Country Family Mini Session

Ring Ring! “Hello?”
“Hi Teri, this is Kristin. My kids are home, my husbands off work, can we do our mini session this weekend?”
I usually like to plan my sessions a little further out, but if the timing is right, then you just gotta do it, right? I’m so glad we did, too. We met on a Friday afternoon at sunset at Casper’s Wilderness Park in front of their fun country wind mill. A little standing here, move your arm this way, laying on the ground by yours truly and BAM! 20 min’s later you’re done. What a great way to keep your family portraits up to date!

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The Moore’s live in the Pacific Northwest, but that was not a problem for this family. They took the opportunity while here in Orange County , visiting family, to have some family portraits done. Their location of choice was none other than Grandma’s backyard! Once I arrived on the crisp cool December day, I was escorted to the back yard to scope it out and allow mom time to finish getting ready. This was a perfect opportunity to get to know 5 year old L a little better and to pick out a few nice areas for me to work in.
First up, was Grandma and her grandkids posed beautifully in front of the outdoor fireplace.

Then we added the rest of the family members for a full group shot. Which I processed with a little more sophistication knowing that Grandma would be wanting to hang these in her home.

Whoops! that was the silly pic. How about this one?
Then there was a little more time to take some candids. Little Z had so much fun being entertained by her older cousin. This was a perfect time to get these sweet images.


So next time you have a family gathering, just remember that these sweet times don’t last forever; kids grow older, family moves away and opportunities are lost. It is up to us to take time in the present to create lasting memories like these, print them and hang them in your home to help us remember how truly precious family is.


Volkman Family Session – (Riley Wilderness Park)

Baby Love At The Park

When this family first called to book their session I have to say that i was a little nervous knowing that their baby would only be 12 weeks old.  However, this little sweetheart was as good as could be.  First she gave us nothing but love and smiles with her eyes wide open, and then she fussed for about 2 seconds and fell fast asleep.


2016-01-07_0011But that was not the end of the session as inspiration is around every corner.  I ran to my wagon and pulled out my crate and the hand knit blanket which I purchased from the amazing Jennifer Larson. My vision was a sleeping beauty in the forest.  I fantasized about inserting some forest friends into the image but opted not to.