Bay area senior portrait photographer/ Blue Velvet Valentine

The blue crushed velvet and Carmel’s eyes were absolutely mesmerizing……. this is only one portion of the photoshoot which was perfectly planned during a break in this crazy rainy season. Valentine’s Day is this week and these photos capture the fun and fashion of the season. The blue velvet dress is from OOH LA LOFT. Makeup by Mandy at Sensational Skin Petaluma, Hair by Rapunzel’s. It all came together like perfectly at the French inspired hotel ,The Metro. This is a style I like to call Modern/Vintage! A perfect combo of the new and the old, the trendy and the classic. This shoot was so special because ,when Carmel was three, I had the pleasure of photographing her during a family portrait shoot! Carmel is now a Senior attending  St. Vincent’s High School. It’s just amazing seeing the little girl I photographed 15 years ago all grown up and so incredibly beautiful, both inside and out.

Petaluma/Santa Rosa Senior photographer/1970’s California Road Trip

Boho styled girls

It was love at first sight when I saw the Native American trading post in Sebastopol on HWY. 116!!! Some of my favorite memories of being a child was driving to Montana to visit my Grandparents and cousins. It would usually take several days and along the way were Indian Trading Posts. They were always filled with treasures you’d never see anywhere else. Sebastopol’s “Native Rider’s” is the only Trading Post in between Arizona And Washington state. They have beautiful American made hats, furs clothing and exquisite vintage jewelry. (check out the squash blossom necklaces in this shoot) Definitely worth checking out! Thank you Native Rider’s for letting us shoot there! Or crash your establishment on Memorial Day! I can’t say enough about how wonderful these Senior models are! They include Makenna Mattei and Maddie Kenyon Mattei from Casa Grande, Ashley Ayers from Petaluma, Haley Antonini from St. Vincent’s and Jullie Bundesen from Cardinal Newman.Thank you so much!!! You girls ROCK!!!

We literally went on a little Road trip in Sebastopol hitting some awesome and funky spots for this shoot. The styling is by me with input from each model. The girls did their own hair & makeup for a natural “road trip” look. My inspiration and some of the clothes are from Spell Designs Australia, surprise,surprise! #Spelladdict

ENJOY! MJM

         

Bay Area Senior photographer/ Bohemian Beach/ class of 2017 model shoot

Bohemian Beach was photographed on Dillan Beach in Marin. Senior models are Julia Stark from Casa Grande, Julia Hunter from St. Vincent’s and Kendall Middlebrook from Analy. Makeup by Blush Petaluma. Wardrobe from Spell Designs, Byron Bay Australia. Mandala tapestries from Ooh La Loft Petaluma.

    

Bay Area Senior photographer/ Olivia’s boho beach shoot

Beautiful Olivia was simply AMAZING to work with on this Gypsylovinlight inspired photoshoot at Dillan Beach. In case you’re not familiar with Helen Janneson Bense a.k.a. Gypsylovinlight, she’s an Australian beach goddess that rules Instagram with her beachy style and layers of gorgeous jewelry and flash tattoos. Olivia owned this shoot with her stunning natural beauty and easy California vibe! Wardrobe and flash tattoos for this shoot are from the lovelies at OOH LA LOFT. Makeup by MAC. Jewelry by GRACE BIJOU and Spell Design Australia. Olivia is a Senior model  for me representing the Class of 2016 and is a Senior at St.Vincent’s Petaluma! This blog post is part 1 of 2. Coming up…… the sky blue gown on the beach. Olivia in this dress , on the beach, needs a post all to itself

         

Petaluma Senior photographer/ Lauren’s traditional saree and boho photoshoot

Lauren is a senior at St. Vincent’s in Petaluma! Her photo shoot is a beautiful combination of traditional (with her beautiful and colorful sarees) to boho chic. Lauren’s grandmother came quite a distance to help her with the sarees. These are such exquisite pieces, I wish I had a reason to wear one! For the most part, the sarees were photographed in the studio, but I also thought it would be amazing to have the wind blowing them. Lucky us, it was a windy day! I used to hate photographing on windy days but I’ve come to embrace it. It’s so lovely and real to have the a light wind in the hair and flowy fabrics. Although when it came to the teepee, the wind was a bit much LOL! I loved working with Lauren, capturing her traditional and boho looks!