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Mommy and Colette

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These Mommy and Me sessions are definitely becoming my favorite, they’re so precious and gives me all the feels.

We took these around Mother’s day this year which meant May Gray in California, so the only time the lighting was good was during sunset which meant Colette’s bedtime. We thought since she loves being at the beach and having her dad around to make her laugh, it would be fine. Boy were we wrong! Don’t mess with babies and their sleep schedules.

Colette’s normally the happiest baby and a natural in front of the camera but right when we were about to start, she shook her head as soon as her toes touched the sand. She only wanted to be held and signed for some milk. The wind didn’t help either she was making chattering noises and being quite dramatic bundled in her blankie,  you can see in some of the pictures she was not having it but somehow I find it so adorable and kind of funny.

Felt so bad that she was cold and wasn’t having a good time,  so we wrapped up after 10- 15 minutes. Although, we didn’t get many shots of her alone, the few that we do have, I absolutely love! Having an amazing photographer is really everything.

Instead of taking pictures, our family enjoyed watching the sunset together and then headed out to a relaxing dinner near by. Its always these sweet moments with my family that I’ll cherish forever and what I think about every time I look at these images. 🙂

Dress –  Moulinette Soeurs
Makeup – Smokey brown shadows using Tart in bloom palette, makeup forever HD crème blush #210, Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip liner and colourpop liquid lipstick in bumble.
Hair – Loose beach waves

Colette: Dress – Peek Kids

Photographer: Jen Gagliardi

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Enchanted 1st Birthday

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Our baby girl turns 1! I wanted something very special for her big celebration and while planning her party it started to feel as if I were planning her wedding. A beautiful photoshoot was in the order, which has the same importance to me as engagement photos are for weddings.

She’s our little princess, so naturally I went with a fairytale themed 1st birthday party called, Colette’s Enchanted ONEderland. This shoot was a preview to her party and anything enchanted to me meant outdoor forest “magical” setting. The problem was she’s still a baby and needed to nap every 2 hours so we couldn’t go to an actual forest. Luckily for us, there’s a park down the street from our house that we take her to all the time and I just knew it would work.

Once the location was set, next up was wardrobe! Styling outfits has always been my favorite part! Hunting for the perfect little dress for this princess of mine wasn’t easy but when I stumbled upon her dress I just knew it was the one! It has a champagne gold sequined top and a full feather and tulle skirt, which sort of resembles my wedding gown in a way. I still swoon over her pretty dress every time I look at it. Once I found her dress the rest all came together.

For the family part of the shoot I wanted everyone to look effortless and not over styled. My husband’s tailored navy suit and a wool cable sweater really complimented Colette’s gold and ivory dress. I went with a deep red colored dress to add to a winter feel. My makeup was darker then usual, I decided on berry stained lips and dark smokey eyes to add contrast to Colette’s innocent and pure look.

I kept the props minimal, just a couple vintage crowns and fresh hydrangeas was all that was needed nothing too busy. A lot of the details were hand-made because I wanted everything to be very special and memorable. I also baked her cake for the first time!

We were all so excited to see her to smash the cake the entire time but our little lady is truly a princess, she cried the minute the frosting got on her fingers! It was her first time tasting anything sweet and her reaction was just the funniest, she hated it and wanted nothing to do with it. She started whining and on the verge of crying when we tried to get her to smash her cake, so no cake smashing after all. Bummer! It was also nap time for her so I decided to throw some “fairy dust” on her cute little feet right before she fell asleep.

It was so much fun watching her take pictures, we just love her so much and couldn’t wait for her big party!

Photos by: Kristen Booth

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Glammed Engagement shoot

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I did two different engagement shoots that are completely different, a cute casual spring day look and a classic glammed night look.

Sean is obsessed with the 60s so I wanted to do something old Hollywood glam/Mad men-esque with more modern twist because I wanted us to still be us and not be in character.

Day look: Loose natural wavy hair, soft smokey amber and brown eyes, my favorite peach lipstick YSL #30 and peach tones for cheeks. Outfit: I was hunting for a white lace dress for months, but after being unsuccessful, I sketched up a design, searched for  ivory lace fabric and brought it to a tailor who was be able to make it, luckily it was a success!

Night look: I decided on more of a modern sleek hair with some slight loose finger waves, a heavier black winged liner and a classic red YSL Rouge Pur Couture #1. Outfit: Gold DVF dress, leopard clutch. Sean’s wearing an Ermernegildo Zegna Tux.

 

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Pure and Simple – Colette at 6 months

I’m sharing one of my favorite shoots to date today, my baby girl’s 6 months photo session. I wanted a shoot that was focused on her sweetness and innocence.

I went for an organic feel with simple clothing and minimal props. Colette and I spend most of our days snuggling and playing on our bed,  so it was the perfect setting for us.

Styling info: I went for a very clean and natural look with my hair and makeup. I wanted that organic feel so I braved it and skipped the faux eyelashes, kept my makeup to a bare minimum, by using some crème blush and a soft rosy satin lipstick for some color. Both dresses on me are from Anthropology.

Colette is wearing Baby Gap Organic Cotton Collection and a vintage dress.

Photographer: Jen Gagliardi

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