January 11, 2016

Top Ten Portraits of 2015 | Ventura County Photographer

Last week I shared my top ten wedding photos of 2015. In years past my top ten list has been a combination of my wedding and portrait work but I had to split them and make two lists this year! The following photos are my favorite portraits from 2015. These portraits are from all the different kinds of shoots that I do including newborn/baby, child, senior, maternity and family. I love to photograph people and create portraits that become heirlooms. I hope you enjoy! Here is are my top ten in no particular order!

This shoot was mainly planned to get head shots for the most adorable little boy. We planned a couple family shots too, but my favorite turned out to be this candid moment as I was following them out to the sand. Their little guy was having so much fun and kicked his legs out while coasting along. I love how playful it makes the whole photo feel. Add that fun to the beautiful scenery and the composition with the wavy sidewalk and I've fallen in love with this family photo.

I wanted to pick at least 10 photos just from this one maternity shoot a lone. In this shoot there is gorgeous Ojai scenery, backlight trees, and a family of three that will melt your heart but the connection with the glowing mama's inner light in this portrait keeps pulling me back. 

I'm thrilled with this studio portrait! All their beautiful eyes sparkle, their clothing choices are perfect, and the smiles are sincere. Happy people are the most photogenic people. 

This is the best example of why I love out door family photos. After we get the traditional portraits I like to give families time to play so I can catch these beautiful interactions. Pair a mama and baby with the beautiful dreamy light just after sunset and my heart has melted.

Senior photo shoots are the most fun. We get portraits with connection and candids, but what I love the most is how clear the personalities of this age group show through their photos. I also love this girl's colorful style.

I think every little girl wants to be a mermaid. So why not make it happen! This sweetheart was so excited, but like most mermaids she was very shy in front of the camera. I think this posed shot with a candid feel suits her perfectly. This was my only themed shoot for the year but I just love how it turned out.

This family rocked their shoot! They hiked in their beautiful clothes to get this amazing spot. Their styling is spot on. I love that their clothing has textures, layers, with simple patterns and is coordinating but not completely matchy matchy. They all look so great together. A photo with great styling, a beautiful location, and genuinely happy people will be my favorite every time! 

These two beautiful souls. I was honored to photograph their engagement session and their wedding day in 2015. They are so sweet together and photogenic that I could have pulled a number of photos from their engagement session. Once again it's the connection in this photo that I love so much and the reason that it's one my favorite portraits from the year.  

I've had the pleasure to photograph this sweetheart as a newborn, at 3 months, and at 6 months as we are in the progress of creating her 1 year progression series. This is from her 6 month shoot. I love her expression, the colors, the light, and of course her adorable sideways crown.

I can't have a top ten with out this girl. She is my most photographed subject which is partly due to the fact that she is my niece, but also because we love to collaborate on photo and video projects together. Our shoots give me space to create without feeling restricted. Sometimes that means I try something new and I don't like how it turns out, but sometimes it becomes one of my favorite photos of the year. 

Thank you to all my awesome clients from 2015! You have all been a joy to work with!