San Diego Maternity Photoshoot

San Diego Maternity Photoshoot

Beach maternity photoshoots

For a maternity photoshoot, since I live in San Diego,  I almost always opt for the beach for the beautiful natural backdropt. My pregnant models never cease to amaze me with their willingness to wade into the freezing waves and pose there as long as I need them to with a big smile on their face. It’s not cozy though. The weather is usually cooling down since we meet as the sun is setting, the water is never warm, and they are scantily dressed. S0 if it were me, I’d probably last all of 4 minutes before I raced out of there. But I have never had a maternity photoshoot get cut short due to uncomfortable scenarios. Thank you to all those brave mamas who I’ve had the priviledge to photograph. 🙂

Woodsy maternity photoshoots

This particular maternity photoshoot started first in a field behind my old house. It’s an area I used to walk our dog, and I never noticed the beauty surrounding it until I decided to drop by to get some photos. I love it in all the seasons. The dead weeds have a beauty all their own. That’s strange to say, but I really believe it. And of course in spring and summer the trees and flowers are in full bloom.

This photo shoot was during the winter. The baby who was in this mamas belly for these photos is now close to 4 months old!

And this sweet, tolerant lady is my daughter’s 1st grade teacher. We all loved her, but especially my daughter, so seeing her show up at our house to get her maternity photoshoot made her beyond happy! They (my 2 daughters and their friend) even accompanied us to the beach to finish up her photoshoot. So the smiles you see are real…laughing at the crazy kids running into the water with their clothes on.

A belated congratulations on the pregnancy and birth of your gorgeous baby boy! I’m sure now that he’s arrived, maternity photos are old news. But at least you have them to look back on and remember what a sweet time that was!

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In home family photo session

In Home Family Photo Session

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Incorporating Special Memorabilia

I was contacted by this fun family to see if I could get family portraits while both sets of grandparents were visiting, plus, they wanted their dog in the photos. And, they wanted a very special chair included in the photo shoot. It was a chair that their 3 year old daughter had been photographed in every year, so it was a non-negotiable. I immediately agreed, loving the idea of incorporating special items to make the photograph even more meaningful. But we struggled with timing. If we met at their house, how long would that take and then to travel back to the beach before the sunset. And how will we manage the dog for the photos he’s not included in? And are we going to a dog beach, or will he get a ticket for even showing up? All questions that swirled around for days until we came up with a solution. We would do an in home family photo session. And it was gorgeous. It’s a brand new developement and their backyard was stunning with a crystal blue pool and tropical plants everywhere. The only downside was the sun was so still so high when we started, the backyard was baking in sun. But we got it done. And most importantly, the dog and the chair got their time in the spotlight.

In Home Portrait Sessions

It’s always risky to come to someone’s home for the first time and try to do an exceptional photo shoot. This happens with newborn photo sessions all the time. At their home is much preferred, for everyone, over a studio session at my house. But even with my numerous questions about space, heat, and light, I never know what I’m walking into, or how it will go.  I normally do family sessions outdoors, at a location of my choice. That way I can ensure the right timing for the sunset, I know the spots to have them stand in, and I actually have an order of how to start, where to start, and the progression of spots until the end. Doing anything out of my routine gives me a good deal of anxiety. But I was willing to try, and in fact, the photos are probably that much better doing it in comfort of their own home, because THEY were comfortable.

 

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10 year old twins portrait session

10 Year Old Twins Portrait Session

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Fun Family Session

This family is like my second family. If we belived in sister wives, she’d be my choice. She’s my ride or die. She lives down the street, takes care of my kids better than I do when I leave them in her capable hands, and when we go to her house for dinner she even cooks a portion for Tom (without cheese), and that’s saying a lot.

Any chance I can mention “the twins” is an opportunity to make me laugh as I watch her confused face for a moment, wondering who I’m talking about. Her 10 year old son and daughter are nothing alike. So it’s hard to remember sometimes that they are in fact twins. And as a  matter of fact, SHE is the “first born”, but HE is the one who seems like it.  So twins is not a word uttered often in her household. But I love to refer to “the twins”. And I will continue to do it as long as it makes me laugh, which may be forever.

Ordering Canvas Prints

We do her family photos every year, and then we talk for about 11 months discussing which photos should be put on canvas and hung around her house. I think we are going on year 3 with no photos actually making it to canvas and hanging on the wall. This is a perfect example of why selling digital packages only is a bad idea!! How fabulous it would have been to see those photos for the first time, fall in love with a few, like we all do, and pick those right then and there to make into big canvas works of art! We all convince ourselves that we need to mull it over, and ask others, and look at the wall space, and all that. But I bet you can all relate that when you are going through photos of your own children, there are always only a few that really grab you immediately, and you want to keep looking at it, and it’s “the one”, but you may not want to trust yourself. Well, trust yourself. Even if there are flaws with the photo, if you love it, you love it, and you should have it. I have many, many canvas prints of my children and family that I purchased quickly because I loved it, and I figured out a place for all of them to live.

