photoshoot: the mama + son bond

IMG_3793*001_edit_watermark I'm trying so hard to get back into the swing of things after being knocked out by a bad cold that is still lingering- 2 weeks of this! Rough start to 2015.

I thought I'd share a session from mid-December that resulted in some of my favorite photos I've taken. This mama and her tiny son at a little cove in Laguna Beach. It was so sweet. His little feet & legs got hit by a wave at the very beginning of the session and he was traumatized for most of the shoot! I had to be super patient and gentle with him so he would be comfortable, and eventually he was. I focused a lot on just how tightly he was clinging to his mom, and capturing that bond. There's nothing else like it.

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That golden light, right?! :)

xo, Michelle

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photoshoot: beach playtime with a growing family!

I have another recent photoshoot to share with you guys! Seriously beautiful parents, an adorable (and active!) toddler, and another baby boy on the way! I had SUCH a fun session during an evening on the beach, chasing around this little boy and capturing all the love between the 3 (soon to be 4) of them.

Here are some of my favorites!

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I love that I'm attracting families who embrace my style of photography. I'm very laid-back when I'm shooting (even though I'm usually running around to get the photos!), and I like to let poses unfold naturally, and to just capture the magic and love that I see in front of me. It's so beautiful. And I like when they have some ideas too!

A new art print is coming next week, and I'm currently painting something to release next month!

xo, Michelle

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if you're interested in a low-rate portfolio-building session with me for you and/or your kids in OC, email me!