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beachy california living with an italian twist. food, fashion, decor, family, garden, film, travel, faith

FABIANA is a winner of Top 25 Photographer Moms

When Photography Became an Important Part of My Life

I took my first photography class in high school just after I received a beautiful 35mm camera for my 15th birthday. Back then, we got to experience the excitement of watching our images develop before our very eyes in the darkroom. It was magical and rewarding. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked! Nowadays, I love sharing my beautiful world in Southern California on my blog. There's so much to see and do here!

What Makes a Great Family Photo

A great family photo needs some sort of spontaneity or something a bit quirky in the picture. Something clever, but subtle, otherwise the photo turns out to be stiff and boring. Find a way to personalize your image with something that is a bit different from everyone else’s family portrait, especially during the holidays when we all send out so many cards.

A Tip for Taking Photos of Kids

Make sure your children have eaten, are well rested, and make sure the time of day is appropriate. Don’t stress kids out. Bring fun props for young children, as they will get bored easily from just sitting around. Practice smiles in the mirror leading up to your sitting. “Chillax”, as my teenager says!