The Shvetsova Family [El Dorado Park Family Portraits]

LONG BEACH FAMILY + CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

As a photographer who primarily shoots on location with natural light, most of my sessions are held later in the day, a couple hours before sunset.  Late afternoon light is wonderfully soft and warm, and a favorite of many portrait and on-the-go lifestyle shooters. But for this family session, we took a different approach, and scheduled the session for early in the morning.  The family had to catch a flight by noon, so shooting later in the day wasn't an option.  The good news is morning light is just as cozy -- it's gentle and has a waking quality to it, minus the caffeine.

We rendezvoused at El Dorado Park, Long Beach -- which I love for its sprawling grounds, tree cover, turtle ponds, and oasis of natural beauty in an otherwise urban sprawl.  Little "K", age 14 months,  was such a great sport throughout the session. With a little one this age, I can usually snag a few good stationary shots while they're still curious about my camera, and then after that -- ZOOM! --  it's catch-me-if-you-can-photographer.  The session will last about an hour, and with the child taking an enthusiastic lead, I always walk away with a fantastic collection of candid moments.

I want to thank "K" and family for taking the time out of their busy Sunday to meet for this session.  It was a warm morning -- 80 degrees and humid -- that's unusual for Southern California, so kudos to everyone for braving the temperatures and giving 110%!

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The Juarez Family [Seal Beach Family Session]

SEAL BEACH FAMILY + CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

I'm learning a lot from our newborn.

That it's okay to make silly faces.  That it's okay to talk in funny voices.  That it's okay to be a clown to earn a smile.

Come to think of it, I was okay with doing all of the above before we had our little girl, as evidenced here in this family shoot with Alejandra, Julian, and their beautiful daughter.   See all those beautiful smiles?  I cashed in a lot of goofy faces to earn those smiles -- her mom and dad, too.   And it was all worth it.  This session was a couple weeks prior to the delivery of our own daughter, and our baby girl was definitely on my mind while photographing Alejandra, Julian, and their toddler that late afternoon in Seal Beach.

Alejandra and Julian have become more than clients.  I originally met them back in 2009 when I had the pleasure of being both their engagement and wedding photographer.  I was so happy to hear about the arrival of their daughter, and even more elated to continue a tradition of documenting their family story.  They've been extremely thoughtful to my wife & I as we start our own family, so my hope is these pictures will be something they can treasure for years to come.  Like a wine, I really do believe pictures become more valuable with age.  Go back 10 years, or even as little as 5, and look at the pictures you took then.  It's amazing how fast things change, and you'll be so thankful you have them.

By the way -- that red trolley car in the photos is decommissioned.  It's resting on a faux track in a tiny park.   No kids on real railroad tracks, okay? :)

More weddings and portrait sessions to come...

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