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. 

Pumpkin patch

My faaaavvvvorite time of the year has come, fall. the change in weather (catch up San Diego!), the pumpkins, apples, baking, cozy fires, warm sweaters. We visited one of our local pumpkin patches the other day with family and had fun getting lost in the corn maze and picking out the perfect pumpkins. 

I love this little family of mine, they complete me. I can't wait for all the other fun activities this season will bring! we're going apple picking this coming weekend, bring on the apple pie, apple crisp and applesauce!! 

San Diego Portrait Photography-Michelle

I have been feeling inspired lately to do some "themed" styled shoots and looking for models!! Please contact me if you or someone you know might be interested, its going to soo fun. So to get myself inspired and the ideas flowing I did a short mini session with my beautiful sister, Michelle.

I am soooo looking forward to Thanksgiving in just two days!! All the yummy food and good time with family. Wishing everyone a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

DIY: fall fabric pumpkins

I have a really fun DIY fall project for you! I LOVE fall and everything that comes with it, expecially Thanksgiving, cooler weather, sweaters, warm drinks, warm apple pies, using my fireplace, leaves changing color (although living in San Diego you don't get much of that). So I found this really easy and fun DIY decoration! Heres a list of everything you need to make this little cuties.


sewing machine (if you dont have one it may just take longer)

needle and thread

glue gun

yard or ribbon

fiber insert or "stuffing" as I call it

beans (any kind of bean is fine, they are used to weigh them down)

Step 1. cut out a square size piece of fabric (I did different sizes so my pumpkins wouldn't all be a same)turn it inside out and fold it once to make a rectangle then sew the other side.

Step 2.gather the fabric on one end and sew a loose line around the entire end. Once you have sewn all the way around, pull the thread to cinch it together, kind of like a draw string bag! hope that makes sense :)

Step 3. sew the end together so the gathered pieces stay in tack!

Step 4. turn the fabric right side out and fill the bottom of your pumpkin with beans

Step 5. fill your pumpkin with fiber "stuffing", you may need to cut the other end if you have too much fabric as I did.
Step 6. sew the open end the same way you did the bottom of the pumpkin and pull the tread until the pumpkin is closed up, then sew securely together.

Step 7. now you have your round pumpkin sewn together! to add definition I strung yard (you can also use ribbon or rope) around the pumpkin about 3 times. The same way you wrap ribbon around a box for a present, then tie the end!
Step 8. cut a different piece of fabric for the stem of the pumpkim, turn it inside out and sew together.

Step 9. turn the stem right side out and fill with fiber "stuffing" . Glue the stem to the top of the pumpkin

and voilà!!! you have yourself a cute little fabric pumpkin to add to your fall decor.

I have to thank my hunny for helping me and putting up with fabric and stuffing all over the house for a few days with all my projects ( I'll put some others on the blog too). I'm fixing up my spare room into a craft/office space area so he won't have to see all my "stuff" :) thanks hun.

speaking of fall and all that goodness, I am loving my new candle from walmart! It was only $5
it smells sooooo yummy