Ariana Drivdahl Photography: Blog https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Ariana Drivdahl Photography adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) Thu, 07 Oct 2021 18:08:00 GMT Thu, 07 Oct 2021 18:08:00 GMT https://www.arianadphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u461311051-o546665212-50.jpg Ariana Drivdahl Photography: Blog https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog 80 120 Orange County Maternity Photographer | S Portraits https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/10/orange-county-maternity-photographer-s-portraits

Happy October Friends!  Is anyone else absolutely LOVING this cooler weather?  I am definitely a cool weather girl and not a hot weather girl.  Which is part of the reason I love fall so much!  But, before we get to fall sessions, I have one late summer session to share with you - and get ready for some oversharing, because this gorgeous mamma to be is as stunning as you can get!  As an Orange County family photographer, maternity sessions have long been one of my favorites, as I feel like there is nothing more beautiful than an expectant mom.  Not having one done when I was pregnant is one of my greatest regrets, and I encourage all pregnant moms to do one!  So let's talk about this session - not only did this sweet lady absolutely glow, we were able to play around and capture her in three different outfits.  And can I stop for a moment to gush about the light?  All soft, glowing and absolutely perfect for this session.  Please enjoy this sweet mamma's (and her equally amazing hubby) session!

Can I just how much I love those little baby Vans?  Cutest shoe ever!

 

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of this amazing session!  If you are pregnant and would like to book your own Orange County maternity photography session, please get in touch!

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Happy Tuesday (or as I like to say, Happy at least it's not Monday!). Given that the crazy fall photography season is upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share a few of my favorite tips for family photos.  As an Orange County Family Photographer, nothing makes me happier than seeing my clients happy with their images, and there are a few things you can always do to make your session go as smoothly as possible.

1.  Make sure your kiddos are well rested and fed.  There is nothing harder than a child who comes to a session hungry and/or tired.  As parents, we all know how our kids get when they are like this! This time of year, sessions tend to be around dinner time (when the light is best) for some families, so if your family is one of those, either eat early (but don't wear your session clothes to make sure no stains get on them!) or make sure your kids have a good snack (bananas and PB, a hard boiled egg, etc) that will keep their bellies happy during our session!  This makes is so much easier to get those natural smiles and laughs.

2. Think about outfits early!  If you are going to get a session done, you want to make sure the whole family looks great together - not in colors that don't work together.  I offer styling assistance with all my sessions, and have a style guide I created just for my clients to help look their best! Remember - you don't want to be matchy-matchy, rather, harmonious colors and textures that complement each other.

3. Try not to put pressure on your kids!  Many parents put so much pressure on their kids, telling them they have to smile, and that they have to be perfect in order to have a good picture.  The opposite is actually true! Kids tend to be rebellious, and do the opposite of what parents ask (my child does this all.the.time).  Instead, tell your child that you are going to a beautiful location, and that they are going to play and have fun, and there will be someone there to take pictures of them while you are all having fun.  This way, you are projecting a good time, rather than a stressful time to your child.  I am silly and will play games, especially with younger kids to get them to laugh, smile, and look at the camera.  This makes it so much easier on the parents as well!

I hope these tips were helpful to you!  If you would like to schedule your own Orange County family photography session, please get in touch!

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Happy almost Friday everyone!  Thanks for joining me for another fun session :-).  This week's blog post is of the gorgeous L and her sweet family, and of course her baby to be!  I ADORE maternity sessions because there is nothing more beautiful than pregnant mamma! We had our session in one of my most favorite places in all of Orange County - a flower garden!  As an Orange County maternity photographer, I really feel like nature complements this type of session so well.  We had the most perfect weather (well ok, a little warm given that it was July and we all know how July can be around here!) and the most gorgeous light.  I also got to photograph her sweet daughter, whom I first got to take pictures of when she was a year old!  Please enjoy this look into L's maternity session!

