Countryside Family Portraits // Family Portrait Photographer // San Francisco Bay Area // Half Moon Bay, CA

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.

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Photography and Portraits in Northern California by Shanti DuPrez

Half Moon Bay, CA

Montara, CA

Cowell State Beach, CA

Mavericks Bluffs

Portola Valley Town Center

Children Photography// Children's Portraits// Kid Photography// Baby Portraits // Half Moon Bay, California

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!Portraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon BayPortraits by Shanti DuPrez / Children Portraits / Photographing Children / Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, Ca

Roosevelt Beach, CA

Dunes Beach, CA

Pillar Point Harbor, CA

Portrait Photography// Half Moon Bay, CA// San Francisco Bay Area portrait photographer

No doubt about it, this is the crazy time of year for all.. but in my profession its seems tenfold… the motivation, in my opinion, is holiday madness.

And, I won’t lie, it’s a great way to invest in an awesome portrait of your loved ones, get holiday cards ready, and maybe even a few Christmas gifts out of the way…. However, here is my caution I am offering. DON’T FORCE IT.

Now that we are on the home stretch, don’t knee jerk and try to make this happen. Although I am sure we still have some great days ahead of us, busy schedules, and unpredictable weather can cause for some needs to reschedule, etc. This ultimately should be about capturing the best of you and your family, and it will be perfect when the stars align. Waiting until January or even later, is always an option. The light is beautiful, and although we are in full blown winter then, we live in California and have been known to have amazing temperatures in those months.

In fact, as an incentive to be patient I am offering all sessions at just $150 for the months of January, February and March. Now, with this said, if you are one of the lucky ones to capture it before the holidays (good weather and energy) then yeah team!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Patience Pays Off: Half Moon Bay Beach portraits

The “C” Family has patiently awaited their day. And by that I mean they have been on my calendar to photograph their family portraits for the last two years. Everytime we either approach the day or get to the day of, either foul weather or life has come into play causing us to reschedule. Well, our day came and oh am I ever so glad we were patient!

Besides the weather being perfect, and the energy playful and sweet, the “C” boys were ready to bring this to the next level, and not just make this another signature beach portrait session, but to make it THEIR family portrait on the beach. Little things like the chemistry between the boys captured during a fun sand fight, to an airplane they brought with them to include in their images really just put the soul into their images and made it theirs.

Thank you “C” Family for not giving up on this and allowing me to capture this the way it was supposed to.

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