Clovis West High | Winter Formal Portraits

Clovis West High | Winter Formal Portraits

by Bessie Young Photography

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. Jim Morrison
The Clovis West High Winter Formal has come and gone. I was lucky enough to be able to document one groups fun night before they headed off the the dance. We met at River Park in Fresno, California and took some super fun shots along with beautiful portraits. It is so much fun to be a photographer during formal. Everyone is so excited about the dance, they are with their best friends, and they look absolutely astonishing. This session was nothing but laughs and glamor.
Can we just stop for a moment and admire this gold dress! Talk about absolutely amazing!

If you have a dance coming up, make sure to take pictures! If you are looking for a photographer, send me a message via this contact form. I would absolutely love to document your evening and take your portraits before the dance!

Wishing you all an amazing Sunday!



Hey Photogs! Wondering what equipment I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Sony A7Rii: Sony 16-35mm lens: Sigma Art 50 mm lens: Sigma MC11 Adapter: Vanguard Tripod: Canon 24-105mm lens:

Editing & Processing: Adobe Lightroom: Adobe Photoshop :

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,


Clovis West High Senior Portraits | Sam

Clovis West High Senior Portraits | Sam

by Bessie Young

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This senior portrait was an absolute blast and was during the perfect time of year! The fall leaves just started leaving the trees which made an absolutely beautiful scene. We started off in Woodward park where the leaves were a gorgeous array of greens, yellows, oranges and reds. You can't beat a beautiful scene and amazing people!

Whatever you are, be a good one... Abraham Lincoln


I was beyond excited when Sam told me that she wanted to bring her dog. I always tell my clients that props are a good idea and bring something that you love. Senior portraits are to show who you are, and what you love during this fleeting moment in your life. When Sam asked if she could bring her dog I was all over it and super excited.

After adventuring around Woodward Park we headed over to Clovis West High School to get some fun shots around the campus. This was my first time on this campus, so it made it quite fun trying to find some of the best places to get images, and finding different ways to be creative. The weather was gorgeous and we stayed out for just long enough to get a few beautiful sunset pictures :)

Senior portraits are so incredibly important. There is no specific time throughout your senior year that is better than another to schedule your portrait session, just make sure that you get them done. You will want to look back on this time in your life and remember these days. They are perfect to share on your social media throughout the year, and they are make for some amazing graduation announcements.


If you are looking to get your senior portrait session scheduled send me a message by either emailing me or using this contact form.

Wishing you nothing but happiness,



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:

Sonora Portraits - Super Bowl Sunday

Sonora Portraits - Super Bowl Sunday

by Bessie Young Photography

Sonora Portraits - Abbie

Sonora, CA

February 7th, 2016

Super bowl is all about family, friends, football, laughter, food, and drinks. The men were in watching the Super Bowl while most the women were either in the kitchen preparing the BIG meal or outside enjoying the beautiful day. You could hear the cheers in the background from the team scoring a touchdown; however, there was a creative explosion happening in my head that I had to release. Abbie and I were discussing her beautiful golden locks and I just had to capture some images that would show off her gorgeousness! There is nothing better than Sonora Portraits, a gorgeous model, and beautiful weather.

Bonnie was the hair and makeup artist, while Abbie was my model.  Here are a few images of what we created:

Let me know what picture you like the best by leaving a comment below.




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Wishing you nothing but happiness and great adventures,


Come see the Instagram post for senior portraits here:

Vision Boards | Cast Your Vision | Fresno Senior Portrait Photographer | Fresno, CA

Vision Boards | Cast Your Vision | Fresno Senior Portrait Photographer | Fresno, CA

Bessie Young Photography


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

2016 Bessie Young Photography


Starting off a new year brings hope, dreams, and inspiration. With the new year many of us create new years resolutions and plan to stick with them throughout the year; however, by the end of May most people drop their new years resolution goals and forget about the hopes that the new year brought in. We get so involved in the day to day grind that we lose sight of our dreams.

There are certain tools that we can use and/or create to helps us stay on track and not forget our hopes and dreams to help us not lose our inspiration and motivation. They call them vision boards. These boards can also be know as dream boards or inspiration boards. It doesn't matter what you call them, these boards help put your goals into a picture form. Pictures are powerful! They speak to us unlike words ever could.

