It’s no secret that I love what I do, I feel like I gush about it in every feature I post. But I feel it’s important to share that documenting your life genuinely interests me. I’m not the kind of person who could do what I do if I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. I would just do something else. For real. I really love capturing these special moments, seeing these kids grow and catching up with mom and dad year after year. I actually get a little sad when I photograph and family and they move away… But recently it occurred to me that our journey together doesn’t really have to end there.

I shot these twins as newborns when they lived in LA. Shortly after our shoot, they moved out to NY and it didn’t really affect me until I realized their first birthday was coming up. It made me sad to think someone else might be shooting this milestone. I get so emotionally invested in the people I work with. And I knew the family didn’t really want to hire someone else… And truthfully, I didn’t WANT them to hire someone else. So we made it happen.

We met on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise. I had never been there, but sunrise is usually pretty dead anywhere you go in my experience, so I wasn’t sweating it. Well, the uber drops me off, it’s literally 6:45AM on a Sunday, and no joke, there were probably 30-40 people on that bridge. My first thought was “DAMN IT! How am I going to shoot around THIS?!”… There were joggers, and tourists, and fashion photographers with models fully made up, there were a handful of dancers being photographed doing all sorts of amazing moves. And, in watching everyone do their thing while I waited for my subjects to arrive, I was suddenly overwhelmed with inspiration. How amazing to be surrounded by all these people going after it. Living their dream, chasing their passion and getting out of bed before the sun to do so. It was awesome, a moment I will never forget and actually hope to experience more.

So, CHEERS to Brooklyn and all the doers. Here are some faves from our sunrise session. And, wishing a very happy 1st birthday to two of my favorite twins around. Thank you for having me and I hope to see you all again next year. stampmcq2016-1stampmcq2016-2stampmcq2016-3stampmcq2016-4stampmcq2016-8stampmcq2016-6stampmcq2016-7stampmcq2016-9stampmcq2016-11stampmcq2016-13stampmcq2016-14stampmcq2016-15stampmcq2016-16stampmcq2016-17stampmcq2016-18stampmcq2016-20stampmcq2016-19stampmcq2016-21stampmcq2016-22stampmcq2016-23stampmcq2016-24stampmcq2016-25stampmcq2016-26stampmcq2016-27stampmcq2016-28stampmcq2016-29stampmcq2016-30stampmcq2016-31stampmcq2016-32stampmcq2016-33stampmcq2016-34stampmcq2016-35stampmcq2016-36stampmcq2016-37stampmcq2016-38stampmcq2016-39stampmcq2016-40stampmcq2016-41stampmcq2016-42stampmcq2016-43stampmcq2016-44stampmcq2016-45stampmcq2016-46stampmcq2016-47stampmcq2016-48stampmcq2016-49stampmcq2016-50stampmcq2016-51stampmcq2016-52stampmcq2016-53stampmcq2016-54stampmcq2016-55stampmcq2016-56stampmcq2016-57stampmcq2016-58stampmcq2016-59stampmcq2016-60

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Nothing reignites my passion for what I do like changing my surroundings. This was confirmed when I traveled to Paris a couple years back. So, when the opportunity presented itself to travel to New York to shoot with some of my favorite families this year, I didn’t even think twice.

Done. Sold. My bags are packed.

I visit San Francisco annually, but I hadn’t been to NY in over ten years and I was quickly reminded that there just really is no other city like it. It’s fast and rich and gets the adrenaline pumping through my veins – but it’s also beautiful and charming, and a bit of a seductress. I’m an LA girl from birth, but I can definitely see why people fall so deeply in love.

My second day in the city, I met up with this family for coffee and a stroll through Central Park at sunrise and let me tell you, it was pure magic. Not only are they just the coolest, but it was the first somewhat chilly day in the city and we all relished in that cozy Fall feeling. I was also a little bit blown away by how “together” they were so early in the morning, and how solid their foundation felt. I wonder if you will feel their bond come through in the images, like I felt it in person. Such good kids with truly incredible, united parents.

