Baby Sofia is 9 months! | Orange County, CA Baby Photographer

I have had the pleasure of photographing this sweet girl since she was born, and every three months I get to see her! This session was her 9 month shoot, which fell just after Halloween (yes, I am catching up on my blogging). Her mom brings her purple tutu each time, and it really shows how much she has grown! You can see all of her cuteness in her past sessions Six Months, Three Months,  and Newborn.


The Grateful Project: January | Orange County, CA Family Photographer

I have been part of a wonderful blog circle for the last two years and I am so happy we are continuing this year. We decided on The Grateful Project as our focus this year. Each month we will photograph something that we are grateful for, big or small. As a theme, I think it is perfect – and I am so grateful for this group. I recently went through all of my photographs from the last few years, organizing and backing up again. I noticed that the best images I have of my kids were taken as part of our project and I am very appreciative of that – as well as just having these fabulous ladies there for support.
This month I am grateful for rain. We have been in such a severe drought, that any rain is so welcome. I hope we get much, much more. While what we have gotten is not nearly enough, it is so nice to see everything turn green again and all the fresh, new growth. My boys and I visited Riley Wilderness Park just a month ago, and it looks like a completely different place. So beautiful!
Check out photographer Christine Blaylock | Suburban Chicago Photographer, to see what she is grateful for, then follow through the circle!

amber norris - January 29, 2015 - 10:48 am

Beautiful location! I love the sun flare on the second image.

Allison Jacobs - January 29, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Love Riley and that gorgeous light!!! Ah, the sunflare! And your boys look adorable, like always too. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a wonderful place?

Laura Veno - January 29, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Kimberly, these are beautiful! I love the simplicity in them, too. I’m glad you got some rain, but I’m pretty sure you’re under snow right now, right?!? Lovely as always.

Suzanne Carey - January 29, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous place! I totally agree with what you said about the best pics of your kids were taken for our monthly projects. I feel the same way! So happy you have gotten some rain. The fresh green is so gorgeous!

Christine b - January 30, 2015 - 6:59 am

What a GORGEOUS location!!! These are some great pics of your boys.

melissa deakin - January 30, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Kimberly–these are such amazing images and what a breathtaking location! I love your words–most people wouldn’t be thankful for rain unless they’ve experienced a drought like you have. I hope more is on its way. Looking forward to another photographic journey with you!

Project 12: Favorites of 2014| Orange County, CA Family Photographer

Our Project 12 blog circle group decided to do one last post for the year. This time, we decided on an open theme, we can blog about anything we would like! I decided to take the opportunity to look back on my last year of photos – and, here comes the hard part- pick my favorites. So, here they are! Check out the favorites of Amber Norris Photography | Collins, MS Newborn and Family Photographer and then follow through our circle!

This was the first meeting for this father and son. Totally magical.
This one I chose because I finally took some portraits of my parents. I have so many candids, and lots of great images of them with the kids, but not many of them together like this. I love it and I need to take them more often.
This one I chose because, frankly, I am a sucker for silhouettes! I just love the simplicity of them, and how they can tell a story without all the detail of the typical image. I do try to get a family silhouette for every session if I can. Not only is this a beautiful family inside and out, but we had the most amazing skies that night, all framed by those tall palms. My client is going to hang a huge canvas of one of their silhouette images, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m so glad they like them as much as I do!
One of my favorite things about photographing families is the relationships between siblings. This image represents everything I love about it! They love each other:).
This one technically would not make the cut. It is not perfectly in focus, but I love it anyway. It just reflects both of their personalities so perfectly.
These two images are of my oldest son (8 at the time). He is so tough to get REAL photos of, which is mainly my fault! He is pretty tired of my camera. Here, he humored me a bit. Everyone who sees these says the same thing – That is classic G. I’m grateful to Project 12 for forcing me (in the best way)to get out and take these images.
This little girl makes me smile. A lot. I have photographed her every three months this year, and I love editing those sessions. Her smile is adorably infectious every time. I can’t wait for the big 1st birthday session!
This was from one of my favorite sessions this year. This was the very first family I ever photographed other than my own, and they are great friends of mine. Almost every year, their family grows by a little bit. There is huge love here:). There is also just a bit of chaos and I love that they love photos of them as they are.
These two images are both from a homecoming session I photographed last spring. Watching the families come together again is so wonderful and overwhelming, but going back and looking at the images I really love the reactions of those around them watching. So much joy!
I had an impulsive moment and finally bought the 70-200/2.8 L lens. No regrets, it is a beautiful lens. It is worth it for the images I am now able to take of my boys playing sports…I am hooked!
This image just jumped out at me because I think the family, colors, location, and reflections are beautiful!
I leave off with this image, because it represents something I want to do more of – photographing couples. I am a family photographer – but parents have so few images taken of themselves as a couple – and that is so important, too. I want to be better at that this year.

Allison Jacobs - December 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

Love seeing all the variety you have photographed this year, from your subjects to locations to lighting! I can’t even begin to pick a fave!!!

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Camp Pendleton Homecoming | Southern California Welcome Them Home Photographer

This was my second time shooting a homecoming at Camp Pendleton. I knew from the first email that I was going to love photographing this family. Mom told me their story and sent photos of her family – they were just adorable. The logistics of shooting these can be hard because they can change quickly – but I knew I had to make it work for this family! Baby Benson had been born one week after his daddy deployed -so it would be their very first time meeting! Big sister was equally excited to see her daddy again. The media in San Diego was there to document the homecoming for the nightly news, and my family was interviewed! A great day overall. To the family – thank you so much for your service and allowing me to capture such an important day! If you would like more information about this great organization, you can find them at Welcome Them Home.