What you need:

  • Cork board (you can use a poster board or some sort of canvas.)
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors, glue, and tape
  • Markers ( or paint whichever you prefer)
  • A photo of yourself that you love

Step 1: Make some time to really think about your goals



  • Fitness
  • Home Life
  • Relationships
  • School
  • Sports
  • Activities
  • Community service
  • Work
  • Future Goals

Pick a few different areas in your life. Once you narrow it down, create 1-2 goals in each area. These goals should be measurable whether it be 2 community service events, losing 5 pounds, etc. This way you know when you have achieved that goal.

Step 2: Gather all the materials and make a relaxing creative space. Light some candles, put on some music, make yourself a nice cup of hot coffee, pray over what you want your life to be.

Step 3: Cut out images from your magazines that represent the life you want to live.

  • These images need to be inspiring. Something that you can look at and think "Yes! I want that, I will get that!" Something that keeps you motivated.Impossible Bessie Young Photography

Step 4: Place the photo of yourself in the middle of the board

  • This is completely optional; however, it will help you visualize yourself with your goals.

Step 5: Pin your magazine images onto your board

  • You can pin, tape, or glue. Let your creativity flow!

Step 6: Use markers or paint to write your personal mantra, favorite quotes, or scriptures onto your board.

Step 7: Find a partner

  • Find someone that you are comfortable sharing your goals with. This will help you stay accountable.

Step 8: Display your board somewhere you will see it everyday.

  • Hang it on your wall, put in on your counter, or place it in your closet. Anywhere that you go at least once throughout the day.



The wonderful thing about vision boards is they are yours. There is no right or wrong way to do it. You can have multiple goals or one big goal. Whatever you want. There is NO wrong way to do it.

This will be the first year that I try to create a vision board. Try along with me and let me know how it goes. I would love to see your progress! Create a board, post it on social media and tag me @bessieyoungphotography. You can also use the hashtag #visionboard2016 or #bessieyoungphotography2016visionboards


I am looking forward to seeing your boards! Happy 2016!










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Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

Bessie Young Photography

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,



Woodward Park Fresno Boho Senior Portraits | Nayeli

Woodward Park Fresno Boho Senior Portraits | Nayeli

by Bessie Young Photography

Woodward Park Stylized Portrait

Model: Nayeli Vargas

Fresno, California


"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
Aaron Siskind


I am absolutely in love with the boho floral headband trend which is what inspired this portrait session. The session took place on a late September evening, in Woodward Park, when the lighting was absolutely gorgeous. I am so incredibly excited with how these pictures turned out!

Earlier in the day I was able to find this beautiful fall bouquet that I was able to turn into a boho floral headband. The bouquet was found at Trader Joe's and cost under $10. I used a thick craft wire for the frame and green floral tape to attach the flowers onto the base. I think it turned out fantastic for a Fall portrait session. Nayeli Vargas wore the floral headband with beauty and grace.

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Nayeli Vargas is an extremely talented model. Check her out here on Instagram:


Are you looking to get your senior portraits done? Send me an email at


Until next time, stay fabulous!



Woodward Park Senior Portraits | Bianca

Woodward Park Senior Portraits | Bianca

Bessie Young Photography

June 6th, 2015

Bianca's Senior Portraits

Woodward Park


“The best way out is always through.”

Robert Frost


High school can be long, tough, and grueling; however, once we get though it we chuckle as we look back on the days and wonder 'why was that so hard?' When looking back we remember the good days of playing sports, hanging out with friends, passing notes in Spanish, and being carefree. Becoming a senior is a special kind of awesome. We are on the top of the world. Not knowing what is ahead of us, but somehow being excited beyond all belief. Senior portraits are one of those defining moments during our senior year. It reminds us that high school will soon be only a memory, and a memory we need to capture with photographs.


Bianca's senior portraits were taken at Woodward Park in Fresno, CA. The day was hot, the grass was dry, and the model was absolutely stunning.


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We traveled throughout the park to three different locations with three different outfits. The first was at a beautiful bridge with the pond in the background. The sun started to go down which helped keep the day a little cooler. The second spot was in a wooded area filled with beautiful trees. For the third spot we went to the northerly side of the park to be around the oak trees and the creek.

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