Category: Family Portraits

Laughter! | Blog Carousel | Los Angeles Child & Family Photographer

Los Angeles Family Photographer


I love Blog Carousel time! It’s fun choosing what I want to post for our monthly theme and more fun to follow along to see what everyone else has shared. With such a talented group of international portrait photographers there are always great images to discover!

I’m showing off one of my favorite families who so thoroughly illustrates the “Laughter” theme. It’s almost harder to catch them not laughing – the love and humor they share makes me so happy. This month they welcomed a new family member, more reason for joy! (Little man there is now a big brother to a gorgeous little sister, I’ll share her in another blog post soon!)

Next on our carousel ride is the talented Dawn Sela, a fabulous New York child photographer!


P.S., I’d be so appreciative if you “liked” Rosestone Studios on Facebook! Thank you!

Giggles! | Hermosa Beach Child Photographer

beach portraits

I’m going through my images to update the website and thought I’d share some here on the blog. This winter session was such a contrast with the warm spring weather we’re enjoying now. It was the day after a big storm along the Southern California coast and we were FREEZING! This family didn’t let the cold stop them from having fun, a real playdate! Just giggling, loving, playing and being silly. What could be better? Love this little one’s laugh!

child beach photography

Blog Carnival! | Los Angeles Professional Photographer


Los Angeles children's photographer

What the heck is a blog carnival you ask? Come see! I’ve teamed up with a group of fabulous professional photographers across the U.S. and Canada. We all have different styles and specialties but we share a passion for offering the best in custom portraiture. We’ve written a fun and informative variety of articles to share with you. Everything from preparing for your custom portrait session to “Iphoneography”!

Below my article is a link and a little information on the next photographer and her article!
Don’t worry, be happy!

In our initial consultations I always talk to parents about the importance of preparing for our portrait session. We go over the location, the wardrobe, etc., but they’re often surprised that one of the most important things has nothing to do with clothing or scenery. It has to do with our attitude!

Let’s face it, a custom portrait session is a wonderful investment in our families and personal history, but it’s also an investment of time and money. We tend to want everything to be “just perfect”. I say let’s forget perfection and enjoy the experience. Sure, we’ll discuss a plan to help things go smoothly but sometimes it’s those moments you can’t plan for, those delicious unexpected surprises that result in our favorites images and memories.

Whether you’re new parents of a fresh newborn sweetie or experienced busy parents of four energetic explorers under the age of eight(!), the more you relax and just enjoy our time together the more they’ll have fun and give us their real personalities. If you’re stressed I guarantee baby will feel it and react, just as much as older children will pick up on it. And if you’re stressed and they’re stressed no one is having fun or flashing genuine smiles! You’ll find that with the exception of safety issues I pretty much try to roll with what’s happening and what the kids need. As if three daughters of my own didn’t give me a reality check on almost every possible mood and attitude, countless “playdates” with relatives and the kids of friends and clients have filled in a lot of blanks!

Your two-year-old has a bit of a meltdown? It’s fine! We can just put away the camera for a bit, go for a little walk, have a quick snack, or race some matchbox cars. They’ll almost always get back to their sunny selves. I have to admit, many photographers get a little nervous at the thought of two-year-olds. I adore them! I won’t pretend it’s always the easiest gig, but it’s sure satisfying when we see the resulting images. A great physical workout, too!

You really want sleepy, curled up newborn photos and baby just won’t sleep? We’ll just do some beautiful images of her awake and patiently keep trying for sleepytime. I have a few tricks up my sleeve. No hurry, we’re going for serene and mellow!

The most fun and rewarding sessions are those where we have a loose plan for the session images but relax and keep ourselves open to capturing their real natural adorableness.  The “don’t worry, be happy!” approach leads to more natural expressions and a happier experience. Which, when you think about it, really IS perfect after all.

Professional photographer Dena Robles: Before & After. How I achieved the portrait.

Next up in our Blog Carnival is the amazing and talented Dena Robles. Dena is equally adept in traditional film and modern digital media. Her extensive experience and passion for creating artistic lifestyle portraiture have made her one of the most sought after custom photographers in the U.S. and England. Enjoy Dena’s “Before and after” article to see the level of artistry that goes into exquisite custom portraiture!

If you’d like to see the whole list of contributing photographers and topics, check on Samara’s blog under “Info”. She’s gathered all the links for a great reference resource!

