Family Photos: The Scott Family

I've known this family since I was maybe 13 years old when I started babysitting the oldest boy. They continued adding to their clan and I kept playing and watching them. They are all incredibly athletic and hard workers. I am so glad I got to capture a little bit of who they are right now. The oldest left shortly after we took these pictures for basic training. Mom just posted that he graduated the other weekend! So proud of him and all his hard work! Also, isn't Lindsey's hair to die for???

Family photos: Mother, son session

Gina found me through the Neighborhood app when I posted there about blossom sessions. I had so much fun meeting her and her son and getting to know them a little bit. They're a sweet mother, son team and just seemed to click together. Her son is right on the edge of growing into that young man instead of a boy and I'm so glad I got to document them before they move into the next stage of teenage-dom.

Photography for photography's sake

Sometimes when I'm waiting to start a family photo session, or when I'm just location scouting around Fresno, I like to take pictures just for picture taking sake. If I'm location scouting, there's probably a bunch of images of my children exploring the area because I'm sure they're with me too. If I'm waiting for a client, it's probably me messing around with my settings, trying out different lights, getting close, getting far way. I tend to like the details best. Taking the detail shots forces me to slow down a bit and helps me calm down. I have to breathe deep and hold it to reduce camera shake. I can take my time finding the light and angle I like best, figuring out what I want my focal point to rest on, adjusting settings, creating an image just for me. 

Children's Photos: At the Ranch

I grew up going to visit my great grandma at her ranch for all the major holidays and occasionally in between. My great grandma passed away the summer I finished up college so I had my Mamo in my life for a good long time.

We got to go up and help my mom and aunt clean up Mamo's house and I got to see my kids run all wild and free out there and realize that I'm sad they won't have that place be a part of their childhood. I loved all of the old things you could find in the house and barn. I remember complaining about being bored, but I also remember wandering around the fields, playing in the creek, pulling out all of the old toys in the window seats. Being bored is good for kids, it makes them use their imagination. I'm sad they won't get to remember this place, but I'm glad I got to see them play and explore there for a little while. 

While we were there, my aunt found my great grandpa's camera kit. It was a huge bag stuffed full with an old camera, multiple lenses, various accessories and a bunch of old slide film. So fun!