Pet Portraits | Yota the Boston Terrier | My Right Hand Gal

Yota the Boston Terrier

 

Meet my right hand gal... This is Yota. Yes with a T.

Yota is a 7 year old Boston Terrier. I got her when she was 12 weeks old and she has been by my side ever since. We pretty much go everywhere together, except for when my adventures take me on a plane.

I grew up always having animals around. We had dogs, horses, cats, chickens, mice, hamsters, fish, bunnies, and the list goes on. When I moved out to go to school my home was empty. It was a strange feeling to not have something by my side.

Pet Portraits | Yota the Boston Terrier Photographed by Bessie Young Photography

It never felt right not having a dog by my side. I grew up with my old dog Maybel and she went everywhere with me for 13 years. My entire life, I was always with a dog, so not having one just wasn't working for me. So, one day, I made the decision that I just had to have a dog. No questions asked. 

I have always been a big dog person, and I reaaallllyyyyy wanted a Grate Dane. I started researching various big dogs and there were so many to choose from. Now, I live in a small 700 square foot apartment and I began to wonder how that would work... having a "horse" in my living room. Honestly, I couldn't imagine anything other than a big dog. I haven never liked small dogs. They just aren't my thing.

So.... the search was on. What kind of small dog could I get, that wasn't soooo small, that didn't bark all the time, and would be something that I enjoyed? You see, ultimately I just wanted a companion. Well, my search lead me to Boston Terriers. Everything about a Boston was exactly what I wanted. They are meant to be companion dogs, they have energy but not too much energy, they aren't too small, and they aren't too big.

To make a long story short, I ended up with Yota. She was the first Boston Terrier I went to look at, and I just couldn't say no. I had to have her. I took her home in November of 2011 and she has been by my side ever since. I took her to doggy training classes (really just to force myself to take the time to train her), and the rest is history.

Yota is seriously everything I could ask for in a dog. She is well behaved, lovey, energetic when she needs to be, and lazy pretty much the rest of the time. She can hike for 14 miles in a day, or she can curl up under a blanket on the couch and be there all day.

Ever since getting her, I will probably always have a Boston by my side :)

Wishing you nothing but the best,

Bessie

Sonora Newborn Portraits | Amelia

Sonora Newborn Portraits | Amelia

This Sonora Newborn session was such a gorgeous session. The session was indoors and it turned out so beautifully.

We started off with picking out colors, materials, and set ups. I am obsessed with the fall vibe of these pictures. They are so cute, classic, simple, and cozy. Little Amelia seemed to love it too as I was able to get her to smile multiple times. :)

After little Amelia's portraits we transitioned into capturing images of mom, dad, brother, and baby.

We never truly know the love of a parent, until we become parents ourselves.

One of my favorite parts of taking newborn portraits is being able to take pictures of the mom and dad with their new little one. There is so much love in everyone's eyes, it is indescribable. The way they look at each other, the way they gaze at their new little bundle of joy, all of it is beautiful.

Beckham is 4 years old and he is the cutest! He helped me throughout the entire session. We set up the props together, he checked the back of my camera to make sure the photographs looked ok, and he even tried on headbands for me. He is so adorable and so obsessed with his baby sister.  Little Amelia, you are so loved and so protected. Your brother is going to be the best big brother.

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. Marc Brown

Talk about the most gorgeous sweet family! This family made taking these newborn portraits a dream. Each and every one is sweet, kind, understanding, patient, and so much more. I loved this session. 

This session was so much fun and so beautiful. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your photographer!

Being a newborn photographer is such a blessing and means so much to me. I am so thankful that I am given this opportunity to be able to photograph this special time in a families life.

Wishing you all a beautiful day,

Bessie

 

Indegeny Reserve Outdoor Newborn Portraits | Delaney

Indegeny Reserve

Outdoor Newborn Portraits | Delaney

by Bessie Young

 

When scheduling a newborn session you have to be a little bit flexible when it comes to the time and date. We all know that babies come when they are ready, not when you are ready, and especially not on your 'due date'.

