Renee Whiting Photography-Santa Cruz, CA Photographer » Santa Cruz, CA Newborn and Child Photographer

  • Welcome to Renee Whiting Photography

    I'm a part-time on-location photographer in Santa Cruz, CA, specializing in newborns and toddlers. I love my sessions with the little ones and hope it shows in my work. If you like what you see, I hope you'll use the "contact" button and drop me an email so we can get a session scheduled for you. If you are interested in scheduling a newborn session, please contact me approx. a month before your due date and I'll "pencil" you in.

    All newborn sessions are now done in the comfort of your home. I will bring along everything I need, including: backdrops, hats/bows, blankets, wraps, baskets and even studio lighting if needed.

    All other sessions are done outdoors. Santa Cruz offers many beautiful settings including one of our many parks or beaches.

    Along with photography, I love entertaining, whether it's hosting a party, a large family BBQ or simply a dinner for two. I also enjoy gardening, my home, an occasion craft and family & friends. Don't be surprised if you see a post totally non-photography related. It's just who I am, a little mish-mash of this and that.

    Please be aware that I'm currently at that "time" in my life when I'm often out of town. We love to travel whether it's for business or pleasure. Combine that with our children and grand babies that live out of town and you never know where you'll find me. Given my irregular schedule please know that I'm not always available on a short notice.


Ok, I guess I can admit that a 6lb. 12 oz. newborn isn’t the tiniest of babies, but we tend to grow big babies in our family, so when a little 6 lb’er comes to visit me, I just want to melt. Little Gia was just 8 days old when she came for her newborn session. I know that all babies are cute, but Gia was truly perfect! And such a little sweetheart, except, that she didn’t seem to get the memo…… the memo that reads, “newborn babies are supposed to SLEEP through their sessions!” Especially tiny little ones that are only 8 days old.

Despite her being very awake, she was a perfect little angel and we did (finally) manage to get some sleepy shots too!

Mr. & Mrs. D, Happy First Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day too) and I hope you enjoy your little sneak peak!

  • Jules - May 9, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    I’m in love with all that pink! your poses are tdf!!! love everything about these!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Rowlen - May 9, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.. And Super Duper Love the Pink WallReplyCancel

  • Kendyll - May 9, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    These are REALLY CUTE!!ReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - May 10, 2010 - 6:45 am

    Love these Renee… I love the second one, she looks so peaceful sleeping!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - May 10, 2010 - 6:47 am

    These are gorgeous!!!! Awesome work Renee!!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Anaya - May 10, 2010 - 10:54 am

    she so ADORABLE I love these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - May 12, 2010 - 2:51 am

    Gorgeous baby! Gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Debyah - May 12, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Sooo beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - May 12, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    awwwww!! She is so so precious!!! Love love the last one!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Adams - May 14, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Beautiful shots Renee. I can’t pick a favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - May 14, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Renee – you have got some amazing shots here – they need to get number 3 printed – BIG! Gorgeous!~ReplyCancel

  • Krista - May 17, 2010 - 7:25 am

    I am in awe! These are just incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla Renckly - May 22, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Love them! She is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - May 26, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    You are the baby master.. Oh I wish I could come take a lesson from the best! I know mom is happy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - May 27, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    great job Renee! Beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - May 30, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    OMGosh Renee, these are the sweetest pics EVER!!!! You rocked this session girl, and that baby is just a doll.ReplyCancel

I just love my nieces so much! And I think I love them even more when they want me to be a part of their special events, such as prom! Proms are such a special time in your high school life, especially for girls! I seriously think they spend as much time getting ready and planning for prom as they do their wedding day. They shop till they drop to find the perfect dress, the perfect matching shoes, the perfect accessories. Then they get their pedicures & manicures, their hair done and their makeup done! The end result being ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!

This years SCHS Prom did not include the dinner as part of the event, so instead of going out, my sister-in-law hosted a pre-prom dinner at their home for her daughter and 30 of her closest friends. And, let me tell you, my sister-in-law knows how to throw a party!! She puts as much into the planning as the girls do into “what to wear to prom.” Not a detail is missed and again, the result was SIMPLY STUNNING!

Makenzie, thank you so very much for allowing me to spend just a bit of your very special evening with you! You looked amazingly beautiful and I hope you had a wonderful prom!

(Please be patient while slideshow loads)

Every once in a while a girl just has to twirl! Just because….no reason….no matter your age…..girls just like to twirl. Especially, when they have the cutest little pink fluffy twirly prom dress!

And, so, ………….she twirled!!

  • Kelli Adams - May 8, 2010 - 6:53 pm

    Beautiful slideshow. You did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Kraenzlein - May 9, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    OMG Renee I totally loved this. Very pretty girl.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Rowlen - May 9, 2010 - 7:27 pm

    She’s SOOO Pretty! LOVE the twirls
    Great Job on all the imagesReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - May 12, 2010 - 2:52 am

    Awesome job! Love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - May 26, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Love these! Prom is such a special event!!! I hope she had a blast! She was gorgeous for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - May 30, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    I’m speechless, how beautiful are these images, and those girls and the boys weren’t so bad either. Awesome party too, and you captured EVERYTHING so beautifully. What a wonderful aunt you are and I bet your niece treasures these for a lifetime, hope she knows how lucky she is, I would have died to have pics like this at my prom. Love that they all held hands and prayed too. Did I say how much I LOVE these??

