The Little Farm in Altadena | A Family Portrait Session

The Little Farm in Altadena | A Family Portrait Session

This was such a fun shoot.  Mia and her family live right below the mountains in Altadena, just a hop skip and a jump away from my favorite local waterfall trail.  More importantly, they have their own little animal farm happening right in their backyard!  I think baby goats might be the cutest little things I’ve ever seen.  (Has anyone tried goat yoga?  Where goats jump all over you when you exercise?  I really want to try…)

Anyhoos, enjoy the photos of this darling fam and their farm!

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Shannon

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Sophie is ONE! | Santa Monica Beach Birthday Cake Smash | Los Angeles Family Photography

Sophie is ONE! | Santa Monica Beach Birthday Cake Smash | Los Angeles Family Photography

I think Sarah (Sophie’s lovely mother)  is going to start a new trend – surfboard cake smashes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it and I’m so into it!  Keep scrolling to the end and you’ll see the magic that unfolds.  We had such a lovely early morning shoot by the Annenburg Beach House in Santa Monica.  Sophie started the session with a face full of smiles and a left the session with a belly full of sand.  Life is good.  Shout out to Sarah for all the creative props and stylings you’re about to see!

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Baby in a box!  We heard that about 100 times on the walk back to the car :)

Looking for a photographer for your kid’s birthday party?  Check out my new business Remember Makers.  All kids parties all the time!

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Shannon

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Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

I was there when these two met.  Mj was the creative director of the shoot, Sam was the model, and I was totally clueless that a romance was simmering.   First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes this crazy cute baby that I had to meet in person asap!  Yep, I couldn’t find any creative way to rhyme with marriage so I didn’t even go there.

I brought along my film camera to the visit because, as you probably know from my previous posts, I’m obsessed with 35mm at the moment.  This time I was shooting with Fuji 400h.

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A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

Shooting with film is hard.  You are left with so many unknowns…did I get the shot?  Did I expose correctly?  Were they blinking?  Did the film even load correctly!?

BUT IT IS ALL WORTH IT WHEN YOU GET BACK PHOTOS LIKE THESE.

Sorry for the all caps but I have to portray my excitement somehow.  I am so grateful to Gilda and Adam for letting me into their home, I couldn’t have asked for more amazing subjects.  Their life is seriously magical – see below.

Film used – Porta 400 and Fuji 400

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Film!  My new imperfect grainy love!  Oh how I adore thee.

Message me to set up your own day in the life session in 35mm!

 

Shannon

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Baby #2 | Family + Maternity Photographer Pasadena

Baby #2 | Family + Maternity Photographer Pasadena

She was due late May but her bebe decided he wanted to see the world sooner…May 5th!  My birthday too!  I was so very excited that we share birthdays.   Luckily we were able to get in this photo session before he made his unexpected entrance.  We had a lot of fun exploring Arlington Gardens, take a look…

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Message me to set up your summer photo session!

 

Shannon

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Cherry Blossoms of Central Park | NYC Family Portrait Photographer

Cherry Blossoms of Central Park | NYC Family Portrait Photographer

This little guy had never touched grass before.  I was so honored to capture this first experience, even if it was hard to get him to look up after he discovered it!   I understand, grass is pretty cool.  We had such a beautiful shoot with the vibrant cherry blossoms and newly green trees, New York in Spring is magical.  Keep scrolling for some travel updates at the end!

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This was my second to last shoot in NYC!  I am back in Los Angeles now with my good friend the sun.  NYC, I will see you in August.

 

Shannon

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Racing the Sun | Brooklyn Family Portrait Photographer

Racing the Sun | Brooklyn Family Portrait Photographer

They were running late from a weekend trip, we almost ended up rescheduling but I’m so glad we didn’t!  With 20 minutes left of sun we had a fun little mini session :)

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Travel Updates:

Available dates in Brooklyn – April 22nd/23rd (contact me for available time slots)

Los Angeles dates – April 29th and then booked until mid May

 

In summary – Brooklyn folks, contact me soon!  Los Angeles folks, the 29th is up for grabs.

 

Cheers!

Shannon

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