I absolutely love to take maternity portraits and so often my clients come back to me with their growing families like this couple below. It is always such a pleasure to see my clients year after year and be able to photograph their experience from pregnancy to newborn to toddler to teen. Yes, I’ve be in the photography business for quite a while! This particular family has moved out of state and yet they still come to me for their portraits and I am so glad that they do. With this last maternity session I was reminded how darling their little girl was.

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Maternity Portraits

Maternity Portraits

Maternity Portraits

Maternity Portraits

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Boudoir photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success. In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles pregnancy photographer and want your own stunning maternity portraits then look no further! Call for your own special maternity photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

There was no shortage of cuteness during this portrait session! Even the dog was smiling big. Here you can see how the black backdrop and darker clothes can make the image more formal in contrast to the white backdrop. I always recommend to my clients that we do both and that they bring in a variety of clothing options.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success. In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles baby photographer then look no further! Call for your own special baby and  family photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

Privacy comes first with my nude photography and in light of all of the controversy stirring around the recent hacked photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, I decided it was time that I blog about how I protect my clients. Celebrity or not,  if you privately pose for nude photographs you shouldn’t expect that your identity will be exposed.

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Here you can see that her face has been blurred to protect her identity.

I have specialized in elegant and creative nude photography for over two decades and the privacy of my clients is extremely important to me. At my portrait studios my staff and I go above and beyond to ensure that our client’s privacy is protected. One of the biggest differences between my studio and a lot of the new photographers popping up today is that I do not export my images to a photo lab or to a third-world retouching mill to be retouched. Yes, it’s a lot cheaper to export your images to those retouching factories but who knows who is looking at them or where they go from there? It is actually quite scary to think that someone you don’t know has the power to see things you don’t want them to see. I only work with a private local retouch artist that I have been working with and have trusted for years.

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I always photograph my clients without their faces showing not only because the pose is beautiful but it is an image I can share without revealing their identity.

Now I still show my fine art images on both of my websites and in art galleries because I stick to a strict set of guidelines that I have followed and have enforced since the beginning of my photography business. To protect my client’s privacy faces are altered, blurred or cropped out and distinguishing marks are removed or altered if the client has expressed that they wish to remain anonymous. My clients that appear unaltered have given me consent and are excited to show off their bodies in such a refined way.

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You can easily crop the images in a way that is both flattering to the image and protects your client.

With that being said, I have always and will always photograph the female body in a respectful, classical and sophisticated style. I think of nude photography as something classy that should hang in a gallery or museum. The curve of a woman’s body, to me, is what’s beautiful…not the taboo imagery associated with boudoir photography.

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Call 562.981.8900 for your own Fine Art Nude Photography Session.

I always enjoy taking family portraits as the natural energy and affection surrounding the family makes for great images. Here I captured intimate newborn portraits, both parents alone with each child along with heartfelt family portraits.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles Family Photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique family photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

What a fun session this was! We were able to capture various great poses which were accentuated by our classic sepia tone which is unique to my studio photography. We refer to them as sepia instead of black and white because they have a kiss of warmth to them where as a traditional black and white print usually has a blue hue. My clients just love it and so do I.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for maternity photographers Los Angeles then look no further! Call for your own unique maternity photography session with photographer Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life and deserves to be celebrated. I think you can really feel just how beautiful and thrilled this client of mine was in these portraits.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success. In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles maternity photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique pregnancy photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

I have classic poses that I have found over the years that are very flattering and that are always requested by my clients. It’s my signature look. I like to mix it up and try something new too and when client’s bring in different wardrobe pieces that’s when we get to play! Form fitting dresses that show off your belly can photograph extremely well.

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Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach/Signal in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Maternity Photographer Los Angeles then you have found her! Call for your own unique belly photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

 

I really enjoyed this couple and was able to capture the love and happiness that they share with each other.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top LA maternity photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique pregnancy photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

 

I wish I had a penny for every time that a client has come to me expressing disappointment with their choice to go with their wedding photographer for maternity or baby portraits.  “He did such an incredible job at our wedding and I don’t understand why he wasn’t a great maternity and baby photographer.” Their surprised reaction always catches me off guard but then I remember that not everyone has hung around the photography industry for decades like I have.

The assumption from every layman is that a photographer is a photographer and that means that they should wear every hat. That’s like expecting your podiatrist to perform open heart surgery. We choose our specialties based on what we are passionate about and what we are good at. Don’t expect good portrait photographers to be good event photographers, and vice versa.

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This has all been brought up again for me as the press of the misunderstanding between Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West just hit the newsstands. The misunderstanding occurred when West wanted Leibovitz to be his wedding photographer after she created a stunning portrait photography session for Vogue magazine. Apparently she did not say no, but didn’t confirm either.

I understand, totally. Leibovitz knows that she’s not an event photographer, which is what a wedding is. There is a different mindset to photographing a wedding than to creating a portrait. I’m sure she wanted to please them and I’m sure she was thinking about how she could do the photography for them, but she apparently let her people-pleasing get in the way of what she knows: a studio portrait photographer is not a wedding photographer.

