Pinecrest Senior Portraits | Summerville High School Senior Portraits | Mya | Sonora Photographer

Pinecrest Senior Portraits

Summerville High School Senior Portraits | Mya

Sonora Photographer

by Bessie Young Photography

This session may have just taken the winning spot! Holy awesomeness is all I have to say. Typically with my blogs I try to have about 10ish photos; however, I just couldn't choose! So this one has.... well.... ALOT more than normal. LOL. I guess I could say I'm sorry, but I'm not:)

When I was contacted to take Mya's senior portraits up at Pinecrest I was absolutely thrilled. Pinecrest is such an amazing place to take portraits and I just couldn't wait!

I met Mya and her Mama up at the Forest Service parking lot. The plan was to head over to the lake, get some photos in the woods and then get the remainder of the photos at the lake.

Well, as we were driving along there was this absolutely amzing meadow with the most beautiful golden light that you ever did see. I stopped and asked the girls what they thought and they were completely up for a change in plans! All I have to say is YAY!!! I freaking love when my people trust me and are down for anything!

After the meadow we headed into the woods for a bit more of a glam session. I love a natural setting with a fancy dress. Let me tell you, the it is awesome and the contrast just really is so spectacular. I always tell my, clients when they are thinking about outfits, to bring at least one fancy item, unless that is just completely not you, but if it is, it is always an awesome outfit to incorporate into the session. We typically don't stay in this outfit for more than about 10 minutes. This is just enough time to get some pretty awesome shots all dressed up.

While Mya was changing into another outfit I found another meadow with some beautiful wildflowers! Of course we had to dance and twirl :)

Let me tell you, this girl was up for anything and she is the absolute sweetest. When she smiles she lights up the room. She smiles and a glow just comes about her that changes everything.

After adventuring into various meadows we finally found our way to the lake! Ahh, Pinecrest you are so beautiful (insert all the heart eyed emojis here).

Mya brought along her guitar and she strung a few chords as I walked around taking some shots. I mean how cool is she?! For realz though?!

Thank you so much Mya for trusting me with all my crazy ideas and for being so dang easy going. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your photographer during this super special time in your life. You are so gorgeous and such an amazing person! I am so glad that I get to say I know you.

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

Clovis West Senior Portraits - Diana - Fresno Photographer

Clovis West Senior Portraits

Diana

by Bessie Young Photography

Ohhhh myyyy gosshhhhhh!!! All I have to say is that this girl is absolutely amazing!

Diana reached out to me via Instagram to get her portraits taken while she was in town traveling from her home in New York! How cool is that?! All I can say is that it was just meant to be.

Since Diana was visiting from out of town she wasn't quite sure where to go to get her portraits taken. After asking a few questions we decided that Clovis West was the absolute perfect place to go. It was close to where she was staying and had that total city vibe that she was looking for.

I absolutely love when my girls ask for suggestions on where to get their pictures taken. Don't ever be afraid to ask your photographer for suggestions because guaranteed they have some pretty freaking cool spots to go :)

We met up at Clovis West for a sunset portrait session in order to get that beautiful golden light. Diana is one of the easiest people to get along with. She is outgoing, spunky, and a total girl boss! Her smile is absolutely contagious, and can we just stop for a moment and admire her hair? Talk about total hair goals :)

The session went until sundown and just a bit after because we lost track of time and were having so much dang fun! Thank you so much Diana for reaching out to me to be your photographer. It was such an absolute blast! You have so much talent and you are the absolute sweetest! I know you will do great things!

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

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
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

Spring Cake Smash - Josephine Turned One | Red Hills California Portraits

Spring Cake Smash - Josephine Turned One

Red Hills California Portraits

by Bessie Young Photography

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One of the greatest gifts is a daughter. Ace Frehley

I cannot believe that it has been a whole year since I took little Josephine's newborn portraits. She is such a cutie, with the biggest eyes, the cutest laugh, and she is always trying to make you smile. Her personality is contagious and I am so honored to be able to document her first year. I thought her 6 month portraits were to die for, but her one year portraits has topped it! Red Hills California was just starting to show signs of Spring and this made for the most perfect location. The yellow flowers made for a blanket of gold and the creek running in the background made for an optimal evening of pictures.

