Happy Birthday Jill!  So glad we got to go out a bit after your birthday for some family portraits, and for a few by yourself!  It was really fun and I hope you entire year is as perfect as your birthday was.  You look amazing and the love between you and your hubby is unreal!  It was so nice to get to meet your entire family!

If you would like to book a session with me, please contact me HERE. If you would live to view more of my work, please visit my other websites HERE.

xoxo,

Jamie

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July 14, 2017 in {so in love}

Thank you so much Garrett and Christine for allowing me to take your engagement portraits the other day, even thought it was crazy hot!  Within just a few minutes I was crazy sweating, I guess that is what happens in triple digits in Redding, CA. lol.  Anyhow, such love between the two of you, it was fun to capture!  Can’t wait to shoot your upcoming wedding!

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xoxo,
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Okay, really this is my favorite of the year so far.  So many reasons why, and I have some time right now to share!

To begin, I love where we live, we are so lucky to have such beauty all around us all the time, such as Whiskeytown.  Now, that I have said this…I do want to mention that I am going to begin going to the City Council Meetings starting ASAP.  I would like to protect what we have here in Northern California, lately the creeper status has been off the charts!  I personally feel like it is time for the residents of Redding, CA and surrounding areas to get involved.  It would be great if you happen to be a local and feel the same way, to join me.

Now, back to the family portrait shoot!

Amanda did such a wonderful job styling this shoot!  The clothing is spot on!  She even had to break out need and thread to create this perfect look!  She even paired her clothing with Dark Pony Designs jewelry.  There were so many great images from her session that I feel in love with that I had a difficult time choosing what to share on the portrait blog.  Another thing I so loved about this family session would be the love shared between their family, so much love!

Thank you so much Jake and Amanda for sticking with me after all these years!!!

xoxo,

Jamie

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What a flawless subject, seriously…flawless.  Not many are lucky enough to have this type of beauty.  Thank you Kara for allowing me to take your senior portraits!  It was really fun getting to meet you and your family, also your beautiful horse.  The pasture near your grandmother’s home, so beautiful and so glad we started your senior session there.  Speaking of your grandmother, uh..stunning!  I see where you and your mom get it…good genes being passed down generation to generation!

Thank you Crystal for helping and being so supportive during the shoot!  Tell you man he did a good job on your guys quick family portraits!!!!  I really liked them, decided not to post here since this blog post is all about Kara and her senior portraits! 🙂

Kara, I wish you the very best in life!  Sounds like you have your future all planned out and will be very successful!

If you saw these senior pictures and would like to book a session with me, please contact me HERE. If you would live to view more of my work, please visit my other websites HERE.

xoxo,

Jamie

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Oh my goodness, this field is beyond perfection.  Seriously, we walked back there and there were like 30 to 40 black butterflies just enjoying the sweet pollen of the star thistle plants.  I would say this meadow is my all time favorite now.  However, I think it was just a good year for it with all the rain we had!  I will have to go back next year around that time to see!!!!  You should of seen the kids enjoy the butterflies!  It was actually magical!

Thank you so much you guys for letting me take your portraits!  This was a special shoot since Krystal is a mother of two and happens to work for the company Dignity Health.  I have been fortunate enough to be allowed to work on a few of Dignity’s campaigns!  Including this one, their Mothers of Dignity Campaign for Mothers Day.  I haven’t shared much of this yet, just because I have been busy and not blogging!

With the Mothers Day Campaign image taken with Krystal and her two lovely children, we decided to take a few others for fun on our own, and that is what I am sharing below.  How could I not resist taking a few pictures with a gorgeous family in a magical butterfly filled meadow…just can’t!  It was so fun, thanks again West Family!

Also, a little update… currently I have a billboard up on East Cypress near the old Raley’s for Dignity Health’s Ortho department!  Both sides and it is huge!  Really, I should go take a picture of it, since it is a big deal for me…first billboard!  You can watch my little video over on IG if you want HERE to see it!

Anyhow, I am so extremely grateful for the amazing people in the marketing department over at Dignity who gave me a chance, and you guys know who you are! (Amy and Monique)  Really, this is getting me closer to my end goals with photography.  Not that I want to give up the portraits that I do weekly, which I do love.  Commercial and eventually fashion photography is where I would like to be in the future after my littles have left the nest!  So, thank you ladies and Dignity Health for helping another mother get to fulfill her dreams.  To see the image Dignity Health chose, please scroll to the bottom of this post!

