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Why should you book your Orange County Family portraits now?

At this time of year when your schedule is overflowing with activities, the last thing you may want to schedule is your OC family portrait session. Yes, you want gorgeous images of your children for gifts and for your holiday card, but the thought of getting everything together, let alone fitting the session into your schedule may seem daunting. 

Siblings in Huntington beach doing a photo session with their vintage VW bus van

I want to challenge you to slow down and ask yourself, when I look back in 20 years, what will be the most valuable thing I own? When your children look for pictures of you, what will they find? When they think about family experiences and memories, will there be beautiful portraits filled with laughter, love and lots of silliness? Exist in photographs for your children, for yourself, and for the people who love you.

Styled professional photography session with a VW bus in Huntington Beach in Orange County

Listen, I get really busy as the holiday season approaches. For me, as a portrait photographer, it was always really tough to get my kids together and schedule my own photography session during my busiest time of year. But I made a promise to my family, that I would create a beautiful family album to give to my husband, every year of my kids’ childhoods. Now that they are grown and in college, the first thing they gravitate to when they are home for the holidays with their friends, are the family albums. They laugh at the outfits, at how silly they acted, the naked butt cheeks when they were babies, and they just enjoy looking back over our family history.

Sibling sisters at a professional photoshoot in Orange County, CA

Take the time to capture your family annually and make sure you incorporate a place, an outfit or a special prop that helps to capture your own family’s story year after year. Incorporate your kids favorite toy or activity to make sure you look back on those images and they create stories and history for you and your kids. And then pull it all together with a beautiful wall display, a custom designed album or framed gift prints for your home.

Orange County Family portrait session in Huntington beach with a vintage VW bus

We still have a limited number of sessions available through the end of the year. I would love to tell your story!

Click here to book your session.  Here are a few more image from this adorable session.

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Vintage Van Rental available at: Rabbitrentals HB www.rabbitrentalhb.com

Blue Sky’s Studio is a family, high School senior and branding photography studio that specializes in magazine quality photography in Orange County, California.  Kristin loves photographing Orange County families, high School seniors and Orange County businesses including corporate headshots.   To schedule a session with Blue Sky’s Studio, in Laguna Beach or other Orange County surrounding areas, you can send an email to Kristin@blueskysstudio.com.  We are now booking for the Fall Portrait session 2020.  We are taking special precautions because of Covid-19 to ensure that you are safe and healthy.

Blue Sky’s Studio specializes in photographing on location in the following areas, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, The Ritz Carlton, The Montage Resort, the Surf and Sand resort and the Monarch Beach Resort.

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Best Location for a family session in Orange County- For rustic family portraits

After nearly 20 years of being a professional photographer in Orange County, I have discovered lots of amazing places to photograph families.  So many of my Orange County photography clients come back year after year.  Each time they return for a session, they want to make it unique.

If my clients are looking for something rustic, that has a great Fall feel to it, I always suggestion the Nellie Gail trails in Laguna Hills.  This location has a great old fence, meandering paths and lots of open shade.  One of my favorite spots on the trails is a grove of pepper trees.   These trees have red berries and fluffy red flowers that are the perfect accent to a Christmas outfits.

This location works with Fall colors, monochromatic type colors (such as grey and black) and with holiday colors.  Here is a beautiful family portrait session.  The old metal tunnel gives a great urban feel to this otherwise rustic backdrop.

Orange County Family photographed in the field surrounding Laguna Hills. This family when with a black and grey color scheme for their family photographs.

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If you are ready to document your family and experience a fun Fall family portrait session, you can get more information by clicking here.

Blue Sky’s Studio is a family, high School senior and branding photography studio that specializes in magazine quality photography in Orange County, California.  Kristin loves photographing Orange County families, high School seniors and Orange County businesses including corporate headshots.   To schedule a session with Blue Sky’s Studio, in Laguna Beach or other Orange County surrounding areas, you can send an email to Kristin@blueskysstudio.com.  We are now booking for the Fall Portrait session 2020.  We are taking special precautions because of Covid-19 to ensure that you are safe and healthy.

Blue Sky’s Studio specializes in photographing on location in the following areas, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, The Ritz Carlton, The Montage Resort, the Surf and Sand resort and the Monarch Beach Resort.

