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!
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Who knew we had so many hidden gems in the Bay Area? When this family contacted me for a family portrait session we kept the location open to explore different possibilities and then they suggested this small redwood forest not too far from their town of Fairfax. It was the perfect spot to capture this adorable family. Little baby Violet was amazed by all the trees and I think we got some beautiful photos they will treasure forever.
When I pulled up to this client's home, I knew it was going to be a good session. But when I saw the amazing natural light in the master bedroom, where we were shooting, I was beyond excited! Even though it was a small space, I knew we would get some great shots for this adorable family. The littlest one was on the go during the whole shoot and didn't appreciate being confined to one room but we just let her do her thing. Everyone had plenty of fun and I think their personalities shine through in the photos. It was so special to get their holiday card in the mail with some of these pics! It made my photographer heart so happy!
The beautiful and historic China Camp Park is only minutes away from where this lucky family lives. We scheduled our photo session in the early morning and the weather worked in our favor. It was such a treat to explore the old fishing village and find so many unique backdrops. Take a peek at some of my favorite photos from this outdoor session. (*I always love to sneak some photos of just mom and dad in every session)
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.
We took advantage of the break in the rain and braved the mud to capture some photos in the beautiful yellow mustard seed flowers. The light and flowers did not disappoint. My model enjoyed running, twirling, and dancing in the setting sun. We are so blessed to live close to wine-country. I cannot wait for the Spring sessions to begin!