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Beach Day with Brian

Posted by: Maggie

For Brian’s last day in town we let him choose his own adventure, and much to Eleanor’s delight, he chose the beach! So we took a little drive up to Ventura for a morning with the sand and the waves.

It was foggy but warm and lovely.

Brian swam out to battle the ocean, while Eleanor and Josh ran from the waves.

After everyone had enough fun in the water we sat to warm up, dry off, snack and read.

I ended up with lovely burnt shins, just the shins, from having my sunblock washed off my legs by the ocean and then sitting and reading with my legs in the sun.

It was a lovely morning followed by some tasty Mexican food for lunch down the street from the beach.

Brian left that night after a little dinner party with my good friend and frequent Cranky commenter, Megan. Unfortunately, when I’ve got my hostess hat on, I forget my photographer duties, so I didn’t get any photos from dinner.

Brian’s visit was far too short and we, especially Eleanor, loved every minute of it. Brian was amazing with Eleanor, he actually sat and played with her, even when we told him he didn’t have to. He played along with all her games and was so patient with her. She adores him! She keeps asking when Brian is coming home, and Josh and I feel the same way. We love you Brian! Come home soon!

More from the Brian Visit: A trip to UCLA

Posted by: Maggie

Continuing Brian’s visit…after he arrived back from the wedding in San Francisco we went to visit Josh and work and give Brian a little tour of UCLA, where Josh and I went to undergrad while Brian was at school in San Diego. For some reason, he had never seen the campus and was under the impression that UCLA did not have an attractive campus. On the contrary, the UCLA campus is gorgeous! Here’s just a few shots, but you can look forward to more soon! We are planning on having new family portraits done at UCLA sometime in September.

After UCLA we had dinner with a friend of Brian and Josh’s from high school and her husband. After dinner we grabbed some cookies at Diddy Riese of course! I’m pretty sure that Diddy Riese cookies are a requirement when you visit Westwood.

The rest of Brian’s visit up later today!

Fabulous Friday: Maternity Portraits
by Maggie Keegan Gross Photography

Posted by: Maggie

Original name huh? Well, I didn’t want to get all cutesy, and the cutesy names that I thought of and liked were taken. So, there it is, my budding photography business name. Josh is working on the website. It is looking amazing! I’m super excited about it. He’s such an artist!

So, on to building a portfolio. As I mentioned last week my wonderful friends Kristy and Andrew, allowed me to shoot some maternity portraits for them a few weekends ago. I was beyond thrilled to do it because Kristy is model beautiful and thus is perfect to have in my portfolio.

So, without further ado, on to the photos:

I don’t think that there is much in the world that is more beautiful than a big pregnant belly! I kinda wish I had one all the time.

So, the hand heart thing is cheesy right? Yeah, I think so, they think so, but you just have to do it. It’s cheesy in that good way that makes it kinda cute and funny.

I had so many laughing shots of these two. They are just too much fun!

Also so gorgeous! This next shot is one of my favorites!

Also did I mention how beautiful Kristy is!

Such a model! She is amazing!

Some more fun cheesy shots! Love the baby blocks! I thought that might be a little too cheesy, but nope! I love them! So adorable! They will definitely be making an appearance in the Newborn Portraits!

The one below is my very favorite shot:

Have I mentioned how much I love a pregnant belly?!

Okay, I seriously could not have found a more beautiful pregnant woman for my first Maternity Portraits!

Oh, and Josh and Eleanor tagged along to play on the beach while we were shooting!

Overall, I’m happy with the images and I hope Kristy and Andrew are too! I’m definitely still learning and already have ideas of how to make my next shoot better. But I’m pretty pleased with my work so far!

Kristy and Andrew, thank you so much for letting me take your portraits and for being such great models! You are going to be amazing parents! Love you guys! Can’t wait to meet (and photograph!) your little girl!

Kristy is due in a week everyone!! Wish them luck !!