The Value of Photographs – Why You Need Family Portraits

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As a professional photographer, I hear all the time why families delay portrait sessions: I understand. Really, I do! The concept of a “photo shoot” kinda sounds miserable. Now, let me explain from the point of view of your child why all your excuses are moot. Although looking at pictures of myself as a baby […]

Exploring Europe with a 1 Year Old – Azores

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Our young family fell for the volcanic Azores. If you missed my first post, Exploring Europe with a 1 Year Old – Portugal, click here. Now, on to the Azores. You can do what seems like a million things in the Azores: cycling, hiking, rock climbing, swimming. You can even do all of these activities […]

Exploring Europe with a 1 Year Old – Portugal

Our Family

Planning a trip to Europe with your one year-old might seem like a scary task. Between destinations, flights, and accommodations, maybe it even seems like too much to handle. However, if you have the right information, traveling with a one year-old can be downright fun. I’m sharing my experience of traveling to Europe with my […]

Underwater Minis

Session Shares

SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVIN’S EASY… Warm weather, kids home from school, and you need a fun, unique activity for them. Book an underwater mini session to capture the pure joy of water play. You bring the smiles and fun props (mermaid tails, snorkle masks, what else can you imagine?), we provide the pool. Come […]

Bay Area Summer Adventures with Your Kids!

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There is nothing quite like packing up a bag and exploring our amazing Bay Area home with your favorite people. This summer, why not focus on experiences? Adventures are a wonderful way to bond as a family, keep the kids active, and make memories that will last for a lifetime. If you’re still in the […]

Professional Photography Interview with Mary Bea Photography

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Be honest: Do you avoid self-care and reflection in your business practices because you don’t know where to start? Are you so overwhelmed by the idea of thinking about who you are that you’ve accepted you may never really know? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, you’re in luck. Recently, I was […]

Top iPhoneography Tips

Photo Tips

If you’re anything like me, there are times when iPhoneography is your only photography option. “The best camera is the one you have with you,” may be a simplification but there’s also a kernel of truth to it. Sometimes even I don’t feel like carrying professional gear around. However, as a mom, I also don’t […]

Mary Bea Photography is Here to Keep You Productive & Relaxed This Mother’s Day

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Big news for Mother’s Day! The warm-hearted holiday is around the corner. I am SO excited. I mean, it’s not every day that you’re celebrated for finding the favorite hippopotamus water bottle (feared lost at the zoo), buying light-up shoes that are just as comfortable as they are cute, and making your signature seven-layer quesadillas […]

Underwater Kids Retreat

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I absolutely love creative retreats. Not only are they a great way for me to interact with like-minded professionals, but there is a creative retreat for everyone! I recently traveled to Micanopy, Florida, for the first ever Underwater Kids Retreat. The Underwater Kids Retreat was an amazing experience! The very best part of the retreat […]

Fall Minis are Back Again!

Bay Area Family Photographer

Fall Minis are back again and apparently so is the idea of my blogging 🤪🤣 LOL.  Needless to say, it has taken a back seat this past year, but it has left more time for shooting so I’ll take that any day! It’s hard to believe but the holidays are just around the corner!  Are […]

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