My Story...Pregnancy and Infant Loss
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. August and December are two of the toughest months of the year for me. These months are the toughest because these are the months two of my sons became angels.
Yes, unfortunately, I am counted in the statistics of infant loss. Please bear with me as I write this. Fifteen years ago, I was ecstatic to hear I was pregnant with my second child, only to hear a few months later my little angel was exhibiting signs of hardship and was probably going to die shortly after birth. As a person of faith, I prayed and hoped what I was hearing was untrue. I continued to carry my angel, but a few hours after birth he died. It was one of the toughest moments of my life. Of course, I went thru sadness and loss; honestly, it was rough.
Top Los Angeles Locations for Family Pictures
Selecting a family photographer in Los Angeles can be a overwhelming task. Then attempting to find the best location for your family pictures can take you over the edge. Especially since Los Angeles has so many different beautiful locations for pictures. In an attempt to help, I have complied a short list of possible locations for family pictures.
As a Los Angeles photographer, I've had the privilege of photographing many families in amazing locations. However, my favorite locations are Santa Monica Pier, Madrona Marsh, and Disney Hall.
Accordion Books for Red Dress Portraits
When it time to deliver products (such as albums, wall art, and more) to my photography clients, I get super excited. I'm mean really excited! Receiving products from my studio is similar to visiting a luxury boutique store. In addition, I look forward to seeing my clients expressions and many times the tears of joy many moms and dad show after they see the pictures of themselves as well as their family.
How long of a session do I need?
Not sure how much time you need for your custom portrait session? You’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help you figure out the perfect length for your photo session. Many family photographers offer three slots of times: 30 minutes, one hour, and up to two hours. Portrait sessions that are 30 minutes versus two hours can be a huge difference for various reasons.
Why Maternity Photos Are Important
Even though pregnancy comes with a lot of difficult trials, it is an amazing time in your life. It is a time of celebration and, of anticipation to as you prepare to meet your little bundle of joy. It’s a time where you become strong – stronger than you ever thought you could possibly be. During this time, you create your initial bond with your child that will continue throughout your entire lives.
How Not to have A Mental Breakdown During Your Session!
Family Pictures; when you hear these two words what emotions come up? For some it may be excitement and yet for others it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having your family portrait taken is a great experience that you'll never forget. Family pictures help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family at each stage. However, many parents, especially Moms have stated this day can get very stressful and overwhelming. I want to ensure this feeling doesn't happen to you.
Did you know, If you’re stressed it will be on display in your portraits. I want your portrait experience to be filled with fun and your portraits to be carefree and full of fun. Here are some tips you can use during your family's portrait experience to help you relax and enjoy the moment:
Preparing Your Husband for the Portrait Session
Fall; that time of year when many families will be wanting to get their annual family picture taken. Will you be one of those family in the Los Angeles area looking for a family photographer to not only be patient with your children, but encourage your reluctant spouse to participate. Many, just maybe get a smile so the picture can be used for your family's Christmas card.
For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent (count yourself blessed). If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:
Beverly Hills Photographer
I'm excited to announce I'm a new member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. For photographers, we are often looking for ways to connect with your local community and engage with other business owners. One way to connect and grow your business is by joining your local Chamber of Commerce.
Last week, I took a step forward and joined one of my local chambers; Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Joining your local chamber is a great way to help other business owners and help them with their needs, wants, and achieve their dreams.
Cuban Link Jewelry
Earlier this month, I was contacted by a Los Angeles Jewelry distributor to photograph some of their jewelry pieces. As you can see by the picture below, it's a nice copper bracelet. The chain is weighty and a remarkable piece to wear.
Posing Tips for Family Pictures
With Covid-19 in full effect, many families or should I say Moms are hesitant to have family pictures taken. Why, you may ask? Many times as Moms, we're not comfortable with our weight and we surely don't want pictures taken of us (I totally understand; I'm right there with you).
We want to just have pictures taken of just our children (in reality it's another way to hide from the camera). What if you could have a family portrait where you can "hide" or eliminate those areas of your body you're not comfortable with showing?
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.