I’ve been going through an artist’s struggle the past couple of years. And if you’re any kind of creative (you should be, we all are!), you know what I mean. I’ve been going through that constant cycle of “This is awesome. This is tricky. This is crap. I am crap. This might be ok. This is awesome.” And so it goes, round and round, each new cycle teaching me something more about my craft, my creativity, my darkness, my need to create. There’s this really great quote from Ira Glass that you can watch/listen to here that describes that artists struggle to a T for me. And so I keep on trucking. Every time I feel like my art is crap, I know growth is right around the corner. And I keep wading through the crap until I get to that feeling of “This is awesome!” once again. Because the artist’s journey is never over. There is always more story to be told. And I’m determined to be the author of that story.
The Lewis Family is a very special family in my life. They are, by and large, just like any other average American family, trying to live the dream. But they have something that sets them slightly apart from many families, and that is that they are all choosing to be a Forever Family, together. I think that is something incredible and amazing. This session came up for me when I was deep in my funk. Not feeling the flow of my art. But when I found out that they were finalizing their adoption, I couldn’t think of anything more joyful to capture. This family, for me, embodies grace, joy, patience and gratefulness. I think there is something very profound about intentionally choosing to be a parent, intentionally choosing to love unconditionally. It truly touches my soul, and I feel so grateful myself to have them in my life. We were able to meet for a very quick session before they headed out to the courthouse to finalize the adoption, and make these amazing kids officially a LEWIS! It was truly an honor to be a part of this day with them, and to be able to capture memories that I know will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Here’s an overview of our short, but extremely joyful morning together. One of my favorite parts was when they first got there, and Michael RAN into my arms and hugged me, and I could feel his excitement and joy exuding from his little body. I don’t know if my heart could have withstood any more joy and gratefulness than I felt in this morning. Thank you Lewis Family for sharing it with me, and allowing me to tell this part of your story…
A new forever family jumping for joy! Congratulations, Lewis Family!
I never knew how much the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” was true until I had a few of those children myself. I’m three kids into this parenting game, and some (read: most) days I’m ready to scream out for my village (or whoever is wiling) to come and save me from the insanity that can be my chaotic house. Other days, I’m reaching out to my village to share in the joys and triumphs of my children, who make my heart so full I feel like it could literally burst sometimes. The village is important. Everyone needs one. When you become a parent, you’ll likely seek one out if you don’t already have one.
This particular village was a spectacular village. There was so much love and laughter and support, you could feel it surrounding you. See it sparking in their eyes as they looked at each other. It was quite a privilege to be let in to tell this part of their beautiful story. Best friends often go through everything together. Breakups, breakouts, bad clothes, bad relationships, bad jobs, college, roommates, more boyfriends, graduation, marriage, babies, the works! These best friends are no different. In fact, I got to photograph FIVE best friends, experiencing one of the best milestones you could ask for in life, having babies!! Ok, only 2 of those friends were actually pregnant, but those babies have a LOT of love coming their way. It was truly such a joy to spend time with these guys and capture this amazing time in their life.
Not so true to California weather, mother nature had us going for this shoot. It was POURING rain the morning of our first scheduled shoot day. It was less than ideal settings. As in, usually I’d cancel! But knowing this would be the only day we could have them all together for some group shots, we just went with it anyway. I’m so glad we did. We ended up doing 3 separate sessions, with 3 separate groupings of people. Enjoy a rather long photo montage (and commentary) on our time together!
I asked them what their fave pass time is with each other. They said singing. WHAT?? Please, serenade! And oh did they, with one of my favorite Journey songs!
As good women tend to do, they brought these two good man together. BFF’s.
Hold the baby, caress the baby…don’t drop the baby!! 😀 Dad’s having fun making some surprise pics for their ladies at the end of our rainy day!
So, it was so good that we immediately rescheduled the photos for the next weekend, because one mamma went into labor early! And baby boy Steck was born almost before I could even finish Mama Steck’s photos! These friends were entirely too adorable together. I couldn’t help but have a great time with them.
We were professionals at squeezing in as many shots as we could in this evening. We had some gorgeous light!
“…and she loved a little boy.” The Giving Tree. Love.
