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The Niehaus Fam

November has certainly been the most popular month for family sessions, and I’m not complaining! In recent years I’m coming to really appreciate family sessions more and more. Being an auntie myself, I’m realizing how valuable and precious these photos really are, since these ages and stages flash right before your eyes and never come back. I’m going to try to be better about blogging (keyword: “try”) so I can share some of these recent, adorable family seshes with you. So we’ll start with the Niehaus family and their handsome, little guy!

A cozy little newborn session...

So some of you may have seen the birth photos I shared in my last blog post of this precious, little family. Of course after little Avery entered the world, we had to capture some newborn photos of her in the comforts of this place she now knows to be her home. Mikey and Chenelle were so kind as to invite me over for this cozy, intimate little session with the three of them. I loved this SO MUCH.

We made use of most of their home for this session, which made it nice and comfortable for little Avery. (And may I also add, how stinkin gorgeous is their home?) It was also so beautiful to observe Mikey and Chenelle in the midst of photographing, as well as in between shots (newborn sessions entail a lot of diaper changes and feeding breaks!) Despite being new parents, they were both so attentive and tender with Avery. It's so evident how much they love her, as well as each other, as they continued to be so considerate to one another whilst caring for their little one's needs. This session was one I will never forget, and I cannot wait to photograph this little fam again in the future.

Welcoming Avery

Holy cow. I love photographing births SO MUCH. Words can't even describe how ecstatic I was when Mikey and Chenelle contacted me about photographing the birth of their first little one.

I was getting antsy in the days and weeks surrounding her due date, especially since she ended up having this little nugget over a week late! But the night finally came when I got the call to head on over to the hospital. Avery was born on April 22nd at 1:12am. A beautiful, perfect baby girl. And her parents, my goodness. Mikey was so attentive and tender to Chenelle. They clearly both fell in love with this baby girl the moment they laid eyes on her. And the way they drew together as a couple was so beautiful and admirable to watch. Geeze. I still can't get over it. I hope you enjoy taking a look through their photos, and experience a glimpse of what I was able to in being there to witness it.

By the way, I've been shooting portraits for nearly 9 years now, weddings for 8, and now I've shot my fourth birth. Let me tell you, there is no occasion that is more REAL and RAW and FULL OF LOVE as this. I can honestly say, in my years of photography, these occasions are truly the most awe-inspiring thing I've been able to be apart of. If you're expecting, and this is something you've been going back and forth on, or maybe hadn't even realized was an option, please send me a contact form and we can talk about the idea some more!

Esree

I don't do graduation photos often, but I was recently asked to do some for this gorgeous girl. This shoot was seriously such a blast! Esree wanted to have her grad photos taken in the Arts District of Downtown LA where she visits frequently with her family. It was such a unique take on graduation photos! And her wardrobe choice was to die for! Oh, and if you couldn't tell on your own, Esree is a natural in front of the camera! I can't wait to get her in front of the camera again one of these days!

Brian & Kali

My 2 favorites thing about this engagement session: 1) Golden Hour 2) The way Brian looked at Kali. I couldn't help but swoon when working on these photos! Due to Kali having to leave town, they ended up setting up this session on VERY short notice. I'm so so happy we were able to make it work! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

(P.S. Makeup by Sarah Mae Miller. Check her out on Insta! @beautywithsarahmae )

John & Abigail: Engaged!

Well I've been slacking off MAJORLY on my blog posts. I was able to document some special moments between these two this summer, from their sweet, intimate engagement session, to their big day. Here are a few favorites from their engagement shoot at a local olive house. Wedding blog post soon to come!

The Durans

So as you can see in the photographs below, Chino Hills is quite ravishing in the springtime. I had to make sure to take advantage of it again this year. So the Durans and I were able to get together again for some family photos! They are seriously one of the cutest families. See for yourself as you scroll through their spring family photo session!

Christian & Alex

Christian & Alex are some of the cutest parents-to-be I've seen yet. Not only is Alex totally gorgeous, but their chemistry together is undeniable. I love seeing couples who can make each other laugh so much like these two. And to top it off, their little family is going to get even cuter when their little one arrives!

The Centannis got a puppy!!!

So here's a fun little story... When I was 15, I started taking my interest in photography more seriously. An old friend had encouraged me that if I wanted to do it, then I should start doing it, regardless of my young age. I started taking classes. I would walk around my neighborhood and photograph things I thought looked interested, then share them on Facebook. One day, this precious couple, Branden & Evelyn, sent me a message and asked if I would do a photo shoot of them, and how much it would be. I hardly even know these people! And they wanted to give me ACTUAL money to take their photos! They were my first clients EVER. Since then, I've seen their family grow with each shoot. I even had the opportunity of taking their family photos in New York last fall. A soon as I saw their new puppy, Kylo, I knew it was time for a new family picture! They are one of the cutest families, and I'll always look forward to future shoots with them!

Brandon & Andrea

In case you couldn't already tell from a great deal of my sessions, very few things in life bring me as much satisfaction as a solid golden hour peeking through the leaves, bringing forth an array of different greens. I got to do a little mini engagement session with Brandon and Andrea recently. Of course, only in Southern California will you get that summer weather and beaming sun in the middle of November. Oh, and Brandon and Andrea were also beaming...

The Hernandez Family

I love this family so much!  I had the opportunity to shoot with them again a few weeks ago for their maternity session, getting ready for baby Mateo.  They came looking so precious in their summery wardrobe and flower halos!

The Webster Family

A couple of weeks ago I got together with Ryan, Ruthanne, and baby Emma for a mini session.  Emma is expecting a little sister soon and I cannot wait to meet her!