If you know my work at all, you know I photograph A LOT in this magical forest. I want to highlight why… besides the obvious… its breathtaking. But also versatile. I love this forest because it allows for so many different looks, backdrops, colors and weather elements. I also find a challenge when I do capture somewhere a lot… to remember to make it look different and to really bring in the personality of the subjects within. So I thought I’d showcase a few of my favorite shots in this forest. If you love this forest as much as I do and may want to use it for the setting of your next portrait… lets talk!
I love this stage of life. The world is their oyster… they can do anything they want in life… its a clean slate… and its a crossroads to a new journey that really needs to be captured!
Living in Northern California, Half Moon Bay to be exact, we are fortunate enough to live where the mountains meet the sea. With that said, some might think it's obvious to capture your family portraits by the ocean, as it truly is magical… and I won’t disagree, if that is what describes your family. However, the country offers a natural setting that can really amplify the spirit of your loved ones…. if you are still torn, we can even find locations where the mountains meet the sea, such as the bluff tops of Montara… or just play in the tall grasses of the country, or find locations like Cowell State Beach that have country like roads that look like they go on for miles.
If you are a more rustic person, and/or just want something different, let me capture your next family portrait utilizing some of our amazing mountain sides.
Photography and Portraits in Northern California by Shanti DuPrez
Half Moon Bay, CA
Cowell State Beach, CA
Portola Valley Town Center
Its very rare (so rare, I can’t even think of an actual time) that I have walked away from a photo shoot and not feel satisfied after capturing children and their innocence. For me, in some ways they are easier than adults because they have nothing to hide if approached right. The trick is finding that sweet spot, that spot that will open up to a giggle, or a tender moment that can only be seen usually for a split second.
I remember photographing my own kids before they “loved” the camera… that was a bit tricky, especially for my oldest, who getting to smile was like pulling teeth… and after each shoot I would be left sweating as if I just ran a marathon, but I walked away with my reward… the reward of capturing that golden stage before the next growth occurs. Don’t miss out on this time, its too precious!
Half Moon Bay, Ca
Roosevelt Beach, CA
Dunes Beach, CA
Pillar Point Harbor, CA