Ok this face - how you can you resist it?  She is just the cutest little thing!  PS - like her dress?  It is just one of many available to my clients year-round  :-)

 

I absolutely loved this session and I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the photos from it!  If you are an expectant mamma, and would like to schedule your own Orange County maternity session, I would love to chat!

 

 

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Orange County Family & Child Photographer | What you see vs. what I see! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/8/orange-county-family-child-photographer-what-you-see-vs-what-i-see Happy hot Friday everyone!  Hope you are all keeping cool today in this crazy heat! Today I have a fun blog post to share, which is what you see versus what I see.  I always get people asking me "how do you find such incredible locations?".  And while some of the places I photograph are indeed, spectacular, you would be amazed at how many ordinary locations can look extraordinary when you photograph them the right way!  This also shows the difference between your camera phone (these were all taken on a new iphone) and high quality professional camera, along with editing.  As an Orange County Family and Child Photographer, I feel like I drive though life with my head on a swivel, looking for places that would look amazing in photos.  So today I'd like to share with you some not so pretty spots, as well as some pretty ones, and you can see that in the finished images, you can't tell the difference between them! 

This first location is pretty, but has these huge, unsightly power lines running over it - not exactly what you want to see in a photo of your child!

But you can see in the finished image, I added a bunch more flowers, and the power lines are now gone!

This second image was actually one my sweet client took (and yes, that's me in the picture!) or the location - it's just patchy grass with a stringy tree behind it.  But the final image is warm, dreamy, and looks like it was in a fantasy forest, with that stringy tree framing her into the picture!

 

Here I'll show you an example of location that is gorgeous right off the bat - it's a field of flowers.  But what you don't know is that it sits next to a busy freeway (and you can see the power lines above - this seems to be a trend for me!  It just goes to show that you can find spectacular spots everywhere!

This next location is literally on the side of a road - I was driving by, and saw this gorgeous row of roses and knew that I had to shoot there!  And so I did, and you can definitely not see the road in the final images anymore ;-).  It looks like she is in a flower garden!

My next location is just a dirt trail with some random bushes and trees lining it.  Nothing spectacular when you look at it, but we can make it look like a dreamy, exotic location.

 

My next location is a hill filled with random tall grass plants, which are pretty much dead with a few flowers in them.  But when you photograph it with the light backlighting it, it absolutely glows! 

This next spot is in a park, but isn't somewhere you'd normally think would look good in pictures, as the grass is dead and patchy at that (can you notice I love dried grass!? It looks so dreamy in photographs with a shallow depth of field).

Finally, this is a random trail filled with weeds - but again, with the right photography settings and some creative editing, the weeds look like she is surrounded by a bed of dreamy flowers!

I hope you enjoying this small sampling or turning ordinary (or even ugly) locations that you may think are nothing into something spectacular!  If you would like to make your own magic and schedule an Orange County family photography session, let's chat!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Huntington Family Photographer | T Princess and S Family Session https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/7/huntington-family-photographer-t-princess-and-s-family-session Orange County Child PhotographerOrange County Princess SessionAnaheim Child Photographer

Happy July friends!  OK but seriously - am I the only one scrambling to get things done during the summer?  With kiddos being out of school, it just seems like the weeks blend together so quickly!  To break out from the summer craziness, I'm SO excited to share this session with you!  Sweet T's grandma got in touch with me and wanted to surprise her granddaughter with an Orange County Princess Session and take some family photos of her kids as well!  She is just one of the sweetest ladies and we had so much fun chatting and planning during our pre-session consultation.  The day of our session, I had the pleasure of meeting her three kids and T, her adorable granddaughter! She was able to use two of my princess dresses for our session, and we had a great time twirling and playing dress up, and then we all had fun and lots of laughs during our family portion of the session.  This grandma had two more grand babies born during the pandemic, and I can't wait to photograph them too!  H, thank you so much for trusting me with your family's memories - I had such a wonderful time photographing you all! 

