I don’t know about you, but bathing Bugs in the bath for the first time was pretty anxiety-inducing. I was hopeful that once he started sitting up bathtime would get easier. But it didn’t. I was so nervous that he would slip and fall. Our bathtub has a door on it and it made it difficult to reach the entire tub. I needed a toddler bathtime hack desperately.
Erika and Macy are starting their own company Juno and Hera Wellness. They wanted some light and airy pictures to promote their new website. The brand is all about wellness and they are very family oriented. We decided that their families should come along to be part of the photo shoot too. We chose a location in San Dimas that is gorgeous. These San Dimas headshots came out lovely. I love the trees and the light was perfect.
2017 has been an amazing year for our little family! So many things happened this year, in my personal life and in business. It’s crazy once you start going back over your year on how much has actually happened! I thought it would be a good idea to do a little recap of our year and a few of my favorite photo sessions that have actually made it to the blog. With 2017 being so busy, I took some time off blogging, but I’m starting to kick off the new year right and finish blogging all the sessions I missed.
Plane travel with a toddler is definitely not for the faint of heart, although, neither is driving long distances with a toddler. I am a typical type A personality. I always research and plan, pretty much every major or minor decision in my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a little bit better with this, but when it comes to something like a cross country flight, I went a bit overboard. After much research, this is how I survived our cross country flight and I’ll write later about a few of the things I wish I’d done differently.
Have you seen those beautiful monthly baby photos on Instagram or Pinterest? Of course, you have! I think every new parent stares for hours at those and wonders how to make the same memories for their children. At least I did! I was so excited to watch my baby grow and I wanted pictures to be able to remember how small they were. There are so many different options for these pictures, but there are some things that are key to decide early. Here’s some things to think about when setting up your monthly baby photos.
I love when clients keep coming back to me with new ideas and for new pictures. I worked with Melissa and Nick for the first time when I did their maternity photos. After their beautiful little boy was born, I took pictures of them again in their home. I love working with them. They are super fun to be around. They are always joking around and are just naturally upbeat people. I was stoked when a few months after their in home newborn session, Melissa contacted me about doing some family photos. She wanted to get some photos of her whole family together for Mother’s Day. It was a shoot with her family, her brothers family, her sisters family, and her parents.
I’ve always thought of myself as an expert packer, even though I have almost no experience in packing for long trips. But since we’ve always lived in small homes and I grew up going camping, I’ve gotten used to cramming a lot of things in small places. Since I’d never traveled with a toddler though I was a little overwhelmed. I read as much on the internet about traveling with a toddler as I possibly could. My searching led me to Trips with Tykes and I fell in love. I devoured every single one of their posts. Since we were going to visit family we had already planned on them getting a few of the things we would need while we were there, but there were still a lot of things that we needed to pack.
Vivian, Michael, and their daughter met me up in the hills of Glendora. I had never shot at this location before, but it is pretty similar to this location in Upland where I have done a couple maternity shoots. Vivian really liked the feel of those photos but wanted to stay locale to Glendora. This was the perfect location. With lots of wide open spaces, trails, and the overgrowth that makes for some beautiful photos. These Glendora maternity photos came out absolutely gorgeous.
I want you to think back to the last time you had family photos taken? I know in this day and age not everyone likes having a camera shoved in their face, so it maybe its been a while. Now, why haven’t you gotten family photos taken recently? Maybe you feel insecure, or you don’t know how to pose or what to do with your hands. It’s probably one of the reasons you don’t step in front of the camera very often. But these are all things that a seasoned photographer can help you with. The key to looking great in photos is to relax and try to be as natural as possible. Now you’re probably thinking, “how do I act normal and relax when I’m so nervous?”. Well, let me tell you a few of my favorite tricks for getting people to smile naturally and not be so nervous.