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.
Henri is six months old, loves owls, binkys, his toes, various yoga poses and is always in search for the next good belly laugh. His parents are Wendy from Mississippi and Andre, Louisiana. They moved to Los Angeles for love, culture and opportunity. I’ve known them for over ten years now and have been privileged with documenting many of their precious moments along the way. I shot their wedding in New Orleans, their headshots, pet-shots, commercial shots for Wendy’s biz, her eight month maternity shots, baby shower and now- Baby Henri’s first set of portraits! I’m so blessed to have seen this family grow the way they have and to have documented so many memories. It’s pure awesome sauce.
So on march 22 of this year, baby Henri joined the world. Six months later, I was asked to give him his first photo experience. You can never predict how a baby will respond to his first portrait session. They might be hungry, fussy and overwhelmed or they could be quiet, reserved and curious, you never know. Henri… was over-the-moon excited! He became host, entertainer and model all in the blink of a shutter. As soon as we started shooting, he lit up. It was hilarious. You can see below, the moments where he forced us to laugh. If the shoot was getting old, he’d break out into a new routine. As a photographer, I really didn’t have to do much. In fact, at one point I thought he might take the camera into his own hands and start shooting his own portraits. All of this, then add that he’s at the “crawling-like-crazy-stage.” Both parents were on deck at all times, to round him up and turn him around for each shot, where he would then start performing all over again. I was cracking up. He was cracking himself up. It was amazing. Simply put, I adore this lil man and can’t wait for the next round. Every day should consist of three good belly laughs. I got at least five… thanks Henri.
I am absolutely in love with these girls! With their fiery red hair, gentle spirits and hot pink pants, who wouldn’t love em! Jayden is the eldest and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for a few years now. Kendall is the newest addition to the family and this was her first shoot. She was a pro though and of course she was able to rely on big sis for any tips of the trade.
Our location for this one- the family’s new Manhattan Beach home. It. Was. Gorgeous. And empty. So it served as a great modern/monochromatic backdrop. The kids loved it because due to it’s lack of furniture and appliances, it allowed their imaginations to run wild. Three floors of empty halls and open walls. You couldn’t contain their enthusiasm. They definitely kept me on my toes for this one.
My favorite part?… when mom had the genius idea to bring up this basket and use it as a photo prop. OMG, we played peek-a-boo for a good 15 minutes. We couldn’t get enough. I’ve always said that I get the best workouts on my family portrait days but not just because I run around and play with them, it’s also because I laugh the entire time. Best ab workout ever.
“Sisters don’t need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks – expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs – that can undermine any tale you’re telling.” – Pam Brown