Baby boy

So I have a way I like to photograph. It might be a ritual, or a vision. I know what I want. I know what Im looking for in an image. It becomes an experience for me and I have definite ideas about how I capture whats in front of me. It becomes an event, maybe even a spiritual event and I want it documented a certain way. It might be an art...a very sacred art and I take it seriously. Especially newborn sessions. I want them as natural as possible, capturing the true essence of what this new spirit has brought into the world. A once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and a once in a lifetime opportunity for the parents. When you think about it, its a big deal. I want to capture the little smiles and tender touches. The tiny new feet and the sleepy downy head. If only I could bottle the sweet smell of a newborn...now that would be a trick! I want to capture the quiet a newborn brings and the complete vulnerability of this child, so miraculously brought into this world. Im not much into props and elaborate settings, but rather the simple existence of this newborn sent straight from God...quite literally. Its a beautiful thing, and I want to capture it well, usually in Momma's bed. This session, taken with a dear friend of mine (and quite amazing fashion blogger/attorney/momma/wife/wonder woman) who I shoot often was absolutely perfect. Her bright white, linen bed was a perfect backdrop, as was a few neat blankets she had acquired. I have documented her whole pregnancy, which she wore extremely well...then this highly anticipated shoot where we captured him on his 7th day. This sweet baby slept through the entire thing. Why I shoot early...so their sleepy little self can relax through the whole shoot. We don't want a stressed out babe for his first time with the camera.

I wish you well, little boy...you are lucky to have the mother you have, a bright ray of sunshine in a sometimes dismal world. Your daddy and sister will stand by you as well. You are fortunate, sweet little man...love your mother, like she loves you. Treasure this love like no other. However, you will never truly know this love until you have a little one of your own. 

Pretty in Purple

When I was approached by this couple to possibly take their wedding photos I might have been in awe of the sheer utter beauty they possessed. Between the two of them, they were a visual dream come true. When we took engagements on the beach, they waltzed their way through the shoot effortlessly, extremely photogenic, but obviously so taken with each other as they shared glances and sweet kisses. While she was unbelievably stunning, he was just as handsome in his own masculine way. They were a match made in heaven, quite literally. Now as beautiful as they were, they might have been more gorgeous on the inside as their warm and sweet personalities shone as we exchanged hugs and well wishes in anticipation of their wedding day where I would be documenting it all. Fast forward to wedding day...a glorious sunny southern California day in Oxnard, at a grand beachfront resort. Their vows were taken on the shore with close family and friends in attendance, maids dressed in purple carrying bouquets in all shades of lavenders, pinks and whites. Inside the ballroom the cake was the showpiece, decorated as Tana always had dreamed. It was spectacular. Dinner, dancing and lots of champagne flowed as the celebration continued through the night. A sparkler send off always fun for me, as I love the warm light it gives off, and the candid smiles it always brings. Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Davis...two of the most beautiful people I know. I wish you a lifetime of happiness...and Im looking forward to the baby Davis' who I will get to photograph!