Family Portrait of the Day - Dana Point, California

Family Portrait of the Day - Dana Point, California

Dana Point, California

I’m fortunate to get to see the Baird family every year. We update their family portrait each year at the beach. This year, they broke tradition and used the Dana Point Harbor instead of Laguna Beach. With the golden light of the sun hitting the cliffs and water behind them, they outdid themselves again with another beautiful family portrait.

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The Coulston Family Portrait - Dana Point, CA

The Coulston Family Portrait - Dana Point, CA

We don’t remember days, we remember moments. It’s one thing to have a family portrait, but it’s pretty special when you can bring the extended family to join in on capturing important memories. The Coulston’s are the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Their expressions captured are a reflection of just how kind and awesome they are.
Pines Park in Dana Point, CA is one of the locations that we use for family portrait sessions for those who want a green lush backdrop

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Trabuco Canyon CA Family Portraits

Trabuco Canyon CA Family Portraits

Trabuco Canyon California has many beautiful outdoor locations for family portraits. Trabuco Canyon is located in South Orange County bordering Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita and Foothill Ranch. Trabuco Canyon has many sub divisions that we use for family photos, such as Coto De Caza, Dove Canyon and Robinson Ranch. Professional family portrait photographer Val Westover has been photographing families in the Trabuco Canyon area since 1994.

Because of his reputation and his expertise, families travel from all over OC and Southern California for family photos by family portrait photographer Val Westover. With nearby parks, Lakes, nature trails and wilderness areas, Trabuco Canyon is a hot spot for family pictures with beautiful SO CAL backdrops.

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Reno Nevada Ranch Style Family Portraits

Reno Nevada Ranch Style Family Portraits

We have a new location in Reno Nevada. For families that are looking for that rustic ranch style for their family portraits, we have partnered with the exclusive Ross Creek Ranch (Red Rock Hounds) for incredible family portrait sessions. With spectacular cottonwood trees, wide open fields, rustic buildings, grazing horses, mountain views, along with glorious sunsets, Ross Creek Ranch offers endless family photo opportunities.

It is to dramatic for a family to be all dressed up within a rustic outdoor location. It literally turns your family portraits into works of art. If you appreciate beautiful landscapes, then ranch style family portraits are perfect for your next family photos.

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Top 5 Family Portrait Outdoor Locations - Orange County

Top 5 Family Portrait Outdoor Locations - Orange County

When it comes time to update your family portraits, one of the most important things to consider is location. The location you choose will become the backdrop to portraits of you and your family that will most likely be seen for generations to come.

According to our family portrait clients, here are the top 5 most desired Orange County outdoor family portrait locations.

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Rustic, the New Formal Family Portrait

Rustic, the New Formal Family Portrait

If you’re looking for an alternative to the studio, the beach, or the manicured parks for your next family portrait, consider using a rustic outdoor location. With indigenous plants, ancient trees and untouched landscape, these rustic backdrops can be found in almost every Orange County, California and Reno, Nevada city.

The Chang family portraits are such a great example of adding formal to a rustic backdrop. By keeping it simple with light colored clothing, their family portrait pops from the wild, untamed wilderness backdrop. It has turned their beautiful family portrait into an elegant piece of art that can be displayed in the finest room of their home.

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The Jacob's Family Portraits at the Beach - Laguna Beach, CA

The Jacob's Family Portraits at the Beach - Laguna Beach, CA

One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a family portrait photographer, is watching my clients children grow up over the years. Kelly Jacobs and her crew of guys always pull off a great photo session. I don’t know how she does it though, because it’s not like the old days were she would just show up for her family portrait session with all of the kids in one car. Nope, with boys of all ages, they now come to their photo session in several cars, all coming from different directions.

The Jacob’s most resent family portrait session was at the beach in Laguna Beach, CA. Kelly (“Super Mom”) did a spectacular job in making sure that each of her boy’s shirts matched her dress. The soft light created

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The Hayden Family Makes A Splash With The Ultimate Family Portrait Session

The Hayden Family Makes A Splash With The Ultimate Family Portrait Session

Every time that we update the Hayden’s family portrait, we use their beautiful home and we always end up with amazing accomplishments.

Lori Hayden had three things that she was hoping to accomplish for this years portrait session. Her son’s high school senior portraits, update a special moment with her daughter and her horse (taken ten years ago,) as well as an update of their family portrait. So, my goal was to pack three photo sessions into one.

I was so eager to share this experience, so you get to see their family portraits straight out of camera.

