Carpinteria Family Portraits

This family wanted to have family portraits at the tidepools in Carpinteria, CA. So we had to schedule their session with a low tide, near sunset…not to mention availability for everyone concerned! And wouldn’t you know it, the first time we tried, the sun was shining but the wind was blowing so hard it was…

Family Portraits at Hartley Botanica (Somis, California)

Family portraits taken at a lush botanical garden near Camarillo, CA. Story below…   Hartley Botanica is a lush oasis of all things green, out in the middle of nowhere. Ok perhaps not “nowhere”, but right in the middle of ranch-and-orchard country in Somis, California. It’s not the first place you’d expect to find a…

Family Picnic

Every year my wife’s extended family meets for a picnic. Some family members travel to California from Arizona or Oregon, so this is no ordinary ‘family picnic’. This past weekend it also happened to coincide with Aunt Florence’s 92nd birthday, which we celebrated as well. I brought down my Mamiya 645AF for the occasion. But…

Smile! (Family Portrait Session)

  This is the fourth time I’ve worked with this family in four years, and yet this is the first family portrait I’ve ever taken of them. How is that possible? I first met them when I was hired to document the mom’s military retirement ceremony. The next year, I took the son’s high school…

Client Session: Oxnard Dunes

This portrait session is from a couple of months ago. What a great, fun, relaxed family to work with! It was a little windy that day, but the weather was beautiful. A wonderful reminder as to why Southern California is so great! Technical info below. The group image on the sand dunes was shot with…

Portrait Session at Mandalay Dunes

In southern California, one tends to take nice weather for granted. Although usually it’s of the clear-blue-sky variety, with no clouds to be found anywhere. Lately though we’ve had anything but the standard sunny sunset. So we were very lucky for this family portrait session, as coincidence had us schedule it between two sets of…