8.05.2016

The Professional Photos Edition

Four years ago I was lucky enough to discover traveling photographer, Sarah. It began with a session for Marcus', for his first birthday (it doesn't seem possible that photo session was four years ago!). From the moment I saw the images Sarah captured I knew I wanted her to become our family photographer. Fast forward to now... I reached out to Sarah to see if she would be in the area close to Julia's birthday. I was delighted when Sarah noted she would be in Los Angeles at the end of July. I didn't hesitate to book an hour with her at Griffith Observatory, nestled in the Hollywood hills. What I originally planned on being just a smash cake session for Julia's first birthday evolved into so much more.

I fully intend to use at least one of the family photos on our Christmas card (I'm already thinking that far ahead), so I won't share many of those. And, I'm saving the smash cake photos for another day, that deserves its own post (don't worry, there's totally a sneak peek). But the rest? The rest I simply have to share.

Pictures don't always go according to plan.
We're not all looking and smiling at the camera, but these photos do a pretty bang up job summarizing what our life often looks like. 

A Little One on One.

Just the Big Boy.
A hearty chunk of the session was dedicated to Julia. I'm so glad Sarah snapped a few of just my main man. This picture encapsulates Marcus: serious, sweet, and smudged with dirt.

Everyone Wants Cake.
Julia held much of the spot light when it came to the cake. Marcus looked on with big, longing eyes, and may have even whispered, "Mommy, can I try some?" 

Head Shots Are So Awkward.
I've wanted a professional head shot taken for quite some time. While Scott was cleaning up the kids I had a few solos captured. It is SO weird to just stand there alone and smile. Give me a kid!

That wraps it up for now. Julia's smash cake photos are on the horizon, stick around for those! 

Cheers to the weekend!!

21 comments:

  1. Awww! I love that these capture life as it is right now. There is no such thing as a perfect photo and that's okay because these are great. Julia's cry face kills me. Can't wait to see her smash cake photos.

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  2. Beautiful head shot!! Family pictures are always an adventure for us!

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  3. Head shots ARE so awkward. I want to have new ones done this fall... I'm thinking maybe at the beach. Yours look amazing and that dress. That dress is perfection, so glad you kept it.

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  4. These are AMAZING! You guys are like the cutest family ever. And ummm can we talk about HOW AMAZING YOU LOOK?!!

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  5. These are great! You have the cutest family. I love how Marcus just adores Julia.

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  6. Holy smokes, Desiree! You look AMAZING!! Love the pictures! Can't wait to see more! And yes, head shots are so awkward!

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  7. Girl you are rocking! I love real life family shots!

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  8. Gorgeous photos!! Can't wait to see the rest lady!

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  9. The goofy one of Marcus and Scott - love!!! Definitely great photos to cherish forever! Plus DANG GIRL, you look great!!!

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  10. (photos) 1: Marcus' facial expression is fantastic. 3: Julia's pouty lip is adorable 6: such a fun candid. You hair is FAB. Julia's smile totally resembles you, the cake photo is such a sweet moment captured and your dress? Need. Can't wait to see more!

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  11. Ok, first of all, I LOVE your dress! Stitch Fix? ;)
    Second, these pictures are perfection!!! I love that they capture you guys perfectly in the stage that you are in right now. And I seriously CANNOT wait to see more family photos and cake smash pictures too!

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  12. I love these photos! I especially love your outtakes because yes... photos with kids are hard.

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  13. You have a wonderful photographer! And such a lovely backdrop. Im laughing because having solo pictures taken is SO awkward! I never know what to do with my arms (and also the reason I dont dance lol)

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  14. These photos are absolutely fantastic and you look gorgeous, friend!

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  15. Gah, you have a good looking family! And the color scheme is perfection! And kudos to Scott for totally looking into it! ;-)

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  16. You are gorgeous! Love that dress on you! Beautiful! Your photographer captured amazing shots, which I'm sure wasn't too hard considering the models :)

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  17. I can't wait to see the rest of the photos! These turned out really well. Love your dress too. :)

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  18. Oh my word, friend! These pictures are beautiful and you have a gorgeous family. So many framers!!

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  19. Yes to the awkwardness of solo photos! So much easier with a kid! However, you look amazing!! I love your hair and you are so skinny, girl! Can't wait to see more!!

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