Baby Avery’s Newborn Session

Sweet little baby Avery came in with her parents for her newborn session recently! Avery’s mama mentioned that they love grey, and I was quite excited because I’ve been anxious to include my grey backdrops into some updated newborn family photos. :) If you follow my posts regularly, I’m sure you probably know how much I love grey anyway!

 

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This little floral backdrop is one of my new favorites, and I incorporated some of my favorite grey plants from my garden and some white roses also from my garden. This sweet little girl really made me work for this shot…she really favored laying her head to this side, and I actually switched around the spot of my light and everything so I could shoot her in the direction that she preferred. That’s one of my favorite things about using lighting that mimics natural light but is not a window…I can easily adjust my lighting when needed, like in a situation like this! :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0361 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0362 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0363 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0364 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0365 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0366

This series of macro images from sweet little Avery is one of my new favorites. I absolutely love this creamy nude color wrap and backdrop for the detail shots. :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0367 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0368 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0369 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0370 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0371 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0372 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0373 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0374 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0375

I also wanted to be sure to get some photos of sweet little Avery in the section of my garden with lots of pretty grey plants, to go along with all of the other grey that I used for their session! :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0376 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0377 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0378

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Capturing the Tiniest of Details

One of my favorite parts of every newborn session is capturing all of the tiny little details of each baby. I always include a series of macro images in every newborn session, and I love how to capture the fresh baby details in such a unique way.

When our younger son was born last year, he had a particularly funny little patch of “old man hair” on just one ear. I wanted to make sure that I captured it since I figured it wouldn’t last long (it didn’t….that funny little patch of ear hair all fell off around the one month mark). I was having some difficult health complications from his delivery at the time, and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do many more photos of him in the newborn phase when I took this photo (I had already taken way more than enough…over 1000 photos lol). Making sure I captured that tiny detail was really important to me. I literally took this photo and then put my camera down, conceded defeat to my temporary health problems and went to the ER. Fun times lol. So glad that phase is past!

When our older son was born, he had quite a traumatic labor (he got stuck). As a result, he came out with a massive bump on his head. Every time I saw that bump, it reminded me of the anxiety I felt when they took him away to the NICU. I definitely did not want that bump in any of his newborn photos, so I kept it covered with little hats, and angled it away from the camera for every photo.

Are there any particular unique details of your baby that you hope to capture (or conceal!) with your newborn photos? I urge my clients to let me know…I will be sure to include those little details in my workflow for your session! :)

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A Life Worth Loving – My Mother’s Day Photo Project

Over the past year, I’ve struggled with getting photos of my own two boys together. After the little one passed the newborn phase, it got a lot more challenging to get the two of them to cooperate for photos together. I got frustrated for so many reasons…one of them is a morning person, the other is not; one likes to be in our garden, the other does not, etc.

A while back, I decided to stop offering family/children’s sessions for several reasons (other than the Disneyland sessions, which I love). First, I have had several major injuries over the past few years that have really slowed me down (I’m starting to feel better though, which I’m excited about!). Second, I got absolutely soured on family sessions after fall family mini sessions this past year (mini sessions are short and so rushed that it makes everyone feel tense and stressed out, putting pressure on the kids to behave and perform for the camera). Third, I designed my garden for maternity, newborns and babies. I don’t really enjoy having other people’s kids literally dig into my garden, yanking out entire plants, or jumping around and banging on walls in my glass greenhouse. It all got to be too high stress for me (yes, those things actually happened, several times). Fourth, I am not an outgoing, goofy, clown around type of person. I am an introvert and I like to capture beautiful things while quietly moving around. That’s part of the reason newborn sessions are my favorite…I don’t feel the pressure to be silly or babble on endlessly! :)

So I stopped offering family and children’s sessions. I tried several times to get my boys dressed in cute outfits and pose for photos together, usually in my garden, and it pretty much always resulted in less than happy facial expressions from them. My older son used to take direction and pose so well when he was about two years old, and my little one does okay on his own, but with the two of them together, it has mostly been a disaster.

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly intense for me health-wise. I had a surgery about a month ago, that led to a nasty post-op infection, which then led to another surgery and a biopsy. So for the past two weeks, I sat and worried in terror that there was a possibility that I may have cancer. It was actually not the first cancer scare I’ve had, so I worried that this time it may be actually happening. I tried to stay positive but my mind kept going toward worst-case scenarios. I started reviewing photos in my various hard drives, thinking about what kind of family heirlooms I would leave behind for my boys if I were gone. I realized how disappointing it would be to just find pictures of other people’s babies, and nearly no photos of themselves.

