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Monday, December 9, 2013

Last Minute Savings at Minted!

It's not too late to shop Minted for your holiday cards this year! Order before midnight on Thursday and get up to 15% off all holiday cards! Plus, use their shipping calculator to make sure you receive your order in time!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

I can't say it enough but I love when families are able to tastefully throw in a splash of pattern to their family photo shoot!  Baby is your main attraction so let him or her steal the show.  Allow Mom to stay trendy by adding a little fur flare.  Also, who doesn't feel special in sparkle shoes?  If you have a little boy, let him where his light up shoes!

Shop these looks and more at Banana Republic, J.Crew & Old Navy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The A Family Teaser at Shoreline Park

I had so much fun capturing the different little personalities in this family recently.  Big sis knows exactly how to avoid the camera and gets a kick out of doing so, but luckily we had fun making a game out of it!  Our middle guy, well I don't think there is anything that words can say that you can't see below in his very own triptych of adorable glances below.  As for the little guy of the family, well he just has the most beautiful big brown chestnuts for eyes so how can you go wrong?

Oh, and lastly, look closely at the center image.  I had initially taken the photo more zoomed out but then when you see her little brother's expression looking up at her my heart melted!  So glad this little moment of their exploration adventure was captured!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

I am absolutely loving the feeling of the Holidays in the air!  This would be a perfectly coordinated for a family holiday card if you do ask me.  Incorporating these reds, blues & neutrals really pulls it all together.  You can check out these looks at Banana Republic & Gap!


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Family Maternity Shoot

I had so much fun capturing this family's excitement about adding another little one to their brood.  

Although the little guys is excited, he is also saying, 'but hey! What about me?!' 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Win a Photo Shoot!

Head on over to the Mary Bea Photography Facebook page or simply click here for a chance to win a family photo shoot with Mary Bea herself!  

Client Praise
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Who wouldn't want this amazing opportunity for a free photo shoot with a wonderful, kind & friendly family photographer?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Family Portrait Month

Help Us Make a Family Masterpiece … And Change the Life of a Deserving Child!
During Family Portrait Month — October & November 2013— Mary Bea Photography will donate 20% of your session fee to PPA Charities to benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.  More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity every year in Operation Smile partner countries, yet tens of thousands remain untreated. Your session fee donation truly will help change a life. Celebrate your family by helping a child! Contact today to discuss how we can blend your idea with our ingenuity to create a photographic masterpiece of your family to treasure for a lifetime! Call now. Appointments are limited! 

Remember…Your family portrait is perfect for holiday cards! Participating in this offer also benefits you!  Mary Bea Photography is giving away a free 8x10 print with every Operation Smile Portrait! Family Portrait Month is sponsored by PPA Charities 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday (Halloween Edition)


With Halloween coming up this weekend I thought, what would be more appropriate than a Halloween themed Wardrobe Wednesday?!?

What are the popular costumes in your house this year?

The little ones I've been hanging around lately are either feeling funny, feeling like a princess or dressing up like Ninjas (the overwhelming winner!)

For the record I absolutely LOVE this princess costume, it lights up!!  Cool for the kids and way cool for the parents to keep an eye on their little princess as the sun goes down!  I wish they had this costume when I was little!!

All of these and other great costumes can be found at Party City!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Today's Wardrobe Wednesday is a little different than the rest.  This is a a real life Mary Bea Photography family!  The colors that they wore really complemented each other and worked wonderfully with their own coloring, especially bringing out baby's baby blues!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Check out this week's inspiration board for clothing for a family photo shoot.  It's finally sweater season!  Pictured below as you can see, with the parents wearing neutral tones it leaves the kids with the freedom to express themselves with patterns, strips or colors of their choosing (as we all know kids have their own opinions!).
Check out this weeks looks at J.Crew

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fun Fall Engagement Shoot

We had so much fun this past weekend capturing the joy of this couple's engagement as well as their love for each other at the wonderful and tasty Pichetti Winery in Cupertino, CA.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Are you preparing for a maternity or family shoot this Fall?  Plum & navy are very popular colors this Fall and also compliment each other very well.  All of today's looks are from Gap and they are offering 40% off today!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's Costume Time!

It's October, so what does that mean?!?  Halloween is right around the corner!

