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Murrieta Family Photographer ~ Multigenerational Session


People tell me I have never met a stranger. I met one of the members of this family while pregnant with our youngest boy Cameron. I was making semi-regular trips to Lucille’s BBQ at the Temecula Promenade for a stuffed baked potato (yum!) and while chatting with the girl at the take out window at Lucille’s, she mentioned she had a friend that was pregnant and would need newborn photos, so I gave her my card. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard from her friend and I ended up photographing the little boy in these photos as a newborn. His mom and dad were so kind and are just amazing with him. I have since photographed him for his first birthday and this session was a gift to her mom for Mother’s Day, how sweet! So this photo session includes four generations of this family. How special for me to get to capture this for them. Have I mentioned I love what I do?

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2013!

One of my many traditions with my own children is to take their photos for Valentine’s Day, I love getting in the spirit of this lovely holiday.

These were taken in my small home studio, I use the studio primarily for newborns and one child at a time, but it was just way too cold to go outside this morning and still be able to show off their shirts from A Lil’ Hip Shop
Check out their current items for sale, they are so cute, reasonable and well made> Maria was wonderful to work with.

So without further ramblings here are the kids from our special Valentines session today.
First this little guy wandered in on his own to see what I was up to.


Then on with their special shirts and snapped a few shots of each kiddo, yes our Pug girl too!




Temecula Children’s Photographer -This is what happiness looks like!

Sometimes letting kids do what they want to do makes for the best pictures, better than you could have planned!

Though if I had any idea jumping was going to be the plan I would have set a faster shutter speed and then his hand would not be blurry.
Nevertheless I love this shot, this is of my own little guy, as you could guess he’s 5 years old. Carter has Mowat Wilson Syndrome, I am a big advocate for Carter and special needs children in general, if you ever have any questions I am an open book, please ask me.

Want to capture your little one doing what they love most? Shoot me an email, or give me a call and we can plan your session.

His shirt is by the amazing Rachel at *golden*

Burlap bunting by Tutulicious Boutique, though I added the colored dots, they are just paper!

Beginning 2013 with bliss!

Hello 2013! Feeling incredibly blessed today. I’m riding in the car right now on the way home from Las Vegas, just hubby and I, but that isn’t why I am feeling blessed (however spending the last 24 hours alone with my hubby was wonderful!) There was a challenge our family had in 2012, that has been resolved with happy ending. The challenge was finding a special needs bed for our older son that would provide him with a safe place to sleep. He very much outgrew his crib last year and the few suitable beds we could find for him were expensive, like buying a car expensive! So crazy. I exhausted every option I could think of and was feeling pretty beat down. But then I got a message from a family who has a child with the same syndrome as our son. This family has been in my shoes, they understood my concerns, they had their insurance company deny covering a bed, they too had missed out on a lot of sleep because their child has special needs and was not safe when he slept. To be understood is wonderful, but they found a solution! Further, their kiddo is 7 years older than our son so….they were selling their custom special needs bed as he was moving to a larger and newer design more suited for him.
I was ecstatic!

And then…. we waited. We waited for his new bed to be built. Then right before Christmas we got the call, it was time to pick up the bed.

And more about our bliss, our boys see their grandparents almost daily! My mom just retired (another blessing) and was able to watch the boys so that if we were going to make the drive to Las Vegas we were able to stay the night and have a date night in Vegas. Gosh it was fun!

So here I sit, 86 miles from home. We’re towing a trailer that contains peace for our family. A safe and comfortable place for our special boy to sleep! Knowing he’s safe means better sleep for mommy = bliss! I’ll be sure to share photos once we get it all set up.

And you might be asking yourself what this has to do with photography? Absolutely nothing, ha!
Though as someone that started my photography journey to capture the special moments in our lives, and now I have the privilege of getting to know you and your families and doing the same thing I just wanted to share some joy that I am feeling. I know there are a lot more moments of joy in store for our family and yours. And there is a lot more in store for Sara Bell Photography (SBP) and one of my commitments for 2013 is regular blogging, so on that note, we’ll chat again soon. I’d love to hear from you what is making your feel blissful and blessed right now.

And yes the photographer is sharing an iPhone snapshot of our son, it’s pretty easy to fight for this little sweetie. He’s helping mommy juice limes. What a good boy! In our house fresh lime juice usually means margaritas.


May your 2013 be full of wonderful bliss, and I would be honored to capture your moments!