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 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 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 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

sunflare | los angeles engagement photographer

Being that I am not a wedding photographer, it is not too often that I get to shoot enagement photos. But i LOVE shooting them and would LOVE to shoot more of them! Just putting that out there into the universe :) I especially loved this shoot because of the request for sunflare! I LOVE sunflare...the hazy glow that it produces on film. It's not for everyone but I felt like this was a match made in heaven and I am so happy with the results.

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together!!

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Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Fuji 400h Hair & Makeup | Stacy Heim

party until the sun goes down | family photographer orange county

Warning! Overshare! OH how I adore this session!!! And while I trying my hardest to cut portions out of the blog post I realized this is my blog and if I want to overshare...I'll overshare. :) I had quite the few vacationers this year...which is so fun! My own family hired a photographer on our last vacation and I treasure those images because if we had not had them done I probably would not have been in any of our vacation pictures!!

Anywhoo...I had so much fun with them I could have packed myself up and gone on through the rest of their vacation with them!! They were ready to play and let things go with the flow. They loved and hugged and had a smile on their faces even when their daughter went running into the water in her cute little outfit and got drenched at the BEGINNING of our session...that was her and they went with it!!

Here are a few (ha, ha! ok all) of my favorites from our time together...until the very last light.

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Techie Info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F5/35 2.0 | Fuji 400h

low tide | family photographer los angeles

One of my favorite shoots from 2013 was a returning client who had moved away but was here on vacation! We have been blessed this winter with AMAZING weather and a super low tide, making me fall in love with southern california even more (as if there was any doubt how much i loved it before!) Here are a few of my favorites from our morning at the beach!


























the making of the O'Leary holiday card | los angeles family photographer

One of my favorite things about film is that you get 16 shots on a roll (or 35 depending on what kind of film you are shooting)...that means when I go out with my kids (or clients) I am not shooting of 100 frames...I am waiting and shooting intentionally because each time you click it costs you better make it count. (I could do this with digital obviously but it's amazing how I can switch to full lead trigger finger when I pick up a digital camera!!!) This has really helped with shooting my own kids! Unlike when we used to go out and take pictures and I would shoot off 100 frames and it would TAKE.FOREVER. now they know there are only so many if they behave and do what I will be quick! So the only thing I need to worry about is my sweet 7 year olds chandler bing smile :) LOL. For our picture this year there were some walls I had been scouting out to use....when we got to the first one the sun wasn't in the right place to get the shot I had in my head so I clicked 3 frames and we left and went to the red wall, which i am OBSESSED WITH....funny enough i ended up using the first frame for our card. But I thought I'd share the roll I shot...only missing the blinking few.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!! Thank you to all my awesome clients who allow me to capture their families year after year!! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!! xo

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Techie Info | Contax 645 | Fuji 400h (i think) Holiday card design |


and run and run and run | maternity newborn photographer los angeles

I had so much fun with this family!! Their energy was refreshing and little Mr I was SO FULL OF ENERGY!Loved mom's dres at the end! THIS is what I mean when I say don't be afraid of patterns, color and to wear something flowy that accentuates your belly!

Looking forward to meeting that newborn sometime this month!! Here are a few of my favorites from their maternity session, I could of shared the entire gallery! Enjoy!

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Techie Info | Contax 645 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 | Fuji 400h

sweet baby a | newborn photographer los angeles

I had so much fun with sweet baby a and her family a few months back. She was WIDE awake pretty much the entire the end it was crunch time so I used my magic on her and she finally fell asleep!! Phew! Success! I love how curious she was about all that was around her (her little furry friend was very protective and curious as well) and the way she was staring at her mom and dad BUT i am also happy we were able to get some curled up shots for Mom!! Here are a few of my favorites from our time together!!














Techie Info | Contax 645 + F100/35 2.0 | Kodak Portra 800

2013 HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS | south bay los angeles family photographer

We still have 3+ weeks of summer but holiday mini sessions are upon us!!Here is the info! and to not leave you without pretty pictures, here's a collection from my last mini session marathon! I look forward to working with you and your family!!2013 HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONSholiday mini session-south bay los angeles family photographer 1

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a gloomy summer day | redondo beach family photography

a few weeks ago my husband took our son for a little father son was a cloudy day and leighton wanted to collect some shells for her collection so of course i threw her in one of the dresses I made her and made it a photoshoot opportunity!! I also tried out some black & white film (Kodak TMAX400 I believe) which is different for me but I am SO FEELIN' IT!!! Would love to hear what you think!! redondo beach family photography-1

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Techie | nikon F5 + 35mm | Tmax

sweet face | palos verdes family photographer

I loved every moment working with this family. Doesn't little M have the SWEETEST face. sweet face_palos verdes family photography

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someone loves being a big brother! | irvine newborn photographer

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