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.

Riverside Child + Family Photographer {Caleb}

Another one of my baby plan babies is graduating and turning ONE!!!  It’s been so fun to watch this little guy grow into the happy, silly toddler that he is now.

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How has your life changed in the last year?  Well showers are down to about 5 minutes or less, makeup is definitely optional..I have learned patience, how to slow down and enjoy the little messy moments with Caleb. He has taught me that the smallest things can be so exciting!

What new things is your baby up to?  New skills, likes or dislikes, quirks? He is attempting to stand on his own. He does it for a few seconds without even realizing it. Not quite walking yet. He loves to play outside in the dirt!

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What is your favorite thing about being a parent? I love that Daddy and I are this little boy’s world right now. He gets excited when he sees us, sad when we go away, and when he’s scared, he gets comfort by us holding him. It is the best feeling in the world.

What advice do you have for parents of a 1 year old? Enjoy this time. Take time to play with your child and experience all the new things they are. They are big deals to them. Remember they will never be this small again.

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What is your favorite thing to do as a family? My favorite thing to do as a family is go on walks around our neighborhood. We put Caleb in the stroller and we get to take our 2 dogs with us.

If you could describe your family in 3 words, what would they be? Thankful, Happy, Blessed

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You have some big news!  Tell me about it: Caleb is going to be an older brother! We are expecting our 2nd baby to the Stevens family. Coming Feb 2015!

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Costa Mesa Child + Family Photographer {Sophia}

It always makes me a little sad to see my baby plan babies graduate and turn one!  But this session has a fun little twist at the end!!

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How has your life changed in the last year?  Oh my gosh my life has changed in so many ways this past year. I wouldnt change it for the world. All my ups and downs have been totally worth this little diva that lights up my life.

What new things is your baby up to?  New skills, likes or dislikes, quirks?  Oh man, ever since she started walking this little girl has been up to all sorts of mischief. She’s such an explorer.  She loves to play outside and run around. She loves dancing to all music. Once she hears a songs she up standing dancing around the room. And she definitely loves the movie Toy Story. And she totally dislikes clean up time because it means no more play time. But thats any kid this age haha.

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What is your favorite thing about being a parent? My favorite thing is just watching her grow and learn everyday. Watching her become such a loving and sweet girl. But also watching her little diva personality grow.  I love the person she is already becoming.

What advice do you have for parents of a 1 year old?  Just enjoy every second of it. Even the horrible tantrum days. Because they are only this young and innocent for such a short time.

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What is your favorite family tradition?  Our newest one is going on bike ride on the weekends. She loves it.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?  Honestly it’s just spending time together. Cuddling in the morning on the weekends before we get up for the day. Chasing and playing with Sophia and just enjoying each other.

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

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You have some big news!  Tell me about it:  Yes! Some very exciting news :) We are expecting baby #2 in late November.  Who we just found out is going to be a little boy. So we are beyond excited to see how Sophia will take on her new role as a big sister.

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Santa Monica Family Photographer {the Forsyth family}

I love spending time with this family!  I’m not saying that I pick favorites, because that would just be wrong, but if I did then these guys would definitely be high up on the list!  ;)

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Tell us your story:  Brett and I met when we were 17 and will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary in December.  We have two wild and crazy boys, Carter, who’s 4, and Easton, who’s 2.

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What is your favorite thing to do as a family?  Life gets pretty crazy, so we enjoy just doing the simple everyday things together – trips to the park, dinners together, bedtime stories, ect.

If you could describe your family in 3 words, what would they be?  United, strong, and loving

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Pasadena Child + Family Photographer {Amaya}

I love that being a photographer allows me to meet new people from so many different backgrounds and walks of life… and I get to make sweet new friends like miss Amaya!  Doesn’t she look like a little china doll in that gorgeous dress?!

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Tell us your story:  We are a young family, married for three years but together for 12, from different backgrounds and Amaya has the best of both of us. We live in North Hollywood and love the contrast of our urban/suburban environment and lifestyle.

How has your life changed in the last year?  This past year has flown by and it still feels like we just came home from the hospital yesterday! We are still trying to figure out parenthood but nothing beats Amaya’s smile and the joy she brings to our family.

