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.

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have a happy day... heather


newborn baby leighton - redondo beach

One of my good photography friends just had her second baby. So what does that mean? Well, it means newborn baby photo practice time!

The ideal time to get those squishy, sleepy newborn photos is in the first 10 days of life.

New parent says "What are you insane?! In the middle of all that chaos of coming home from the hospital and dealing with a newborn, you want us to schedule a photoshoot?"

Me: Well, yes. :) If you want photos of your teeny tiny baby all curled up and sleeping, that's when you'll want to do it. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but this is the time your baby will have the longest stretches of sleep (so enjoy and appreciate every minute of it since your sleep deprivation will only increase as the days go on). :) After the first couple of weeks, some babies really wake up and want to know what's going on... which can also be very cute of course, but there's something magical about a sleeping child... you'll see!

I happened to stop by two week old baby Leighton's house right as she was waking up from a long nap. Her photographer mom Tory and I snapped a few photos of her awake and looking around. But then baby was on to business - eating followed by pooping. Just as she was about to doze off (that's when we take all those fun sleeping photos)... I had to go back home to rescue the grandparents who were watching my kids!

Okay, a few of the fun pics!

hi mom, i'm awake!

and here i am starting to get sleeepy


Oh and I just had to add a couple more to show off my funky handiwork. Years ago before kids I used to be pretty crafty. A good friend bought me a "how to knit" kit about 6 years ago and I made a scarf. Then I knitted this crazy cool blanket for my friend Jessica's first baby (hey, Jess... do you still have that blanket?). That blanket sucked the knitting life out of me and I haven't touched the needles since.

Well, the other day I decided I wanted to try to make one of these baby cocoon things... I had to reread the directions a few times and before I knew it, I had knitted something (oh, did I mention that in order to make the cocoon, that I had to unravel that scarf I made since I didn't have any other yarn handy at the moment?). lol. Anyway, I was still finishing it up while Tory's baby was drinking her lunch, but we managed to get Leighton in it for a few pictures. Kind of reminds me of my old favorite sweater.

Congratulations Tory! You've got a beautiful daughter (and son too... Pierce, thanks for napping so mommy and I could take some photos!)


Tory O'Leary said...

OMGoodness Heather - nice job girlfriend!! :) LOVE the texture on that first one! AND I am so happy you got that last one - I love it!!...she was at a funny angle in all mine!! :)
Glad you got to come over and play!! It was FUN!! :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE all of these. The scale is quite cute and the others are perfect! ~ amy

cindie said...

You just whipped that cocoon up? Wow! Great shots, Heather. You're so hard on yourself. I think your awesome. =)
Cute baby!

Amy said...

OMG i love the pix of the baby in the wrap- perrrfectly soft and cozy- i want it!

Charise (Photography By Charise) said...

Awww, I love them! Leighton is SO beautiful!!!

Gilbert Yu said...

I LOVE them all, especially the first two! Beautiful work!