just play | orange county family photographer

Happy Friday to y'all! 
Thought I'd share another favorite shoot from 2014! This was a mini and it was POURING rain just an hour before our session!! Thankfully this family, at least mom & dad, was game for anything and it turned out to be an amazing day! The clouds are always my favorite right after it rains! 
The stars aligned and here are a few of my favorites from our time together!!
I am going to be schedulding out mother's day mini session soon!! Shoot me an email at victoriaolearyphoto@gmail.com OR use the contact form on my website to get in touch if you are interested!! 

nassau, bahamas | los angeles film photographer

Our Bahamas cruise stopped in Nassau in the Bahamas. There isn't too much to do when you just walk off the ship. We didn't have enough time to go to Atlantis, which is that pink tower in the first set of pictures, so we decided to walk through town to the Queen's Staircase. The staircase is 65 steps, one for each year of Queen Victoria's rule and leads up to Fort Fincastle which is a triangular fort that was built in 1793 to protect the island from invaders. The kids are SO LUCKY they weren't with me because I probably would have stopped them every five seconds to take a picture infront of some kinda cool wall!!! I love how everything is so brightly colored and how vibrant all the plants are next to the contrast of how run down all the buildings are. OH and the water is the most perfect shade!! My brother and sister-in-law amuzed me for a second but OH if I could go back and do a shoot in the bahamas!! (putting it out there into the universe!!!) 

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 | Kodak Ektar | Goodman Film Lab

miami | los angeles film photographer

Before I had children, and suddenly had this urge to capture them and others, I loved photographing things. Buildings, windows, scenery and the like. I would tell everyone to get out of my pictures. And then that changed. Now that I photograph people I have the HARDEST time photographing other things. It is not second nature to me anymore.

Last month I went to Miami and the Bahamas on a little get away with my mother, brother and my sister-in-law. For the first time, I had no kids with me (or kids stuff) - so I brought my Contax with me. I only shot a roll (give or take) in each place but at least i did it! I am notorious for lugging camera gear on vacations and having the best intensions without the follow through. SO here are a few of my images from walking around Miami. I forced my mom to get in a few too. 

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Lomo-Wide | Kodak Ektar | Goodman Film Lab

SIX | los angeles family photographer

It's birthday week over here at the O'Leary house! My kids are three years and three days apart (incidentally my husband and I are only 12 days apart! Little tidbit for ya!) I remember when Pierce turned five, thinking that was the craziest thing ever......and then the baby turned five. And now, we've made our way past it and it makes my heart hurt just a tiny bit. They are getting so big. 
My muse. My mini me. She turns SIX today. I make her pinky swear every night as we count sheep that she will always be my best friend. I know that pinky swear promise will be a hard one to keep and that she might not always like me so much as we navigate the teen years...but until then I will cherish every moment.
Her teacher says that her smile lights up the entire room from the time she walks in to the time she leaves...I'd say that is a pretty good description of my sweet soul. 

Happy Birthday my love!! I am so proud to be your mommy!!

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 | Fuji 400h | Goodman Film Lab

grateful | los angeles family photographer

Oh, what to say. Grateful for this family is an understatement.
When you get sick to the point where you are wondering how things are going to take care of themselves, without your little happy world falling apart, you only can hope that you have surrounded yourself with people who will, without a second thought, jump in with two feet and help you out. And when that happens so seamlessly, that you don't even need to think, it is truly the biggest blessing ever. 
Largely, because of this girl, my kids knew I had Cancer but it did not effect them. They were picked up every morning and taken on summer adventures with their friends and dropped off fed and ready for bed....not just for a week, but for the ENTIRE SUMMER and then some. What was going on with the kids was the least of my worries and most importantly I knew they were safe and having a awesome time. She is an amazing example of selflessness and the best friend a girl could ask for. I don't think she'll truly every understand how much I appreciate her...even if I say it over and over and over and over. 
With that my best friends sweet family is up on my blog today....Love you Crvelin Family!!! 
Can't wait to play this summer all together!! 

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Kodak Portra 400 | Goodman Film Lab

NINE | los angeles family photographer

My little love muffin turned NINE yesterday! When they say the days are long but the years are short, who ever they is sure aint kidding!! I was always into photography but he sparked the fire in me (and also made me apologize to my mom - who is a photographer - for always giving her such a hard time when she tried to capture us growing up!!)  It's not too often he allows me to take his picture these days but at least he doesn't look at his nose anymore ;)

He's growing into such an awesome young man and those dimples don't hurt his cause either. 

We love you buddy!!


a few of my favorite things | los angeles family photographer

A few of my favorite things. California Winters. VW Buses. Sunflare. Mini-Sessions. Thinking about putting those things together again. Shoot me an email if you're interested! Palos Verdes is SO pretty right now would love to get some families out there for a few quickie shoots! Let's set something up!! And the bus is always up for use too....it's a work in progress but super fun for pictures!!

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Fuji 400h | Goodman Film Lab

miss arden love | los angeles newborn photographer

My favorite part about being a newborn photographer is capturing all the little parts that change so quickly. The flakey skin, the mullet fohawk, the back rolls, tiny feet. The unbelivable love you suddenly have for this tiny little person!! You think you won't forget about all those endrearing newborn qualities and then in a blink they are asking you to drop them off at a friends house or turning 6. (my kids birthdays are this week so excuse me if I get mushy, it's a hard week for Mama!!! But seriously, how is my baby going to be SIX?!!)  