Now, with outdoor sessions you definitely need to be flexible as you want to make sure that the weather is just right in order to work best for the new little one. We definitely don't want them getting cold during their session. With little Delaney, we had to reschedule a couple of times as the weather didn't want to cooperate; however, I am so thankful that we did! 

The original plan was to have her newborn portraits taken in Knights Ferry, but ultimately the location changed to Indegeny Reserve and I do have to say that this was an awesome decision.

The portraits came out so amazing!

The session started off with pictures of Delaney's brothers and then all the boys while Delaney was getting comfortable with her new surroundings. Then we were able to get these beautiful pictures when she relaxed and fell asleep.

We ended the session with Mom, Dad, and Delaney after a session filled with a warm autumn breeze, laughter, smiles, and so much goodness.

To Jesse and Haley, thank you so so much for allowing me to be your photographer during this incredibly special time in your families lives!

If you or someone you know is expeciting, I encourage you to truly take a moment and consider scheduling a newborn portrait session. The moment that your new little one is a newborn is a fleeting moment and will be gone in a blink of an eye. These images that come from your session will be around for you to cherish forever.

Wishing you all nothing but beautiful days filled with laughter.

Bessie

 

Bridal Couture Magazine Feature | I'm in Print

Bridal Couture Magazine Feature

I'm in a printed magazine!!!

 

About mid July I received an email from Mira at Bridal Couture Magazine. It was probably one of the best emails a photographer could get. 'I would love to feature your wedding'! Reading these words was nothing but sweet. A thrill came over me knowing that my images were going to be in a printed magazine. Goosebumps ran up and down my arms.

Getting Featured

Being featured in a magazine or blog is no small feat. You see, there are thousands of photographers submitting their images to be featured; however, only a select few actually get the pleasure and joy of being featured, especially in a printed magazine.

Now, one of the requirements to be featured is that you do not share the images on your blog until you know that you were or weren't featured. This was one of the hardest things for me to do. After this wedding I was so incredibly excited that I wanted to share the images with the world; however, I had to find my patience and wait. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

I am on page 45 and 46 of the Bridal Couture Magazine! Can you believe it? How incredibly awesome is that?!!

My emotions are quite high, and I cannot get over how giddy I am about this feature. Thank you so much for Bridal Couture Magazine for featuring this wedding and thank you so much to Skye and Robert for allowing me to be your photographer.

Now that I was able to share this amazing news with you, I will be creating a blog about Skye and Robert's gorgeous wedding. I hope you all had a fantastic week and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Wishing you all nothing but the very best!

Bessie

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Kennedy Meadows Engagement Portraits | Lora and Scott

Kennedy Meadows Engagement Portraits | Lora and Scott

Destination Engagement Portraits

by Bessie Young

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I was beyond excited when Lora asked me to be her photographer! You see, I have known Lora for years. We went to school together! She has moved out of California; however, she wanted to have her engagement portraits taken in Kennedy meadows and I completely understand why! It is gorgeous!

Kennedy Meadows

We began the session meeting up at a cabin in Dardanelle Resort and then headed into Kennedy Meadows. Our first destination was the meadow. It was about a 10 minute walk to get here along a wide dirt road. Once you come over a hill you see this gorgeous meadow with the mountain backdrop. Talk about a photographers dream!

I absolutely love when couples bring their dogs. Not only am I a dog lover, but I just love the dynamic that a dog brings to any session. Meet Tazer. Tazer was such a little diva during the entire session.

I do have to say, Lora and Scott completely rocked their engagement session. These two are so incredibly in love, they made my job easy. Their story is simply beautiful. You see both work in Law Enforcement at the same location. One day, at work, Lora was working on a project and Scott offered to help her with it. They have been in love ever since.

Hwy 108 Sonora Pass

After being in the meadow Lora and Scott wanted to finish their session up on Hwy 108 Sonora Pass with a sunset.

