San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Maximilian

I make it a point to keep business cards on me always to hand out to expecting mamas when I see them. During a grocery run at the local Trader Joe's a few weeks back, I ran into Steph in the check-out lines. The initial introduction is always awkward. After all, you'd have to walk up to a complete stranger after having wagered with yourself on whether or not she's actually pregnant then very quickly make your intentions known. I've noticed that pregnant mamas are especially wary of approaching strangers and usually blurt out who I am what I want rather quickly. 

Long story short, a few weeks later, Steph, hubby, big sister, and baby Max came into the studio for Max's newborn session. Unfortunately Max was feeling a bit under the weather and could not sleep soundly the entire session. We hushed and soothed him yet every time he was repositioned, he would stir awake. Parents always comment on how unbelievable they find my patience and endurance in the heated studio but honestly, your little ones make it so so easy. 

As always, here's my wish for you little one:

May you grow up to fill such a big big name. May you lead an ever enriching life. May you find delight in the simple things and may grace and peace surround you even in your darkest days. May you adore your big sister and become the best of friends. Always remember that family is what truly matters and family will carry you through. 

With lots of cooing and love,


San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Alvin

I don't like to play favorites... but baby Alvin totally made it to the top. Baby Alvin came with a whole entourage, mom, papa, and nanny all showed up to this shoot but he was cool as can be. Cool means "completely knocked out" in baby photographer language. Only woke up for one meeting which nanny totally took over (I always try to spare mom from feeding but if the nanny comes, I gladly relinquish ha).

Mama ended up wanting 3 mini accordion albums as well and I couldn't be happier to send them off with Mom. After an entire summer of girls, baby Alvin broke my streak and, just between you and I, I'm jumping for joy. Can't wait to pull out my boy stuff and off to the LLP closet we go!


As always, here's my wish for you:



San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Preston!

Once in a while, you meet a mama. You don't just want to be her photographer, you don't just want her to book a session with you because you believe you will be a great fit, you want to be her friend. Alice was this mama. Alice brought Preston to the studio for a weekday shoot. These shoots without Mike really always iterate the importance of having an assistant. For nothing else, sessions go by so much faster with his help...

Baby Preston was perfect and as gentlemanly as his moniker. He pretty much cooperated with my every request. I was most tickled by the Princess Bride set up. It had just been added to the LLP closet and baby Preston wore it perfectly. 


As always, here's my wish for you:

May you find that love most live their whole lives without. May you fight for it and defend it with all that you are. Whether that love ends up being for a person, a career, or a dream. May it fill your days with value and purpose. May you always be the good guy, one with integrity and kindness. May all your dreams come true. 


your mama's new friend Lucy

San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Ace!

I don't like to play favorites, I really don't. I say that quite a lot because I have so many but truly, it's not on purpose. Ace was easily a favorite. Newborn photographers, across the land, pray for shoots like this and once in awhile, the baby Gods smile down upon me. 

Mama requested for a neutral shoot and I did deliver! But baby was so sleepy that we had some time to kill you see? So I had a little bit of fun and mama totally ended up purchasing those not-so-neutral photos as well! hahahahhaha oh boy am I quite pleased with myself. 

Oh, and how gorgeous is his mama?


As always, this is my wish for you:

May you embrace life with a crazy exuberance that others deem unwise. May you have fun no matter what you do and what life throws your way. May you always choose to do what is right instead of what is easy or convenient. May you change the world in your own way. 

Cheers little guy,


San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Eva!

Baby Eva's mama found me through a mutual friend. Baby Eva was already special. I love styling shoots that allows me to play with some color and did we? I don't tend to use colorful backdrops but Eva owned it like the queen that she already was. Just weeks old and already very opinionated, she totally gave Mike and I a run for our money. Mama did request for the crowd favorite flower halo so of course I knew that I'd contrast the soft pinks with a pale pastel mint. 

