Before & After || Orange County Newborn and Maternity Photography

As an Orange County Newborn and Maternity Photography, there are few things more fun in photography than seeing a good before and after. A lot goes into the finished product of an image. Besides a professional camera, understanding of exposure, shutter speed and ISO is vital to crisp images. Just snapping the button is not enough.

Beyond that, you need to know an editing software. Lightroom and Photoshop are the leaders in the editing world but knowledge of both will really set you apart. Being able to finish the images by adding contrast, increase exposure and add those beautiful final touches to each image.

Below I have added three fun before and after images for a Orange County Maternity session, an Orange County Newborn session and an Orange County Baby Milestone session. I’ll add some details for each image on how I created the magic for each one.

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You can see in this adorable image of an expecting mama and her daughter, I prefer images brighter so I first took this image into Lightroom. I increased exposure quite a bit, added contrast and toned down the yellows from the greens (I prefer minty greens rather than neon). After that I brought the image into Photoshop and hand edited skin tones and shadows to brighten the areas I wanted to highlight. Magic isn’t it?!

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For indoor sessions like the Orange County Baby Milestone session above, I brightened by whites, specifically the white background. If you keep it darker it looks grey so adding exposure is vital to bright whites. I also toned down the shadows and adjusted baby’s skin tone. Baby’s skin is often red, especially on their hands, feet and little bums.

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Lastly, for this Orange County Newborn session. We did this session in my clients home which always means a lot of editing on my end to make the session cohesive to my brand and style. Not only did I crop the image to avoid the bedspread, I always tilted the image more keeping baby’s head above her feet. I then took the image into Photoshop and hand adjusted her sweet skin tones, again removing reds and adding a smoothing layer. Finally for newborns, I usually have to edit out flaky skin so I did that lightly over her hands and feet.

Orange County Newborn and Maternity Photography


Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

Hi, and thank you so much for reading this blog post.  I love featuring my clients images here, and this will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me to be your Photographer in Orange County.

If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask.  My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!
If you have booked a session with me and are drawn to this session, please feel free to send me this link, so I can see exactly what you are wanting to take away from our time together.

If you are you interested in a custom portrait session with Poppy Lea Photography and would like more information, please click here to see the experience.
For investment information, please click HERE.
If you would like to reserve your date on my calendar, please click on the contact button above or email me directly at poppyleaphotography@gmail.com.
Sessions are currently booking into 2019, so please inquire when you know you’d like a session.
Due to the custom nature of portrait sessions, I take a limited number of clients each month.

I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!

XO- Laurel

Top 5 Favorite Baby Toys Ages 0-12 Months || Orange County Baby Photography

I’ve had people tell me that I know a lot about baby’s and kids because…

  • A. I have THREE of my own with an 8 year age gap total so I’ve been around the block for a while

    and

  • B. I am an Orange County Baby Photographer

While I still have a ton to learn, believe me, you never really know it all.

However, I do have my systems in place that seem to have worked for my own kiddos. We’ll see when they’re teenagers and throwing everything against me but that’s another story. At least for babies, I think I have it down. So I decided to start writing a series of blog posts to cover my favorite baby things. Today we’ll talk toys. Next week maybe feedings, then schedule etc,

Here is a quick list of my TOP 5 BABY TOYS for ages 0-12 months ( All available on Amazon of course, like I have time to shop in person! Ha!)

  1. Discovery Ball - This is perfect for babies who are able to sit unassisted through crawlers. While they’re sitting the ball can be stationary and still spin and sing songs. While they’re crawling you can take it off the base and it rolls on the ground which is super fun for new crawlers to chase. I especially love that it doesn’t make sound unless you move it. So if baby wants it to sing, she has to do the work. I’m not a fan of constant singing toys, not only are they annoying but they don’t teach anything to baby.

  2. Zany Zoo - I’ve had this since my oldest’s (who’s almost 9) first Christmas. Its done through all my babies and played with A LOT each time. AND it still looks brand new! Like seriously, new! This is a great one for sitters and crawlers and even walking. Not great for those learning to pull up, as its not heavy enough and can fall backwards on them but it happens and no harm is done, just scares baby a little. My older boys love to move the pieces around for her and it’s generally entertaining for all.

  3. Watermelon Teether - I don’t know that a teether is considered a toy but in our house this is a must. Again its gone through each kid and its a crowd favorite for every single one. You can throw in the fridge when they’re in serious pain but most of them time its just an easy toy to grab and go. Easy for them to carry around and the chew on throughout the day!

  4. Wooden Food - This set was purchased to go with the shopping cart also my Melissa and Doug we already have. Yes this is for older kids, not ideal for 0-12 months but the food is perfect! She loves to play with the banana and the fish and the chicken wing. She bangs the wooden pieces together and practices putting them in the crates and taking them out. As she gets older I know she’ll love the shopping cart too but not quite yet.

  5. Carseat Mobile - Unfortunately being the 3rd baby, we spend a lot of time in the car going too and from school and practice and blah blah blah! That means she’s great in the car (as long as Raffi is playing) and we have good car toys. This one is a fav! We have taken it in restaurants and grocery shopping. Lots of options to play with and chew on and its cute so win-win!