Please enjoy this peek into this dual Orange County Family and Princess session.

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One of my favorite things to do during a princess (and well any kid's!) session is to do a fun, whimsical image.  This sweet girl wanted butterflies, but I've had requests for fireflies, dragonflies, and ladybugs just to name a few!

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She is most definitely daddy's little girl!  I loved capturing these two together.

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I hope you enjoyed this look into one of my most favorite sessions!  If you would like to schedule your own Orange County Family or Princess photography session, let's get in touch!

 

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Orange County Family Photographer - The F Family! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/5/orange-county-family-photographer---the-f-family Orange County Family PortraitsFamily PhotographyOrange County Family Photography

Happy halfway to Friday everyone!  Can you believe we are over halfway done with May?  Who else here is a mom and can't believe the kids are already almost done with this school year!  Despite Covid, it seems like time just moves faster and faster. 

Today I want to share one of the sweetest families I've had the pleasure of photographing.  Their kiddos are fraternal twins, and you can absolutely tell how close they are to each other!  We had the absolute perfect weather for our session (as is usually the case in Orange County!) and they coordinated their outfits so well.  I was excited that sweet R wanted to use of my princess session gowns, and wow did look adorable in it!  As an Orange County child photographer, I absolutely love having a client closet that can give my client's sessions the perfect finishing touch :-).

Without further ado, please enjoy this little look into the F family!

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OK, are these not the absolute cutest ever??

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I hope you enjoyed this small peek into this sweet family!  If you would like to chat about your own Orange County family photography session, please get in touch!

 

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Orange County Child Photographer | Bringing Props Sentimetal to Your Child https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/3/orange-county-child-photographer-bringing-props-sentimetal-to-your-child Huntington Family PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionHuntington Child Photographer

Happy Almost April friends!  The flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and the pandemic looks like it's finally slowing down!  What's the one thing you are looking forward to doing when Covid is over?  Mine is taking my daughter back to Disneyland - it's been our family's happy place for the last 5 years, and boy do we miss it! 

Today's blog post is all about how and why you should incorporate props sentimental to your child during your photo shoot.  I did a recent blog post on props in general, and those I have available for your session, however I always encourage families to bring some of their own that have meaning!  This can be for children of any age, from a young child's favorite stuffy, to a book your child loves to read, to sport they love, to something they made, even a family pet (ok, I know that's not truly a prop, but they certainly have meaning to your family, and I love to incorporate them into your photos)!  Here are the top 3 reasons I love personal props!

1. They mark a specific love that your child has at a specific point in time.  Kids grow up way too fast, and honestly it's SO hard to remember all the things they loved.  Capturing these loves on camera will make you smile for years to come as you look back on your child's growth.

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2.  Their tastes change so incredibly fast!  One minute they'll love something, and the next they hate it.  Though it's enough to give you whiplash,  it's so fun to look back to see all the different things they loved.

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3. You can capture those adorable first kicks, swings or hits - all the way to when they are perfected.  When your kids are older, it's fun to commemorate a sport they love by bringing something from that sport to your session.  Or maybe they are just starting out in a sport, and you want to capture their cute like chubby hand holding a baseball bat, or a tennis racquet.

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Ready to schedule your family session?  Please get in touch, and we can get the process going!

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Huntington Beach Senior Photographer | A Portraits https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/2/huntington-beach-senior-photographer-a-portraits Huntington Family PhotographyHigh School Senior PortraitsOrange County Senior Photography

Happy almost Friday friends!  Today I'm sharing this gorgeous senior's session at one of my most favorite locations in all of Orange County!  Oh how the light glowed!  High school seniors are some of my most favorite sessions because we get to have so much fun and take so many different types of photos! Sweet A was so chill, and so comfortable in front of the camera and willing to try anything!  We of course at the end had to take some family photos (included with all my senior sessions) and her sweet parents and fun brother came out to be included.  Without further ado, please enjoy this small peak into A's Orange County senior photography session :-).