Usually for Mother’s Day, I like to do a self portrait with my boys but this year I didn’t want in the photos. I didn’t want to deal with trying to force them to cooperate in my studio. I also knew that my very expressive eyes wouldn’t be able to hide the palpable worry and anxiety I was feeling over the past two weeks. No amount of botox could hide the look of “I really hope I’m not dying…I can’t leave these boys!” that has been written all over my face lately. So I decided to try to do photos with just the two boys. I looked back at some of my older photos, and the ones I really loved the most of my older son were not when he was dressed up in a fancy outfit and posing perfectly, but ones where I just captured him having fun on a hike, or a trip to the beach, playing at home, etc. So I decided to bring my little adventurers out on a little hike and see what resulted. The photos aren’t perfect, and I would do several things differently the next time, but they are happy. I am so excited I decided to do this, and am definitely going to start making a habit of doing this on a regular basis.

The photos below are from our Mother’s Day adventure. The best part…I just found out yesterday that I am cancer-free! We don’t have any answers about what has been causing my symptoms that mimicked a tumor, but the good news is I should be sticking around for the foreseeable future! That’s all that matters to me. I can handle a bit of chronic pain any day…I’m totally used to that. πŸ˜‰ The doctor did think that the majority of the symptoms were mostly likely lingering pain from the infection I got, so hopefully I will be feeling more back to normal shortly anyway! :)

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These little squirt guns totally would not have been incorporated into the photos if I really tried to control this session (because I don’t like the bright colors), but the boys are currently obsessed with them and insisted that they bring them along lol. We tried to hide them for a few shots and it didn’t go well so I gave up and went with the flow!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0498 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0499 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0500 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0501 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0502 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0503 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0504 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0505 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0506 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0507 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0508 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0509
“Hug your brother and smile” doesn’t usually result in a photo-worthy moment, but while they are out exploring, it’s a different story apparently!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0510 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0511 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0513 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0514 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0515 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0516 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0517 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0518 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0519

I have been trying to capture the little one’s “turtle smile” for an entire year! He won’t do it on command. I finally captured it and I am so excited. My older son is a lot more goofy, but the little one is a lot more reserved (more like me I think).alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0520 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0521 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0522 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0523 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0524 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0525

At the end, they even listened when I asked them to “go stand next to each other and smile at me”! I couldn’t be more pleased. :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0526

I had also gotten discouraged from doing family/children’s photography after working on the editorial staff for an online fine art magazine a while back. The majority of the photos submitted/published for children involved perfectly posed children in beautiful outfits, with gorgeous editing. I know this is definitely the trend lately for fine art children’s photography. I tend to consider myself more of a fine art photographer than a lifestyle photographer, so my frustrations with my own boys’ lack of cooperation for photos like that left me feeling frustrated and inadequate as a children’s photographer. Then I started thinking about it….most of those photos I was comparing to are usually of little girls! Little boys are so much different and don’t like to pose the same way. I am learning to let go of my preconceived ideas of what type of photo makes a good children’s photo. πŸ˜‰

I still need to test out a few more things with my recovery from my knee injury, but I will be offering casual children’s/family sessions like this one soon. :) More details will be coming soon once I am absolutely sure my knee can handle it, but in the meantime, you can contact me for more information if you are interested in photos like this of your own family! :)

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CLOSED: Special Artist’s Choice Discounted Session Available for Two Newborn Clients!

Every once in a while, I get some new props that I just can’t wait to use. When most of my clients book, they request particular images or props that they have seen on my website, so I often don’t end up having a chance to use some of the new items that I am so excited about. So once in a while, when that happens, I like to offer what I call an “Artist’s Choice” discounted session. It’s kind of like the chef’s special at a restaurant. :) If you are the type of client who likes my general style and don’t have specific things in mind that you want for your session, the Artist’s Choice session can be a perfect option for you!

In particular right now, I have a bunch of new little quilts that I am super anxious to use and a couple of new wood tone backdrops too! :) If you like grey and rustic, and/or creams, vintage mid-tone wood colors, and a bit of color, and are expecting a newborn this month, be sure to contact me for more information! This discounted session option will be available for two newborn clients in the month of May only, one baby girl and one baby boy.