 

Sunset

The sky did not disappoint. This was the absolute perfect way to end an engagement session! A gorgeous sunset in the high Sierra Nevada mountains. All the heart faced emojis in the world :)

Thank you so much Lora and Scott for letting me be your photographer during this incredibly special time in your lives.

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed this gorgeous engagement session. If you are looking to have your engagement portraits taken I would absolutely love to chat. Use this contact form to get in touch and schedule your consultation today.

Wishing you all nothing but the best!

Bessie

 

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used:

Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: Samsung Note 4 smart phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Sanger Family Portraits | Grandparent and Grandchildren Session

Sanger Family Portraits

Grandparent and Grandchildren Session

by Bessie Young

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I was beyond excited to get a phone call about being the photographer for a grandparent and grandchildren session. When it was mentioned, I thought to myself... This is the BEST idea ever!

This session took place in Sanger, CA on an a beautiful farm. The grandchildren were staying with their grandparents for a few weeks out of the summer and this session was meant to document this special time in all of their lives.

 

For each session, I scope out the area prior to and then determine what would be best for the portraits. My approach for this session was slightly different than most. I wanted to get traditional family portraits while also documenting their time out on the farm. The first spot to start off the session was in the orchard. This made for some beautiful images.

We then moved from the orchard to the backyard to get some more documentary type of images. These 4 little ones were the absolute cutest! They were so much fun and full of life.

If you are looking for to document a special time in your life with beautiful images please send me a message by emailing me or using this contact form.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer vacation!

Bessie

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day

from Bessie Young

anyone can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad - Anne Geddes

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Dads are truly special people. They really do it all no matter their occupation. At home they are:

Teachers - teaching us right from wrong

Doctors - to fix those skinned up knees

Athletes - to teach us how to throw a ball

Providers, Guidance councilors, therapists, and so much more.

Dads truly are amazing. They sacrifice so much for their family.

Happy Father's Day by Bessie Young

This is my dad. A person that I wouldn't know what to do without. He has been there for me through thick and thin and is always a listening ear. No matter when I talk to him he is always encouraging me and helping me to be a better person. Every once in awhile, out of no where, and on days that I need it the most, I will get a special text with the kindest most motivating words. It is like he knows! :) Dads are truly special and I am so lucky to have this man to call my dad.

Happy Father's Day by Bessie Young

Wishing you all an amazing Father's day!

Bessie

Happy Father's Day by Bessie Young

 

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Sonora Elementary Graduation 8th Grade Portraits | Abbie

Sonora Elementary Graduation

8th Grade Portraits

Abbie

by Bessie Young Photography

 

Any graduation day is a big day.... Pre-school graduation, 8th grade graduation, high school graduation, and college graduation. No matter which graduation comes and goes, these days are some of the biggest days of our lives. These are days that we want to remember. These are days that we want to document and these are days that are perfect days for portraits.

Sonora Elementary Graduation day was one of these big days. We began by getting Abbie's hair done, and then taking some Sonora Elementary Graduation 8th grade portraits. These were so so so much fun. Abbie got her first very own kitten for her graduation present and let me tell you these pictures are to die for!

It is amazing how fast time flies. Growing up, I always thought it was just silly when grown ups said something like that. It seems like a year of school never ended and Christmas was always so far away. Since I graduated college, the years have been flying before my eyes and I cannot seem to get it to slow down.

 

This month Abbie, my oldest niece, graduated 8th grade. I am so incredibly excited for her to start this new adventure; however, I am in a bit of denial that she is already out of elementary school and onto high school. She is such a sweet soul and I can't wait to see the woman that she becomes, but I hope that it comes a little later rather than sooner :)

I had so much fun taking these graduation portraits and of course we had to get one with the family dog Moose!

