Mommy Monday: High Surf Advisory {Dana Point Harbor}

A favorite family outing of ours is to go to the harbor. Sometimes, we walk around, look at the boats, watch people walk their dogs, or just sit on the grass. Other times, we walk over to the jetty to sit and watch the water. This particular afternoon had a high surf advisory – and boy, was the tide high!

We enjoyed watching the big waves roll in … here are some of my favorite shots of a great afternoon.

Reading some info about the harbor.

The harbor has some of the cutest "statues" you'll ever see!

That would be some of the "high surf" hitting his normal lookout rock! It's typically a 4-5ft drop off from that rock on the right to the beach below...but not today!

I know I'm bias but he sure is cute.

"Did you see that HUGE wave?!"

We usually check the base of this rock for starfish, but they're about 5ft below the surface this particular day.

Thanks for stopping by …


Photog Friday: 5 Things to Practice

Last week, the post was about what to avoid when shooting your wild things. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. This week, let’s talk about tools you should practice to avoid beginner’s mistakes. Some of these things I learned the hard way, some I’ve read along the way. Either way, if you keep some of these tips in mind next time you shoot,  it will get you closer to capturing your wild thing’s story.

Here are my Top 5 Things to practice while shooting your Wild Things –

1. Practice Finding Your Story. Is the story: we were on the beach and there happened to be a baby? Or is it: Look at my baby on the beach! See the difference there? Decide what your story is (baby or beach?)  and let the other be the background. And not too much background! Sometimes that background helps tell the story but most of the time it camouflages your Wild Thing so if its not enhancing the story – cut it out!

2. Practice Getting Closer. Fill the frame with at adorable face! If the background enhancing the story, you want just a bit of it (see above #1) but otherwise, get in close.

3. Practice Your Timing. Get to where you want to be when the light is flattering – Morning and Evening. Wild Things will almost always avoid looking at a camera in bright outdoor light. And even if they DO look, it will be a squinty face. So, trying to get them to look at you at noon sets you up for failure. I like to shoot my wild things in the morning when they’re fresh or in the evening when they’re a little slower from a busy day.

4. Practice Turning Your Back. There will be times when you have to shoot when it’s bright out. Instead of trying to get them to look towards the sun, move so the sun is behind them. If it’s high noon, find a tree or building for some shade. This may be a good time to learn to use your flash as fill to get rid of the raccoon eyes a high sun leaves on your darling’s face.

5. Practice Turning Off the Lights. Stop and take a second to look for the light. One way to make the natural light more dramatic is to turn off the indoor lights. So, open up those shutters & raise your ISO.

… those are my Top 5. Don’t worry, they’ll be more – Stay Tuned!

Engagement Session at the Montage Resort {Orange County Wedding Photographer}

I’m very excited about the weddings coming up in 2012! So far, there’s a couple Klicken Photography weddings scheduled for the Spring, one maybe for this Summer, and one that’s still a SECRET! I can’t even tell you because she doesn’t even know she’s going to be a bride yet – so exciting!

But I wanted to share a special twosome that will be married this Spring. I didn’t get a chance to post these shots before I took my leave, so, without further delay – I’d like to announce…

MY baby sister is getting MARRIED!

Photog Friday: 5 Things to Avoid

When I first started using a DSLR, I knew very little about photography. There’s so much to learn. It was all so overwhelming. Today’s tips are some things I learned to avoid that improved my photography right away. I have TONS of shots I’d like to go back and improve, maybe someday I will. Maybe when my wild things are in school and I have nothing to do – “nothing to do” hahaha, I crack myself up sometimes!

Anyway, here are my Top 5 Things to avoid while shooting your Wild Things –

1. Avoid too much Background. Sometimes that background helps tell the story but most of the time it camouflages your Wild Thing. The tip here, if its not enhancing the story – cut it out! Get in closer and take a tighter shot.

2. Avoid Dark Spots. Stop and take a second to look for the light. You can raise your ISO but if it’s still dark, pull back the curtains, or get the Wild Thing outside.

3. Avoid the Pop-up Flash. That’s right, I said it – avoid the evil pop up flash. Honestly, you know you’re pretending that the red eye, 5 o’clock shadow, or deer in the headlight look is part of your Wild Things cuteness anyway. Turn if off, start using Manual mode, seek out the natural light but avoid the pop up!

4. Avoid Centering. Read up on the Rule of Thirds and composition. You’ll be glad you did! There’s an older post on it HERE.

5. Avoid Thinking You’ll Get the Shot the 1st Time. Wild Things are quick and unpredictable. Use your mom skills of manipulation (c’mon, you know you have them) to recreate the moment you missed. Praising the Wild Thing and insisting they show you again & again may just give you the chance you need to grab the shot.

… those are my Top 5. Don’t worry, they’ll be more – Stay Tuned!

Mommy Monday: New Additions

Well, I missed Monday (way to start the new year, huh?) BUT I have so much to share since I’ve been gone! And thank you for excusing my time off. It took me a little longer than I expected to get back to blogging – 2 kids is exponentially more adjustment than I anticipated. Even though I wasn’t adding to the blog, I WAS still working. There were 3 newborns & a few other sessions during my time off I’d like to share.

There are also some BIG changes in 2012 for my business!! I’m so ready to stretch my wings a little further …

But first, I have a special little someone to share with you to kick off the new year!!

May I introduce you to (if you haven’t already met), MY new addition, Fin.

The day he was born {9/12/2011}


8 days new


Not even 6lbs


Wonderfully Made


Adored from the moment he entered the world.