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Such a fun family!

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Thank you for looking!  If you like to schedule your own Orange County Senior or Family photography session, please get in touch!

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Orange County Family Photographer | 2020 Favorite Photographs! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2021/1/orange-county-family-photographer-2020-favorite-photographs Hello Friends!  It had been a wild, crazy 2020 - I am officially raising my hand that I am SO done with last year!  Anyone else with me?  May 2021 bring so much more joy, health, and prosperity to everyone, and of course, for the pandemic to be over.  To be honest, 2020 was a hard year for me - California shut down pretty much all non-essential businesses, and this was right when the busy spring season typically starts for me.  Which meant no wildflower sessions, no pretty spring greens, and of course, none of my wonderful clients :-(.  But, thankfully things started easing up and I got to photograph so many wonderful families during the vibrancy of the summer, and the warm, golden light of fall!  This is the third year I've done a favorites blog post (you can find 2019 here and 2018 here) and like those years, it's truly my favorite blog post to write as I get to see all my favorite photos and clients all in one place!  From princess sessions to gorgeous family sessions on the beach, last year I got to photograph in so many gorgeous spots around our lovely county.  As an Orange County family and child photographer, I truly believe I have the best job in the world - who else gets to capture all the gorgeous glowing moms to-be, sweet baby snuggles, family laughter, and little girls getting transformed into beautiful princesses?  Thank you to all my wonderful clients for trusting me with your most treasured images - and I cannot wait to see what 2021 brings us!  Without further ado, please grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this (slightly smaller) trip down 2020....and of course look out for these sweet family sessions as I'll be starting to post them shortly!

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And yes, because it's 2020 and it was the year of the quarantine, masks, and social distancing....I had the most awesome family who wanted to make sure to incorporate all that craziness into one of their photos!

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Thank you for enjoying some of my most favorite photos from last year.  I am taking limited, socially distance sessions (I shoot with a long lens from 10-20 feet away from my clients), so if you'd like to chat about an Orange County family, child or princess photography session, please reach out and I would love to chat with you!

 

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Orange County Family Photographer | Why You Should Print Your Photos! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/10/orange-county-family-photographer-why-you-should-print-your-photos Hiya friends!  Boy has it been a while since I've blogged - Covid certainly did a number on keeping me busy and isolated.  I'm finally back and blogging again!  I hope that you are all staying safe, healthy and happy and that we will have an end to this quarantine soon!

I wanted to take a few minutes today to talk about something that I'm passionate about - printing your photos!  Here are my top 5 reasons why you should print photos from your session.

1. Technology, while amazing can fail!  Being from an engineering background, no one loves technology more than me!  Without it, I'd never be able to provide you with the kind of photos I do!  However, if you only load those precious memories onto your computer, and it crashes, or your phone accidentally gets reset during an update, where do your photos go?  Sadly, they will disappear, leaving you with only memories that fade over time.  Some people will backup their photos to a cloud storage device, which is great!  But that storage company may not be around forever, and if you forget where you stored them, they'll still be lost.  Printing will never get deleted, never forgotten about, and is beautiful to boot!

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2.  Photos and wall decor make the perfect decoration for your home!  What could be better than hanging memories of your family in your home?  Nothing makes me smile more than walking around my home and seeing the multitude of photos of my family all around.   Plus there have been many studies that show kids who have photos of their families on their walls are happier and feel more loved! Pick your favorite images, print them on a canvas, and create a stunning showcase for your home!

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3.  You're not actually looking at them on your computer or phone!  How often do you go on your computer and look at photos?  Or how many random photos are on your phone?  Chances are, the photos you wanted (and paid for!) get lost amongst the thousands of others we have on our phones.  You planned your session for months, got the perfect outfits together for your family, your kids gave their best smiles, and you laughed your session away!  The best way to remember this is by printing your photos.

