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Thanks for stopping by! Blueberry Sky Photography {BSP} is a fresh & modern on-location photography boutique. We specialize in birth photography, newborn, baby + family photography as well as maternity photography! As you'll notice while browsing through our images, the BSP style is light-hearted and fun with modern and spunky twist. Since we shoot on-location, we travel all over Los Angeles, Orange County & to the San Fernando Valley. Thanks again for visiting! We hope to hear from you soon!
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When mom joins in on her kids’ jumping fest, you know it’s going to be a fun session! And  was it ever! I had a blast hanging out with this adorable family :) So much love and happy energy all morning! My favorite moments though, were of the kids sitting side by side, hugging & laughing. I’m not sure what it is, but lately the siblings I’ve been photographing are always so into hanging out and playing with each other — no fighting! It’s really wonderful to see! Now if only my kids would play that nicely together :)

  • Lupe Too cute(07.01.2014 08:06am)
  • Carol Lovely family and wonderful pictures(07.01.2014 08:53am)
  • sylvia Beautiful family photos(07.01.2014 10:28am)

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As a parent myself, I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation felt to learn that your child is ill. I’m praying for little Ava, her family…and hope that she will emerge healthy and happy from this horrible situation.

Ava is sweet, loving, and energetic 4 year old little girl. She needs your thoughts and prayers now more than ever. Ava and her parents were recently told that she has a mass on her brain and that they cannot operate. This little girl desperately needs a miracle and hopefully we can make that possible through the power of prayer!! To learn more about little Ava’s story, visit her site here.

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Sure, you can take great photos of your baby/child! Especially since most, if not all, parents have DSLR cameras these days. But I’d like to believe that there is still great reason to commission a professional photographer to do it for you.  In addition to being able to have family photos, photographers are also artists with their own creative vision. So above all, a photographer will document moments for you through his/her own eyes, will notice things, connections, emotion that you may not see – or have not been able to see from another’s point of view. As proof, even though I’m a photographer and can take photos of my family, I still hire a professional photographer every year to do it for me :)

I was so happy when I read this piece about Blueberry Sky Photography.  It brightened my day and made me feel wonderful!

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Didn’t the New Year just start? I cannot believe how fast January and February have come and gone! So far, 2010 has been fabulous. My son turned two years old this month…..and I’ve had so many wonderful photo sessions and met some amazing families! I definitely feel blessed for all of the wonderful things going on in my life. March is on the way and I am looking forward to all of the Spring newborns I’ll be photographing! I have only one more opening left for a March photo session – just a little update I wanted to share :) And here are some images of Nathan, such a cutie – because it’s no fun to post without a photo!

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For a year, I’ve been trying to gain acceptance to an amazing foundation called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. They provide free photography to families dealing with the terrible tragedy of losing a baby. I learned today that I have been accepted and will be volunteering for Los Angeles hospitals. It’s such an honor. I am humbled. I am even more appreciative for all that I have.  I am inspired by the stength of these families.

Learn more about this awesome foundation, it’ll be worth the read – I promise.

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Baby it’s cold outside! I just love cold weather. The air is so crisp, so clean – especially after the rain. It’s also a perfect opportunity to accessorize with scarves, jackets, knits & lots of layering. Here are some ideas for family photo sessions with cooler weather in mind.  I adore winter clothes!

And as any person who lives in Los Angeles will tell you – it can be cold one day and warm the next! In which case, lighter clothing (like cottons and soft knits) would be perfect. Spring clothing is also super colorful – which I just love! Color, color, color! This set-up below I particularly like because it’s a wonderful illustration of how a family can “go” – but not necessarily “match”….It’s nice to show some variety – everyone need not wear the same color and match perfectly…clothing like this makes things much more interesting :

  • Casey Hart Very creative - love it!(03.15.2010 05:22pm)

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It literally hurts me to watch what is going on in Haiti. Horrible…so much sadness, loss and grief. I’m in complete awe of those brave, giving, beautiful people out there helping put all of the broken pieces back together.

I feel like I should do something, I feel like I NEED to do something. I want to try to contribute in a way even though it may be small. So, I’m teaming up with a group of amazing photographers – lead by Lyndsay Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography and Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography – and together, we’re going to try to do something to help.  But, we need you, too! Here’s the deal:

You could win a sunset photo session at my favorite outdoor location in the Torrance/Manhattan Beach area!

  • This session will be photographed by me (Julie) – It will be in March or April 2010. Date will be confirmed once we have a winner!
  • Session is for up to 3 people and will last between 1-2 hours (Family, baby or maternity session).
  • Winner will also receive 25 fully processed, high resolution images on CD. Print to your heart’s content!

How to win:

  • Make a MINIMUM donation of $10 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
  • Forward a copy of your receipt to blueberryskyphotography@gmail.com
  • All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight (Pacific time) on January 31st.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced on February 2nd.
  • You can enter as many times as you’d like, but each entry must be the minimum $10 donation.

Other details:

  • Session participants must sign a model release.
  • Session must be held at photographer’s outdoor location of choice (Torrance/Manhattan Beach area).
  • Session will be around sunset (somewhere between 3:00 and 5:00).
  • If the winner does not claim his/her prize by Feb. 3rd or cannot claim the prize, then another winner will be drawn.

