10 Easy Steps to Create Amazing Headshots


Headshots – The Challenge

Headshots ~ If you’re like me, the thought of finding a photographer and having headshots photographed is a challenge.  Will it be expensive?  Will you actually LIKE how you look?  And will you get all the files you need with the permission to us them as you choose?   If you’ve got a DLSR camera and a nice lens or two, or a friend with the gear, wouldn’t it be great to be able to tackle this yourself?  

Timeless Photography | Creating Treasures

I believe in timeless photography.  

And by timeless photography, I mean photography that gets to the heart of your subject, without over posing or using props. 

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While looking through some old files the other day I came across this series of photographs of my kids with Pepper, the first dog we adopted for our boys. The memories came rushing back to me about how they loved this dog. They were so thrilled when we brought Pepper home from the shelter. We had sworn we wouldn’t get a dog until the kids were old enough to care for it themselves, yet we caved because my little boys loved animals so very much.

This is why I love photography. I have my memories, but to see an image from years past is like turning on a light in a dark room. It brings me back to that time, and things I had long forgotten are fresh in my mind again. This, to me, is timeless photography.  These photographs represent a real moment in time – with true emotions.  Through these photographs I have a strong connection to who my boys were six years ago.

These photographs also solidify for me why I shoot the way I do. My preference is to avoid props that are foreign to a child. If these images contained props, they would have no connection to me as I view them now. Of course I would love the pictures, because they are of my kids, but by capturing a true moment that I can’t get back, I’ve created a treasure for myself. This shows my boys as they were in 2006; barefoot, playing in the backyard, sitting at their red and yellow plastic Playskool table, loving their dog. I know that their feet aren’t showing in any of these pictures, nor is the little table, but to me they are, because when I see these photographs, I’m back in time looking out my kitchen door, watching them play with Pepper. I see everything through the pictures.   

Recently I was looking at newborn photographs of my firstborn son. I was so exhausted after he was born (being a new mom has got to be the hardest job in the world) and I had chosen to take him to a photographer so someone else could do the work for me. I vividly remember that day, but for different reasons than I mentioned above.

The photographer was set up in a large retail baby store. I was shown to a card table where I could get my son ready, changed, whatever I needed before the photography session. I was a little uncomfortable setting my precious newborn on a rickety card table, but it seemed sturdy enough to hold his 8 lb body. Once my son was ready for his photographs, the photographer took him from my arms (panic set in but I tried to stay calm) and brought him to another card table to pose him.

The photographer set him in an upright sitting position while supporting his body and head with one hand behind him and one hand in front of him. Then he counted to three, rapidly raised both hands away from my son and triggered his camera and flash using a remote he held in one of his hands. He then quickly rushed his hands back down to catch my tiny baby before he fell over. I just about died. Not only was I not OK with this process, I wasn’t even told how it would happen ahead of time. And of course he had never bothered to ask for permission. You know what? If I had been told, I would have said NO. The photographer then proceeded to pose my son in resting positions with cute props – reading glasses with a book, a ball cap with a ball, etc. While I still love to see my son’s baby pictures, the memories that come back to me when I see them are of the process and stress I experienced to get those photographs.  I’d rather remember what it was like to have that tiny baby, like the pictures of my boys with Pepper. 

My goal is to capture moments rather than pictures. Years from now, I hope that my photographs bring a flood of good memories back to my clients. They can forget all about me, as long as the portraits I capture fill their minds with loving memories of their childrens’ younger years.

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Newborn Photography Safety

Newborn Photography Safety

While posing babies is not particularly my style, I realize how popular the trend is.  That being said, if you find yourself working with a photographer who seems to be confused as to how to get the poses you’re wanting, please, for the safety of your baby, step in and stop them.  Newborn photography safety is your responsibility as a parent.  

newborn photography safety

newborn photography safety

The internet is filled with newborn pictures.  Unfortunately, many are putting babies in unnatural positions, and in the process, jeopardizing their safety.  No picture is worth this!  If you are going to be having newborn portraits taken, regardless of your choice of photographer, please watch this video to understand the behind-the-scene process. Babies don’t magically hold themselves up for photographers.  Experienced photographers take multiple shots with hands gently holding the babies in place, and then composite them together.  

With any photographer, you must assert yourself and keep the safety of your baby as your #1 priority.


A Living, Breathing Miracle

I recognize that all babies are miracles.  But when your life starts out with complications, it makes every day together that much sweeter.  Such is the case with little Miss C.  She terrified all of us in the beginning, but thanks to the amazing Dr.s & Nurses that cared for her and much praise to God for giving her the strength to pull through, I had the enormous privilege of holding my beautiful, healthy niece in my arms for the first time in December.  I only wish I could see her everyday.

I’d also like to put in a plug for the Ronald McDonald house for providing my sister & her husband a place to stay where they could be close to their baby.  What an incredible organization!

So here she is, after a long wait (both to meet her and to finally get these pictures posted online!)


Sneak Peek

This morning I went to Irvine to photograph this beautiful family.  These kids are so happy – you can tell there’s a lot of love in this home.  The little guy is FAST but I managed to get some adorable photographs of him!  And his big sister loves the camera, which makes my job so much easier!  Thanks for having me over today.  I hope you love your sneak peek 🙂 .

Orange County Photography

Last month I traveled down to the beach to photograph these adorable kids.  I normally don’t do a lot of beach photography, but since the ocean was in their back yard, how could I refuse?  The light was amazing, the family was a blast, and I love our results.


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