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


a random meet up and some holiday mini session info

Finally! (scroll down if you want info on the mini session without a bunch of late night ramblings)

Funny thing... I was at a local park with the kids earlier this week, and a mom (very stylishly dressed I might add) and her toddler walked by me. The mom looked my way kind of like she knew me, so I was racking my brain to figure out if I knew her. I saw her look over again and then this time she came over and asked if my name was Heather.

"Uh oh." I thought. I know my memory is bad, but I hate when it totally fails me...and it was failing me because I for sure didn't recognize her.

her: Are you a photographer?

me: Yep. (so weird to think of myself as a photographer... )

Okay, so without giving y'all the exact play by play (since like I said, my memory sucks and I would be quoting it all wrong), I'll just give the general gist of our seven degrees of separation.

So this woman's name is Kim. Funny as I write that, I think about the word "woman." Do you like it better when people in the grocery store call you "ma'am" or "miss"? If I'm by myself especially, I hate being called "ma'am." But I love it when they they call me "miss"; it's almost as flattering as getting carded. I digress... So this woman about my age (funny, I still think of myself more as "this girl" than "this woman" even though I'm getting crowsfeet... but again sorry, back to the story)...

So it turns out Kim is good friends with one of my best friend's sisters (also named Heather just to make it confusing). Last time I was up in San Jose, I took Heather's family photos . Well, then Heather emailed the link to my blog to some of her SoCal friends...Kim being one of them. How random is that? Oh and the kicker? She recognized me from my monkey face picture on this blog. Oh man... I'm thinking that's not so good if I really do look like that monkey face picture... maybe I made that face one too many times and it really did get stuck that way! That was kind of a weird, yet cool experience. Luckily I got references on Kim that she's a great great friend to people I know. If you're out there Kim, "Hi! Let's meet up there again!"

Oh, so Kim had been reading my blog and reminded me that I was supposed to post about the upcoming holiday mini card sessons. Ah yes.

Here's my thought on holiday cards. I'd love to be your one stop shop for awesome holiday cards, but I'm not quite organized enough for that yet (maybe next year when both kids are in school every day). For now I'll leave the card making to the professional designers. Here is a great place for beautiful holiday cards (and baby announcements and even Halloweeen cards) - Tell Amber I say hi if you email her. However, I would be honored to take the photos for your cards...

I plan to offer 2 days of mini sessions. I'm only booking 4 families each day so spaces are very limited.

Day 1: Saturday, October 25th
Location: Santa Monica Pier, think urban more than beachy
Start Times: 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am

Day 2: TBD. I'm thinking November 1st or 8th
Location: A more rustic, green and natural location
Times: The 4 sessions will either be in the morning again or possibly all in the late afternoon/evening.
I'd love to hear suggestions!

And if you think you'd like to have a longer session or one at a different location, I am also booking full sessions.

Okay, I've got a HUGE day tomorrow, so I should have gone to bed hours ago. But let me share with you another Kaylie hijinks picture to end the night. Just my face lotion this time...


Sarah Ryan said...

What I really want to know is if you put Kaylie in Time Out before OR after you go and grab your camera and take the snaps?

umami photography said...

after. ;)

Nora said...

Sign us up for the rustic one! I'll try to think of locations ...

Julie said...

I love Kaylie! :D