Monday, August 25, 2014

Maternity Photo Shoot: Gender Reveal

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I just realized I never posted this shoot! I took these pictures last fall during the make-a-movie-sell-our-house-move-to-california season of life, so I'm cutting myself some slack for not being more of top of this blog and sharing them now.

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These two parents are some of the kindest, most patient and content people I know. They chase big dreams and wise counsel. They love fiercely with open hearts, and I am overjoyed that their little family continues to grow.

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I'm not sure anyone else feels this same way, but it seems like there's a lot of pressure these days to be creative in how you announce getting married, getting pregnant, or the gender of your baby - all because of the role that social media now plays in our lives. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing (and shooting!) the unique and creative ways that people choose to reveal these big life moments, but pressure often feels complicated for the mom-to-be. Let me tell you, it doesn't have to be complicated at all. In fact, shoots like this are an absolute joy to be a part of and help make happen. And I'm a firm believer that stealing away to document your family before a new addition arrives is a surefire way to make a memory that will last forever.

So, what will it be? Boy or Girl?!

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There goes the blue! That can only mean one thing...

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And so we celebrate. With pink of course.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Newborn Snapshots: San Diego, CA

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Josiah's brother and his wife live in San Diego, CA which is great for us since it's only about a two hour jaunt (depending on traffic, of course) from the Los Angeles area. This close proximity means we got to meet our new niece after a few days of her being on this planet, and snap some shots of her in all her baby glory. It also means we get to go with her to the beach this weekend. Baby in a bathing suit! Cannot wait.

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See you soon, pretty lady!
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PS - After writing this post, I realized I've been an aunt for almost two-thirds of my life. My sister had her first when I was 12 years old which means that he turns 23 in a month. Woah! I definitely think the baby stage is cool and all, but for me I love watching them grow up, become adults, think for themselves, ask the hard questions, and of course have a beer with their Aunt E when they turn 21. That's the good stuff right there.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Date Night: Eagle Rock, CA

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Jack and Ericka got married this summer, so in the spirit of capturing their newlywed life together we set out to document a casual date night. I met them at their apartment and we walked to a local taco truck for dinner stopping along the way to photograph stolen kisses and colorful buildings. It was simple, fun, and most of all, it was them in love, husband and wife. These everyday stories are some of my favorite to share. There's no pretext or complexity. It's real people living out daily life, and what could possibly be better than that?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black & White Wednesday!

Here's a peek at a date night I shot this week of two newlyweds! More to come tomorrow. 
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And the below black and white images were taken using the One Hour Photo app. I was introduced to this app (it's free by the way) by my fellow photog, Michael's instagram feed. And then he further explained it in this blog post. Here's the skinny: there are no settings in this app, so you simply take a photo, watch the screen turn white, and wait 60 minutes (yep, that's one whole hour) for the image to turn up in your phone's photo album complete with a black and white filter.

What's the point of an app like this you might ask? Michael puts it best (and I couldn't agree more):

"There’s something very zen about the whole experience. It quite literally takes away my usual perfectionism and attention to detail and makes me take photos of moments and let them pass. "

Try it! It's kinda cool to have to wait. Something we're not very used to these days.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zoe: High School Senior Portraits

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If I've learned anything about high school seniors it's that they all begin their photo shoots timid, nervous and slightly uncomfortable in their own skin. Seriously, I can't tell you how many 18 year-olds have expressed anxiety over being alone in front of the camera. And I also can't tell you how many end up splashing in fountains, taking a dip in a swampy pond, channeling their inner hero and absolutely owning who they are in that exact space in time. I am inspired by their ability to be in the moment, to know they are standing on the edge of great change in their lives, and to live it to its fullest.

It's pretty freaking cool to get to document these moments.

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