We started with Charlie’s high school senior pictures. Here are a few of his mom’s favorites. Charlie is such a great person. Besides being super handsome, he is really down to earth and loves his fa

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Family Portraits With Their Dogs and Horse - Empire Polo Club Coachella

Family Portraits With Their Dogs and Horse - Empire Polo Club Coachella

Anyone that knows me, knows that I’ll go anywhere for the opportunity to photograph a family with their dogs and their horse. So, when I was approached by the Beadle family to photograph them, I was happy to travel to the Empire Polo Club in Indio California. Besides photographing their family with their beautiful children and their spectacular pets (two dogs and a dappled horse), I also dedicated a large part of the photo session to capture photos for their recent wedding engagement. The Empire Polo Club offered a tropical Southern California look with palm trees and lush tropical gardens. As you can see in the images below, it was pretty awesome that the entire family took part in this special time of their lives.

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Bordercollies & Irish Wolfhounds!

Bordercollies & Irish Wolfhounds!

As we all know, life is filled with ups and downs, gains and losses and that is what keeps it interesting and exciting at the same time. Life for us is a constant adventure and I feel grateful for all of the positive and negative experiences, our life is anything but dull!

A year ago we lost our beloved Monty to an unfortunate accident on our last photography “Ranch” project in Northern California. Both Monty and Val had severe heat-stroke and Val pulled through and Monty did not. Monty’s tragic death was one of the most devastating and traumatic happenings in Val and I’s life together. Even though Monty was not human... his friendly and loving personality captured our hearts and won the admiration and love of many....he was a “superstar” used in our photo sessions, and going everywhere with us. Monty was my life and that kind of spirit can never be replaced.

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Stunning family portrait at the beach with cute dog!

Stunning family portrait at the beach with cute dog!

This stunning family at the beach with their cute dog is what people can expect anytime they're photographed by Val Westover at Laguna Beach, California.

We've been photographing the McFarland family since the girls were very tiny. It's so great to watch them grow up and it was extra special to see their cute little dog.

The McFarland's annual family portrait has become a very important family event in capturing cherished memories that their girls will come to appreciate later in life.

Check out some of the McFarland's photos below from their family portrait at the beach with their cute dog...

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Studio Family Portrait Photography Ideas

Studio Family Portrait Photography Ideas

When you book a photo session in a studio you have many options to create a memory that you will enjoy forever, because a family photograph captures the spirit of your family. It is a keepsake that will remind you of the thought that you put into creating that moment. Finding the right setting, the appropriate outfits and the best photographer.
There are so many portrait ideas to choose from and to showcase that your family is one of a kind. It can be an outdoor session celebrating a season, a place or an occasion. Or it can be a choreographed indoor shoot designed for you. Either way, the ones who make it unique and memorable are the people in the photo, your family.

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Family Portrait Photography at the Park - Keeping it simple with white & denim

Family Portrait Photography at the Park - Keeping it simple with white & denim

Let your clothing choice enhance your family portrait by keeping it simple. Parks are filled with greens and earth tones, by wearing multiple colors and patterns, it's difficult for the eye to stay focused on your beautiful family.

White looks spectacular against a green backdrop and will create a timeless family portrait that will stand the test of time. A splash of denim breaks up the white nicely and creates the necessary contrast.

To make your family portrait color choice look less uniform, use tonal variations with your whites and your denim. to maintain that classic look, either go barefoot, or select shoes that won't date your family portrait.

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Salt Lake City, Utah Family Photography Choosing the right colors to wear for your Albion Basin 
backdrop

Salt Lake City, Utah Family Photography Choosing the right colors to wear for your Albion Basin 
backdrop

Taking family photos seems like a rather simple task, but there are many things to take into consideration when choosing outfits and getting ready for these portraits. This includes choosing the perfect colors of clothing in order to stand out and look nice against your backdrop. In this instance, we’re going to discuss outfit colors when your backdrop is none other than the beautiful Albion Basin.

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Five simple steps for a successful family photo session

Five simple steps for a successful family photo session

Whether it’s an annual occurrence or you’re decided to have a one off photo session for the family, the fact remains: you want a set of photographs that you can look back on and cherish. Get ready to throw caution to the wind.
Coordinated Clothing
You don’t necessarily have to be totally matching, but having a color or a theme can really add to the flavor of your photos.

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Family Photography That Inspires You

Family Photography That Inspires You

You're going to LOVE what YOU see! Spectacular portraits of your FAMILY that you'll fall in LOVE with. You'll be walked through the entire process of your photo session and taken great care of every step of the way and besides having an awesome experience, you're going to love your Family photos, as they will become some of the most important memories for you, your family and your friends.

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