Fall Mini Sessions are a great way to get updated portraits of your beautiful family! Plus, it’s never too early to think about what pictures you’re going to be putting on holiday cards. So get dressed up and make some memories! Mini Sessions are 30 minute total, including 5 minute at the beginning and end […]

My pregnancy bump 12 weeks to 32 weeks. My last bump photo. June 14 Bradley and I headed to urgent care early in the morning at Kaiser in San Jose. I had an abbess cause by a chronic skin condition I have called hidradenitis suppurativa, that needed to be looked at and was extremely painful. […]

SEO photographer education

SEO can be extremely overwhelming, and many times it’s hard to know where to start. I put together this blog to breakdown the basics of SEO for you as a photographer. Of course, there are tons of experts that can get into the nitty-gritty of SEO, but I wanted to provide simple and easy to […]

Pastel Rainbow Balloon Garland for gender reveal

http://socutephoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Gender-Reveal-Video.mp4 I also knew that they last awhile and started the day before the shoot. I think after all was said and done putting this rainbow balloon arch together took about 12 hours. My fingers were raw from tying all those balloons, and I may have cried a few times because I accidentally overfilled some […]

If you want that balloon garland look but don’t want to spend the time and effort that it takes to put it together, I’ve got a hack for you! Now balloon garlands aren’t actually that hard if you have all the right materials, but even the easiest ones can take some time if you want […]

newborn wrap swaddle prop vendor

One of the first things I do for a newborn session is wrap the baby. If there is an older sibling it’s easier for them to handle a wrapped baby, not to mention it keep newborns calm and content, and then I go through my work-flow from there. But there are a lot of other […]

photographer, monterey, wacom

Sizes: Small, Medium, and Large I have a small Wacom intuos pro and a small Wacom intuos. I got the pro first, but when I decided I was more productive if I edited outside of the house I got the small non-pro version and it works just as well. The only tradeoff is on the […]

How I plan a newborn session: When I first started newborn photography, I didn’t have a studio. I did posed newborn photography in my clients home for 5 years…that’s right 5 years. While my SUV was always stuffed to the brim, I always made sure everything was planned out, so I could pack as “light” […]

Let’s start off by just putting it out there. I freakin’ love this thing! I saw one like 5 years ago for the first time and then had a bit of sticker shock and then totally forgot about it. A few years ago I was looking into backlight options and how to get a pure […]

There are a lot of different lighting scenarios you can use in your newborn photography. Most of the time when you like a photographer’s “style” it has a lot to do with their lighting setup. Most of these lighting styles can also be done with natural window light. The difference is instead of moving the […]