Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe 4th of July on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. What a spectacular day to celebrate this cherished holiday with our loved ones... The sun is shining, the weather is warm and the beaches are calling my name! It's time to head outdoors and and enjoy this amazing place that we call home. Before I head out to enjoy the day myself, I thought I would quickly share this fun shoot taken out at the Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. I just adore this red, white, and blue inspired photo session with this sweet little toddler.
It’s the first major milestone and such a fun time for mom, dad, grandparents and family. I love 1-year photo shoots for so many reasons - kids at this stage are bubbling with curiosity, usually happy and giggly, and their mostly toothless grins can melt even the most stoic heart.
This sweet girl was no exception. Although she was a little under the weather, you would have never known! She laughed, smiled, and crawled around this awesome vintage Ford truck that her Grandpa drove to the photo shoot. Between her sunny disposition, stunning blue eyes, and this amazing old truck we had the makings for a most amazing shoot!
This little nugget was so fun to photograph. Those sweet cheeks! That handmade beanie! The chubby little arms and legs! Ahh! Love! As he kicked his legs and suckled on his hand, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my two boys at this age.
At about 3 months old, babies really start to come into their own. As their senses and bodies become more developed, you can finally start to see flashes of the personality that’s brewing inside. And it just never ceases to amaze me how quickly they grow and soon become running, stomping, talking kids.
I love babies at every age and feel so lucky to get to work with these wee ones. Documenting their miraculous growth and evolution as people truly touches my heart.
Happy early Valentine's day to all! These adorable images were taken at my annual Valentine's Day Mini Sessions held last week! I knew this red umbrella was going to come in handy... The perfect touch to this sweet outfit!! Love!
What to wear is one of the most frequently asked questions in portraiture. My answer is pretty simple: keep everyone coordinated, but not matching. I usually tell my clients to choose a color palette of 3 to 5 colors and have everyone dress in varying shades and tones of those colors. Most importantly, be comfortable and like what you’re wearing. Unless you’re going for a themed portrait, your clothes should look natural on you and reflect what you would wear during your day-to-day or when you get dressed up.
I have photographed this sweet family for two years now and as their brood grows, so does the level of cuteness. Talk about kids with style! Mom definitely knows what she’s doing.
I love the eclectic urban look on these five. With two rambunctious boys and a sweet little toddler, their outfits were totally appropriate to let them run around and not worry about messing up their clothes. If you need a little wardrobe inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for fun ideas and color schemes: https://www.pinterest.com/rebeccafarmer/clothing-inspiration-what-to-wear-for-your-family-/
This little girl’s cowboy boots are just too adorable! I think I may need to go out and buy myself a pair.
Nearly 10 years ago when I graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography and started my journey as a freelance photographer, I never imagined that I would be blessed with such a strong and amazing clientele that would come back year after year. Fast forward to the 2014 holiday season when I was so busy I could barely catch my breath. How things have changed! I want to say a big warm thank you to all of my amazing clients... You allow me to do what I love in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I can’t say enough thanks for the gift of your support and belief in my work! Happy New Year!
This year with so many returning families, many asked for new ideas to enjoy their photos year round. So I’ve been busy making some very cool custom wall designs that allow them to showcase their images at home. The results are stunning and entirely personal!
This photo shoot was one of my Mini Sessions from November. This silly little girl really knows how to bring it! Bonus that her mom loves the creative process and always brings the best props. Her red scarf is such a simple touch, but adds so much to the images. Love these images!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we live in paradise here in Santa Barbara. So whenever I have the chance to work with a visiting family, I love getting the fresh new perspective of Santa Barbara’s amazing natural beauty that comes from seeing it through the eyes of someone enjoying it for the first time.
This shoot was for a sweet family vacationing in Carpinteria for the week with their extended family. It was literally the perfect summer beach day: the sun was shining, there was a soft, warm breeze keeping us cool...nothing short of an ideal afternoon. And these two sisters couldn’t have been any sweeter - their interaction was so fun to capture!
What’s better than enjoying this gorgeous place we love so much? Having something beautiful to remember it by!
It was another glorious morning in Santa Barbara, but for one local family it was a very special day. This bright little girl was celebrating the first of many birthdays to come and her parents were marveling at how quickly the year had gone by.
Capturing baby’s first major milestone is one of my favorite assignments. At this age, baby is on the go, inquisitive about the camera and very amused by all the silly things I do behind the lens to get them giggling and laughing. (And even if I can’t manage to crack a smile, there’s nothing quite as adorable as a little one’s sweet serious face).
This little gal was a ray of sunshine - such a happy baby and just too cute playing with the blocks I had brought for the shoot. Her parents were thrilled with the photos and so grateful to have these beautiful images to mark such a special family time.
As summer is slowly coming to an end, I am finally getting around to posting some of my favorite shoots from the last few months. I had a blast photographing these two cuties at my Summer Mini Sessions held last month at Shoreline Beach in Santa Barbara. These two kiddos were so much fun to photograph... Love those big beautiful blue eye!! Just gorgeous!! The light was just stunning, the weather was warm, and the beach was empty (for the most part). It just doesn't get better than that!
I had the pleasure of welcoming this little nugget into the world a few weeks back! Baby J was welcomed by his mom, dad, and two older brothers... What a lucky guy! This sweetheart fell right asleep for his newborn photo shoot and pretty much stayed that way for the entire 2 hours photo session. Amongst the pleasant chaos of having two older brothers, Baby J slept peacefully, barely waking when I moved him into position. It was so sweet to see how perfectly this little guy fit into his new family... So much love for this sweet little soul.
What a beautiful shoot with this cute family of four! We had a fun and interesting time at The Grassini Family Vineyard in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley back in April of the year. Yes, I know I am a little behind on posting updates on the blog... It's already July! Where has the time gone! The first 20 minutes of this shoot were just stunning! The light was peeking through a giant oak tree in a large open grassy field... Just Beautiful! However, the weather quickly took a turn for the worse. As dark clouds decided to roll in on us and the rain came sprinkling down, we found some shelter hoping the weather might pass. Once we realized our shoot came to an end, we decided that we would reconvene in Santa Barbara a few days later to finish our photo shoot. I just love all these images and the fun crazy story of how these photos came to be!
I had a blast photographing this cute little surfer chick at Henrdy's Beach this past month! It was a chilly February morning here in Santa Barbara... Burrrr! On my drive to the photo shoot, I was hoping it wasn't going to pour down rain on us. Luckily, we got some beautiful overcast weather and spectacular light. As I was nice and warm with my jeans, sweater and Ugg boots, this girl was a trooper in her bikini. Although her toes were frozen from walking along the shoreline, she didn't seem to mind at all! Thanks for the fun shoot!!
With the hustle and bustle of this past holiday season, I am still coming across some beautiful family photo sessions I never got around to posting at the time. This was a great outdoor family photo session take at the Bacara Beach Resort in Goleta. It was a chilly overcast afternoon, but the light was spectacular! I just love overcast weather for beach shoots... It really makes for some gorgeous light! Despite the cool breeze, this adorable family didn't let their frozen toes get in the way of making some memories. I just love these shots... So playful and fun!
Love this images of my two boys... As I write this post, I hear their laughter and giggles from the other room and it melts my heart. I couldn't imagine our life without these two little beings... I feel so lucky to be their mom! I love this image for so many reason... First off, I feel this image truly captures how sweet these guys are to one another. Secondly, I love their eyes... I could stare at them for hours. Lastly, this image really depicts my children as they are... Shirtless and wearing undies. My heart is full!