Santa Clarita Mini Session: Elam LaVoise Families

More mini session goodness! Today I get to share the Elam/LaVoise families. You probably recognize them as I’ve had many a photo session with them!

I just love this time of year with the beautiful colors, falling leaves and crisp cool air. Especially the crisp cool air seems how it’s usually hot in Southern California. I’ll take all the cooler weather I can get! This session out at Placerita Canyon Natural Area was so so pretty! The people were pretty good looking too I guess. lol I kid, I kid. 🙂 Yes, I know you are probably still rolling on the floor laughing at that one right? Ok, I’ll wait a minute for you to regain consciousness.

Adding kids into the mix of photos always makes for an interesting time. You just never know if you are going to have a wild child, shy child or perfectly behaved little angel. lol Such is life. Kids keep me on my toes at photo shoots and I am 100% ok with that. Reese is the little girl in this family and she is adorable! You need to see her hugging momma’s belly for their maternity session. Cutest ever! Like seriously! She is such a ham, and this session was no different. She loves to make faces and dance around. So cute! In those quick still moments in-between all the dancing and face making I always get the sweetest serious look from her. She needs to be in a magazine ad for children’s clothing or something.

After getting some family photos of everyone together we moved on to get individual families and then some extras with Grandma and Grandpa. I always feel like these mini sessions go by way to fast! I could have spent another 30 minutes with them and probably would have had I not had another session right after them. I do love how their session turned out and loved getting to spend a few moments of the afternoon with this crazy bunch! I think what I love most about this family is that they are so friendly and always love a good laugh. They are always out to crack a joke or make fun of each other. Of course all done in love. 🙂

Thank you for having me photograph your beautiful family! I enjoyed it so very much! -Megan



Santa Clarita Mini Session: Jeong Family

This time of year with all the mini photo sessions is always so much fun because I get to see so many people in just a few short weeks. Tonight I am sharing the Jeong Family’s session out at Placerita Canyon Natural Area. I love that area and so do a lot of other photographers. Every time I went out there for a session on the weekend this month there were at least two other photographers there. There is plenty of space for everyone though!

I love tromping around in nature and the Placerita Canyon Nature Center is just the place to do that. They have several trails for hiking and lots of beautiful trees. I’m so glad the fire didn’t burn it all, I can’t say the same for just down the road a ways. It’s all burnt to a crisp at another one of my favorite spots. 🙁

Little Noah was ready to explore as soon as we got started with the session. Though he usually wanted to go the opposite direction that we wanted to go. lol That’s how it goes with littles though! There was a lot of bribing going on. Mom brought Cheerios and bubbles as leverage.

We walked around a little bit and made stops along the way when we found a place we liked and thought we could distract Noah long enough to get a few photos before retiring to the Cheerios and bubbles. I think all kids go through phases of wanting one parent over the other and this week Noah happened to want Mom all the time but he did let Dad hold him a few times for a brief few seconds.

Just as we were wrapping up their session Noah broke out the cutest smiles. He was holding fists full of Cheerios too so it was even more cute! Such a cheese ball!

Thank you Jeong Family of having me photograph you all! I so enjoyed chasing Noah around and getting some beautiful photos of you all. – Megan



Freeman Family: Santa Claita Famiy Photos

I had such a great time photographing this beautiful family! Look at them! I met Stephenie back in July at her sister-in-law, Lindsey’s engagement party. Stephenie helped pull off a huge surprise for Lindsey and did amazing with everything. She mentioned to me at the party that she wanted to get some family photos done this year and we later got their session on the calendar.

I met the Freeman’s for their session at 9am on location. I’m so used to photographing in the afternoon so it was nice to have the crisp morning air for a change. With the time change just happening this month we were able to get some warm morning light shining through the trees. So pretty! The weather was pretty perfect on the day of their session. No wind to mess up the hair or anything, not too cold or hot and we only had a few annoying bugs buzzing around. 🙂

For my longer family sessions I like to break everyone up and get individual shots of everyone and several different arrangements with the kids and parents. It gives some variety and there’s always different uses where different photos are needed.

The boys were goof balls. Of course, what boys aren’t? I love that boys are the silly ones though, gives some comedic relive and they always make for a fun shoot. The boys are always the ones with a smart remark up their sleeve that slips out at just the right time to make Mom laugh when she’s in the spotlight with Dad getting her picture taken. These boys are also such handsome young men! Watch out boys, the girls are going to be chasing you around soon if they aren’t already!

Thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful and kind family! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you all a little better and give you memories to keep forever! -Megan



Odom Family: Santa Clarita Mini Session

A mini session with the Odom Family in Santa Clarita! Photographing Rob & Sara all started with their engagement session back in 2013, then their amazing destination wedding in Punta Cana, DR, their maternity session, Parker’s newborn session and now their little family of 3! My favorite part of being a photographer is seeing the same people year after year and watching beautiful families grow. This is what makes me LOVE what I do. I get to document love. The love of a husband for his wife, a mom for her baby, a child’s love for mommy and daddy…. that is SO COOL! I am so blessed and love my clients!

Parker is now 1 year old! She is also teething so getting a quick shot before she got that hand back in her mouth was fun. She is such a cutie and walking all over the place like a pro already.

We started their session with Parker and her balloons. She even had a cute #1 balloon. The wind made it hard to get a shot with the #1 balloon upright but we managed to get a few. We moved from one distraction to the next pretty quick so we could keep Parker’s attention and get some good smiles. It’s always a workout doing sessions with little ones. They are all over the place and quick to move on to the next thing.

During their session Daddy threw her up in the air and she had a smile from ear to ear for that! She was pretty happy any time she was moving fast whether that be flying through the air or running as Mommy chased her. So cute!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I photographed Parker as a newborn! Happy Birthday Parker! You are one cute little girl and I can’t wait to watch you grow!



Pasadena Family Session: Kay Family

I so enjoyed seeing the Kay family again for their family session in Old Town Pasadena. Last time I photographed this family Gina was still pregnant with their youngest. It’s so neat to see little ones grow. Their two boys are just the sweetest and cutest little things!

The little alley way was the perfect spot for their mini session. There was a little garden area next to a building with that cool tall gate you see at the beginning of their session. Like most of Old Town Pasadena there was lots of brick and probably my favorite thing was the old coal chute. I didn’t even see it there until Terry pointed out how much he liked it. I love anything with a bit of history behind it. It makes me imagine the old days and how there was so much more manual labor involved with day to day responsibilities.

Towards the end of their session we made sure to grab a few shots of just Terry & Gina. I always encourage parents to do that during their family session. So often life gets busy and everything tends to revolve around the kids so it’s nice to get a good portrait of just mom and dad.

Terry and Gina were kind enough to offer to watch Ellie for us while we had a little dinner date. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have an uninterrupted dinner. Usually Ellie is a little fussy in the evenings when she is at home but she loves being out and about walking so she loved it too. They took her with them while they got ice cream for their boys and said that she was such a good girl. Eric and I enjoyed a burger at Slater’s 50/50 and then stopped and got some gelato. Thank you Terry & Gina!!