Markstrum family in Santa Barbara

How lucky to be able to spend the morning in Santa Barbara celebrating the most precious little girl! First in their home, then down to the beach, we captured all the love these three share — the lovely little family I felt so happy to get to know better since Mama just happens to be the woman who taught my kids music when they were little.

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!

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 😉

It’s Recital Season!

I had so much fun setting up this shoot for my dear friend’s daughter who just happens to be performing this weekend in several recitals with Billy Clower Dance Studio here in Ventura. I danced (or tried, at least) for Billy Clower when I was a kid — when he was still teaching the classes — so it was wonderful to see Parker doing the same, looking so formal and poised in her costume, and just way too grown up already. We were working on getting “natural” smiles and expressions and I think we succeeded! She is just beautiful, don’t you think?

Mini Session time!

Lore Photography Mini Sessions are here!
Welcome in summer with a portrait session — perfect for a Father’s Day gift or graduating seniors.
Sunday evening, May 22nd = $85.
–15-20 minutes
–10-12 fully edited, high resolution digital images in an online gallery for you to view, share, and download from
–option to order prints and other products directly from your gallery — at a 20% discount
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Grandma and her girls

I had the pleasure of shooting this lovely extended family a few weeks ago up in beautiful Ojai at Libby Park. Grandma and her five beautiful granddaughters — what could be better? We had a gorgeous day and a lot of fun exploring and playing on the larger-than-life play structure at Libby. What impressed me the most is the love and playfulness between these 5 girls — clearly, cousin time is special in this family and I loved capturing that for them

Family Fun at the Beach… No, at the Park

When our Pastor’s daughter asked me to do a session with her extended family for her mom’s birthday I was just tickled. They are such a fun and loving family, and the kids? Adorable! So we set out last month to get some great family shots at Marina Park in Ventura, but when we met at our agreed upon time, I could tell it was going to be too cold and windy for some nice portraits. I figured we could get some fun and happy candids anyway, which we did, and enjoyed the funny windy hair and the cuddling under blankets. So it was back to the calendars to find another date the 11 of us could all agree upon, this time at Camino Real Park, which is just beautiful this time of year with the trees and green grass. I love this family!

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Engaged!

Marina Park in Ventura and stormy evening weather made a beautiful backdrop for this couple’s engagement photos. I loved the clouds and we got some great views of the moon over the water, but most of all I loved seeing the joy and laughter between them. Nothing better than a good “can’t keep their eyes off each other” engagement shoot to remind us all what it felt like to be making plans and dreaming dreams.