From Bump to Baby!

What an amazing feeling to watch a family grow and capture the milestones with them.  Congratulations to this beautiful family on their new addition!

Double the Love and Double the CAKE!

It started with Newborn Photos of this precious pair, then mom booked a first year photo package with me to capture them at 7 months and one year!  What beautiful babies and it is so true what they say about even twins being so very different.  Each person is their own little amazing character.  So happy to be able to share in the celebrations and milestones with my clients.

Oh Baby, It’s a BOY! Newborn Session Thousand Oaks

Both sleepy and smiley, this new little guy was so easy and fun to photograph!  Welcome to the world baby boy!  Are you or someone you know expecting?  Plan for your newborn session now.  www.carrieholmquist.com

Six Month -Sitting Up Photos!

First Year Milestones Package

Includes a Portrait Session around 7 months old when baby is sitting up without assistance and 12 months with a cake for smashing included. Each session includes and online viewing album and your favorite 10 digital files.  Immediate family members are welcome to join in these sessions!  Get in touch for further information http://www.carrieholmquist.com

Happy 1st Birthday! Cake smash session Thousand Oaks

Happy 1st birthday to this baby girl and her family!  She tasted the cake but was very civilized about the smashing part!

What it takes & tips for a successful session!

I just completed a very full season of family sessions and have some advice for my clients.  When you hire a professional let your photographer do her job and keep these tips in mind:

  • As tempting as it is, be courteous and do not snap photos with other cameras while working with your photographer. This is a huge distraction, especially for kids and pretty offensive to your professional who just set up the perfect pose in the right lighting.
  • When the photographer is working with other subjects, especially kids, please step to the side out of the line of sight and be quiet. Let the photographer give the direction so the subject is looking into the lens and not at you on the sidelines.  Direction from a parent can sound like orders being barked, whereas direction from the photographer can sound like a fun challenge!
  • Keep in mind that kids 5 and under are at their best in the morning hours. Try to book your session early in the day if you anticipate a melt-down from someone being too tired or hungry.  Even in you have a great napper, it never fails that they won’t nap the day of your session.
  • Make sure everyone is well fed prior to the photo session. This will allow for longer attention spans and eliminate the need for snacks during the session.  Snacks not only take up precious time, they also result in full or messy mouths.

With these tips in mind, and the skills of your professional, you should see fantastic results for your portrait keepsakes!

Celebrating New Life!

I booked a maternity session with this couple for an evening on the beach in mid-March.  Despite the sciatica pain mom was feeling from baby pressing on her nerves, we had an amazing photo shoot and the images tell quite a story of love and anticipation.  At ease with each other and their surroundings this couple made my job really fun!

A month and a half later, there I was meeting their flawless newborn son in their home.  What a wonderful gift for these amazing parents.  Swaddled and snug and in all his newborn glory, baby was calm and beautiful.

My Maternity and Newborn package includes two separate sessions, styling advice, use of hand-knit blankets, diaper covers, hats and baskets.  You will also receive a link to your  lightly retouched viewing album within ten days of each session.  I would love to help you tell your story of expectations and arrival with my Celebrating New Life Package.  Please contact me for further information and pricing.

Family photos in full swing!

It is the busy season for family photos.  Don’t forget these tips to highlight the beauty of your family without the distractions of clothing.  Wear bold solid colors near the face to lessen distraction.  Coordinate the colors in your outfits without matching exact clothing.  Let kids be kids and try not to say “no” too many times on photo day.  The more stress you feel and project onto the kids, the less-likely they will want to relax for the camera.  Celebrate your family and the love you share.  Photos should be fun and stress-free, not feel like an obligation.  Hope to see some of your lovely families soon!