The Love you Take...

One of my all time favorite lyrics (and arguably one of the best lyrics of all time) is from The Beatles "The End" -- "The love you take is equal to the love you make"... The same sentiment rings true for family sessions.  When you bring it, it is brought, and your images shine.  I absolutely love photographing this family, who bring it each and every time....

These images remind of me of another favorite lyric (from a Beatle), which is about life, and how it happens when you're busy making other plans... We could not have photographed this family closer to number three arriving... And with all of that anticipation brings, we were all able to meet at the beach for the afternoon and create this memories that will surely last (even more than) a lifetime...

Dress for Session Success - your Little Stars

We're gearing up for March Mini Session Madness at Katie B. Photography which includes oodles (and oodles) of on campus school mini sessions.  Dressing your kids for session success doesn't have to be daunting.  Whether you are dressing them for your Family Session or their own, it's time to let your little stars (and their emerging personalities) shine...

Let's start with dressing them for you.  Whether its for your holiday card, a new wall grouping on your wall or a Mother's Day gift, we get it.  You want everyone to look good and put together and harmonious.  When I'm putting together a look for a family session, I typically start with the kids -- we pull a favorite patterned dress for your daughter or shirt for your son and then build around that, pulling colors from that pattern for everyone else.  Layers are great, textures even better.  We love pops of color coming from a bow in the hair (or around the neck), tights or boots.  Here are some examples of kids shining in their family portraits...

Your little stars... Bright and happy, soft and serene.  Both work and I always advise clients to think about their final images and where they are going to be displayed in their homes while they are picking a palette for their session.  Make sure your kids are comfortable and can move around (we do a lot of moving around in Katie B. sessions!)  Once we've captured your family the way you want, let your little stars shine and throw on a hot pink tutu with cowboy boots or “superhero” cape.  The possibilities are endless,  so whether you have a princess on your hands or a pirate, a ballerina, or a ballplayer -- break it out.  All of it.  And let’s ensure you look back and say, “yup, that was my kid... in all their glory...”

At Katie B. Photography we love to help our families and have many arrive at their sessions with a trunk full of possibilities or send photos ahead of time for us to weigh in on.  We also love recommending our favorite places to shop.  For kids clothes, J Crew Crew Cuts and Mini Boden never disappoints.  Gap Kids and Zara also have terrific kids clothes.  Going for a "straight out of a catalog" look?  Some of my favorites include Busy Bees, Blue Pony Vintage, Alice Kathleen, Jacadi,  and Baby CZ.

See you at your session!!!!

 

 

 

Dress for Session Success - Siblings

One of the questions I get asked the most as sessions approach is "what do we wear?" and "can we look as good as all those other families?"  My answer is always "yes!"  I have families that plan their outfits months in advance, those that show up declaring "this is us!" and others that arrive at their sessions with a truckload of options for me to sift through.  All of these scenarios are represented in the galleries on this site, but... because I've been asked so often, I thought I'd delve a little deeper, starting with siblings and sharing some of my favorite looks and places to shop...

Overall, I tell my families that coordination (vs matching) is the word.  To layout everyone's outfits on their bed like they would one outfit, to match solids with pattern and different textures and layers - this is also the case with sibling photos.  A pop of color is always great, logos are not...

A tried and true formula for a boy/girl sibling duo includes a patterned dress or skirt for the girl, with the boy in a solid shirt pulled from that pattern.  If the little girl is wearing a solid shirt with a patterned skirt, have the boy’s top match a different color in her skirt.  The same goes for a patterned shirt on a boy... I love these examples of this kind of pairing with brothers and sisters:

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This brother sister look below came from J Crew Crew Cuts, which I absolutely love... They have great shirts for boys and amazing dresses for girls...

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Some of my favorite shots of sisters and brothers also share the same coordinating goals.  Check out with these duos did to achieve timeless harmony in their images while staying true to their individual personalities...

I like to never say never, and will admit that I have had clients show up with their match on and have loved the way its photographed.  Here are some examples of siblings rocking the match...

This threesome continuously show up for their session looking straight out of a Vineyard Vines catalog...

I have been photographing these sisters since the very start of Katie B. Photography -- talk about dressed for success.  Here are some examples of matching, in a not quite matchy way... Their first look came from Mini Boden and their second from Busy-Bees.

I hope these images inspired you and convinced you that you too can get your session dress on!  Stay tuned for more on Dressing for Session Success...

