McKenna Pendergrass Photography » Southern California Newborn + Family Photographer

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    For those of you that aren't familiar with McKenna Pendergrass Photography... I am a wife and mother to a beautiful little boy (don't worry, you'll see plenty of him!). I live in sunny Southern California, and do business throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. I have always loved working with kids, and considered a specialty in newborns and families for some time, but it wasn't until my son was born that I decided to make the switch. And I'm so glad that I did! I love DIY projects, being barefoot, and reading.

Oak Glen, Yucaipa Maternity Photographer {the Stevens family}

I can’t believe that this little guy is going to be a big brother!!!

It means so much to me that my baby plan clients choose me to be such a big part of documenting their lives… but when I get to watch their family grow?!  There’s something really special about that.  I can’t wait to meet this baby girl!

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You’re back!!  Tell everyone a little bit about yourself in case they don’t remember:
 My name is Amber and I’m a stay at home mom to a wonderful toddler, Caleb. I have been married to my best friend Alan, for 7 1/2 years and we are about to welcome our 2nd child into our family next month!

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How did you find out you were pregnant?  What was your reaction?  We decided to start trying after Caleb turned a year, (or a little before..) So we were sort of expecting it at some point. We were so excited when we found out!

How has this pregnancy treated you so far?  How has it treated you compared to your last pregnancy?  This pregnancy has not been too difficult. Though our lives have changed a lot during this one due to moving etc., the pregnancy itself has not been stressful. This time around I have definitely been staying active and trying to eat better.

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What are you looking forward to most about bringing home the new baby?  I can’t wait for Caleb to have a sibling. He loves other kids and is so intrigued when he sees other babies.  I am so excited to welcome our new baby girl into our family.

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2014 Year in Review

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2014 has been such a wonderful year!  My family and business have both been so amazingly blessed…  This year I shot 80 sessions and 2 births, got featured on multiple blogs and a posing magazine, had my images pine several thousand times on Pinterest, moved, had a baby, and had a great time doing it all!  I know that I say this every year, but I truly do love and appreciate all of my amazing clients!  You guys make me love my job.  I can’t wait to see you all in 2015!!

Here are my session highlights from 2014

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In August I took some time off to have a baby!  Miss Emelia Faye came into this world with a bang, and you can read her story here.

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(Hospital photos are from EnM Media, and the family photo is from Krystal Michelle Photo)

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Costa Mesa Maternity Photographer {the Vandeman family}

It makes me sad when my baby plan babies “graduate”, but oh how I love when they become older siblings!!  You’ll probably remember this little girl from all of her sessions (see here: maternity, newborn, 6mo, 1yr)… well now she’s going to be a big sister!!  I can’t wait to meet this little man.  =)

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Tell us your story:  My husband and I have been together for 7 years and about to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We have a beautiful little girl who is about to come into a new role as a big sister to a little brother that I have no doubt she will find annoying but love to death just like all siblings. :)

How did you find out that you were pregnant?  What was your reaction? I had a feeling that I was so I made my husband go out and get me a test so that I could take it when he got home and Tada! I was soon to be expecting another cute little monster. We were pretty excited. But I’m not going to lie I was a little scared. Part of me still thinks how can I love another baby as much as I love my daughter now. Am I going to have enough love to spread to both. Is Sophia ready to be a big sister? All those silly little thoughts. But I can’t tell you how excited and ready I am to add this little man to our family.

How has your pregnancy treated you so far?  Any tips for getting through pregnancy with a toddler in tow?  This pregnancy hasn’t been horrible but it also has not been as easy as my first one. But at the same time he is already so much calmer than his sister its crazy. And honestly just take it easy when your little one goes down for naps. And of course ask your husband to take over every once in a while. It’s hard but not impossible. :)

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What are you looking forward to most about having multiple kids?  I am just looking forward to Sophia having her lifetime partner in crime. We have always wanted a big family seeing as we both come from large families. And honestly growing up my siblings were my best friends and I want that connection for my kids too.

Any tips for preparing kids for a new sibling?  We have just been talking to Sophia about her brother. Letting her cuddle with his blankets. Hanging out in his nursery. I can only hope she will be ready but at the same time it’s going to be such a major change for her we are just hoping things will go smoothly. One can hope right haha.

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What is your favorite family tradition?  Not much of a real tradition but just snuggling in bed as a family in the morning on the weekends.It’s just a fun sweet bonding time as family. And I know it’s going to be even better when its the four of us laying around in bed in the morning on saturdays.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?  Going to Disneyland. Seeing her face light up when she watches the parade. How she so into the rides. And even running from character to character because she likes seeing them. She acts so free there its amazing.

If you could describe your family in 3 words, what would they be?  Loving. Crazy. Growing

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Victorville Baby Photographer {Annabelle}

Oh, how I love having this sweet face in front of my camera!  I can’t believe Miss Annabelle is already 6 months old!  She’s such a sweetheart with so much personality.  Make sure you also check out her mama’s maternity photos, their Welcoming Baby session, and her newborn photos if you missed them.

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How has your life changed in the last 6mo?  Oh man, in the last six months I’ve become much more busy! I feel like there is rarely a moment alone. Now I constantly have a little body with me. If Annabelle is asleep, her older brother Tyler is awake. Everything becomes a balancing act.

What new things is your baby up to? New skills, likes or dislikes, quirks?  Now she loves to sit and play near Tyler, which is so cute to watch. She loves to play with his toys and doesn’t care much for her “baby” toys.

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What is your favorite thing about being a parent? The love. My life is so filled with love, and I’m so lucky to be where I am in life. My son always comes to me to be comforted and to cuddle. And no one can make my daughter happy like I can.

What advice do you have for parents of a 6mo?  I would say, keep an eye on them! This is when they are starting to get fun. Now her personality is growing and she’s really shining. These little moments don’t last, so save them in your memory today.

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