Markstrum family in Santa Barbara

How lucky to be able to spend the morning in Santa Barbara celebrating the most precious little girl! First in their home, then down to the beach, we captured all the love these three share -- the lovely little family I felt so happy to get to know better since Mama just happens to be the woman who taught my kids music when they were little.

A dad and his boys

I had the pleasure of creating portraits of this family last Christmas and now that older brother came to town, we got together again to document their time together. Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks is such a lovely place to shoot too -- my first time; I just loved all the options and the beautiful greenery. These guys were great sports, clowning around together. And Dad was truly pleased to have some great images of his three boys altogether. Here are a few favorites from our session. (click on any image to cycle through them full size)

Fun Family session at Lavender Inn, Ojai / Ventura family photographer

I have a special place in my heart for Lavender Inn in Ojai, so I was so pleased when the owner agreed to let me do a few portrait sessions in the beautiful gardens. This family has so much fun together and so much energy -- love being around them! The youngest fell asleep in the car on the drive up to Ojai from Ventura, so we didn't get much of him, but everyone else enjoyed the day... especially the bolting away from the group part -- so funny! ;-)

Grandma and her girls

I had the pleasure of shooting this lovely extended family a few weeks ago up in beautiful Ojai at Libby Park. Grandma and her five beautiful granddaughters -- what could be better? We had a gorgeous day and a lot of fun exploring and playing on the larger-than-life play structure at Libby. What impressed me the most is the love and playfulness between these 5 girls -- clearly, cousin time is special in this family and I loved capturing that for them

Family Fun at the Beach... No, at the Park

When our Pastor's daughter asked me to do a session with her extended family for her mom's birthday I was just tickled. They are such a fun and loving family, and the kids? Adorable! So we set out last month to get some great family shots at Marina Park in Ventura, but when we met at our agreed upon time, I could tell it was going to be too cold and windy for some nice portraits. I figured we could get some fun and happy candids anyway, which we did, and enjoyed the funny windy hair and the cuddling under blankets. So it was back to the calendars to find another date the 11 of us could all agree upon, this time at Camino Real Park, which is just beautiful this time of year with the trees and green grass. I love this family!Hallblog-9Hallfamilyblog-105Hallfamilyblog-109Hallfamilyblog-111Hallfamilyblog-112Hallfamilyblog-108Hallfamilyblog-107Hallfamilyblog-103Hallfamilyblog-102Hallfamilyblog-101Hallfamilyblog-100Hallfamilyblog-113Hallfamilyblog-106Hallblog-8Hallblog-4Hallblog-1Hallblog-7Hallblog-5Hallblog-10

Evening light

After a fun shoot with the C. family (blog post coming soon) I headed over to the Nicolle house for some fun family shots. I cannot stop cracking up when I see these -- so much silliness going on here! Thanks, friends, for some great times and some good practice with my new camera. Here are just a few of my favorites -- I'll post the link to their gallery when I finish editing. I think I like the yawning one best!
And this one is just so, so sweet....Nicolle (7 of 7)