Ginger's First-Year Photos

by Drew Clayton
Santa Monica

I first met Gretchen and Andrew when baby Ginger was still a couple months from making her first appearance. We had a great pregnancy shoot at the beach that led to some magical photos. 

Shortly after her birth, I was there to do the first family photos for this new threesome, with the newborn as the star. 

Now, a year in, Ginger is full of personality and smiles. We gathered in Santa Monica to commemorate this special little lady and how much her parents are gaga for this gorgeous baby.

 

This little lady loooooves to run. Every shot we got was something in motion. 

Kristie and Greg's 10-year Anniversary

I've known Kristie and Greg for years ... since before their second child was born. Now their kids are in school, super adorable, and way too old for me to believe. They're a sweet couple, and they agree that time has blinked by for them as well. How have they been married for 10 years already? Time flies when you're in love.

To celebrate their upcoming anniversary, we visited Dana Point for a photo shoot where they got engaged so they could relive some old memories while continuing to make a lifetime of new ones together. 

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Autumn Pregnancy Portraits in Pacific Palisades

When Jessica and Casey were first talking with me about creating their pregnancy portraits, I asked them about what kind of locale and feeling they were imagining. Because it's autumn, I knew that anywhere near the coast would be gorgeous because we're past the marine layer season, so we could look forward to a clear golden afternoon. We decided Pacific Palisades offered the perfect mix of shady rustic woods and sweeping vistas over the ocean.

The couple was fantastic. All I had to do was put them together, and they instinctively fell into the most natural, cute poses. They obviously enjoy holding one another. The tenderness and love was apparent, which lit them up as much as the gorgeous light.

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We started out in Temescal Canyon, which is one of my favorite parts of LA. In just a short drive from Santa Monica, you are immersed in lush greenery. I always feel like I've really left the city.

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