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.


I just do! I can’t help myself, I always have and always will! I could hold a newborn all day long and would much rather be playing with a tot than socializing with adults! I’m not sure what that says about me, but I just love me some little ones! This isn’t a new realization, but it is for me in photography! I love big kids, and teens and families too, but I LOVE photographing little ones, especially newborns!!

What is this post about anyways?? Really it’s to announce a couple of new “Newborn Blessings” packages, but instead I’d rather talk write about newborns. Seriously, I get all gushy inside!! I just want to smooch on them (don’t worry, unless you’re family, I won’t, unless I have your permission).

Ok, down to business……

I’m excited to say that with the exception of a small increase in my “session fee,” I won’t be raising any prices in 2010. I will be making a few pricing structure changes however, to include the addition of two new packages for the “little ones.” I will also be offering a regular portrait package that includes the DVD of images (because I know you want them).  All these changes will be effective February 1st. Check back in the next few days and I’ll have them posted for you!

And because I can’t post without a photo, I quickly grabbed a few of my favorite images and made a slideshow. As you’ll be able to tell by watching, this is seriously random, but hopefully it gives you an idea of why I love doing what I do!


  • Amber Debyah - January 20, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Love the slideshow!! Your blog is fabulous, these colors, wow!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Petra King - January 21, 2010 - 5:30 am

    And you do such a wonderful job with newborns and babies! Gorgeous slideshow Renee. Best of luck with the pricing structure!ReplyCancel

  • Britt Anderson - January 21, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Renee, you can come smooch my toddler any day of the week!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - January 21, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    That seriously has to be one of the best videos as there are so many cute kiddos on there, and I love all the shots you took of them. Great work Renee!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Rhodes-Lapoint - January 21, 2010 - 8:18 pm

    you can tell you love newborns and babies..your photos show it! excellent slideshow. :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - January 22, 2010 - 4:31 am

    Love the slideshow! Beautiful work!!!ReplyCancel

  • Evie - January 22, 2010 - 6:55 am

    You’d better believe I’d let you smooch on mine if I had one, Renee. My 7 and 10 year olds might object though. LOL! Love the slideshow!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 22, 2010 - 7:33 am

    Awwwww~ Rene your love for these little persons shows in your work. Love the video. That song will be stuck in my head now!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Imbeault - January 22, 2010 - 7:53 am

    awwww so cute! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Summer - January 22, 2010 - 8:11 am

    What a great slide show!! And u can smooch on my kids anytime, lol! Love all these images!ReplyCancel

  • Leia - January 22, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    Great Slideshow Renee!! I just love bebes as well! And I cannot wait, and find myself excited, to see what you have in store!! :”)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Miller - January 22, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    LOVE the slideshow. Your baby and tot images are fantastic. Your work is worth every penny of investment and then some.ReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - January 22, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Renee…your newborn pics are DIVINE! I absolutely love them! The slideshow is perfect…tons of great pics and I love the song! Off to watch and listen again!!!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - January 22, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    beautiful, lady!!! what an awesome showcase of your work…. :)ReplyCancel

  • Christie Lacy - January 23, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Fantastic! I love these newborn photos! you rock, girl!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - January 29, 2010 - 6:07 am

    nice slideshow Renee and the music is fantasticReplyCancel

…. while I make a few changes and updates! I’m in the process of searching out a “gallery option” for my site and just haven’t found one that I love. I’m hoping that in the next day or so, I’ll have it figured out and up and current.

In the meantime, I’ll share that I am so excited for 2010! I recently attended PPA’s Imaging USA in Nashville and came away thoroughly excited about business. Well, really I came away REALLY REALLY TIRED, but after two straight days of sleep, I’m refreshed and ready to go! While at Imaging, I attended 11 classes and spent probably 10 hours at the trade show! Talking about being a kid in a candy store! Wow, there was so much to see and do! I almost came home with a new camera, but decided that my husband would probably not let me attend again if I was making those kinds of purchases. I can safely say, that I really didn’t spend too much! I did order some new albums, DVD cases and a baby poser! I’m pretty excited about those! Oh, and the darling little ruffled butt newborn panties are pretty dang cute! Once everything arrives, I’ll be posting about some new products and props……I can’t wait for you all to see everything!