What new things is your baby up to?  New skills, likes or dislikes, quirks? Amaya has been trying to walk for the past month but only recently has improved her balance. When she started crawling it was a whole new world for us, so I can’t imagine how walking is going to change everything! She is also starting to talk much more now which has been really fun to hear her cute voice.

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What is your favorite thing about being a parent?  We love to watch her excitement over learning new things and meeting new people and we melt every time she gives us a hug.

What advice do you have for parents of a 1 year old?  If you have any problems with your baby sleeping, look into sleep training. It’s hard, but it changed our lives!

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What is your favorite family tradition?  I don’t think we have established many traditions with Amaya yet but we were married in Mexico and are planning our second trip has a family in December. It is very important to us that she develops a love of travel and learns Spanish, so we are trying to make more of an effort to expose her to different cultures.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?  Amaya is definitely drawn to outdoors and the garden so our favorite thing to do as a family is play in the backyard.

 If you could describe your family in 3 words, what would they be? Fun, loving and musical. We do a lot of singing and dancing with Amaya.

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Victorville Newborn Twins Photographer {London + Henley}

I love that my job allows me to reconnect with people that I’ve lost touch with.  I’ve known Josh and Emily since before their first son was born (thick seems soooo long ago!).  Lol.  But then she had a baby, and I got married and moved… you know how that goes.  We lost touch.  But I’m so thrilled to have been able to take photos of these two sweet, precious baby girl!  Hopefully you’ll see a lot more of them over the years.  =)

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What was your reaction when you found out you were having twins?  I was shocked! The pregnancy itself was a big surprise, so by my first Dr. Appt. I think I was just getting used to the idea of having a fourth child. I went to the appt. by myself (I’d done this 3 times already so I was fine that Josh didn’t come) I knew I would get an ultrasound picture of the “little bean” to show him. And buy did I get a picture to show him! When my Dr. turned the ultrasound screen towards me, I instantly saw them. She said “Well Emily…” and I quickly interrupted saying “there’s two?!?!” She told me I was right and I couldn’t tell you much else about that appt. cuz the rest is a blur. I held it together till I got in the car, then I cried and got sick (morning sickness was horrible at this point) At first I was bummed that Josh wasn’t with me, but than I realized I was the one who got to tell him and see his reaction! I handed him the ultrasound picture and said “here are your babies” He instantly got it and said “babies??? are you serious” When I replied “yep!” He just laughed…..and laughed. He was amazing from the get go, excited and encouraging and my rock as always! One of the best parts of that day was we had planned a “date day” with our small group which also happens to be our closest friends. We had such a great day as couples and had fun telling them the news. It was the perfect day with friends as this crazy news sunk in.

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How did you choose you’re babies names?  London was easy, it had always been our girl name, but obviously w 3 boys we hadn’t gotten to use it. Josh and I met in London so the name holds a special place in our hearts. And Henley, we were watching a movie and there was a girl named Henley. The minute we heard it, almost in sync we looked at each other and said “I like that name, do you?” and that was that.

Who do you think the babies look like most?  They are a mix for sure, but Henley looks more like the boys to me, and London has her daddy’s nose. They really are very different which I’m thankful for. One of my fears with having twins was that it would be hard to tell them apart and that is not the case with these two!

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Any tips for making your hospital stay more comfortable? Was there anything that you did to prepare yourself for delivery, or that you felt helped you during labor?  Bring your own pillow and comfy clothes! You’ll feel a hundreds times better when you get out of that hospital gown and are sleeping on your own pillow. I had 3 good deliveries with the boys, so I wasn’t anxious about labor, but I really did not want to have a c-section. I prayed and prayed that the girls would be head down and that I could deliver them naturally with no complications. Thankfully I had a Dr. on board with my plan and the girls were in perfect position.

What is your favorite part about having your babies here with you?  I’m not pregnant anymore, yay! I had a great pregnancy (after the morning sickness went away) so no huge complaints, but those last couple weeks were uncomfortable and I was so ready to have them out and here and know that they are good and healthy. It’s way better looking at them than feeling them And I love watching Josh and the boys with them!

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