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!


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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.



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!



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

Camera: Sony A7Rii: Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: Vanguard Tripod:

Filming: Samsung Note 4 smart phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : Viva Video Pro for combining videos


5 Tips To Rock Your Couples Session

Rock Your Couples Session

by Bessie Young Photography

Valentines day is just around the corner and Summer is coming quicker that we realize. With this means engagements and couples portrait sessions! If you have a portrait session planned and aren't positive on what to expect or how to actually make it go well, do not fret! I have 5 tips for you on how to rock your couples session :)

  • Don't Stress Out : If you are stressed it isn't going to be fun for you. Have fun and enjoy yourself. After all this photo session is for you and your family.
  • Wear what you want to wear : Stop worrying about what others wear to their session. Be yourself. These images are to document this special time in your life. If you want to be fancy, be fancy. If you want to be casual then be causal. Ultimately wear whatever makes you feel confident. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful and something that you are comfortable in.
  • Make a day out of it : After all this is your couples session! You took the time to get ready for it, you did your hair and makeup, and you have on an outfit that you feel amazing in. Take the day and enjoy it. Go out to dinner after the session. If you enjoy the day and make it more of a date where the portrait session is part of your day date, then the pictures are going to come out that much better!
  • Be yourself : Don't act the way you feel you should act during a couples portrait session. Be yourself. You want to be able to relate to the images. The best images are when the true emotions come out.
  • Forget that it is a photoshoot: Ok, so this is easier said than done especially if you don't have your pictures taken very often; however, just remember that this photoshoot is for you and your family. You scheduled it for you. This is to document this special time in your life. Just remember that this time is for you.
  • I hope you enjoyed this. If you have any suggestions on how to rock your couples session, or if you have any questions about it, leave a comment below. Also, if you are looking to schedule a session please contact me using this contact form, or you can always email me. For prices, check out my pricelist here.

    Wishing you nothing but love and happiness!


    These Two are Gorgeous! Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session | Eric and Nikki

    Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session | Eric and Nikki

    by Bessie Young Photography

    Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

     Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session by Bessie Young Photography

    You just can't deny the beauty of the golden Fall light and two beautiful people in love. This session was taken in Woodward park and I just can't get enough! These two are the absolute cutest! We had so much fun wandering around Woodward Park finding the most beautiful light and laughing the entire way.

    There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session by Bessie Young Photography Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session by Bessie Young PhotographyThese two beautiful individuals traveled quite far to have me be their photographer. I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me. Eric and Nikki are truly the sweetest. We started in the later afternoon in order to get the golden fall light at sunset.

    It was amazing and the Fall light never disappoints. Woodward park makes for a beautiful place to have portraits taken due to the variety of scenery within the park. It is just lovely. Thank you both so much for allowing me to be your photographer!Woodward Park Couple Portrait Session by Bessie Young Photography

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    Wishing you all nothing but beautiful days!



    P.S. Hey Photographers! Wondering what kind of gear I used? Check it out here:

    Sony A7Rii: Sony 16-35mm lens: Canon 100-400mm f4: Sigma MC11 Adapter: Vanguard Tripod:

    Knights Ferry Engagement Session California | Skye and Robert

    Knights Ferry Engagement Session California | Skye and Robert

    by Bessie Young Photography

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    Have you ever met a couple and you just knew that they were truly in love? Not the say I love you kind of love, but the love that reaches deep down into your soul? The kind of love that lasts...

    Skye and Robert have that deep kind of love. You can tell just by the way that they look at each other, their movements, and their smiles. Their love grows deep and has only just began as they are recently engaged!!!

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    as he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.


    The way Robert looks as Skye is the way every girl wishes to be looked at. And the way Skye couldn't stop giggling the entire session is the way every person wants to feel. This couple is too adorable. Their love for each other overflows and brightens everything around them.

    but you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.


    These two have a special place in my heart. Skye and Robert, thank you so much for letting me be your photographer during this special time in your life! It means the world to me.

    Wishing you nothing but happiness and love,



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    P.S. If you are looking for a photographer I would absolutely love to talk to you about my services. Use this contact form to send me an email.








    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!


    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.


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    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:

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

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

    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.



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

    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:

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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:


    Wishing you nothing but wonderful adventures and beautiful days!





