Jun 27, 2013

Newborn Photography by Layland MasudaBeautiful baby boy wearing a yellow knit bonnetNewborn baby boy wrapped in blueClose up photo of newborn boy by Layland Masuda PhotographySweet newborn boy from Dana Point on red brown blanket. Sweet newborn baby boy laying on a cream colored blanket


Reed is such an adorable little guy, just the perfect little bundle of joy and so very handsome. I have to admit, he really charmed me. I have a photo of him crying and even that is just so cute, it makes me smile every time I look at it. He’s a happy, content baby with a beautiful, very relaxed mom and all that relaxation made the session super easy and fun. I’m so happy and grateful to have had mom and newborn baby Reed in my newborn studio.

If you’re pregnant and wanting to have beautiful photos like these of your newborn little one, please call me at 949.241.0041 or you may email me at edielayland@mac.com. It’s getting hot outside, so outdoor newborn photo sessions are also an option and I am offering a discount for the first outdoor session that comes my way. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information. I am located in Irvine, California.

Jun 17, 2013

Orange County Senior Portraits Olivia of Beckman High School


Senior Portrait taken by a pond in Orange, California


Senior Portrait of Irvine Student


Look at Olivia, so beautiful, so sweet, and sometimes a little on the shy side, sometimes not. I have the feeling she has no idea how pretty she is. Isn’t that the way of it? So many of us don’t realize how beautiful we are, especially when we’re teens, but at any age.

Olivia has a classic beauty that is truly timeless. I can see her playing the role of Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opposite Joseph Fiennes. My hope is that she knows she’s beautiful now and that she loves her senior photos.

I found Olivia very charming, lots of fun, and a pleasure to hang out with and photograph. She’s darling, isn’t she? These are some of my favorite photos from her senior photography session.

Edie Layland is an Orange County portrait photographer based in Irvine. She is available for Senior Portrait Photography. If you have a student graduating in 2014, think about scheduling a session this fall to avoid last minute scheduling and announcement orders. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information about reserving your teen’s portrait photography session.

Jun 14, 2013

Preparing for your senior portrait session takes a little thought and a little knowledge from your photographer’s point of view. The six steps below will pretty much assure that you are prepared for a successful and fun portrait session.

1. Decide – Make a firm decision about what you want your photos to accomplish. You’ll probably send out graduation announcements which will feature your photos. These will go out to friends and family. You’ll also post your photos to Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. Your parents may also order a remembrance book or a beautiful canvas print. Keep in mind that these photos will be with you and your family for the rest of your life and beyond. Do you want a formal session where you can make a striking impression or a more casual session that reflects the real you or something in between? Making a decision will help you decide what to wear and how to prepare. Share your ideas with your photographer so that the location fits your needs and you’re both working toward the same goal.

2. Location – In Southern California we have Beaches, Countryside, Groomed Parks, Urban, and Suburban locations. Pick the one that matches your decision (above). Your photographer will know of several for each type of photography.

3. Wardrobe – Teens tend toward the trendy when it comes to clothing and to wearing what seems to be in at the moment, so often teen choices will not be especially figure flattering leading to disappointment with the way you looked in your photos down the road. Keep in mind that super short skirts are very flattering when you’re 5’10″ tall or more and weigh 115 lbs. or less. Some teens fit that description. (I never did. For the record, I am now 5’2.5″). Ask your photographer to come to your house where you have access to your closet and get some professional input on wardrobe. Try things on and have fun with it. Your photographer has had some experience with customer satisfaction long term and will know what to look for in your closet.

4. Makeup – Have your makeup done professionally and tell your makeup professional you will be getting photographed in natural light. Be careful not to overdo. Quality false lashes done well are good. If you are doing your own makeup, use a very light hand, especially when it comes to foundation, blush, and mascara. Do not attempt to cover blemishes with foundation. Foundation has a color and it will not match your entire face unless it is translucent and you are using a very light hand. Heavy foundation will throw off the color of your portrait and it will look pasty. Your photographer has ways to handle blemishes and will no doubt be able to give you flawless skin. Don’t let a heavy coating of makeup hinder that process. There is no need for blush, but if you use it, apply it with a very light hand and only on the apple of your cheeks. There is no need for mascara. If you are using mascara, use one light coat only. Your closeups are going to reveal each eyelash, so keep it natural, no tarantula legs please.

5. Hair – Have your hair professionally done OR wear it clean, loose, and natural the way you would wear it to school on a good hair day. This is not the time to try a new hairstyle or to do something you would normally wear only to the prom (unless your decision was to have a prom look for your senior photos, I don’t recommend it).

6. Relax – Have fun at your senior photo session. Don’t bring your parents with you. If you need to bring someone, bring a zany friend, someone who knows how to have fun. Your senior portrait session is not the time to be checking with mom for approval, it’s time for you to STAR in your own life. (Mom, I promise, your 17 or 18 year old child with a driver’s license will be okay. She actually doesn’t need you there to tell her to pull her skirt down or say cheese. It’s going to get on her nerves and I need a happy teen, not a grouchy teen.) This is the time to get a little goofy, laugh, sing your favorite song, dance, pretend to be a model, act silly and just be yourself. I will take that sweet smile photo for your mom and I’ll tell you to pull your skirt down if it’s a problem. My job is to make photos that show how much joy and love of life you have in you, photos that will make you smile every time you look at them, and that reveal how happy you are to be you. And I want you to remember when you’re 40 or 50 and have teens of your own what a fun experience you had getting photographed.

P.S. If you’re very creative and want to do something totally original, call me. I’m up for it.

Edie Layland is an Orange County portrait photographer based in Irvine. She is available for Senior Portrait Photography. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information about reserving your teen’s portrait photography session.