Working with families from Day 1 of their first child is something very special, and this family is in that group. They were first in front of my camera when A was just 4 months. During this session, is a few months shy of 3 years old.

While planning their Marina Del Rey Family Photography session this year we wanted something different than we’ve done in the past, and something with the summer California feel even though we were shooting in November.

We decided for this to be their Marina Del Rey Family Photography 2017 just off the Venice Pier early Sunday morning, this worked best with the scheduling we were going for and we even topped it off with a fun brunch at Mercedes to make it a complete Marina Del Rey morning.

Since little man loves to take photos of everyone, especially mommy and daddy, I brought my old school Holga camera, it went with the feel of a Marina Del Rey Family Photography session as well as worked with what their little man is actually having fun with these days.

And since Daddy plays Basketball, we incorporated some of their little man’s fun play with his basketball as well, notice those adorable Jordans 😉 … and sometimes with our littles, there are wardrobe changes that get interrupted with play or ocean water…. so rolling with that, I grabbed a shot, in 20 years this photo will get more conversation than any posed photo, though it probably won’t make the family wall, at least I imagine.

Marina Del Rey Family Photography

I am excited to help you plan a session with your family to document this very special season in your life and love, whether it’s somewhere else or as your personalized Marina Del Rey Family Photography session. I look forward to meeting you! Give me a call today so I can help you plan something beautiful and fun!

Katee Grace: 310-779-1041 or KATEE@KATEEGRACE.COM

 

Xo, Katee Grace

Maternity sessions are a beautiful season in family life, especially for baby number one! As we explored the grounds of Malibu, chatted about how this beautiful family came from a young friendship and easy love, I was once again swept away at the beauty of life, of love and of humanity.

Love is something that is partly chosen, partly surrendered to and fully embraced. As your photographer, hearing your stories and your journey give me a glimpse into the fabric of something that may have been destined but was definitely built and nurtured.

This beautiful couple are expecting their baby girl this summer and it is such an honor to document this beautiful season of their love giving life with this Malibu Beach Maternity Session.

Malibu Beach Sessions are as magical as they look, though they can also be chilly except at the peak of summer. To be honest, a number of my clients choose Malibu Beach Sessions regardless of the temperature because of their gorgeous sunsets, sparkling water and more private beach experiences.

To Book Your Summer Family Session contact the Studio today at: 310-779-1041! We are so excited to get to know you more and create a custom photography session for your family.

Love, Katee Grace | KateeGrace.Com

Mother’s Day weekend is always a fun weekend, the end of school just around the corner, summer days creeping in more and more and a weekend of everyone focusing on the women who keep our feet grounded and our hearts full, Mommy.

This special Mom’s Day Weekend was filled with some mom love of the founders of West LA Moms and their beautiful little families. Check out this killer gold bench I pulled from Bashery & Co rentals.

Starting Mom’s Weekend off with a photo session, getting dolled up and cuddling and smiling with your loved ones in front of my camera sounds like perfection to me!

West LA Moms are a great group for any mamas here in the Los Angeles area on the Westside (though I hear it’s okay if you live East of the 405 lol). Sign up online for their newsletter, download their App to find great exactly the activities you and your little babes want to do on a particular day and even preferred area/time! Mom’s designing for other moms was how West LA Moms was birthday and why it’s been such a vital tool for mamas on the Westside to connect, grow and sometime sip some bubbly with other mamas to keep it real, that is Mom Life right?! These ladies are the go-to’s for the hottest in LA, don’t miss out on the fun and friendships.

Back to these Mother’s Day Weekend photoshoots! We started early in the morning and ended shooting early, in plenty of time for everyone hitting up their next Mother’s Day weekend fun stop, and thanks to a fabulous assistant, the morning light was manipulated just right to create a (late-ish) morning beach photoshoot done right.

We are looking forward to meeting you and helping your photography dreams come to life! Photos truly are the doorways to a season in life that we will always cherish, and Katee Grace Photography offers Keepsake boxes, large wall art and custom albums, and we are more than happy to show these at your consultation or ordering session.

Contact the studio today 310-779-1041 to begin!

XO, Katee Grace

Email: Katee@KateeGrace.Com

As your Los Angeles Photographer working with Bashery & Co is nothing short of a dream. When she contacted me about her littlest angel’s 1st Birthday my photographer’s eye and love for this family went to cloud nine! Harlow’s 1st Birthday was perfection in every way, from the killer ballon banner accented with fresh flowers, the mounted swan, gorgeous and delicious sweet treats, the wardrobe but most importantly the love and fun of this family and their loved ones.

