Laguna Beach Family Session

The McElwee Family | Orange County Family Beach Session | Newport Beach Family Photographer | Cori Kleckner Photography |

The McElwee Family | Orange County Family Beach Session | Newport Beach Family Photographer | Cori Kleckner Photography |

 

CORI KLECKNER PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ORANGE COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN MATERNITY, NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY, CHILDREN’S AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY


Kristin Dinsmore Family | Gilroy, CA |Newport Beach Family Photographer in-home Lifestyle Session| Cori Kleckner Photography | Orange      County in-home Family photos | Newport Beach Family Photos

Kristin Dinsmore Family Session | Gilroy, CA | Newport Beach Family Photographer in-home Lifestyle Session| Cori Kleckner Photography | Orange County in-home Family photos | Newport Beach Family Photos 


When another photographer asks you to document their family , it’s a huge honor but when another photog says they also want to FLY you out to document their family - now that’s a whole other level. The Dinsmore family was a dream to photograph and their home was just epic with every corner full of light & love. I couldn’t wait to share more from this session with you guys but you know when you love something so much you savor it for as long as you can? Yep, thats how I feel about this session. I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite image from this family’s session because they all were my favorite. What makes this session so special? CONNECTION. Yep,  that’s gold for me as an artist. When clients relax, play and laugh , are themselves in front of the lens- it allows me to capture them authentically , all that make up who they are as a family. For this session we literally did the everyday stuff from piggy back rides in the kitchen , to coloring , to story time, cuddles, airplanes- you name it. This mamma had her own beautiful style and love for photography as well, being a photographer herself- so she invested time into the aesthetic of her session , into the vision , and she trusted me whole heartedly as her photographer which I felt deep within-and it allowed me to unleash my creativity + make magic. This session will forever be a favorite that I hold dear to my heart. In-home sessions are just so incredibly heartfelt to capture because it's where your love grows, it's where your babies grow up making memories with you, it's the space of sometimes nostalgia later in years- such a privilege documenting a family in this space. I know I’ve said it before, but in-home family lifestyle sessions are my JAM.

 

CORI KLECKNER PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ORANGE COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN MATERNITY, NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY, CHILDREN’S AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Orange County In-home Lifestyle Photographer , Newport Beach In-home Lifestyle Photographer

The Sharpe’s Newborn Session | Orange County Newborn Photographer | Blair + Ricky + Baby Roman Sharpe

The Sharpe’s Newborn Session | Orange County Newborn Photographer | Blair + Ricky + Baby Roman Sharpe | OC Family Lifestyle Photographer


This in-home lifestyle newborn session is one of my favorites! All these neutral tones in there house and natural light made for the perfect space for newborn photos!

Not to mention how much I hold these clients so dear to my heart, in fact we feel more like long time friends at this point! I feel so incredibly lucky to have been there to witness such important milestones from their engagement to wedding to expecting to now them becoming a family of 3 - no words to express my love and gratitide .  -This is why I do what I do for a living guys! 

Seriously Blair & Ricky, you three have my heart forever <3


The Mickey Family | Newport Beach Family Session | Newport Beach Family Photographer | Cori Kleckner Photography

The Mickey Family | Newport Beach Family Session | Newport Beach Family Photographer | Cori Kleckner Photography

Orange County Family Session | Orange County Family Photographer | Newport Beach Family Session | Cori Kleckner Photography


Orange County Family Session | Orange County Family Photographer | Newport Beach Family Session | Cori Kleckner Photography

Family sessions in Orange County offer so many beautiful beach locations with such dreamy light! I try never to take for granted the gorgeous beaches we live near, especially during Spring and Summer! I love when vacationers email me to capture their memories while visiting beautiful SoCal , I mean what better way to remember their vacation? So thankful I get to call this my "job" , being a family photographer here in Orange County is such a dream! 

Get in touch to book! Spring is here with Summer quickly approaching and my calendar fills fast! 


 

CORI KLECKNER PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ORANGE COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN MATERNITY, NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY, CHILDREN’S AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Meister Family | Orange County Family Photographer | Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach

The Meister Family | Orange County Family Photographer | Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach

The Meister Family | Shaw’s Cove Family Session

 This is a beautiful family from the outside in guys! I love getting to photograph families! Not to forget I am in LOVE with little Sienna’s sweet smile guys! This spunky little girl is SO loved and  full of energy and joy! She is going to be a BIG sister soon and I feel so honored I get to capture it! This blue eyed family made my job super easy as we wandered the beach and played together. I really can’t say enough how much I love documenting the connection between families and moments that can be so fleeting. It is so rewarding to call this my “job” and to give tangible memories to families like this. <3  

The Barron’s Family | Orange County Family Photographer | Montage Laguna Family Photos

The Barron’s Family | Orange County Family Photographer | Montage Laguna Family Photos

A few of my recent clients have asked me , “Does the time of day you shoot at the beach make that much of a difference?”

Heres my answer : The golden hour occurs from about half an hour before, until about an hour after sunrise in the morning, and then an hour before sunset, to about 20 to 30 minutes after the sun has gone down in the evening. When you shoot in this soft light the light is golden in colour and often changes colour from yellow, to orange to magenta. 
-The light is soft, i.e. no major contrast such as hard shadows and very bright highlights. 
-Colors are more exaggerated, the color of the light is far more emphasized, much more oranges, reds and magentas are visible in the scene.
It is for these reasons that photographers choose to shoot in the early morning or early evening, these times produce the most dramatic images.

