Swanson Family – Newport Beach Family Photographer

I look forward to this shoot every year… Nicki is one of my closest friends which makes it one more opportunity to hang out with her and her awesome family! The only way it could have been more fun would have been with cocktails.:-)

We were a little worried the day of the shoot that it was going to be stifling hot thanks to our lovely (a.k.a. awful) Santa Ana weather we’ve been having. But thankfully because we chose the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach, we ended up with perfect weather. And this place is so much fun – so many backdrops and so much color! The kids especially had fun going to the Balboa Candy store at the end of the shoot where I paid up on my “bribes” for getting them to cooperate (not that I even needed it!).

And like every year, I get to shoot the Shane and Kylie in their hockey and dance gear which is super fun!

Thanks Swanson Family! Love you guys! Xoxo

 

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Schaffer Family – Orange County Photographer

These two girls are so fun to shoot… I love how they let themselves have fun and just go with it! Plus you can tell how much they really love each other. Rebecca is always cracking me up and it’s refreshing how she doesn’t take the whole thing too seriously (a good lesson for us all I think!).

Like all the kids I know, they are growing up much too quickly! I’m honored to get some shots, though, that will hopefully become wonderful memories of this awesome time where they are still “Not-too-grown-up-but-not-too-little”.:-)

Thanks Schaffer Family!!

 

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Saint-Onge Girls – Orange County Photographer

It is so fun catching up with my clients every year, especially when I get to document the growth of such beautiful kids.

This is my 3rd year photographing this family… you might remember them from these posts from 2010 and 2011. Their beautiful daughter, Taylor, has been one of my favorite subjects to shoot – she is so bright and has such an awesome personality.

This past year they had another beautiful baby girl named Kendall, and their mom, Kelly, contacted me to do a shoot with just the girls to mark Kendall’s 6th month birthday and Taylor’s first year of preschool. Needless to say, I was SO excited! Kendall is just as beautiful as Taylor, and at 6 months old she’s already a pro in front of the camera!

I get to do another shoot with the whole family in November, so I get to take even more shots of these two cuties!

 

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Yosemite Love Part I – Orange County Photographer

I had the chance to go to Yosemite National Park a few weeks ago. If you’ve never had the chance to go, I highly recommend it. It is filled with so much history, so much significance, so much beauty. It’s one of those places you go to and are constantly in awe of the natural beauty surrounding you.

There are a lot of recognizable locations in Yosemite. Many of them are recognizable because of Ansel Adams and his work (and if you go, visit the Ansel Adams gallery in Yosemite Valley!). Half dome is probably the most familiar to tourists…. Here’s a shot of Half Dome I took from the peak of Glacier Peak.

It really is so majestic. What is even cooler is that my husband and 3 of his friends actually CLIMBED this big rock back in June! Crazy, right? It took them ELEVEN hours to hike to the base, to go up, and then to hike back out. After seeing pictures of what it took for him to get up to the top, I’m just glad that I didn’t know how hard it would be before he did it or I would have been much more worried about him than I already was.

Yosemite is also a photographer’s dream – everywhere you look there is something to shoot! No wonder Ansel Adams decided it would just be easier to live in Yosemite Valley all year long so he’d never miss a shot.

I will share many more shots that I took in the weeks to come. For now, I wanted to share this one of my two favorite people. This was at Glacier Peak after the sun set – how lucky were we to be there to see the full moon rising over beautiful Yosemite Valley?

And this shot is a testament to having a camera with high ISO capability…. This shot was taken well after the sun had set with very little light at ISO 6400. Sure, there is way more noise than I would ever settle for in a family portrait, but not enough to ruin this awesome moment!

 

 

 

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