My Family Photography Session- Orange County Family Photographer

Ten years ago, I met the most amazing person that would become my husband, Mikko. Through this marriage, I gained two beautiful daughters – Hayley and Mia. When Mikko suggested taking family photos while Hayley was home during her Christmas break, I realized that I had taken many photos of the girls throughout the years – but never of all of us together as a family.

I got to appreciate what my clients go through at their end before a shoot. Hayley has always had beautiful natural blonde hair, but unexpectedly this time came home as a brunette instead!  After the initial surprise, I realized she actually looked great as a brunette. Pulling together the wardrobe did not go as originally planned either. I had a black color theme in mind, but wanted to break it up a little. Hayley was going to wear a black top with white piping in it, a top that belongs to her younger sister. My mistake was waiting until the day of the shoot to discover that the top did not fit her. Despite surprises and last-minute wardrobe changes, we pulled it off and got loving pictures of the whole family as well a beautiful image of the sisters with their Dad.  I guess the whole thing just went down like the name of a classic play by Shakespeare: “All’s well that ends well”.

P.S. I surprised Mikko for his birthday with a few beautiful wall portraits from the shoot!!

Family Portraits at the San Juan Capistrano Mission

I have many returning families coming back year after year for family portraits. Robert, Lisa and their two children Jack and Kate, I have photographed at the beach, park, urban but never at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Which is always one of my favorite places for the incredible architecture. 024Jack is now taller than his Mom!!!
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Family Photography in the City for the Holidays!!

Kate, Robert, Jax (their faithful dog), Lisa and Jack, I have been photographing since 2009! The first time I photographed Kate she was a toddler. Lots of changes.
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Sophia Annual Holiday Portraits

Always a pleasure photographing sweet and beautiful Sophia every year. Love working with her Mother to plan out Sophia’s session. Sophia’s Mother picked the perfect dress for the San Juan Capistrano as it looks stunning against the backdrops and grounds. Flatters Sophia.001 Logo The above image looks like a painting. My favorite.017 Logo006 LogoBetween me and Sophia’s parents we got some great expressions out of Sophia for the photos. 
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Great Family Photos at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano

Lovely family visiting from Arizona to celebrate their daughter’s sixth Birthday. My third set of twins this year at the Mission. Love the adorable dresses the girls are wearing.001 logo CroppedMy favorite family image. Everybody is kissing!!060 Vignette Filter014004  Logo018003 Logo071017047 Vignette Filter069029002 logopsd