Category archives: Children

  • Beautiful beach sunset with a beautiful family in Palos Verdes | Family Photographer Redondo Beach

  • This family will always have a special place in my heart. Over 5 years ago, I had my very first paid newborn session…. and they were twins! A few of the images from their session remain some of my favorites even now. Just look at this cuteness! We’ve done a session every year since then and it’s always so much fun to see them again. We had an absolutely beautiful night and sunset in Palos Verdes this year and they are always dressed so perfectly for the setting. Couldn’t have asked for more!

    family of four denim white at the beach southern california family photographer

    rocky beach family walking holding hands fun family photography palos verdes south bay photographer

    dad with 5 year old twins on the beach what to wear for beach photos redondo beach manhattan beach family kids photographer

    dad holding little girl peeking over his shoulder on the beach staci zohlen photography

    mom with five year old twins at sunset on the beach rocky cliffs palos verdes southern california kids family photography

  • so many gorgeous families! | family photography redondo beach

  • The holiday season is a busy one for all of us, but especially family photographers! I love the sessions every weekend and even sneaking some in during the week. So many beautiful families all dolled up in beautiful clothes. So many smiles and laughs. I love seeing my images on their photo cards when clients send me a holiday card! But, what I don’t love is that I never seem to find the time to share those images here. I’ve decided to do a few blog posts well after the fact to show those sessions some blog love!

    Here are a few of my favorites from my mini sessions back in October!

    family of five twins laughing pinching baby cheeks what to wear family photos palos verdes california photographer

    3 kids holding JOY letters gold navy blue maroon clothing for family photos redondo beach family kids photographer

    fun family photo two boys piggy backs palos verdes southern california photographer

    mom and dad throwing little girl up in air pretty backlighting southern california family photographer

    mom and dad pretty romantic photo flower bokeh staci zohlen photography

    mom and dad candid piggy back fun photo south bay family photographer staci zohlen

    family photographer redondo beach mini sessions palos verdes malaga cove

  • my crew | redondo beach children's photographer

  • I am beyond thrilled to have these images of my little people. I absolutely can not wait to get them printed big and up on my walls so I can stare at them all day! I love color and it’s so hard for me to convert an image to black and white- I hate to lose that color! I’m so thankful to a photographer friend who inspired me to take these though and to do them in black and white. Without the color, the focus is truly on their sweet little faces…the background fades to nothing. No distractions. Just those open, thoughtful and trusting eyes I stare into when cuddling in bed at night. The sweet little lips and cheeks I cover in kisses. The smiles that make my heart happy. I’m kind of bursting with love right now. (I won’t be printing the text for the wall images- just wanted to document some of their personality here for the blog and my future family albums!)

    7 year old boy blond spikey hair black and white photo portrait staci zohlen photography redondo beach

    black and white portrait blonde girl with bob haircut pretty smile southern california beach cities children and family photographer staci zohlen

    black and white little boy blonde curly hair big eyes serious look redondo beach southern california child photographer

    staci zohlen photography southern california baby photographer black and white baby with tooth teeth big eyes text with likes

  • What to wear for Family Pictures- outdoor, nature location | Redondo Beach Family Photographer

  • Once you get to your session, everyone is dressed and hair/makeup is finished, you should have FUN! But, I absolutely understand the stress that can come with choosing your family’s wardrobe. I personally drive myself crazy with the decision every year! For a good month before our session, our master bedroom floor is covered in various options for each person. I lay them all out next to each other, complete with leggings, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories. I buy several options for everyone, only to return 90% of what I bought! And this is after I plan it out in photoshop first. That’s all to assure you, I get it. I really do! But, while it can be stressful, I’ll also admit I love it! It’s fun for me to play fashion designer and put together a look that I think will photograph well, keeping it as timeless as possible and also showcasing each individual personality. I do my best to choose something for each person that he/she will feel good and be comfortable in. I thought I’d start a blog post series on some of the looks I’ve imagined for different settings. This first one was done with a certain family in mind. We have scheduled their session for a nature preserve. Lots of tall grass and pretty greenery. They have boy/girl 3 year old twins. The photoshop job on this look isn’t perfect- I’ll save the perfect, detailed work for your gallery- but, you definitely get the idea! For this look, I “shopped” at Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Tea Collection and Matilda Jane.

    I’m planning to do a few more of these boards in the next week or two. Are there any color combinations, location choices or clothing brands you’d like to see featured? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best! Clients, if you’d like me to work on a board for you, please send me an email with some specific information about what you like/where you shop!

    Here are the links to each item:

    woman’s outfit
    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new-jeans/4122506680999.jsp?color=070#/

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-shopnew-tees/4112335604454.jsp#/

    men’s outfit

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=85392&vid=1&pid=970055002

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-protege-straight-leg-jeans-4-years-phantom/3739464?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=1492&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_4_A

    little girl outfit

    https://www.matildajaneclothing.com/d1686-barn-party-knot-dress

    https://www.matildajaneclothing.com/t16106s-cyan-long-sleeve-tee

    little boy outfit

    http://www.teacollection.com/product/4f23301/boys-pants-slim-twill-cargo-pants.html#forest

    http://www.teacollection.com/product/4f22005/boys-tops-klaus-raglan-sleeve-henley.html#med%20heather%20grey

    http://www.teacollection.com/product/4f23001/boys-shirts-weimar-plaid-shirt.html#indigo