, writing this blog post as my two littles sit next to me drawing and talking about what they are drawing/ coloring to eachother. This right here is my happy place, its not always easy and I could complain about how much they don't get along, are sometimes super defiant or how many chores I have to do and things that are on my to do list. Instead I'm sitting here content because I am so incredibly blessed and I don't want to take that for granted.


I had the best experience with this extended family at their session and it ended 2017 leaving me feeling so happy that I get to do this!! Capturing the connection, the love, the special lifelong bond that families share is something I still and will always cherish.

Here is the Culver family, most of them live in Hawaii (rough life huh?!) they came out to california for Christmas and reached out about a family session in my mountains!! 
We had such a fun time laughing, everyone was just super easy going and really just enjoyed their time together, even with all three little ones! 
Culver family thank you again for having me document your beautiful family and capture some pretty special memories.  

























Kleinertz Family - in home newborn session

Shooting in home newborn family sessions (whew, thats a mouthfull) gives me allll the feels!  The Kleinertz family invited me into their sweet home and introduced me to their brand new baby boy, Remy. How cute is that name!?! Keep scrolling to see more of this adorable family plus I wrote a few tips when planning your in home newborn session.

Thank you again Kleinertz family for having me in your home to capture this special time for your beautiful family. 



I wanted to share a few tips when planning an in home newborn session that might help prepare and give you ideas when planning for yours!
When to plan your session? I recommend within the first, at least, three weeks after baby is born. You want to wait until after you have been home and settled for a few days from the hospital but don't wait too long, babies tend to stop sleeping all day long and will get into routines and begin to be more fussy on a daily basis, sorry new mamas! I have shot plenty of one month old babies in their homes and it goes well so please don't let this detour you, its only my recommendation. 





Make sure baby is fed and has a clean diaper before your photographer arrives. Have any other family members dressed and ready before this as well. It's a good idea, if you have other littles to make sure their bellies are full before your session. 








What to wear for an in home session? I always recommend some comfy clothes when doing an in home session! It's typically not the session to pick out those fancy dresses or have your guy in slacks. I recommend starting with Mom, when you are comfortable and feeling good in what your wearing it shines through in the photos. Pick colors and patterns that would compliment your homes decor! I prefer a neutral palette but if you like bright bold colors than you do you! Remember when dressing a family, matchy matchy doesn't work and is a little old fashioned. Think coordinating, choose 2-3 colors and work with what you have. You can mix patterns as long as they compliment eachother. 









You don't need to have a gorgeous designer home to do an in home session. All a photographer needs is a space next to a door, window with good lighting and we will work our magic. I've even moved peoples furniture around to get just the right angle or wall I want to use. So please don't let this stop you from doing an in home session. Nothing beats the comfort and cozy of your own home and to have that captured in photos with the ones you love will be something you will cherish forever. 













Aurora's first birthday

I was so happy when my girl Jenn reached out to me about shooting her daughter's first birthday!! Little one's grow up so fast and its such a priveledge to be able to capture it for others!  We did a cake smash session in the studio with the most beautiful and tasiest cakes I've ever had, made by one of my neighbors!! She does cakes on the side, let me know if you want her info!
I set this all up with all things pink, of course, and it turned out so cute!!











A couple weeks later was birthday girls unicorn party. Props to her mama for putting this together!! Planning parties is no joke! 

Finley family, I hope these photos bring you joy and fond memories looking back as she grows each year. Congrats on making it through the first year with your beautiful daughter!










Finley family

I had the great opportunity to capture so many families in 2017, I honestly feel so blessed to get asked to do this! An old friend reached out to me for a family session as well as first birthday photos for their beautiful little girl. Finley family, thank you again for entrusting me with such special memories! 


















Thomason Family

Thomason Family, thank you so much for trusting me with capturing some beautiful, special photos for you to cherish. Nichole has quickly become one of my close friends since meeting her about a year ago, bonus; we're pretty much neighbors!! Ok, well not that close but they too live in our little mountain town of Pine Valley so we took advantage of our gorgeous surroundings and shot up the hill from their house! I absolutely love capturing the connection between a family and feel so blessed to be able to do so for friends. 























Pumpkin Patch

So we've been talking about wanting to take a drive up to Julian, CA during the fall season. Spontaneously Saturday morning we hit the road early, even taking the back road, to get there! 
There's something about being spontaneous and adventurous, some of my favorite memories were unplanned. 
So glad I decided to bring my real camera to document. 

If you look close you can see our little town of Pine Valley in this first photo!

















South Family

This family is so near and dear to me and this session is one of my favorites from this year. I've been photographing the South fam since little Logan was just a tiny newborn. He has grown into a sweet boy with a funny personality and so full of energy!! 
Thank you again for trusting me with such precious memories. 





























Brylee-first birthday

This sweet girl just celebrated her first birthday! I had the pleasure of doing a cake smash session in the studio with her, then we headed to our local park for a few photos outside with the flower crown I made her. 
I love capturing little ones at this age, although she wasn't feeling very well this day I think we got some cute shots of her with the help of her mama and grandma. You can never predict little one's mood for the day, sometimes you have to just go with the flow. 

Happy First Birthday Brylee!!






















Lake Tahoe

Well I can finally check Lake Tahoe off my bucket list! I can't wait to go back again, maybe next year?! There was so much to see and do and great for families. We explored Cascade lake waterfall, Popes and Sand Harbor beaches, Truckee River, the local farmers market, plus had a gorgeous/huge mansion for all 20 plus of my hubby's extended family. 









On our last day there we learned there was a black bear just hanging out all day in our neighbors tree!! Its hard to see but its in the middle tree.






















My favorite spot on our trip was east Lake Tahoe in Sand Harbor beach. The water there was unbelievably clear blue, I just had to jump in, climb some rocks and explore.
Be adventurous ;)