• Beach photographer malibu
  • baby photographer
  •  los angeles newborn photographer
Julie

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.

twitter facebook rss

Five Tips for The Best Extended Family Photos Ever!

July 29th, 2014

Why should you book a portrait session with your extended family? It sounds like a nightmare right? Getting all those people together at the same time in the same place, happy, and smiling for pictures? How could you make that work with your family, and then there’s the question of what should everyone wear? Based on my 7 years experience with these types of sessions here is what I recommend for getting the best results from your session.

1. Plan your session when everyone is already together. Organizing large groups to come together for portraits isn’t easy. Most of the time family’s book a session during a special occasion such as a holiday, birthday, or anniversary. It is those times when everyone is generally together, or at least in the same town.

2. Talk to your photographer (hopefully it’s me) and tell her/him about your family. Are there any special considerations that need to be made? For example, special needs children, shy children who would benefit from a hands-off approach, or a Grandmother who only likes to be photographed on her right side? If the photographer is aware of your families needs it will make the session go much smoother.

3. Choose the best location for your family. Consider what your family loves to do. Do you often go to the beach, play at the park, hang out in Mom’s backyard? Those are ideal places for your session if they applies to you. Do you have lots of children in your group? You’ll want to stay away from distractions or dangerous areas. It would be very difficult for children to pay attention and smile for the camera if they are at a playground where other children are playing and they cannot. Avoid areas with lots of snakes, dangerous wildlife or debris on the ground. You’ll also want to consider how easy the location is to access, especially if there are family members who cannot walk very far.

4. Ask your photographer for advice about what to wear. There is no need for everyone to go out and buy all new clothing. I tell my clients to choose 2-3 colors that coordinate with the colors of the room where you will be hanging your portraits. Mix and match those colors among the family members. Mix and match the colors among the tops and bottoms as well. If everyone is wearing blue shirts and black pants it will look like a school uniform. It is more difficult on the eyes than a variety of colors and textures. I personally can give you the name of a fabulous stylist who can help you coordinate your outfits. She is fabulous!

5. Do NOT expect perfection. After all the planning, coordinating, bribing, and hassle it’s easy to be stressed out by the time you get to the session. You’ve done all this work and you want the most perfect portraits known to man. Every photographer I know tries to deliver that, but it’s not always possible, especially with large groups. There will always be the grumpy child, the reluctant husband, and the big stain on the clothing by the time you get there. Try your hardest to let it go. Those little quirks will be what makes those images special to you in the years to come. You’ll laugh at the screaming toddler and say, “Remember when Johnny wouldn’t stay still for even one minute?” None of us is perfect, and that’s OK. Talk to your photographer about your expectations and make sure you both are on the same page.

Below are a selection of images from one of m y extended family sessions. They only had about 24 hours where they would all be in town at the same time. They were so happy to be together, and that makes me happy.

 

 

breaker

Simply Baby

July 22nd, 2014

Thousand Oaks Newborn Photographer

I think simple is beautiful. Simple is underrated. I think we all tend to do too much, expect too much, and want too much. I know other photographers have closets and rooms full of props, clothing, hats, wraps, rugs, etc. I am not interested in that. I like simple. Simple is timeless. Simple is beautiful to me.

breaker

Don’t take yourself too seriously

July 9th, 2014

One thing I’ve learned as a parent is to not take myself too seriously. Take a step back and learn to laugh. Keeping a sense of humor diffuses nearly all tense and stressful situations. Parenting can often be tense and stressful if you let it. This family is raising 2 super handsome and smart boys. I love how they are able to laugh and not take things too seriously. Their dog is the star of the show. She was so sweet, and she definitely doesn’t take herself too seriously.
Thousand Oaks Family Photographer
Thousand Oaks Family Photographer

Thousand Oaks Family Photographer

breaker

Graduation Day

June 29th, 2014

Life seems to be going by at break-neck speed. I remember when I had just babies at home. The days were long with the feeding, cleaning, and other physical demands of being a mother. The nights were not a time to rest because the children did not always rest. It was an exhausting time even though I was happy and completely thrilled to be a mother. Once the kids started school life started going faster and faster. Each year my responsibilities increase. There are more demands on my time. I sleep more, but the days pass by in the blink of an eye.

I remember the night before my first child was born vividly. It was nearly 10 days past my due date, and the doctors finally decided to induce me. Tim and I were so excited we could not sleep. We watched her bounce around in my tummy, and talked about her for a long time. We wondered what she would look like, what kind of personality she would have, and what her life would be like. We had all the hope in the world that we would be good parents, but we had no idea what we were in for. We knew for sure we would make mistakes, but not on purpose. We just hoped that the mistakes weren’t too damaging.

Now I look at this same daughter who is about to start high school and floods of emotions come over me. She’s so incredibly beautiful, and she doesn’t even realize it. Her mind is brilliant. She can do things I never was able to. I wish she could see her as I see her. I wish she could feel how much my heart expands with love when I think of her. I wish she could take that knowledge with her as she faces life outside of our home where not everyone is kind, and the world can be brutal. I want to protect her constantly, but I know I can’t. I know it’s not what’s best for her if I don’t let her find her own way. THAT is so much harder than having a newborn who won’t let you sleep. The worry is hard. The letting go is really really hard for me. Knowing that I might only have her in my home for 4 more years is hard. She makes it all worth it. Her big smile makes it all worth it and more. Here we go high school. Onward and upward.

 

breaker

Sunrise over Haleakala

June 27th, 2014

This year has be tough. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s has been the most difficult time of my life. I was exhausted both physically and emotionally. Tim planned a trip for us to go to Maui for a few days. This was our longest time away from our children ever. We have been fortunate enough to go away for a weekend or two, but never more than 3 days. We needed this trip for our sanity. We needed to get away… far enough away that we wouldn’t be called back for all the responsibilities we have.

Our trip was exactly what we needed it to be. We were in paradise with nothing we HAD to do, and everything that we wanted to do. We hiked, went to the beach, relaxed at the resort, slept, ate, explored the island, and watched the sun rise over Haleakala. It was incredibly cold, early, but also beautiful beyond what photography can capture.

 

breaker

Summer Sunsets at the Beach

June 25th, 2014

 

ventura county beach photographer

breaker

Vanessa

June 22nd, 2014

As promised (in the last post) here they are with the brand new Vanessa. She’s so beautiful, and so sweet. It was such an honor to photograph this family again. I am always so grateful to be trusted with such special memories.

They have a similar picture with their older daughter and Daddy’s hat. You can see just how tiny she really is.

Smiles for big sister.


breaker

The Next Sparkle in Their Eye

June 21st, 2014

It’s so fun to see families grow and welcome new little ones. This family is one I’ve had the pleasure of photographing several times before. They have been through a lot as they have endured several military deployments that separated them from each other. Now as they welcome their new little angel they are excited to not have any more. What a blessing! I’m excited to share their newborn session very soon.

 

breaker

My Babies

June 18th, 2014

They are my own, my babies. I like to take them exploring around where we live. They sometimes love it, and sometimes they would just rather be home.
I know I will never regret these moments we have together. The images of them so little will be something I cherish forever and something I will use to decorate the space where I live.

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

Thousand Oaks Photographer

 

breaker

Happy Father’s Day!

June 17th, 2014

It’s always fun to have one of my images featured on a photography site. This one was on the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. You can check it out HERE.Children's Photographer