Charlotte & Abe/ Senior portraits/ A girl and her horse

Senior portrait with horses

Meet Charlotte and her horse Abe! Charlotte is an Ambassador for Mary J Murphy Senior Portraits from Petaluma High School . We met at Chocolate Horse Farm where we both ride horses a couple of years ago. Several months ago I saw her at St. Vincent’s Senior prom all done up in a beautiful dress with hair and makeup. I had know idea who she was but I knew she was someone I knew. Normally I see Charlotte in riding breeches & boots with her hair tucked into a helmet. It took a couple of hours until I realized who she was.

Abe is Charlotte’s 6 year old warmblood horse. Together, Charlotte & Abe compete in Three Day Eventing. A breathtaking sport that includes Dressage, Stadium Jumping and Cross Country Jumping. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Charlotte & Abe were photographed at Chocolate Horse Farm in Petaluma!

 

Sunset with a girl and horse
image of girl making a wish
girl riding bareback in a field
girl walking in forest

Bay Area Boudoir Photography/ California Girl Claire

Boudoir photography with a natural modern vibe

Claire and I met before her boudoir photo shoot to discuss what style of photos she was interested in doing….I always like to meet with my clients before hand to get a sense of what their all about. Also to discuss location, wardrobe, hair & makeup etc. I find this complimentary consultation priceless.  Anyhow, while chatting with Claire, I totally got her totally chill, classic California Girl style. With that gorgeous sun dipped hair and rocking’ body. She had done body building and had the abs to prove it! Hair and Makeup by Brittney Lee  https://makeupbybrittneylee.com 

 

Boudoir photography with a natural modern vibe

Sophie’s Spring Senior portrait Session

Photographed in the beautiful Sonoma County countryside with spring wildflowers, puffy clouds and a stunning sunset set the scene for Sophie’s Senior portraits. In this series, I love how the many sides of this beautiful young woman are displayed. From sweet to fierce and everything in between. Thank you Jennifer and Sophie for having me as your photographer!

girl in field of flowers

SF Bay Area Lifestyle Boudoir Photography with Calvin Klein, Coffee & Gucci

Liza, my favorite Muse graces my website…..and why not? We have been working together for about 8 years! We inspire each other and always have fun during our photo shoots. She’s like a Russian doll complete with the Red Sparrow accent. Sorry sweetie, I still hear it! From our “Marilyn” shoot to “Gypsy Queen”, “Bandit Babe” and everything in between, here is part of our latest collaboration! Just Liza…. 

Jeans- Madewell

Sweater – Ooh La Luxe

Calvin Klein underwear- Urban Outfitters

Pink faux fur coat- Forever 21

 

 

playful boudoir

Couples Editorial Boudoir photography

Bay Area Couples Boudoir

     Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amy and Andrew’s steamy boudoir photoshoot hits the blog! Amy contacted me about a couples shoot she wanted to do as a gift for boyfriend Andrew. Although I had never done a couples boudoir photo shoot, I had plenty of experience with couples and boudoir. Just not together. We gathered inspiration from Pinterest and other social media sites to come up with an original session. The couple was photographed both in my home/studio and on location in Petaluma. Check out their matching Cartier bracelets!

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Sonoma County Equestrian Senior Portraits/ Hannah and her Arabians

This is a photo shoot I’ve been meaning to share for a while……There are just so many photos I loved, it was hard to narrow down.

Hannah was photographed last fall at her home and fabulous horse ranch “Hidden Gem Farms” in Petaluma. The name suites it perfectly! The idyllic ranch was recently purchased by the family and focuses on the Arabian breed. HGF Performance Trainer Donna Waggoner (Hannah’s trainer) came to Hidden Gems to work with the Arabians and her clients. Hannah, an accomplished rider, practices the riding disciplines of Saddle Seat and Sidesaddle! With Mom, Julie Scudder-Feldman in charge of putting together the stunning riding attire and props. Hannah pulling favs from her closet, the styling options were endless. I wish I could have photographed all of them! Not to mention, beautiful places to shoot at every turn.

Three different horses were used for the photo shoot. Malieka, a stunning mare, is seen in the Sidesaddle photos. Kaz was ridden in the Saddle Seat photos and Bogie (PS Huk Me Up) is seen in the first set of bareback photos with Hannah in the forest green sweater. Being a dressage rider myself for the past 15 years, I can certainly see the talent and beauty of Hannah’s riding and these exquisite horses. 

 

girl sitting bareback on her horse in a lavender romper

Bay Area Fashion Photographer/my favorite Russian muse

This editorial fashion photo shoot at the Hotel Petaluma with beautiful Russian model Liza was absolutely wonderful! After several years of absence in my life, I heard from her…….Liza reached out to me because she had some free time in between jobs. I was beyond thrilled to hear from her! Liza has always been my favorite muse. With her self described “Fabulousness”, her amazing wardrobe, rockin’ body and that Russian accent have made for my most favorite and memorable photoshoots. We met at The Hotel Petaluma after Megan Murphy (my daughter in law) of Urban Elements Salon had styled her hair. Liza had 2 gorgeous boho maxi dress from Ooh La Loft, an amazing maxi skirt by Alice and Olivia which we paired with the sequin crop top, the peach colored formal dress is one she wore as a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. Also used for styling was a white faux fur from “For Love and Lemons” and some battery operated twinkle lights. 

 

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.

Holiday Family Photos/ Courtney and Peter’s Lifestyle Holiday family photo shoot

For almost a year, I’ve wanted to share this wonderful holiday family photo shoot! Courtney and I have been friends for about 15 years! We both ride at Chocolate Horse Farm and share the love of horses and riding! Courtney and her husband Peter recently restored a beautiful Victorian, complete with a carriage house on Petaluma’s west side. The home and the wonderful family inside it made for a lively and fun shoot which included brunch, games and lots of antics! Courtney and Peter’s 4 children and the family dog Daisy were the focus of the first part of the shoot. Later we were joined by Courtney’s Mom (also Courtney) and her husband Joe from Washington D.C./ Florida and her brother Harley and his family from Texas. Here is the back of the family’s Holiday Card this year which some of the amazing things they have been up to……

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Jullie B/Cardinal Newman High School/wine country Senior photography

Deep in the Kenwood area of Sonoma’s wine country you’ll find some of the most beautiful winery’s and Inn’s…….This very special photo shoot was for Cardinal Newman’s beautiful Jullie Bundesen! Jullie is one of my 2017 Senior models and was featured in the “Road Trip” photo shoot. The photos were taken in 2 different locations in Kenwood…..The Kenwood Inn & Spa and the Ledson Winery. We had special access to these 2 AMAZING locations because of Jullie’s family ties. Her Grandfather did the stunning masonry work at Ledson! Funny story…Once we arrived at Ledson, Jullie locked her keys (with her wardrobe) in the car. Another set of keys was at least an hour away. However, just before I left for the shoot, I grabbed a beautiful maxi dress just purchased from OOH LA LOFT,  just in case. So that saved the day and was perfect for the interior shots at the winery! Jullie’s wardrobe from OOH LA LOFT. Makeup by MAC.