Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The hippest family EVER. {Big Bear Photographer, family, newborn, child, wedding}

The second I saw what this family was wearing I knew it was going to be fun. They are so super cute. Mom and Dad seem like they were just married yesterday, you can just feel the connection between them. Very sweet. And the boys, oh goodness, so much personality! They worked the cameras ALL.DAY. I didn't hear them complain and they were having so much fun. Here are some of my faves...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wedding photography makes my heart smile... {Big Bear Wedding Photographer}

When I said yesterday was crazy busy and long...I wasn't lieing. It was exhausting. There were some perks though. If you are a people watcher like I am then you would have had a bang up time. ;) There were so many "artistic" personalities swarming about and I truly enjoy watching people interact with others..and even sometimes themselves. But one of the highlights for me was the wedding session. I didn't know I would love weddings when I discovered my passion. In fact it took a little time shooting them before I realized that I truly love it. And I do love it. I love couples in love, fresh, new, love. It's beautiful and to capture it is magical. So here are a few of my favorites from yesterday... Enjoy and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Impromtu Mini-session with sweet baby A.... {Big Bear photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

Yesterday was a busy and long day. A good day though...I think. Yes I'm sure it was.
I went down to Seal Beach with another photographer friend (thank you for driving Laura!) and we hung out with about 50 other photographer's for the day. We had lots of models to shoot and this was one of them. While other togs' were crowded around a pretty baby girl this little guy, baby A, was eating away and enojoying the loving arms of his beautiful mama. I couldn't help but pull them aside and take a few shots. He's so stinkin' cute I could eat him!

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Inspire Me Baby Giveaway {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, family, child, wedding)

Inspire Me Baby is a beautiful new blog geared to inspire baby photographers. I love the blog and love the person behind it. They are having a giveaway today for photographers to win this gorgeous set. Check out the blog today, it's easy to enter, all you have to do is leave some love. The set is designed by Gradybug Designs

Visit the blog to win!
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just a few more of baby Camryn... {Big Bear photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

I just couldn't help but share a few more of this tiny sweet baby. I had a lot of fun taking her out to locations. I only wish I could do it all day all the time. So much fun! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

This location is magical at the right time of day, this was not that time though. I had to be really careful of the sun and sweet Aunt Annette is off to the right holding up a giant 5x6 reflector. I wouldn't be too surprised if her arms were a little sore today. Thanks again Annette!
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This location was in someone's front yard. It was tricky to shoot since right behind the baby was the owner's truck and house so I didn't have very many angle options. When we pulled up the owner was in her yard pulling weeds from among this native flower. She was gracious enough to let us sort of step all over them (even though we were careful).
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Four days old and loving the outdoors already.. {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

This little beauty was driven 1.5 hours from Riverside by her sweet Mama and Auntie to visit me today. We had to keep the session in the mid-afternoon to make sure that it would still be warm enough for baby Camryn to be outside. It was tricky to find some good light among the harsh sunlight but we managed to find little pockets here and there. Her Aunt was the best shade maker for me too when she held my giant reflector up to block the sun from the baby. Thanks girls for coming today! It was so nice to meet you and photograph baby Camryn. She's beautiful and you are truly blessed!
Here is just one from today....

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

The lemon lens redeems itself with a new one! {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

A few weeks ago my hubby gave me the thumbs up to go ahead and get a new lens. It's a special lens that would be just perfect for weddings, especially those heart filled candid moments. So to save a few Ben Franklins (hundreds) :) I bought one used. Well the camera supply store didn't really know what a quality portrait should consist of I guess and sold me a lens that had been dropped! Gasp. The lens weighs like 40lbs! Okay so maybe not 40 but it weighs a lot and it's as long as Pinnochio's nose...AFTER he lied. It's huge. So sadly I had to return it and wait for the new replacement but one thing I've learned with age is that just because a time seems bad doesn't mean it actually is....there could be something better just ahead. And yeee haw! This lens is the Daddy of lenses. I love it already and of course bribed the kids to let me take their pictures. These are a few of my faves with the new lens and the mini-bribery shoot.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

My session was an honored feature.... {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, family, child, wedding)

I was featured today on a beautiful new site that was designed to inspire newborn photographers. The site belongs to Zenia of Zenia Photography. Her work is simply stunning and I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of her gorgeous and useful new blog for newborns. Thanks Zenia!!!

