Shooting with families is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. Watching the interaction, connection and love flow through each person and the whole group is pretty special. Of course we all have our issues and quirks, no family is perfect but isn’t that what makes it so beautiful!?
This Newborn session is so near and dear to my heart, I’m so thankful I get the opportunity to photograph family and all their seasons of life! These two have been waiting a long time to grow their family and I am so happy Evan has come into their lives forever.
In home Lifestyle Newborn sessions are , in my opinion, one of the most authentic ways to capture this precious time. What better place to shoot in than in your own home!? Its the best environment for mama, baby and the rest of the family.
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.
Are you expecting a new baby and interested in a Newborn Session? I’d love to help answer any questions and get you in front of my camera to capture this special time in your life! Click below to learn more!
“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.
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.
February 1st Just a slow morning watching my girl do crafts by the fire.
February 4th Building forts on a rainy day
February 5th On a drive up in the Laguna Mountains in the fog.
February 6th Our first dusting of snow this year!
February 7th Morning routines. Sitting on the couch texting good morning messages to Papa.
February 10th Making Valentines Day cookies
February 11th Spider-man filling in for Papa.
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.
February 15th goofy kiddos, this girl is always dancing.
February 17th Watching the rain, awaiting the snow
February 18th This boy gets soooo excited for snow, he’s obsessed
February 20th Airport hangs. Getting ready to take off for Idaho.
February 21st “Mama, I want to eat all the snow, but don’t ever eat the yellow snow!”
February 24th I love photographing horses any chance I get, they are just so beautiful and majestic!
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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When Stephanie first contacted me about scheduling a session with her and her boy Lochlan, I got really excited and had some amazing ideas come to mind! These two are not only adorable with a great sense of style but I loved watching them and their special bond as mom and son. We started out at one of their favorite San Diego coffee shops, darkhorse coffee roasters in North Park, then walked around and stumbled upon the coolest book store and my favorite shop, Pigment.
These are hands down some of my favorite images from 2018. Thank you again Stephanie for the privilege to document such a special part of your life.
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'd love to capture some beautiful memories for you.
This photo was taken in the middle of the day, the light is a little more harsh but its still a great shot!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Thank you again Kleinertz family for having me in your home to capture this special time for your beautiful family.
I set this all up with all things pink, of course, and it turned out so cute!!
The first question/concern I'm going to address (also the most uncomfortable topic to talk about, so we'll get it out of the way first) that might be holding you back from a session is
"I don't have the extra money to book a session!"
I totally understand not always having extra money for things that aren't in our budget. My best piece of advice for this is to plan ahead! So we're in the month of June, lets say you want to book a session for sometime in September, this gives you 3 months of setting aside some money. I require a deposit to book any session, typically $50-100, and that deposit will hold your date and time for you, so when I recommend booking your session now this doesn't mean you need to come up with all the money right now. I also accept credit cards now through honeybook.com which has helped tremendously with my workflow, contracts, and even other contacts in the creative industry.
The second question/concern I want to address is
"I don't have the time to set aside for a session"
Life gets busy, things come up and before we know it we haven't gotten around to doing all the things we wanted to! Again, plan ahead, this way we have something on the calendar and can plan life around this. Planning ahead can also set your mind at ease about saving money, finding outfits and sitting down with me to plan your perfect session!
The final question/concern I want to talk about has to do with our body image, not wanting to be in photos because we "need to lose a few more pounds", "hate the way my body, hair, face, mind is after having babies", "not liking my smile", "my double chin", "I'm not tan enough, skinny enough, pretty enough"
DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES!!
I have said all these things at some point, I'm still a work in progress, but learning to love myself the way I am, double chin and all ;)
Please don't let this be the reason that's holding you back from getting photos done. I've had several of my clients tell me after a session, even boudoir, that they are so happy I captured this time in their lives and were happy they didn't let these issues or concerns hold them back.
You won't get this time of your life back, time passes, kids grow, people change and your photos are such a beautiful, tangible way of remembering. I've gotten so much joy looking through old and recent photos of me with my loved ones that those concerns don't even matter at this point.