• Lisette Gatliff

Family Session at Balboa Island | Petrus Family

This was one of my favorite kid + family photo sessions. Between the hilarious facial expressions and the non-stop energy, there was never a dull moment. The Petrus kids range from almost one to four years old and all have birthdays coming up. With so many little ones, Mom and Dad thought this would be a great time to get all of the photos in: family portraits, birthday photos, and individuals of each child. They are such a lovely family, and all of their kids are such sweethearts. I couldn’t wait!


Before we got to wild and crazy, I set up my white backdrop to do the traditional portraits. I love the classic backdrop without props for this because I am able to better capture the unique personality of each child. Their expressions, especially the baby, were priceless. Who needs props when you have those sweet faces?! And I love the festive, summery outfits they had on. After the individual photos, I got all of the kiddos together as well as brother and sister shots. I was amazed at how eager they were to participate—they made my job so easy!


Then it was time for some fun out in the sand at their vacation rental in Balboa Island, Newport Beach. You could tell that these cuties knew what to do when we hit the beach. They dug right in—literally! While the older ones poked around in the sand, the littlest one tried to mimic them. These are the photos where their fun personalities really came out. I couldn’t help but laugh along with them as their parents swooped them up and lifted them into the air again and again. The day was a little overcast, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. In fact, it made for better photos since the kids did not have to fight the sun in their faces the whole time. 


I really love how these photos came out, and I hope you do, too! 


Thank you, Petrus Family, for spending some time with me. I had a blast hanging out with all of you!