The best time to do newborn photography is  7-10 days after birth. Why? Because that is when baby is the sleepiest, most easily posed, and doesn’t have that dreaded “cradle cap” and baby acne.

Is it possible to take newborn photos after that time period? Absolutely. Most likely, baby will be awake for most of the shots, but that’s ok. I love seeing those beautiful eyes staring back at me!

Baby Oliver was 4 weeks at his newborn session and he was a champ! Happy awake and  happy asleep!

What a little lover!

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Two boys and.. A GIRL!! I don’t know about all the other boy moms out there, but I have always wanted to hear these words. I love my three boys more than anything in the world. However, if I had endless energy and youth, I’d go for the girl :)

Everyone was so excited and so fun to photograph. It really showed throughout their entire session.

Please welcome Baby Lette and her adoring fans…

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Boys! Don’t squish the baby! lol

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OMG it is cuteness overload in the studio! So many babies are celebrating their first birthday with me!

This little girl was pure magic. Her smiles, curled toes, and even her stink eye were delicous!

Happy Birthday Dylan! It’s seems like yesterday when I snuggled you for your  newborn session. Sniff sniff.

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Thank you for including me on Dylan’s special day!

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Happy Friday! How is everyone doing in this sunny weather? Crazy, right? We have been going to the beach more than we do during the summer.

Some years are boys years and some are girl years. 2017 and 2018 are ALL girl! It’s amazing. I get to use all of my pink, lace, and bows to dress all of these precious princesses up!

This little girl was welcomed by her two older brothers. They were so sweet and loving with  Baby Avery. But I’m sure it’ll only be only a matter of time before all of the light sabers come out and she is one of the gang.

Please welcome this little Manhattan Beach doll face, all full of smiles, Baby Avery..

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What an absolute treat to photograph three girls. As a mom of three boys, I can truly appreciate this. They glided into the studio as if they were really wearing glass slippers. No light sabers, no wrestling, just little soft giggles. Any boy moms out there feel me? Oh my goodness what a different level of energy.

So, needless to say, I soaked up all of the sparkles and twirls and had the best day with this family.

Please meet the proud big sisters (and parents) of Baby Holland, one week new..

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I can’t handle those little flexed twinkle toes!

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AND now for a little yellow/ periwinkle flair and some Holland personality…

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What a great family! Thank you for choosing me to capture this special time and customize it to your color scheme and nursery! xoxox


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OMG this little dude is going to have a fun life! 2 older sisters, USC fanatics, and lots of giggles. Doesn’t get much better than this!

Please welcome, one week old and USC’s number one fan, Baby Orlando..

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Good morning!

I write this blog with tears of happiness. This beautiful mama to be is in labor now!

It doesn’t matter how many pregnant moms or newborn babies you photograph- each one is a miracle and fills my heart with so much love and joy.

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I am so excited to meet this baby next week and see Beau as a big brother!

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This is one hot mama!

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Maternity sessions can be added to any newborn package :)

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Weighing in at less than 6 pounds, this little darling was nothing but smiles. Baby Mackenzie was the sweetest little newborn baby girl. I just loved working with her and her proud parents.

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This is such a girl year! I love it! Coming from a mom of 3 boys, nothing makes me happier than soft, sweet, and PINK! Who knew I could love pink so much?

This darling baby and her adoring new parents were nothing but smiles.

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Today is the perfect day to snuggle up with your favorite stuffy and snooze. Manhattan Beach is COLD!!

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Thank you for trusting me with your little one. Your family was such a joy to photograph.

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Can we talk about how fun this twins’ one year “cake smash” was?? I loved every second of designing this  french vineyard set up.

It all started when their dad approached me with an idea of not doing cake, but something more personal to their family. Wine! These lucky twins are growing up on a vineyard and will learn how to make wine and stomp grapes before they can ride a bike. I loved this idea so much and had such great inspiration from my recent  vacation to Bourdeaux over the summer. It was a complete joy for everyone!

Here are some of my favorites from this adorable duo..

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I can’t believe this was a year ago! Sweet little nuggets!

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