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San Diego Newborn Photography

San Diego Newborn Photography

Another sweet little miss I had the honor of photographing at 9 days old. This first capture is my absolute favorite. Black and white, because, of course. But also.. it was just a tender moment between new momma and new baby that displays such love. I wish wish wish I had moments like these captured of mine.

I’ve never ever ever had a client regret purchasing timeless images. Not one, in the 12 years I’ve been in business. Portraits are important.

Know about it. 😉

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San Diego Family Portraits – Sweetwater Bridge

I heart these two. I’ve watched this little man grow, and he reminds me so much of my toddler, oh some 14 years ago.

Stop. We can’t even go there. My toddler is now 16, in case you aren’t good at the maths.

I wanted to post a few highlights from our session back in June. This was a morning session, but we were able to find small patches of shade, with the sun behind them, and get some nicely lit morning portraits.

The mommy and me snuggle images are my absolute fave. Who wouldn’t want a memory like that???

These were taken at the ever so popular Sweetwater Historic Bridge in Rancho San Diego.

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Something Sarah Loves – DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

I have seen quite a few recipes for dry shampoo, most of them using cornstarch as the base. I am highly allergic to corn, so I can’t use most of them. Sadly, I have just resorted to purchasing a can or 3, or 7 at the drugstore. Which isn’t any healthier, what with the chemicals and aerosols, etc.

So, I went on a mission to find a combination that would work for my thick, dark, dry hair. I only need to use dry shampoo a few times a week, on my 3rd and 4th days without washing. This magical two ingredient fix is my new go to.

You will need raw cocoa powder, and arrowroot powder.
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I hesitate even calling this a recipe, since it is so simple. But you simply mix 3 parts cocoa powder to 1 part arrowroot powder.
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You may be able to get away with sprinkling this mixture on your roots. But… my recommendation is to store in an airtight jar, and get a fluffy brush that is solely used for this mixture. I found mine at Sprouts (local health food store) for about $4.dryshamp004
I couldn’t locate my tripod so you will have to be okay with me taking a picture in a mirror. Dip your fluffy brush in the very tip top of your mixture, and then tap tap tap the excess back into the jar. The key to this method is not overloading your brush. You don’t want the dry shampoo to be visible after you use it.
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A close up to show you that there is no residue, no oil, and lots of volume. After I applied to all my oily roots, I flipped my hair over and tousled it with my hands.
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And bonus.. your hair will smell faintly of chocolate. What can be bad about that?

If you happen to have light hair and want to make this, substitute the cocoa powder for cornstarch, or baby powder if you are allergic to corn.

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San Diego Baby Photographer – Uriah Turns 1.

San Diego Baby Photographer – Uriah Turns 1.

Uriah.  Oh Uriah. He showed up all darling in a brown sweater vest, and warm chocolate eyes. This may not be much of a secret if you truly know me.. But, I want to keep all the kiddos I get to make portraits for. I find each and every one of them delightful.  This little dude is even harder to resist since his momma is so dear to me.  Thankfully, that means I get to see him quite often, and watch him grow.  His brother has the world’s best dimples, but I’ll save those for another post.  I don’t think you will be able to handle two utterly captivating boys.  So.. we’ll just stick to the 1 year old for today. 😉

This dude gave me quite the stink eye until we whipped out the organic lollies. Of course we watched to make sure he was not biting down on the hard candy, but the treat helped him get excited about Miss Sarah’s pictures! 😉  Or, that’s what I was telling myself.

Beginner Photographers – Always, always, always have a treat on hand for your little clients. Whether it be stickers, a toy box they get to pick from, or a sweet treat, it helps them stay motivated to cooperate! I can’t tell you how many times I have had a momma tell me that their child remembers the “fun” photo session because of the treat. Hey.. I’ll take it! I choose to bring organic, fruit juice sweetened lollipops, with nothing artificial added.  And, I’m sure I don’t have to mention this, but I will anyway.. always ask Momma before anything is offered to your little client.  She’s the boss.  Forever. The end.

Take a peek below at a few of my favorite images from his 1 year session.  Keywords for these kind of sessions are.. 20 minutes.  Lollipops.  Lots of singing and clapping.  Snuggles.  And wrapping it up when the 1 year old has had enough.  Would I rather have a happy kid/less frazzled mom and a few less images, or a frazzled mom/unhappy kid and a handful more images?  I go with the happy kid every time. 🙂

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Hazy Meadow Ranch – San Diego Photographer

Hazy Meadow Ranch – San Diego Photographer

It was a clear blue sky, sunny day in June. It was mint and peach and vintage. Tea cups, old books, distressed cream desks. A popcorn station with various seasonings. Popcorn spilling from a vintage suitcase. Chalkboard lettering. A peach damask chair. A vintage typewriter. Peach and mint floating lanterns above the dance floor. A horse drawn carriage. A barn. Hazy Meadow is a country girl’s dream wedding venue. And Natalie did a stunning job tying everything together. Weddings. I heart them.

And of course.. Natalie and Drew. The sweetest couple I have ever met. Tears flowed freely that day… and they may have cried too. 😉

Here is the gallery to all of their gorgeous images! Drew and Nat’s Gallery!

Thank you to Bethany Swanson and Amy Scharfenberg for second and third shooting with me.