We started off with fun portraits to document her turning one. At first we played in the flowers and then started walking. The flowers tickled little Josephine's toes as we adventured down to the creek.

After the sun began to set, it was cake smash time. Josephine wasn't quite sure what to do with the cake, but after a little bit of time she began to dig in, mainly enjoying the delicious frosting.

 

The entire time she wanted to show off  her delicious cake and she continuously tried to make everyone laugh with her little giggles and fun noises.

This session was absolutely amazing. It was the perfect weather, at the perfect location, and with the perfect one year old.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog and browsing through these images. If you are in search for a photographer I would absolutely love to talk with you. Please feel free to email be or you can even use this contact form.

Wishing you all nothing but happiness and a beautiful Spring!

Bessie

 

 

 

Baby Portraits Pinecrest California | Josephine Happy 6 months!

Happy 6 months!

Baby Portraits Pinecrest California | Josephine

by Bessie Young

 

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Can you really get much cuter than this little one? I think not! Josephine was nothing but smiles during her 6 month session. It was so much fun being her photographer and it is absolutely amazing watching her grow. She is such a gorgeous girl! And those eyes! I mean really, talk about to die for!

It is crazy to think that she is already 6 months old and her Newborn session was back in March! Wow how time flies. Little Josephine was born on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 and weighed in at 7lbs 8ounces. She is now just barely over 6 months old.

 

 

Pinecrest Baby Portraits by Bessie Young Photography

I am so excited that I had the opportunity to take little Josephine's portraits. I cannot believe how much she has grown these past 6 months. Come check out her newborn session here. Her 6 month baby portraits were up in Pinecrest, California. I was absolutely ecstatic when her mommy wanted to have her session up there. The weather was just perfect, there was a slight breeze, and everyone was nothing but smiles. It was a beautiful scene, a gorgeous session, and amazing people. Thank you for the amazing session!

Words cannot express the unconditional love that exist between a mother and a daughter. - unknown

Wishing you nothing but the very best!

Bessie

 

P.S. if you are looking for, or know someone needing, a portrait session send me an email at bessieyoungphotography@gmail.com or use the contact form on my site :) I can't wait to discuss my products and services with you!

 

Pinecrest, California

September 17th, 2016

Prints Matter | Is printing your images outdated?

Prints Matter

by Bessie Young Photography

There is just something magical about printed pictures. I can't stress it enough, get those pictures printed. This way you see them, feel them, and and know that you experienced it. Don't hide them away on your computer. Show them to the world!

 

Whether we like it or not we live in a digital age. It wasn't very long ago that I was using film and working in a dark room instead of a digital camera and a laptop. The only way you could even see an image was by looking at the negative or printing it out. Remember bringing your film into your local photo store to get your images printed? Most weddings photos and family memories were printed on 4x6 photo paper and placed in a photo album, hung up on your wall, or placed in a beautiful frame.

When digital cameras came around I was upset. I won't lie. I refused, and I mean absolutely refused, to buy a digital camera. My parents were telling me that I needed to let it go and purchase one; however, I was like 'oh heck no, I take real pictures!' Well eventually I broke down and purchased a digital camera and I am sooooo glad I did :) ; however, with digital images I found myself storing my photos away on my computer and never getting them back out. I was taking so many pictures on vacations, holidays, and family get togethers yet I found myself taking my SD card, downloading the images onto the computer, and then never touching them again. Why? I was busy... I would get to it eventually... and it wasn't that big of a deal... but it WAS a big deal and it IS a big deal. My walls in my home were bare and I had nothing to show for all the fun trips, holidays, and loving friends and family that I have in my life. Can you relate?

So I have been dedicated to print my pictures and show them to the world!

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Now days, with all the social media and digital cameras, we have pictures on our phones, computers, Facebook, and Instagram pages... so why would we need printed pictures or albums?

