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!

Bessie

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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,

Bessie

 

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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

 

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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Sonora Family Portraits | The Jasmer's

Sonora Family Portraits | The Jasmer's

by Bessie Young Photography

Family is not an important thing. It's everything. Michael J. Fox

My absolute favorite time of year is the Fall. The weather starts to get cooler, the trees start to change color, and family pictures are in high demand. This year I was lucky enough to be able to take one of my sisters Sonora family portraits. These portraits are so incredibly special to me and I am so excited to share a few with you!

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu

Once September rolls around, I begin to get quite a few calls about family portraits and scheduling a session. Unfortunately, this year, I had to turn a few families away as I was booked during the time that they wanted the session. So I have a couple of tips to make sure that you get your family portraits scheduled:

  1. Plan ahead: Plan out with your family the best time and place to have your session. This way everyone can mark their calendar for the session and it is something that they can look forward to rather than feeling rushed.
  2. Book your family session prior to September 1st: Once the holidays get closer more and more people want to have Christmas cards to go out to family and friends. Quite a few photographers are already booked up. If you get your session scheduled prior to September 1st you will most likely get the exact date that you want whether that be for sometime in October, November, or sometime in December. As long as you schedule and book the date with your photographer, you have nothing to worry about.
  3. Don't be afraid to have your family session any time during the year: You don't necessarily need to have your family session during the last part of the year in order to have Christmas cards ready. You can always plan you family session during the Spring or Summer.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment :) If you are looking to schedule a family session send me a message by using

this contact form.

Wishing you nothing but love and happiness!

Bessie

 

2016 Year in Review | Bessie Young Photography

2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, I absolutely love to look at my year in review. Going through all the sessions that I have had throughout the year and seeing all the gorgeous photos makes my heart full. I started my business in 2015 and decided that at the end of each year I would post a Year in Review video, or a Highlight reel of that year. It helps me see all that I have accomplished and makes me so very grateful for all of you. Plus I get to share these gorgeous photos with you again :)

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This year has flown by! I am beyond amazed with how this year went and all that I have accomplished in my business and in my personal life. Here are a few major accomplishments in my business:

  1. I made it on TV! Check out the blog post here.
  2. I began selling my Landscape photography on my site! Check it out here.
  3. My website got a makeover
  4. I started a YouTube Channel!

That is just a few milestones that I made it though this year. I can't wait to see how my business progresses in 2017! Thank you all for your love and support. I can't say this enough. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. Thank you! I am so excited for 2017 and all the things I have planned for my photography business. I can't wait to share it all with you and see how the year unfolds. I will be shaking things up a bit in 2017 when it comes to my business, so stay tuned for my next blog post talking about all my plans for 2017.

If you are interested in booking a session or a wedding please contact me here. I am now booking for 2017-2018.

Also, don't forget that I offer Gift Cards! These are perfect if you want to give the gift of a portrait session :) You can find the Gift Cards Here.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and so much joy in 2017,

Bessie

Adilynn June | Sonora Newborn Portraits

Adilynn June | Sonora Newborn Portraits

by Bessie Young Photography

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For this child I have prayed and the lord has granted the desires of my heart - 1 Samuel 1:27

 

Little Addie was born on a Monday with nothing but grace and absolute cuteness.

Her newborn session was taken when she turned only 12 days old on a gorgeous warm fall day. She was an absolute doll during here entire newborn session.  Addie was awake for the majority of the session so curious with what was happening around her. She didn't fuss and we even caught a glimpse of a little smile :)

We started out with a little bit of a lifestyle session inside. I am absolutely thrilled with how these images turned out!

and over all these virtues put on love, for it binds them together in perfect unity - Colossians 3:14

After a little bit of indoors we went outside. There was a gorgeous Pistache tree that was turning red out in front and the weather was warm and beautiful. I absolutely adore outdoor photos! The lighting, the weather, incorporating nature... all of it! I find it to be so incredibly gorgeous:

 

I absolutely adore this little family. They are beautiful both on the inside and the outside. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your photographer during this special time in your life!

After our outdoor adventure we went back inside to get some posed family portraits and then a few images of just little Addie.

Having a newborn portrait session is important, and having it at your house makes it so special. This session was a little bit of documentary and a little bit of portraiture. Being able to show the love that is within a family and capturing this special time is so important. This beautiful family made it so easy as you can tell that they have so much love for each other, God, and life.

Wishing you nothing but happiness and joy!

Bessie

 

Hey Photographers! Wondering what kind of gear I used for this trip? Check it out:

Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Canon 100-400mm f4: http://amzn.to/28TA55m Sigma MC11 Adapter: http://amzn.to/28TjmRR Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

 

 

5 Tips to Rock Your Family Portrait Session

5 Tips to Rock Your Family Portrait Session

by Bessie Young Photography

 It is that time of year again! The weather is getting cooler, the trees are changing colors, and you have scheduled your family portrait session in order to get those Christmas cards out :) As your session gets closer and closer you can't help but get a little nervous. For some people it is easy and for others it is absolutely terrifying. Not to worry! I want to make sure that you get the absolute best out of your session and that your images truly reflect you you and your family are. So, here as 5 tips on how to rock your session:

  • Share it all with me: This is hard, but pretty much mandatory. Don't worry when your baby cries, your little one is running wild, or you noticed dirt stains on knees. That is all ok. I can only capture your true self if you feel comfortable with me. Embrace the silly laughter and the cries. Embrace the bright moments and the moments of quiet vulnerability. As always, there is nothing for you to worry about , I will be guiding you throughout the entire shoot :)
  • Be Yourself and don't hold back:  You want to have beautiful images to hang on your wall. Images that show who your family truly is. Images that you can relate to. Don't act the way you feel you should act during a photo session. Just be yourself. The best images are where your truest emotions come out.
  • Wear what you want to wear: Wear something you feel confident in. Something that makes you feel beautiful and something that you are truly comfortable in. Whether that is a ripped up pair of jeans or a sequence skirt, you do you. Don't wear something that you are worried about. There is enough going on with the photo shoot, you don't need to be worried about your outfit as well. Again just be you.
  • Make a day out of it: Have a fun filled day. You aren't going to be your best self after a stress filled day full or running errands. Take it easy. Grab some lunch, go to the movies or the park, or just do something fun as a family. That may even be just sitting home and playing games. Whatever it is, have a fun day. Enjoy the day and enjoy your photo shoot. Let me see you bright and happy :)
  • Forget the fact that this is a "photo shoot": You are doing this for you. I am here to document your family. Forget the photos and focus on enjoying the moment with your family.
  • And for a little extra - DON'T STRESS and just have fun! : Your images will come out truly amazing if you let your worries go and don't stress out about it. Have fun! This time is for you and your family. This time is to document your family and have these images to last for generations to come. Just have fun and be yourself.
  • 5 Tips to Rock Your Family Portrait Session

    Now go out there and get those beautiful images taken feeling confident and knowing that you are going to Rock Your Session! If you haven't scheduled your session yet, don't fret! There is still time. After all it is only October. Make sure the schedule your session by emailing me at bessieyoungphotography@gmail.com or using this contact form.

    I hope to hear from you soon and see you in front of my camera :) And remember to print your images!! There is nothing like making a home as printing your family portraits and hanging them on the wall.

    Wishing you nothing but the best!

    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