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I can’t believe it’s that time already! The holiday season always sneaks up on all of us, and suddenly it’s time to get some new photos on the schedule… We’re expanding our schedule to accommodate the recent rush of emails we’ve received, and we’re offering special Holiday sessions and packages that are designed to fit in with your plans and your budget.
How does it work? It’s a shorter session, in one location, with a smaller session fee and a mid-size image collection. After your shoot, you’ll choose a package featuring a mix of Digital Images and Prints that you’re free to use for Holiday Cards and gifts. Canvases and Custom Studio Holiday Cards can be added as well! Family sessions only, not applicable to Newborn Sessions, sorry!
Please email [email protected] for details and we’ll send you the full scoop!
In the meantime, I thought you might like to see a few of my favorites from last year’s Holiday Family Sessions. These are all in one of my favorite spots in Culver City, but this year we’ll also be offering a variety of different locations around the LA area.
So you guys all probably know that my most difficult subjects now are my own little girls. After all the times I’ve asked them to work with me when I’m location scouting or trying something new, they’re just over it. It’s so ironic, but most of our photos are on my iphone because it’s the only way they’ll participate. Anyhow, yesterday I took them with me to check out a trail in Sherman Oaks where I’d like to shoot this weekend, and for once Lexie played along! Jackie wasn’t so into it, but just before we left she decided it might be worth it to let me have my way… my offer of a lollipop at home probably had something to do with it!
And it turns out I love this spot! Lots of green and over grown areas with little dirt trails and overhanging trees. It’s not well known so we didn’t see too many people, which is so nice when you’re working with kiddos who can be so easily distracted.
This is a session I’ve been wanting to blog all year, and the day has finally come! We shot this last January, and it was one of the first sessions I did entirely at the family home in Culver City. With 3 kids under age 5, I had my work cut out for me!
Lucky for me, Ava (age 5) has that special something that so many models have – every time she looked over at me, her big brown puppy eyes just devoured my camera and the shots were always amazing. Vince, age 3, has a ton of energy and had a great time all throughout our session. And little Leighton, at just 10 months old, was the most challenging of the three that day. But even though she was intent on crawling her little heart out, she’d always look up and give me her best expressions.
I’m so happy with their entire collection, and it turned out the biggest challenge was editing it down to a reasonable number! This is just a handful of my very favorites, and of course a few hilarious outtakes just for laughs…
Starting with a quintessential Ava moment:
Working with the window light in their living room
Some focused time with little Leighton
Who doesn’t love a baby in a bath?
Every parent wants a great shot of all the kids together, and of course it’s the hardest shot to get with little ones. Luckily, I have some experience with this and a few tricks up my sleeve. I really love this series, expecially when Leighton decided to get a taste of Vince’s ear!
Things were going so well, we thought – hey, let’s try for a shot of all 3 kids in the pretty white window sill. Sounds cute, doesn’t it? The big kids were just hanging around., looking cute, while we got Leighton ready.
But of course, as soon as we settled her into her spot, she let us know exactly what she thought about it!
Things got even better when Ava grabbed her brother by the face and planted a giant smacker square on his mouth. I couldn’t resist getting a shot of the big kiss, and then she turned and gave me just about the proudest look I’ve ever seen on a 5-year-old girl. Given that they’re siblings, I suspect these shots will show up again in another 25 years, maybe in their wedding dinner slideshows? Too funny!
And last, my favorite Ava face from this day. I love the blue sky and my silhouette in her eyes…
Alright, so most of you know that I have 2 little girls who keep me running, right? And no matter how much I love them, there’s just no denying that they’re exhausting – they listen only to each other, and I end up wondering why I’m talking to myself all day.
I thought we were all in the same boat, until Rebecca brought her troop to my little Culver City alleyway for Mom’s Day Out. This was one of those sessions that made me just love being a family photographer.
Asher, Lexi, and Bella (ages 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 1 1/2) are a joyful gaggle of cuties. Photographing three siblings so young, I thought I had my work cut out for me, but get this – these kids follow directions!! Like REALLY REALLY WELL! So well, in fact, that I wasn’t sure what to tell them.
Since we planned ahead of time, Rebecca pulled out her bag of tricks with all their favorites… Bouncing balls, a whole lovely cloud of colorful silks, and a few wholesome snacks. Then we played ring around the rosy with lots of hugging, some jumping, a little tossing… very sweet fun.
Miss Rebecca, you’re an incredible Momma. You are amazingly graceful with your children, and you make it look easy.
Another pair of lovely ladies from Mom’s Day Out in Culver City – aren’t they adorable?
But… about 5 minutes into our time together, Coco decided she was done. “No more pictures,” she said demurely, about every 45 seconds. But as I always do when one of the kiddos tries to stop the show, we just turned it into games of tag, hide and seek, dodge the photographer, climb on Momma, and whatever else kept her smiling… I kind of secretly love it when one of the kiddos plays these games, because I know Mom’s probably given up her hopes for great photos. In fact, she’s likely expecting something truly terrible, which makes it so fun for me to deliver great faces like this first closeup of Coco… portfolio-worthy for sure!
These two gals showed up for Mom’s Day Out, and for once I got to shoot some grownups!
Mary and her daughter Megan came out just to have some fun, and that’s exactly what we did. And yes – I am posting some of the goofy outtakes here too, but I just can’t help myself… they’re so much fun! I wish I’d had such a great head on my shoulders when I was a teenager. Megan’s really down to earth and easy to be around, I was super impressed and so glad they came to play.
Talk about a man on the run! This little guy never stopped moving during the morning I spent with him, and didn’t I get a great workout!
We headed first to the Venice Beach boardwalk for some skateboard time, and then walked out on the sand to make the most of the California coast and the gorgeous blue sky. I have to say, as much as I love them all, I’m really partial to the last few shots of the day. Once we strapped Charlie into his carseat and headed home, he was thrilled to bits to have Emily in the backseat to play with. I couldn’t help but snap a few more photos as he giggled up a storm…