Category Archives: Families

Will’s 1st Birthday (by Scott & Breanna)

It’s time for Will’s first birthday!!!!
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And what a party it was!

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There was fun…

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…music…

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…teepees…

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… feathers….

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… and cake for all…

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…even for Will’s brother Vincent, who helped Will out with his first birthday cake!

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There was no shortage of friends and family everywhere to help make Will’s birthday celebration the best it could be!

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What a great party it was! Congrats on the big 01, Will! Hopefully it’s another great year of fun and learning for you!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Will’s Birthday Party!

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Lisa and Bob’s Home on the Ranch Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Scottie and I (Breanna) have been photographers for quite awhile now.

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…..and yet there was one type of photo shoot we’d never done and didn’t even know existed for that matter….

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…animal head shots! So imagine our surprise when Lisa & Bob called us up to do that very thing!

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Let me give you a little more background here! Lisa and Bob own one of our all time favorite wedding venues to shoot at…. The Condor’s Nest Ranch, in Pala, California. If you don’t believe me that it’s one of the best wedding venues around, here are some of our photos from weddings there to help prove it.

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It’s this amazing ranch up in the mountains that is complete with Lisa and Bob’s amazing vintage collection of just about everything you could want, not to mention a gorgeous green house, old cars, a beautiful barn, and of course… the animals who live there!

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So when it came time for Lisa and Bob to get some new family photos done they called us up and then mentioned, “oh yeah, and we’d really love some head shots of the animals if you don’t mind… and we promise we won’t make you do chickens!”

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(No, she didn’t lie, there aren’t any official chicken head shots we had to do!)

So we were like, “Um, OK I guess we can do animal head shots?” Well it turns out that we could do it and I must say, Scottie was particularly talented at it!

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Of course it helped that we both made a new BFF!

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(That was literally the only way Scottie could shoot as long as his new bestie was hanging around… which was always!)

Lisa’s little friend was more on the subtle side… except for when he gave kisses!

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But then again that MIGHT have just been a permanent condition!

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Besides getting animal head shots, we also got some great photos of Lisa loving their property and all that it has to offer, as well as a few of Lisa and Bob enjoying it together (once he was done with multiple property tours that day since everyone and their mother wants to get married there!).

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I could go on and on about how amazing The Condor’s Nest Ranch is, but I think it’s better if I let these pictures and the ones from  the weddings we’ve shot there do the talking!

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Lisa and Bob, Congratulations on creating one of the best wedding venues in Southern California and for being so amazing to work with that we can’t get enough of being a part of weddings with you!

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Thanks for providing us with some of the most amazing photos of our career…. and now that we’ve done the animal head shots, with some of the most UNIQUE photos of our career!

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We’ve loved spending time with the two of you, your staff, your many pets, and of course with your gorgeous patio view! Thanks for giving us the kind of chill, gorgeous, unique, fun, and all round perfect places to spend so much of our time at! We hope to see you there many more times in the coming years!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Lisa and Bob’s Home on the Ranch Photo shoot!
Click to see the photos from the weddings we’ve shot at The Condor’s Nest Ranch!

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The Aharoni’s Extended Family Session (by Scott & Breanna)

When an extended family gets together all at one time, it’s a big deal. One that calls for some photo commemorating!

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Which is why the Aharoni’s called us (Scottie & Breanna) to do a photo session around Thanksgiving, when they’d be together!

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And what better place to do a fall photo session than sunny southern California, right?

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Wrong. It was very cold that day which made it very hard for people to unwrap themselves from their warm and cozy blankets to brave the wind chill and look happy about it!

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But they managed to survive with smiles and all, so thank you to the very brave Aharoni family for facing into the wind and deciding to be happy about it on photo day!

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We hope you love these photos and that you remember the time you spent together very fondly.

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See more from the Aharoni’s Extended Family Photo session here.

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The Abrahms’ Santa Monica Family Session (by Scott & Breanna)

What better place for a Santa Monica family’s photo session than…

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… Santa Monica!

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That’s what the Abrahm’s family thought as well when I asked them where they wanted to do their session!

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So we went down to a grassy area near the beach in Santa Monica and got a few shots of the family sitting and smiling for the camera all together…

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…along with a little bit of playing together…

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….before we went down and had the REAL fun on the beach!

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By REAL fun I of course mean chasing birds, shoving sand in your mouth, and getting as absolutely sandy, wet, and freezing cold as possible!

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I mean, what else is the beach for?!

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So we took the time to do all of those main events and more as we caught this family doing what they do best… being a family together!

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Thank you to the Abrahm’s family for giving us the time we needed, being relaxed during our session, and most of all for being such a fantastic family that we had a great time taking pictures of you just being together and having fun!

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Click to see the rest of the Abrahm’s Santa Monica Family Photo session here.

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Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s “Perfectly Imperfect” Photo Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Scottie and I (Breanna) have seen it time and time again…0029A mom who’s trying so hard to make sure everyone is looking and acting perfect on picture day, that her worst fears are actually coming true because her stress is stressing the kids out, causing tension between her and her husband, and she looks crazy frazzled in all the photos!  (See more about how to avoid “photo day mom stress” in my series on “How to Plan a Truly Great Family Photo session“). The reason I’m telling you all of this is because when photo day came around for Ashley and her family, she was as cool as a cucumber!0093Ashley and Mark were both so relaxed that the photo session started all on it’s own before we could even say go! Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt were just hanging out in the park playing together, so we decided we should start taking pictures of it! Now that’s what I call a natural kind of session!00340083The stuff we get of families just playing together all on their own, tends to turn out SO much better than when a mom is running this way and that, pulling her hair out, while trying to MAKE everyone look cute!0065002200510103It doesn’t make much sense when you think about it, because I mean really, how much help does this little guy actually need to look cute?!0045Besides, when left to his own devices, he’s a great little poser all on his own!00470040

(He knew actual poses too so he showed us some of the yoga moves he knows!)

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(In case you missed it, more tips on avoiding the “Stressed- out- mom photo day syndrome” here!).

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Click to see more of Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s perfectly imperfect photo session here!

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