Client Sessions

A Documentary Newborn Session with The Dotson-Kelly Family

I met the sweet Dotson-Kelly family back in 2017. They are both from Southern California and have so many connections to our sweet village of Claremont: from the high school drama department, to the violin maker (you know that adorable shop in the village!), and even to our summer CEF SLICE program where they both taught.

Well, they welcomed their second girl in November and were already pros at the whole parenting gig. Within a week, they were making coffee while holding a newborn (an essential skill) and reading books to their 2 year old while comforting the baby and making breakfast for their dogs. I wish I was that capable when I was a new mom of two under two.

I love that we were able to capture a slice of their real life with their new baby. Please enjoy their film and then the images below.


THE FILM

THE IMAGES

9:20am - Newborns and toddlers live according to their own schedule, so everyone was up (even the dogs!) and ready by the time I was able to whip out my camera.

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Every newborn arrives into a family and is instantly part of a coalition that has existed for thousands of years. This new baby’s family has a past that goes on for generations. Though this baby may be a new fresh life, they are also continuing the priceless line of people who love each other as well as the baby. It struck me throughout this session how this new little girl arrived as the family was still remodeling their kitchen and figuring out where to place appliances and furniture. Life continues on as a new life begins.

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9:30am - Time for coffee and to tend to their first babies: the dogs.

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9:45am - Another outfit change for the littlest family member. These sisters are already creating that unique bond that should last a lifetime.

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10:00am - Apparently it’s time for big sister to take charge and introduce her baby to all the toys and books.

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10:20am - While her new “baby” naps, big sister soaks up the undivided parental attention.

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10:45am - What do most families with newborns and toddlers often find themselves doing? Cuddling on the couch (with dogs too!) with many toddler-level books.

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What memories of your family would you love to preserve forever?

Let’s grab coffee and create a session that perfectly captures your family as you are now.

The Ornelas Family - Glendora Family Photographer

Photography gives us a chance to capture time for just a moment. Capture the glow of the sun. Capture the tightness of family hugs. Capture the still growing face of a child. It's priceless.

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Siblings look at each other during their family photo session.
Family photosession with glowing sunset light.
Capture your family's photos before the kids grow up.
Candid photos of children are so amazing.
Family photos are important and priceless.

So, are you looking to make time stand still?
Let me take you out to coffee and
create the perfect, custom family photography experience!

Kristen - Lifestyle Headshots in Claremont, CA

Kristen and I have been friends since our babies were even more babyish. They're all now in preschool and school... and they keep growing. She's now back to work and has such an awesome job! 

Kristen is a School Speech Language Pathologist. She works with kids in her district to get and use devices to communicate. You know the child who really wants to learn but is having problems communicating (speaking, hearing and/or understanding language)? Well, Kristen is like Santa and figures out what that child needs and gets them the proper equipment and training to communicate! How amazing is that?!

So, we got together recently when she wanted outdoor lifestyle headshots. I live in the most adorable small town in southern California, Claremont, so I knew we'd have a long list of places great for headshots. Would you believe that we ended up within a block of a parking garage? All that beautiful light and architectural details! *Sigh*

Be sure to check out Kristen's instagram and check out below for her lifestyle headshots.

Claremont's amazing architecture makes for beautiful lifestyle headshots.
Claremont, CA has many beautiful places for outdoor photos.
Outdoor lifestyle headshots for professionals in Claremont, CA
Get professional outdoor headshots while relaxing in Claremont, CA
When you need updated headshots, head to Erica Faith Photography.

Are you unsatisfied with the selfies that you're using as headshots?

Would you like modern, customized and amazing lifestyle headshots?

A Claremont Ice Cream Shop Photoshoot

If you aren't already following the food and mom blogger, Charisse Yu (Easy Toddler Meals), you need to head over to her Instagram right now and get on it.

I met her several months ago when she needed updated headshots and lifestyle photos with her adorable boys. We captured some fun photos walking through downtown Claremont and eventually we ended up at Bert and Rocky's Ice Cream Shop. This ice cream shop has been a fixture in Claremont for 40 years and I knew that we needed some photos of this food blogger there. So, check out Charisse's blog and then check out Bert and Rocky's! But first, check out our photos of Charisse with her boys.

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Family Photo Ideas at The Claremont Colleges

Sibling and Family Photo Ideas in Claremont, CA

Ready for some family photo ideas?

Back in October, my dear friend and I were brainstorming some family photo ideas for her Christmas cards. Though we have many beautiful nature areas near our homes, she was hoping for a more urban feel.  Luckily, we live near The Claremont Colleges which are filled with amazing architectural details. I've wandered all throughout the colleges before with my own family and there are just so many picturesque corners everywhere you turn. So, after she picked out an awesome wardrobe for her entire family, we picked a day and decided to wander around Scripps College in Claremont.

Tips for Getting Successful Family Photos.

1) Look for the light. This can be backlit sun or reflected light off buildings or a myriad other other light sources. The goal is to follow the pretty light.

Individual and Family Photos in Claremont, CA

2) When in urban areas, find interesting architectural details. Stained glass windows in libraries. Gorgeous tile stairs in hidden corners. Or, in our case, Scripps College has the most interesting walled garden with "graffiti" from each graduating class. Extra points for cool light through windows!

Family Photo Ideas in Claremont, CA

3) You can often still find nature in the midst of buildings. Ivy walls are great (just watch for icky spiders). Rose gardens are always gorgeous. And fountains can be a nice place to recharge and capture some candid photos. 

Children and Family Photo Ideas
Siblings hug during family photos at Scripps College in Claremont, CA
Children play with nature during family photos at Scripps College in Claremont, CA

4) Now, change your plans when the kids could care less about "looking at the camera and smiling." Decide to make them laugh instead. Maybe have them throw leaves at you. Or have have the kids try to pull their parents' arms off. We gotta make these photography experiences fun after all.

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Family Photo Ideas at Scripps College in Claremont, CA

By the way, do you recognize their daughter? She had her premier on my blog about x years ago! Check out that session here! Ahh, now she's all grown up and wrestling with her brothers (and sometimes ignoring them).

 

 

Are you interested in brainstorming some photo ideas for your own family? Let's chat! I'll buy you a cup of coffee (or tea) and we can create a custom photography experience to capture your own family's stories.  

 

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7 Reasons to Book an In-Home Newborn Session

7 Reasons to Book an In-Home Newborn Session

Newborns are so adorable, so tiny! Their minuscule toes! Their legs that still curl into themselves! Ahhh. They also don't stay tiny for long so it's very important to capture those early newborn days. 

But, packing up a newborn? Don't forget the wipes, diapers, clothes, pacifiers, extra clothes, socks, more diapers, etc. And by the time you've packed everything, it's time to feed and change them again. So, if you want those newborn days photographed, what should you do? Well, what if we could bring the newborn session to you?

A sweet in-home newborn session in Claremont

My dear friend has joined the three kid club with the cutest little baby girl. I was so honored to be able to take some in home newborn lifestyle photos of her with her big siblings and parents. Even looking through the computer screen, I still want to pinch those chubby cheeks and brush her hair. What a doll!

Barraza Newborn - Erica Faith Photography
 

A precious little newborn in-home portrait session in Claremont, CA

After having 2 boys, my friends welcomed their new baby girl recently! She was an adorable 5 pounds and I can tell that she's going to be so loved by her big brothers and parents. Thanks for letting me capture some of her gorgeousness on camera.