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I met Bijou's family through a past client/friend referral (the best kind!) This is not only a huge compliment to me, but a confidence boost that my client loved our newborn experience enough to share CG Photography with friends!

Most newborns can’t make great eye contact. Once in a while I’ll get a baby who can and it makes for a beautiful awake portrait!

How sweet are the grey (or is it gray?!) bow and floral crown?

I always encourage parents to be photographed. As a mom of 4, I know that the postpartum stage is far from pretty, but the new love between parent and newborn is beautiful! (And a little photoshop doesn't hurt!) I work hard to make the new parents feel comfortable and capture the right angles to get the perfect first family portrait. 

I often time challenge myself to do something different or creative for each session. I happened to have stunning flowers in the house (thanks hubby) and I knew I had to find a way to incorporate them into the session. How did I do? 

Hope you enjoyed viewing these images! If you would like more information on having a portrait session of your own, please contact me here.

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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I met Ali through Instagram (where I meet many of my favorite clients and new friends!) and we connected instantly. She fun and playful and always cheery. She was on the TV show Stripped (on Bravo) and is a really awesome celebrity designer. When we first met she was pregnant and I had the honor of doing maternity portraits for her. She was so friendly and easy to work with and of course beautiful. We used some dresses that I have in the studio as well as a stunning designer gown she brought from her collection. I love helping mamas-to-be see their beauty and truly celebrate the life they are creating within. 







After our session in our Los Angeles based Maternity and Newborn Portrait Studio, we planned to meet the hubby at a park in the San Fernando Valley to do some outdoor lifestyle maternity pictures. With a few mishaps along the way we got to the park only moments before sunset. We weren't able to get much of the beautiful glow of "golden hour" but thankfully were able to capture some sweet moments between them. 

And just a few short months later, baby Amelia was born. It’s always fun when clients come back and I get to meet the baby behind the bump. Sweet little Amelia did not disappoint she was so delicious.







It was such an honor and exciting surprise when I found out the above image was featured on people.com. I really feel like that was an incredible compliment and I am truly grateful. Her maternity images were used in other articles such on Bunny&Hare, Celebrity and others.

Whether my images end up published or hung beautifully in clients homes, it's always an honor to create everlasting memories and personal art for each family I have the opportunity to photograph.  

If you are looking for a maternity and Newborn photographer in the Los Angeles Area check out www.cgphotographyla.com or call 3237181030

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In was an honor to photograph Rebecca Stella and her family in their beautiful home. Rebecca wanted a hybrid newborn session. She loves the laid-back storytelling of a lifestyle newborn session, as well as the beauty and creativity of the, posed newborn photography session. So, of course, I was up for the challenge and created a session for Rebecca that would make her dream come true. 

We started with the posed portraits just like I would have done at our newborn photography studio in Hancock Park.  Here are some of the beautiful images we created. We tried to use many different colors and create different looks. Rebecca's style was modern and clean and I always do my best to keep the aesthetic of my client. My number one priority is client satisfaction! This means I want my clients to actually enjoy the portrait session as well as enjoy the final result for many generations to come!







An extra special treat we had that day was getting to photograph Dion with his grandmother who had come all the way from Sweden. Isn't she so young and stunning? What a precious picture of the three generations. This image will be treasured for many years to come! And of course the classic first family portrait, it doesn't get much better than that!



The below picture of Rebecca was shared on Instagram and received over 45,460 likes! That's more than a sold out Dodgers Stadium! I find that super cool. It's such an honor for me to share my art with such a vast audience and to have such a great response!

After that we moved on to the more lifestyle documentary images. I love the natural feel and beauty we captured. There is something so special of capturing the beauty of this special time in your own environment. Whether in black and white or colored, having memories that make the beginning last forever is priceless.





We had a great time and captured amazing memories for this family! After a long fun day, Dion had enough! I think all of the paparazzi is really getting to him, lol!

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn, and first-year fine art portraiture. We are fully booked in April, have 2 spots available in May and only a few in June, July and August!  If you are expecting, make sure to book early to guarantee your spot on our calendar. Feel free to reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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You may have heard this from me before, but my favorite kind of client is a repeat client. When a family chooses to come back to CG photography, to me that means that they love the experience so much they want to do it again. As an artist, I sometimes am critical of my work, and I’m very concerned about giving my clients the best experience ever. Positive feedback, reviews, referrals are all ways that tell me I’m doing a good job, yet when a family comes back again, to me that’s the ultimate compliment! 

That's exactly what happened with the Chan family. I met them a few years ago at an event in Kidsland and had the opportunity to photograph their firstborn son. Almost exactly two years later, I was honored to be able to photograph their now toddler and his new baby brother. Although big brother was more into his Cars than his baby, we were able to get some beautiful family portraits and brother images as well.




