Schaffer Family – Irvine Family Photographer

I always know that it was a good shoot when I can’t stop smiling during my editing session. 🙂

I’ve known the Schaffer family for years and I’ve watched these two grow into really cool, really beautiful young girls. They are funny, crazy smart and really, really happy which is refreshing and contagious! Rebecca has a personality that can fill a room, and while Elizabeth seems more comfortable as the serious one, she ends up being pretty darn funny herself when with her sister! I don’t think I’ve laughed this much during a shoot in a very long time!

Thanks Schaffer family!

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Potter Family – Balboa Fun Zone Photographer

I love getting to take pictures of our extended family. Sheila is my husband’s cousin and her girls and my girls consider themselves not only cousins, but besties. The four of them get along like four little old ladies chatting, playing and giggling for hours. Naturally we made this shoot out to be a family affair which made it even more fun.

I especially love that Sheila brought along her mom, Lee. It’s so special capturing images with different generations represented – you just know that those moments are going to be cherished for many many years to come.

The Balboa Fun Zone is also one of my favorite locations at which to shoot – so much color and personality. It goes great with these girls and their awesome personalities!

Thanks Potter Family! xoxo!

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My Family – Orange County Photographer

Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. Growing up in Michigan, Fall felt magical. The weather was my favorite kind – the heat and humidity are gone and the air turns crisp. You start to wear boots and sweaters and there’s the anticipation that the holidays are right around the corner.

Here in Southern California, Fall is quite different. We start to really get the heat. It usually means 100 degree weather, dry air and Santa Ana winds. This past week we had above 100 degree weather here – not exactly the hot cider-drinking, boot-wearing, pumpkin-carving kind of weather I love.

But Fall still remains my favorite season because, since I became I professional photographer, it means I’m now getting into my busiest season. I get to see all my wonderful clients again, see how their kids have grown, to capture their excitement as the holidays approach.

My own family photos usually get pushed to the very last minute because of the craziness of my work schedule. Last year was no different. I think I literally waited until the very last possible week to finally get my family to (begrudgingly) get our photos taken (yes, even my own family moans and groans when it’s time for them to be in some pictures).  I didn’t even get around to blogging my own pictures!

Because of the craziness of the season, I decided I would take our own photos last year. I have a nifty remote trigger that works quite well when I am in front of the camera instead of behind it. The biggest bummer with using that, though, is that I can’t interact with my kids to get them to genuinely smile and be themselves.

But last year my awesome friend Nicki offered to come and help me at my session. How cool is that? After I set up the camera on the tripod and got the focus and settings that I wanted, I took a seat with my family and Nicki pressed the button and got the shot. And while doing it, she made us all laugh. The good kind of laughing that is perfect for pictures (you rock Nicki!).

After getting the family shots out of the way, I then took a few shots of my kids alone and with my my husband. And they usually make me work harder than most of my clients do!

And at the end of the day I got some pretty awesome shots – and a few of them including me. 🙂

So to all my former (and new) clients… I can’t wait to see you this year!

 

 

 

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Camille’s Senior Photos – Orange County Senior Portraits

In so many ways, documenting our children’s lives has become second nature. The first smile, the first steps, the birthdays, the first days of school… making sure we had proof of these milestones was a priority.

So many of these big moments are packed into their first years. When they are babies, toddlers, youngsters. When it was easy. When they were little. When they were still all “ours”.

But as they grow, it feels like so much of it is trying to play catch up. Capturing those moments almost seems like a race against time. Every day, right in front of you, you are witnessing the passage of time. These once small little humans are now growing at an incredible pace almost taunting you as a parent to catch them if you can.

I see it everyday in my own children. At 12 and 10 it has started. I see them slowly becoming more independent. I’m witnessing small glimpses of who they will become as adults. And capturing images of them at this age feels different. Because it’s capturing not only who they are today, but a little of who they used to be and some of who they will become.

This young woman is my beautiful niece, Camille. I have watched this incredible person grow through the years from her birth to now. In so many ways it doesn’t seem real that the adorable little girl with the sideways smile and sparkle in her eyes could actually be a college freshman at UC Berkeley. How can the little girl with the quirky sense of humor and big, big heart become a teenager with the best puns possible. :-).

I’m so proud of my beautiful niece… for all that she is and for all I know she will become. And I am so honored to be the one to capture this perfect time in her life.

I love you my Camillie!!! Go get ’em at Berkeley!!!

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Matt’s Senior Photos (Orange County Senior Portrait Photographer)

Photographing graduating seniors is such a fun job… They are at the tail-end of what’s been a long year of finishing the last bits of high school and preparing for their future college endeavors. Usually around the time I get to shoot them they are relaxed, happy and ready to move on to their next exciting chapter.

Matt was one of those relaxed and easy-going seniors. He is also, by the way, one of the brightest, politest, most put-together kids I’ve met in a really long time. He is also incredibly photogenic (hello – check out those eyes!). He is just one of those teenagers that makes you feel like our future is in good hands with him in it!

Matt is attending USC Film School in the fall (which is an incredible accomplishment by itself). I know he is headed for great things!

Thanks Matt! Best of luck!!!

 

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