But wait! There’s more!

PLEASE blog, Tweet or share this link on Facebook! More donations mean more help for Haiti!

  • Stacy Tucker Does my $50 donation to "Help for Haiti Now.org" count or does is have to be to the Red Cross?(01.23.2010 06:02pm)
  • Annie Luecha-Aguirre It is such a terrible disaster, yet the Haitians seem to be a positive people with strong faith and will. I am so proud of how much the American people have come forth and supported humanity in this desperate time of need. I have come to see that no contribution is too small nor too large. There is a kind and generous thought and prayer in each and every donation. Hopefully, we can all make a difference even a little for Haitians. I can't even imagine what is going through their minds...the devastation... physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Let's do what we can as human beings!(01.23.2010 09:01pm)
  • Julie donations are eligible if they're made specifically to the red cross between 1/22 and 1/31 :) thank you for your generosity!(01.24.2010 09:03am)
  • Julie For those asking about the "helping haiti" contest", follow me on twitter & facebook. I will making the announcement there within the next few days! Links are below: http://twitter.com/blueberryjulie http://tinyurl.com/blueberryFB (02.04.2010 07:55am)

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…for the holidays! This year we decided to get a noble instead of a fir – and I absolutely love that we did!  There’s something so magical about Christmas trees…maybe it’s the process of going out, walking around, searching for the perfect one, packing it up and bringing it home…or maybe it’s the yummy pine scent that fills your living room…or maybe it’s the look of excitement on your child’s face when they see it all lit up – I think it’s all of the above :) So we finally bought our tree and decorated it…yay!

So now, on to unrelated things. The Magic Bullet: My Best Friend. I must say, I adore this little machine. Why you ask? Well, it’s quick and powerful…oh, and helps me make yummy nutritious homemade food for my son :) Although my boy is 21 months, he still enjoys fruity shakes for breakfast and soup for lunch. So, I make my own and puree! When my son just started solids at 6 months, I bought jarred Earth’s Best baby food for him. That was good for a while, but I soon realized that I wanted more variety in what he was eating – plus, he was eating 2+ jars at a time – so I needed more. That’s when I started with the Magic Bullet. For breakfast, I just mix in some fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice, cream cheese, Yo Baby yogurt & several cubes of avocado – the result is a very yummy & healthy breakfast shake. MMM. Then for lunch, I might blend some chicken breast strips, brown rice, veggies & eggs –or a whole grain pasta mix for a delectable soup :)  I also blend in bulk…I try to blend enough for a few days…which takes some time but it’s well worth it.

…The result is a fridge full of homemade yummies for my son. So simple, so easy. I debated over getting the Beaba, but decided that the Magic Bullet was a better buy – powerful & versatile…I just use a small pot to cook the food…and save the water to add into the Bullet. Even if your baby is younger and isn’t into complex blends yet, you can just buy fresh fruit or even frozen fruit (they have a great selection at Trader Joe’s for fruit not in season), dump them into the Bullet-frozen, add enough liquid…and you’re good to go – no need to even steam/cook/thaw the fruit! So easy! Plus you can throw in some avocados for a major nutritional boost – or cream cheese to make it so yummy. Here’s my fridge, fully stocked for a few days:

All of this takes me about an hour, but I typically do it when hubs is home. I figure I should at least do homemade for my son since I can’t do it for hubs and I. Chopping raw chicken, working with knives etc. with a toddler getting into all sorts of mischief because he knows you’ve got your hands full is a no-go in my house…I’ve tried it before and it always ends with either raw chicken on the floor…or chasing my son with raw chicken on my hands—and lots of Lysol wipes.  However, hitting blend on the bullet is clean and totally doable – while still being able to pick my son up if necessary. After all of this, there’s always a mess to clean…so to reward myself, I decide to bake cookies…MMM

…and 9 minutes later – still in the oven, fresh & warm!

Just a little tidbit on what a typical day for me is like.  One of my resolutions for 2010 is to document more. Taking photos of my mommy days and create a photo journal of sorts to look back on. This is going to be one of my first entries: The Days of the Magic Bullet…

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Happy Friday!

My week has gone something like this:

Waking up at 3:45am *every day* to proof galleries,  drinking coffee, designing albums, drinking coffee,  packing orders & going multiple times to UPS,  having holiday photo sessions,  meeting squishibly adorable newborns, oh, and did I mention drinking coffee?

Thus, I am very behind on blogging. I have lots to share and will update this weekend! In the mean time, here is a new and wonderful song by Renee & Jeremy (If you’re a client, you may recognize their beautiful music from your slideshow). Let the Happy in! It’s almost Halloween!

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I receive lots of emails about what clients should wear…and it makes perfect sense because clothing adds flair and personality to a photo session – especially family sessions. Above all, I hope that whatever you choose reflects your own personal style…and feels comfortable! Some general rules of thumb I suggest are: Use of color (don’t be afraid to go bold), Layer-layer-layer (layer clothing to add texture and dimension) – layering is also great so we can easily change up the look of your outfits by taking off a jacket or adding one! Here are some ideas:

If you go to the Boden USA website, you can play around and create your own outfits, which is super fun! Then you can buy the outfits elsewhere because Bogen tends to be a tad pricey :)

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