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4. High quality albums and prints will last for generations!  While earlier in our lives, along with our parents and grandparents had to wait to have their images developed, they didn't have the same archival paper and canvas that is available today. Albums, in particular have come such a long way.  Most are printed on paper that is guaranteed to stay the same quality for at least 100 years - ensuring that your kids, and their kids (and their kids!) still have beautiful memories of yours to hold onto.  

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5. Your children (and their children!) will appreciate having photos passed down through the generations.  I am always grateful that we have digital images now a days, but to me nothing will ever replace the sentimentality of flipping through one of the many photo albums (yes, even old school ones that are in those plastic storage 3-hole albums) my parents have stored in their home.  Their lives (and now, ours) are told through those albums and nothing is like looking at memories through an actual photo.  Please, please do the same for your kiddos! 

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I hope this little post helps you to see how wonderful printing your photos can be!  And if you'd like to schedule a session to create your own gorgeous photos to print, please get in touch!

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Orange County Family Photographer - The Importance of Light https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/5/orange-county-family-photographer---the-importance-of-light Happy Saturday (the last in May)!  How in the world did spring pass by so fast?  I miss photographing all my wonderful clients and am so excited that June looks like it'll be the time! 

One of the questions I get asked quite often is why are your sessions held in the evening?  To answer that, I'd like to talk a little about light in today's blog.  Have you ever stopped to take notice of how the light changes throughout the day?  In the morning, everything is soft, often covered with dew (except during summer of course!), and the first rays of light are low in the sky, creating long shadows that tease the start of the new day. From there, the light gets brighter and brighter, until it gets soft, glow-y, and beautiful, then sets and gets dark. 

My sessions take place during the soft light period, affectionately referred to as the "golden hour" because the light is so beautiful.  It is soft, warm, golden, and oh-so flattering, and makes for the most incredible back-lit photos.  It's also the most flattering light for skin, softening it and minimizing wrinkles and dark circles.

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See that beautiful "halo" of light that outlines her hair?  That can only be found during the golden hour.

Photographing earlier in the day, while it can produce beautiful photos, will give a harsher look to your images, which is not consistent with the images I strive to deliver to my clients.  Photographing in even shade can minimize this, but again will not product the same glowing results as photographing in the golden hour. And, if you are photographed in bright sun, it will add dark "racoon eyes" to your photos which is something that is never desirable!

As an Orange County family and child photographer, my goal is to give you the most amazing, glowing photos I can.  I know that for some families, photographing in the early evening can be a challenge with naps and sleep schedules.  For this I'd recommend photographing during late fall through early spring, when the sun sets early and kiddos can still be in bed for their normal bedtimes.  Being a mom myself, I can understand the importance of kids getting their sleep!  I will work with you to schedule your session during the time of year that is the most convenient for your family, while still giving your the gorgeous photos that you want!

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If you would like to schedule your own Orange County family or child photography session, I would love to chat with you!

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Happy Monday friends!  Well, it's week 52131247857 of the quarantine....but the light is at the end of the tunnel!  With some businesses starting to re-open, I'm hoping to be able to start scheduling sessions by mid June again....I can't wait!  Of course it's dependent on the state's orders but I feel like we are at least getting closer!  I miss all my wonderful clients and photographing them and can't wait to do it again soon!

To (sort of) celebrate, I'm putting together a collection of the most frequently asked questions I get for family sessions.  As an Orange County family photographer, I want to make sure you go into your session comfortable and fully prepared!  (PS - if you missed this adorable family, I posted their fun session last week!).

1. What does a family session entail?  My family sessions are all about you, your family, and what you all love to do!  They are tailored to your family, from the location, to the props, even outfit help!  I  make sure to get all those belly laughs, sweet snuggles and hugs and of course the love your family shares with each other!  In my family sessions, I make sure to get a mix of both traditional, posed portraits and more candid, movement and laughter based portraits as well so that you get the best of both worlds!

