Family Photography | Laura Morita Photography

This is my third time photographing this family, and I hope I can do this every year forever, because well, you’ll see. They’re just beautiful people. The little boy has two different colored eyes and the longest lashes and the sweetest little personality and oh my goodness….when he got out of the car and his beautiful mom introduced him to me (I  haven’t seen him in two years), he came right up to me and said “Hello Miss Laura,” and then he wrapped his teeny little arms around my neck and gave me the sweetest hug and gave me the most darling smile. Seriously??? I was in love instantly and if I thought I could have outrun them, I may have just gone and taken him, because because… well, you’ll see.

The interesting thing about this particular family session was how it started. I have to say this is my first photography session where I had to call 911. Yep. That’s right. 911. And it wasn’t because it was an emergency that this family was so beautiful.

When I first got there, I heard some popping and looked over and saw a fire. I honestly thought it was a controlled fire at first, and just kept walking around, just checking out the area and light. And then I hear a guy screaming “Oh my GAH!” and start bolting across a field. He looks at me and asks me to call…well, screams at me to call 911. I was like “um, that’s not a CONTROLLED fire?” And he says “The stairs are on fire!” I look more closely, and sure enough a flight of stairs is on fire with low hanging tree branches getting pretty dang toasty. So, I whip out my phone and call 911 while he goes running to get a hose. Freaking crazy. So, the firefighters came just as my lovely clients were arriving. I fully expected this little five year old Kindergartener to be like “yo, there’s a fire truck and I ain’t goin’ anywhere because, um, THERE’S a FIRE and a FIRETRUCK.” But instead, he was super darling, listened to his parents, and we just walked to an area far away from the firetruck so we could get our photos on.

I did mention he has two different colored eyes, right? Seriously, I’m sure you don’t blame me for being completely enamored by this child.

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Look at his eyelashes….. OMG. His eeeeeyyyyyeeeellllassssshesssss…..Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyHe loves his mama. It’s really quite adorable.Family Photographer | Laura Morita Photography

Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyFamily Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyFamily Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyDid I mention I love his eyelashes? I did? Are you sure? OK. Good, because OMG. Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyMama had the prettiest hair ever and obviously just adores her son.Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyFamily Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographySeriously? Just… seriously. I love everything about this. His hair, his eyes, his face, his pose, and that cute little bruise on his elbow. Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyFamily Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyI love how he’s doing his own little kissy face watching his parents kiss, and the look that mom and dad were giving each other kind of melted my heart.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

Family Photographer | Laura Morita PhotographyAfter we had kept our distance from the firetruck for a majority of our session, I realized that the chances of having a shiny firetruck at your disposal, parked in a field, as the sun is getting low in the sky, are pretty much next to nil. So, I smacked my face a little for having almost missed the opportunity and then used that shiny truck as a backdrop. And once I got home and looked at those images, I felt quite strongly that a blue sky with clouds HAD to be added to the photos. So, I did. If you’ve never had good luck adding a fake sky to a blown sky, then you should go check out my Nothin’ But Blue Skies Bundle pack over at my store, an excellent resource for photographers.  

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Thank you so much, beautiful C, S, and C! You guys are awesome. Next time, let’s avoid me calling 911…. Or not.


Sky overlays, cloud brushes, photoshop actions, and video tutorials

I’m pretty dang excited about these sky overlays, cloud brushes, actions, and video tutorials. They will change the way you approach adding skies to your images.

Check out this quick video to get a little bit of an overview on some of the things that you can do with this bundle. Ready to buy? Head on over to SHINE WORKSHOP and check them out!


SHINE workshop | my new site!

For a long time, people have been asking me if I would sell my sky overlays and cloud brushes. And for whatever reason, I never got my act together to do it. Until now.

Introducing My new store, SHINE WORKSHOP!!!!

I’m selling my sky overlays, brushes, actions to help you with placing your skies, AND video tutorials on how I do what I do to get a believable sky. I am obsessed with skies. Obsessed. I have a huge catalog of sky images that I have compiled over many years and am sharing my favorites with YOU.

Besides being able to get this sky package which is totally amazing, if I do say so myself, I also am being a little more open about the fact that I offer one on one mentoring and portfolio reviews. Until now, I only really shared my pricing on that if someone asked. So, I’m changing things up. I plan on continuing to add to the store, so be sure to check back!

Check out these before and afters! My tutorials walk you through the steps to get each of these edits!