I was so excited to finally be able to photograph this family. I’ve known the mom since middle school. One of my first memories of her was walking to her house after school with a group of girls for her birthday party. She arguably had one of the coolest houses in Big Bear because she had an indoor pool. I’ve known the dad almost as long as well. He and I used to be so competitive in high school for the highest grades. I think I had him beat in calculus, but I’m pretty sure he took the lead in every other category. I don’t think any of our friends would have thought these two would eventually marry, but they did, and have created a beautiful family! Both boys look so much like their dad… hopefully they’ll get mom’s personality. (I can only say that because I’ve been friends with them forever)
As you might imagine, photographing a 3yr old and a 1yr old boy can be a bit challenging. What 3yr old boy doesn’t want to run all over the place? What 1yr old (boy or girl for that matter) doesn’t always want to be holding a goldfish? This is why I love challenges. I feel success when I can get them to look in the general direction of my camera and look happy, no matter what they’re doing!
I hope you guys enjoy your sneak peek! I have lots more for you to see in your gallery. ‘Til next time…
I just think this one is fun.
I have some really cute ones of him sitting on those steps. He was smiling and looking at my camera because he was looking for an alien hiding inside. Finding aliens was the newest and most fun adventure in this little boy’s life that week. In the second shot, nothing screams Southern California like palm trees and a beach cruiser, does it?
This one needs no words.
Funny stories to go along with both of these photos. He looks super cute and happy in the first one, right? I, as the photographer, was sooo lucky this little guy looked like he was smiling when indeed he was crying. In the second shot, we were standing in an alley way where the wind blew in just at the right angle to completely blow her skirt up. We’re talking total Marilyn Monroe here. I could see everything she had on under her skirt. Much to her husband’s dismay, I didn’t happen to catch that on my camera because I was bent over laughing so hard, but the restaurant worker sitting outside on his break near us might have had an entertaining 15min.
I don’t know if they knew I was behind them snapping away. I love candids.
Those dark brown eyes reflect the light so beautifully. Don’t both boys just totally look like dad?
I love these shots for a couple of reasons. First, I just love how pure happiness just glows from this little guy’s face. Second, I’m thrilled I managed to nail focus on each one when he was running at lightning speed right at me.
Aren’t they gorgeous? These two have really created an amazing life together.
Playing in the waves was the highlight of this little guy’s day.
Melts my heart.
Love this shot.
Quite possibly my favorite before and after shots. This is how our evening ended. The tide was coming up and before you know it, this poor little guy got knocked over by a wave. Dad was there to pick him up and they quickly stripped all of his wet clothes off and wrapped him in a warm dry towel. It was actually the perfect ending to a fun photo shoot!
It was a true honor to finally be able to take your family photos! Next time I visit, I’ll bring my kids so we can actually hang out more! xoxox