Archive for 'Newborn Photography'

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of photographing Yahaira and her beautiful family.  This was a particularly special photo shoot for me because it’s filled with best friends, a loving couple and God Children.  Can’t get any better than that :)

I’ve known Yahaira since high school – she is my best friends, best friend and her son is my best friends God Son.  This pretty much means that I get to photograph her beautiful family for ever :)  And it also means that her son, Raymond, inherited the BEST God Brother ever – Aprils 9 year old, Malacai [my God Son and the little love of my life!]  So – as you can imagine – there are many, many wonderfully special pictures in this blog post! ~ enjoy. xoxo

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These spontaneous and fleeting moments of laughter & flirtation are of my favorite moments ever to capture.

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This beautiful family is the Watkins family.  Yahaira & Raymond were blessed with one of the most handsome [and mellow!] little babies ever.  They are coming up on an anniversary, and little Raymond has just turned 9 months – it was the perfect time to celebrate with a professional family portrait session!

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I just want to scoop him up!  If we could bottle that little smirk and soulful stair – it may just be the cure for heartbreak!Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio

Raymond, he is SO happy in your arms!!  Look at the joy you bring each other :)  Ahhh, I love father / son pictures!
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And here is little Raymond with his God Mommy, April.  I believe it’s a face-off ;) Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio

And those other big brown, beautiful eyes?  Well that little man is my God Son!  He is such a wonderful big God Brother to little Raymond – it’s so neat to watch him feed, and hold and play with him with such compassion.  Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio

For anyone interested in family portraits – it is highly likely that at some point – if your children are 9 months and younger – they will be naked!!!  Never again will you be able to capture those little rolls and squish tush!  I. LOVE. IT. Can’tPassItUp and neither can God Mommy!

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Malacai, you are the most handsome 9 year old ever and you light my world with your sweet, silly personality and your compassionate soul.  Words can not express how excited I am for your future [just don't grow up too fast!] and how much I love you.Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio Toluca Lake base child photography and family portrait studio

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It’s not often that I get in front of the camera.. but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take my turn with these handsome little guys.  Top left: Yahaira & April, top right: April & I, bottom left: little Raymond & I, bottom right, Malacai, little Raymond & I. Happy :) Los-Angeles-Family-Portrait-Photography-Studio-22

Yahaira & Raymond – I am so happy for you two.  May the Lord bless you and your family with a lifetime of love & happiness!

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

 

I am so excited to announce the arrival of Kaiyah Rose.  Her proud parents, Jeremy & Alyssa were blessed with their healthy little angel on July 7th at 3:30pm.

 

 

 

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

Being good friends from Portland, I spent three years with these two experiencing many of my outdoor firsts: back packing trips & snow shoeing up to mountain top cabins are among my favorites!  They were married in 2010 and are now embarking on their first of many ‘firsts’ as a married couple and new family.  I was so excited and truly honored to be able to capture Kaiyah’s first professional newborn portraits.  I can’t imagine there is any love like the love you feel for your child.

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

Jeremy & Alyssa,

I am so happy for you two.  You deserve all of the wonderful blessings life has in store for you and you family!

xox ~ erica

I love chucks.  I LOVE chucks on kids.

Check out this uber cute and stylish family portrait session at Luscher Farms.  I love photographing big kids with their little sisters – they are so sweet together!  Mari, I’m so happy to have finally met your family.  You all look gorgeous!

I have to admit, enwrapped in wedding season – it had been quite a while since my last newborn session!  However, when your friend gives birth to one of the cutest little boys – how do you decline?!  Newborn sessions in general take a long time.  Most of my newborn photographer friends spend an average of 4 hours on each newborn session.  Really?  Ha.  YES!!!  Best done within 5-7 days of birth, there’s feeding, changing, napping and all other things to consider.  Though it’s not an easy task, the images are priceless [insert heart here!]  Here at Erica Hartman Photography we have a very lifestyle approach to Newborn Photography.  Though we like to bring in props from time to time for when baby is napping, we really LOVE to capture the interaction between mom, dad & their new little bundle of joy!  And if it’s not their first little bundle of joy, we encourage bringing along big brothers & sisters.  The first few weeks of getting to know a newest member of the family is something you only experience once.  We are honored to capture that for our clients.  We were especially honored to capture that for Angela & James.

These adorable newborn portraits were taken during our second session when Angela brought little Wes in to the studio.  There is something about tears & toes – I’m a sucker!

I know what you’re thinking.  Didn’t I just talk about how extensive Newborn Portrait Sessions were?  I sure did!  Than why, you ask, did I ask the entire family to venture out to Luscher Farms?!   We thought it would be a wonderful idea to pair Gods gifts of life [in all forms:] newborns & mother nature.  Beautiful.  Don’t you think?!  Angela, THANK YOU for trecking the entire family out to West Linn for your fist newborn session.  I am in love with how beautiful you all look!!

While mom was spending some much needed time with little Wesley, James & Hezzy went picking wild black berries – gotta love the Pacific NW!

A sleepy baby is precious and perfect for pictures.

If you LOVE these family portraits as much as I do, LIKE and let Angela & James know just how sweetly beautiful their family is!

xoxo ~ erica