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.
St. Dorothy’s Oak Tree Festival is one of my favorite activities of the entire year! I look forward to this weekend all year. My family has been going to this festival for as long as I can remember and it’s a tradition that my husband and I have continued even before little man came into the picture. I’ve always wanted to take pictures at a carnival and while I have taken some pictures in years passed, I wanted to do an actual session at the festival this year. So I took to Instagram. I posted a request about wanting to do a session at Oak Tree Festival and that I was looking for models. Caitlin from Killer Cupcake Photography reached out to me about wanting to model. I have met Caitlin on a number of occasions, we have mutual friends and she works at one of my mom’s favorite downtown Glendora stores, Knot Too Shabby. I was thrilled when she reached out to me and was excited about getting to photograph her!
Ah!! It’s finally summer! Summer is such an exciting and fun time. I’m excited for the hot weather to be back, even if it’s hotter than hot out! I’m excited for the swimming parties and BBQ’s, but I’m most excited to share this time with my little man. Summer loses some of its appeal as you get older. We used to look forward to summer break, no school, sleeping in, playing outside all day. Now that we’re older we don’t have those luxuries. Youth really is wasted on the young ;-). But through my little man, I’ll be able to relive all that summer fun. This is his first summer that he’ll really be able to have some fun. He’s only a year old, and he’s just recently discovered the fun of water and splashing in little pools. So while he won’t be able to participate in all these activities, there’s still lots of fun activities on this list that he’ll be able to do. Check out the list below for some fun summer activities for kids. Maybe put them in a bowl or “bored jar” and then on a day you don’t know what to do, pull something out and do that! Or print out the “summer bucket list” from our VIP library by signing up for our email list!
An at home lifestyle session is one of my favorite sessions! After we did Melissa and Nick’s maternity session in Claremont, I was so excited to meet their little boy! I normally recommend doing the newborn home lifestyle session within the first month after the baby is born. We booked the session for when Jameson was a little over a month old. I met them at their home. They had some ideas in mind and outfits that they wanted to be photographed.