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It’s the time of year! {Holiday Mini Portrait Sessions}

We are technically still in summer, but just as pumpkin flavored everything has erupted everywhere, my thoughts are turning to holiday portrait sessions. I’m sure you’re thinking “the kids just went back to school, we’re still settling into our routines, no way am I thinking about the holidays”. I get it, we’re mid September. But wasn’t it just July???

The months fly by and next thing you know, it’s mid December wondering how on earth you’ll get your holiday cards out in time and maybe you’ll just do New Year’s cards (nothing wrong with that!) and why on earth didn’t you just schedule your portrait session in September?!?!?!?!

Let’s get it taken care of now, get it done on a weekend before things really get so tight that you won’t have time. With the popularity of the mini sessions last year, I’m bringing them back again this year. It’s 30 minutes of photography in a South Bay (Los Angeles!) location-El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, the Palos Verdes peninsula, and even Long Beach. Those of you who have worked with me in the past know that I work quickly and we make the absolute most of those 30 minutes and you’ll receive a web gallery of proofs where you can select your favorite 15 images. I’ll take those 15 images, give them a bit of a retouch and send you the full high resolution images so you can print cards, give them as gifts and even print them to hang and display around the house.

Do you live elsewhere but still want a mini session? Call me, text me, email me, message me, and we can talk about a location that works best for your family.

The 30 minute South Bay Holiday Portrait Mini Session includes 15 full resolution images is $250.

This year I have also partnered with an amazing online card printing company, Basic Invite, and for those booking and ordering their cards in September and October, I am happy to offer 30% off your card order. You will receive the code in your gallery link email.

These cards are not only stunning with wonderful card stock and quality printing, but they are affordable as well!!! Woohoo!
Let’s connect and get your holiday portraits in the books, cross this off your list before you even have to add it on there to begin with.
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Tree decorating on the beach under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Family portraits under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Holiday portraits on the beach under the Manhattan Beach Pier

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Holiday portraits with decorations

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Elena’s stunning Maternity Session {Manhattan Beach maternity photography}

I met with Elena and Kris on a super windy day in Manhattan Beach for her maternity session. This is their first little one, a girl(!) and they couldn’t be more excited. They decided that while on a baby-moon in the South Bay from the east coast, a little photo session would be a fun and beautiful way to document their trip. Elena even did some shopping at the fabulous boutiques of Downtown Manhattan Beach and picked up this stunning dress for her session. She wore it beautifully and to my surprise and insane joy, she was willing to get right in to the water! Oh my goodness, this is defintiely in the top 3 favorite maternity sessions in the 13 years of my career!

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close up of pregnant woman's belly seated in sand under manhattan beach pier

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pregnant woman in flowing dress seated in sand with arm around her husband under manhattan beach pier, maternity photography

pregnant woman in flowing dress splashed by ocean waves laughing by manhattan beach pier, maternity photography

pregnant woman in flowing dress standing by ocean with husband looking out at water near manhattan beach pier maternity portraits

pregnant woman in flowing dress standing by manhattan beach pier with sun behind her and dress flowing in wind as she smiles

pregnant woman covered in shawl being held by husband with arms around her standing in sand near ocean by manhattan beach pier black and white

 

 

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Pretty Santa Monica {Santa Monica photographer}

I had the great fortune of living in Santa Monica for 4 years and loved almost every minute, the 405 and the 10 freeways were the banes of my existence…but what Angeleno really enjoys sitting in traffic?

My time is Santa Monica was great both personally and professionally. Who wouldn’t love slipping off their shoes for work and running around on the beach capturing fun family moments? Or better yet, playing at Pacific Park, the games and the bright colorful rides all make for fun portraits too!

All within a half mile are some beautiful locations, both out in the open and some hidden gems as well! Here are some of my favorites from Santa Monica, and these are only in a small part of Santa Monica, the city truly lends itself beautifully to photography.

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Fun under the pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Love the balloons on the beach (Santa Monica Photographer)

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By the pier, love the light! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Expecting! Fun and colorful announcement! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Love the colors and the light! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Under the Santa Monica pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Under the pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

Santa Monica family photography Santa Monica Engagement Photography

Under the Pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Santa Monica Pier fun! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Bright and colorful! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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By the Ferris Wheel! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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On the sand by the pier (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Sunset is gorgeous! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Fun getting your toes wet! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Taking a walk for portraits can lead to some great spots (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Secret courtyards make great locations (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Heading down to the beach (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Iconic Santa Monica pier makes a fabulous background (Santa Monica Photographer)

Santa Monica family photography Santa Monica Engagement Photography

Love the beach! (Santa Monica Photographer)

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Well, hello there! It’s been too long {Manhattan Beach photographer}

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve posted anything. Poor blog, neglected, left dormant for Instagram (@juliavargaphoto)….but I’m back! I’m back to share with you some love!

It’s been a wonderfully busy year filled with lots of families, babies, toddlers, weddings and even commercial work! I thank the universe daily, and my lucky stars that I am so fortunate to do what I absolutely love. Does that sound cliche? It shouldn’t, and if it does, I don’t care. It’s true.

Any work day that ends with me getting my toes in the sand and taking a knee high dip in the ocean, is a pretty awesome day at work.

Since being in the South Bay now for a few years, I’ve had many sessions at the Manhattan Beach pier, and each time I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s pretty much an obligatory photo session for families that live in the South Bay, or even if you’re not here, come down anyway; it’s magical at sunset…especially in the winter. Yes, it may be crowded at times. Last year during the holiday photo season, I counted 13 photographers at the pier, with 13 families all taking their holiday portraits. While you may not think that it’s so unique at that point, it is. Each photographer has their own style, their own way of capturing images. And honestly, I love being surrounded by such creative professionals who manage to create amazing images when we’re all elbow to elbow working. It’s actually pretty amazing to watch too, the dance the professionals do to make sure they are engaging their clients (especially the kiddos) while making sure their exposures are correct, composing an aesthetically pleasing image, making sure their backgrounds are uncluttered, and not being in another photographer’s shot. It’s wonderfully chaotic magic!

And here’s evidence to what a great afternoon can be like at the Manhattan Beach pier.

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Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

Manhattan Beach family photography Manhattan Beach kids photography

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