Many of us were taught to shoot under bright sunlight, in the middle of the day, with the sun behind us. Sure, that can work, but you won’t get dramatic results every time, in many cases, your images will look very average. This is because light is harsh at this time of day.

So to many of you who are wondering, yes, the time of day can make a HUGE difference in the outcome of your photos.

The Deprima’s Family// Orange County Family Photographer

These guys came all the way from Vegas to enjoy sunny Cali beaches, They were so excited to be here to soak up the sun and it was a great evening for family session with all that golden light shining. We shot their session at Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach to really capture the diversity of open sand + rocky shore with pools of salty water, pebbles and boulders. Just love this spot and these sweet families I get to meet along the way who travel from all over to visit where we live. 

Elizabeth + Robert | Shaw’s Cove Maternity Session | Orange County Maternity Photographer

Elizabeth + Robert | Shaw’s Cove Maternity Session | Orange County Maternity Photographer

For this mamma-to-be we wanted a session full of earthy soft pastel tones. When Elizabeth contacted me to document this special time for her and her husband Robert, we brainstormed a color palette similar to the colors you see during the sun going down at the beach. We decided on a dreamy beach location; Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach. As a SoCal photographer, I'm a sucker for a rocky shore with pools of salty water, pebbles and boulders and this spot had just that for us.

Elizabeth picked up some flowers at the local market to incorporate in her session . She wore a flowy gown and then changed into a tighter more fitted gown that accentuated her belly a bit more. We really made our visions come to life! This was such a dreamy romantic session! It was a great day for a maternity shoot.

Being a business owner & stay at home mommy | Audrey + Jaelene | Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach CA

Being a business owner & stay at home mommy to Audrey + Jaelene

These two. They have my whole heart. Some days I feel overwhelmed with gratitude to be a stay at home working mommy while other days it can be very challenging and I forget to take the time to really relish in this beautiful time of them being little still and even needing me at all. Right now I’m juggling potty training a toddler, school pickup & drop offs, sports, homework with my oldest and all the other tasks of mommy duties all while running a business . Running your own business is no piece of cake. Neither is raising a family.  Though I always say family comes first , before work or house duties - it isn’t always easy.

There is enough guilt to go around for any parent, so I make a conscious effort to let it go and focus on the positives. I may have a hectic schedule, and, as a result, my children are learning how to be independent and self-reliant. I also know one day they wont need mommy to  brush their hair or make their lunch or tuck them in at night, and some days I have to remind myself to slow down so I can enjoy these everyday in-between moments. The messes on the table, legos on the floor, dirty laundry piled everywhere ; one day they wont be there. I will miss that when its gone (well maybe not the laundry part;). Right now I’m juggling running a business and being home with a toddler and up-keeping a house (which is the first HOUSE we’ve ever lived in) and it can be a lot to keep up with it all. Daddy works long hours too and finding a balance can sometimes be hard for all of us.  But days like today, where I'm soaking up the sun watching my girls build sand castles so innocently in the sand, I remember that homework can wait, cleanup can wait, dinner can wait;  quality time with these two little beautiful girls (and my husband) is whats most important right now. Giving them my undivided attention when they ask - that is what I am doing my best to work on as a mommy who feels so busy and rushed for time all the time. I know they see that. I know they watch as I frantically run around like a chicken with its head cut off so that work is caught up, house stuff is caught up, everyones needs are met and the ’to do” list is all checked off. I know they see me regularly nod my head to them as they are sharing something with me:  “mommy look at the painting I made” as I am trying to return an email to a client or finish editing a session.  I know I should pause whatever it is I’m doing to give them those valuable minutes of  attention & time because all else can wait .  I know. I know. I know they wont be this little forever. 

Some days feel really short though guys, don’t they? Like their aren’t enough hours in the day to get breakfast started, shuffle to school & sports, prep dinners, clean the house, devote time to work and still manage to find time for yourself.  It’s all about finding a healthy balance. The truth is you can do it all if you just change what your definition of balance is. There are times where my business gets more attention than my kids and vice versa. In the end I like to believe that it all balances out. Part of being an entrepreneur is being comfortable with changing direction quickly. 

Entrepreneurship, just like motherhood, is not a 9-5 job. Some days I stay up until 3 am working and then have to do a 7 a.m. child drop off at school. Be kind to yourself. Make time for you even if it's just to breathe and smell the air. Kids are going to make messes, they are going to eat your reports and download viruses to your computer. Your best weapon is a sense of humor. Enjoy your mommy entrepreneur life, wear the title proudly. We are basically super heroes.

My goal for 2016 is to not sweat the small things (i.e.: messes, missed nights of homework, running late in the morning, getting behind on work. . .etc), not push myself to do it all and be it all- all the time; but to be present in the moment and give my family more undivided attention - Because believe me when l tell you, nothing in the world is more important to me then my family.

PS: These photos of my girls were taken on a whim one day when we decided to head down for the beach to catch some sun rays. I will cherish these photos of my two girls and their incredibly close bond. 

The Peterson Family | Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach CA

The Peterson Family

 

Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach CA

 

This sweet family was a blast to photograph! We captured some good laughs while we took a stroll down the shoreline... the light was killer and the sunset was even more beautiful! I really enjoy sessions like these, pure joy shines thru in almost every shot. This family is so incredibly bonded and you can feel the love in every moment captured. This is why I do what I do; to capture that raw emotion & connection between humans.

Thank you to the Peterson Family for allowing me to document your gorgeous & very fun family! 

The Duggan Family Session | Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach, CA.

The Duggan Family Session

 Shaw’s Cove, Laguna Beach, CA.