child photography

Northern California Child Photographer - Cutest Boy!

I just can't even stand it! This little guy - my youngest adorable one is just the sweetest little boy ever. I pray every day that his sweet soul stays sweet as he grows. He has a big heart, is so loving, and is stinking adorable. Certainly blessed to be his mamma!

So for your enjoyment, oohs and ahhs...a sample of Kai's 3 year birthday portraits! Balloons and all! 
 

Eden Valley Orchard and Edenvale Winery - Family Photos Southern Oregon

Eden Valley Orchard and Edenvale Winery - Family Photos Southern Oregon

Adorable Mom and Son Family Portrait Session at the Eden Valley Orchard in Phoenix Oregon. 

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Mommy & Me at Willow & Wren

Willow & Wren was the perfect spot for the Mommy & Me Mini Session Event! Half of the Session Fees are being donated to Relay for Life! Woot! So excited about that! Our community is pretty involved in Relay for Life and I'm on our local Starbucks' team, "Brewin for a Cure" ...as a former partner and obsessive drinker (coffee),  I enjoy being part of the team! So I'm excited that we were able to donate a little extra to the cause.  I will be open and honest here and just say that... I waited way too long to launch the program and results didn't turn out as poppin as I had hoped for. Willow & Wren was perfect though! The adorable small town shop belongs to an old high school friend. I'm so proud of that Girl-Boss! Runnin your own business is no joke! And seriously this shop is so stinkin adorable. This place had me drooling over it the minute I walked in! This is future studio material we're talkin! Some-day you guys.. someday. #goalsetting  ;) lol
ANYWAY, I digress.. lol - However low the turn out, I did get to reconnect with a childhood friend and her adorable little girl. Mellisa and I used to meet up at my dad's property after school I think at the end of JR. High and beginning of HS. Her grandma was a caretaker for my grandma. I had a horse there, an old sweet learner horse for me ;) and we pretended to totally know what we were doing, rode poor Sugar around town until she was sweaty, spent the days outside, or scrounging for money to go get Dottie's, and all was good!  We have "reconnected" on Facebook over the last couple of years but we haven't met up, or talked much at all until she inquired about the Mini Sessions. She has not changed a bit! She has become a beautiful Momma, she has such a sweet disposition and is doing a great job with her little girl! Who by the way is such a ham! I feel so blessed to have been able to reconnect with her for the shoot and our ordering session and capture this sweet season for them. 
Happy Almost Mother's Day!! I hope this brightens your week! 
 

The What to Wear Dilema!

I'm not talking about my clothing choices here. That's a whole other story for another time! But, have you ever been unsure of what to wear, or what to dress your kids in for a photo shoot? I'm doing a shoot in a few weeks of 3 little kiddos. My client wanted suggestions on clothing for them so I went scouting. Now, little kids are easy. Honestly they look cute in anything! I've done shoots of my kids in crazy mis-matched, dirty play clothes... and they're adorable. Biased? eh.. maybe. So really, I don't feel a ton of pressure  on perfect dressing when it's kids! It does turn out amazing when outfits come together perfectly.. but they turn out pretty great none-the-less. The hard part comes when it comes to dressing ourselves for this sort of thing right?? Ha! Anyway... I digress! 
First step - Figure out what item it is that you really want to incorporate, or find something you like that has multiple colors in it. One piece, for one person... It totally takes care of your color scheme for you! Then try basing other items off of that. Coordinate Schmoordinate! not Matchy Matchy! 
Since we were starting from scratch and getting all new things - I went searching for something with a pattern or print that I could base the other outfits off of. I'll be honest - its easiest to do this for the girl of the group usually... not always. I found an adorable plaid shirt for my 2 year old boy last Fall for our photos, and that became the center piece that our other colors were based around.  I figured since I'd basically be sending my client suggestions - I would try and keep everything at one online store. I checked my go-to's: Target, Gap, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Children's Place....andfinally landed at Old Navy. There were a lot of single pieces I liked at each store, but the coordinating 2 boys and 1 girl part proved to be best suited to Old Navy this time around. I found this shirt at OldNavy.com - and it was perfect! (A little Pantone Color of the 2016 slipped in here!) 

Pink and Blue Floral Girls Top
Boy's Clothing Pantone Blue

After finding her shirt, I worked on the boys outfits. Toddlers and babies are easy, so I started with the older boy. One thing to keep in mind is texture and layers. So I went with layers for him... Notice how I'm pulling out the dark and light blues. This is the set I put together to send to my client... Obviously there are some choices there for her to choose from... but I'm basing the outfit for him, off of the colors in her shirt. I don't usually worry too much about the combining patterns thing, because I've seen some super cute shoots with stripes and plaids.. You just have to be careful. But stripes and florals are a total YES. :)  

The little guy was easy - something about a button up with rolled up sleeves is adorable on a little one! Kept him simple, but I think he ties both of the other kids together well. Here is a case of options to coordinate, but not matching... I feel like its done well!  

Little Miss ended up with some Navy leggings,  and we will throw in some accessories to brighten things up for the little miss some.. and bam! 
 

Can't wait to see it all come together! 
 

Loving Pink Bokeh!

I do NOT know much about trees, and plants so I can't tell you what kind, but there is a line of really pretty trees out front that are usually red leafed.  In the Spring they have the most beautiful pink blossoms! It SERIOUSLY makes me want to visit DC and the Cherry Blossoms everywhere! I've noticed a few times how amazingly the sun sets behind the row of these trees and told myself - I really need to get some pictures before they're all gone! They are definitely transitioning to their red-state. So a few evenings ago... in the best impromptu type of unplanned way (as you can tell by my daughter's super coordinated outfit) I popped out there to just snap a couple of shots. 
One thing I really am drawn to in these, is the Bokeh!! So often that beautiful bokeh when I get it, is filled, and lush with greens, yellows with maybe a few spots of color here and there... This is just so different! I love it! 

Pink Blossoms
Pink Blossomed Tree

Of course this girl had to get in on the action and bring her style ;)
 

Girl with Blossoms