A dad and his boys

I had the pleasure of creating portraits of this family last Christmas and now that older brother came to town, we got together again to document their time together. Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks is such a lovely place to shoot too — my first time; I just loved all the options and the beautiful greenery. These guys were great sports, clowning around together. And Dad was truly pleased to have some great images of his three boys altogether. Here are a few favorites from our session. (click on any image to cycle through them full size)

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! 😉

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.