It’s heading into the summer season- which means school is almost out and family vacations will commence. So, why not plan a family photo session while you’re visiting the beaches in sunny California?
Although Cryss and her family are California natives, they were nonetheless wonderful to work with. I especially loved their outfits! That’s right, coordinating your outfits is huge when planning for family photos. That’s not to say that everyone needs to be matching like twins, but coordinating colors translates well in photographs.
Planning photos at the right time of day for any particular scenery is also important. Try to stay away from midday shoots, especially if you want a session at the beach. Golden sunlight can only be captured 1 hour before sunset (or 1 hour after sunrise if you’re an early bird). So sessions at any other time may result in harsh lighting.
Most importantly, family sessions should be fun and interactive. Of course we will achieve those traditional posed shots, but why not add a little lifestyle candidness into the mix as well? You’ll want photos that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, but you also want to create a memorable experience so the very thought of the next family session won’t be daunting.
Let’s be real here, how long has it been since your last family session? I bet it’s time to update them!
Although the two JUST said their “I Do’s” this past Saturday, I couldn’t resist sharing their engagement session. Besides being the sweetest and cutest couple ever, these two had a natural chemistry that they did not shy away from even with an intimidating camera pointed at them.
What also played a huge part in the ultimate feel of this session was the location we selected. Tucked in the foothills of Corona, California is a meadow surrounded by rolling hills and tall TALL grass. In the springtime, acres of land is just smothered in blooms of wildflowers. Even in the dry season, the tall grass resembles a wheat filed- which is uncommon for Southern California.
This particular location truly inspires me each time I get the opportunity to shoot there. I choose sparingly when I want to photograph a session, because like most things in life too much of the same thing is never good. Since this location is fairly unknown, it is tranquil- something that is integral to a session. The soothing surrounding can calm jitters and allow for a couple to interact with each other in a more natural state of mind. Not to mention the lighting is insanely gorgeous. When the sun ducks behind the hills, a warm glow emanates throughout the valley leaving behind a creamy tone to all skin types. Translated to non-photographer terms this means it looks flattering on everybody!
The gentle breeze is also fun to play around with! I hope as you look at these images you can appreciate the beauty of the surroundings as it is all a cumulative effort in creating the ultimate settings for unforgettable photos.
Of course, we can’t forget to congratulate the happy couple on their recent nuptials! Their wedding photos are equally beautiful, but to be showcased at a later time.
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I met Jen and Bryan on their wedding day, and Jen is just so adorable! The couple DROVE from Winnipeg, Canada with their family and friends to celebrate their nuptials. For a small, intimate wedding at Escena Golf Club in Palm Springs, California the lovely couple had a great turn out! At least 50 guests traveled from Canada to celebrate this joyous occasion with these two lovebirds. Continue reading this post»
Jane and Kenton met at UCLA (Go Bruins!) so it only made sense to take their engagement photos there. I loved the beautiful architecture, brick walls, and arches that Royce Hall lent for this romantic e-session.Continue reading this post»
Film. It has always held a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to photography when digital wasn’t really a thought. It’s hard to believe that most photographers still used film as their main medium only twelve years ago. I was captivated by every process that went into film. From loading black and white film stock into my 1983 Minolta XG-A to carefully and thoughtfully mixing the chemicals to develop the film- then taking it with photo paper into the darkroom where I’d meticulously timed and exposed my film onto the paper using an enlarger. I went down the line: chemicals, water, chemicals, water, then hung the photo to dry. I can still hear my photography instructor, a Corona High School legend- Mr. Nino, utter his favorite response when I turned in my project, “Spot toning!”.Continue reading this post»
You can’t beat the warm Southern California weather and a sunny day at Laguna Beach. What’s even better is that teal maxi dress Sam wore in her photos. I love when I get to work with couples who have a natural chemistry with one another because it makes my job super easy. No coaxing necessary here! Just two people in love spending quality time at the beach. Continue reading this post»
I am digging Aurora’s vintage style for this engagement session. Her hair, dress, and shoes are the perfect example of what to wear on an engagement session. Since I get this question rather frequently, I thought it be best to sum it all up in a blog post. What to wear on your engagement shoot…Continue reading this post»
Spring is just around the corner, and after all the holidays (Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day) tons of engagements happened everywhere! So now that the weather is warming up, many couples will want to take their engagement photos at the beach. Understandable given the warm, sunny California weather entices Cali natives to kick off their shoes and dig their toes into the sand.Continue reading this post»
Tom and Elle have the cutest baby boy! I mean, look at those rosey cheeks, blue eyes, and-yes- red hair. Ryder Maxwell Johnston is such a sweet little guy. He loves to snuggle, and even his cries are soft.Continue reading this post»