The philosophy behind Candid Gems

My style of photography …
For me, taking a picture is all about telling your story… all within a fraction of a second. When it comes to photo sessions, I like to keep things natural, simplistic, organic, and candid. And that goes for all aspects, from the natural haze and glow of sunlight, to the surrounding background. This is why my “studio” comes with the bare necessities — a camera and a small arsenal of lenses. And although I agree that it is important to capture traditional posed setups, I also think it’s more important to capture an honest reflection… a candid gem… and my favorite ones just happen to be that of relationships.

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*Edit* — Since posting this, I’ve had quite a few people ask me for the location of image above. It’s actually a location I frequently use — Yorba Linda Regional Park. Funny thing is that in the past, I’ve offered this exact spot at the park for setups/shoots, but often clients have opted out saying it was to “bare and brown with not much going on in the background”. Which is perfectly fine.. I do want my clients to be happy with their photos after all. But every now and then, I definitely suggest allowing your photographer to have at it and let their creative juices flow… even for just a setup or two. You may be pleasantly surprised:-)

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As for newborn sessions, you’ve probably noticed that I minimize my use of props… Or that when I do use props, the intent is to not take away from the newborn (this is also the reason why I rarely watermark, which I’ve been told isn’t really a good thing). The goal is to evoke an emotional connection and to keep the focus on the newest little blessing.  For me, the greatest satisfaction in my work comes when I hear comments that pertain specifically to the “beautiful baby” I’ve photographed, versus comments that even mention the fact that some kind of prop or printed backdrop was used. Well that, and seeing my images blown up and hanging on the walls of my client’s home like a work of art (and rightfully, newborns are true works of art!).;-)


So there you have it, the philosophy behind Candid Gems and a little insight into what I hope to achieve with each session.

So who’s ready for me to capture your candid gems? ;-)

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Mya Jasmine – Newborn Photography

Meet Mya Jasmine at just 5 days new! She was officially my first newborn since returning from my photography hiatus! She was such a sweet, sleeping little beauty to work with and I definitely had a lot of fun photographing this session with the entire family!orange county newborn photographer

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orange county newborn photographyI absolutely love these next few frames with Mya’s big sister! I couldn’t pick just one favorite to share!

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Jacob Clark in the NICU

Meet Jacob Clark! Mighty little fighter who earned the middle name, “Clark,” after Clark Kent. He was eager to meet his parents so he made his debut just about 2 and half months early. Despite his early arrival, he has been doing relatively well. As many of you may already know, I’ve been a NICU RN since 2005 so NICU babies always hold a special place in my heart. I love documenting these kind of sessions because it gives families a chance to see where they started and how far they’ve come. And just like Dr. Seuss said, “A person is a person, no matter how small” . :-)Keep fighting little superman!

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Reasons to Have An On-Location Newborn Photographer

Coming from first hand experience, I can tell you that arriving home from the hospital with a newborn baby is no easy transition.  There are the physical aches of having just given birth, the wave of hormonal emotions, the well-wishers eager to make their visits, the adjustment period for all household members (whether human or pet), and of course, the well being of the newest kid on the block!

So when I started my newborn photography business back in 2009, I knew that being an on-location photographer would be one of my most attractive service points.  Having been doing this for five years now, I can only count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a family request their session be done in my own home. So here’s my take on why an on-location or in-home newborn photography session is better for you and your family.


Why Having An On-Location Newborn Photographer is Better.

1. No travel involved. I bring the “studio” to your home, including backdrops, blankets, props, and, of course, my camera. No need to worry about packing a diaper bag or packing up siblings and their essentials.  All I require is a little space, a heated environment, and a good source of natural light.

2. Weather always permits. This holds especially true for winter babies. You won’t have to worry about how cold it’s going to be or exposing your newborn to other people’s germs (and yes, all my blankets and props are washed and sanitized after each session. I am a NICU RN after all!).

3. You’re comfortable. Everything you need is within the comfort of your own home… food, water, bathroom, your master bedroom to nurse/feed, pump, sleep, rest, etc! I am so serious! Since sessions take about 2-3 hours on average, I’ve had parents take naps, eat meals in peace, catch up on bills, etc! In cases with siblings, most parents have found it easier to entertain (or find help entertaining) siblings in their own home. Plus, if you’re taking parents and sibling shots, you also have the time and everything you need to get “picture ready” since those setups are done towards the end of the session.

4. Your baby is comfortable. Being out of the womb in new surroundings is already an adjustment on it’s own for a baby… So why go anywhere when a newborn session can successfully be done inside your home? And again, no need to worry about packing a diaper bag.


Whenever you book a newborn photography session with me, you’re my only client for the day. On average, newborn sessions take about 2-3 hours and that’s because I allow time for feeding and comforting to help facilitate a sleepy baby.  Nothing is ever rushed ! And because I only book one session per day, I’m able to spend extra time with each baby to ensure amazing images are captured every time.

To inquire about a newborn session, please contact me! I only take a very limited amount per month since I do photography on a part time basis.

The following photos were taken by client of mine. Love it when families share these behind the scenes shots with me! And mama just reminded me that I was pregnant with Kalia at this time!in home newborn photographerphoto 2photo 3

Now for the finished product from yours truly:-)

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