There is a big reason I include albums and prints in my wedding packages and albums as an option for my family portraits. Just stop and think for a moment of your favorite photograph growing up.... guaranteed it was a printed one. Think about all the pictures that you have from your childhood. Think about all the family albums that you were able to look through of your grandparents wedding, your parents wedding, and all the fun family trips. These are all physical objects that link you to your past and helps you see your families past. This is why you need printed pictures.

As many of you know, if you follow me on Instagram, I am a huge advocate for printing pictures (hence this blog post). During my initial consultation with clients I encourage them to think about printed images and albums. Think about these things as family heirlooms that you will be able to pass on from generation to generation. Digital pictures are fantastic to have, but prints are where it matters. When you get images on a burned disc you shove them away and forget about them. Every so often you may bring that disc out, but what happens when the disc is corrupt? All your images get lost. What happens when technology makes discs a thing of the past? (remember floppy discs?)  Your images get lost. What happens when that disc gets scratched or cracked? What happens when your computer fails? You get where I am going here right? This is why you need printed pictures.

 

Prints Matter by Bessie Young Photography

 

When your grandchildren are going through your belongings don't you want them to be able to look through beautiful old images of your life rather than looking at a disc or USB wondering 'What the heck is that?' The printed images will have become a treasured family heirloom rather than a disc that ends up in the trash can.

Digital files are for now. Prints are for you and the next 3 generations. Prints give your photos life! Hard drives bury images.

Prints are an investment and a wise choice. They are a gift that you will be leaving your children, their children, and their children's children. Prints aren't an outdated choice for the modern digital world. They are a necessity to document your life, hang up on your wall, and provide memories for your family. This is why you need printed pictures.

Maybe you haven't printed your images because aren't positive on what size print you would like or how it would look in your room. There are some pretty cool websites out there that actually have a way to show you what your picture will look like on your wall. Check this one out:

http://www.ohmyprints.com/index/455/de/WallApp

Here is an example one room display that I used, via the website above, with an image from a newborn session:

prints matter by Bessie Young Photography

Then there is always Pinterest! Here is a neat board I found with all sorts of display ideas:

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/photo-walls/

I choose to print my pictures at one of the top premier printing companies. I want nothing but the best for my customers and with that I want their images to last for years and years to come. Many times when you order your prints from say Walmart, Staples, CVS, or online, the color will be off. It may look yellow or a bit orange. This is due to the quality of printers, inks, and papers. Your images will be printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper for Lustre paper. It has an increased color gamut, excellent flesh reproduction, sharpness, and brilliant image quality. The Lustre coating provides protection from fingerprints and slight scratches as well as provides a slightly matte appearance to your prints.These prints are meant to last for over 100 years in a typical home display (meaning the color won't begin to fade).

Hopefully, your take away is that Prints Matter! Leave your opinion in the comments below! I would love to hear what your thoughts and ideas.

Bessie

#printsmatter

If you are interested in purchasing nature images for your wall come check out my shop here:

http://bessieyoung.photography/shop/

Exciting News at Bessie Young Photography | Gift Cards Now Available!

Gift Cards Now Available

As you all now know my new website is up and running! The design is fresh and clean and I now have a shop with various prints available. That's right, A Shop! This has been such a long time dream of mine and I am so excited to share it with you all.

Along with a shop comes incredibly exciting news.... GIFT CARDS! I am so excited that gift cards are now available on my website and just in time for Mother's day!

These are the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. You can choose from 3 different designs, and the gift card will be shipped directly to you. These gift cards are valid for any portrait session with Bessie Young Photography. You can also purchase these as a gift for a wedding!

Fun ideas for Gift Cards:

Mother’s Day – Birthday – Valentines day – Christmas – Engagement Gift – Wedding Gift – Family Reunions – and so much more!

 

In order to purchase a gift card click the link below:

http://bessieyoung.photography/product/bessie-young-photography-gift-cards-portrait-session/

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If you have any questions about the gift cards please don't hesitate to ask. My pricing for sessions can be found here:

http://bessieyoung.photography/pricing-family-portrait-photographer/

 

Wishing you nothing but wonderful adventures and beautiful days!

 

Bessie

 

 

Floral clip art created by the fabulous Create the Cut. More of their beautiful creations can be found here:

http://www.createthecut.com/