Orange County Family photographer

A Lifetime of Memories captured in the blink of an eye!

Beautiful Portraits of Your Family

Finally a beautiful portrait of your family, your kids, yourself, to be proud of.  I invite you to a personal portrait session with me because I want to show you how beautiful you and those you love are now and forever.  Let me create heirloom quality images that can be cherished for years.  I personally curate the best quality art prints, wall art and custom designed albums for your memories to be enjoyed for generations.  We specialize in both studio and location photography throughout Orange County including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and Newport Coast.  We are also available to travel through California for you custom portrait session.

Whether you choose to do a family session, a personal branding session, or a couture portrait session, we want to help you celebrate those you love, and that includes yourself. For all our female clients, we offer professional hairstyling and makeup as well as wardrobe styling, so you are pampered and look and feel your very best.  Once your session is complete, we invite you back to our studio for a custom reveal session of your fully edited portraits.  To book your portrait session consultation click here.

CREATIVE

How Do you Want to be Photographed?

How do you want to be photographed?  Do you have a favorite place to create family memories, a stunning outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks, a new figured that you worked hard to achieve?  Whatever you are celebrating, share it with us so we can create the photography session that you have always dreamed of!  Let us help you look like you have stepped off the pages of your favorite magazine or that you are ready to close the million dollar sale.  The more we communicate prior to your photography session, the better the experience will be for everyone involved.  And did we mention, your portraits will be stunning!

MODERN

What is Contemporary Portraiture?

Well it isn't kaki pants and white shirts on the beach.  Instead, it is working along side our team of stylists to learn the colors and environment that best accents your home.  We help you select clothing that not only makes everyone look gorgeous, but also compliments the colors of your home and personal space.  We want your outfits to be like your furniture, complimentary to the space, but not too matchy/ matchy!   But we don't stop there, we invite you back to our studio a week after your portrait session to reveal your beautiful images.  We then work along side you to create the most breathtaking wall art, image portfolio boxes and custom designed albums that can be showcased throughout your house.  Do not worry if you are concerned with sizing and if the portrait art works in your home.  Our professional portrait software allows you to take an image of your walls on your cell phone and text it to us.  We will then project your art directly onto your own walls in the appropriate size for the space, ensuring that everything looks amazing.

FUN

Families Just want to have Fun!

Lets face it, it is hard to look and feel your best if you are not having fun!  I am passionate about creating an environment where everyone in the portrait can truly shine.  My clients will tell you that one of the best thing about doing a Blue Sky's Studio photography session is that it is really fun.  Most people are anxious about being in front of the camera, and I completely understand.  That is why I provide a LOT of direction in posing so you don't have to worry about what you look like.  I am also extremely silly and love to laugh (especially at myself) which really makes it more fun for everyone.  In addition, we give your family plenty of time to warm up and get comfortable.  But, if necessary, I can also be really fast so your young children have fun without loosing interest or getting fussy.  Give us a call to book your consultation session and see why Blue Sky's Studio has been named the top Family photography studio in Orange County!

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Kids Portraits

Orange County Photography Sessions with Small Children

We understand that sometimes children can be unpredictable when it comes to photography sessions...maybe they are nervous, anxious or just having an off day.  It happens and rest assured that we are able to handle just about any situation.  However, there are things that you can do to help ensure a smooth and happy photography session for your child, so please read our suggestions below for a really fun and successful photography session.

 

A) If your child is at all shy, please be patient. We give them as much time as they (not you or I) need to warm up to me and my camera. It is very rare that even the most apprehensive child doesn’t become my buddy after 20-30 minutes. Eager to please, many parents urge their child(ren) on, and this rarely ever helps. Please allow us to create a bond with your child at their pace. Please give us a little space with your child so they do not feel as though they have to “perform” for you with us.

