Documentary Photographer

Weekly Photo Favorites

I have been a little behind on this, but here are some of my favorites from the past few weeks. We've been incredibly busy between being away for a few weeks and then Belén's birthday in the beginning of the month (I will be creating separate posts from our trip to Arizona and from her birthday). I hope you enjoy!

Belén's 2nd Birthday Pictures

Today my little baby isn't such a little baby anymore! Belén is two, which also means we managed to keep a kid alive for two years. Who would've thought?! (Just kidding!) All joking aside, I had a really fun time taking her pictures. Kids, particularly toddlers, are usually hard to shoot because they want to do their own thing. But this ended up working out for me and is probably (for me anyway) the best way to work with toddlers. The second I would attempt to tell her to do something, she'd turn and run away. So I ended up not telling her to do much except play with the balloon. And I have to say, I think the photos game out awesome! Belén sure knows how to ham it up for pictures, but that's because she's used to my sticking my camera in her face all the time. Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!

Easter Egg Dying with Belén

We live in an interfaith household as I was raised Catholic and my husband was raised Jewish, and in a few days we will be celebrating Passover and Easter. While my husband and I are not religious, we do feel it is important that our daughter is raised knowing the traditions and faith of each religion. Dying eggs has long been a spring tradition that is connected to Easter, but it's true roots (e.g. Pagan or Christian) are something unknown and there are some theories as to how dying eggs came about. Either way, it is still a fun tradition to do every year around this time especially with the younger ones. I hope you enjoy the photos! 

Dylan's First 48 Hours Photo Session

Baby number two of the Carter family has arrived, and he is precious! HIs wonderful parents trusted me to take their Dylan's first 48 hours of being born photos. I am very lucky they did because this was my first time shooting this type of photo session, and I have to say, I am very proud of this set. It also helps that Megan and Chris make the cutest kids and family. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!

Carter Family Maternity Photo Session

You may recognize the beautiful family in the pictures below. I was lucky enough to take their maternity photos when they were pregnant with their first child, Ryder, who is now 17 months! Megan and Chris are pregnant with their second child, and they wanted some family maternity photos before their newest addition. We got quite lucky with the day because it was very cloudy and foggy until we reached our destination, and the clouds started to give way to some beautiful blue skies. We hung out at the beach for the rest of the day, which was so fun because I was able to document some photos of them while they were relaxing. Can't wait for baby Carter #2 to arrive! 

Enjoy the photos below! I can't wait to share the film photos come in as well!

Belén's First Paint Photos

Since my little girl is getting older, I decided it was time for her to try out her first craft, painting. But since I know she has a tendency to still put things in her mouth, I decided to research edible paint recipes. The paint is made from a mix of flour, water and food coloring. She had such a blast, but using the paint brushes lasted for about 10 seconds before she started dipping her hands into the paint and using them on the canvas. Glad we had a beautiful day outside, things sure got messy. And don't worry, nobody was harmed eating the paint! 

The photos were taken with a Nikon D750 and a NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. I edited them in Lightroom and used a mix of the Mastin Labs Porta 160N preset + Porta 400N preset. Below are some of my favorite photos, I hope you enjoy!