Life on the Farm… in Norwalk?- The Ogren Family- Orange County Family Photograper

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Photographers are always looking for cool and different locations for photo sessions. Southern California is full of them. We’ve got lots of cool urban spots, pretty park and garden settings, and plenty of beaches. But what’s the one thing we envy our friends for who live in more rural areas? We wish we could find a cool barn and farm for a photo shoot.

Uuuuuummmmm….. so my dream came true. TWICE! This adorable family has been living on a farm for the past 4 years. In Norwalk. Next to a Target. That happens all the time, right?
This place has been so significant for them. They moved here shortly after getting married. They found peace in the midst of the concrete jungle here. They brought both of their babies home here.
So before they moved across the country, it was important to commemorate their family’s life on the farm.
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This tree was a gift that the owner gave to his wife.
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Lots of time was spent on this swing.
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Hours spent swinging on the hammock.
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This little cutie loves all the animals.
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They were telling me how much they loved all of the Hollyhocks that were growing up around the farm, especially around the antique tractors.
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I can’t stand it! So cute!
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She helped the grounds keeper plant this corn.
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Their little farm house. Such sweet memories here.
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Many blessings to you, Ogren Family, as your journey takes you east!

San Juan Capistrano Newborn Session


This session was a first for me: an outdoor newborn session. Since there was a chill in the air, we had to make sure we kept this little peanut bundled up. But, oh the light! And the dreamy golden field and yellow mustard flowers. It was to die for!
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WHY THE PHOTOS IN YOUR HOME MATTER

Do you have photos displayed in your home? I’m sure there are at least a few. A wedding photo in the silver frame that was a wedding gift. A picture from a photo booth that’s stuck to your fridge. By the way, I really enjoyed time spent at the photo booth, as it was completely new experience for me (contact Inside Out Booth if you are looking for a great booth). The craft your kiddo made with their school photo for mother’s day last year. All of them are important to you in some way, or you wouldn’t have them up.

But have you ever thought about why they are important? There are a lot of reasons, but one is because they help us remember. We want to remember our wedding day or what our child looked like when they were first born. We want to remember happy times and surround ourselves with them. I for example got breast implants in Johnson City, and we can see the difference in some of the pictures that we took, some that are displayed and some that are not. It’s very interesting noticing the difference in how clothing fits, and how I seem far more confident in my posture and posing for the camera after the procedure.

Another reason the photos in our home are important is because they show what or who is important to us. Only the people who are most important in our lives make it into the photo frame or onto the fridge. They also show everyone who steps across our threshold who are the most important people in your life.

What got me thinking about this? Well, a couple of months ago, our son, Cooper, found that he could reach the frames on our table tops. He left most of them alone, except for one. A photo of my dad.

Both my mom and dad have thought it was weird that I’ve had that photo framed for years. It’s one of my favorites. It’s actually from the very first roll of black and white film I ever took in my first photography class. I loved how it was just so my dad. 

Cooper carries that photo around all the time. I find it in his room, the hallway, the bathroom… and do you see those smudge marks? those are from the kisses he give it. He loooooooves his grandpa. And I’m thinking this photo helps him remember one of his most important people when he can’t see him. So cute, right? 

Another photo we love is this one of my husband’s grandma at our wedding. Don’t you just love her old school film camera? She was so excited that her grandson was getting married (finally!). That was actually the last time we saw her since she passed away a few months later. One day Cooper brought this photo to me and grunted at it, pointing. I told him, “That’s your great grandma. She would have been crazy about you.”

As our kids grow up, who or what is important to us will be communicated by what we surround ourselves with in our home. If a child sees their photo in a frame or on the wall, it says,you are important to me“.

So print your photos! Get them up on the wall!

Do you need some new portraits? I can help with that! Contact me for a consult today. Let’s fill your walls with the people you love most.

Have a great week!

~Jen

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Lewis Family-Irvine Regional Park

Downtown Santa Ana, Urban Portraits
It’s been over thirteen years since I’ve seen Sarah. It was at our 10 year high school reunion. She looked the same as the day we graduated. She still does. So how is it possible that she has a kid that will be going to college next year??? Crazy! But I’m so thankful that my camera, along with social media, allows me to reconnect with old friends…. and by old I mean long-time! 🙂
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Maldonado Family- Downtown Santa Ana Family Portraits

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I first met Griselda and Humberto over 6 years ago, when I photographed their amazing wedding. Now, three kids later, they are just the cutest little family. And I always love that Griselda is always up for something different when it comes to their photos. I’ll never forget when we were doing their wedding photos, we walked down a particular alley and she said, “Oh I love the brick and the bars on the windows!” To which I promptly replied, “I love you Griselda.”

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Luong Family- Orange County Family Photographer

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This fall has been a busy one! I have had the opportunity of photographing some wonderful families this year, some old friends and some new. When I heard that this family had 7 month old twins, I thought, “Oh Lord bless you!!!” These little girls were just so adorable. And isn’t their hair the cutest??? I had so much fun with them.

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Chan Family- Los Angeles Arboretum Family Portraits

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Most of the families I photograph have little kids. I guess because they change so much so fast, parents feel the need to capture that time in their lives. They see those kids growing up quicker than they could have imagined and know they will be off to college and out of the house before they know it.

But even though her girls ARE out of the house and off to college, Cecilia still wanted photos of her precious family. I was so honored to be able to photograph her and her husband, as well as her beautiful daughters recently at the LA Arboretum. Everything was in bloom, which made for a gorgeous backdrop.

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Fox Family- Corona del Mar Family Portraits

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It’s always such a compliment when I have return clients. Even more so when that client is a talented photographer herself! I have had the privilege of photographing Amber Fox and her family since her twin boys were one year old. I can’t believe how big they’re getting! It makes me feel old! We had a fun time climbing on the rocks and getting soaked at the beach!

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