B) Please do not answer for your child when we ask him or her a question. We try to bond with them by getting them to talk to us. Often times, we will reach out to “test” your child(ren) to see how they will respond. Depending on their reaction (if they reach back to hold a hand/finger), we will know how to proceed. We like to take time to get to know your child and let them get used to us before we start shooting.


C) Please please please do not tell your child(ren) to “smile” or say "cheese". That’s our job. Besides, “cheese” or “smile” is almost always a fake or forced smile. We will get your child(ren) to smile by other measures that create real smiles such as goofy faces, funny stories, talking up their interests, etc…you know, kid stuff!! We’re great at kid stuff (we’re kids at heart)!


D) We encourage any ideas or props in your session, so have fun with it and get creative! Many parents bring in 1-3 outfits and various accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry. However, it’s important to keep in mind that changing multiple outfits on younger children usually changes their moods too. We recommend keeping it simple for the younger subjects. They grow up so fast!

Props

Themed Portrait Sessions and Other Frequently Asked Questions

We get so many great questions regarding a Blue Sky's Studio photography session.  First and foremost we want to make it all about you and the story of your family.  That is why we encourage you to bring props and unique clothing so we can create a new theme for your session year after year.  Here are some other frequently asked questions regarding a portrait session with your family.

What should my child wear/ what should we wear?

A little planning and clothing harmony helps create a better looking portrait. It is important to wear complimentary tones and colors, but matchy/matchy attire is not required. Neutral colors work great in almost all situations, and simple goes a long way. It’s best to avoid busy patterns and prominent logos or writing on clothing. Bright colors, hats, scarves and other accessories work great in the studio, in a field, in a historic district or in an urban shoot. In a group shot, remember all of the clothing should be complimentary. It’s important to remember that children do not like binding or uncomfortable clothing. Bare skin on newborns is classic and timeless. If there is a color/outfit that you LOVE your child in, bring it. We encourage you to bring several clothing and accessory options for a studio shoot. Ultimately, the photography should be about your child and/or your family and the clothing should compliment the shot!

How long will the session take?
We take all the time it will require to capture the best expressions and poses (children permitting). It’s important not to rush through a photography session. Most sessions last approximately 30-90 minutes. Some may take longer depending on the purpose/type of session, so it’s important that everyone participating is relaxed and enjoys themselves.

3) My child won’t smile, what should I do?
Let us handle getting your child to smile. We have been photographing children for years and we are very good at getting children to give us genuine smiles. The best way to get great smiles from children in your portraits is by playing games, singing songs, and talking about things they love. Keep in mind though, that some of the best and most favored photographs with many of our clients are the more serious, contemplative expressions of their children. If you notice, a great deal of the classic works by master artists from years ago to modern artists and photographers today capture amazing expressions that are not always smiles.

4) Should I be present during my child’s session?
For teen kids we usually create the best results when Mom and Dad are not around, or at least not "watching" the session if the entire family is not involved. For younger children and babies, it’s always best to have a parent present during the session. Both parents can be present, but only one is required.

5) Can we have our dog in the picture?
Pets are always welcome!

6) My child is very shy (or is very active). What should I do?
Nothing other than informing us of your child’s temperment on your Session Consultation Sheet. Your child is coming to a new place with people he/she doesn’t know with various equipment and lights.  It can be overwhelming for some children. The best approach is to be patient. They will warm up to us/settle down at their own time and pace. It’s important not to make a big fuss about the photography session beforehand for children who become anxious about new situations. Kristin or Deseree always begin a child photography session by talking with the parents first. This sends the message to your child that you and Kristin are friends and helps convey safety to your child. Kristin  will then turn to your child and ask them a question. Please let them answer. This is when one of us will offer our hand to see if your child is receptive. It’s important not to rush your child or urge him/her on. We love working with children and want to have you rest assured that we will create beautiful photographs that will last a lifetime!

Taking the time to prepare for your child's photo shoot will not only make the experience enjoyable for you and your child, but will also help create an environment for amazing photographs for you to treasure forever. We are so excited to work with you!  To book your session click here.

 

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