I really got lucky with this family. They are so sweet, really laid back, fun to work with and they have beautiful children! What more can a newborn photographer ask for?





Another reason I got really lucky with this family was DAD. There are times when dad is almost as challenging as a toddler (who missed his nap!) They are not excited about the experience or they just have not been enlightened to the beauty of the heirloom portraits that they are creating for their family. (Usually afterward, and at the viewing appointment, these dads come around, and end up wanting the most art!) Yet every once in a while I get a really awesome father who is extremely into it from the start! That was this Dad! He is a police officer, and very hands-on dad and just a really nice guy. 



Since they last visited the studio, he joined the Army and is now a Chaplain as well! I find it so cool to see someone so devoted to their family and their country! 



If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn, and first-year fine art portraiture. We are fully booked in April, have only 2 remaining spots for May and quickly booking summer too!  If you're due in the next few months reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience and book early!

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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I often get the question “how do you do it all?” With my portrait photography studio and four boys, there's lots going on all the time! I’m always thinking that next week will be calmer, but somehow that just does not happen. As much as I plan, there’s always another surprise waiting around the corner. I have learned to embrace chaos and enjoy little moments. It is definitely challenging to create structure and boundaries between my business and my kids, but I'm learning that it is the only way to stay sane.

Chelsea is an amazing interior designer and just had her third baby. I know she feels the same way about being a mompreneur! For me, creating portraits for families is gifting them with a piece of this moment that they can keep forever. Although life passes quickly, beautiful images can bring you back to these special times to re-experience the love and emotion. 

The smell, the size, the feeling of the embrace, all come rushing back when you see a portrait.





Newborns stay tiny for a short period of time. This little guy won't fit in his mommy's arms like that much longer. How special is it to have these beautiful images.

I can't wait for this family to receive their album. As a designer, Chelsea recognizes that the best accessories for your home, are portraits of your family.

If you are expecting, and want to capture these moments for your family, make sure to reach out as soon as possible, for our calendar is filling up!

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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Natsuki was one of my first clients that found me on Instagram and actualy booked from there.. She's from Japan and was new to LA. Not knowing many people, she searched for a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles, and I'm so happy she found me! She is so beautiful and was so sweet and easy going. Here are a few images from our maternity session. (The rest are for personal enjoyment only ;) .)

About one month later, her daughter arrived. I was excited to meet the baby from beneath the bump. She had delicious cheeks and was very well behaved. 

They say grandchildren are the reward we get for not killing our kids. Lol. When the grandparents of this sweetie came along to the newborn session, I made sure to get them in some of the images. I'm sure this little princess will treasure the portraits she has with her grandparents for many years to come. 

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn, and first-year fine art portraiture. We are now booking spring and summer babies, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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I met Kristen when she was pregnant, and we hit it off immediately! She's a witty California gal with good ole' Southern Charm. She visited our newborn studio in Los Angeles and was sure she wanted me to photograph her baby girl when she arrived. 

At first, she was hesitant to do a maternity portrait session as well, but as time went on, and with a little help from Dr. Berlin's Real Midwives of Los Angeles, she changed her mind. Here's a sneak peek of that session.

She was pretty far along in those images, doesn't she look great?! Shortly after that Beau made her grand entrance! I was so excited to meet the sweet princess and have the opportunity to photograph the new family. 

As you will see in the images below, we were all so glad to have a girlie and used a lot of very pretty princess colors! I love how they are feminie and soft and she looks great on white as well.





Not every baby is able to make eye contact at such a young age. Beau was wide awake and was staring at me. I love these little expressions we captured.

Once again, Mommy wasn't sure she wanted to be photographed. I explained how special the beginning is, and how her baby girl will never be this small again. We got her in a few images and she was thankful I pushed her. 



We created a stunning Italian leather album with all the beautiful images in her gallery. Just a few short weeks later I received this text: "BTW my folks and in-laws are OBSESSED with the albums. Like fall on the floor obsessed with them. Ya did good girl. Well worth it!" I love getting positive feedback from clients! Really makes what I do even more worth it!

Are you pregnant? Thinking about scheduling a newborn photo session? Contact me to chat about your vision and dreams.

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When friends and family announce a pregnancy, there's always joy followed by dread. What gift am I going to buy this time. Another toy, baby product, outfit? All these things are limited. They are used for a short while and then retired. 

I remember the first time I got asked about gift certificates for my newborn photography. It was from an interior designer who wanted an extra special gift for her extra special client. She told me how this mamma to be already had her house stocked with anything and everything you can imagine a baby possibly needing. She wanted a gift that was out of the ordinary, something super special, something that would last a lot longer than a onsie. 

I created a beautiful gift certificate for her and her client was beyond thrilled. She loves her newborn portraits so much, she now buys a gift certificate for newborn portraits in Los Angeles, anytime a friend has a baby. She told me how much she loves gifting people with the best gift she has ever received!

