I know family photoshoots can be stressful, I know they take time and money and planning, I know kids (and sometimes parents) don't always behave, but I also know despite what happens, you will still get some incredible photographs and make some awesome memories.
From the quaint, cozy and adorable streets of Carmel we went to the Carmel River State Beach, where they couple got married in the sand, under blue skies and sunshine in front of their barefoot family members and friends.
McConnell Estates Winery is quaint, rustic and beautiful! From the bold red barn to the vineyards to a huge silo, it was the perfect backdrop for this amazing couple! The winery seems like it would be really far away from the city, but it's actually right on the outskirts of Elk Grove.
You have the fancy camera and the adorable kids, now what? Photographing your children in a beautiful and natural in your home way can be a challenge, especially when life with littles is often crazy, chaotic and messy. (At least it is in my house!) Here are three simple tips to get you started.
On any given morning you may find this mama and her two girls making pancakes. Not just any pancakes, heart pancakes and fittingly the syrup is pink and the smiles are big. Lea has done it so many times she doesn't need a recipe and she hand pours the batter into perfect hearts for her little loves.
I met Laura in our Stroller Strides fitness group. I remember the first time I saw her and Lily. I think it was Laura's first day and Lily was just so tiny! I got instant baby fever! ;) Just recently Laura told me they never got professional newborn photos and they didn't want to let the new baby stage go by without getting some done. I was so excited because I know how fast they go from tiny newborns, to cute chubby babies to toddlers and how important it is to capture all the stages of their first year of life.
I always love photographing high school seniors. It's a nice change of pace and totally different from a family session where I'm often running, jumping, singing, being silly and so on. I don't know why, but high schoolers don't react the same to my funny faces. ;)
This photo session was all about Toki. He recently turned one and on top of that major milestone, has come a long way in the last couple of months physically. He has hip dysplasia and in just one year was in and out of three braces, had surgery and a cast. He still has one more surgery to go, but will hopefully be feeling good and ready to take on the world after that!