Pamelyn of Bashery & Co didn’t miss a detail or a beat when it came to decor and taking care of her guests! DJ Maasha was in the house, or the yard more specifically, jamming out beats the kids could jam with and adults could enjoy. Harlow’s big sister was leader of the pack when it came to entertaining and jamming, pictured below with a blow up gold microphone! Yes, how cool is that! Microphones for all the kids!! 🙂 The tiaras for each little princess were set up on the cutest stools from Teek and Lace, being immediate hits among all the little princesses in attendance.

As your Los Angeles Photographer I am constantly thrilled documenting not only seasons of my family’s lives but watching your love and enjoyment of life grow. There is beauty in the chaos and it’s a true honor to document that in all of the seasons. While these early years can really feel like the days are long, we know the saying is true that the years are short. Whether it’s a birthday party or special family lifestyle portrait session, the love and beauty is there and having these photos to enjoy for years to come is something I do not take lightly.

When planning parties we all know how consuming they can be, from decor to activities to the photographs. Below you will see all the hottest and best vendors in the Los Angeles Area to make your next party as enjoyable and beautiful as you’re family deserves, if that’s your sort of thing! 🙂

Party Design: Bashery & Co
Florals: Earth Baby Flowers
Desserts: Amy Cakes & Sweet Treats
Entertainment: DJ Maasha
Fur Stools: Teek & Lace
Party Goods and Feather Garland: Bonjour Fete
Sinage: Retrogram Boards
Favors: Don LaBella
Custom wood Kid’s Table: The Iman Project
Food: The Pasta Sisters
Photography: Of course, Yours Truly

We are so humbled and excited to have this party featured on the always amazing Kara’s Party Ideas!! Head over to their blog for this and more party inspiration.

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Contact the Studio today to reserve your next party or portrait session on our calendar!

Call Katee Grace Photography at: 310-779-1041 or email Katee@KateeGrace.Com

Thank you for the honor of documenting your family’s most cherished heirlooms.

Xo, Katee Grace
Your Los Angeles Photographer

Maternity sessions are always special but hearing the beautiful stories of hopes coming true with your little loves makes it all the more magical!

So over the moon happy for this beautiful couple and their sweet new babe! (**We respect your privacy so this couple did opt to only have maternity shown online while keeping their sweet babe just for their friends and family, and I completely respect that!!

Maternity Sessions are ideal during the 7th month typically. Mommy, your size tends to show your pregnancy so beautifully around this time, you are really in the peak of your pregnancy, glowing and feeling the glow as well!

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Contact the Studio to begin your consultation…. How do you want to be photographed?

Xo, Katee Grace

310-779-1041 | Katee@KateeGrace.com

***The original of this article is published by Inspired by This so please jump over to their page for the feature! 

As a photographer, I am telling people’s stories everyday. From fabulous women in business for their profiles, branding, etc… , to families and the love that is shared even in the midst of chaos. (Which those early years have a lot of.)  And time and again, hearing people’s stories, continues to invite a connectedness to humanity to my neighbor, to my client and to my friend, because our shared struggles bring hope and our shared joys nurture contentment and deeper joy. 

Working with Pamelyn is nothing short of the fabulous fun the photos portray. Her genuine and candid nature not only make working with her a dream but also opens the way for a great community environment within the mom-work space, both online and in real life settings. It is such a treat to see how she so seamlessly integrates her little girls in to the fun when we have shot them altogether, and she makes it truly fun for them. If you haven’t checked out her IG, a quick follow will give you that sweet moment of “Awe” coupled with a little laugh here and there.  Enjoy a little peek into this working mama’s behind the scenes that she so graciously welcomed!

What’s your go-to meal (take out or at home)?

Sushi for sure. Moorea requests it daily!

What was your first job?

My Aunt owned a restaurant and at 12 years old I started washing dishes and busing tables.

Where do you find creative inspiration?

Everywhere! Magazines, store windows, fabrics, Pinterest, Instagram, my kids. I still love flipping through a good magazine and ripping out the pages and taping them to my office walls so I can just stare at them and dream up something cool.

Was there a moment when Bashery was born?

Can you share a bit about that?  I had been thinking about starting something new for a while. I had a few ideas that just didn’t have legs. With a background in events and marketing, my brain automatically goes there. So many people are more conscious of the parties they throw because of Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. It’s not just about looking good anymore, it’s about building your own personal brand. But, to have these parties that everyone sees on Instagram takes a lot of money or a lot of time and skill. I wanted everyone to be able to have these types of parties.  I knew there were companies that did “Parties in a box”, but all of the items are disposable and I was more into custom made pieces that really take your event to the next level. I looked at current trends and realized Millennials are leading a migration away from ownership to subscribing and sharing: Spotify invades our speakers, Netflix our TVs, Uber our curbs, Airbnb our entire homes, Rent the Runway our wardrobe. I thought why not stream those special moments in life that require a party! And that is how the rental idea was born. I wanted to help people to be smarter about where they are spending their money by allowing them to rent some really cool items. 

