greetings from sunny (and foggy) los angeles, ca

Hi, I'm heather. I like taking pictures. I take a lot of them. I stay up way too late. I wake up with my kids way too early (for me). Though slowly I'm learning that sleep is good.

I love photographing newborns, toddlers, kids (I've got two of my own), families, name it! Large groups and weddings make me way too nervous, but I'd be happy to refer you to other photographers in the area.

I love to hear your comments, so feel free to add to my blog by posting. Having a hard time remembering "umami?" Well, I wanted a name that would be easy to remember, spell and find, but apparently I did none of that, so if you'd like to get emails when I post, just add your email to the "subscribe here" box... you'll be the first to find out when I'll be offering mini sessions and other specials!

have a happy day... heather


back from vacation! and some big news (and no, I'm not pregnant)

...but I do have a website that's almost ready! I'm hoping to get rid of that old "under construction" page that's been hanging out at In the next week or so I should have my fancy dancy new site up and running. Stay tuned!!!

Jack and Kaylie will also both be starting school this week. So between now and Wed, I have to get them off the summer schedule and onto an early bedtime - early rise school schedule. Ugh! But for the first time in 4 years, I will have 6 hours a week all to myself while the kids are both in school (yahoooooo)... that's my time to shoot a photo session, go grocery shopping all by myself (this is a luxury) or even go for a mountain bike ride...

Speaking of mountain bike rides... we just got back from UCSB family camp. It was seriously one of the longest weeks ever (but in a good way). Each day was just so jam packed with activities and trips to the cafeteria, that by Tue I could not believe we still had over half a week left. Let's see... I went kayaking, surfing (sort of), mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, swimming, played inner tube water polo (that nearly killed me) and hiking. Matt played some tennis and golf and surfed a bit. And we got to do all this while the kids were in their camps for part of the day. It was AWESOME! Matt and I also caught Jack Johnson and friends on Wednesday since they were putting on a show at UCSB's Harder Stadium. Not quite as cool as the time some friends and I drove up to see Jack Johnson play in the UCSB cafeteria (about 7 years ago), but it was fun to get out with the college kids and pretend I was still half hip.

So for the past week I've had no tv, very limited computer use and have fallen asleep by 10pm almost every night. First day back home and it's after 1am again. Okay, some quick pix and I'm off to bed!

Have I mentioned what a nut Kaylie is? Seriously, she's crazy.

Kaylie: You think I'm crazy?! My mom is even more nuts! Quick! Run before she takes your picture!!!

Thanks to our friend Peter for taking some fun family pix of us!


Cheyenne said...

your kids are ADORABLE!!! and YAY for the website! I can't wait!!!

cindie said...

I love these photos. Jack and Kaylie are too stinkin' cute! You and Matt are pretty cute, too! Great family photos. :)

We made an impromptu trip down to SoCal (Newport Beach). I guess I'm glad y'all were on your own vacay. Would've been sad to have missed you guys if you were home. Glad you guys had a great time in SB.

Charise said...

adorable! Love the one of Kaylie and the last family shot is so you, LOVE IT!!!

umami photography said...

chey- ah thanks! I can't wait for my site to be done either. ;)

cindie- I finally read about your trip down to Newport. Hey, that's awesome you braved the drive with A. Wasn't so bad huh? Come on down and visit us anytime!

charise - that last family shot is so you... hm... I so walk around with my tongue hanging out all the time huh? LOL

cindie said...

Avery just told me she missed Jack! Ha! I bet Jack can't say the same. ;)
And, she said "'member momma? 'member Haylie wear Taya's pink dwess?" I said "Yah, you mean Kaylie?" and she replied "Yah, Haylie!" :)
So, I'm showing her pictures of you guys. She said "That's Ms. Heather!" :)