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Apr 052015
 

 

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Easter Sunday. This will be my only work for the day, before I run back into the arms of my family. I’m sure you have plans for dinner or a party of sorts so I thought I would share a fun photographic DIY tip… It’s always important to document family and friends on these occasions since everyone is usually dressed their best, feeling good and let’s face it, it’s rare (at least in my family anyway) to have everyone in one room so make a photo booth. It’s super easy and it’s a great way to collect photos. Take a look around your home and see if you can find a bed sheet, wrapping paper, tissue paper or any extra material laying around. Anything with a cute pattern and a pop of color will work. Next find a well lit wall (anything across from or near a window), tape up or hang your material within that designated area and voila, you’re ready to go. It’s that easy and anyone with a camera phone can use it. You could even compliment it with an accessory or prop box for added fun. It’s a great way to get pictures of the kids AND the adults and it’s fun to watch their imaginations soar within it.

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

For these portraits, I was asked to create a booth for a three-year old’s birthday party. Mom wanted to have something the kids could warm up to and pose in with their friends. We set up the booth with a pastel spring-like tissue paper. It was a small space however with no natural light available so I used my flash for all of these. Later these images were sent out as gifts, to each family, thanking them for coming to the party. An excellent parting gift in my opinion- low cost, fun, super cute and easy to assemble, that’s my kind of DIY.

Happy Easter everyone!

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

easter, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, diy, photo booth, portraits, family, birthday, holiday, photography

 

Mar 302015
 

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

Georgie Rose was approximately one month old when I shot her portraits but still super tiny. She’s the second sibling in the family now, I documented her brother a few years before her. For this round of portraits, her mother had one request, “her hair!… I love it and want to document it at this stage.” It did have a life of it’s own, taking on a kind of hipster peak or fro hawk. Because I’ll be seeing them again in 6 months, we decided to keep this session all about Georgie Rose so that the family could send out their announcements.  Mom often came in though for skin to skin bonding time or to wrap her hands around her, reminding her that love is always near as we documented. Georgie’s favorite activities right now… She enjoys sucking up her bottom lip, gripping tightly onto mama and papa’s fingers and is just starting to lift up her head, often moving it side to side to take in all around her.  She was a natural with the camera, often gazing up at it in wide wonderment. We only had to take one mini break in-between before she was wide eyed and curious again.  Many thanks to Georgie Rose and her family, welcome to the world little one. I can’t wait to see you again in five months.

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

1 month old baby girl, babies, family portraits, home, ©Jen Castle Photography, Los Angeles

Mar 172015
 

St Paddy's Day, holiday, green, spirit, family

Bring out your shades of green, it’s that time of year again. My family and I love St. Paddy’s Day, but really we love all holidays.  It’s how we roll- any reason to dress up, play games, stay out a little later, create smiles or reinforce the silly… we’re all in. That being said, this Guatemalan/ Irish (mainly Irish) gal celebrates it all the more primarilly for one reason- “cause thems my peeps!” My husband is Irish as well and though our dogs are not (1 Australian Cattle Dog & a Mexican Chihuahua), they feel the Irish spirit right along with us.

St Paddy's Day, holiday, green, spirit, family

So here’s to you this St. Paddy’s day, here’s to the green and the silly. I hope this day brings you much joy and loads of luck. If you’re wondering why we celebrate this holiday at all, here’s a quick history lesson for you:

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St Paddy's Day, holiday, green, spirit, family