Underwater Maternity // San Diego Maternity Photography

Last time we did Missy's maternity photos, it was her husband Bryan with the crazy idea ("let's get one with her in the middle of the ocean") but this time it was mine ("how do you feel about me photographing you underwater?") and both times I had a great time. I adore this family and love the images we make together. I'm anxiously awaiting little Finn's arrival and can't wait to photograph him outside of the belly. <3 Those sibling shots always pull on my heartstrings!

To watch video of us at this shoot, click here.

This session was a ton of fun. We started with a little auntie playtime to get Ollie comfortable.

Then we did some formal portraits inside. 

Then Bryan got verified on Twitter and we did some more playing (check out that side eye). :)

Then we splashed around in the pool for some documentary shots and squeezed in a some underwater formals. <3

I'm sure the full set will be posted to Missy's YouTube channel soon.  To follow Missy & Bryan's journey, his music, &/or for miscarriage/loss support, be sure to visit all of their their channels (Daily Bumps, Missy Lanning, & Bryan Lanning) on YouTube.

xo~ Chrystal


Summer // A Day In The Life Session

You know how important I feel Day in the Life Sessions are. It's not just the memories that move me though, but the experience too. It is so different than traditional portraits.

Every year, we get our traditional portraits done and it ALWAYS stresses me out. Outfits, messes...where are the tights I just bought? No time to do my hair. Arguing in the car. Husband making a wrong turn. Dropping the mascara wand. Texting our photographer to apologize for being late. Again. 

DITL sessions are the opposite of that. We had so much summer fun playing and laughing during this session. They even fed me pizza. :) I'm so happy to share these with you. I love this family.

Can't wait for the next one!

Four // San Diego Newborn Photography

This sweet family welcomed their fourth little one (third boy!) recently and I was lucky enough to hang out with them for a few hours soon after they brought him home. I am smitten with how they interact...they way they love each other, how the fun, energetic boys soften up the minute the baby is placed in their arms... 

You're doing an incredible job raising this family. I admire you. Respect you. And thank you for letting me show you the beauty that I see in your everyday. 

Enjoy. <3