Welcome baby "W"! | Southern California Portrait Photographer

When some of your best friends have a baby, there really is no other feeling in the world. I've known Michelle since I was 18 years old and a receptionist at a real estate office. Michelle became an instant friend and was even a bridesmaid in my wedding back in 2005. She and Myke got married just days before I gave birth to Reid, and I am so happy to share the photos of their first born, sweet baby W! He was just 8 days old when I got to meet him for the first time and take these photos. Michelle was a super woman and gave birth completely natural. I am so proud of the parents that they have already become and I can't wait to watch sweet W grow up into a lovely young man. Congratulations, you guys! I love you! PS - you may recognize Michelle and Myke from this session that I did for them last year. Michelle was actually a couple of months pregnant...no wonder she was glowing ;)

The McMichael Family & Oak Canyon Nature Center {Anaheim Family Portrait Photographer}

I love the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim because it's the only part of Southern California that reminds me of Northern California. We moved from the beautiful Sierra foothills of Folsom where oak trees, lakes, rivers, trails and nature areas were plentiful. Here in Southern California you can find most of those things, but not quite as readily. Southern California is beautiful in it's own way of course (ie: rockin' desert locations, downtowns, and the beaches). Amy and David are friends of mine that I knew before we moved to Riverside. We have grown to be even better friends and see eachother quite often. Baylen is 3 months old and Cambria is 2 1/2. We arrived at Oak Canyon just as it started to rain but were determined to get our session in. I had never shot in weather that dark before but was able to "find the light" as we photographers like to say. Baylen graced with me with eye contact in nearly every photo but Miss Cambria was a little more difficult...not out of the norm for 2 year olds, as I know all to well from my own 2 year old at home ;) We managed to get smiles from both kids. Success!

*drumroll* And our winners are......

Wow, what a successful, amazing contest! Thank you everyone for your participation and your votes! Without further delay... First, the three voters who have each won a $10 Amazon giftcard, chosen by Random.org! Congrats to voters number 132, 125, and 152! Rebekah S, Robert Fee, and Ingrid Austin! I will be emailing you shortly.

Now, onto the contest winners!!!!

1st place and winner of a 16x20 gallery wrap canvas!

2nd place and winner of a top quality 11x14 print

3rd place and winner of a top quality 11x14 print