    The only thing question I have is what was in the boxes on the plate????lolReplyCancel

I LOVE the sunshine and everything it brings! I love the warmth of being in the sun. I love that our business, Whiting\’s Foods at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is busy (that makes my husband happy!). I love BBQ’s. I love the beach. I love not turning on the heater. I love wearing capris and flip flops. I love being tan. I love the mood it puts everyone in. I love outdoor photo sessions, which is what inspired these photos. I’ve been scouting our town for some colorful park locations. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach (I grew up spending many many hours at the beach), but when it comes to photos, I love parks. I love the color of the green grass and flowers!

Here’s a little of what I loved today, while stopping by Harvey West Park.

I even think the sunshine makes the weeds look good! Unless of course, they’re growing in my yard!

  • Jules - April 17, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    so beautiful! we love the ‘blowing flowers’ :)ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - April 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    These are gorgeous Renee – they make me think of a cool spring breeze and the sun on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Carleigh - April 17, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    These rock, Renee! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Rae - April 17, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    These are simply fabulous Renee! So bright and cheerful! Makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Wiseman - April 19, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Oh my these are gorgeous. Just so radiant!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Ann - April 19, 2010 - 7:03 am

    Springtime is the BEST time!!! You captured it well too! Love the pics!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - April 19, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Awesome Renee! Love ALL of these!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Adams - April 19, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    I love that last one. It looks like I could reach out and touch it!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Rowlen - April 19, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    Girl these are fantastic!! Excellent WorkReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - April 19, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Beautiful pictures…they scream SPRING to me! I love the last one!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - April 20, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Renee what a beautiful and colorful pictures, love the last one, beautiful greenReplyCancel

  • Julie Clegg - April 21, 2010 - 1:33 pm

    Renee, these are just beautiful! So fresh and full of spring. Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - April 21, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    These are beautiful Renee, I can almost smell the flowers. I love everything you love and I’m So happy spring is finally here too, yay for flip flops and bbq’s.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - April 21, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    I think we have a lot in common. I love all the same things you like. Great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Schona Kessler - April 22, 2010 - 11:39 am

    Love them so bright and cheery. I really love the last photo. I am glad the weather is picking up here too!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - April 23, 2010 - 6:05 am

    These are so pretty! Really love the dandelion.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - April 27, 2010 - 3:34 am

    right there with you, bring on that sunshine! Love the pictures…especially the weed one:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Mitchell - April 27, 2010 - 5:56 am

    Beautiful Renee!!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - April 27, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    PRETTY!!!! I love a lot of those things too, Spring time is a wonderful time of yr I just wish it lasted longer!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - April 29, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    My little guy loves blowing for wishes!!! He saw your photo and said “look mom a wish” I love them all, and they do make you feel like walking on sunshine!!!ReplyCancel

Well, not really all so little! Liam was only 13 days old when he came to see me and was quite the chunky monkey! It’s typical for newborns to lose a bit of weight and for it to take a week or two to get back to birth weight. Not Liam, he was back to his birth weight, plus some! I think he wants to be tall like his Daddy!! I definitely see a tall handsome blonde in the future! I guess we’ll give him a little time to enjoy his newborn months and his toddling stages first!

With a few feedings (no surprise) Liam stayed asleep and was the perfect little guy for me!

Mom & Dad & Grandma brought Liam for his newborn session. We were definitely cozy in my MiniStudio, but I think they enjoyed watching the process! I love that they brought along a couple of special items to use in the photos. Take a look at those darling little vintage shoes that belonged to Great Grandma! And the handmade blanket made by another Grandma! I hope someday, generations down the road, that these photos of Liam are being enjoyed by his great-grandchildren!

  • Dawn McCarthy - April 14, 2010 - 6:20 pm

    Fabulous session Renee!!! #2 is my favorite but I love ‘em all.ReplyCancel

  • Petra King - April 14, 2010 - 6:21 pm

    I never grow tired looking at your work. The little details you capture and those shoes..too sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Jules - April 14, 2010 - 6:27 pm

    what a gorgeous session! I love your newborn work!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - April 15, 2010 - 2:32 am

    Gorgeous job!!! You did a great job on these. Beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Wiseman - April 15, 2010 - 4:22 am

    I think I am in love with these photos!!!! They are darling!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - April 15, 2010 - 6:09 am

    So beautiful Renee, he’s one adorably cute lil baby, love those cheeks, you rocked it girl.ReplyCancel

  • Krista - April 15, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Gorgeous Renee! These are absolutely amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - April 15, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Love these! That last one is my fave! Love the wall color!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - April 16, 2010 - 5:12 am

    These are fantastic! I love them all! And those little shoes are way too cute.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - April 16, 2010 - 8:10 am

    He looks like a sleeping cherub – so precious. What a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - April 17, 2010 - 7:03 am

    I absolutely ADORE these!!! #2 is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Ann - April 19, 2010 - 7:03 am

    these are great Renee!!! He is precious!! You captured him so well!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Adams - April 19, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    It is great that you worked those shoes into the pictures. He is a cutie. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - April 20, 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Liam is very beautiful and love the cridle picture woth thos shoes beside :)ReplyCancel