My Approach To High School Senior Lifestyle Pictures

My Approach To High School Senior Lifestyle Pictures

My main approach to high school senior lifestyle portrait photography is keeping it as natural as possible, with location, lighting, posing and expressions as the key elements.
I describe lifestyle photography as capturing real-life moments. To accomplish this, I keep my high school senior models out of the studio and in natural environments of their choice, such as parks, the beach, historic locations, where they work, or at their home, just to name a few. To keep it as real-life as possible, I capture my models with available natural light, which is much more convincing to being real-life looking than studio lighting.

By having fun, it then becomes easy in coaching my models to keep their posing and expressions as natural and real as possible.

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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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High School Senior Photos at the Mission SJC

High School Senior Photos at the Mission SJC

The Mission SJC is one of my all time favorite locations for high school senior photography. With endless historic backdrops, to majestic gardens, the Mission SJC offers a so many unique looks for photos.

I’m grateful that I have been able to capture photos of this beautiful girl for most of her childhood and now for her high senior photos.

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Bozeman Montana Corporate Headshot Photography

Bozeman Montana Corporate Headshot Photography

Bozeman Montana, near Big Sky Ski Resort and Yellowstone National Park, is one of the countries hottest destination spots. Businesses are booming and the economy is rising. New families are moving into new developments every day in beautiful single family homes with majestic mountain views. The corporate world is starting to notice the fast growth that’s happening in Bozeman.

Stephanie and I have been proving corporate headshots to local businesses in Bozeman and surrounding cities. We have brought our highly competitive Orange County corporate headshot style to give those businesses an edge over their competition. Our clients come from the ranching, construction, real estate, financial, lawyer, hotel and speaking world. It’s pretty cool to see so many successful businesses flourishing in this spectacular part of the country.

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Children Portrait Photography - Spring Flowers

Children Portrait Photography - Spring Flowers

The first day of spring this year is Wednesday, March 20 and there is no better way to celebrate the magic of spring, other than to surround yourself in a sea of flowers. We have been photographing children in the flowers every spring since 1994 and each and every child seems to come alive with happiness during these very cute portrait sessions. Since there is such a short window of opportunity to capture photos of this new beginning that spring offers to us, our children portrait sessions have become quite popular. If you want this moment captured of your children, contact us while the flowers are alive and in bloom.

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100 Best High School Senior Photography Images Of Girls

100 Best High School Senior  Photography Images  Of Girls

Here are the best 100 images from high school senior girls to help you decide on the look that you would like to convey for yourself. Take a close at these images to get ideas on hair, makeup, clothing, posing, and location, so that we can customize your perfect photo session.
My high school senior photography photo sessions are designed to capture images of who you are in this awesome stage of your life.
Check out the 100 examples below of senior girls and let us customize the perfect high school senior photo session for you.

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Photography expeditions adding epic adventure to our lives

Photography expeditions adding epic adventure to our lives

Photography expeditions along with traveling make our job one of the best occupations we could have ever hoped for. Val and I started teaching photography in 2010. We took our students on photography expeditions after teaching them the basic elements of photography to help cement our teachings with our students. Initially we stayed close to home taking our students to local venues such as Laguna Niguel Regional park, Sunset Cliffs beach in San Diego and The Mission San Juan Capistrano. As Val and I started to realize that their was suddenly a high demand to learn photography, we took our “Show” (Basic Elements of Photography Workshop) on the road. We went to some really fun places to help our fledgling photographers test their new skills, such as the Portland Oregon Zoo, Seattle aquarium, The Museum of the Rockies in Montana and the Harry P Leu botanical gardens in Orlando Florida, just to name a few.

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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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A picture says a thousand words Jack and Brynlee's engagement photos at the beach

A picture says a thousand words Jack and Brynlee's engagement photos at the beach

There is a fun story behind Jack and Brynlee's engagement photos at the beach in Laguna Beach, California. Both Jack and Brynlee live in Saint George, Utah, where they met in church at a young age. Just recently, since both of their families just happened to be visiting Orange County, California at the same time, Jack decided it was the perfect time to propose to Brynlee. The very next day, Stephanie and I met them at the beach for their engagement photo session. As you can see in the photos, they have such a great and fun relationship. Jack and Brynlee plan on getting married this march at one of the LDS temples.

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Aria's Eight days old Newborn photography portrait session

Aria's Eight days old Newborn photography portrait session

Brand new Aria was such an angel during her newborn photography shoot. She only had to be fed twice during this special photo session. Aria stayed calm, happy and asleep most of the session. Both of her parents were on the sidelines with blankets, family heirloom props, little outfits and fresh flowers.
Stephanie and I first met Aria's mom Lauren a few months ago, as she needed headshots for a collages alumni magazine. We were so excited to find out that she wanted us to photograph her soon to be newborn.

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Beautiful High School Senior Has Come A Long Way Since A One Year Old Baby

Beautiful High School Senior Has Come A Long Way Since A One Year Old Baby

I first photographed Kaylea when she was a one year old baby for her very first birthday and again many times throughout her childhood. All grown-up now, Kaylea has recently graduated from Tosoro High School in Orange County, California and she is going to attend Clemson University in South Carolina. She has played soccer her whole life and enjoys going to the beach. So naturally, Laguna Beach was the perfect backdrop for her High School Senior Photo Session. Kaylea outdid herself with her genuine expressions and beautiful personality. She will have spectacular high school senior photos with an impressive beach backdrop to show her new South Carolina friends.

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Orange County, California Business Headshot Photography What to wear to attract the right client

Orange County, California Business Headshot Photography What to wear to attract the right client

You’ve recently decided to get new headshots to appear fresh and desirable to new clients. Did you know that what you wear will have your potential client ultimately and subconsciously decide to choose you for your services? They may not consciously make this decision, but if they view your image and see you wearing gaudy jewelry and look even slightly unkempt, they may choose someone else. In this article, we’ll discuss what you can wear or how you can appear in your headshots to attract the right client.
You’ve recently decided to get new headshots to appear fresh and desirable to new clients. Did you know that what you wear will have your potential client ultimately and subconsciously decide to choose you for your services?

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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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5 Easy Steps for A Successful High School Senior Photo Session for Guys

5 Easy Steps for A Successful High School Senior Photo Session for Guys

Do you remember the old days when everyone rocked up with the same old tired black and white outfits for the sombre pictures of senior photos?
Now you get a real chance to show your personality in photos that your parents are sure to treasure for a lifetime. So guys, what do you need to know to get through your Senior photo session?
 

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