Please check out the post and if you're feeling happy leave me a little lovin'.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Sneak Peek for the "M" family! {Big Bear Lake, Southern California Photographer}

I had a really great time with the "M" family on Saturday. We had to cancel our original date a month ago due to the crazy weather in May but we finally made it happen and the weather was good. A little hot but soooo much better then the 53 degrees on the last date. And due to the fly experience the day before with the twins I took my butt to Target and got some heavy duty bug spray for all of us. I grabbed a nice looking family bottle and then the heavy duty hunter spray. I pretty much took a shower in the hunter stuff. :) And it worked so YAY! This family is sooo sweet. So laid back and just plain sweet. The baby is one of the prettiest babies i've ever seen. She's got the prettiest plump lips and the biggest eyes ever. I knew she was going to make my camera happy. She was pretty serious for most of the session but I managed to steal a few precious smiles from her. I love how her serious pouty face looks so vintage. And a fun fact about this session....I went to Jr. High with her Daddy! What a small world. It was so good to spend that time with you M family, thanks for a great session! Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mean mean photographer, bad mean photographer! {Big Bear CA photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

I just got back from possibly the worst weekend ever. Don't you hate when everything goes so smoothly in your mind but then the actual occurences really put you in a spin? Ugh, that was my weekend. I had been to this location before but it was in late winter/early spring....I guess it was right before all the little nasty black flies hatched! I took the twins here and lo' and behold we were getting eaten alive. I didn't really know there was a problem until late that night after the session when my eyes nearly swelled shut and my arms and hand swelled up. I was having a severe allergic reaction to the fly bites! I showed the pharmacist and he was kinda grossed out. The worst part was that when mom and dad got the girls home one of them was covered in bites too. I don't think she was allergic, thank God, but they itch like heck and it's miserable. I feel awful and wanted to be sure to post something positive from the session from He** so that hopefully they forgive me! I got to photograph Lucille and Grace when they were just born and it was so fun to see them again. They are beautiful little bundles and hopefully they won't scream when they see me coming next time. Sorry girls! I love you!

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The adorable pettiskirts, hair bows, and pettiromper can be found at Chic Baby Rose Boutique..

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Baby Love Workshop reminder!


UPDATE: 5/23/10 I had my email wrong so if you've previously emailed me I am sooo sorrry! Please email me with your questions again at either or

What: A natural light photography workshop specifically focusing on newborn photography. We will go through pre-consult with parents, forms and information useful to preparing your clients for their session, session set-up and flow, gain confidence in baby-handling, location shooting, and photoshop tips and tricks.

When: August 14-15th, 2010'
Where: Big Bear Lake, CA

Saturday 10am - we will meet at my home studio, go through pre-consults and great ways to communicate with your clients during the session. We will also set up a newborn session from scratch so that you learn a good flow and and organization. You will also learn about the items that I feel are necessary for a newborn session.

Our first newborn session is from 11-1p
Lunch from 1-2pm
Our second Newborn from 2-4p
Our third newborn will be in studio and also at an outside location from 4-6p
Dinner at 7pm at a restaurant or we can order in and hang out!
Sunday at 10am we will go over photoshop and workflow and answer all the questions you may have.
If you want to stay later on Sunday you have a chance to shoot another newborn.
It will be so much fun and I can't wait to meet you!

