Family is everything - Maternity and Newborn Portraits

When I first spoke to Mommy J she was asking about a specific date for her maternity portraits. She explained that the baby's daddy was a brain surgeon in another city and was only visiting once more before her due date. Of course, I accommodated them, and we had a lot of fun capturing this special time. They told me all about the long-distance relationship, and how he came to visit every few months. (I secretly felt bad for them, but more about this at the end of the story.) Every relationship and family is different, and we just have to do our best to make it work. 

There's so much unknown during pregnancy. It can be nerve-wracking and exciting, but it's all part of the process. I love capturing this time to remind women how beautiful they are while doing the most amazing "job" a person can do. It's also so special for parents to show these precious images to their baby, and explain how much hey loved them before they were born.

Here are some of the moments we captured during their maternity session at my portrait studio in Hancock Park.

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After the maternity pictures, we waited patiently for their baby girl to arrive, Of course they really wanted her to arrive on a specific date for Dad to be there for the delivery. Of course, I got the call, asking if we could quickly schedule the newborn portrait session, so Dad could be included before he had to get back to the OR.  Mila Rose was as close to perfect as possible. She was beautiful and very well behaved. She kept smiling during her session! I think she was so happy to meet me :)

My clients always come back for an in person viewing appointment. They see a slideshow of their images and I guide them in choosing the products that are perfect for their family, home and style.  Unfortunately Dad couldn't make it, but grandma and grandpa joined and loved the images! Mommy J chose a stunning leather deluxe album with all the beautiful images she chose. Now the part I promised to come back to.  One week after our appointment, I got an email asking if I could mail the album because they decided to move to the city Daddy is in! I was so excited, I literally started crying!! This couple was so loving and it was breaking my heart that Daddy would miss so many moments. I'm kinda sad they will be far away and I won't be able to do Mila's sitter or birthday session (maybe they will come for a visit!) but I'm so glad they got their happily ever after!

Meet Mila Rose.

Here's an actual spread (2 pages) that is included in their hand crafted, Italian leather portrait album. 

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If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and first year fine art portraiture. We are now booking into June, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

Super Baby!

Adding a member to one's family is always an adjustment. It takes time to get used to the new baby and for everyone to find their new roles and place in the home. This is especially true with baby number two or three. In this particular instance, baby Shai was the third blessing added to the K family in under four years! When I spoke to Alyssa on the phone, she told me she really wanted sibling images with a three and one-year-old. I started getting a bit nervous. Especially because the baby was already a month old. (I usually photograph newborn babies under two weeks of age. But to my surprise, the boys were awesome! (all three!) And did I mention really good looking!

Here's the star of the show. He was nearly a month old, yet he slept like......well, a baby ;) how delciosu is he?!

When mom told me her kids were kinda obsessed with super-heroes, we had to incorporate it into the session. These boys are truly awesome!!

 

We even managed to get beautiful family portraits! I was so surprised when I saw the parents. They both have brown hair and brown eyes, and the kids are all light with blue eyes. I never even knew this was possible! I thought two brown eyed people can only have brown-eyed children, but I was wrong. Here's what I found. "Whether your baby will have blue eyes, green eyes, or any other combination depends mostly on the parent's eye color and background. Believe it or not, but a baby can have blue eyes if both parents have brown eyes. Eye color is determined by the parents' eye color and whether the parents' genes are dominant genes or recessive genes. Brown and maybe green are considered dominant, but even two browns can make a blue-eyed baby because there are no 100% definite rules (also called 'polygenic'). So you can only go by a percent. If both of you have brown eyes, then there is generally a 25% chance that the baby will have blue eyes if both of you carry the recessive blue-eye gene. But if only one of you has a recessive blue-eye gene, and the other has two brown, dominant genes, then there is a less than 1% chance of the baby having blue eyes." So there you go! 

 

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and first year fine art portraiture. We are now booking into June, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

Happy 2018!

     As a kid I never understood the saying "time flies" (20 minutes waiting for a treat seemed like forever). As an adult, especially as a mom, I find myself saying this way too often! Time really does fly. The days may be long, but the years are short. Can you believe we are starting 2018?!

    This is one of the many reasons I love photographing newborns. They are so tiny for such a short period of time, and capturing that is so special. I get to take a moment in time and make it last forever. That is priceless.

     As we usher in 2018, I reflect on all the blessings of 2017. I worked hard in my business and am so grateful for how it has grown. I am proud of the newborn photography studio I have built  in the heart of Los Angeles (I'll blog about that another week), the clients I have met and the first moments of love that I have had the honor to document.

