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Family time at Carpinteria Bluffs / Ventura family photographer

This family clearly knows their way around the beach. The forecast was for rain early in the day but we got lucky — it managed to clear up and turn into one of the most beautiful evenings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a family in. The Bluffs are great for variety any time of year, but after the recent rains, the lush grass and warm tones really made for some beautiful images. They were clearly so at ease with each other, so kind and warm to each other, that we got some pictures the family just love. All the sweeter because they hadn’t had family photos done since before the younger two were born.  A great start to what I hope becomes a yearly tradition!

Fun Family session at Lavender Inn, Ojai / Ventura family photographer

I have a special place in my heart for Lavender Inn in Ojai, so I was so pleased when the owner agreed to let me do a few portrait sessions in the beautiful gardens. This family has so much fun together and so much energy — love being around them! The youngest fell asleep in the car on the drive up to Ojai from Ventura, so we didn’t get much of him, but everyone else enjoyed the day… especially the bolting away from the group part — so funny! 😉

The Rupperts in Seattle / Ventura County Family Photographer

Seattle — what a gorgeous backdrop for this brightly-clad family of 4, who really knew how to rock coordinated but not too matchy-matchy — the perfect fall look for this October shoot at the park with the iconic Space Needle in the background. I love their crisp, together look that’s fun but still neutral. And these girls could not be any cuter! This family clearly has so much fun together too, which gave their session a playful feel.

Olivos Adobe wedding, Ventura Ca.

These two…. after shooting their engagement photos I was so honored and pleased to be asked to photograph their very special wedding. I loved seeing their amazing group of family and friends pull together and, with all that they had to give, bless this couple with the most amazing memories. It was such a lovely outdoor ceremony and reception at Olivas Adobe Park in Ventura — hard to pick just a few to share!  Their wedding party consisted of 42 people, so we had a great time trying to get everyone in — but you can just see the love!

The birth of Baby Bodhi, Ventura California birth photography

This amazing young couple definitely earned the mellowest client ever award in my book! Through 56 hours of labor, a C-section, and an amazing array of visitors the next day, they stayed peaceful, calm, hopeful, and just plain beautiful, inside and out. I had the very special privilege of being the first thing this sweet little guy looked over at when he opened his eyes for the first time. For a moment, after they brought him to the warmer, he did not take a breath and suddenly there was tension, but after a long half minute or so he cried out and all of us in the room let out our breath. Mom was a trooper throughout and it was such a pleasure to capture this life-changing moment in their lives, to document the peaceful atmosphere they have brought little Bodhi into, and to share these images with them. He’s got some pretty special parents and I wish them all the best in this new life together.

Ventura maternity session–And baby Capri makes three!

So many images to share from this fun and gorgeous maternity shoot at Marina Park in Ventura. Perfect weather, adventurous children, parents who clearly adore each other…. what’s not to love? I especially like the images on the sand with the sun setting behind that baby belly! And I’m happy to say that baby Capri was born healthy and is as sweet as can be.

Nieces are the best!

I just love having so many nieces, but even better, I have a couple  “just-like-a-niece” in my best friends’ girls. I did a shoot recently up in Ojai at Libby Park and just adored the light and the greenery. On the drive home I noticed so many spots that would be just perfect for a shoot, so I called up my best friend Juls and a few days later we piled SIX girls into her Honda Pilot and headed up to Ojai in search of an open field. We found one with gorgeous light, but we were just a few weeks late for the wild flowers. This made absolutely no difference to the girls, who lifted the stools over their heads and plowed a path through the waist-high weeds with there lovely bare legs. LOVE these girls!! They were ready for anything, so I got to try a lot of different ideas, and they got to flip their hair a bunch. Got some fun shots in the field, then headed down to Ventura for sunset shots on the beach. But since it looked like we were going to miss sunset anyway, we stopped just along the road after Oakview for this absolutely gorgeous vista of the valley and hills behind. The girls really wanted to go to the beach though so we ended the evening at the path near the train bridge in Ventura for some night shots. So much fun! Love my young models. They need to practice their rendition of the Fight Song though 😉