Family Love in the Fall

My favorite thing about photographing at schools is meeting the amazing families that become my clients.  Already having a "thing" going with the kids makes it that much more special when I get to meet the whole family, which in turn makes that next time at school (and so on) even (even) more special... I adore this preschooler from her big blue eyes to her adorable Mary Jane-d feet -- she continues to eat up my Elsa jokes and I can't wait til our next time (when I can test out my new material AND meet her new baby sister...) Beyond cuteness...

On the Campus Where they First Met

I have been photographing this AMAZING family since before their daughter (and Katie B. Photography) was even born and this was our second session on the campus of where they first met (and where it all began)... The little ballerina in the tutu who became Katie B. Photography's first LA Parent Cover Girl, a year later, is still bringing it every time... If there was ever a family that screamed LOVE and kindness, this is it...

May at the Beach

Here in Los Angeles June Gloom and May Gray have become a staple and they are PERFECT for beach sessions where we get the freedom to move and play and run and love (and laugh!)... I met this gorgeous family while photographing at their kids' school and I was beyond thrilled to hear from them to capture the whole family in their first year back in Los Angeles...

Family Session in Playa Vista

The beginning of my new year always coincides with the completion of the calendar year, and at Katie B. Photography, the wrapping up of another year of documenting families... It's a time that while I'm still shooting, and editing, and meeting with clients, I'm also packaging up albums, framed prints, holiday cards and folios and my dining room has been hijacked with the most beautiful memories for "my" families, waiting for whatever will complete the package before it heads out to its permanent home... And as each one leaves, I take one last look and am filled with incredible gratitude for the privilege of having been called up... I loved seeing the looks on these little girls faces, and how wide their eyes got when they saw their images, matted and framed and ready to be hung, right next to last years... And I loved leaving them with a "see you next year"...

Mommy's Best Friend

When I arrived to photograph these (adorable) sisters, they asked me if I was their mommy's best friend... I didn't quite know how to answer this question -- do I lie?  Crush their dreams?  I started to (I thought) delicately tell the truth, which was that I was their mommy's good friend, but that I believed her best friend was (insert name here), but then their dad jumped in with "five year olds have, like, ten best friends... just say "yes"..."  The real truth is, I've known their mom since we were kids.  We used to vacation together and play at our swim club together, and I believe they had a doctor's kit at their house that her older brother (who was my age) and I would play with together.  So all that said, it is such a joy to photograph this family, again and again, and watch these girls grow... We had a fun morning at the park, and a lot of laughs...

Katie's Stars, All Grown Up...

When I started Katie B. Photography, I would refer to the children a photographed as my "little stars"... Fast forward six years, those little stars have grown up and in the case of these sisters, have become these beautiful young women... We had such a fun afternoon playing dress-up and creating these wonderful images... Love, Love, Love!!!!

We are Family

One of things I love most about photographing families is hearing from the grammies and aunties after they've received their photos, and it gets even better when those grammies and aunties come to Los Angeles and I get to meet them (so imagine how great it gets when I get to photograph them!!!)  I have been photographing this crew since they moved to Los Angeles over four years ago, and it was fitting that just before they move back east, and when their family was in town to celebrate Mother's Day, that we got our one last hurrah at the beach, everyone, all together.  Our focus was grandparents and grandchildren and I absolutely adore the moments that we captured.  I love how this family loves.  And laughs.  What great medicine...

Madison at two (part 2)

My pride and joy has been (and will always be) my returning clients and I was so thrilled to capture Madison, now at two and a half... She is still a very busy little girl who loves to explore and changes outfits and bows as seamlessly as a runway model.  How pretty is she in pink?  And blue, and... well, the rainbow spectrum could go on and on...

Catch us if you Can

Last summer, I arrived to capture a family with with four boys aged 2.5 months to seven years old, not quite knowing what to expect.  I knew their mom wanted to document a "morning in their life" but I didn't quite know that meant they'd be running around in their pjs and undies and we'd be playing their version of "catch me if you can"... In our just over an hour together, we jumped, chased, read, sifted through baseball cards, demonstrated our knowledge of every piece of sporting equipment under their sun, and truly captured life at their moment in time... I love these images we captured, one in particular which has turned out to be one of my very favorite of last year... The phrase "catch us if you can" is how I describe these boys and for their parents... well... "I don't know how they do it"...