You have yet to take the plunge and hire a photog to snap professional shots of your kids. The gap-toothed school picture stuffed into your wallet is working just fine.
But you can swim against the tide for only so long. If you’re looking for a unique portrait experience, hire Lisa Reilly Photography. The shutterbug and mom of two jumps right in with your minnows to snap an underwater moment that captures their bubbling energy and joy (yes, in a pool).
Her Sweet Petites package includes a one-hour photo session, a CD of ten to fifteen master images, the accompanying four-by-six-inch prints, and a fully retouched eight-by-ten-inch portrait.
And unlike other photo sessions, the results never look staged. Dive in.
Lisa Reilly Photography (323-304-2841 or lisareilly.com). Underwater Sweet Petites package, $675.
Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Reilly Photography
Tall Tales: Myths of Magical Trees
What: Puppetry, clowns, and shadow theater illuminate a global collection of tales about our leafy friends.
Why: Go out on a limb.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., b/t Westwood Blvd. & Tiverton Ave., Westwood Village (310-208-5454). Tickets online at geffenplayhouse.com. Adults, $15; children, $10.
Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees Concert
What: Colorful costumes and an interactive performance style bring the music to life.
Why: See what the buzz is about.
When: Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Dragonfly DuLou, 2066 Hillhurst Ave., b/t Ambrose Ave. & Price St. (323-665-8448). Admission is free.
Family Day: the Art Bug Workshop with Cirque du Soleil
What: Artist Karen Nakashima and friends from Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo teach you to construct bugs from found materials.
Why: Save 30 percent on tickets to the 4 p.m. Cirque du Soleil show when you use code SMART30 at checkout.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., off Cloverfield Blvd. (310-586-6488). Workshop is $10 per person. Discount show tickets online at tickets.cirquedusoleil.com.