Monday, July 2, 2018

5 tips on how to plan for photos with kids

As a Mom, you try to be prepared as possible with your littles everyday. You can anticipate their needs and be ready with things such as snacks, diapers, activities, the list can go on and on. 
When booking and planning for photos with your kids you may not know what to expect. 
I've put together my top five list of tips on how to prepare and go through a session with kids smoothly and as stress free as possible. 

ONE.
Pick a session time that is ideal for your kids. Most photographers will suggest and say they recommend sunset hour (golden hour) and while I prefer that time of day for lighting I also understand that it may be too close to bedtime for your littles. If that's the case they will probably not be in their best moods that time of day, then I would recommend an early morning or sometime after nap time and we can still get some beautifully lite photos. 
This photo was taken in the middle of the day, the light is a little more harsh but its still a great shot! 

  
Two.
choose outfits that are comfortable and easy for kids to move around in. Both of my kids are sensitive to tags and certain fabrics. Therefore I know they will complain if there is a itchy tag in their shirts or an uncomfortable waist band on pants. I'm obsessed with flower crowns but I also know that not every little girl is going to be ok with wearing one. It's always worth a try but don't force something otherwise there might be lots of tears in photos. 

Three.
Plan to bring something fun to play with or an activity that your kids will enjoy! Bubbles, a picnic, a favorite stuffed animal, a fun game such as ring around the rosie or dancing are always a fun way to get kids distracted if they are over it or starting to throw a fit. During a session I will always suggest a fun game like peek a boo or dancing to get some giggles.



Four.
SNACKS! Kids can eat none stop, sometimes I like to take a break in the middle of a session for a quick snack! Remember to bring something that won't stain faces or clothes. I also suggest bringing or offering some kind of treat at the end of the session. I'm not against bribing kids for great photos, sometimes it works like a charm!!

FIVE.
Go with the flow.
At the end of the day kids will be kids. We can't always predict their mood changes and even though it can be frustrating we can't flip a switch and turn it off, even though that would be awesome! Of course we all want "the perfect shot" with everyone smiling and looking at the camera. I'd say most if not all of my sessions I can at least get one of those in your gallery.





Some of my favorite images are the in between moments, the candids, everything may not be going exactly the way you pictured it but the moment, together, is being captured and honestly as a mom I'm so grateful for every image of me with my kiddos.



If you are interested in a session I'd love to chat more!!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Life Lately-personal post

Hi!! Hope your having a fabulous thursday! Mine is going great except for the fact that I have a cold, but I'm sitting on the couch all morning with coffee in hand working, so I can't complain too much ;) 
It's been so long since I've done a personal post, I love being able to look back at these to see how much has changed and how much my babies have grown. 
Hunter had his spring break about a week ago and got 2 whole weeks off from school! We had a few days out and about doing fun things but mostly stayed home. We had fun Easter morning going through the kids baskets and getting ready for Easter at my mother in laws.





I was feeling inspired by a Pinterest find and decided to make these dirt cupcakes with chocolate covered strawberries, they were delish and super cute right!?! 










Went to visit my big bro in Temecula one day! How adorable is my niece?!





Hunter has been doing soccer for the spring season and so far likes it, here's some photos at one of his saturday games.
Its pretty cute watching all these 4-6 year olds chasing after this ball, there's basically no white lines when your this little. 







River has been loving her ballet classes and is getting really good! 




She has also become quite the chicken whisperer, which is major progress from when we first brought these girls home. She asks me a couple times a day "Mama, can we go check on the baby chicks?" its pretty cute. We finished the coop this past weekend, except for a few minor things that need to be done in the future. I will post more pictures of that soon because it turned out super adorable!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Culver Family-Extended Family Session

Goodmorning!!! I can't believe its been so long since I blogged last, time flies when your having fun! 
I'm sitting here in my dining room, sipping my coffee, writing this blog post as my two littles sit next to me drawing and talking about what they are drawing/ coloring to eachother. This right here is my happy place, its not always easy and I could complain about how much they don't get along, are sometimes super defiant or how many chores I have to do and things that are on my to do list. Instead I'm sitting here content because I am so incredibly blessed and I don't want to take that for granted.


I had the best experience with this extended family at their session and it ended 2017 leaving me feeling so happy that I get to do this!! Capturing the connection, the love, the special lifelong bond that families share is something I still and will always cherish.

Here is the Culver family, most of them live in Hawaii (rough life huh?!) they came out to california for Christmas and reached out about a family session in my mountains!! 
We had such a fun time laughing, everyone was just super easy going and really just enjoyed their time together, even with all three little ones! 
Culver family thank you again for having me document your beautiful family and capture some pretty special memories.  

























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