Laguna Beach Parents Club Easter Egg Hunt

This was the coolest party, I can't even believe it! There was a taco truck, a keg of great beer, and Tommy Benson and a friend playing guitar! And easter eggs, of course. And a few crying kids, ack! Next year, I'm gonna remember to bring the basket of easter eggs to throw behind us as we search to make sure nobody gets left out...

The Giles Family-San Juan Capistrano Photographers

Here are some photos of the Giles family, isn't that little girl adorable?! That's Venice, she's 3. We walked all around the Los Rios district in San Juan Capistrano, there are so many photo-opportunities there! I brought some props, that little hat, the pearls, the flower,  so festive...

Skater Dudes-Laguna Beach Children's Photographer

A few of my favorite photos from our trip to the skate park with the Parduns last weekend. Apparently everybody has to wear a helmet to go inside, check out Erika's! Such a hoot! The boys stared in awed silence for most of our visit, but they did venture out on their butts for awhile. Note, I haven't had much time to spend on these photos, none are edited "to perfection"....

Mack's First Day on the School Bus-Laguna Beach Children's Photographer

He was nervous about missing it, so we got to the bus stop 30 minutes early, ugh. Porbably had something to do with the fact that I screwed up his pickup from Kindergarten yesterday and they had to call me to come pick him up. Mother of the year, I know. Photos taken with the Hipstamatic app on my Iphone.

No poopin' in the pool!!! candid kids photos by Orange County photographer Gillian Crane

This is such a hoot, here are some very candid photos of Hayden getting a little bit too comfortable in the pool. I let daddy clean up that mess! Ha! Not many things gross me out now that I have 3 kids, but poop in the pool is a bit much for me. Thank god Michael is a  "hands-on" dad, ha ha! Gross. I don't remember reading about that in the parenting guides.  Luckily she'll have photos of this in her trousseau to show her future family "and here i am pooping in the pool..."

And that's my fabulous crusty gate in the background, I found that on the side of the road, it was so heavy that I kept it on the top of the car for a week before I got it down. Friends laugh at me when they see me pull up to the preschool drop off w/ random bits of crusty furniture tied to the top of the car, "...good lord, gillian's been dumpster diving again..." but who could deny how worth it this gate is?! i'll have to do a post on all the things i've found on the side of the road....

hanging out by the pool - family photos by Orange County photographer Gillian Crane

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

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Orange County Baby Photographer

FINALLY designed the babies birth announcement! It only took me 8 months, ha ha! The problem was getting the perfect photo for the inside of the card. Twins are hard like that. But it was worth the wait!

So the black and white photos are the outside of the card (it'll be a 5x7 folded card, so the front is on the right and the back is on the left and the vertical line down the middle is the fold).

The color photo will be one big photo on the inside of the card, spread across the crease. I'm going to print a zillion of them and bring them to everyone w/ round yellow and white frosted sugar cookies! So festive! Such a relief to have this done! And before Christmas!

Sidenote: My mom sewed the bathing suits!



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

How to Take Better Photos, a video tutorial for Cropped! featuring Gillian Crane

I recently participated in a video tutorial for's scrapbooking video series, Cropped! on how to take better photos. I was really nervous about being in front of the camera, but the producer was fabulous and made me feel right at home. You can watch the video below.

Here's some of the photos I took for the video. As you can see, it definitely helps if you're working with a charismatic, photogenic family! They're a family of six, with another on the way.


Photographs shot on location in Yorba Linda, Orange County, California by Gillian Crane.

natalia and audrey, baby photography by Gillian Crane

Ursula would tell you that she crawled across the finish line of this pregnancy, but she made it 37 weeks with 13 pounds of baby in her tummy. Pretty cool and they couldn't be any cuter!


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