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        This is a Long Beach family session of a mama and her kids cooking. Real life is rushed. And sometimes, pretty much all the time, we forget we need to slow down. Here’s to slowing down. To real life. Pure, chaotic, real, life. It makes my heart full.

        Long Beach Family Photographer, the real-life and intimate kind

        I want my families, or my mamas and babies, to invite me into their home (like this one) and do what they’d normally do while I photograph like a fly on the wall. It’s less crazy than it sounds hahaha, we will talk and laugh, and I will photograph the quiet moments of you in your home; while you cook or even bathe your baby, and do the normal stuff. Let’s treasure the every-day moments that will matter most later.

        I want to photograph all the small moments

        Balance is hard, and real, and chaotic, but also so stinkin’ beautiful. This mama does it with poise and strength and beauty. This is real life. It’s rare to have time to cook, but that’s what happened this day, and I was there to photograph it.

        We didn’t plan for me to photograph, we didn’t put time aside for photography. No. They were cooking. I took out my camera, Melissa decided she wanted to look nice so she changed and changed her baby too, then continued cooking, because life.

        Scroll through. This is a Long Beach Family Session, and specifically, it was a session of a mama and her babies. Melissa and her kids made the best shrimp tacos ever! In hindsight, it would’ve been a great idea to take a photo of the actual tacos too (we just ate right away)… ’till next time!

        Baby girl with whisk helping mama cook, long beach family photographer, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama/mom and baby cooking in the kitchen, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Outfit inspiration for family photoshoot session, mom and baby, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and baby kissing in the kitchen while cooking, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Funny faces with mom and baby in the kitchen, photo by Fatima Elreda

        Cooking in the kitchen with mama, photoshoot inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Los Angeles family session with mama and me, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Very cute kitchen inspiration utensils and pots for cooking, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Cutting onions funny reaction of mom, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and Me session, portrait inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama bear kissing her babies with window light, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Cutting avocados with baby girl, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Play things with mama and baby, playing with food and cooking with mom and baby, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Real life mama portrait with her babies, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and me portrait, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby being goofy with avocados, this is real life, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby being funny and adorable, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Conceptual funny photograph of baby and avocado, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby and avocados being funny and cute, mama and baby session, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby being baby, toddler yellow dress inspiration photo, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Yellow dress inspiration for baby toddler and cute hairstyle, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby Bella using a whisk for fun and pretending to cook with mama in her pretty yellow dress and made hair, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Real life baby Bella using whisk to cut avocados and very bored baby in a pretty yellow dress, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Baby being so cute and bored in the kitchen with window light behind her, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Cute yellow dress with pink bows for baby girl on kitchen table, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Toddler feet and quiet time for baby in dress, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Cute baby covering up camera lens, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and her baby in the kitchen with window light, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and baby kissing in the kitchen, photoshoot with window light, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Mama and her two babies on each hip, real life mommying, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Photography is personal and my heart beats for couples and weddings, but for real-life family sessions too. I am a sucker for babies and for mamas. Back in college, I worked at a daycare for 3 years to simply have hands-on experience with the development of children because I am so in awe of how they learn and grow. I want to photograph the real life, the lunch time, the play time, I want to photograph you being a mama and daddy. Simple and sweet as that. The moments that whole-heartedly count in every essence of the moment.

        Are you thinking of having a magical in-home family session doing the mundane and loving every bit of it? Oh yeah?! Let’s do it!!