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Godchild Gift Idea

When you’re a godparent, great care and thought is put into a gift for your godchild.  You may feel that a simple outfit or toy won’t suffice, after all, you love this child so much and you want to gift something from the heart!

Well, I have the best godchild gift idea ever for you!

What I’ve been seeing here at the studio is godparents thinking outside the box and gifting their godchildren (as well as nieces and nephews) photo sessions.  This thoughtful gift is something a child will never grow out of or lose; its something the entire family can enjoy forever.  Maybe that line was a little cheesy, but honestly, being a parent of 4 kids in the household, I know the gifts we remember and cherish the most are centered around unique, personal and won’t clutter my house up!  A photo session?  Check, check and check!

Alessandra’s Godmother gifts photo sessions to her each year.

I am thankful for thoughtful godparents like Liz who allow me to do what I love the most: documenting children’s growth over time.  Maybe you should be thankful to Liz too for giving you the best godchild gift idea ever!!

Today, see Alessandra’s 2 gift sessions from newborn to her 1 year cake smash!  Happy Birthday Alessandra!

More information on our weekday mini session special is below!

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Dark In-home Newborn Photography Session

I’m happy to be one of the only newborn photographers in the area giving clients the choice of having their newborn photos done in-home or in my studio.  75% of my clients prefer me to come to their home for photos.  The biggest concern is “what if I have a dark home.”  As a natural light photographer, I don’t use any lighting, just fancy cameras, lenses and good ol’ mother nature’s sun.  So how do photos look when I deal with a dark home?

Well today I’m sharing with you baby C’s photos.  His parents were worried about their dark townhome hindering the photos.  As a professional photographer, you have to be resourceful in finding the light source and brightest areas of the home.  Although the home was quite dark, I found a skylight, large windows on the 2nd floor as well as a dining nook with nice light.  I moved a breakfast table for some of the shots, but really, we had a great deal of options still.  I love the challenge shooting in clients’ homes brings, it presents me with new lighting scenarios, new backgrounds and textures that give the photos more personality and style that comes in because of the clients’ home decorating.  As long as you have windows, an in-home session is feasible :)!  Meet baby C :)!

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Secret proposal photos

I first photographed Chob + Geneveve a couple years ago in Wisconsin during a car race weekend.  Fast forward 2 years and I caught wind that Chob was coming to California with his beloved girlfriend Geneveve for a “Disneyland vacation” where he’d propose to her.  The proposal was set to happen sometime during his vacation.  Instead of proposing in a very public and crowded place as Disneyland is, Chob ended up planning a “vacation couples photo session in a pretty place” , where we would photograph his secret proposal!

Chob+Gen got off the plane and went straight to my studio for make-up with Sachiko Studio stylist Juliet.  We then ventured off in a hurry to catch the beautiful California sunset.  It was a hot hot day, but that isn’t what Gen thinks about when she looks back on this day.  From me almost forgetting my queue to Chob accidentally kicking the ring box just before he proposed, there were no dull moments.  The proposal went off without any real hitches, because it was all meant to be that day.  The stars aligned, the weather cooled off towards sunset and Gen said “Yes!!”

Gen walked away from the shoot with a new diamond on her finger and plenty of photos to show…see her say Yes here.  And we’re proud to mention there are no re-posed photos of this proposal, all photos are the candid proposal!


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Congratulations to Gen & Chob!!!  If you’re thinking about proposing and you’d like us to capture that, contact us today so we can help you start planning today!