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

    5 Reasons Why You Need an Engagement Session | Bessie Young Photography

    5 Reasons Why You Need an Engagement Session | Bessie Young Photography

    To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world - Bill Wilson

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    In my wedding packages I include an engagement session. After sending my pricing and/or having an initial consultation with a potential client sometimes the question of 'we do not need an engagement session, how much would your price be then?' arises. I completely understand why the question is brought up and that is why this blog post is being created.

    An engagement session is something that isn't just a frivolous formality. It matters.

    Why you ask? Here are just a few of the many points:

    • This special time is the time before you are married. These pictures are probably the last pictures you will have as a non-married couple.
    • These pictures will show the true essence of your relationship. The engagement session is your style, your location of choice, and just the two of you being in love.
    • These pictures can be used for your save the date cards, to give to family members as thank you gifts, and much more.
    • These are memories that you will be handing down to your children, their children, and their children's children. Photos are meant to last a lifetime. You need to make sure that you take these moments and document them.

    However, the engagement session is more than just pretty pictures:

    • The relationship between the photographer and the couple is one of the most important vendor relationship to have. It may sound silly, but it is true. You are hiring your photographer, me, to capture your love. The love between you two is why you are having your wedding after all; therefore, I need to know how you both interact. What your style is, and how you show your love to the world. In order for me to capture your love I need to know you, you need to know me and be comfortable being yourself around me. You won't truly connect with any vendor the way you will connect with your photographer. You shouldn't think of your photographer as someone you are paying to take pictures. Think of the photographer as someone you are hiring to document you, your love, and this very special fleeting moment in your lives


    I hope this article helps you really understand the necessity of an engagement session.

    Wishing you nothing but the very best!



    "To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with" - Mark Twain

    Why You Need an Engagement Session | Bessie Young Photography


    Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

    Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

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    2015 Year in Review

    California Photographer

    Man has the year flown by! I am in absolute aw with it being December 31st. As you all know, I started my photography business this year. It has been quite a wild ride, and I am so thankful and blessed to be able to look back and see how far I have come. Thank you all for the support and encouragement throughout the year!


    I decided that I would start a tradition of posting an end of the year highlight reel. I thought it would be fun to show you all various photos that I have taken throughout the year with the fantastic families, babies, high school seniors, couples, and more!


    This tradition will also help me reflect on all that I have accomplished. Where I came from and where I am going. I am a creative. It is what I do so putting this together was super fun! As I was creating this slideshow I realized that I produced a pretty cool highlight reel. I added a couple quotes that I love and various behind the scenes photos of different photo shoots.


    Here is what transpired…


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    I am currently booking 2016 and 2017 portraits and weddings! Please don't hesitate to contact me and ask me any questions about my services. I would love to talk, skype, or even meet up at a local coffee shop (not that I am obsessed with coffee or anything :)  )  You can fill out this contact form by clicking here: Contact Bessie


    Or email me at:


    Thank you all. I hope you have a fantastic New Years Eve. Here is to a fun and successful 2016! I hope 2016 brings you all joy and happiness.


    Wishing you nothing but the best,



    Sonora Portraits | The Youngs

    Sonora Portraits | The Young's

    by Bessie Young Photography


    The Young's Portraits

    October 12th, 2015

    Sonora, California


    Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. - Ann Landers


    I am so super excited to share this Sonora portraits session with you guys! My parents finally let me take their portraits! Yay!

    This year my parents celebrated their 39th anniversary. They went to the same high school and got married shortly after my mom graduated. Shortly after, they began their family and ended up with 4 girls. Yes, you read that right, 4 GIRLS! I know my poor dad right? Only girls in the house of the Young's.

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    Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you - Loretta Young

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    Being able to joke around and have fun is a necessity in a relationship.

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    This was a fun creative shot that I just had to have.

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    Hahahaha! I caught you! My dad loves loves loves to tease my mama.

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    Stolen kisses are always sweetest - Leigh Hunt

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    My parents mean the absolute world to me. My mom in my absolute best friend and my dad has been there for me through thick and thin. They are my rock. Whenever I falter I can turn to them for advice, encouragement, and love. Thank you mom and dad for always being there for me, helping me through the good times and bad, and being such amazing parents. I couldn't ask for better parents. You guys are truly the best. You can't argue with me either because I have 3 other girls that would say the exact same thing! Love you both to the moon and back!

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    Wishing you the very best!