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.

Victorville Newborn Photographer {Aaliya}

Sweet little Aaliya was just so bright and alert for her session!  Never before have I gotten such beautiful photos with DIRECT eye contact from a newborn… and she was only one week old!!

Don’t forget to check out her mama and daddy’s maternity session photos if you haven’t already!




How have your first few weeks with the baby been?  The first few weeks at home with Aaliya have been fun but at times it gets tough. You worry about her sleep, milk intake, and comfort — everything  — and you’re settling into a new, very different routine from what you were used to.

What is your favorite part about having your baby here with you?  Sitting and cuddling her, watch her sleep let her gaze at your face, smelling her and kissing her.




How did you choose your baby’s name?  We wanted our baby’s name to start with letter A as all of Ankur’s family members have their name starting with A.. So we came up with the name Aaliya…which means rising, ascending.

Who do you think the baby looks like most?  She looks a lot like Ankur…. Daddy’s Little Girl!!!!!!




What is your favorite thing so far about being a parent?  Everything is great about being a parent! Love listening to her breathing and her soft little snore the smiles and chuckles that she gives…it’s wonderful to be a parent




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Jiggy Patel -

Love it

Ankur Patel -

This is truly priceless!!!! Thank u Mckenna

Victorville Maternity Photographer {Stephanie}

It’s not often that I get to work with expecting mamas on their own, but I love the experience!  There’s just something so special and intimate about it.  And doesn’t Stephanie just look lovely?!  I can’t wait to meet her little man!!




Tell us your story:  My husband Joey and I have been together about 9 years and have been married going on 4 years.  We had initially started to try for a baby in early 2013.  Unfortunately I had a miscarriage in April 2013 for reasons only God knows.  We waited a few months to start trying to get pregnant again and we found out in September 2013 that I was 5 weeks pregnant after only having had tried to get pregnant for a week. I was thrilled!  We found out at 13 weeks we are having a precious little boy Nathan Daniel. We are now anxiously waiting to meet our little man.  God works in mysterious ways

How has pregnancy treated you?  Pregnancy has treated me pretty well aside from the morning sickness and food aversions I had for the first 17 weeks.  I still can’t eat some of the foods that I had aversions to!  Tiredness has been a big part of my pregnancy.  I never got the second trimester energy boost many expectant mommies talk about.

What is the most embarrassing/funny/awkward thing that’s happened to you while pregnant?  The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me while pregnant luckily happened when I was by myself.  I am a home health nurse so there isn’t a regular bathroom I can go to when I have to go.  I guess I should have stopped on my way home but I didn’t.  As soon as I pulled in my drive way I sneezed….you can guess what happened next.  :)




What are you most looking forward to about being a parent?  The thing I am most looking forward to as a new parent is watching my baby boy grow up, hopefully not too fast.  I’m excited to teach him new things and watch all of his firsts.

Any tips for other expecting mamas out there?  To all the expectant mamas out there, don’t rush the pregnancy.  I only have about 3 weeks left until my due date and as uncomfortable as I may be at times I already know that I will miss my little guy moving inside of me.  It is the best feeling in the world and nobody gets to experience it with my Nathan but me.



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Kim Houchens-Hargus -

Love you Stephanie!! Beautiful pictures!! I can’t wait to meet Nathan!! :)

Sarah Gutierrez -

So cute!!!

Jordan Nicole Scheffer -

Very beautiful cuz. I am excited to see him.

Deborah Geary Winter -

You are just beautiful! Happy pushing!

Victorville First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer {Stella}

Cake smashes are so much fun… Especially when babies go after them like miss Stella did!!




Your baby is ONE!! what has been your favorite thing about watching her grow in the last year?  I love all of her different expressions. She has had so many expressions in the last year. I feel like I know what she is thinking just by the look on her face.

How have your lives changed this past year as you adjust to being parents?  We are totally different then we were a year ago. We adjusted quickly and it has really come effortlessly. Our daughter has helped. She is so easy and goes with the flow most of the time. Our lives have definitely changed but we love every minute of it.

What are some of your favorite things to of as a family?  My favorite thing is when we all lay in bed together. We talk and play. Stella loves to cuddle. She will grab you and squeeze. It is the best feeling in the world.




We all know that big one year olds are opinionated… what are some of your little’s likes and dislikes?  She is so independent but when she wants to be held you better pick her up. She loves food! She hasn’t had anything she doesn’t like. She also loves her dollies. She carries them around and is already a little mommy. Stella hates the vacuum. When it is on she will cry until I turn it off.

What’s one of the funniest thing that’s happened in the past year?  Wow… I don’t know. There has been so many things. Well if I had to pick something it would be her going down the slide on the bounce house at her birthday party. She loved it and kept running back into the bounce house to go down over and over.



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Victorville Maternity + Family Photographer {the Huerta Family}

I love watching my client’s families grow!  I’ve known Marsha since junior high, and her little miss Emmaline was the “star” of one of my first Welcoming Baby sessions.  Needless to say, I’m super excited to meet their newest baby girl soon!!




Tell us your story:  Phil and I are college sweethearts and will be celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary this May. Our daughter Emmaline was a big surprise but we have loved watching her grow the past year and can’t wait to see what a great big sister she is going to make to Abbigail. While we did not plan having babies this early or this close together, we feel beyond blessed to have our little family grow.

How did you find out that you were pregnant? what was your reaction?  My husband Phil was actually the one to say I was pregnant and I told him I was crazy. A couple days later I had a doctors appointment and decided to ask them to test, just in case Phil was actually right, and sure enough it was positive! I was excited and shocked and Phil loved being able to say, “told ya so.”




How has pregnancy treated you? How is it different from your first pregnancy?  This pregnancy has been a long one for me. I have been on bed rest for the majority but have been loving the extra quiet time I get with Abbigail while she is moving and kicking around in my tummy.Thankfully, It has been majorly different from my pregnancy with Emmaline in the fact that I have not been as sick and there has been less scares.

What is the most embarrassing/funny/awkward thing that’s happened to you while pregnant?  I was at the Winco doing my big monthly shopping trip and just trying to get in and out quickly. I was down the spice aisle and had a major sneezing attack and I didn’t think much of it until my leg felt wet. I totally freaked out and ran to the bathroom thinking my water broke. I got in the stall and realized that no my water did not break but that during my sneezing fit I had ‘wet’ myself. I immediately left to go home and felt so bad for the employee that had to clean that puddle and put all my groceries back.




What are you most looking forward to about having another baby?  I am excited for all the newborn baby cuddles and to nurse again. Phil is looking forward to having another daddy’s girl that is attached to his hip. We are both looking forward to seeing Emmaline learn to love and grow close with her little sister.

Any tips for other expecting mamas out there?  Enjoy the time you have but don’t feel bad when you are ready and done with being pregnant. Also, the internet can be your worst enemy so don’t stress too much over all the articles and opinions. In the end you will know what to do and you will be the best parent you can be.




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Barbara Crocker Carlson -

Beautiful! That grin on Emmaline’s face — yep, she’s got Daddy pegged. Congrats to Phil for figuring it out! Love the ‘formal wear’ — made me think of a certain t-shirt back in VVC days :-D

Kiaser Fontana Newborn + Family Photographer {Welcoming Baby – the Nelson Family}

When Tyler was born, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my own son, so I wasn’t able to visit Krystal in the hospital… I’m so happy that our girls are a little more off set so that I have the chance to visit and photograph their experience this time around!  Make sure you keep an eye out for Miss Annabelle’s newborn photos soon!



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