I hope to create images that trigger those memories. Allow my clients to hold them close even when their babies have gone and grown up (how dare they!!)

So without further delay....introducing the adorable Miss Arden Love to my blog....with her lovely mom and dad. I had so much fun capturing these images. Hope you love them too! 

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Portra 800 | Goodman Film Lab

love | los angeles family photographer

I love finding unexpected shots on the ends of my rolls, usually it's a quick "sit here and let me finish the end of a roll" before I rush off to the post office. (as seen by the pjs and football - which is glued to Pierce's hands these days). These two are my world and their love for each other makes my heart go pitter-pat. <3

Techie Info | Nikon F100 + Fuji 400h

bliss | los angeles family photographer

Happy belated New Years all! Instead of doing a favorite images of 2014 I am sharing my favorite sessions!! Since they are all sitting in my hard drive waiting to be shared with all you lovely people!! LOVE this set. Your pictures should look like YOU! They should be reflective of your style. Don't over think, just get dressed in your favorite things and come play!! 

Cheers to a happy, healthy and blissful 2015!! xo
Techie Info | Contax 645 + Nikon F100 | Fuji 400h | Goodman Film Lab

the time is now | los angeles family photographer

It's too often we moms (and/or dads) do not get in the picture for one reason or another, usually because we are the one behind the camera or because we feel like something could be different, we don't have the right outfit, our hair isn't done, or we already have it in our heads that the kids won't cooperate and it's going to be a living hell (you know some of you think that!!)......and if we just.change.something....well then we would be camera ready. All the while letting the time fade away. Forget that!! Now is the time!! And I promise I will make it fun!! I have a few more openings before the end of the year and I would LOVE to capture your family! Click the contact tab to shoot me a note and let's play!! 

Here are a few of my favorites from this awesome mama shoot. Gotta love the big brother, little sister dynamic, these two are TOO cute and we had so much fun!! For me there is something so therapeutic about low tide...espeically paired with that last bit of light. You just can't help but smile.

Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Kodak Portra 400 | Goodman Film Lab

rethinking the newborn session | los angeles newborn photographer

It's no secret newborns are my favorite subject. I'm like a grandparent...I get to come love on your baby and then go home, and hopefully I get to watch them grow up throughout the years!! 

My usual set up involves me moving in for a bit...I bring blankets and a bean bag...sometimes a few baskets. I changed things up this time and I am in LOVE with the results. The process was so much more simple and streamline. Soooo while I still LOVE me a curled up newborn shot, I am going to incorporate a little more lifestyle in to the mix. I think it really shows where the family is at in that moment, which is something that is really important to me as your photographer.

Would love to hear what you think!!

Techie info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Kodak Portra 800 | Goodman Film Lab

picking up where i left off | los angeles family photographer

You might have noticed it has been a little quiet around here!!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that I was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the summer. As shocking, and as devestating as the news was, I made it through the dark clouds with the amazing support of friends and family. (seriously the amount of support we received physically, emotionally and even monitarily, is almost too much for me to talk about...it was overwhelming...I felt, and continue to feel, the love!) My Doctors are very confindent that we will find me to be Cancer free (in November) so it is hard not to jump on their positivity bandwagon! And I am feeling SO great!!

Because of my diagnosis, I spent the entire summer having chemo and radiation treatments and in turn the summer of 2014 became what we called the "bummer summer". I was not able to do all of the things that I would normally do during the summer......play with my kids.....go to the beach (although I snuck down there a few times).....have fun outings....go to the gym or standup paddle. My cameras all sat on a shelf while I willed myself to carry on to the next day. I'm not going to lie...it sucked. (my kids had an AWESOME summer thanks to my AMAZING girlfriends who picked them up every morning and treated them as they were their own....I could not be more thankful for that!!)

Four weeks after treatment was done I was told by the doctors I could resume normal life. It was an undescribable feeling to be told I could live again!! (I can't tell you how excited I was just to go to Trader Joes!!) The following weekend was a perfect Southern California day so we piled the kids into the car with the paddle boards and celebrated playing at our favorite spot!! And of course I brought my camera along! It felt so good to pick up where I left off.


On another note, you might notice things look a little different around here!! I have a new site and a new blog!! I resumed shooting a few weeks ago and I am so excited to be back in the land of the living and to share what is going on in life!! Currently I am booking 2014 newborns + 2015 newborn and family sessions...You'll find new offerings including an all-inclusive weekday session option!!! So hit me up over there on the contact page and let's play!! 

Techie Info | Nikon F100 + 35 2.0 | Kodak Ektar 100

double double | los angeles newborn twin photographer

Introducing the sweet duo of C&C!! I have had the pleasure of knowing and photographing this family through the years now and each time is such a pleasure!! Sweet K is just the best big sister there ever was and she SHINES in her new roll!!

Here are just a few from our time together!!

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you know how when you bring new babies home the older ones look SO big all of the sudden?! Such a doll!

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our practice run before we brought the boys in!!

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like an old pro!!

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Techie info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 |  Kodak Portra 800

little beach vacation | family photographer los angeles

Did you know they do not have piers in Australia?! I had no idea! It was the perfect setting to document this families vacation to sunny Southern California!! They got the full experience on a Sunday at Noon during the summer!! Packed, but beautiful and fun nonetheless! Here are a few of my favorites from our time together! I adore the way film handles midday sun.

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Techie Info | Mamiya 645/80 2.8 + Nikon F100/24-70 2.8 | Fuji 400h