Happiness is on it’s way to this beauty in 2 more months.
Welcome! I’m Julie, Our studio is located in Ventura County, California, and we can travel throughout Los Angeles County as well. Be sure to check out the categories above to find exactly what you’re interested in, and click on “expand” to see the entire post. After that cruise on over to the contact section on the left to let me know what you think or schedule a session. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Gorgeous Miss S looked smashing in her pastel pretties for her six month old session. I love seeing my baby plan babies grow up before my eyes. You can see her newborn session as one of the featured pictures above.
Extended families are fun and crazy. I love seeing the different personalities of the kids and the parents. As one of 6 kids myself I am used to large family gatherings with tons of noise and craziness. It feels like home to me. As you can see from the images below this bunch was tons of fun. Everyone was in town at the same time so they all gathered at their mother’s house for some portraits. There were lots of smiles, a few tears from the babies, but after all was said and done I hope they are left with images showing how much they love their mother and grandmother. She’s a sweetheart.
As the mother of 4 and a children’s photographer I always have kids on the brain. I spend my days not only with my own kids, but with my clients, my children’s friends, their classmates, and my nieces and nephews. Even my college days were spent learning about the growth and development of children. They are my life, and I can’t imagine it any other way. That doesn’t mean to say it is all roses and sunshine. It can be hard – very hard sometimes. Those nights when the baby won’t stop screaming no matter what you try can be the longest nights of your life. The sleep deprivation turns you into someone you don’t even recognize. Then there are the meals you cook that your kids refuse to eat (a typical dinner at my house). Don’t even get me started on potty training or the never ending build up of laundry. Parenting is the HARDEST job ever. EVER.
The only thing that has kept me sane over the years is talking to other moms. The sharing of frustrations makes me feel not so alone. When I see a mom at the grocery store struggling with a crazed toddler having a massive temper tantrum it makes me happy. I know that sounds terrible, and it’s not to say I don’t sympathize with her and wish I could help. The thing it I just think to myself, “I’m not the only one.” My kids aren’t the only ones who misbehave no matter what I bribe them with, threaten to take away from them, and no matter how many little tricks or techniques I use from parenting books. Just the feeling of not being alone in my perceived failures makes me feel better. Before I had kids I thought mine would be the best behaved, most adorable kids that were ever born. I would never be the disheveled mom that can’t seem to get them all together. I would do it the right way. Then my first was born, and I looked down on her thinking she was the most beautiful creature ever created, but she didn’t do what I wanted her to. She had the nerve to wake up when I was dead tired. She wouldn’t eat when I wanted her to. She refused a bottle. I was overwhelmed. When I meet with my newborn families I remember what that felt like. I remember it like it was yesterday.
I love to chat with the new parents, or even parents who have done it a time or two and connect. I don’t know if it makes them feel better, but I love it. This mom was a pro. This is her 4th baby. She was so calm and relaxed as if raising 4 small children was a piece of cake. I’m sure it isn’t, but as moms we should be able to talk about how hard it is just as much as we talk about how much we love it. There’s no shame in that.
The second most asked question I hear about planning a photo session is, “What should we wear?” So many clients are overwhelmed with choosing the clothing for their families. They don’t know where to start, but they know they want to look amazing. I provide my clients with a pdf that has some tips about what to wear, but I know some people still find it to be a stressful process. Here are some things I recommend:
1. Determine what you want to do with your images. Will they hang in the family room over the fireplace? Are they for the baby’s nursery? Your bedroom? Once you know that you can begin to figure out what colors would look best in that space. You can plan your outfits to compliment those colors.
2. Once you choose 2 or 3 colors you’ll want to mix and match those colors throughout the family members. For example, if your colors are blue and yellow you can have dad wear a blue shirt with a yellow tie. Mom can wear a yellow dress, your son jeans with a blue shirt and yellow sneakers, and your daughter with a yellow and blue print dress, or a punch of color with a headband or tights. Don’t be afraid to layer and use lots of different types of fabrics. Pinterest has countless examples of clothing that works. You can see my “What to Wear – Family” board here.
3. Please, please, please do not wear anything with a huge logo on it.
4. Stay away from everyone wearing exactly the same thing. It makes you look like you’re wearing uniforms.
5. Wear the style of clothing that you love and will highlight your personality. Don’t dress like someone you are not. You want to see yourselves in your images, not a family you saw on Pinterest and are trying to copy.
6. Make sure you are comfortable moving around in your outfits. I have my clients climb hills, sit down in the grass, or on blankets, and even climb onto rocks and trees as you see here. Think about the location you are going to, and make sure your outfits are appropriate. I once had a client bring the most amazing fire red heels to the beach. They were stunning, however the sand does not work well with heels.
7. Once you have everything gathered together lay all of the clothing and accessories out on the bed. Does anything jump out at you as distracting? You want to think of everyone’s clothing as one outfit. If it doesn’t match don’t wear it.
With that being said, some people just don’t have the time or energy to figure out what their family should wear. That is where you are in luck. Our studio is now working with an amazing stylist who can come in and advise you with what to wear. She can shop for you or tell you what to buy so you look amazing. Her name is Katie, and this is her family. You can also see her here and here. If you schedule a session with me I will give you her contact information and you can use her to help you pull everything together.
A beautiful family plus a gorgeous night and dreamy light equals one happy photographer doing her job.
This sweet little thing smiled more for me than any other newborn in a long time. What a gorgeous family they make.