WELCOME TO MY Family/Maternity/Newborn Portrait Art
AND ABOUT ME.
I OFFER MY SERVICES IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA and in La Mesa - East County San Diego.
What is the "WHY" for me? Why do I chose to photograph other people's family and other people's babies. ? I LOVE IT! I only have a couple of photos of my own pregnancies and really wish I had more.. Too late! Time has gone. !!!!! If I didn't have photographs of my children for my children they wouldn't have those memories themselves. They don't remember many of the photos I have of them. These images create a legacy for them and you have the opportunity to do this for them.
With all the cell phones these days most people are able to get some kind of photos.. However, I am sure that even the best cell phone can't capture a professional photo of you and your family or you and your pregnancy the way you would like yourself. Perhaps you are the mom reading this and perhaps you all too often leave yourself at the end of the totem pole, or worse still hide from the camera altogether.
NEWBORN ONLY SESSIONS.
So why would you want to hire me to take your baby photo? Your baby will be safe in my arms. I have passed Safety Training from the APNPI ACADEMY OF NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY. I have 20+ years RN experience so I can accept babies with tracheostomies and feeding tubes etc. I have 4 children of my own and understand the needs of babies and PARENTS. I have taken Newborn workshops from the best photographers/educators on-line and in person. Education and training is what it takes to learn a craft and be really qualified to take on the task of having you trust with your baby and loved ones. You can trust me to safely handle your loved ones.
My images are printed on archival papers and canvases to stand up to time. I use professional labs that only carry the highest quality materials that will last.
Where will the session take place? I have a very small dedicated area in my home that is cozy and warm for your newborn It is sanitized per covid standards. We wear masks use sanitizer and all props and clothing are cleaned after each use.
.. The best time to photograph your baby is in the first 10 days. This can be scheduled ahead of time or just after you and your baby are home from the hospital.
Once you book your newborn session I will send you a PDF of instructions to go over prior to your photography session that covers what to bring etc. I have a number of set ups for babies as well as wraps and outfits. Your baby will be in good hands.
The best time to photograph you is about one month before your due date. There are numerous locations in San Diego including the beach, parks and INDOOR SESSIONS ALSO. If you chose an outdoor session; I only photograph one or two hours before sunset as this is best time for the perfect light. In studio it doesn't matter what time of day as I use studio lights and strobes.
MOTHER AND CHILD.
These are a wonderful opportunity to show Mother and baby... It is one of my favorite sessions.
It has taken many years to learn and develop my skills as a professional photographer. My education has been a serious and sometimes expensive endeavor but I feel confident that the years of training have improved my skills. My mission is to capture what you are looking for. Not just a static snapshot that can be taken with a cell phone, but rather a high quality printed memory of your family. Isn't that why we want to keep those special moments to make time stand still so we don't lose the FEELING that we had.? I can do that for you. I myself have painted images of my own children that I did 44 years ago and they still look amazing and will do so for the next at least 75 years. You can't say that for a cell phone image. Most get lost or put away and don't stand the test of time.
FAIRY FINE-ART PIECES
IN MY Fine-art category you can choose to have a custom made fairy session!!! These are very popular; I provide wings and costumes for girls from 4years up to adult. I hand paint using digital paint and brushes. This kind of art piece is one of a kind that can take me many hours depending on the number of subjects and content. Should you chose this option we can discuss artistic ideas of the creation. There is a custom charge for this service and my images start at $400.00 for the time and talent involved.. It has taken me many years of study and practice to develop this art. Each piece is unique and printed on the finest of print papers or canvass. Those who purchase such art pieces do get a discount on other packages.
I also specialize in compositing images; what does that mean? That means I have a number of different Digital Backgrounds that can be used to place your baby AFTER THE PHOTO SESSION AND ON MY COMPUTER. The themes vary; if you are interested look at the fine art section of the gallery.
OUTDOOR FAMILY SESSIONS/MATERNITY SESSIONS. - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
What should we wear?
Ideally, it’s best to wear something that is comfortable and makes you feel good. Stay away from clothing with logos or loud colors. And of course watch out for outfits that might clash. Rather than match perfectly, think of having everyone wear something that goes together in a natural yet not overly obvious way. I’ve found that typically solid neutral colors work best for parents and kids can wear colors, preferably not too bright as the color can distract from the image. Bring a change of outfits as well for some variety.. or in case someone gets wet!
What locations work best?
San Diego is full of amazing locations. There is so much natural beauty and so many beaches, piers, walkways, buildings and parks. You almost can’t go wrong; when selecting a location try to find a spot that isn’t cluttered and means something to your family. If you always go to a specific beach, that might be the perfect place to start. We can do parks, or urban area.. We will plan our session together. I will guide you all the way; you will have nothing to worry about. And we will have fun! 2 hours before sunset are ideal for family sessions.
How can we sign up?
It typically works best to come up with a few scheduling options that work for your family.
What if I have more questions?
I’d be glad to help. Feel free to reach me directly:
click here to view Safety Training Newborn Certification.