A late post but one of my absolute favorites from the busy Christmas season. If you know me or have been following my photography, then you already know my connection with this wonderful family. And now they have a seriously adorable little Cameron May who is just as photogenic and smiley as mom and dad (even when she’s flying through the air) Which brings me to Competitive Baby Tossing. I have had multiple dads toss their little ones during photo shoots. Some just barely leave dads hands and some go soaring into the sky while mom looks on with terrified eyes. But none have done it with close to as much style as baby Cameron. I mean seriously, it looks like I photoshopped her into the photo. I love it. Looking forward to watching this family grow through the coming years and love that I’ve been a part of it for so long already!
The main reason I can no longer do mini shoots. How am I supposed to stop taking photos when I have such a great location and subjects!? It’s always a gamble with beach photos and sunsets. A lot of times it can be overcast and cold. Well Southern California cold. But there are times when the lighting and everything just seems to come together. I absolutely love those moments when I’m shooting and I am immediately excited to see the final product when I get home. Got to shoot a wonderful family with two little boys who were awesomely adventurous and smiley (thanks to ice cream bribes). It’s evenings like these that make me realize why it costs so damn much to live where we live.
Thanks to Owen and his mom, Tiffany, we found a great new spot for photos (and future bike rides!) Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. After some postponing due to cloudy days we finally found the perfect evening for our senior portrait shoot. And I’m so glad we waited. Got some awesome evening light and Owen was a great sport in trudging through the bushes for some shots.
Got to do some photos for a good friend and her wonderful little family for a special occasion: her son Phineas’ first birthday smash cake. Mom made the crown (and cake!) and I was seriously dying of cuteness. Not to mention there is something just so tragically funny about a kid crying his heart out while at the same time shoving cake in his mouth.
Got to try something a little new recently: a walk around Mission San Juan, which is always nice, and a photo shoot for little Isabel’s First Holy Communion. Unfortunately it was a busy Saturday so it took a bit of photoshopping to remove some background tourists, but the isolation with her in the white dress and the huge old archway was just too perfect to have random people in the final shot. Although I have been to the mission many times it was the first time I had actually gone into the chapel, and I’m so thankful I did! Could have shot in there for hours! It had some really amazing architecture and lighting. Looking forward to revisiting the mission for some personal shooting. Maybe on a weekday 😉
Just in time! We planned on doing this maternity session a couple weeks earlier but life happens and had to reschedule. And it’s a good thing we got it in, little baby Burris decided she was ready for her closeup just one week after the maternity shoot. It was a great day at the Orange circle which happened to be the same location we did their wedding photos back in 2012! We got to recreate some photos from the wedding shoot but with bonus dog and belly this time. After making a very pregnant Ariana walk her feet off in Orange (although she was amazing and smiled and laughed through the entire event) we said goodbye and planned on seeing each other for the delivery a few weeks later. Then the following Friday morning I got a text that baby was on her way! Well almost. After a long day and night and part of another day (without any drugs) momma Burris finally delivered little Cameron May ( I absolutly love that name). It was such a beautiful experience to be a part of. I feel truly blessed to be able to capture these moments for such wonderful people and now wonderful parents.
I love doing photos for Family. Especially when I get to bring my whole family and watch my oldest boy dance his little heart out! (note: the flask was closed in the photo below ) And then mom has to take photos with a sleeping five month old strapped to her chest. A great day for a wedding with a great couple.