krista lucas photography {blog}

August 29, 2011

cowgirl-inspired baby shower {walnut, ca baby shower photographer}

Filed under: baby shower — kristalucasphotography @ 1:14 pm

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower with my cousin (in-law) Abby of paper&CAKE yesterday! My sister-in-law is having her first baby (a girl!) in November, and I was happy to volunteer to throw the shower with Abby.

She designed a new party in a cowgirl theme in lavender and chocolate brown! The printables are so perfect for this party, and would be great for a little girl’s birthday too!

The food:

The party favors:

I saw the idea for microwave popcorn online, but it was pricey! I just bought a couple of boxes of popcorn, covered them with lavender printer paper and a cute label and voila! Inexpensive and easy favors. I also bought a big bag of trail mix at costco and divided it into smaller bags, added a cute tag and tied them closed with ribbon.

More decorations:

We did wildflowers in various glass jars,

mason jar drinking glasses,

and cute garlands.

The party:

The ladies ate all together,

played games (guess the baby food and complete the nursery rhyme),

and the dad-to-be joined us for gifts and cake.

Congratulations, Andy & Melissa!! Best wishes with your new baby girl!


August 25, 2011

back to school with hailey {agoura hills, ca child photographer}

Filed under: children, school — kristalucasphotography @ 2:28 pm

since i don’t have any daughters, i love that i have a friend who will lend me hers from time to time! i wanted to do a back to school shoot with a little girl, and hailey {one of benjamin’s friends} is also entering kindergarten this year. here are a few from our little shoot:

she reminds me of snow white in this one:

August 24, 2011

back to school, continued {agoura hills, ca child photographer}

Filed under: children, school — kristalucasphotography @ 6:55 pm

August 23, 2011

back to school {agoura hills, ca child photographer}

Filed under: children, school — kristalucasphotography @ 2:31 pm

i was extremely inspired by this blog post that immediately upon viewing it yesterday i did a mental inventory of the cute school-related props/items i have in my house. i came up with:

a small chalkboard, magnetic letters & numbers, flash cards, some of my dad’s old books, benjamin’s brand-new lunchbox, a wooden chair, map and a calculator. {even if you don’t have some of these things, for the most part they can be found quite inexpensively. i found several things in the dollar section at target!}

and then i bought a composition book ($.65) and some apples ($1.25 for two green ones).

i made a little “i am in kindergarten” sign in photoshop and dressed him in some cute clothes and came up with this. {more to come later today!}


August 19, 2011

jennie, dave, claire and one on the way! {camarillo, ca family/maternity photographer}

Filed under: children, family, maternity, outdoors — kristalucasphotography @ 10:25 am


jennie is my roommate from college, and it has worked out well for me that her husband is from the city right next to us and his parents still live in the area! we get to see them a couple times a year, since we don’t get up to seattle too often. i was so excited when they asked me to do a family/maternity photo session for them during their quick visit.

for those of you who know jennie, this is a pretty accurate photo. πŸ™‚ love you hen! πŸ™‚

we played with bubbles while mama changed.

i can’t wait to meet your baby boy!!

August 17, 2011

the sosta family {anaheim, ca family photographer}

Filed under: baby, family, newborn — kristalucasphotography @ 3:17 pm

i was so excited when my friend rachel asked me to photograph her family this past week! her sweet baby boy was born at the beginning of july and she returned to work this week, so i’m glad we could fit it in! the three of them are super sweet, funny and also adorable! we started the session in their home and got some sweet awake baby shots! πŸ™‚

then we moved to the park, and michael was all about sleeping in the shade!

August 15, 2011

the eyes have it. {agoura hills, ca couples’ photographer}

Filed under: couple, i heart faces — kristalucasphotography @ 2:43 pm

This week, the photo challenge over at i{heart}facesΒ  is beautiful eyes! I first thought of my boys (whose blue eyes I adore), but kept coming back to this one of my friends George and Lila. Click the link and head on over! πŸ™‚

August 13, 2011

awaiting daniella {glendale, ca baby shower photographer}

Filed under: baby shower — kristalucasphotography @ 9:11 am

I had the pleasure of photographing Tahnee’s baby shower in Glendale at a sweet little restaurant called La Cubana. (Tasty food, I’m sure I’ll go back!!) It was a beautiful day, and such a blessing to the parents-to-be! Baby Daniella will be arriving next month, and I am so excited to do her newborn photos!!


Love the favor idea! So cute and useful!!

So many family and friends helped them welcome their new daughter.

Game time! Guess the baby food, how big is mommy’s tummy, and bubble gum baby sculptures – so fun!

Their families:

They got so many sweet gifts, and I loved how excited the dad-to-be was with everything!! I could see how blessed this little family is.

The whole crowd.

Thank you for having me be a part of this special time in your lives!! πŸ™‚

August 10, 2011

happy birthday evan {manhattan beach, ca children’s photographer}

Filed under: birthday party, cake smash, children — kristalucasphotography @ 3:30 pm

Happy birthday, Evan!! I can’t believe this little guy is already a year old! I shot these fun cake smash photos at the end of the portrait session we did a couple weeks ago, and it was HILARIOUS! First, I have to thank Florence and Alex for being willing to let their child eat cake on a blanket on sand!

Florence found this bib and hat in an etsy shop – I love them!!

August 8, 2011

tahnee & daniel {malibu, ca maternity photographer}

Filed under: adults, maternity — kristalucasphotography @ 8:51 am


I love it when I feel an instant connection with my clients, and Tahnee and Daniel are no exception. She called me a couple of weeks ago to inquire about baby shower/maternity photography, and I could not have been more excited. I love all things baby, and am so happy for them!

We did the maternity session at the Malibu Pier, which is a fantastic location for photos!! We had a great morning!

this is probably my favorite:

i love this one:

Tahnee and Daniel, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this special adventure in your lives!! I hope all goes well with Daniella’s birth, and I’m already planning some adorable newborn photos… πŸ™‚

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