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Free Maternity Mini Sessions Next Weekend!

I am very excited to announce that I am partnering with Motherhood Maternity in Manhattan Village next weekend for a special free maternity mini session event!

The event will take place at Motherhood Maternity in Manhattan Beach, CA on Saturday, May 13th from 12-2 pm. Qualifying purchases over $200 at Motherhood Maternity will qualify you for the complimentary mini session and digital photo with print release. Mini session is for mother/mother-to-be and up to two additional children.

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Mother’s Day special on Fine Art of Motherhood sessions!

I absolutely love motherhood photos. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I decided to offer a special promo on either of my Fine Art of Motherhood session options, either in the studio or in my garden. If you book your session during the month of May, you will receive a $150 discount off the motherhood session of your choice. Availability remaining for May is limited, so the session can take place in May or June to receive the discount, but must be booked by May 31, 2017 to qualify for the discount.

I originally started offering these black and white motherhood mini sessions because I wanted to create a blueprint for my husband to follow so I could get some of my own. I need to push him to take some for me before my own little teddy bear gets any bigger! :)

 

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Discount is only valid for sessions that take place in our studio and/or studio garden. Off-site locations are currently limited until I am fully recovered from my recent knee injury.

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Kellie’s Family Session at Disney California Adventure

This is the follow up post to yesterday’s Disneyland session! I met Kellie’s family the following day at Disney California Adventure for even more fun! :)

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The wilderness exploration area has to be one of my favorite spots in both parks! So much fun! My boys were jealous when they saw these tire swing photos….they can’t wait to be tall enough to try these out!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0225 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0226 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0227

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Kellie’s Family Session at Disneyland

Kellie and her family met me at Disneyland for their family session! They were on a Disney vacation here all the way from Australia! :) We actually split their sessions into two separate days, one day to capture Disneyland and California Adventure on the next day. I will post the Disneyland session today and the ones from California Adventure will be posted tomorrow!

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I had so much fun goofing around in Toon Town with the twins! :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0231 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0232 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0233 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0234 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0235

I always joke that I’m really lucky my husband doesn’t mind that our own garden is full of tons of pink. I think Minnie Mouse’s garden is the only other garden I’ve ever seen with so much pink in her front yard. πŸ˜‰ I am quite jealous of Minnie’s gorgeous pink tree!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0236 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0237 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0238 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0239

The kids were very excited that they were able to see the train up close!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0240 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0241 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0242 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0243

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Melody’s Studio & Garden Newborn Session

Sweet little Melody came into the studio and our studio garden for her newborn session recently! Her mama mentioned that she loves pink, which I always love for sessions with baby girls. :) I got to try out my new (handmade) floral backdrop with sweet little Melody, which I was quite excited about. I spent several hours making it so it was quite exciting to see it in use!
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I always love sweet little macro detail shots for newborn sessions too. :)alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0196 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0197 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0198 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0199 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0200 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0201Β  alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0203 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0204 alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0205alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0206
This photo is one of my favorites in my garden so far!alicia_in_wonderland_photography_los_angeles_newborn_photographer_0207

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Baby Kade’s Family Newborn Session

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Hello, there, bright eyes! I always love getting an awake newborn shot, especially when they are looking at the camera! Sweet little baby Kade came in for his newborn session recently with his parents, big brother and big sister. We had so much fun with their family newborn session!2017-04-25_0001 2017-04-25_0002 2017-04-25_0003 2017-04-25_0004 2017-04-25_0006 2017-04-25_0007 2017-04-25_0008 2017-04-25_0009 2017-04-25_0010 2017-04-25_0011

It was a bit of a cool, gloomy day when little Kade came here, so we weren’t able to do any photos outside in the main garden, but that is exactly why I have my photo greenhouse! :) Little Kade was nice and warm and cozy for these photos in my garden.2017-04-25_0012 2017-04-25_0013
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Toddlers are often unsure about having a new sibling, and getting a photo of toddlers together with a new baby can often be quite challenging. I know first-hand how challenging that can be, even though my own son was quite used to posing for my photos when his baby brother was born! As a result of that experience, I like to include sibling composite photos with our Deluxe Family Newborn Session. It’s much easier to get a happy sibling shot when it is photographed in various stages and all merged together afterward in post processing to get a final finished result with all of the siblings together. This photo below was a composite sibling photo. πŸ˜‰

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Happy baby! :)

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