Human Kindness. 🙂

xoxo,

Jamie

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Oh my goodness, seriously perfect little angel.  This meadow is a new discovery, and I am thrilled to show these cute little images off!  Thank you so much Nick and Marisa for letting me take pictures of little Ava.  Love the custom head pieces?  Check out Heavenly Avonlee Couture to get your own.  This is such a fun age to photograph, especially in a field like this.

How cute is her little concentration tongue! lol!  The little things that we sometimes forget as our children grow up, which is why pictures…any pictures are so wonderful.  Must freeze that moment in time to treasure and look back on forever.

I do own two of these dresses and all the hair pieces if you decide you would like to create something like this with your little one. Of course, you could also have Cambria the artist who makes these bands create a one of a kind just for you too.

Oh, how I miss spring already!

xoxo,

Jamie

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Okay, yes…I am weird.

I do have a weird obsession with creepy clowns.

Yes, took my family to the park in Mt. Shasta and happened to have my lights with me and decided to play for a few mins.

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lol.

xoxo,

Jamie

 

Tutorial:

I played with my off camera lighting system by Elinchrom Quadra around sunset.  I tried lighting the clown using Ghost Lighting, Split Lighting, Short Lighting, Rim Lighting, and Broad Lighting.  I then tried changing my shutter speeds from super fast to let in hardly any ambient light to super slow to soak in the ambient light.  I also shook my camera with slow shutter to cause the trees blur out, along with zooming in and out during the long shutter speed as my camera was on a tripod to create a double face of different sizes.  Then I fogged up my lens with my breath to kinda try and make a eery effect, had to set focus first, since I couldn’t see anything once I huffed on the lens.  I also used all my different lenses I had with me to see the different distortions  So, all effects besides the color were done in camera, not Photoshop.  Fun test.

 

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Kendra, OMG, so stinking cute!  Eisla is beyond adorable, those eyes…those perfect lips!  Gorgeous!  Thank you for playing a little dress up in the studio the other day for her first birthday!  Great job bringing all the cute outfits!  They looked so great with Heavenly Avonlee’s headpieces on her!  Also, we have to mention little Mr. Easton, what a cutie and such a sweet child.  Really enjoyed having him in the studio as well for some portraits really fast.  He even allowed us to put on one of Gold Coast Goods adorable little man ties!  These are the little details I feel that make the styling that much more perfect!  Also, in the background I did use some of Dark Pony Designs tulle skirts as the backdrop.  Thank you to all the other creatives who have let me use their creations in the studio!

Can’t wait for our Fall session together in a meadow with more room to run! lol!  Though, I think it went pretty well in the studio…just they kept us on our toes, which is good! lol!

Interested in booking a photography session with me, please contact me HERE. If you would live to view more of my work, please visit my other websites HERE.

xoxo,

Jamie

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Marsha, thank you so much for allowing me to show off your 65 birthday boudoir portraits!  I am beyond excited to share!  Seriously, you are radiant an absolute beauty inside and out.  I enjoyed all of our conversation and feel like I am a better person for having met you.  Thank you also for sharing the quote, “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of her lens, and if she is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”  You are so sweet to of shared this with me along with the Dutch!

Loved your images, so many to choose from.  I picked the more PG versions to share! 🙂  I think my fave shot might be of your bootie, when you were on the red vintage couch of mine in the studio.  That was 100% your pose and totally you!  Might be tied with the amber lit one of your face…so beautiful.  Your hair and makeup was created by the talented Niki Gibson.  She always does such a great job, just the right amount and sexy feel.

My goal with my boudoir sessions is to make a monthly trip to San Francisco and create these images in the city.  If you happen to not want to make the drive like Marsha did, please contact me to arrange for me to take a quick jaunt to the city.  Plus, I wouldn’t mind getting a gorgeous room and spending time with my husband in the Mission District!

If you are thinking you might want to do a boudoir session, but a little apprehensive…take a moment to check out my boudoir site, link below.  I spent a lot of time writing up all I could possibly think of that you would want to know.  Pretty much just thought how I would feel about taking these portraits myself and all the questions I would have related to boudoir pictures.

xoxo,

Jamie

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May 19, 2017 in {seniors}

Seriously Alex, you are amazing!  Can’t wait to work with you again!  Really enjoyed your senior portrait shoot downtown Redding, CA.  You made me smile multiple times, which sometimes is not an easy thing! lol!  I wish you the very best senior year, and I have to say I am V E R Y impressed by you.

Interested in booking a photography session with me, please contact me HERE. If you would live to view more of my work, please visit my other websites HERE.

xoxo,

Jamie

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