    Here are some of the favorite images from the past year. 

 I have photographed a four day old baby and a ninety one year old grandmother. It's been a year of many smiles and of course some tears. I may have been peed and pooped on more than I care to admit, but it's so amazing to be a part of this celebration of life.  I've created wall art, albums and hundreds of heirloom pieces that families will cherish for generations. I am honored to be your storyteller.

Thank you for a wonderful year!

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and first year fine art portraiture. We are now booking into June, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

 

 

Baby Liev

Little Liev was such a pleasure to photograph! It was a bit of a challenge to calm him, but we did it and he was great! I usually ask for a pacifier to help calm the baby during a session, but because of some nursing challenges his parents were opting not to give it to him yet. I'm always chit-chatting with my clients during the session and getting to know them. When I found out both of Liev's parents are orthodontists, I had another clue why there was no pacifier for this sweet little boy.

Liev's mom wanted mostly neutral colors, but we did get a pop of blue in there as well. (Even the blue wasn't bright.) Most of the fabrics we have in studio are neutral and soft tones. There are times we get special requests, and I do my best to incorporate any color parents ask for, but in general I like to keep it gentle.

Although he slept for most of the session, he was up long enough to get a couple awake images. Most newborns can't focus, but once in a while we get a great eye contact, and get the perfect shot.

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Are you pregnant and researching options for a Los Angeles Newborn Photographer? My schedule generally gets booked several months in advance, so contact me as soon as possible!

Thanks for visiting! Keep Similing, Chaya

Celebrating Miracles, Celebrating Light

Tonight is the last night of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, known as the festival of lights. This holiday also represents miracles above the "law of nature" for a small inexperienced Jewish army was victorious over their mighty Greek enemies.  And a small jug of oil that was suppose to last one night lasted for eight!

LIGHT & MIRACLES. These are reasons I've decided to blog a very special family tonight! (no comment on my MIA status). (Light= the secret to beautiful images. Miracle= identical twin newborns in same sack born healthy.)

I met Krishna and PK when they were about 24 (or so) weeks pregnant and looking for a Newborn Photographer in Los Angeles. She told me she needed to do her maternity session ASAP because she was pregnant with identical girls who were sharing a sack and she was to be hospitalized shortly for the remainder of her pregnancy. I squeezed her in as soon as I could and we hit it off from the moment we met! 

We did the maternity session at the colorful Venice Canals, in California. It was gorgeous scenery and so much fun to capture the love between these two.

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Shortly after the session, Krishna was hospitalized until she was 33 weeks, when her water broke and she was taken for an emergency C-section. Her two beautiful miracles were born! 

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I got to meet Anaya and Sahana when they were already six weeks old. Due to their stay in the NICU Krishna warned me that they didn't love sleeping that much, but I worked my magic and we finally got them to sleep. Once they were deep in dreamland we had lots of fun!

Here you see the girls each wrapped in a Dupatta, which is a traditional Indian gown. Krishna wore many dresses in her multi-day wedding, and I had the privilege to photograph her brand new baby girls in them.

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Going straight to two kiddos isn't easy but these new parents did it with grace! They even had time to catch me in action! Thank you for sending me the behind the scenes image!

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It was really a pleasure working with this family and they gave me the biggest compliment. They want to reenact their wedding and have me photograph it! Let me know when you guys have some free time ;) Double congratulations Krishna and PK!! 

Are you looking for a newborn photographer in Los AngelesContact me as soon as possible — during your second semester is the optimal time to plan your baby’s first portrait session!

New Year, New Beginnings

With the new year (Rosh Hashana) comes new beginnings and that of course includes new resolutions. For me, it incorporates facing fears and going out of my comfort zone. For some reason, I'm really nervous about blogging. Putting my words and work out for all to see is definitely nerve-racking, but I've finally decided to give it a try.

When thinking about which session would be my first to blog, it was really a no-brainer. 

Just a few weeks ago, on the Jewish new year, I was walking down my street, only to meet what I thought was a new neighbor with a brand new baby. After a quick introduction, we realized we had been neighbors for years yet this was the first time we had ever met. 

What a better way to start the year than with a client that was sent directly from God. It was so clear that our paths were meant to cross that day and that I would have the opportunity to get to know these special people and photograph and their beautiful baby girl.  

Although I have been photographing newborns for many years, and meet my clients in a variety of ways, this was the first time something like this has ever happened. It was truly meant to be!

Without further ado meet baby G! 

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