How do you recharge/rest?

I think that I incorporate a ton of balance into this crazy life which is probably why I don’t “rest”, but that’s just the way I like it. I don’t like to sit still, have never been a fan of naps and get more done the busier I am. I work all night and am with my kids all day, but I never miss an eyelash (even if its at midnight), nail or hair appt. and always have time for my girlfriends who are the best anti-depressant rechargers out there!

Do you have tips for new moms on balancing your relationship with your husband and your career with young children in the mix?

A whole lot of patience, a lot of love and forgive and forget easily. The shit’s not easy and if someone tells you that they are lying. Be honest and ask for help and don’t feel guilty wanting to do something for yourself. You need to do you and feel like a normal human being and then everyone is happy. Oh and GOOD LUCK!

What is your favorite part of Bashery & Co?

The potential. It’s only just the beginning. I feel such a sense of excitement for the future and that, in my mind, is what its all about. Without that, what am I doing this for?

If you had to pick three defining words to be known for in 50 years what would they be? 

Genuine, Fun and Inspiring

Working with Pamelyn of Bashery & Co is a dream! Working on professional and branding photographs with creatives or straight up business people is one of the highlights on my shooting schedule! Call the Studio to set up your consultation today!

Katee Grace at 805-637-7412 (Yes, we are based in Los Angeles) 

Xo, Katee Grace

Working with families throughout the years really makes each portrait session more special, the photos and experience more rich, meaningful, fun and intimate. This family of 7 was first in front of my camera when they were a family of 5, and it’s been such a gift to watch them grow individually and together. There is a different lifestyle quality that happens when you have 5 children, siblings and at one of their favorite places, the beach! Tears happened for a second, but comforting followed, but isn’t this how it really is, tears then laughter, pretty fluid with the emotional transitions at certain ages.

On that note I would like to remind everyone that kids are kids, they handle various events in life and a photoshoot or family interaction differently so we always bring patience to the scene. Please never feel the need for perfection, we all know childhood (and babyhood) are filled with everything!! And of course the love and deep abiding joy in your family is what we are after memorializing through your family’s portrait session.

I love getting to grab individual photographs during family sessions… but most importantly my mama’s and daddy’s love having these individuals of their family, and connecting with the kids individually gives them a sense of personal involvement in the session as well.


Please contact the studio for your personalized consultation! I look forward to getting to know your family more and photographing this very special season in your lives.

Katee Grace at 805-637-7412 or Katee@KateeGrace.Com

(Your Los Angeles Photographer is available for travel, whether just north to Santa Barbara or Atlanta or even internationally, we stay passport ready;)

Being a woman in today’s society has pressures and freedom which we experience on a daily basis.  There is no better time in history than today for us women, but we are still on the journey, and the promised land still awaits our arrival, at least most days. Owning our lives and femininity despite cultural pressures, this seeming instigator of the interwebs and our own expectations of ourselves and our ever illusive “happily ever after,” can become opportunities or remain obstacles.

I’ve known Meehan for years. We met while I was living in Santa Barbara, that storybook coastal community that feels like a neighborhood, yep, that one! 🙂 Meehan is a wife, mama of two, woman with an eye for design and fashion that exceeds her own four walls and has opened the way for jewelry design while sourcing materials ethically and a really cool international reach. Meehan is a girl’s girlfriend, she will keep your secrets and tell you hers, dry your tears and have your back all while serving you a tray of delicious snacks or passing you a Vogue magazine while you both lounge in the sun.

So let’s sit down, girlfriend to girlfriend…

What do you find to be most helpful when cultivating new relationships within a community of women? 

I find it easier to go to deeper, more meaningful places with new relationships when I  choose to be transparent right off the bat about my struggles, weaknesses or life story. Vulnerability is the best policy when developing community!

Have you ever experienced insecurity in some way that is connected to your femininity? How do you combat this in an effective/positive way? 

Femininity is so complex and nuanced and your definition and perception of it changes I believe in different phases of your life. Right now, I’m in the phase of life where I’m tempted to base my femininity on my ability to look really put together and have kids that behave perfectly, all the while having a house that remains spotless. I think one of the best ways you can combat insecurity is by not comparing yourself to other women’s “best.” Don’t allow yourself to compare your every day to other people’s highlights posted on social media.  Just simply do not compare yourself to anyone else – it’s really a trap and a slippery slope that leads to insecurity and self-loathing.

