I had the honor to photograph the birth of sweet baby Raiyu. His mom Laura and his dad Adam were sooo excited to welcome their little man into the world. Mama’s water broke at 1a.m. on LABOR DAY! I got the call at 6 a.m. and then headed to the Beach Cities Midwfery birth center shortly after. Raiyu made his mama labor all day on LABOR Day and made his grand entrance at 4:09p.m. on September 5th, 2016. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20.5″ long.
Beach Cities Midwery is awesome, I love that place! I had my 3rd baby girl at the same birth center, in the room across the hall from where Raiyu was born. Nancy Pol was the attending midwife and her and the entire team was amazing!!! It was a pleasure watching them do their magic and document the entire birth story.
Below I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos from Raiyu’s birth. If you’d like to see more, please view their slideshow here: Raiyu’s Birth Story.
Congratulations again to the happy family and welcome to our beautiful world Raiyu!
I’d love for you all to meet sweet baby Benjamin! He did not want to sleep at all and thoroughly enjoyed his newborn session. I did get him to close his eyes for a few moments though, hehe.
Benjamin has such an amazing support system! He’s so lucky to have 2 sets of grandparents, his parents and 4 siblings around to teach him all that he needs to know.
I had so much fun photographing this beautiful family. Newborn sessions are not always just about the new babies. I love including parents, grandparents, siblings and pets during the newborn session. I love telling the whole picture by including all who love the sweet new babies.
If you or someone you know is expecting or already have a baby, please reach out to me. I would LOVE to capture these precious memories that fly by us ohhh so quickly! Cherish these moments!
I’d love to introduce you all to sweet baby Toryn! He was such a precious baby and we had an absolute blast. His mama made him so happy with milk and his dad serenaded him by playing piano throughout the shoot.
Toryn was so excited about his newborn session, that he insisted to stay up for most of it and make sure he didn’t miss anything, hehe. I did manage to get a couple with his eyes closed though, even though I think he was just pretending to be asleep. Oh and let’s not forget his guardian and best friend Simba. He stayed around and watched me to make sure I took good care of Toryn.
Welcome Eartside baby Toryn! Mommy and daddy are so proud of you already!
I’d love to share my story about Angel and Marc. They live in Utah and I live in Orange County, CA. We only met once at a Wedding we both attended in Atlanta, GA back in April for a mutual friend. My family and I sat at the same table with them at the Wedding and we had so much fun together. Fast forward a few months, Angel and Marc came to California for a super quick visit and we decided to meet up with them at Manhattan Beach.
We were totally not even planning a Maternity Session. At the moment we got together, I was on-call for a birth. When I’m on-call, I always bring my equipment everywhere I go, because we all know how unpredictable births can be and I have to run to the hospital at any moment! I looked at her belly, then looked at my camera equipment and just like that we decided to have a shoot! We just walked down to the beach, threw off our flip flops and did a quick 15 minute Maternity Session. Angel was amazing and she’s such a happy preggo mama! Don’t take my word for it, take a look at the pics below.
I’m also attaching a quick fun photo my sister-in-law took of me on her go-pro, with my kids all running around like crazy and us just having a good ‘ole time! Isn’t that what it’s all about? Having fun? I think so! Life is just better that way!
I’m so incredibly happy for Angel and Marc! They are expecting their rainbow baby girl in just a few short weeks and they honestly deserve all the happiness in the world! They’re going to be amazing parents!
Thanks for reading! If you or someone you know is expecting a baby and wants to capture all of the sweet moments, feel free to give me a call!
Hello lovely people,
I wanted to introduce you to beautiful Cindy and her family. They are soon going to be a family of 5! Isn’t that so exciting? I personally LOVE being a part of a family of 5 and I’m sure they will too.
I love photographing Maternity Sessions. Beautiful glowing mamas and perfect little baby bumps :) Cindy was no exception. The 2 gorgeous gowns she was wearing were provided by Milana Photography, except the white dress she was wearing, that was hers. I loved that her family joined in the photoshoot as well, it made it even more special! Her kids were seriously the sweetest and most well behaved kids, and they can’t wait to be big siblings!
Let’s all wish them the best of luck on their upcoming addition. In just a few short months, life is going to get a heck of a lot more FUN and more exciting!!!
If you’re expecting or know someone who is and want to capture this sweet time, contact me. I’d LOVE to help you! Thank you for stopping by.
Lots of love,
I’m so excited to share this session with you. I had the pleasure of photographing Tony and Sovy’s surprisal proposal! It all happened at sunset on a gondola drifting along the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach and it was ohhhh so romantic!!!
Tony did such a great job planning out every single detail! He called me a few weeks before the proposal. We met up and planned exactly where I would be waiting for them once they pass through on their gondola ride. The gondolier threw a bottle into the water and pointed it out and Sovy reached down to grab it. She realized it was a message in a bottle and as she was reading the sweet message, Tony got down on one knee and proposed! And she said “YES!!” I captured all of the photos from the shore. Afterwards, Tony pointed to me and she was so excited that their special moment was captured! I had to hide and pretend I was taking photos of other random people and even asked if a group of guys would pose for me so in case Sovy saw me from the gondola she wouldn’t get suspicious. We gotta do what we gotta do, right?! I couldn’t spoil the big surprise!
