Tracy and Billy's New Love

One of the most unique privileges that accompanies being a wedding photographer is being given the honor of photographing new life. When Tracy emailed me with the exciting news that she was expecting a baby girl, it took me about 30 seconds to realize their baby's arrival would be a very, very joyous first anniversary gift for the couple. 

Sweet little Adelina was anxious to meet her parents and decided to show up three weeks early, to the entire family's elation! Here is a little peek into this adorable newborn home session that marked one of the greatest milestones in Tracy and Billy's lives. I am thrilled for you both. All my love to your new family of three!

Fall Mini Sessions Are Here!!!

Hello friends and families! I sure hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend and stayed cool in this Southern California heat wave we've been having. Now if you're like me, this is about the time you start getting really excited, because fall is just around the corner. I mean, who doesn't love the smell of a good fireplace floating through the air, breaking out your chunky sweaters and knee high boots, the anticipation of the Holidays and of course FOOTBALL SEASON! 

Sadly, I am aware that Labor Day weekend also marks the end of summer. That can be a hard pill to swallow for some, even though the summer sun worshipers know that it is coming every year, at the exact same time. That said, I won't pretend that I have a solution that will wash away your end of summer blues, but I might have a way to get you prepared early for the Holiday season and perhaps bring a little bit of love and sunshine to your days in a round about sort of way. 

I've had requests for the past several years for mini portrait sessions and have had it on my list of to-dos and have never brought the plan to fruition. So, today I am rolling out 7 days of mini portrait sessions in various locations all over Orange County. The mini sessions are designed for families of 6 people or less and will last 20 minutes. This will be a very condensed version of my full portrait session and you will receive 10 beautifully retouched digital high resolution images on a photo sharing gallery. I would love to capture your annual family portraits and help get those long overdue portrait updates checked off your list. I look forward to capturing some new faces and reuniting with some of my favorite families!

The dates and locations are as follows:

October 15th - Salt Creek Beach - Dana Point, CA *** BOOKED ***

October 28th - Riley Wilderness Park - Mission Viejo, CA

October 29th - Riley Wilderness Park - Mission Viejo, CA *** BOOKED ***

November 4th - Salt Creek Beach - Dana Point, CA

November 5th - Tree Farm - Brea, CA *** BOOKED ***

November 11th - Caspers Wilderness Park - San Juan Capistrano, CA

November 12th - Peters Canyon Regional Park - Orange, CA *** BOOKED ***

Book your session by emailing me at kellymcdanielphoto@gmail.com

  

Source: https://kellymcdanielphoto.simplybook.me

Portrait of a Makeup Artist - Makeup by Sarah Kathleen

This is Sarah, friends. She is fabulous. So, I decided to follow her around Balboa Island for an hour or so to see if her fabulousness would wear off on me. I'm not sure if it worked, but regardless, I got to spend a warm spring morning over iced tea and pastries at Crocker's Abundant Table (a new addition to sister restaurant, Crocker's "The Well Dressed Frank") while chatting about life and career goals and Sarah's current studies at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Overall, I am super impressed with this young woman...and she's just a doll to hang out with!

Sarah is one of my favorite Makeup Artists and has been a professional Makeup Artist for over 10 years! She has trained with and worked for Paul Mitchell, Tigi, MAC, Yves Saint Laurent and Le Metier de Beaute. She is currently studying Beauty Industry Merchandise Marketing at F.I.D.M. with plans of being the Creative Director for a Cosmetic Company. Sarah says she will always do professional makeup for weddings because her passion is making women feel beautiful. I regularly send brides and clients to Sarah and she often accompanies me in studio with my Boudoir clients. My clients all adore her and her work is just flawless. Take a closer peak at her work

Sarah's edgy beach style was a breath of fresh air around the sleepy little streets of Balboa Island. She was simply beautiful in a fitted black tank, flowing floral skirt with a slit that was nearly waist high in the coolest way possible and a classic jean jacket. Ensemble on point!