The little guy I'll be sharing tonight, was from a gift certificate as well. His aunt, an artist herself, found me on Instagram and reached out. She was so sweet, and asked me multiple times to take good care of her sister-in-law and new nephew. I told her that it's my mission to take amazing care of all my clients, and give them an incredibly calm and enjoyable newborn portrait experience. 






So if you are in the Los Angeles area, and want a wonderful gift for an expecting friend, family member, colleague or yourself, consider a gift certificate for Newborn Photography in Los Angeles. 

CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and first year fine art portraiture. We are now booking into June, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience. 

Thanks for visiting! Keep Smiling, Chaya

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When thinking about this week's blog, I was really drawn to talk about the Lifestyle newborn sessions I offer in Los Angeles. Although most families come to our portrait studio in Hancock Park, there is definitely something special about doing a session in the comfort of your own home. 

At the studio, we provide refreshments, an indoor and outdoor sitting area, toys and anything else people may need to make them feel comfortable. People love not to have to clean their house, and I have everything needed to capture beautiful, artistic portraits.

Yet some people like the session in their home. No travel time, no packing and no taking the baby out. The images are real and tell a story. For some clients, this moves them to tears. My job is to keep you calm, give you an amazing experience and capture your family in an artistic way that you will treasure for generations. I am here for you. Whichever way is better for your family, is better for me. 

This first family had just moved into a brand new home. With stunning natural light, It was a dream for any photographer, plus having a beautiful momma and baby made the session even better. 

It's funny that this next family actually lives around the corner from the studio! Mom found me online and we had no idea how close we lived to each other until right before the session. It is great to be able to capture the family in their "natural habitat". An in-home session makes for very genuine images while highlighting the beauty of the home. She had the most adorable nursery set up and they were so happy to document it as well.

Another reason to schedule a newborn portrait session at home is furry friends. Sometimes, bringing dogs to a studio can be challenging. I have photographed dogs, and I'm totally ok with it, but sometimes they get scared of the strobe lighting, or a bit too excited with the new environment. This puppy was less than a year old, so this family had two babies on their hands! It was very convenient for them to be able to stay home and have us come to them. Even grandma got to be part of the experience!

Driving all the way to the valley was worth it for these guys! Their home was magnificent and their baby was so much fun to play with. I photographed mama K's maternity portraits when she was already 39 weeks pregnant and she literally looked like a model! No wonder she looking amazing just two short weeks later as well. 

The feeling of images taken in a lifestyle session is very different from the posed portraits done in studio. It's like being a fly on the wall in the first few weeks of life. It's real. It's raw. It's beautiful. 

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn, and first-year fine art portraiture. We are now booking spring and summer babies, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

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When I first spoke to Mommy J she was asking about a specific date for her maternity portraits. She explained that the baby's daddy was a brain surgeon in another city and was only visiting once more before her due date. Of course, I accommodated them, and we had a lot of fun capturing this special time. They told me all about the long-distance relationship, and how he came to visit every few months. (I secretly felt bad for them, but more about this at the end of the story.) Every relationship and family is different, and we just have to do our best to make it work. 

There's so much unknown during pregnancy. It can be nerve-wracking and exciting, but it's all part of the process. I love capturing this time to remind women how beautiful they are while doing the most amazing "job" a person can do. It's also so special for parents to show these precious images to their baby, and explain how much hey loved them before they were born.

Here are some of the moments we captured during their maternity session at my portrait studio in Hancock Park.

After the maternity pictures, we waited patiently for their baby girl to arrive, Of course they really wanted her to arrive on a specific date for Dad to be there for the delivery. Of course, I got the call, asking if we could quickly schedule the newborn portrait session, so Dad could be included before he had to get back to the OR.  Mila Rose was as close to perfect as possible. She was beautiful and very well behaved. She kept smiling during her session! I think she was so happy to meet me :)

My clients always come back for an in person viewing appointment. They see a slideshow of their images and I guide them in choosing the products that are perfect for their family, home and style.  Unfortunately Dad couldn't make it, but grandma and grandpa joined and loved the images! Mommy J chose a stunning leather deluxe album with all the beautiful images she chose. Now the part I promised to come back to.  One week after our appointment, I got an email asking if I could mail the album because they decided to move to the city Daddy is in! I was so excited, I literally started crying!! This couple was so loving and it was breaking my heart that Daddy would miss so many moments. I'm kinda sad they will be far away and I won't be able to do Mila's sitter or birthday session (maybe they will come for a visit!) but I'm so glad they got their happily ever after!

Meet Mila Rose.








Here's an actual spread (2 pages) that is included in their hand crafted, Italian leather portrait album. 

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Los Angeles area, you have come to the right place. CG Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and first year fine art portraiture. We are now booking into June, so reach out soon to hear all about the CGP Newborn Experience

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