Santa Claus is Coming to Laguna Beach!

It's that time of year again! Get fabulous photos of your children with Santa, without having to leave Laguna! Sunday, December 4th from 10:00am-1:00pm

$75 for a 5-7 minute visit with Santa, all your children may visit with Santa for that price*. All the high resolution images will be emailed to you by December 10th. The photos will be edited in photoshop and sized for printing 5x7 and smaller.

A huge candy cane is included in the session fee, it makes a great photo prop and works well as a reward for good behavior...

* For families three or more children, the photos will tend towards posed shots with Santa. For those families with fewer siblings, there will be time for your child to read Santa her list and get more shots of Santa and your child chatting, your child eating the candy cane, sibling shots, family shots, etc.

Here's a slideshow of photos from the last few years with Santa:

Photoshop - Before and After Editing "to perfection"

For me, photo-editing is a two step process. First, I edit the photos in Lightroom, where I make global changes to one photo and "sync" them with the rest of the images. Then, I take the photos into Photoshop, where I airbrush the skin, minimize wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes, remove blemishes, sharpen and brighten the photo, add a warm/fuzzy glow, and so on. I can even switch heads from photo to photo.

Here's a slideshow of photos showing before and after photo-editing "to perfection".

set the scene - photos taken in my Laguna Beach studio using backdrops

Just because you don't need fancy backdrops to get a great photo doesn't mean they're not fun to use! Here's a few favorite photographs taken using a some of my favorite backdrops in my studio here in Laguna.

creative studio portraiture with beautiful backdrops

Photographs shot in my studio in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

kissy face - photos of my kids - Orange County photographer Gillian Crane

Another lazy day at the Crane-Henning compound. We like to get in the hot tub (embracing my trailer park roots, and pour hot water from the sink into the plastic kiddie pool, so fun!). Here's Camille, trying desperately to kiss her brother, who has zero interest. These babies are much better kissers than Mack was (sorry Mack, maybe it's a girl thing).

candid baby portraits by Orange County photographer Gilian Crane

Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.


girly girls - Valentine's Day Photos

Are these not the girliest girls? Precious! Girls are sooo fun with all the pettiskirts and hairdos, etc. I hope my girls end up girly. I'm dying to take them for pedicures.

Girly Girls - creative kids photography by Orange County photographer Gillian Crane

 

Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

 

a sweet life....documented - fine art childrens portraiture

michael and i went to the bluebird park the other day with our three kids and mack's bff, leo. i'm always torn re bringing my camera - it adds a layer of bedlam to an already maxed out situation, but i would have died w/out it, i got soooo many great shots.

a sweet life...documented

 

Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

 

New Year's cards - Orange County family portraits by Gillian Crane

I recently photographed this family for their New Year's cards. New Year's cards were more popular than ever with my clients this year.

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Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

California sunshine - Orange County child photography by Gillian Crane

You wouldn't guess it was November from these photos. That's one of the great things about California: you can take fabulous outdoor portraits any time of the year.


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Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

Brothers - Orange County Children's Photography by Gillian Crane

The tide was out and we had fun checking out all the sea life at the tide pools. These guys are Kent Sveningson's sons, the best chiropractor in Orange County if not the world.

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Photographs shot on location in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.