Family Photos at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

The holidays are just around the corner and the time to book your family photo session is now! Availability is limited and appointments are made on a first come first served basis. You will want to schedule your session for no later than mid-October if you plan on using your photos in holiday greeting cards. Call or text me at 949-899-TICE or email carsten@carstentice.com to reserve your spot! :)

Watch for a blog post on tips and recommendations for your family photo session coming soon!

Seal Beach - Family Photography

I had a blast with these two adorable princesses! They are such hams! If I had daughters or nieces or anything like that, you can bet I would dress them up like this and make them dance around in a forest. Um, I mean, if their parents said it was okay...[Edit: My husband just informed me that I do, in fact, have a niece. (I forgot we just got married!) Also, I realized that if I had daughters, their parents would say it was okay because their parents would be me....]

It's amazing and wonderful how little kids can be just as entertained outside in good old fashioned nature as they can at say, Chuck-E-Cheese. These two cuties' mother asked me to find a woodsy area close to their home and this little plot of goodness just so happens to be within a stone's throw away. Who knew there were forests in Seal Beach, anyway? That is the beauty of hiring a photographer who will help you find those "hidden gem" locations! *Wink wink.*

This photo session was in part to celebrate little Zoey's first birthday (but she was clearly more interested in eating the "one" prop. ;) Her big sister, Stevie, loved running and playing hide & seek with the camera. She cracked me up! And those hair pieces and dresses were a great find by their mama-- Etsy artists and designers for the win! [Stevie wore a full length pink & gold princess tutu dress by KissHugDesign. Her pink and gold vintage inspired headband was made by andJane. Zoey's light pink and gold tutu dress with matching headband is designed by AverysCoutureLook.]

While we're on the topic of sisters, I'd like to take this time to give a shout out to my one and only sister, Alexis Renee, whom I cannot imagine growing up without. Feel free to peep her hilarious blog

 

What are sisters for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention?  ―Claire Cook

The Hughes Family - Costa Mesa Family Photography

I absolutely adored getting to spend time with this family! I used to work with Amber so it was a pleasure finally getting to meet the men in her life that I've heard so much about. They are all so loving, hilarious, smiley, and kind-hearted. I seriously cannot say enough good things about these people, and three out of the four I only just met! Most mothers will sing their children's praises but Amber's descriptions of her boys were completely 100% accurate. I mean, Spencer, the oldest son, even offered to carry my camera bag when his parents weren't even within ear-shot. Seriously?! I want to grow up to be like them.

Happy holidays, my friends!

Gallegos Family - Hillcrest Park, Fullerton

After the lifestyle session we did shortly after the newest family member made his debut, I was really hoping I'd be able to photograph this gorgeous family again soon. And I was! At just shy of three months here (December 2014), little Ben was definitely becoming big(ger) Ben -- and becoming quite fashionable, too. I'm definitely looking forward to watching these kiddos grow up together. :)

Shalom & Nevaeh - Daddy & Daughter

Shooting at Bill Barber Park in Irvine was Shalom's idea and I am so thankful he showed me this place - it's got a few of my favorite things: flowers, fountains, and fields. His four-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, is so full of energy; she loved running around and, unfortunately for me, that meant she also loved racing. (Ha!) She usually beat me by a hair (her BEAUTIFUL hair!) And the sunlight this weekend was just heavenly which was very fitting, considering what her name spelled backwards is. :)