I have always loved flowers ever since high school and was jealous when my best friend got an after school job with a florist. Although she assured me most of her job consisted of cleaning out stinky buckets with freezing water, I still want eddo work in a flower shop. Can you believe I never did? But I did experiment with flowers, attended workshops, and learned to make floral crowns. I even did flowers for some weddings and it was a blast. But alas, I found photography and now I get to combine my two passions and photograph flowers as well as the creatives who grow them and arrange them. So first up on the flower photography tour is Many from Mandalion Designs. Mandy was a florist and created beautiful arrangements for brides for many years. Then, she had an opportunity to grow some flowers in a friends flower bed and after her first try she was hooked. Fast forward and Mandy now grows organic flowers for local businesses and florists on her lot located at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma. You can see more of her blooms at www.mandaliondesigns.com I had been flowing her on Instagram for a while and since her growing garden is so close I knew I had to stop by for a visit during an evening harvest. It really was magical being out there during golden hour. I got to photograph Mandy and her crew doing their thing in the most gorgeous light. Since I was on the farm I even got to see some of the farm animals and my favorite were the goats!
This outdoor family session in rural Sebastopol was extra special. These are close friends of ours and Erik and Cara are some of the most loving parents I know. They have the cutest family and when they asked me to photograph them on the ranch where Erik grew up, I was thrilled. The weather had been rainy but we caught a lucky break on this particular Saturday and had blue skies for our afternoon full sun session. The property is gorgeous and is home to friendly dairy cows that joined our shoot. The kids ran around with the cows, climbed fences, laughed, and played in the mud! I know these kiddos will love looking back on these photos someday and reliving the memories they made on the property where their dad are up.