Fall Mini Portrait sessions are back!

Welcome friends and families, old and new! I cannot believe it is Fall already! How in the world did this happen?!?!?! It feels like only moments have passed since I was shooting you all last Fall, pregnant and emotional, envisioning what it would be like to be on the other side of the camera sometime soon with my own little tribe. I had so much fun with everyone last year and I look forward to creating more beautiful images for you to enjoy for a lifetime. It would be remiss of me not to remind you to print these beauties as soon as I deliver them to you. Even if you decide to print on your own from Costco or Target…print them. Take some time to choose a beautiful frame, clear a nice place in your home and display your images. It will brighten your space and will make your heart full, I promise. And if you can’t carve out the time to get that done, set one of your Holiday cards aside and frame that bad boy.

I have added three more dates and three additional locations this year after receiving some much appreciated feedback about catering to different locations in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. I hope that I have done a good job in covering more ground this year and I look forward to meeting some people who were unable to get into my sessions last year. If you missed my sessions last year, I have added extra dates and locations for you! Once again, I have several of my families from previous years booked and I am so looking forward to seeing how all the little ones are growing and changing!

Single parents, couples without kids, empty nesters, bloggers who need content updates… these mini sessions are for you too! You do not have to have a family or even be in a relationship to book a session. Do not let a silly status deter you from gifting yourself a portrait update. Like I’ve said before, everyone deserves beautiful portraits and this is a really affordable and convenient way to do it. Please enjoy some of my favorite images from last year’s mini sessions and continue to read below for session details and locations. 

My mini sessions are designed for families of 6 people* or less and are 20 minutes in duration. The session fee is $200 with a $100 non-refundable deposit due upon reserving your session time slot. This will be a very condensed version of my full portrait session and you will receive 8 beautifully retouched digital high resolution images on a photo sharing gallery. You will have the option of buying prints and products as well as additional images from the session if you so choose.

I will be doing another blog post on session styling in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that if you need a little direction in that area.

I look forward to capturing some new faces and reuniting with some of my favorite families!

The dates and locations are as follows:

October 20th - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Park Location

October 27th - Palos Verdes, CA - Cliff/Park Location (this is not on a beach/sand) ** Dog Friendly Location **

November 2nd - Long Beach, CA

November 3rd - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Park Location ***** One time slot left *****

November 9th - Laguna Beach, CA - ***** BOOKED *****

November 10th - Manhattan Beach, CA - ***** One time slot left *****

November 23rd - Manhattan Beach, CA

November 24th - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Park Location

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

Note: If these dates do not work with your schedule, I will continue to take full sessions and quick sessions until mid December. Quick sessions are offered Monday -Thursday only. Please email me for details.

*Additional fee of $25/person will apply to group of 7 or more and the time slot will still be 20 minutes in duration.

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!