In the meantime, because I need to add a photo to my post, I’ll share my newest eBay purchase!  How cute will a newborn look on this???

Keeping checking back…….I’ll be announcing a “SPECIAL” very soon!

  • Missy - January 19, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    Very cute! Can’t wait to see some newborn pics on it! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Britt Anderson - January 21, 2010 - 8:46 am

    Can’t wait to see the wonderful photographs you will take with this prop, so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - January 22, 2010 - 4:32 am

    Love your new prop.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 22, 2010 - 7:35 am

    What a great find! I am glad you took so much with you from your imaging experience! I WILL make it there next year. lolReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - January 22, 2010 - 6:54 pm

    OOooooo, I can’t wait to see all the props and items you got at Imaging! I really like the scale, great find!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Stringer - January 22, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    That is so cool! Cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Miller - January 28, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    I know I’m behind, but glad to hear you enjoyed Imaging and came away with so much inspiration.
    LOVE that baby scale. It is lucky to have you as it’s photographer. :) Can’t wait to see the work you do with it.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Wiseman - January 30, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    I am so jealous….I have been dying for one of these!!!!ReplyCancel

  • charlotte stringer - February 3, 2010 - 11:24 am


First scheduled appointment, it rains!…….Cancelled!  No problem, except that some of the family lives out of town and two of the girls are in college and it’s Christmas week. Ok, not a biggie, we schedule for two days after Christmas. Well, guess what, we wake up in the morning and it is WET! We chatted and decided to go for it! Well, about an hour later I arrive at their house for the session and we gather everyone up, all 15 of them, and guess what?  Rain? Nope, BRIGHT BRIGHT sunshine! You know the really bright kind that you get right after the rain? The kind where you need to squint to see? Yep, bright sun and a family of 15! Oh my gosh, I feel like my sessions are never textbook. Oh well, you do what you gotta do!

We make it through the large family group shots, then do a fewer smaller groups! I will admit to enjoying the smaller groups a whole lot more, maybe it has to do with the fact that we found a little shady area in the backyard that was perfect!

We did a few somewhat traditional group shots, but this is my favorite! I think it shows everyone’s personalities and I just love the smiles on their faces and the way they are checking each other out! I should mention that when you spread out a family of 15, you aren’t going to crop it to 8×10, a number of my shots are 10×30’s. I think they’re kinda fun and if this was my family I’d order this in a canvas!

When I told them all to line up in age family order, then hold hands and walk towards me, I do believe they thought I was sort of nuts! Oh well, it’s who I am!

Here are the four separate families:

And my very favorite of the day, aren’t they adorable??

  • Laura Hull - January 15, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    Renee, these are awesome!!! The whole family shot is my kinda photo (LOVE IT) I am sure they will be enchanted with them all…ReplyCancel

  • Petra - January 16, 2010 - 5:24 am

    What a beuatiful family…I just LOVE that last shot!ReplyCancel

  • Britt Anderson - January 16, 2010 - 10:58 am

    I love that last one too…way to rock the bright sunshine :)ReplyCancel

  • carrianne - January 16, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    these are really beautiful…I love the last one!! Such a loving couple!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Debyah - January 16, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful time at imaging!!! I LOVE the large family group shot, that must have been fun! I have the hardest time posing large groups, you did so great with these!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - January 16, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    I love the long one with everyone!! And that last one is awesome! You rocked it even with lots of non textbook stuff going on :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky - January 16, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    These are GREAT Renee! What a fabulous family and how lucky they were to have YOU to capture the generations.ReplyCancel

  • Schona Kessler - January 17, 2010 - 4:51 am

    Wow now that is a big group! You rocked it though. Love that last shot looks like they both have great personalities.ReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - January 17, 2010 - 9:49 am