Once they were finished with their gondola ride, I met them on the other side where they originally started. We had fun taking a few more photos together before they went off to celebrate! Gondola Getaway in Long Beach was such a perfect location and they helped Tony with the planning. They average a proposal a day! Isn’t that so fun? I love romance!
Congratulations again to the lovebirds!!! I had so much fun photographing their surprise proposal! If you are planning to propose to your sweetheart, let me capture those sweet memories for you! It would be my absolute pleasure!
Hello beautiful people,
It was such pleasure getting to know the Hernandez family. They just recently moved to Huntington Beach and wanted to capture this moment in time for them. So, we headed straight to the beautiful Huntington Beach pier and captured amazing photos right at golden hour. It was just perfect!
I love taking family photos, especially in Huntington Beach! If you’re in Huntington Beach or in the Orange County area, contact me today if you’d like capture beautiful photos of your family!
They loved their photos so much that they ended up covering most of their walls with gorgeous canvases! I strongly believe in providing my clients with high quality canvases, professional mounted and matted prints, metal/wood prints and many more heirloom products that will last them for generations to come! Print your photos people, don’t leave them on disks to save for your children. Trust me, your grandchildren will not know what to do with a CD. Want to see want the Hernandez family ordered? Here are a few iphone pics of me about to deliver their goodies and them opening up their order.
And here are their beautiful photos! Enjoy and thank you for looking!
Hello beautiful people!
I had the pleasure of photographing Francesca’s Maternity Session. She’s a morning person and opted for a sunrise Maternity Session, versus a sunset session which I’m normally used to.
We met up in Huntington Beach about 30 minutes before the sun actually rose while it was still dark outside! It was also drizzling a bit which was pretty unusual for our Cali weather, but she was a trooper and it did not slow her down one bit. She was amazing and so was her sweet son, Joey.
Did you know that I provide Maternity gowns and tops? Oh yes! All 3 gowns that Francesca wore for her Maternity Session are owned by me. During our per-consultation I would be happy to show you my gown stash. You are welcome to use anything from my collection, bring your own gowns or do a mixture of both. Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. I will also be happy to refer you to places where you can purchase beautiful Maternity gowns.
Ohhh and more exciting news,I will be sharing Francesca’s Newborn Session very soon! Enjoy and stay tuned!
Hello adoring fans,
I would love to introduce you all to a sweet little 1 year old named William! He was so great during our recent session together. He posed from time to time, took some breaks to explore and taste just about anything he could get his hands on. We included his parents in a family session and even added the family dog!
I love taking family photos! They are just little moments frozen in time and they are perfection. I know one day William will grow up and look back at these photos with fond memories.
Towards the end, we let William go crazy with a birthday cake to celebrate his upcoming 1st birthday. Milestone sessions can be so fun, especially cake smash sessions! He wasn’t really keen on the idea of the cake and didn’t seem to care for it. But his mama tried hard to keep making him lick the frosting and then he finally started to enjoy himself. The cleanup was an ordeal on its own, but it sure was fun.
Happy 1st Birthday William! Thanks for letting me take photos of you and your sweet family. If you’d like a family session or a milestone session photographed in the Orange County area, please contact me here.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Milana and I’m an Orange County Maternity, Birth, Newborn and Family Photographer. I’m based in Huntington Beach, CA, but I am an on-location photographer and I travel throughout Orange County.
I’m so excited to share Katie’s Maternity Session with you all. Her husband Michael and I went to high school together (which was just a few years ago, hahaha). I photographed their beautiful Wedding in Atlanta almost 5 years ago (this August) and I was honored when they asked me to photograph this next chapter in their lives.
Katie and Michael are expecting a baby boy in August! Oh and here’s something exciting, they wanted me to be the one to announce and reveal their baby boy’s name. I just announced today on all of my Social Media accounts and thought it would be fun to do it here as well. Their son’s name will be ROWAN JAMES! Yeay! Isn’t that so sweet? This little boy is going to be so incredibly loved!
Katie and Michael are going to be such amazing parents. I am still so honored that they wanted me to photograph this precious time. I love photographing Maternity Sessions. Growing bellies are the best and there’s just nothing quite like growing a human being inside of you! Seriously, that’s why I’ve done it 3 times already. I can’t wait to meet their sweet little boy soon.
We had soooo much fun at our Session! I would say about 80% of the photos were goofy and us all hysterically laughing. But hey, that’s Katie and Michael and I love capturing my clients exactly the way they are…PERFECT! Please enjoy the photos below and feel free to browse around.
Oh and if you’d like to check out Katie & Michael Wedding, you can view it here: Katie and Michael’s Wedding