Newborn Baby Beverly

Sweet little baby Beverly came into the studio recently with her parents for her newborn session! I was very excited to use some new props and backdrops for her session, such as my “new” vintage quilts. I especially love the one with the little kitten on it below!

I used my favorite barnwood backdrop for Beverly’s photos with her parents. :)

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I also used my new mid-tone wood backdrop/floordrop for Beverly’s photos. I love the way the mid-toned wood looks with shades of blush pink and peachy tones.alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1188 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1189 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1190 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1191 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1192 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1193 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1194
Look at that amazing head of hair!!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1195 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1196 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1197
It was a bit of a gloomy, overcast day when they came for their session so I brought some roses from my garden into my studio and we also did some photos in my garden greenhouse, where it is always nice and warm. :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1198 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1199 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1200 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1201
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Tammy’s Fine Art of Motherhood Garden Session

Tammy came for a garden session with her mother and her daughter, for a three generation motherhood session! Such a sweet idea, and I am so grateful to have been able to capture the bond between these three lovely ladies! :)

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Anette’s Maternity Session in the Studio

Anette came into the studio recently for her maternity session, and I was very excited to use my new “wall of windows” for her session! I just love the dreamy look it creates for maternity sessions (and newborn family photos too!). My studio has very few actual windows so I’m quite proud of this new little setup that I came up with. :)

I’m looking forward to meeting Anette’s baby soon! :)

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Brown Family’s Disneyland Session

I was so excited to be able to capture sweet little Abigail’s first trip to Disneyland! :) Abigail was 8 months old when we met for her family’s session, and she was so excited to take in all the excitement and magic of Disneyland! I love that she kept on her mouse ears the whole session too. Such a cutie!

We were able to plan this session so we got photos at both the Disneyland side and the California Adventure side too, which is always so much fun!

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Newborn Baby Carter

Sweet little Carter was so calm, alert and awake for the first part of her session! Often when newborns are awake, they can be fussy and unsettled, but Carter was perfectly content to hang out in my new little basket and observe what I was up to! :) She eventually fell asleep, but my favorite photos from her session are the ones where she was awake.

This grey wood set is definitely one of my favorite backdrop options, and I love it with the various layers of grey and black. If you’re a parent who loves grey and expecting a baby soon, I’m your gal…I think around 1/3 of my go-to pieces at this point are various shades of grey lol.

 

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Pink is one of my other favorites! I pretty much consider these soft shades of blush and pink to be neutrals. šŸ˜‰ I love how they bring out the rosiness in the cheeks of little baby girls.alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1138 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1139 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1140

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Grace’s Garden/Studio Maternity Session

Grace came into the studio and my studio garden a couple months ago for her maternity session, and she will be coming back very soon with her sweet baby boy! I originally had other plans for the garden portion of her session, none of which went according to my original plan! Those areas I intended to use are still a work in progress, but one day they will be ready according to my plan in mind. :) In the meantime, I realized there are so many areas of my garden that I’ve actually never used yet for maternity photos! Things get updated/changed so often in our garden that sometimes it is difficult to keep up. :) I had so much fun doing a garden tour with this sweet mama…can’t wait to meet her baby boy soon!

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Baby Eva’s Studio Session & Changes to Baby Session Policies

I’ve been meaning to make some changes to my policies on baby sessions for a while, and every now and then, you realize how necessary those changes really have become. Sweet little Eva came for her “newborn” session recently, and was a last minute add-on booking. Somehow in the process of email correspondence, I misunderstood about Eva’s age. I usually only offer my newborn mini session (the Petite Newborn session) for babies under 14 days old, since after the 14 day mark, most newborns take longer to settle and a longer session is needed. I offer my full-length newborn sessions through 5 weeks old (which is pretty generous by industry standards), but the shorter session is intended for just babies within that two week time frame.

Eva’s mom contacted me and wanted to book a session for her baby the same week. I had been already having a busy week, but I never like to turn away a baby if at all possible! :) So I squeezed them into my schedule, and realized after they arrived that she was well past the two week window. :) It was totally my mistake for not following up in more detail!

