Lovely Little Layla {OC Newborn Photographer}

It’s been my pleasure to photographer this little beauty a few more times since these images. But I felt like you’d be missing out if I didn’t introduce you to her. She’s not only easy to work with but a … Continue reading

Handsome Little Guy {OC Newborn Photographer}

I was absolutely amazed how alert and smiley little Easton was at just 1 month old! We had a great time and he was so tolerate of me interrupting his naps here and there.

And I just love that his parents bring him back every 3 months – he’s so much fun to work with. And if you think he’s cute here, oh man, just wait! You’ll be seeing much more of this handsome little guy … his next session is schedule for the beach and I’m pretty excited about it!

Gorgeous Katarina {OC Newborn Photographer}

This little beauty was born 1 week after my son. So, I not only was excited to capture her as a newborn, but I’m fortunate enough to get to watch her grow up as my son’s first little friend.

It always amazes me how quickly babies change, she looks so different now. I still see the “her” I know now at 7 months, but her face is completely changed. It’s my privileged to capture these fleeting moments for another mom. Soon, she’ll be crawling and walking but her mom will always have these images of her precious newness at just 4 days old. And not everyone gets to say their job is to snuggle with babies less than a week old!

Here is gorgeous baby Katarina …

 

 

 

Photog Friday: Too Dark or Too Light?

Happy Friday!

This week is geared towards my friends that are still timid about the leap into Manual mode on their DSLR. So, to help ease you in, we’re going to go over a little about how to use the manual mode to fix your shots that are too dark or too light in Aperture Priority (Av mode for Canon).

Let’s say you’ve taken the shot in Av and its just too dark. Here’s the easy fix:

1. Click on your “Display” feature to see the settings that the camera used to take the shot and write that info down.

2. Switch to Manual mode.

3. Set your aperture and ISO to match the settings you wrote down.

4. Your image was too dark, so that means you need to let in more light, so you need a slower shutter speed. Because the longer your shutter is open, the more light gets in, the lighter your shot (more info on shutter speed HERE). So, for example, the camera used 1/200, so try using 1/125. (if the shot was too light, you’d adjust the other direction).

5. Take the shot. If its still too dark, keep moving your shutter speed to a small denominator (slower speed, more light, try it and it will make sense).

6. “Now my shot is blurry!” if you just said that, its from hand motion because your shutter speed has dropped too low. SO, move it back up a bit and this time raise your ISO. The higher ISO will compensate for the bump to a faster shutter speed.

DON’T read this and freak out – it sounds more complicated than it is, you can do it!

The important thing to remember here, is that you’re PRACTICING, experimenting, and USING your camera in Manual mode.

I don’t use Av mode but here is my thought process when adjusting my shutter speed for the shot below –

I rolled my 12 hour old baby’s hospital bassinet over to the window. Opened the curtains. I’m in Manual, my camera’s evaluation meter sees a lot of white in this frame so it tells me my exposure is at 1/250 (because it averages the white blanket with his skin and sees “bright!”) so I start there 1/250, ISO 200 (because I’m indoors), and f/1.4. My shot is too dark, so I adjust the shutter speed to 1/60, ahhh, now its too light! Okay, adjust to 1/125 – there … that’s what I’m looking for! Natural light, pretty shadows, and creaminess in the blanket…a shot deserving of a gift from God.

If you need more info on manual mode, you can find it HERE.

Hope that helps! And as always, comment or email me with any questions…thanks!

Beautiful Brooke {San Diego Newborn Photographer}

Precious Brooke was my first preemie. I was in complete awe of how tiny she was – even at a month old. And she didn’t want to miss a single minute of what I was doing because she stayed awake the entire session. But I pride myself with “going with the baby’s flow” so it didn’t bother me at all. I appreciated her interested and beautiful little eyes watching my every move.

Here are some of my favorite shots from of little Brooke …

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.

Beautiful Avery {San Diego Newborn Photographer}

There’s nothing I love to shoot more than a peaceful 4 day old baby. Little Avery may not have slept at all during her session, nor was she willing to be posed, but I’ve found over the last couple of years that it doesn’t matter. Her beauty will be captured regardless. So what if I spend a little extra time waiting for shots that would look like she was sleeping peacefully, that just means I get to spend more time just being with her.

Being gorgeous & maybe just a little head strong may run in the family … check out the last picture of a big sister that wanted NOTHING to do with sitting with the family’s newest addition!

Loving Lydia {OC Newborn Photographer}

This little one is special to me because she belongs to a good friend of mine. I was so excited to be able to take these for her. Reed got to play with his friends that he missed terribly while I spent time with the newest arrival. It was a great morning!

No better way to thank God for such a special gift then to show the world how beautiful His gifts really are!

Its my honor to introduce you to Lydia –

 

Sugar & Spice & Everything that’s Perfect! {San Diego Newborn Photographer}

Well, I could go on for days about how precious this newborn is.

And it would just be a matter of seconds before you’d realize how special she is to meĀ  … so I’m going to fess up, tell you I love her, and let you see why …

… introducing, my niece Audrey Ray.

 

 

(and stay tuned til Wednesday 11/24 because I will be out of town the rest of this week until then … thanks for stopping by!)

Baby Dylan {San Diego Newborn Photographer}

This session was beyond exciting for me … not only a newborn but my 1st session back in California!

I decided to try a new shot and this was a great opportunity for it! You see, baby Dylan is brother #3 so his mom was much more comfortable with me wanting to put him in a “hammock” and hang him from a branch. But don’t worry – not only was there a bean bag under him, but mom never left his side! This shot would have been a 1st time mom’s nightmare but Dylan’s mom was a good sport. (Thanks Julia!!)

We had a great shoot and I was so thankful to be able to spend some time with such a special little guy! I saw him again a couple weeks ago and holy moly it always amazes me how fast they grow!! I’m so glad we were able to capture some of his moments while he was still just 6 days old.