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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Jun 012012
 

Normally during a newborn shoot, It’s all sleep and no play, understandably, they’re still adapting to their new environment.  Not this lil man though, Lucas was an exception.  From the moment I arrived, until the last minute of our shoot, Lucas was in a constant state of “bright-eyed and cheery.”  Nothing could keep his little eyes closed, well there was the occasional yawn but that was about it. I definitely took advantage of it.  His eyes were amazing and at only two weeks of age, he was already sucking his thumb.  So amazing.

  Newborn Baby Lucas {los angeles baby portraits}

Newborn Baby Lucas {los angeles baby portraits}

Newborn Baby Lucas {los angeles baby portraits}

I always love the bonding time with mom and dad.  These shots always turn out to be my favorite.

Newborn Baby Lucas {los angeles baby portraits}

Welcome to the world baby Lucas.  I can’t wait for our next session together!

Newborn Baby Lucas {los angeles baby portraits}

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