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Wow, it seems like for the last five years at least half of the summer in Laguna was overcast, and while I think overcast skys can lead to gorgeous photography, there is nothing like a golden sun for beautiful portraits!  So you can imagine that I was excited to take down Ella for a celebration session of her toothless smile!  The tide was a little high and we had to battle the water, but the session was amazing.  That was until I was informed that there were no beach photography sessions allowed on Victoria Beach until after Labor Day.  I am not one to rant, but this seems a little crazy to me.  Isn’t this a public beach???? Don’t families, brides and couples come from all over the world to have their pictures taken in Laguna Beach.  I have to imagine that the wedding industry significantly helps Laguna Beach’s economy.  So WHY would you outlaw all session until summers end?  Totally crazy if you ask me!

Anyway, they didn’t stop us from getting some amazing images!  Thanks to the Taber gals for being so understanding and going with the flow!

The sun is back out, the sun is setting over Catalina and it is the perfect time for family beach portraits!  If you have scheduled a beach shoot in October or November, you know that the beach is a crazy place for portraits leading up to the Holiday season!  But NOT right now!  Now it is perfect on the beach with few people and gorgeous pink sunsets!

Speaking of pink, here is another very pink session, but this time on the beach.  I have been photographing these two beautiful gals since they were tiny tots!  I am not sure if there are two girls out there who like the beach better!  My biggest challenge is keeping them out of the water until we are done with their session!  Enjoy!

Living in sunny So Cal we rarely get what can be classified as “Weather”!   But every once in a while, we are lucky enough to get some WILD hail, rain, lightning, snow…. whatever!  On our last big “Weather” day, I was lucky enough to have a session booked for beautiful Sarah in her home. (btw… my new obsession is, “in home”, editorial style photography.  I love how my client’s homes help tell the story of their family.)

Sarah’s story begins with being married nearly 10 years!  So what a life changer to have a new baby boy on the way!  His nursery is so darn cute, I thought it had to be the star of a least a large part of the photography session!  But because Sarah was game, we started in the hills surrounding her home.  The backdrop was stormy rain clouds, but with sun shining!  So crazy.

Fortunately, we got some amazing shots outside and quickly headed back into her house.  As soon as we got settled in her bedroom, the hail started.   Seriously, in Southern California… so strange, but beautiful as well.

I am excited to continue Sarah’s story when the baby arrives.  Thanks so much Sarah and ENJOY!

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Something about kids from age 11-14 really makes me smile!  Sometimes they are shy, or kind of reserved in the beginning, but in no time they are dancing around and showing me their “sassy” look, their smolder, their giggle and of course their big smile.  Lots of these kids have been coming to Blue Sky’s since I was dressed as Snow White and hosting their birthday parties!  Lots of them are getting their braces off and I am the first one to capture their new perfect smile.  Here is a sneak peak of one of my favorite cuties!  Thanks so much to her beautiful mommy for bringing her in for her own personal styled photography session!