Details: The workshop is limited to 5 photographers
You must already be in business and have a website or blog showing your work
You must have a firm understanding of shooting in manual and have a good understanding of exposure which includes being able to read your histogram.
You must live more then 100 miles (as the crow flies) from zip code 92315.
You can check the mileage at
The cost is $500 per person and includes lunch on Saturday. It also includes an awesome gift bag that will make you feel like a rockstar! Woot! :)

So what WILL you learn? You'll learn how to prepare moms and dads. How to be confident with someone's new bundle of joy. How to set up and organize your session. Newborn posing, prop use, and location shooting. How to edit baby skin. Photoshop workflow tips and tricks. And much more!

I can't wait to see you there!!

To sign up or ask questions please email me at - You will receive a confirmation email and additional information in the mail.

Baby Jacob Blogged {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding}

I finished editing sweet baby Jacob! Woot! Now my sister will get to see why she had to watch all the kids in a small room for 3 hours while I got to play with her new baby! *snicker* hehe!
I didn't take too much with me. It was a last minute decision to go since he was already exactly 3 weeks old the day of the shoot and I knew that the "newborn" window was hanging on by a sliver. The trip was also 2.5 hours in one direction and I did it all in one day.....last minute. I know, I'm a nut. That's the artist AND Auntie in me. I love being an Aunt it's the next best thing to being a Mommy. I love to see my nephews and niece and hold them and tickle them and torture them with fun love a little. It brings me so much joy. So while the day was quite a journey to tackle it was soooo worth it. Jacob fought me for the whole first two hours and made is so hard but the last hour was golden and he slept deep and happy...too deep in fact for me to prop him on his arms...yep he decided to be super floppy at that precise moment. Little Stinker!!! I love shooting for friends and family because I have a pressure free freedom in editing so here of course I went for my true love and did a vintage vibe. Vintage makes my heart smile. :)

I can't wait to see you again Jacob!!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just one peek of Baby Jacob {Big Bear Photographer, newborn, family, child, wedding}

I shared a few weeks ago about my new little nephew who had to stay in the NICU for a week on oxygen...but now he is HOME. He is healthy and happy and totally cute! I took a drive to go and see him before he was too big for newborn shots. Good thing I went that day because I think that was quite likely the very last day for any chance of a good session. He really, and I mean REALLY made me work for these. I didn't take a lot with me because it was supposed to be a quick trip all in one day but I did get lots of sweet shots of him that I'm happy with. Here is one...with lots more to come soon!

P.S. If you are thinking about joining me for my Baby Love Workshop please don't wait too long to sign up. There are some spots left and your head will be spinning with what you learn! Check out the workshop blog post below...

I do love me some negative space....
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Highlight on Crissie Fields, Photographer and Seamstress (Big Bear Photographer, newborn, child, family, wedding)

A talented photographer friend of mine is also a talented seamstress! If her and I lived closer to eachother we'd be in trouble! She makes these adorable clothes and right now she's feeling patriotic and making customized outfits for 4th of July. Check out her Etsy shop and if you have a minute stop by her facebook page too.
And don't miss out on her beautiful photography! If you're in her area look her up, you'll be glad you did!

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Her beautiful PHOTOGRAPHY blog


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Good Morning Kim!! (Big Bear Photographer, Newborn, Family, Child, Wedding)

I recently had a very fun session with a local family that I've really been enjoying getting to know. I was happy to photograph Kim's beautiful daughters about a month ago and just as happy to photograph her whole beautiful family the other day. I wanted to edit one and post a little peek for her. She is such a sweetheart that every morning when she gets on the computer she heads over to my blog to help my SEO!!! Okay, now that is sweet! So it's 1am right now and I'm hoping she checks it in the morning and gets a wonderful surprise! I feel like I'm having a surprise bday party and we're all going to yell, you guessed it, SURPRISE! LOL!
Good morning Kim, I hope you have a wonderful day! PS. I am home if you need to drop the girls off so that you can get some packing done. ;)


There will be more sneak peeks for you Kim, I just wanted to get one up for you!

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