Sonora Elementary Graduation Portraits by Bessie Young

 

Abbie, you are such an incredibly special person. Your smile lights up any room you go into and your kindness will fix anyone's bad day. I am so lucky to be your Aunt and can't wait to see all the fun adventures that high school brings.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you did don't forget to subscribe to my blog in order to get updates when I post something new. If you are looking at getting your portraits taken please feel free to contact me. I would absolutely love to talk to you... and if you are on the fence about getting your portraits taken you shouldn't be. These moments are fleeting moments. Make sure to document these moments. You, and your family, will cherish these images for generations to come. #existinphotos

 

Wishing you all nothing but the best,

Bessie

 

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Cherry Blossom Wedding Stylized Shoot - Blooming Camp Ranch - Oakdale California

Cherry Blossom Wedding Stylized Shoot

Blooming Camp Ranch - Oakdale, California

by Bessie Young

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The weather called for a massive storm, rain and snow in the low country... and we were scheduled to have our beautiful Cherry Blossom Wedding stylized shoot at Blooming Camp Ranch in Oakdale. There was going to be high winds and thunder storms throughout the valley and foothills. As I drove to Oakdale I could see the clouds start rolling in. Will it rain, thunder, and lightening? We made the call earlier in the week that we were going to make this happen. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and we just couldn't let that pass us by.

 In order to put this gorgeous stylized session together a group of 8 small business women decided to take advantage of the weather and the gorgeous orchard blossoms. Rosie at Save the Date Events did an amazing job putting this entire stylized shoot together. She was the heart and soul behind the entire day. I am so very glad we were all able to make it happen and incredibly thankful that she asked me to be the photographer.

The weather, the gorgeous blossoms, and all the beautiful women made for the perfect stylized session. Could you imaging having your wedding here while the trees are blooming?! Talk about perfection.

Cherry Blossom Wedding by Bessie Young

All Vendors involved:

Event Coordinator: Save the Date Events

Hair: Sheree Fraser Makeup

Makeup: Heather Johnson

Salon: Flawless Hair and Makeup Design

Model: Mckensey Middleton

Paper Goods: Lauren London Design

Cake: Lila and Sage

Venue: Blooming Camp Ranch

Photographer: Bessie Young Photography

 

Thank you ladies for the amazing day and beautiful set up! You all did such a wonderful job, and the pictures came out amazing only because of all your true talent.

If you guys enjoyed this post make sure to subscribe to my blog in order to get updates on when I post something new :)

Wishing you all a beautiful day,

Bessie

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P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Friant Family Portraits | The Palmer's

Friant Family Portraits | The Palmer's

by Bessie Young

Family is one of nature's masterpieces. George Santayana

I woke up and it was still dark outside. This session was scheduled to be a sunrise session on daylight savings time. I had to check over and over again to make sure I knew exactly when the sun was coming up (daylight savings time is not awesome... just saying). As I made my coffee, I rechecked my phone to make sure everything was good to go. I gathered my things and walked outside, ready for a fun spring session. As I locked my front door I turned around and...... fog. Dense, Dense fog! Taking a deep breath I prayed that it wouldn't be foggy for these Friant family portraits.

Driving down the road, I could only go about 25 mpg due to the dense fog. Slowly I drove to my session hoping for a glimpse of blue sky. Friant is about 20 minutes from my house, but not on this foggy morning. It took me over 35 minutes to get to my location. About 5 minutes before I reached the town of Friant, there it was!!! Blue Sky!!!

As I drove up to my location is was beginning to get light outside and we were just above the fog. Thank you Lord! Off to the West the moon was setting which made for some of the most amazing pictures. Talk about epic! Friant Family Portraits | The Palmer's by Bessie YoungBelow the fog is Fresno, but no one would ever know if you didn't say anything.

The Palmer's are one of the most gorgeous families. They are nothing but smiles, giggles, and beauty both on the inside and out. I was so thrilled the way that this session turned out. We started off on a flat section of the hill in order to get the moon setting in the background. We then walked to the top of the hill to get the majority of the family portraits. There weren't many wildflowers out yet, but I think the moon and the fog made this session so much more epic.

Thank you all so much for allowing me to be your photographer!

I hope you enjoyed this blog. If you are looking to get your family portraits taken, send me an email or you can use the contact form here.

Wishing you all nothing but love and happiness.

Bessie

P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

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