• LIFE

    It’s all four generations. It’s a mother and daughter. It’s a little boy climbing a tree. It’s a chance encounter with a horse. It’s chasing down a windblown hat. It’s an unexpected wave soaking your feet.

  • LITTLES

    There are toothless smiles, sticky kisses, dirty hands, rain-booted feet jumping puddles, and bugs in jars. There are chubby chub thighs, hands waving bye-bye, and rides on daddy’s shoulders.

  • LOVE

    Love looks like your grandmother’s wedding ring, love sounds like an inside joke, love feels like his sweatshirt, but love will also tell you there is spinach in your teeth.

Manhattan Beach maternity photographer . Missy Marie Photography . Abigail + baby sister

I absolutely love doing maternity photo sessions; being a maternity photographer is one of the perks of my job!  I love them more when the session includes my awesome cousin, his awesome wife, and their darling daughter, Abby.  I did their maternity session when they were expecting Abby, too.  I can’t wait to meet the new baby girl, and to see those little girls grow up together!

love you guys, xoxox missy

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Missy Marie Photography . Hermosa Beach photographer . MacKenzie + Chloe

Blog posts will be short and sweet these days… I heard this the other day, and it is so true ~ “Fall is to photographers as April is to accountants” – a little crazy!

This family totally rules.  The girls are just precious, and they really are this happy! We rocked this location, and their outfits were perfect and colorful! I won’t share the money shots, and those will be saved for their Holiday Cards.

enjoy! xo missy

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Missy Marie Photography . Manhattan Beach family photographer . Tami

I am giggling a little bit as I am writing this…I have something to admit here about this shoot.  Here it is: I am not really a dog person.  Not at all.  I never had dogs growing up, and am kinda allergic to them, anyway. So, when this awesome family contacted me to do a photo shoot, specifically to get professional photos of their new puppy, I giggled. I did.  I kinda laughed!  Not at them, of course…..or this ADORABLE puppy.  But at myself!  I really don’t know how to get a dog’s attention…do I whistle? or “yoo-hoo!” or what?  So, I tried whistling, and I felt a bit awkward (as my girls say).

I must say that the outcome looks pretty good!  Whiskey (the puppy) didn’t know that I am not really a dog person, in fact, he looked at me, smiled, gave me a “cute” look, and everything I directed him to do!  Aren’t I a pro???  =)

enjoy xo missy

 

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Missy Marie Photography . Back Up Your Files

It’s been a little quiet over here, did you wonder where I was?  Well, the inevitable happened….my hard drive crashed, and I’ve been dealing with the repurcussions.  I came home from a week vacation in Lake Tahoe with my family, turned on my iMac, and there it was…the never-ending spinning wheel of death.  It just kept spinning, and never stopped! So, I made an appointment with the Apple store, and after some investigating, sure enough, the hard drive was bad.  So, they sent me on my way home to ensure that all my files were properly backed up. Now, being a professional photographer, I have many back up systems in place.  All of my dear clients’ images are backed up online.  I use Smugmug, which has so many lovely perks, the best one being that you can download the original sized file back to your hard drive.  I also have an external hard drive which keeps all of my personal images and videos.  The things that were in jeopardy were my documents/excel spreadsheets/mailing lists/other documents.  How could I be so careful with some information, but not everything?  Apple suggested I contact a 3rd party to extract and recover my data.

I called Mac Repair Los Angeles, and Alan came to the rescue.  He may have even been wearing a cape.  Not only did he recover everything, he also reinstalled all my applications, too.  He saved me.

I now religiously use time machine for my iMac. I also purchased a WD My Cloud 3 TB personal cloud storage device. It backs up my back up of all my personal stuff, including photos, videos, and all the iPhone photos from everyone in my family.

The reason I write this post? Well, if anything, let it serve as a public service announcement to back.up.your.stuff. Hard drives don’t last forever. They just don’t. And if you don’t have your precious baby/wedding/vacation/milestone photos and videos in at least 2 places, the day will come that the one place they are in will fail.  Don’t wait. Do it today, and if you don’t know how, find someone who does. harddrives

abigail@paperandcake - PHEW! this is a lesson you learned that I am taking to heart. Getting my hard drive today :)

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