There you have it, Top 5 Favorite Baby Toys for Ages 0-12 Months. What are your favorite baby toys?

xoxox- Laurel

Orange County Baby Photography


Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

Hi, and thank you so much for reading this blog post.  I love featuring my clients images here, and this will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me to be your Photographer in Orange County.

If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask.  My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!
If you have booked a session with me and are drawn to this session, please feel free to send me this link, so I can see exactly what you are wanting to take away from our time together.

If you are you interested in a custom portrait session with Poppy Lea Photography and would like more information, please click here to see the experience.
For investment information, please click HERE.
If you would like to reserve your date on my calendar, please click on the contact button above or email me directly at poppyleaphotography@gmail.com.
Sessions are currently booking into 2019, so please inquire when you know you’d like a session.
Due to the custom nature of portrait sessions, I take a limited number of clients each month.

I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!


Lauren Motherhood Session || Orange County Motherhood and Baby Photography

I’ve had the pleasure of being Lauren’s Orange County Motherhood and Baby Photography for almost two years. I first met Lauren at my Santa sessions with Caysen in 2017. I started following her on Instagram and their adorable little family always brought a smile to my face. Now she has another sweet little man in her life and these boys are her world. You can see in all of her posts how much she truly loves the chaos of being a mama. Her smile is always ear to ear and you can just feel her love for her little boys!

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So when I was looking for models for these motherhood sessions, I knew she would be the perfect fit. You know why… Happy people are the prettiest! This is truly a happy family I love to watch them interact. They are just so cute!

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Orange County Motherhood and Baby Photography


Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

Hi, and thank you so much for reading this blog post.  I love featuring my clients images here, and this will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me to be your Photographer in Orange County.

If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask.  My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!
If you have booked a session with me and are drawn to this session, please feel free to send me this link, so I can see exactly what you are wanting to take away from our time together.

If you are you interested in a custom portrait session with Poppy Lea Photography and would like more information, please click here to see the experience.
For investment information, please click HERE.
If you would like to reserve your date on my calendar, please click on the contact button above or email me directly at poppyleaphotography@gmail.com.
Sessions are currently booking into 2019, so please inquire when you know you’d like a session.
Due to the custom nature of portrait sessions, I take a limited number of clients each month.

I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!

XO- Laurel


Everest Newborn || Orange County Newborn Photography

Almost two years ago, I was lucky enough to photograph a sweet little boy named Maverick. Absolutely the sweetest and tiniest little love, he was a dream. We even took his newborn session to Little Corona Beach in Newport Beach and did a few photos on his daddy’s surf board. Little Maverick was named after the surf break so it only seemed fitting. Seriously the cutest ever!

Fast forward to now, I am lucky enough to photograph his adorable little sister too! Sweet little Everest as in the mountain was just as perfect as her big brother. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Orange County Newborn Photography


Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

Hi, and thank you so much for reading this blog post.  I love featuring my clients images here, and this will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me to be your Photographer in Orange County.

If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask.  My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!
If you have booked a session with me and are drawn to this session, please feel free to send me this link, so I can see exactly what you are wanting to take away from our time together.

If you are you interested in a custom portrait session with Poppy Lea Photography and would like more information, please click here to see the experience.
For investment information, please click HERE.
If you would like to reserve your date on my calendar, please click on the contact button above or email me directly at poppyleaphotography@gmail.com.
Sessions are currently booking into 2019, so please inquire when you know you’d like a session.
Due to the custom nature of portrait sessions, I take a limited number of clients each month.

I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!

XO- Laurel


spring wardrobe recs || orange county maternity and newborn photographer

Spring has officially sprung here in SoCal! The hills around San Clemente and South Orange County took like something straight out of New Zealand. Gorgeous rolling hills covered with delicate yellow flowers. This is absolute favorite time of year here in Orange County.

With all those vibrant greens and yellow tones means our wardrobe suggestions need to be even more neutral so we don’t overpower the image with multiple hues of color.

If you’ve been following me for very long, then you know my go-to is neutral so this isn’t much of surprise but we need to be even more conscious of it now. Here are my tops picks for a spring session with me and links to shop the looks. Happy Shopping!

Xo- Laurel

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Links to shop… (Shop soon as these sell out pretty quickly!)

Mama Dress

Striped Romper

Bonnet

Sweater

Bloomers


Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

Hi, and thank you so much for reading this blog post.  I love featuring my clients images here, and this will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me to be your Photographer in Orange County.

If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask.  My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!
If you have booked a session with me and are drawn to this session, please feel free to send me this link, so I can see exactly what you are wanting to take away from our time together.

If you are you interested in a custom portrait session with Poppy Lea Photography and would like more information, please click here to see the experience.
For investment information, please click HERE.
If you would like to reserve your date on my calendar, please click on the contact button above or email me directly at poppyleaphotography@gmail.com.
Sessions are currently booking into 2019, so please inquire when you know you’d like a session.
Due to the custom nature of portrait sessions, I take a limited number of clients each month.

I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!

XO- Laurel