Gentle hero

This little love made her debut just before Christmas. In addition to getting her first Christmas portraits and some of the more usual newborn portraits, we had some fun with dad in his gear. I’ve always admired the dedication and quiet heroism of firefighters and after a house fire that admiration has only grown – our family is very grateful for their efforts. I’m so happy to have had the privilege of photographing this hero’s adorable family.

I had so many favorites that I’ll continue in another blog post tomorrow!

p.s. for any photographer friends viewing, no, those aren’t photoshopped effects on the backgrounds of the bottom two ; ).

Malibu country session

Another family portrait set from the Malibu ranch sessions. It’s always fun when we can go beyond “cheese” and get the playful, silly, loving, NATURAL family action!

More from the Malibu ranch fundraiser!

Sharing another family from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser. Three kids, three unique and engaging personalities. One solid and (fun)loving family. Had to document middle brother’s cast, love the color accent, so much cooler than the boring white tape I had for my broken arm as a kid!

And extra cool? I didn’t have to chase them down to get the photos as I usually do with the little ones! I could really get used to this older kid cooperation gig!


Last spring my friend Jen Wilson decided to get fit and raise funds for charity at the same time. The very cool program she chose through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society involves meeting a fundraising goal AND competing in a Triathalon. I’m one of her photographer friends, along with Katie Davies and Desiree Durang, drafted to help with her brilliant fundraising idea.

Eight families donated directly to the L & L Society and, as a “thank you”, were invited to a four photographer minisession event. The families got to take advantage of a fully tax deductible donation, an afternoon in the fresh country air and a sweet collection of family photos from four different perspectives!

For me, a total personal win-win. I got to give back a little, meet the adorable kidlets from eight fabulous families, hangout with three fun (and so talented!) photographers and enjoy a gorgeous day at an incredibly beautiful private ranch in Agoura. And the best part? Jen did all the Triathlalon training and I avoided the blisters! ; ) OK, maybe that wasn’t “quite” the best part.

The best part for real? The fun (and beautiful)people I’ll be sharing here!

Another fabulous family

It’s holiday season in the portrait photography world. We start early to make sure you have your images ready in time for gift giving and card sending.

To kick off THIS holiday season I’m going to finally blog some sessions from LAST holiday season.

The previous beach session on the blog was challenging due to unexpected HIGH temperatures that topped 100 degrees! And the beautifully shaded areas were so crowded. Four gorgeous little kids who braved burning sand to get their portraits done.

The weather for this session was just as odd but much more comfortable. It was sunshine mixed with clouds and right next to a patch of sunbeams it was RAINING! If you look closely at the image above, those tiny streaks were misty little raindrops!

Sweaters kept us warm until the sun went down, rain and all.

I try to do fun family portraits with a classic feel and mix it up with some more unique images.

I’ve photographed this beautiful family before and I adore the connection and love they have. How cute are mom and dad? I love seeing couples who have been married for awhile and still have that heat between them. And see that little starfish their adorable son is holding in the last photo? A few minutes later we changed positions and a seagull swooped in and stole it out of his hands! Made for a lot of laughter (some of it directed my way as I tried chasing the bird, unsuccessfully, to get it back!)

Families = fun + fabulous!

The first half of the year I get more commissions to photograph babies and children on their own, the focus usually being on the child or children. The last half of the year seems to be more family oriented. People start thinking of holiday cards and realizing another year is passing and they need to photograph their growing families now to help savor the memories later.

In the fall I was lucky this gorgeous family braved over 100 degree temperatures and unexpected beach crowds (!) so we could do their session at one of my favorite (and family friendly) Malibu beaches.

I love photographing families, and kids in general, outdoors. We’re so lucky here in Southern California that our weather cooperates most of the year. (Sorry to my Midwestern and Eastern friends! You’re welcome to come visit if you can dig the car out of the snow covered drive!) Most kids are just so much happier outside than in a stuffy studio, especially somewhere they can play while humoring their personal paparazzi for the day.

Little miss personality is the “baby” of her family with three older brothers so you can imagine she’s surrounded by plenty of cars and trucks and stuff to play with. So, we just had to make a little time to indulge in some girlie girl fun, no boys allowed! I was a girl who loved growing up with a brother who shared his toys and can love me some Tonka truck and Matchbox cars play time. But there’s just something about a twirlie skirt and pretty accessories that are irresistable!