Being a mommy of two young children, how do you take care of yourself/recharge? Is practicing self care something you were taught or something you had to learn the hard way? 

Learning to take care of myself has been a really uphill battle. I’m constantly reminded of how important it is but always fail to make it a priority. Luckily I have a spouse who is really good about walking the journey with me and encouraging me in it. In a season of life where I’m constantly pouring out, I think I’m tempted to focus solely on the physical things that I would like to take care of: a fresh wardrobe, a haircut, getting my nails done,  but I am learning that all of that really falls short if I am not taking time to connect with God and really focusing on my spirit and heart first.

Can you explain the role creativity has played in your life? 

Creativity plays a really essential role in helping me to feel alive. Creativity begets creativity so I find that if I’m feeling inspired to go with it because that’s often  the birthing place for more and more creativity. I’m thankful when I have time and space to dream as it often leads  to something involving other people.  I like using my creativity to involve others and  bless them in someway.

If there was a book written about your life, what would the text under your name say? 

             beauty and strength grow in unplanned in and imperfect places

Such a beautiful reminder too that beauty and strength grow… love grows… we grow… Keep growing and nurturing the things you want in your life!! 

Love, Your Los Angeles Photographer, Katee Grace 

Ekeobong Utibe

Representation:

Commercial: Stark Agency
Theatrical/Management: Midwest Talent

Photographing folks for various branding, headshots, self-promotional or comp cards is a sweet time because of the opportunity to help my clients in such a meaningful way. These sessions may not be heirloom family images to be enjoyed for generations to come, but being part of helping my clients in advancing their career lives is exciting and inspiring.

Shooting with Ekeobong was a dream! Her personal style and free spirit allow for so much flexibility and creativity which in turn yielded some images that she has used in booking jobs in Los Angeles as a model and actress. Knowing the true value these photographs add the blood, sweat and tears she pours into her career is humbling and a true honor.

As the years pass, the value of hearing someone else’s truth, their experience, their stories, gains more and more weight because I know the important of being known and knowing others, vulnerability in all of it’s levels, especially when tempered and met with love is sexy and enlightening to the sharer and the recipient. I hope you enjoy reading a few words from this dear, beautiful woman and getting to know the woman in front of my camera.

How do you integrate your island girl upbringing into your life in Los Angeles?

I love fried plantains, stewed curry chicken and rice, and anything with passion fruit or mangoes usually hits the spot for me! I find a fluffy blanket, cuddle up in front of my tv, and enjoy some island food. That’s my happy place. It’s my time to forget about the hustle, unwind, and be comforted.

What do you love most about being in front of the camera? 

For me, being in front of the camera is more of an adventure. Anything can happen, especially when you are working with someone that’s truly devoted to the craft. You’re bringing a piece of yourself to every role you play, and so is your scene partner. So each take is always different and you don’t know what is going to come out the next time. It makes it very exciting and personal. It challenges you to dig deeper, stay in the moment, and always find your truth in every scene. I love this part of being in front the camera.

Can you share about a role you have played where by playing and studying for the character you actually learned about yourself in the process?  

My first leading role was in the short film Memoir of an Honest Voice. It was the true story of a young woman who survived being kidnapped, tortured, and abused by the rebel army during the civil war in Sierra Leone. They cut off both of her arms and left her to die. Against all of the odds, she survived and is thriving today, with her son, as a United Nations Ambassador in Canada. This role taught me a lot about the power of resilience. Although my experiences in Los Angeles do not come nearly close to what this young girl had to experience in Sierra Leone, I realized that we did have one thing in common, we don’t give up. As many artists will tell you, pursuing a career as an actress requires a lot of resilience. I’ve been knocked down time after time. Sometimes not knowing how to get back up again. There have been many moments when I just felt like giving up. There have been many moments when I thought I had reached my limit and was just unable to keep going. But each time I thought I reached my capacity for disappointment, I realized I had just a little bit more hope left in me to keep fighting. It was as if my limit was being stretched each time I thought I couldn’t take anymore. This pursuit can be quite the emotional roller coaster, especially if you are as sensitive as I am, which is common amongst artists. When I played this character, scene after scene it seemed impossible that someone actually made it through such a traumatic experience. One bad thing after the other. And to think she is alive today and telling her story is very inspiring. So I realized from playing this role that I am stronger than I thought I was. Though it seems like weakness every time I get knocked down, it’s actually strength being displayed for all the times I get back up. With just a little faith in God and His promises, I realized that I can get through some tough experiences as long as I stay in the fight.