Spaces are limited for Mary Bea Photography Halloween Mini Sessions so schedule soon!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Comfort is Key

Headshot photo shoots are no fun unless you make them fun!  That is exactly what this client & I succeeded in last week.  When you are feeling comfortable and yourself that is when you are most beautiful/handsome in front of the camera.  As you can see she was feeling very comfortable!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Hey all!  This is my second ever posting about clothing tips for a family photo shoot, however I am thinking of making it a weekly habit!  What do you think?

With the smell of Fall in the air I decided to go with a combination of the two most popular trends I've seen lately, the return of denim and of course animal print!  I must say, I've never been an animal print person myself...but this might be the year.  We shall see, I will keep you posted :)

You can find these and similar looks at both Gap & J.Crew this Fall!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Big Brother to Be!

I had the pleasure of photographing this family last week just before they welcomed their new addition. I love this black & white series showing big brother's excitement and love for both baby & Mom!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What a ham?

I absolutely love this recent family portrait!  Big brother's expression is truly epic, he was the life of the shoot, while baby executed his job perfectly by sleeping soundly.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What to wear?

Have two little boys in your family and preparing for a family photo shoot?  Check out these two inspiration boards for fun outfit ideas!  It is always important to remember to not try and mix too many patterns together!  Stay within a certain color pattern but don't feel boxed in to too of a matchy-matchy theme!
Check out Gap or Old Navy for these great looks!  Stay tuned for more fun outfit inspiration for the Fall!  What is your favorite part about preparing for a family photo shoot?  Let us know by commenting below!

Monday, July 22, 2013

He's 1!

My shoot in Palo Alto last week was so much fun!  This little guy just recently turned one and I absolutely can not believe it, because just mere months before he rolled over for the first time during his 4 month shoot!  They grow so fast and he is no exception, he was running so fast he gave me a workout!

Do you prefer the black & white images or the color ones better?  Let me know by commenting below!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Playground Fun

So glad to get this teaser up & blogged!  We had so much fun finally capturing these two siblings playing together at the park in Mountain View.  E was just almost 8 months when we did this shoot and his sister has finally taken a keen interest in playing with him!  We tried this shoot a couple months ago and it became really a solo of E because she was not interested! 

How old were your kids when they started to play together?  Comment below and let us know!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mary Bea Mini Sessions are Here!

With the summer almost half way over already (gasp!) are you struggling to come with new activities to keep the kiddos entertained?  Look no further than Mary Bea Photography!   We are currently offering mini photo sessions, activity included!  Choose anything from bubbles to tea parties or have a great idea of your own let us know and we'd be happy to capture it for you!

Please comment below about any additional activity ideas you have!

Call or e-mail if you are interested.  We would love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sweet Smiles

Today's shoot at multiple locations in Woodside & Belmont were the backdrop for a number of wonderful family photos!  I have had the honor of photographing this sweet little guy three times already this year and every time we get together I have so much fun seeing how much he has grown!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Good Friends in San Francisco

What could be better than getting together with good friends in San Francisco?  Good friends in San Francisco with CUTE babies!  Last week we met up with some friends at Southern Pacific Brewing, fabulous food by the way!  The wonderful company was only made better by this sweet little 5 month old Dallas, he is a happy and cuddly little boy, can't wait to see him again!

Monday, June 24, 2013

School's Out for Summer!

School is out for summer!  Have you found activities for your little ones?  Need ideas?

Exploring at the Junior Museum & Zoo

Here is a photo from a recent photo shoot I did at the Junior Museum & Zoo of Palo Alto.  It is a wonderful hidden gem right in our neighborhood.  This little guy was having so much fun he didn't even want to leave when the shoot was over!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Birthday Boy in San Francisco

Here is a truly sweet image from a recent Birthday shoot in San Francisco.  
I love this image because of the pure joy that is expressed on this little boy's face.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Family Fun in Woodside

I truly love this family portrait from a recent shoot at Huddart Park in Woodside, CA. 

The two little ones are cousins and you can see below that they are the best of buds!

They are also pretty sweet on their parents!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Little Explorer

Here are some shots I wanted to share from a really fun shoot I did recently at the Junior Museum & Zoo in Palo Alto.  A great spot for the local kiddos, I know about it now thanks to my clients!

Also, love this portrait!