Is hiring a professional family photographer worth it?

Hiring a professional photographer is an expense i'm sure some think of as a luxury. I mean, with the cameras we have on our phones these days, it just seems easier and cheaper to have a friend take some pictures of you and that's that. But guys, creating beautiful and timeless family photos are something that a professional photographer has been educated and trained to do. Here are some reasons why a professional family photographer is worth the cost.


Memories that last a lifetime

Our families are constantly changing. Really, they are. Go take a look at an old picture you have of your family and tell me things haven't changed. You can't, right? Hairstyles, clothing choices, height, silly toddler personalities and moody tween pursed lips are all things a photograph can capture. They are part of your story. Not only does a picture preserve the memories of your children and who they were throughout the years, it also preserves family memories for your children. Displaying beautiful photos of your family taken by a professional photographer that knows how to bring out who you are as a family, is priceless! 


It's about time you got in the photo too

Yep. You know what I'm talking about. I'm in the same boat. My phone has hundreds of pictures of my kids, my kids with their dad, with my parents, and a few selfies with me. So there really aren't any pictures of me and my kids, which really, kind of sucks. Hiring a professional photographer lets you be in the pictures too! Your kids will want to remember that you were there making memories with them. Priceless.


Professional family photographers have experience... working with families

A friend that "has a nice camera" and takes your picture for you, may get everyone looking at the camera at the same time, sure. But what about the moments that can actually take your breath away? Do they know how to engage with your two year old that won't sit still? Do they know how to get dad to relax? Do they know how to bring out the smiles, giggles and cuddles that make for great and memorable moments that are being captured? Family photographers are pros at this, really. It's these images that are the difference between a professional photographer and a friend with a good camera. 


The best equipment and editing software

This is probably the most boring on the list, but it's true. Professional photographers invest a ton of money into their equipment and software. It really is more than just purchasing a "nice" camera and then taking pictures. With high quality cameras, lenses and equipment combined with top of the line editing software, professional photographers are able to create images that you will be proud to put up throughout your home. 


Spring in Orange County | Mission Viejo Family Photographer

Normally when I do spring mini sessions, the hills of southern Orange County are covered in wild flowers. Not this year. This year, I had a super hard time finding those beautiful flowers that are usually so perfect as backdrops for spring mini sessions. No worries though! Because truly, the subjects in my photos are the families. The love. The connection. The moments. And those are more beautiful than any flower you could find. 

Lemon squeezy | Orange County Family Photographer

It's always an awesome day when I get to photograph one my best friends and her beautiful children! And I absolutely loved this location. Lemon trees make for such a fun, sunny and beautifully natural back drop.  

Moms, it's sooooo important to get in the pictures with your kids! I know we all have insecurities, but to our children, we are beautiful and amazing Queens! They will remember the love, joy and security you give them and won't care about anything else. Trust me, in 10 years, you and your children will be so thankful to look back at your photos and remember that YOU were there too. 

More love to give | Mission Viejo Family Photographer

This amazing family has just begun their adoption journey. After many many years dealing with infertility after they had Hudson, they realized that it just wasn't in the cards for them to have another child... biologically. But they didn't feel complete. The ache of having another child to love only grew stronger. Unfortunately, adoption in the United States is extremely expensive and so for them, it just didn't seem like a possibility. After months of research and trying to find some way to complete their family, they decided to take the plunge and sign up with an adoption agency. Matt will be writing grants, Laura will be coordinating fundraisers and they, as a family, will keep pushing forward until they have their missing piece. 
Laura has a blog that she updates pretty regularly. You can find it here: A Sibling For Hudson

Fall Mini Sessions are here!

Now Booking Fall Mini Sessions!! 

Fall Minis will take place in or near Mission Viejo, CA. Limit of 5 people per session. $20/add'l person. Additional images available for purchase. All sessions will be taken close to sunset. Unless you want to get crazy and book a sunrise session.  :)

Fall Minis will take place in or near Mission Viejo, CA.
Limit of 5 people per session. $20/add'l person.
Additional images available for purchase.
All sessions will be taken close to sunset. Unless you want to get crazy and book a sunrise session.  :)