Shifting gears a little here. Have you ever dealt with insecurity as a woman? If so, how do you stay away from that and stay in your feminine confidence? 

Yes yes yes. I have totally experienced insecurity. I’ve felt insecure about the very things that make me who I am. Am I too dark? Is my hair too course? Am I too muscular? Is my nose too broad? Am I feminine enough? I’ve practically changed my look in each of my headshots hoping that the new look was more of what they are going for. I went from my short natural afro, to long loose curls, then to just straight hair thinking that these looks would be more beneficial to me than my natural look. Recently, my manager emailed me saying that she wanted me to get new headshots again because the ones we were using were just not working, and that casting wants to see something that reflects who you genuinely are. At first I felt like she didn’t know what she was talking about. My headshots were perfectly fine. But then I thought to myself, she’s been doing this for much longer than I have so I should trust her advice. When I got the new headshots, she absolutely loved them. And so did I. Though I am normally very confident, I realized that I was hiding my true self behind the person I thought casting wanted to see. I thought who I was wasn’t enough. I can rock my natural afro to Trader Joe’s, but not to an audition. I had to give them want they wanted. And that is not true. All they want to see is you. And only you can bring that. One day there will be a perfect role and you fit the exact description and you’ll walk in that room and book a great project just for being yourself. It’s an industry where individualism and uniqueness counts. Somewhere along the journey, I lost sight of that. But I’m glad I found it again. Now I enter the room even more confidently than I did before, knowing exactly who I am. If I’m not chosen for the role, I am okay with that.

I realized a lot of my insecurities came because of what I saw people praise on social media. I followed fellow actors and models and it seemed like their looks were booking them a lot of work. It wasn’t something that I was conscious of at the time, but I started to think I needed to be more like them. Maybe if I tweaked this or tweaked that, I would be experiencing more success. So in order to stay away from those feelings of insecurity, I make it a point to not compare myself to anyone. I also limit my time on social media because it’s really unhealthy to be on it so often. You watch other people’s lives and start to feel like you’re not doing anything because everyone seems to be doing so much. Then you start to devalue your own experiences because it doesn’t seem as great as others. The key word there is seems. Many people aren’t portraying their true self on social media and then you start to compare yourself with their highlights, which is what most people usually post, myself included. So I just try to remember that when I’m browsing. It’s also good to surround myself with true friends who believe in me and always lift me up. Lastly, my relationship in God is my biggest weapon against insecurity because I know that there is someone greater than me with a greater plan for my life than I can ever imagine, who is paving the way and pouring out His love into every once of my being. God’s love is the only love that can make everyone who experiences it feel like the are His favorite.

Learning what you’ve learned, seeing what you’ve seen, growing in all the ways you’ve grown, what would you share (coach, counsel) with your 23 year old self? 

I would tell my 23 year old self to just relax! She was so uptight and so worried about the future that she didn’t live in the moment. I would tell her to be gentle with herself. Don’t be so critical. Try to enjoy every moment in life. Be grateful for everything she has, even the little things. Talk to her family more. Spend time doing more things she loves. I would tell her that everything she is going through is for a reason and will be used to touch lives one day. I would tell her to spend more time
outdoors. Never compromise her values for anyone. Never pretend to be someone else for anyone’s approval. I would tell her that it’s okay to be alone sometimes and that doesn’t make her any less valuable. I would tell her to sing out loud and be more adventurous. I would tell her that her life is going to be a blessing to many and that if she just stays the course, she won’t be disappointed. I would tell her to stop being afraid. I would tell her that it’s okay to cry and emotions are just emotions.
They are only there for a moment and they don’t dictate her life. And most importantly, I would tell her to trust God with all her heart because He knows exactly what He is doing and everything is working out for her good. He is faithful and would not disappoint her in the end.
Contact the Studio today to begin with your custom photography consultation. We are so excited to work with you on your photography session, whether for business or personal!
Call 805-637-7412 or Katee@KateeGrace.Com

Newborn photography is so dreamy but 6 months is probably one of my favorite ages! The giggles are remarkable and so easy, but the mobility isn’t quite there so as adults we can still really run the show without any tricks 😉

I hope you enjoy this dreamy Marina Del Rey Family 6 months shoot, they made it so fun with the beach white living room to the rooftop moroccan tent, this photographer was in visual heaven.

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When you are ready to book your family or watch me grow session please contact the studio at 805-637-7412 or Katee@KateeGrace.Com I am so excited to hear about how you would like to be photographed and spend some time photographing the beautiful love and sometimes beautiful chaos of this season of your family’s life.

Xo, Katee Grace