This session was a real treat for me, even more so when they asked if I would come back again next year. Perhaps New York will be added to my annual visits list. (YAY!)


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As far as wardrobe goes, I generally believe comfort is key. If you are tugging and adjusting your outfit our whole session, or wearing something you are super uncomfortable in, it will reflect in your face. But every now and then, I agree it’s fun to fancy it up a bit… esp for holiday cards. Of course, it ended up being a pretty cold evening so the girls were freezing, but the wind played perfectly into the images. And you’ll notice I really fell in love with the black and whites for this session, such a classic feel with their outfits. Happy 2nd Birthday, Charlee!


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I get asked this question often, and because I aim to please, I have thought about it truly and deeply… but my conclusion is always the same. I don’t shoot mini sessions, and I want to take a moment to explain why.

The short answer is, I just don’t work that way. I don’t like to rush. So much in life is rushed. And, rushing kids just doesn’t work. It’s really that simple.

Will we get some really great shots in 30 minutes? Yes, of course.

Will we get all the amazing candids and authentic relaxed/playful/curious/loving moments that I set out for at every session? No, I can tell you, we won’t.

But what it really boils down to, is time. The time we spend together is essential for so many reasons.

First, if everyone has time to relax a bit and let me do what I do, we will always achieve the magic. Even if your kid is grumpy that day, or YOU are grumpy that day, or it was chaos getting out the door and everyone is grumpy that day. A full session allows time for everyone to chill out and refocus on the fun. Or, maybe everyone is in a great mood, but it’s taking a minute to warm up and get comfortable with the camera. There are a million scenarios I could share from my experience, blowout diapers – snack breaks – meltdowns – the usual toddler dilly dallying that happens on a daily basis in my house, but all of them just point to how necessary our time is together.

Second, my creative juices have really JUST started flowing about 30 minutes in! The last thing I want to do is say goodbye, reset my brain and start all over with another family. If I’m meeting you for the first time, I want time to get to know everyone and figure out what puts the sparkle in your eye. If you are a repeat client, I want that time to reconnect with your kids, so we really get the authentic smiles and moments we are all hoping for.

My favorite is, “…but we only need a couple good shots” …

My first thought when I hear that is… do you know what it takes to get those good shots? I will say, 95% of the time it takes more than 30min. With kids, things can take time, and that’s okay! Plus, I don’t know about you, but I’m a mom of two and I run a business full time – it’s all a labor of love, but I’m tired! If only for this couple hours we spend together every year, let’s slow down and relish in all that love we have for our children, and our spouse, and what makes us so awesome. If we relax, our children will too, and the images will just be that much better.

And guess what, I don’t want to only give you a couple good shots… I want you to have ALL the good ones! Even if you don’t think you care about them now.

Generally, I just don’t think I am the photographer you should hire if you only want “a couple good shots”. I don’t want you to “say cheese” in front of a Christmas tree, that is so boring and not why I do what I do. Each image is like a work of art to me. I want to document your life and your love. I want to capture those beautiful parenting moments that might feel a bit cloudy right now, but 10 or 20 years from now, you will miss so much your heart aches. I want the REAL emotions, the good and the bad. And, I want the quiet moments toward the end of our session when everyone let’s their shoulders relax and finally kind of forgets I’m there. That’s my favorite part, it happens every time.

I think you get the gist. I could go on, I’m obviously very passionate about this subject, but I will leave it at that. And for all those sensitive types, I am in no way trying to come down on the photogs that offer mini sessions. I understand why they do them and who knows, maybe some day I’ll change my mind. Never say never… But probably not any time soon.

Alas, here is an awesome example of a truly relaxed morning stroll I took with some of my favorite clients around Abbot Kinney. Now, it was hot and humid as hell at 8am, and we were all sweating like dogs… and, I was a couple months pregnant with Atlas and super nauseas the whole time. So yeah, not the perfect circumstances for any of us, but you would never know it because we took our time. Enjoy!



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