Dec 142015
 

This is always my favorite time of the year, not just because of the many holidays and the cheer that accompanies them but also because of the numerous Christmas cards! From October to December {jcp} becomes a holiday conveyer belt of family portraits, for the sole purpose of creating the perfect family Christmas card… and I loves it! The amount of imagination, planning & excitement that go into these is amazing and the kids are always uber excited.

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

For this family, we always start off with the same conversation-

Family: “I have no idea what we’re going to do this year. I have no idea how we’re going to top last year. We’ve done everything! ”

(I’ve worked with them for six years now/ about nine different sessions and themes, it’s a lot but definitely not everything… 😉)

Me: Do you have any new locations you frequented with the family this year? hobbies that you performed together? What were the kids into this year? Favorite show? song? movie? etc…”

Family: “I have no idea…”

and then it just clicks- the questions seep in, the aha moment occurs and the creative concept begins to reveal itself. This year, for this family, it was going to be all about Legos. Genius! The boys had thousands of them, had built everything from houses to ships to police stations. They even had a room dedicated to the whole movement, where dad could often be found, building and creating right alongside them. Each member of the family even had a Lego figurine that looked just like themselves. It was serious business. Once I heard all of this, I knew it would make the perfect Christmas card for them.

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

By finding out what the family loves, I’m usually able to then highlight a variety of ideas. Family portraits, in my opinion, should absolutely reflect the joy and love of the entire family. They should document who they are for that moment in time and showcase what it is that makes them tick. It’s important to have the traditional poses but it’s also equally important to capture their personality and character. The kids especially, love this approach. So I had them build and play as a family for about twenty minutes and then had them pose individually and then as a family. This session was heaps of fun and the family card was a definite success within their community of family and friends. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it. Thanks guys!

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cardslegos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cardslegos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cardslegos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cardslegos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

Tis the season!… and there will definitely be many more family portraits sessions posted to the blog; tons of examples and new ideas for future sessions. Here’s to the holidays, here’s to documenting them and here’s to all of the holiday cheer being sent through the mail this month. I’m so happy to be a part of it all.

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

legos, christmas, portraits, family portraits, ©JenCastlePhotography, kids, children, photography, boys, family, los angeles, christmas cards

 

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Jun 202015
 

Mama Jen, (a long time client of mine) called me a while back and asked to book some time within the studio. Mama Jen is a writer, food blogger and a fierce mama of two boys. She has always been one of my favorite and most loyal clients. I’ve had the pleasure of documenting their family every year. I’ve watched them grow and in a way, they feel like a second family to me. This session however was going to be a little different, we would be missing one member of the family because the session would be for him, “I want to give their dad something special to hang in his office, something from the boys specifically,” she stated excitedly. So we exchanged ideas throughout a few back-and-forth phone calls until we had a solid outline of ideas and a date set for all of the magic to happen.

daddy day, happy fathers day, family portraits, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, los angeles baby portraits, boys, dad

On the day of the shoot, the boys were like little sparklers, their energy was boundless. Luckily they took to our ideas immediately and were able to channel that energy into the activities that were set before them. The first idea- “make a sign for dad out of your legos, go!” The rest of that hour had pretty much the same theme applied, one of us would suggest, “let’s do it for dad,” and as soon as they heard “dad,” their energy soared, had purpose and the love beamed from them. It was obvious how much the boys loved, appreciated and cherished their father. It was sweet and fantastically creative of mom to think of it all and in the end, dad received a fathers day gift that he would never forget.

daddy day, happy fathers day, family portraits, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, los angeles baby portraits, boys, dad

daddy day, happy fathers day, family portraits, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, los angeles baby portraits, boys, dad

The moral?… Be sure to call your father today and be sure to always express your love and appreciation for him. If you’re feeling ambitious, make him something, out of papier-mâché and colored tissue. (lol, personal flashback to grade-school) It doesn’t matter how you choose to express, just do it. They deserve to know how much you appreciate them.

I wish everyone the best father’s day ever and a fantastic holiday weekend.

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”  -Antoine François Prévost

daddy day, happy fathers day, family portraits, Los Angeles ©Jen Castle Photography, los angeles baby portraits, boys, dad

Jun 092012
 

One of my very best girlfriend’s just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and so I felt the need to announce it on the blog and well, just gush.  You see, I’m not only a close friend but also their personal photographer and it’s been so awesome to watch them grow.  This lil man was only a few days old when I decided to come over to their Redondo Beach home and pay a visit.  Of course, I couldn’t resist bringing the camera and taking a few shots of the two of them.  Just a few.  So, weighing in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring in at 20 inches long, I give you the oh-so-cute newborn baby Thomas….

newborn baby Thomas, Baby Portraits, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles

newborn baby Thomas, Baby Portraits, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles

newborn baby Thomas, Baby Portraits, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles

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