January 22, 2015

Best of 2014 - Ventura County Photography

I have so much gratitude for every shoot from 2014. I've said it many times but I have to say again that I truly have the best clients. I have people that ask me to photograph them because they like my style and value what I do which is such a blessing and an honor for me. The photos below are my personal favorites from 2014, each for a different reason. It's has been a joy to stop time for just a moment and create something beautiful in each photograph. I'm so grateful for all my clients who trust me to do that for them! My top ten in no particular order:

This beautiful woman is a fellow photographer and friend of mine who has pushed me creatively more than once. She asked for a styled vintage pin-up shoot that would be a present to her husband. I was able to incorporate everything I've learned about posing women with the style she brought to the shoot and it made for a set of photographs that I'm so proud of. 
There was a moment of excitement for me during this shoot when I knew that I had just taken the photo that I had hoped would happen. Adorable family + everyone playing and smiling + beautiful scenery + blurred ocean at sunset = exactly what I wanted! And the little guy sticking his tongue out makes it so much better!

This girl made my top 10 last year. And she will probably be in it every year. Not because she is my niece but because she is awesome to photograph and takes direction so well! If you've been to the LACMA, you'll recognize the lamp posts she is surrounded by. With dozens of people walking through the posts and taking selfies with friends while we shot, we had to wait for just the right second to get it too look like no one else was around.
Having two little boys of my own, I'm a sucker for mommas and their babies. These two peas in a pod were so fun. This gorgeous woman is an amazing make up artist. I've photographed some her clients and her work is flawless.
I love love! Everything about this sweet couple's intimate ceremony was beautiful. I'm lucky to have been there and to call them friends. I also love the composition of this photo and those amazing trees. 

I'm all for a little PDA during a photo shoot.  He said he was too tall for a kissing shot. I disagreed and I'm so glad I did! With out knowing it they left the perfect amount of space for that beautiful sun to shine through. I wish I had a shot like this of me and my sweetheart!
I was able to photograph this precious baby at 3, 6, and 9 months of age during 2014. She was this fun every time! Her eyes need zero enhancing, they are this beautiful and more in person.
These are my own sweet babies. I envisioned this photograph while I was pregnant and I couldn't wait to have big brother hold his baby brother. After I posted this photo the first time I got a lot of questions about how it was created. Along with the right camera settings, a lot of patience, and needing two adorable kids, it takes a sheer curtain over a sliding glass door and a white blanket of the floor. It's all natural beautiful light.
I mentioned that I love love but it may be an understatement of how much it actually melts my heart. These two melt my heart. Every engagement shoot is so exciting for me. These shoots are a fun, serious, sweet, silly, and romantic all packed into one session. This couple was all of those things and fantastic to photograph!

I take a lot of family photos at our local pier. It's beautiful anytime of day and any day of the year but if you catch it at the right time with the right tide it's like magic. This photo is my best example yet as to what I've been working on lately. This one photo is actually about 16 photos stitched together. The purpose of doing it makes for one photo with a very sharp and very shallow depth of field (only the family and the line they are in is in focus) and a lot of scenery. It's always fun to see a photo like this come together.

Thank you again to everyone who had me photograph them and the people they love this last year. 2014 was so good, I'm excited for what 2015 has in store!

August 17, 2014

Hannah - Ojai, Ventura County Senior Photography

A few highlights from a favorite senior shoot! This girl has so much spark! She made this shoot so easy with her amazing smile and personality. I also loved photographing her in our hometown of beautiful Ojai. Ojai is filled with nooks and crannies that are perfect as portrait backdrops. Thanks, Hannah, for having me do these portraits for you to celebrate your high school achievements! Best of luck to you during your upcoming years at BYU!

August 4, 2014

Teagan 6 months old - Ventura County Baby Photography

I'm going way out of order but I don't want to wait any longer to post the highlights from this shoot. I've been lucky to photograph Teagan at 10 days, 3 months, and 6 months old. It has been so fun to see her grow and her personality develop!

July 14, 2014

The Cook Family - Ventura County Family Photography

When dad decides to buy a vintage firetruck the next obvious step is to take some family photos with the new toy! I love this family. They are so happy and fun. These were taken for their Christmas card, of 2013. Yes, I am still catching up with posting shoots from last year. :)

January 25, 2014

Endless Earrings - Ventura Product Photography

This is going to be two posts in a row about my sister, Tammy! This time it's not to show off her cute family but to show off her amazing talent (one of many)! She created Endless Earrings, an amazing collection of beautiful earrings and an endless supply of possibilities to mix and match for the perfect look. Check out her site www.endlessearrings.com to see how it all works! You can also see my photography work all over that site. I LOVE taking photos of her earrings, collections, and possibilities. I did every photo on the site and I love how she's organized them all and is using them to show off her talents. Click HERE for her site or click HERE to see my favorite possibility, the tear-drop Swarovski Pearl!

I'm currently working on some promo videos for her site, so check it again soon to see more!