OC Family Photography | What to wear to your Fall family portrait session

For Orange County Families, planning the outfits each year for your portrait session can be stressful.  I know that lots of my Orange County families want each portrait session to look unique.  Of course, we do this by changing the location of their session each year.  But clothing also plays a roll in making each year’s session look different the last.

Does your mind go blank when you try to figure out what to wear to your family portrait session?  Have you already done white and denim and you are looking for something a little more stylized?  I love the idea of layering up clothing to give your session a Fall vibe.

Orange County family portraits in the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.  These clients are dressed for Fall in layers and rustic colors.

While it doesn’t quite feel like sweater weather yet, sweaters make a perfect clothing selection for a family session.   When I think about outfitting an entire family, I always start with one or two base colors and then add another pop of color to give that finished look.  For example, white and navy with a pop of yellow, or navy and white with a little turquoise.  Mixing it up a little with clothing keeps your family session looking different from year to year.  Orange County Family of 5 at the Montage Beach in Laguna Beach for a family portrait session.  The family selected all Fall colors for their sunset session and they look great.It is also important to take into account the background for your session.   For the beach, I love a cool, casual vibe, while the Mission is a perfect spot to dress up a little and show off your fancier clothing.  Fields and park backgrounds work great for layered sweater and boots style. 

Orange County Family photographed in the field surrounding Laguna Hills.  This family when with a black and grey color scheme for their family photographs.
We love to help you put together a complete look for your session.  To book a session, click here.   

Or if you need the help of a stylist, you can visit the personal stylist we work with, Chantal’s website by clicking here! 

Blue Sky’s Studio is a family, high School senior and branding photography studio that specializes in magazine quality photography in Orange County, California.  Kristin loves photographing Orange County families, high School seniors and Orange County businesses including corporate headshots.   To schedule a session with Blue Sky’s Studio, in Laguna Beach or other Orange County surrounding areas, you can send an email to Kristin@blueskysstudio.com.  We are now booking for the Fall Portrait session 2020.  We are taking special precautions because of Covid-19 to ensure that you are safe and healthy.

Blue Sky’s Studio specializes in photographing on location in the following areas, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, The Ritz Carlton, The Montage Resort, the Surf and Sand resort and the Monarch Beach Resort.

Laguna Beach has the very best spots for unique family and senior photography.  Since I not only work in Laguna Beach, but also live in the downtown area, I am always keeping my eyes open for the most unique spots to photograph high school seniors and families.  Here are just a few of my favorite spots in the downtown area to get amazing, unique shots of your senior or family. And if you book and shoot before the end of September, you will receive 50% off of the session fee.

Heisler Park/ Picnic Beach Area

From beautiful vistas, to unique art pieces, to garden spots and yes even a sandy beach, if you are looking for a lot of variety in your portrait session, Heisler Park is my top choice. Check out a few of my favorite recent images shot in this location.

Downtown Laguna Beach

In just a three or four block area, there are so many great backdrop choices in downtown Laguna Beach. Some of my favorite spots include the red phone booth, the alley behind the Presbyterian Church, the area around the library, the flower stand on Forest Avenue and the rose garden on Forest.

Laguna Beach Neighborhoods

Around the Laguna Beach High School area is a perfect location to shoot a senior portrait session or even a family session. There are some really cool green areas, lots of trees, two small parks and lots of hardscaping with texture and character. Even more important to me and my clients, there is a lot of parking. Here are some of my favorite spots in the neighborhoods surrounding Laguna Beach High School.

Main Beach Laguna Beach

Try to avoid main beach on the weekends, but during the week, especially in the Fall, this is an amazing backdrop for a session. You have the iconic Lifeguard tower, the fun boardwalk, the rocks at the north end of the beach and the open sandy views of the south end of the beach.

Portrait by Brianna Caster and Co of my kids

Alta Laguna Beach and Laguna Canyon Areas

For a more organic background, Laguna Beach has Alta Laguna Park and the open canyon space. This year, with the super bloom, we have been so fortunate to not only get tall grass and open fields, but lots and lots of yellow flowers. Here are just a few examples of the variety of locations in the canyon and at Alta Laguna Park.

Now is the perfect time to book your session. We are office 50% off of the session fee in September as our early bird special. To book your session or to get more information, click here.

If you haven’t had a session with us yet, I’d love to invite you to view this behind the scenes video of what it’s like to have a Blue Sky’s Studio family photography session. We specialize in Orange County and Southern California family photography.