    What a great family pic! Your favorite is my favorite too…looks like such a fun, loving couple!ReplyCancel

  • Jules - January 19, 2010 - 6:27 pm

    my favorite is that last capture! such fun and such love! beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - January 19, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.. LOVE the walking shot!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - January 22, 2010 - 4:34 am

    Love the family pictures! You did an awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - January 22, 2010 - 11:13 am

    renee I love the first picture, very cute pic, all of them togeher…
    nice familyReplyCancel

  • Amber Wiseman - January 23, 2010 - 11:13 am

    These family shots are great. Good job working with such a large group. I especially love that last shot…what smiles they have!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla Renckly - January 29, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    I just adore seeing pictures of couples that have been together through the years and till look in love!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Stringer - February 24, 2010 - 6:34 am

    Girl! Those are good!! Way to go girl! I love how you were able to shoot in the sun!ReplyCancel

I am so excited! For a couple of years now I’ve been wanting to attend a photography convention and trade show! I always travel with my husband to his conventions and trade shows and while they’re fun, I always find myself saying, “I’d love to go to photography trade show!”

Well, tomorrow morning at 4:00 a.m. my alarm is going off and I’m heading to the airport! Nashville here I come!  I’ll be attending Imaging 2010 Sunday-Tuesday and couldn’t be any more excited!  I’ll be staying at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel which is absolutely beautiful! Honestly I’m not sure what I’m most excited about; the trade show (where I’ll get to meet with lots and lots of vendors and touch and feel lots of products), the classes (I’ll be attending up to 6 per day), networking with other photographers or meeting up with my photography friends (from all over the U.S.). I’m sure it sounds silly, but this trip really is a dream come true!

I’m also excited to get back home and back to business! I’ve taken the last few weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family but I’m ready to get back to it.

I’m excited for 2010!

And since a blog post isn’t too fun without a photo, here’s one from New Year’s weekend. We spent New Years up in Tahoe with about 20 family members and Beckett played in the snow for his first time!


  • Schona Kessler - January 9, 2010 - 2:02 am

    You were so excited you didn’t even post a title! lol. HAve a blast girl! I hope it’s everything plus more!ReplyCancel

  • Meaghan - January 9, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Renee, …it doesn’t sound the least bit silly…!!! Have a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - January 9, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    gorgeous recent work as usual. HAVE FUN at the convention!!! So jealous :DReplyCancel

  • Christie Lacy - January 10, 2010 - 7:03 am

    oh, Renee! I hope you are having a blast at imaging!! I can’t wait to see what you learn come into play!!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella Pararas-Hul - January 11, 2010 - 6:40 am

    I’m so jealous, totally happy for you and bummed for me,lol. Please have fun for me and I promise to try to make it to one of these events one year! Sigh. Can’t wait to see pics of all the ladies and all the things you did in Nashville! Have a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Miller - January 13, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Oh, he is sooo cute. Hope Imaging was everything you hoped it would be. May 2010 carry many blessings for you.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Stringer - January 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Hey hey hey! That baby is loving that snow!!!! And he love it, you can tell!! He is adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Wiseman - January 14, 2010 - 8:36 pm

    Look at those beautiful piercing eyes against that gorgeous white blanket of snow. What a first moment to capture!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - January 15, 2010 - 3:45 am

    Lovely! I love his eyes. He is so cute!!! Happy 2010!!!ReplyCancel

  • Evie Curley - January 15, 2010 - 5:39 am

    He is so gorgeous, Renee! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the conference!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - January 15, 2010 - 5:56 am

    can’t wait to see what you bring bc fom NashvilleReplyCancel

  • sarah henderson - January 15, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Renee I know you had a blast!!! I love these shots of Beckett! I am also very jealous that I didn’t get to go to Tahoe too!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - January 15, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    SOOOOOOOO cute!!!ReplyCancel