My very very favorite thing from the shoot? Eva's baby rolls! That's the main reason I love and attempt the bum-up pose is to get those gorgeous baby rolls. Not that I welcome it in my own life and on my own late 20's body but on a baby? It's just delicious. 


As always, here's my wish for you:

May you be strong in the face of opposition but soft to new ideas and experiences. May you work hard at achieving your dreams and celebrate even harder when you achieve them. May you keep  good company and listen to their advice. May you be protected on every adventure. May you know a love so deep that it hurts. May you love even more deeply all the days of your life. 



San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Naya!

Baby Snow White graced the LLP Studio today. My, that head of jet black hair and beautiful baby skin immediately reminded me of one of the most iconic Disney princesses of all time. But since I didn't have a Snow White lovey, I made do with a mermaid (ha!)

Mom was totally game for stepping slightly outside the usual pale pink girly box so we decided to go mint for this baby girl and boy am I glad we did. Naya was completely knocked out and when we get a little this sleepy, we love posing in the chin-up since we can get all those tiny little fingers completely open and stacked beneath the chin. Oh we swoon...


As always, this is my wish for you,

May you stay as sweet and beautiful as Snow White. May your heart remain pure and spirit cheerful. May you discover a great love in this life, one to completely change your entire world. May your friends (all 7 of them) pledge their loyalty always. You're so loved!


San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Cyan!

This little bitty peanut came to see us at the studio. Mike was there to spot and assist since baby Cyan was so very little. She was barely over 5 lbs but was an absolute dream to photograph. Mike assists on shoots with multiples or slightly smaller newborns as certain poses would require more spotting than my 7 pounders. Safety, always, is the number priority here at LLP and after years of practice, Mike has become my most trusted second pair of hands. 

Mom and dad completely trusted me to style the shoot and I knew I was going to go organic/girly. In my mind, I wanted to pair her with soft and plush looking accents and decided to go with green for my accent color. Green doesn't work on every baby due to the variation in newborn skin color (jaundice being a huge one I edit for in post processing) but it looked gorgeous on her. 


As always, here's my blessing for you baby Cyan,
You are small but mighty. May you grow up big and strong. May laughter never be far from your lips and travel through life with an amazing sense of humor and grace. You are so loved already by your mom/dad/big sister. I wish you the most amazing journey ahead.

Check out Cyan's lovely Fresh48 shoot!

spring pea bonnet by The Wooly Possum
pink gemstone halo by My Darling Emma
green wreath halo by Created by Carli

San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Max!

When I think of Max, I think of a perfect looking baby. My clients all have gorgeous kids (it's my lot in life to be surrounded with cutie-pies) but Max really takes the cake. On top of that, he was also the perfect model, settled right away, fed only at the end, and barely made a peep his entire shoot. Mom again was trusting in allowing me to style the shoot completely and I decided to go earthy and organic and use browns and warmer richer colors for him. 

Honestly though, is he not perfect?


As always, here is my blessing for you baby Max,

May you laugh at the days to come and may you never be without help when you need it. May you protect those you love with a ferocious passion and may you cultivate a determined spirit. May your outlook always remain optimistic and may your heart be filled with hope. May you feel peace, even in your darkest hours and cling unswervingly to a faith that can move mountains. 


Click here to check out Max's Fresh48 session

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San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer - welcome baby Avery!

Baby one of those perfect looking babies, you know what I mean? She has a full head of dark hair and the most beautiful caramel skin tone. Everything, I mean, everything, looked good on her. But here's more, Avery was the most beautifully deep snoozer I've photographed this year. She just slept and slept and slept through the bum-up pose, the side lying, the chin-up, the taco, and on and on. Avery then slept through posing with her two big sisters who came in matching shirts! Oh Avery, you have my whole heart!


As always, here's my wish for you:

May you be the most loving, thoughtful, generous, and cheery little sister. May your older siblings praise you and celebrate you all the days of your life. May you grow up into a beautiful woman that I already see. May your inner beauty outshine that which passes with time.



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