So my friend, as I post these photos many months after we took them, and you have yet to have any canvases, we will set a date to pick them out and get them made. No more waiting. The twins need a spot on the wall.

 

Photographing Twins

I wish I could have photographed these twins (still laughing!) when they were babies. I love boy/girl twins and coordinting bow ties and headbands and all that cute stuff. Their mom tells me a hilarious story about how they tried to sleep through their newborn photo session (that would have been heavenly!! That’s the #1 goal of newborn photo sessions! Hello!?!?!) but her photographer kept telling them to try and wake the babies up. I’m cringing and my heartrate is rising as I type that out. WAKE THEM UP?!?!?!  Well, luckily they were sleepy babies, because I’ve seen the photos of them and they were asleep in most. 🙂  But as much as I love it, newborn twin photoshoots are very hard. So luckily I get these cute twins when they are VERY accomodating to all my requests for posing.

At this last photo shoot I asked them to show me how they had been learing how to dance in Cotillion and they complied. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but some of those dancing photos turned into their moms favorite images. (canvases….hello….those were the photos she saw and called me screaming about! canvas time….)  Take a look at these cute, cute twins. 🙂

Final Plea to Get Those Prints Ordered

And by the way, one final thought. PLEASE don’t think the canvases, or framed prints you hang in your house need to be the properly composed family photos. Some of my absolute favorite photos adorning my walls are photos I took when my kids were messy and unposed and not even looking at me. They were looking at each other, covered in wet sand, laughing hysterically, and it’s a pure moment of love that I never want to forget.  So do it. Order that canvas. Order a lot of them. When you wake up tomorrow those kids will be another 5 years older.

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Balboa Park Family Photography

Balboa Park Family Photography

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Mothers and Daughters

I have a special spot in my  heart for this family.   I have been photographing them for a few years, ever since their first daughter was born. She was soooo photogenic, and smiled through her newborn photo session! You can see her here.

She got even cuter as she got older, if that’s even possible, and I absolutely LOVED the results from the beach session we did when she was a little older. Check those out here.

So I was thrilled to come back and do a newborn home photography session with their second little baby girl!   They are so stinking cute together, and it just brings me back to thinking about my own two little girls when they were tiny. That is why I am so connected to this family. There is something about having 2 little girls that just grabs at my heartstrings. And another connection we have, this one unfortunate, is that we both lost our mothers during what should be the most spectacular times of our lives. My mom died when I was about 3 months pregnant with my first daughter, and her mom died right after the birth of her second daughter. It feels like the worst possible time to lose your mom. Maybe before your wedding would be just as bad, but losing your mom right before or right after you become a mom, it’s heartbreaking.  So I feel a special connection to this sweet family, and I hope to see them every year and watch these cuties grow.

Family Mini Session at Sunset

This day we met at Balboa Park for sunset mini sessions. Only 20 minute photo sessions, so we have to have our crap together! I run around like I’m high on speed, parents screech behind me trying to get their babies to look in the right direction and their toddlers to smile. One parent has to be on concussion patrol as we let toddlers be in charge of holding babies on the concrete ground, and everyone is watching the clock and watching the sun go down, making sure we don’t forget any special groupings before we run out of time. These parents made me laugh so hard. I was wrapping it up when suddenly the dad grabbed both girls and said he wanted a few shots of him and the girls. The mom watched in horror as I got a bunch of adorable shots of them and watched the sunlight disappear. Not to be outdone, as soon as I yelled “got it!”, mom grabbed both girls and fell into position. If dad gets his own shoot, I’ll be damned if I don’t also get my own shoot! In the end, we beat the sunset and got all the shots we wanted. Success. 🙂

 

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Shelter Island photos with 1 year old boy

Shelter Island photos with 1 year old boy

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Celebrating 1 year old boy

This little guy turning 1 year old was a milestone worth celebrating with a round of family photos. We met at Shelter Island, where I have not spent a lot of time, and I had a blast chasing him around with my camera. We spent about an hour together, shooting, posing, chasing, changing locations, starting over again….until he had it. It was full blown melt down of epic proportions. The kind that I am quick to walk away from, since it’s not my kid, and I think his parents would have liked to do the same. But I must say, it was pushing his bedtime to the limit, and he was a trooper until he just couldn’t muster anymore energy to play, and then he broke.

Shelter Island

Doing a photo shoot on Shelter Island was a real treat. It is gorgeous down there, and not too crowded. I will regret posting this the next time I go down there to take photos and I have to wait in line behind all the other photogs who have swarmed the place. That really happens. Doubtful it will happen here just because I mentioned it, but the best spots in San Diego, come late October, early November, when everyone is scrambling to get Christmas photos, are dreadful. You seriously have to get your spot in line to get your photo. It’s not too bad, unless you have little bitties who are in no mood to 1. wait, 2. stay clean while they wait (I’m talking about YOU Scripps Pier beach!), and 3. be ready to pose and look cute the moment it’s our turn! So crowds are not my friend when it’s photo time. Maybe I’ll have to hit up Shelter Island a little more often!

 

 

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young family playing on grass in B&W

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B&W close up of 1 year old boy

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