Beautiful Gracie! Photographing you was so much fun!
I wanted to do something a little more creative than the usual photo session. I had an idea about creating a colorful, somewhat magical look that might be used to illustrate a children’s book, so I asked my friend Gail if I could photograph her darling little girl. I had photographed her 3 years ago and she had been so wonderful to work with and just the perfect, gorgeous model with a magical quality and with lots of long, luxurious black hair. She consented and off we went to a local regional park.
Once at the park we found several beautiful areas to use as background. Gracie posed beautifully and naturally, giving me the mysterious and magical expressions I was hoping for. I can imagine several stories that could be written using these illustrations. If only I had a rabbit and maybe a couple baby chicks. A small unicorn might have come in handy.
I also wanted to have a smiling daughter pose for Mom, which is why I included the last photo. Isn’t she adorable?
I’m hoping to do another session with Gracie this summer that will be a bit more staged. I’ve been shopping for the perfect dress for her to wear. For this session I just took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and my wonderful model. Thanks Gracie and Gail!
Edie Layland is an Orange County portrait photographer based in Irvine. She is available for Child and Family Photography. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information about reserving your child’s portrait photography session.
I feel so fortunate to live so close to the ocean. I love being near the water, I love the sand and the sound and sight of waves crashing. I love the mystery that is the ocean. I never know when I head down to the beach from Irvine what I’m going to find. It could be blue skies in Irvine and fog at the beach. It could be hot in Irvine and sweater weather at the beach. The whole beach could have a completely different shape depending on the tides. Sometimes I’ll find piles of seaweed strewn everywhere. My favorite thing of all is to arrive at the beach and see a layer of white clouds just above the horizon because I know I’ll be treated to a beautiful sunset and perfect lighting for beach photography.
The point of this particular trip to the beach was to get beautiful photos of sweet little Arianna. She has a beautiful face, perfect skin, and long, curly blond hair that manages to look great even when it’s messy. She looks fantastic in pink and when her mood is right, she poses like a model.
We got to the beach a little early hoping to find some cloud cover near the horizon, but the sky was clear, the sun was hot and high, and the shade was dark. Not the best conditions for photography, but on such a beautiful day it’s hard not to feel good about the possibilities. Beach photography is challenging, but the rewards are great.
These are some of my favorites from the session. I love all that rich, warm sunshine. I love the happiness in Arianna’s eyes and the excitement I can see on her face as she plays with the waves. Notice that she’s all the way off the ground in one photo, totally suspended in the air.
In the last photo (below), I used Arianna’s pretty parasol to block the bright sun behind her and got this light filled, sort of dreamy image that I love. I hope you enjoy beautiful Arianna’s photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Edie Layland is a California portrait photographer based in Irvine. She is available for Beach Photography. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information about reserving your family or child beach photography session.