So, going forward…I am going to start making sure that anyone who books after baby is born goes through a phone consult with me prior to the session. I also will not be taking any newborn bookings with less than 48 hours notice because anything shorter does not allow clients to go through my session prep process, which is so crucial for the success of the session. I also am restructuring my session options to include two options only…newborn and sitter (or standing once baby gets around 1 year old). The phase between newborn and sitting is often a very difficult time of transition for babies, and many are quite fussy at this stage. The majority of my props and baby wardrobe options are sized for either newborn or sitter, and I realized it didn’t make a ton of sense to continue to hold onto a bunch of items for between that range when I honestly don’t enjoy those sessions in that in between period.

Little Eva was sweet but she made me work for these photos! These photos below are a few of my favorites from her session, which actually took place on the second day she came in. The first day she came in was just lots of crying unfortunately.

 

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Don’t miss out on this special contest!

For a while now, I have offered promo specials and mini sessions for seasonal events, holidays, or when I have something new that I’m excited about. After a certain point, as a business owner, you have to evaluate when things are working for you and when they are not. I realized a while back that model calls usually do not work out as I would hope, and so I stopped offering them. Mini sessions have historically not been profitable for me, but yet I have kept trying to offer them since I see other photographers do so well with them. I have been busy enough with full length sessions to keep me happy, but I still wanted to try a couple of summer mini sessions if there was enough interest. The response was disappointingly underwhelming, so at this time, I don’t have any additional plans to add on any other mini session events.

I have also tried offering promos on certain types of sessions periodically, things that I am excited about and want to do more. Unfortunately, many people see the words “promo” and “discount” and think that is an invitation to haggle. So going forward, I also do not have any promotions or discounts planned. I have fixed expenses for every session I shoot, so I absolutely do not do any sessions for trade (because lately people keep asking).

I have really been inspired lately by expanding into what I call “fine art lifestyle” photos of my boys and a few client sessions, and I have been so creatively energized by these sessions. They have ignited a creative spark in me that I haven’t found with other types of photography. So I offered a promo discount on in-home family sessions over the weekend, and unfortunately announcing that promo in one particular Facebook group was more of a headache than worthwhile.

I love Restoration Hardware, and I used to be addicted to their sales. I have to admit, I was more than a little disappointed when they made the switch to a members only discount versus having sales. The thrill of the hunt is part of what makes the sale so exciting! However, as business owners, constantly trying to plan the details of your next sale or promo stops making sense after a while. I remember reading the explanation when RH made the change and thinking, that makes so much sense, I should implement a similar policy! Then I didn’t actually have the guts to do it until now! Going forward, there will only be a few opportunities for discounts: Baby Plan clients, clients who receive a special discount card from one of my marketing partners, past clients who refer me new bookings will still receive a studio credit for their referral, and on occasion I may offer a special discount or bonus for the clients in my VIP group. I have no additional discounts, promos, mini sessions, etc. planned going forward.

I am however still really excited about the fact that I am now offering in-home family sessions again (it’s been a couple of years since I last was able to offer them), so I am offering one last session giveaway contest! You can find all of the details over on our Facebook page…scroll down to find the photo of my son shown below and you will find all of the details. The winner of the contest will be announced on Friday so if you are interested in entering, don’t delay! :)

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Mr Green Thumb’s Bath Time

My younger son looks a lot like my husband but I joke that he is my mini-me because he loves gardening so much. He gets quite dirty though when he helps me with the gardening so sometimes he ends up with multiple baths in one day lol. He’s growing up so fast and as much as I love seeing his little personality come out more and more, it is bittersweet since I wish he would stay my baby forever! (I can’t have any more babies so he’s definitely our last.)

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I just love his curls. He really needs a haircut but as his hair is growing out more, the roots are more blonde than red and I don’t want to get rid of his gorgeous reddish curls lol.alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1093 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1085 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1086 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1087 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1088 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1089

He loves to grab the phone whenever my husband calls me. :)

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And a couple of bonus photos of my three strawberry blonde handsome guys. :) I just love how my cat looks so cozy with my husband in these. He’s so proud…yup, I’m cozy with Daddy!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_1091

I have a couple of discounted opportunities for in-home family sessions this summer…if you are interested, you can contact us here for more info!

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Baby Dominic’s 1 Year Birthday Session in Studio

Sweet little baby Dominic came into the studio recently for his first birthday photos! His mama mentioned that she was planning a “Where the Wild Things Are” themed birthday party for him, so we wanted to do kind of a loose interpretation of that theme for his photos. :) I pulled out one of my favorite hand painted backdrops, and some of my cutest little wild animal baby outfits. :) I had so much fun with this session!

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