Turning One

Family Session | Coto De Caza, CA

One of my favorite times to do a family session is when the first child is about to turn one. Often, I am met with eyes are that are curious and still so innocent. Oblivious to the fact that the lives of his or her parents have been flipped in the most radical of ways. Similar to a roller coaster, there are many ups and downs for the parents. Unlike a roller coaster, the ride never stops!

Turning one is a huge milestone. Let's forget the fact that nobody every remembers their first birthday. Do you? Still, I genuinely get excited for them. Moreover, parents should be proud. Consider how many diapers you have changed over the year! Yes, quite an accomplishment! Seriously though, it's not an easy journey, but one of the most rewarding. When we finally meet for the session, I know it's something special to be taking their first set of family portraits. 

Speaking of first birthdays, Lauren will be celebrating hers in a few weeks. See you then little one!

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Daniel + Christina + Claira

Family Session | Rolling Hills Estates, CA

The weather was nice and toasty which brought out the warmth of this beautiful family. Young little Claira was just the sweetest, especially in her adorable dress. Daniel and Christina should be proud of what they have accomplished in their first year of parenthood. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing opportunity to photograph your family!

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Jen + Doug + Maddie

Family Session | Orange County, CA

It's been a while since I've posted but I'm excited to share moments captured from this family session. The mom and dad were wonderful as usual, but I was particularly blessed to meet their 2 year old daughter. I was reminded of when my first daughter was that age. We hear so often about the terrible two stage. It's frightening, alarming, and shocking all at once. As parents, we vow to never do this to ourselves again. However, time heals even the deepest scars doesn't it?

My oldest daughter will be 4 soon, and so it hasn't been too long since she graduated from the terrible twos. I can't help but to miss her chubby cheeks, her excitement when counting to ten, and her curiosity about the simplest of things. I loved how she would surprise me with new words and expressions just about every day. 

Sure, there were many terrible moments, but my memory is a bit hazy around that stuff. I look back and think about how terrific she was at 2. By the way, my wife probably thinks I'm crazy and that I don't know half of what she went through! Yeah, she's probably right since I wasn't the one who had to deal with it all day. 

Still, all this to say, that our children need us to see the best in them no matter how difficult it gets. In the end, they will know that our love as parents can never be shaken. Hopefully, they will go on to be gracious, kind, and loving individuals who choose to see the good in others. 

So the next time your two year old throws a tantrum, let your spouse deal with it, and choose to see the good in them. =P