Mother’s Day Gift: Portrait of Mom With Her Children – Sittings May 17

Los Angeles photographer and owner of Litetrap Studios, Michael Murphree, has offered Mother’s Day-themed mini sessions as a priceless gift for the moms in your life with all proceeds going to support Help a Mother Out’s efforts in Los Angeles.

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Portrait by Michael Murphree

For a donation of $100 or more, up to 20 mothers and their children will receive a 15-minute portrait session on May 17, two 5 x 7 prints, and a custom Facebook timeline photo.

Michael Murphree has 20 years of experience as a commercial and celebrity photographer, starting his career as apprentice to world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. It was when Michael had his own family that he fell in love with photographing his wife and twin babies. This led to the creation of Litetrap Studios, where Michael takes joy in capturing the special moments in other families’ lives with the goal of creating cherished heirlooms that pass on through generations.

litetrap studiosThe mini-sessions are available to up to 20 mothers and their children, and children of any age. Want a priceless memory of you with your own mother? This is a wonderful opportunity to have a true artist create a portrait of you, and help another mother out at the same time.

Studio space is generously provided by Books and Cookies, a bookstore and play space in Santa Monica.

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To reserve your sitting appointment or to arrange for one as a gift to that special mom in your life for Mother’s Day, make your donation here.

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions with Michael Murphree
May 17, 2015
Books and Cookies
2309 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Daddy Plays Rad Tunes For Baby

When Kid 1 was a baby I started a little ritual at bedtime:  I would first read him “Goodnight Moon” and then turn on a CD of Mozart recordings.  The first track was “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and he would be pretty sleepy before that song even ended, so that was as far as we usually got.  As he grew older and started to talk, we still listened to that CD, which was yellow, and that is how the song “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” came to be known as “Yellow Mozart” around our house.

That was nearly seven years ago now, long before I had discovered the wealth of great music that tastemaker parents have sourced and created for other parents and for children.  I recently discovered “Daddy Plays Lullabies,” which is a compilation of rock and roll hits recorded as sleepytime tracks to lull babies to sleep without boring the head off the parent and/or killing additional brain cells.  Singer/songwriter Eran Phillips wondered himself:  “Don’t newborn babies deserve real, quality music?”

And so it is that there is a now a lovely acoustic lullaby version of “Stairway To Heaven.”  If I were to play that song now for my newborn, it just might block out my memory of dancing awkwardly to that song that they always played as the last song at all of our high school dances.  What?  It was the eighties.

Anyway, Phillips gathered this and other covers on his album “Daddy Plays Acoustic Rock Lullabies” which also includes The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Simon and Garfunkel.  Heck, I’d listen to this album even without a baby.