April: The Month Where My Kids Have Birthdays and We're Not Done Unpacking Yet

My daughter, Alex turned 2 this week, and earlier, my oldest child, Noah turned 5! It’s hard to believe my husband and I have been parents this long. I’ve had dreams of finding room for a mini-studio, and though we’re totally up and running in our new home, there always seems to be that ONE ROOM that has all the boxes we haven’t unpacked yet. The “I am not sure where this stuff goes” room. It’s the office/photography equipment storage/LEGO organization/unopened boxes for our new baby arriving in 1.5 months/unhung framed photos room.

But hey, to make it at least a little cozy in one direction, we have a new teal couch and awesome cushy rug and some furniture that bodes well for portraits. So as a momtographer (that’s a word, right?) we did some annual birthday portraits. I really love this corner of our home — I hope we can transform it the way we wish soon!

Some technical notes —
I lit these Sony A7RII 35mm shots with a Godox 120cm / 47.2in Portable Octagon Softbox Umbrella with a constant light source: LimoStudio Full Spectrum Lighting Bulb 85W Photography Photo CFL 6500K. There are two windows for natural light in this room, with one to camera-right. But I like to light my subjects up inside just a tad more for their birthday faces. :)

The couch is from Overstock and our 8x10 rug is from Target. Tutu from Honeyskull.


Denver's Union Station Family Photography With The Mellens!

One of my favorite times of year is the Fall when a ton of families get their annual holiday cards done. It’s a simple tradition that yields so many fun memories. The kids grow so quickly and love looking back at how tiny they once were. :) With our move to Denver from San Francisco this year, I hosted a very limited amount of sessions, but am SO glad I snuck in a few in my new hometown.

Union Station has quickly become one of my favorite places to shoot. There’s such incredible light both indoor and outdoor, amazing decor, and not to mention it’s easy to get to. And afterwards, you can grab all the beer, milkshakes, ice cream, and Irish coffees you want.

Thanks for meeting so early in the morning, Mellen fam! Love your energy. Here are some of my favorites.

Hello from Denver! The Downey Family At Home

After a short hiatus to move our life across the Rocky Mountains, I'm finally back at it, shooting family sessions in Denver! I'm learning that the weather can be crazy unpredictable compared to California, but am embracing the chance to use new lighting equipment indoors on a whim, where it's cozy while 20 degrees outside. :) We did exactly that during a snowy day with the Downey family. How cute are they!? And kitty got a family photo, too. Cute little tiger. 🐅