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.


Well, two of my sweet babies. This Nana is blessed with four grandbabies so far and I love every minute of spending time with them, even when their Mommy & Daddy take a ten day vacation and leave them with Nana and Papa. Yep, we were on Nana/Papa duty for 10 days!

Other than being absolutely exhausted and too early of mornings, it was pure joy having these two at our house.

Since they were returning home on Mother’s Day, I found it only fitting that I would take them into the studio for a quick little session. It was definitely work, trying to manage these two by myself while taking the photos. The final score…..Babies=2, Nana=0

Fortunately a little bribery worked and I managed to get a couple of shots where they were almost smiling and looking at me at the same time:)

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This is the image I choose to print and frame as a 16×20 for their Mama for Mother’s Day

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  • Lacy - May 13, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    Gorgeous!! You are a wonderful Nana. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn McCarthy - May 14, 2013 - 5:47 am

    Adorable!!! And I KNOW you are the best Nana!!! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Jenny - May 14, 2013 - 6:34 am

    My favorite is the one where lil G is looking at Beck :) Love them!ReplyCancel

I was fortunate and blessed to be able to spend a day with photographer and mentor Ana Brandt of TAoPaN (the art of pregnancy and newborn). She is incredible! My studio partner, Aimee, booked her into the studio for a two day mentoring session, but due to my schedule (I was on Nana duty) I only got to spend one day. Ana is a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of photography and business! During day one, we  shot three sessions (one maternity and two newborn) and talked a little business. We literally didn’t even sit down to eat. We were go, go, go.

I We was were lucky that my niece was our maternity model. She is gorgeous and her daughter is just so sweet!

Kimberley, thank you so much, you were incredible! And, you absolutely do not look like you are pregnant with baby #3 due in just a few weeks. AMAZING!

I haven’t done a lot of maternity sessions, so this was fairly new to me. It was a new style (slightly on the boudoir side). We focused on posing and lighting and I now know that I will definitely be offering these sessions in the future. In fact, just today, I ordered some very fun (and slightly sexy) maternity wear for the studio.

While I know this type of session is not for everyone, it’s great to be able to offer both this and a more natural outdoor maternity session.

Thank you again Ana and I’ll definitely take you up on your offer to visit you at your Tustin studio. XOXO

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