Thursday, June 28, 2012

Robin - Class of 2012 - Loomis, CA Senior Portrait Session

If I could describe Robin in one word, it would be "spunky". She was a member of the Color Guard team, and everytime I saw her was full of positive energy that would fill the whole room. AND a pretty amazing artist to add to that!  The day we planned for her senior portrait session, it was RAINING... like, first week of June, crazy weather rainstorm raining.  She was ready to roll once I picked her up, cheerful as every and ready to go for it, regardless of whether it was raining cats & dogs or not.  Luckily, the clouds took a break just for us, and we had a fantastic time out in downtown Loomis.  Robin was fabulous to work with, and I'm in love with so many of her portraits!
After rocking it out in downtown Loomis, we headed down the road to Penryn's finest rock quarry for a few nature-ish portraits before calling it a day.
A quick last few token cap & gown shots, where Robin took liberty of adding a little pizzazz to the usual "blah" that goes with wearing these LOVELY cap & gown creations :)
Robin was a blast to spend time with, and I cannot wait to see her spread her wings and grow as she heads of to BYU for college in the fall!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bekah Turns 10 - Modesto, CA - Northern California Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Later in the afternoon, after doing The Peterson's Family Session, we headed across down to my uncle's house to gather my younger cousin Bekah for a mini session of her own.  After getting her & her American Girl Doll all dressed up and ready to go, we headed out to a small little park to photograph her and her now 10 year old self.
It took some convincing and arm twisting, but between Lisa & I, we were finally able to get her to break the mold and smile with her teeth!  Bekah has such a great smile, and I'm so glad we were able to get that out of her :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Peterson Family Portrait Session - CSU Stanislaus - Modesto, CA

Right around the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, I headed off to Modesto for a family portrait session with my cousin Lisa, her husband and their two kids.  The last time I photographed them, Kent was still a few months away from coming in to the world.  Now at nearly 20 months, this kid is on the go!  Of course, Lorelai has perfected her poses, looking adorable as ever.  The session took place at CSU Stanislaus, which had a cute little bridge and creek running through.   I wish my college had a fun little area like that!

Kent was super facinated by the ducks & water, so after a little break, we reeled him back in for a few more family portraits.
Lisa told me she wanted a 30x40 for her wall. This next one gets my vote, plus a vote that she should go bigger than that :)
So it seems that Kent prefers to not share the spotlight. He was hamming it up when all the attention was put on him!
We finally set the kids free to run around, and made sure to get an up to date husband & wife portrait for them. 5 years later, and they're still looking pretty good!
In a few short months, this little family is off to Denver for their next adventure as Brett begins his journey to being an orthodontist. While I TOTALLY don't approve of this situation, I might have to have Lisa do some photography advertising for me out there, so I have lots of reasons to travel out there.  Or I might just have to forbid her from hiring anyone else ;)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Del Oro L Pattern Participants - Loomis, CA Portrait Session

This past spring semester, Del Oro had it's first set of competitors in the L Pattern Competition in as long as anyone can remember.  L Pattern was a division of the Winter Competitions for the NCBA bracket (along with the Winter Guard & Winter Percussion Groups) and my sister was one of the three competitors for the school. Once the season was over, we got together on two different occasions to get some portraits to commemorate the season for these three girls.  Each of them did an awesome job, and have plans to compete again next year.
Aileen and Megan met up on school grounds for their portraits, making use of the football stadium's bright colors and school spirit.  The L Pattern competition was held outdoors (with the exception of rainy days) and was often done on football fields.
This upcoming fall season, Megan will take over the honor of being Drum Major for the 2012-2013 year. This spring she competed in just the field conducting portion of the competition, but did an awesome job! I'm sure she's going to be a fantastic leader over the next school year.
For the second group of portraits, we met up with Mary & her parents a few days later at a small little area that I've always loved to use for portraits. The weather was fantastic that evening, and these two did great!
Mary & Aileen both competed in the Military part of the competition as well as the field conducting. Mary placed first on multiple occasions, even at the final championship competition!
These three girls really did do a phenomenal job for their first year in a competition they had only ever watched before. I can't wait to see how they do next spring with a year of experience under their belts. At championships, they all placed extremely well in both field conducting & military (first, second AND third went to these three just for the field conducting portion!) and I'm excited to see how well they do the next year!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jones Family Portrait Session - Loomis, CA

Back in January, I donated a session to the Del Oro Band Crab Feed.  Mid-April, I was contacted by Lori, to find out she was the winner!  They had only done portraits in studios before, and I was excited to work with her and her five kids to create some portraits that were different from every other session they had done in years before.  We set out to one of my favorite spots in town, which worked perfectly with their wardrobe choices!  The kids were energetic and ready to go, and everyone was such a blast to work with!  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day :)
Each of them were told to wear some shoes with color, so of course, there HAD to be a photo featuring each of their shoe choices & individual styles!
While the sun was heading down in the sky, we headed across the road to the train tracks to do a few more portraits before calling it a night :)
Overall, we had a great time, and got some images that I absolutely LOVE. The Jones Family was a great bunch to work with, and I hope they love their portraits as much as I did photographing them!