Hi! I’m Chelsea Frandsen, and I’m the girl who pokes her face out from behind the lens to admire your families, joke with your children and watch you bring new life into this world.
I am a girl who is obsessed with connections. My husband will joke about how much I love human interaction – whether it’s calling to chat with someone on the phone, meeting up with friends for playdates (yes, I still believe adults can have playdates), hanging out with my cute clients or chasing our little one around the house. I love people, and I think thats why I especially LOVE my job. The interaction I get to have with other moms, children, couples and newborns is beautiful and allows me to thrive!
I was born and raised in SLC, Utah my whole life. I never imagined I would leave there. Not because I didn’t think I could, but because I’m partially a homebody and enjoy being around those I love and places I’m familiar with. My hubs has always been a smart, talented man and so here we are! Living in Orange, County, CA with our little family while he attends school at Southern California College of Optometry to become an Optometrist. Living here has been quite the adventure, and I’m in-love with the beauty of Southern California (and obviously Disneyland)!
I am a Lifestyle Family, Maternity and Newborn photographer. I love this side of photography because it allows me to to be around families from the smallest family unit to the largest families. Many people are surprised at the fact that I love families because they are so unpredictable, but that is actually what I find so appealing and fun about families. Parents observing their children, spouses loving each other, toddlers with their wide range of emotion, grandparents who are so grateful for their loved ones and families welcoming new life in. It’s all real, unscripted, unpredictable and beautiful.
You’ll often find me having tickle fights with my little boy, have Disney dance parties with my family, binge watching Netflix, riding the Tea Cups at Disneyland, eating all of the Oreos and listening to Harry Potter books on tape over and over again because Jim Dales voice is literally the best thing I have ever heard. I’m blessed to be able to stay at home with my son while also being able to be a full-time photographer and wife to my best friend, who works so hard for us.
All of the Fun Facts!
There are many more quirks, but I guess we’ll just have to get to know each other more for you to find out!
The moment I found out that we would be relocating to Orange County, California – my mind went straight to the beach, followed by my imagination picturing perfect, dreamy family pictures.
I decided it probably wouldn’t be the best idea to do when Greyson, our son was too little. So the plans began for our perfect session to be around Greysons First birthday!
I looked for the perfect flowy white dress for months, and naturally nothing I found matched what my minds eye had created. Finally one day while visiting family in Utah, I came up this darling dress from Piper and Scoot. It wasn’t flowy, or white. But it fit me, and made me feel pretty.
I knew Greyson would be in a cute white button up, and thankfully I had found the right one from Old Navy! They always save my bacon. My cute Aunt had sent me these darling cut-off jean shorts for Greyson. They were 12-18 months so of course they would fit for or family session when he was a year old…. NOPE. He looked like a straight up gangster with his shorts hanging below his diaper bum.
Thankfully the day of our photos we made a quick trip to Target to get Greyson some different jean shorts, where we also happened to find a shirt for Bryan last minute, (Little secret, our last 3 sessions maternity, newborn and family pictures Bryan wore the same shirt) so it was a good trip!
Greyson took good naps, I was feeling pretty good about my hair, and Bryan looked great!
The moment we arrived at our session Grey was fussy, and it was surprisingly windy, overcast and cold at the beach. Overcast didn’t worry me because I love the even light. However I know it would probably affect Grey’s mood because he would be cold.
Thankfully Kat Darling rocked this session and brought out ALL of the sweet giggles and smiles from Greyson and even us!!! We honestly had a wonderful time, and I knew leaving that session that I was going to love these images as much as I had imagined I would.
Photos taken by Kat Darling, and Edited by yours truly 🙂