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To be a great portrait photographer you have to have a certain sensibility of the personality of the person in front of you and then juggle that with lighting, camera gear, and styling. You kind of have to be a bit of a control freak and there is just too much chaos at weddings for me. Weddings are their own beast and so are studio portrait sessions. I prefer the latter.

So please, don’t ask me to photograph your wedding. I’ve tried it in the past and my heart’s just not in it. I’m one of those portrait photographers who has tried every single kind of photography, and I know what I’m meant to do. And please think twice before asking your wedding photographer to be your family and newborn photographer.

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Please visit the main websites to view a collection of specialized portrait photography at: http://linnealenkus.com and http://boudoir-photography-los-angeles.com/ or contact our Los Angeles portrait studios at 562.981.8900 for more information.

 

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As you probably know, I’m a Los Angeles fine art nude photographer. I have been photographing women to empower them and to exalt their bodies and transform them into art.

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The image that inspired the show’s theme found by Host Kira on the internet

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Back in March of this year I was asked to appear on TradioV’s Artful Undress which is a radio/tv show that streams live and is hosted by two incredibly talented  women named Kira and Polina. They brought me on the show to talk about my fine art nude photography and my vision of nudity within the arts. What I didn’t know then was that I was going to form this amazing bond with two women I love and respect. On July 21, 2014 it was the fourth time on the show now since March and every time gets better and better. The show is an hour filled with emotionally charged freedom of expression. We discuss all sorts of topics usually with the underlying theme of nudity and sexuality in the arts and tomorrow we will focus on violence against women.

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Los Angeles fine art nude photographer, Linnea Lenkus, with Artful Undress co host Polina Hyrn.

What is the attitude of our society towards sexuality and nudity and how does this attribute to violence against women? You know the controversy… does it matter what women wear?

Kira and Polina are always so good at delivering a positive and empowering message and I am excited to be on the show again and to hear what these two smart women have to say about such an important topic that affects all of us. I certainly have my own point of view so please watch to find out.

Stream the show live from Hollywood tomorrow, June 6 at 5PM PST on the TradioV website at: http://tradiov.com/la/videoscategory/artfulundress/ (You can also view past shows there too)

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Press Photo from the “Artful Undress” 5-17-14 Linnea Lenkus with show’s hosts Kira and Polina and the Morgan Brothers.

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No matter where you are these days it seems as though you will find somebody taking a picture with their phone or digital camera and every new mom and Uncle Joe are calling themselves photographers. Now I’d hate to burst your bubble if this sounds like you but just because you have played around with a fancy camera or have taken a few great pictures with an iPhone this doesn’t qualify you as a professional photographer. Unfortunately, thanks to modern day technology and social media we are used to seeing a flood of mediocre images every day and the world is being taught that this is what photography looks like now. This just isn’t true!

It is hard to be a professional photographer these days and owning a high end portrait studio is very rare. The average person thinks you can hire photographers for a few hours and get all of your images retouched on a CD for the low price of a few hundred dollars. Why is that? Because the “photographers” popping up overnight are setting this as an example. I’ve been holding firm and I feel that as a veteran photographer it is my job to keep producing quality artwork and try to show people that you can and you should still invest in fine art photography for yourself and your family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I take a lot of maternity portraits and over the years I have seen an absurd amount of unflattering pregnancy pictures. It is not uncommon for me to take last minute pregnancy portraits for a mom that has had a horrible experience with another photographer because they tried to go with a friend or save a few bucks. Some mom’s aren’t so lucky and they end up missing out on having their portraits done correctly before they deliver. It always amazes me that anyone would even entertain the idea of going with an average photographer to capture something as unique and amazing as a pregnancy.

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You don’t learn how to be a photographer overnight, trust me. It took me years of tinkering with my photography equipment to be able to master my lighting techniques and a lot of trial and error to figure out what the brand of my photography should look like. And it also took me years to master the art of getting people to look relaxed and free in their portrait sessions. When you see a truly great photograph you are filled with a sense of emotion and when it is an image of your child or your family that is evoking that emotion the feeling is priceless. Don’t you want to be moved by the portraits you have taken or do you just want a picture to update your Facebook status with?

 

To start planning you fine art photography session call the studio today at 562.981.8900 or 626.744.9104 or submit your photography inquiry HERE.

 

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Recently, I had an awesome family photography session with a family of four that was a lot of fun to work with. Russ Jones is a busy stay at home father of two boys, an author of a very comical and true parenting blog and he just published a potty training book. In his flip over book, Potty Training Doesn’t Have to Stink,  there is a “for kids” side and a “for parents” side containing a logical and organized approach to potty training. I really value the advice that Russ gives to parents and I wish I had it when I was potty training my kids. Funny Kid Meme

I did it all wrong with one of my kids who was really a late bloomer when it came to potty-training. He just didn’t seem to think it was important, but then, he was only three. The really great preschool suddenly had an opening, which was rare, and I really wanted to get my kid into that preschool. So I did what every knuckle-headed parent does…I pressured him to potty train. He got in and then months later he got kicked out for something called soiling. Soiling is when a child holds it and holds it forever and then explodes, days worth of poop, all at once. Of course, this happened several times at preschool, where I guess he felt more comfortable. I felt horrible. Bad, bad mommy. It took a few months of letting him know that it was okay and he then got a handle on it. Luckily, the preschool was cool and let him back in when he was four.

