In reviewing my 2016 images, it became obvious that nature, places and space catch my heart and my eye. These photographs reminded me of the places I've been, the things I found and the stillness and peace that feeds my soul. A couple of years ago my word for the year was spaciousness. I see it as the breathing space echoed in my landscapes and my body reacts by taking in a deep satisfying breath. In these photographs, I see my insides expressing on the outside.
San Clemente beach photographer
In California we don't get much rain, or, at least, up until now. This January has been the wettest January in a long time. I think that's a good omen for 2017. Rainy days give me an excuse to sit at my computer and reflect on what I created last year. When it's sunny out, I think I better get out and do something. I've realized that reflecting IS doing something. It's rewarding my creative soul with a pat on the back. It's an opportunity to process and assess all I created for myself and my clients. In my reflection, I found three areas of interest my photography took in 2016: portraits, personal lifestyle and a sprinkling of landscapes and still life photos.
Below are my favorite portraits of 2016.
In nature there are no judgements. The weed doesn't judge itself inferior. It pops up right next to the more acceptable, planted, wanted flowers. The dandelion offers us an opportunity to let go of the judgement of good and bad and instead just see its beauty.Read More
Kids grow up way too fast! It seems like only yesterday my daughter and this beautiful young woman were in preschool together. Now, they are both grown up and high school seniors. Getting asked to commemorate this milestone in the teens life is such an honor, and so much fun!
Sydni is a beach girl through and through so we picked a San Clemente State Park during low tide for her senior session. We walked, talked and played. I brought my daughter along and Sydni brought her mom, so it ended up being more like a date with friends rather than a photo session...and that's the way I like it. I want my photo sessions to feel like play.
We made some beautiful photographs together showcasing the young woman Sydni has grown into. She's already been accepted to several colleges and her future is brighter than the Christmas lights on your tree.
If you have a high school senior who is ready to commemorate this milestone year with a senior photo session, contact me here. Together we'll create a custom session that will capture who they are this amazing season of life.
With gorgeous summer weather and warm water, the sunset called to me. I took my littlest down to the beach after dinner. It had been a busy day and we both needed a little fresh air and freedom.
We played. She created a sandcastle and a new friendship and I made some beautiful photos with golden light and motion blur.
Her new friendship didn't come easily. She doesn't warm up to new people very quickly, but her new friend was persistent. Even though she did her best to ignore him in the beginning, he just kept right on talking and building. It didn't take long before she was laughing right along with him.
Creating wasn't all that easy at first for me either. I had the intention to use some motion blur but struggled to find the right subject matter. I kept reminding myself to trust the process and allow the image to reveal itself. So I took a few deep breaths and just enjoyed watching the scene around me, relaxing into the moment and allowing myself to be present.
With my awareness in the present moment, I was reminded why this is my favorite time of the day at the beach; the last couple hours before the sun goes down. The sand is cooling, tourists are packing up and there is this peace that comes over the beach. In that place of awareness, I noticed perfect opportunities to create what I wanted. I made room for the magic.
One of the photos in this blog post was featured as part of my weekly collaborative photo project, Life in Loud. To learn more about Life in Loud click the graphic below.
We have the good fortune to live near the beach and we go there often...like daily. But this day at the beach was a little different and special because my stepdaughter and grandson joined us. It's been years since my stepdaughter had a break in her life to drive down from Northern California. When kids grow up and get jobs, you don't get to see them as often as you would like. And, as a result, our grandson had never seen our home or our beach.
I will tell you though, that Danielle couldn't have planned it better. I think this was one of the best Father's Day gifts for my husband; to have all our kids under one roof...around one dinner table...together on our beach. And for me, it was an opportunity to photograph so many of the people I love at a place I love to be. Thankfully, my girls hijacked my camera so I got in a few photos too!
I can tell you that going to the beach might be an ordinary occurrence for us...and it might be for you as well...but it made for a very special photo session.
An image featured in this blog post is part of my ongoing collaborative project called Life in Loud. To learn more about Life in Loud click on the graphic below.