I last photographed Arianna with her family about six years ago – she was just a spunky little kid then. Fast forward to this moment, and you see a beautiful young woman poised to take on the world. It's so special to see families grow over time, and extremely fulfilling to capture key moments for my clients that they'll treasure forever. This was a really quick senior portrait session since we stared out with some updated family photos – but we got some great variety. Check out my favorites below!
This loving father got matching golfing outfits for his two boys for their family portrait session at Boulder Ridge Golf Club in San Jose. We got permission to shoot on a closed day, and we got a perfect break in the weather this December – the sun was filtering through scattered clouds, and disappeared over the Santa Cruz mountains right when we finished. We got some great shots of the boys by themselves as well as all three, including a fun one where dad became the "tee" – enjoy my favorites below!
If I were to design a Christmas card with a model family, I'd probably start with this adorable group of humans (and canine). I mean, how cute are they? They wore perfect outfits for this late fall family photo shoot at Quail Hollow Ranch in Felton, California. I couldn't get enough of this sassy little girl, so cute in her red and black plaid coat. Definitely got some keepers here, enjoy a few of my favorites below.
To celebrate a year of physical reinvention, Grace decided to hire me to capture her new, fit self in all her glory. Grace's biggest fan – her adorable 4yo – joined us (hey, we were shooting at a playground – it was natural). Together we took a few improvised photos around the playground, Grace showing off skills she didn't have 12 months ago. I directed both Grace and son throughout the session, explaining what I wanted to see. They are both full of energy, lovely individuals; I hope some of these photos of Grace's milestone bring smiles for years to come.
This mom and her boys has a quick mini-session for their family at Quail Hollow Ranch in Felton, California. Even though it is November, the recent rain left us with plenty of green grass and an overall beautiful setting for some amazing family photos showing off these boys' unique personalities. Enjoy my faves below!
It's been a couple years since I photographed this lovely family – they wanted to shoot at the same place we did before when their girls were littl(er) – the expansive arboretum at the UC Santa Cruz campus. These sisters are so adorable and full of personality, it really made my job easy. Check out some of my favorite shots from their family session below:
I shot Diana and Hector's wedding last May (2015), so I was really excited to find out that they're expecting to meet their newborn son in a matter of weeks. Diana is officially in town, ready to have baby and enjoy some downtime with the rest of her local family. Since they've already had one false-alarm trip to the hospital, they figured getting that maternity shoot done was kind of a now or never deal. So we met up at Vasona Park (after deciding the beach was a little too far, too risky) for a mini-session. We got a few shots in, just as the sun was setting over the Santa Cruz mountains. I love these guys, truly a wonderful couple and soon to be equally great parents. Enjoy a few photos from the maternity session below.
I shot their wedding a few years ago, then maternity, and now – look at this beautiful, growing family! I love love love that I can capture these pivotal, timeless moments in peoples' lives, it really brings meaning and a deep sense of fulfillment. We had fun exploring Capitola Beach on this gorgeous November morning – pretty much nobody there and it was so nice out. These are all natural light shots as the sun we sitting behind some thin clouds, giving us some nice diffuse light for most of the session. Enjoy my faves below!
It's been a few years since I shot with this adorable Santa Cruz family, this time there's 5 of them instead of 4! So great to see families grow over time and capture these moments forever. We had their family portrait session at Natural Bridges again, definitely a popular destination for locals as well as visitors having a destination photo shoot. Enjoy some of my favorites below!
We photographed this family on their back patio with a panoramic ocean view – clearly everyone was dressed in red for the holidays! We didn't have a ton of room to work with but we made it happen, and got some great shots as a result!
Adorable little brothers and their parents run around at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, California. We had an awesome first family portrait session together, I can't wait to shoot with these guys again in a couple years. Check out my favorite photos below!
I love repeat family portrait clients – it means I am continuing to serve my community well, and clients are excited about what I can produce for them. It's not easy having family photos taken (I know, I've got three kids myself), so I appreciate the effort made by small families like Sam and Shaina here to get dressed up, take time off from work, and meet me at the beach to take some photos, regardless of how crazy their day/week/year is going. I pride myself in being quick, efficient, and getting the best side of peoples' personalities without being forced or awkward. It's just a matter of patience and experience, I think. It was great having Shaina's parents and sibling's family out for this year's family portrait session – a greater challenge, for sure, but worth it!
Below are some of my favorite photos from the family photography session. Thanks for checking it out!