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Petaluma Lifestyle | Family Session

ByLorena Photography

When Karen called me to schedule a photo session for her family, she had something clear… “my kids cannot be more than 30 minutes in a photo session…. they are shy”. During the time that you have three kids in ages of 2, 4 and 6, you really want to capture them in their own environment, you want real memories, you want photos that talk about them and tell their story…

We decided then to do the session at their place, and what a better location for a family! Also, all the excitement of being the center of attention for the camera can be turned into another play date. So we had 3 boys in their comfortable space. I knew I needed to be fast, I knew I had to run fast, I knew I had to have the camera in super high speed no matter how much could be my ISO!

This session was scheduled for after school, just before the winter sunset. That is their family blanket, their antique tricycle, the stick fight with their dad… They are real, this is how they live and these 30 minutes represent pretty well their life and style. We started with the formal photo for grandma, and then Karen wanted them in their tricycle, doing what they do everyday…

The older boy being the driver, he controlled more of the situation, he likes and knew how to look at the camera as a boss. The middle one is confident, but he prefers to follow his older brother, and when something isn't going the way he likes, he asks mom for help… He is serene, with always a smile on his face. The little one has a depth eyes, he knows what he wants to be, he is fascinated about the world around him.

Dad is funny, he plays the boy stuff. Mom is patient, caring and extraordinary sweet… She adores her boys, she adores memories, and tradition. Their house is full of life, books and toys for all ages. It’s a mix of decades you can smell as your find a dresser from their grandparents filled of legos, star wars, and tranformers… and the armoires that remind us the story of this Californian family mixed with the flavor of home cooked pasta and European wine.

 Newborn Lifestyle | Petaluma At-home Photo Session 

Meet Ella

Ella was 1 month old, perfect, healthy and always hungry. She was in a cloud when her mom was breastfeeding her, and she was silent and secure on her dad’s hands. Her parents are young, kind and sweet with each other, they look like best friends trying to discover every minute, every challenge with their new rol as a mommy and a daddy. They do it together and I know they are going to continue being a good role model.

When we had the lifestyle photo session, they were moving out in few days and I had the opportunity to meet grandma and grandpa some days before. While we were meeting and getting ready for the photo session, they were a great support, helping and loving Ella too. Grandma helped to choose the outfits, and we were so excited while making this happen. I could understand why mom is such a sweet person and beautiful… like baby Ella is and will be when she grows up.

We started the session around 11 am, dad with his work outfit, the first he wanted to do was to hug his little baby girl, then he made pancakes, and mom put the table…Then breastfeeding Ella, changed her diaper, rocked her, nursed again, diaper changed again and so on… Healthy kids look like they eat a lot, right? Since they were in Petaluma, I visited them next day to capture Ella sleeping, and it was so interesting... different light, different mood, then I felt our lifestyle and documentation photo session was completely captured.

While I am doing these sessions, I am always thinking on 50 years from now… I image them passing the album, page by page and smile… and see how mom seemed, what they were eating, how was their first coach, but specially how much love they had.

Check out what was inside the album!

Photo Album | Newborn | ByLorena Photography from byLorena on Vimeo.