Several weeks later, we got the rest of the photos in! I couldn’t be happier that we were able to reschedule and get
all the photos in that these guys were hoping to get before their bundles arrived.
These love birds had some amazing chemistry!
Ahhhhh so much beauty with these ladies! A big thank you to Laurelyn, Tara, Greg, Josh, and Bria for allowing me to tell this part of your story. It was an honor. <3
When it comes to the realm of beauty products, I am usually WAY out of my element. Well, not to say I wasn’t out of my element this time either 😀 but it was so challenging and fun! I had an awesome opportunity to do a shoot with Stephanie of Stephanie Devine Skincare, capturing not only some head shots of this gorgeous woman, but her fantastic products she makes from all natural ingredients! This shoot was so much fun! You can check her out at her website, or she has an adorable space where she sells these products, and more, at Lulu Too Boutique in Costa Mesa. A cute store with lots of cute stuff! I want to go back soon to shop for myself!
Do you need to update your head shots or get some product photos taken for your business? Contact me today!
B. Young Forever Photography is now seeking models from the Class of 2016 to become Senior Reps! There’s some amazing perks to the program, and it will be an incredible time! If you’d like to have a senior year you won’t forget, check out the senior rep program here!
I had so much fun on this shoot with Carla, one of our reps from Huntington Beach High School. And we had such beautiful, golden light in the evening! My heart was singing, over and over and over. Check out this awesome session we had!
If you’re interested in becoming a Senior Rep and earning some awesome perks, check it out here! If you’d like to have your senior photo experience with B. Young Forever Photography, check that out here! Looking forward to all the beautiful souls we’ll get to photograph from the Class of 2016!
Happy Holidays!!! I hope your Thanksgivings were blessed with family and friends and good times filled with joy and love! So excited to get this holiday season going! Remember, I warned you that I am a Christmas freak…. here it comes! The Christmas tree is up, the carols are on, and I am in full on Christmas mode!
If you’ve been keeping up with BYFP for a while, you know that my family made a big move out to Huntington Beach from the Inland Empire back in March of this year. It was a long awaited move, and we are so happy we made the jump, but it definitely uprooted my business and had me starting over in a new area! The best thing about the uprooting, is I had a completely new client base to reach out to, and completely new opportunities to gain from. And it has been AWESOME. I’ve gained this amazing family as one of my new clients!
The thing I like the best about being in business, is it is always growing and changing. There’s always something new for me to learn, or updates to make because I have learned so much. It’s been a big year for B. Young Forever Photography, there’s been lots of changes, and I’ve had some really awesome opportunities that have helped me to figure out what it is that I like to photograph best. What gets my heart pumping!! It’s been so much fun. I’ve gotten to do some family photography, kids in action, some events, product photography, business photography, headshots, and have started venturing off in off camera flash. There’s no better feeling than increasing knowledge and talent on my own accord, and then applying it to my business so it, too, can grow.
But as we know, with growth in talent, comes a growth in prices! I’m very excited about this, because it means the quality and value of the services I will be able to offer my clients is going up! I’m also starting to have more of a specialization in services, and narrowing down what I do want to provide, and what I don’t want to provide! If you’re not sure if what you’re looking for falls within what I shoot, just send me an email and lets talk about it!
With an increase in quality of services and pricing, I wanted to give my fellow clients, friends and family a heads up that the increase is COMING! On January 15th, my new pricing will be in effect, and the old pricing out the window!! If you like the old pricing, now is your chance to grab a hold of it! Any sessions paid for with a signed contract by January 15th (does not have to be scheduled) will receive the current pricing on your chosen package. These packages are set to go up by almost double the cost, so grab your session at this cost while you can! Be sure to support as many small businesses as you can for the holidays, and Small Business Saturday! Hope to capture your life in photos soon…
I got to shoot my first senior session this last weekend, and oh my gosh, how much fun! There’s just something about a subject like a high school senior, getting ready to go out and live their dreams, conquer the world, and you get to capture that wonder, that intensity, that beauty. Not only that, but they will do whatever you ask them to! It’s a far cry from shooting children, where you have to just catch them as they go 😉 Check out this session we shot in downtown Santa Ana and Irvine. She’s pretty gorgeous! If you are interested in capturing your senior beauty, contact me today!