Sissel Byington Photography » Orange County child family photographer

waiting for henry…


In the not so far off land of hopes and dreams, a small boy named Henry is anxiously anticipated.  Walls have been meticulously painted,  and fun, bright decals of smiling whales and sea creatures will also greet his arrival.  Warm sweaters and socks have been knit with great care.  A beautiful mobile floats from the ceiling, also made by mom, for his eyes to gaze upon as he drifts in and out of sleep.   Henry’s parents are ready.  I can’t wait to meet him.   I know this couple is going to be blessed with an amazing little boy, and that amazing little boy will make their lives so much richer than it already is.  Meet Henry’s rock star parents….and you can wait to meet Henry too.












Monica Leigh - 08/22/2012 - 2:10 pm

Spectacular! I’m so happy for you both!

Veronica - 08/22/2012 - 3:00 pm

Soooooo cute!!!! Love each one of them can’t choose a favorite

Sheri Freyre - 08/22/2012 - 3:19 pm

Such great shots!!!!! Congrats to them :) and to you for your gorgeous photos of their special time!

Sissel - 08/22/2012 - 3:45 pm

Thank you kindly ladies. I so appreciate to hear your thoughts…aren’t they adorable?!

Kendyl - 08/22/2012 - 3:54 pm

Adorable pictures, Sissel! If I looked like this pregnant, I would for sure have pictures taken! Unfortunately I resemble that decal on the wall :) Beautiful work as always! Great job!

Sissel - 08/22/2012 - 4:02 pm

You do NOT! You are so so beautiful Kendyl.

Robin Miller - 08/22/2012 - 4:10 pm

Well Sissel, you’ve done it again so beautiful and creative.

Jen - 08/22/2012 - 4:35 pm

I looooooove them! Exactly what I was hoping for.

Sissel - 08/22/2012 - 4:38 pm

Best words all day! (smile)

find time to play…


Its all about balance, or so I hear.  Balance a little bit of work with a little bit of play, or vice versa.  I may be just a tiny bit out of whack on this subject right now~been hanging out mostly on the work side.

I can see the light, and actually I really loved the light in this picture below.  This is the kind of “play” my work can be.  Doesn’t get much better than that.





Wishing you much time to play….




Parenting is joyful.  Not always, but this kind of joy spills over and covers anything that isn’t.  Watching your child learn to clap for the first time, tickling them and having them erupt with uncontrolled laughter, watching the milestones happen before your very eyes, is joyful.  I feel blessed to document these things.  It’s the stuff that makes me smile from the inside out.  And those are the smiles that last a lifetime.  Thank you for my lifetime of smiles from the bottom of my heart.


Have a joyful day.

Winter the mommy….


My stepdaughter Winter and  new son in law Jason are expecting their first child, our first grandchild.  It’s really an exciting time.  Definitely feels like a spring/summer season.  I promised a few more details from her shower just the other day, so here goes.  The new parents have decided to wait on knowing the sex of their first born until his or her entry to this world.  I must admit, I kind of wanted to know at first, but I recently see the brilliance of this decision.  Most everyone these days wants that knowledge up front and as soon as possible.  I understand wanting to know.  You are better able to plan.  Showers will be pink or blue; decisions on  nursery themes and colors are much easier knowing if it is “he” or a “she”.  I get it.  But you get twice the experience of carrying your first child by not knowing.  Now, you aren’t only dreaming of your girl or your boy;  you’re dreaming about both.  You plan for having one or the other, but by doing that- you dream about your new boy OR your new girl.  Twice the game.  Unless you are having twins.  Then, I think the game is over and you better know. But in this case, I am so pleased they made this decision.

It has heightened some creativity, which is ALWAYS good.  Creative challenges keep me alive.  And right now in my life, just about everything is a bit challenging, and it’s pretty fun.   Danielle always has such beautiful ideas and adds so much detail in even the tiniest of spaces.  These kind of things make a party come to life, blending all your senses and making the most of the event from beginning to end.    She decided on a classic children’s book theme shower and designed the invitations from a favorite children’s book, Pat the Bunny.  You can see her unique design here!    Each guest was asked to bring one of their favorite children’s book to add to the new library.  This is an amazing idea.  After talking with so many people about the book they chose, each one shared a special memory with me.  Each person relived a little bit of their childhood or a favorite memory of reading that book to children.  I think this was a gift in itself.  It was really fun trying to decide which book to bring.  I came across so many books I had not thought about in years.  It was such a great reflection.  Kudos for that idea too!!

Here is a small sampling from the day….















This bassinet has been handed down many, many generations.  Even Winter slept here.  Such a wonderful legacy, and it has been cared for well.











The guest(s) of honor…

Isn’t she beautiful?








Thank you again for such beautiful memories.   Dearest little one, we can’t wait to meet you….

Danielle - 06/07/2012 - 1:56 pm

Okay, is there such a thing as too talented? You’re flower arrangements, your sangria/culinary skills, off the hook photography and you save lives for a living! Too wonderful!
These photos are precious and so creative. Thanks for sharing the day!!!!!

Susan Thomas - 06/21/2012 - 10:43 am

These are beautiful glimpses of that special afternoon! Everything was so tied together and presented perfectly – even the flowers match the book covers! Your photos are amazing. Winter is a lovely momma-to-be, and I’m excited for you too to experience the wonder of grandchildren.

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