Shortly after we booked our flights to Los Angeles, I knew that it would be the perfect place to get some family photo’s taken.
We have NEVER had family photos. I have the odd one or two ‘selfie’ pics where we have all tried to cram into the frame – but we have never actually had someone take our pictures as a family of six.
I had seen loads of really awesome family pictures on Instagram, Pinterest and other blogger having some lovely shots taken whilst on holiday – most notably for me was Katie from Mummy Daddy Me and her family who had a gorgeous family shoot whilst in New York.
I wanted some lovely memories for us as a family, and selfishly, I wanted some lovely pictures for our home.
I decided to search Instagram for local LA photographers. That way, I could also see samples of their work.
One of the first photographers I came across was a lady called Melissa Wiseman. I was immediately drawn to her style of shoots. The fact that she loved shooting on the beach at the golden hour was something that I was interested in. I also liked the fact that Melissa was a mom with a young family and specialises in children and family shoots. trying to photograph 4 children is no easy task – especially when the youngest is autistic and will only allow pictures on his terms.
I emailed Melissa and asked if she had availability for the week we were visiting, and thankfully she did! We agreed to do the photo shoot on Wednesday, so we had a full day to recover from our long flight. We chose the quiet and not so touristy Redondo Beach in the evening as the sun was setting, giving us the ‘golden hour’ glow that we wanted.
We did have a few minor hiccups before the shoot. Jake left his white t-shirt back at the hotel (over 40 minutes drive away), so we had a mad dash around to find him one! Eventually, I ended up in Nordstrom and paid $40 for a t-shirt! Ouch!
This made us rather late for our shoot and I admit, it stressed me out – something I didn’t want to be! But Melissa was calming and reassuring! She had allowed plenty of time for breaks and snacks for the kids, so we would just speed things up a little.
I am so pleased I found Melissa and we did this shoot. She was such a wonderful person to work with. The children instantly took to her and she made the whole evening fun, so it felt more natural and not so posed – although there are a few that were strategically posed, but they didn’t feel like it. I am blown away with the final pictures – some of which I have posted below.