Wild Mountain Elopement Featured on Wedding Chicks!

Bessie Young Photography was featured on Wedding Chicks!



Wild Mountain Elopement

Featured on Wedding Chicks!

It is officially official! The Wild Mountain Elopement Stylized photoshoot was featured on Wedding Chicks! You guys this is huuuggeeee! I am beyond excited to tell you guys about this. You guys can see the full story, blog post, and feature on Wedding Chicks here.

I can't even begin to explain how awesome this really is. It means so incredibly much to me and my business; however, this entire stylized shoot and feature wouldn't have been possible without some amazing Women owned Small Businesses.

Plus, now that I know it was featured I can share all the images with you! Get ready for a long blog post all about the behind the scenes of getting this stylized shoot planned out and done.

Thank you to the creative team that put in hours to make this shoot happen. To each and every one of you that collaborated with me to make this shoot possible... Thank you! You all mean so much to me and I truly appreciate your help, collaboration, vision, and value. Each of you deserve this feature. Your work is truly amazing. 

Model: @lizp559    Dress: @littleblackdressfresno
Hair: @hairbybridgetmonte     Bouquet: @botanique_floral_artistry
Jewelry @mintjewelryco     Location: @shaverlake_ca
Photographer: @bessieyoungphotography

You can also find all the vendors/ creative team at their websites:

  1. Flowers: Botanique Floral Artistry
  2. Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Hair by Bridget Monte Coccolati Salon
  3. Jewelry: Mint Jewelry
  4. Bride & Groom: Liz & Ryan
  5. Photographer: Bessie Young
  6. Wedding Dress: Little Black Dress Boutique

Thank you so much to Wedding Chicks for the feature! To be honest, I have no words to express how excited I am and how thankful I am.


p.s. Are you looking to elope? I would absolutely love to be considered to be your photographer. You can always contact me using this contact form. I hope to hear from you soon!

Sonora Family Portraits | The Jasmer's | Sonora Photographer

Sonora Family Portraits

The Jasmer's

by Bessie Young Photography | California Photographer

I am beyond thankful to be able to be a photographer and take photos of beautiful families; however, I am even more thankful to be able to call this family mine.

As you all know I have three sisters. This is my oldest sister and her gorgeous family. It is one of the funnest things to take pictures of them all, document their little moments, capture the love between them all, and watch my nieces and nephews grow.

Sonora Family Portraits - Sonora Photographer Bessie Young - Family of 6 posing idea

Each and every person in this gorgeous family is such a beautiful soul on the inside and out. They are full of fun, laughter, and love. They are there for anyone in need, always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. They love beyond measure and treat everyone with the upmost respect.

Sonora Family Portraits - Sonora Photographer Bessie Young - Family of 6 posing idea

I started taking their family portraits a few years ago, prior to me starting my photography business. This family was the very first family that I ever took portraits of. It is so much fun to see the changes in their little faces, as well as see the changes in my photography.

Sonora Family Portraits - Sonora Photographer Bessie Young - 4 sibling posing guide

I am beyond lucky to call this family part of my big family.

Wishing you nothing but the best!



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Sonora Fall Family Portraits | Sonora Photographer | The Kerr's

Fall Family Portraits |  The Kerr's

Sonora Photographer

Sonora Fall Family Portraits | Sonora Photographer Bessie Young

This family is truly gorgeous on the inside and out. Everything about them is amazing. They are full of laughter and love. Their smiles are contagious.

I was so excited when Anne asked me to take her family portraits. You see, I have known Anne and Robbie for quite some time now and I was ecstatic. It has been wonderful watching her little ones grow into beautiful people and it was a true honor to be able to document this moment in time for their gorgeous family.

Everything about this family is amazing. Their smiles, their eyes, their love, their laughter, their personality.

This Sonora Fall Family Portrait Session was just perfect. We started off the session at just the right time during golden hour and ended the session right before the sun went down. This allowed us to get the perfect golden sun on the yellow grass, along with time to catch the sunset colors.

It is one of my favorite things when my families are up to have a little fun. We did a few posed images, and then we did a few fun more lifestyle images.

The most important thing in the world is family and love
— John Wooden

The back country road in the Sonora Foothills made fore the absolute perfect fall family session. It had all the feels of goodness and fall.

The oak leaves were just falling from the trees adding a gorgeous golden layer to the ground. The old country road made for a beautiful contrast of colors, and the Kerr's are fun, adventurous, and up for anything! It was a dream.

Thank you so much Anne and Robbie for allowing me to be your photographer this year.

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Wishing you nothing but beautiful days,




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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.


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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