Russ knows what he’s doing because his kids are very well-behaved and very creative. They had a great time helping us to create fun family photos. We even created some family photography for his blog! We got a kick out of one of his posts in particular that talked about a line that every kid is famous for saying and that we all get suckered into: “One more time. I promise!” We created this funny meme for it. You can see more fun memes on the main inspiration website. You can purchase the potty training book by Russ Jones on Amazon HERE! Be sure to check out his funny blog at at http://thestayathomer.com/ that not only makes you laugh but offers good sound parenting advice too!

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You’re getting ready for a child and baby photography session and what should you do? I’ve been a Los Angeles photographer of babies and children for over two decades with two LA portrait studios, with thousands of sessions under my belt, and I think I can give you some great advice and a glimpse into my world. I try to always have a positive, uplifting portrait session, but sometimes I have to make some calls that I don’t want to make.

Too often in a portrait photography session I experience people with outrageous expectations – – the woman who hates her body but wants it photographed nude, the well-endowed nose person who wants side angle images but doesn’t understand that they have to embrace their beauty first (think ala Barbra Streisand), and the parent who doesn’t understand why their child won’t behave in a way that wasn’t rehearsed. The list goes on.

I’m a big believer in parental expectations, as in, let your child know in advance, what you expect of them. Do it calmly and gradually. Talk and talk and talk about it in an encouraging way. Children need guidelines and boundaries. They want to know what you want them to do, but they need time to understand it, so you have to work at it slowly and over time.

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One of our favorite clients, this pregnant mom did pregnant nudes with her first child, and so it seemed fitting to include her daughter in this tender portrait.

Whenever I photograph maternity photography with children I recommend to the parents that they “practice”. Practice makes perfect and it’s no different in a child and baby photography session. If there is a pose you want to see on your walls, practice it first. Don’t wait for the portrait session to introduce it. Many parents want a portrait of their two year old holding the newborn baby, and that’s an unrealistic expectation. Not going to happen. Do you want the four year old holding the baby? Maybe. But practice it at home and give them tips on how to be gentle and safe. Even the 10 year old needs practice and help.

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This little boy was surprisingly calm holding his newborn baby sibling.

Talk to you children about being gentle with their new sibling. Most children don’t know they’re own strength. Yes, they know their own exuberance but it tends to get played out physically. One interesting phenomenon, as a baby photographer, that I witness over and over again is what I call the Younger Child Syndrome. Most parents aren’t aware of it, but I’ve seen it time and time again. A baby has only so many defenses and their instincts are sharp.

So, often, when an exuberant toddler comes around the baby starts to fuss. Why? Because they KNOW danger instinctively. When they start to fuss they are asking for help from what they perceive as a danger. So the more you practice at home with your child hanging out with your newborn baby, in a mellow way, the more they both will benefit. The more you practice loving and gentleness with your toddler, even before your baby is born, the tighter their bond will be.

And the more your child and baby photography portrait will be a success! I’m all about that.

I’m a portrait photographer and I’ve seen it all over the last 20+ years.

I was motivated a while ago to create this inspiring quote in honor of Earth Day which is a day that reminds us to be extra gentle to our Mother Earth. I make a point to eat organically produced foods and to use products in my everyday life that are significantly less harmful for the environment. This is hard to do when you are an extremely busy mother of 3 and a portrait photographer with two Los Angeles photography studios, but how I treat my body and the planet is necessary to me.

It is never too late to start taking care of yourself and the planet. I hope that this inspiring quote from Buddha set to my portrait photography helps to inspire you to recognize all of the beauty in our world and ourselves and motivate you to start being proactive today.

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What are you waiting for? Pick up some extra trash, plant a tree or ride your bike instead of using your car. Buy local and organic! Most of all take care of yourself and your family!

Did you like this inspiring quote about life? For more inspirational quotes and memes about, family, beauty and love set to the stunning photography of Fine Art Portrait Photographer, Linnea Lenkus, please go to the main inspirational quote page to motivate and inspire you! Please feel free to post and share!

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Spring is here and it’s time to embrace color with outdoor family photography! As a Los Angeles portrait studio, we are fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather year-round, but right now everything is in bloom which makes for exciting color portraits. Outdoor family photography sessions open a whole new door when considering your options for family portraits.

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Natural light is very flattering for all types of portraits and choosing an outdoor location provides a very personal feel and adds a new color palette to your portraits. Capturing the beauty of your loved ones is always a good photographer’s goal whether the photography session is in the studio or out in the world and an on location session allows a bit more room for the kids to run around in and be their true playful selves.

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Linnea and or her associate photographers, L2, capture breathtaking moments at your home or other chosen location like the beach or park. These portraits offer a new look for your family photography or maternity photography session if you have been opting for our fine art photography studio sessions in the past. We think it sounds like fun, too! Call us to start planning your next on location Los Angeles portraits at either 562.981.8900 or 626.744.9104.

 

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