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2.  How do I pick the location?  During our initial meeting (typically over coffee!) I'll bring my iPad with me and show you examples of different locations that I've photographed in.  From there, we can narrow down what type of location (beach, grassy fields, flower garden, etc) you'd like, then we choose the final location from there!  Of course, if you have a special, beautiful location that has meaning to you and your family, let's chat about it!  I'm always happy to go and photograph in new locations.  One of the best things about being and Orange County family photographer is that the possibilities here are almost endless!

3. How can I get my kids/husband excited about my session?  Kids and dads are typically the biggest hurdle, but don't worry!  I've got many sessions of experience to get them happy for your photos!  I usually recommend telling kids that they are going to do something fun.  Please don't stress your kiddos out by telling them they have to behave and give "perfect" smiles.  I have tricks up my sleeve to make sure that they laugh and we get natural looking smiles!  Husbands I ask to come to the session with open minds!  Many times dads think they are coming and will have to just stand still and pose.  When they find out they are going to play games with their kiddos or hug their sweet wives they have fun too, and it shows in your images!

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4. What about props?  Props are something that some families love and others can pass on, and of course whether we incorporate them in your session is completely up to you! I have lots of fun props, from basic stools to fun ones like bubble machines!  During our initial meeting, I'll show you examples of what props I have, and you decide which (if any!) I'll bring.  I also always recommend bringing props that are sentimental to your family - like a stuffed animal you child adores and has all the time, or a photo of a loved one who was unable to join but who you'd love to have in your session.  If you'd like to know more about my props and how to incorporate them, I did a blog post a little while back to help!

5.  Do you offer a client wardrobe?  I don't have a client wardrobe for all family members, but I do have many dresses for girls ages 1-6 that I always have available for use!  I also offer a personal styling service that is included with all my sessions.  I can either shop your closets and put together outfits for your family from what you already have, or if you'd like to purchase new outfits for your session you can give me a budget and I'll send you online choices that are matched, styled, and ready to go for your session!

6. Do you offer prints and albums that I can display in my home?  Of course!  My pricing includes all your digital images, but I always recommend printing and most of my clients do!  Printing your images and displaying them in your home is the perfect way to remember your session!  I do custom album design along with traditional prints and canvases.

7. How do I schedule a session?  If you'd like to schedule your own Orange County family or child photography session, please get in touch!  From there, we will meet for a cup of coffee or tea, go over all the details of your session, and schedule a date! 

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Happy Sunday friends!  Anyone else as ready for life to get back to normal as I am?  Posting this blog makes me miss my clients and getting to photograph them so badly!  Spring is truly my favorite time of year to photograph in and I'm sad for all my clients who didn't get their beautiful wildflower sessions this year. 

To bring a little happiness to us during this time, I had to post this absolutely adorable little ham of a man I got to photograph before the stay at home order. His parents wanted to capture his fun growing personality and of course we had to snap a few family photos as well!  As an Orange County Child Photographer kiddos like this make my job a dream!  Not only is sweet A adorable, he's got SO much personality and was up for having fun and getting silly!  Like most days in Orange County, the weather was a dream - warm, a soft breeze, stunning light.  Combine that with one of my favorite locations with tall grasses and a forest, and well - my photographer's heart was happy :-).  I hope you enjoy this little look into our fun session!

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And yes, he is as fun and adorable as he looks!

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I hope you enjoyed this little man's session!  If you'd like to schedule your own Orange County family or child photography session, let's chat!

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Orange County Family Photographer - How to Incorporate Props Into Your Session! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/4/orange-county-family-photographer---how-to-incorporate-props-into-your-session Orange County Child PhotographyOrange County PhotographyFamily Portraits

Happy Friday Friends!  Can you believe this rain we've had this week!  It's sooooo cold on top of the rain!  It feels more like winter than spring around here lately.  The weather makes me dream of wildflowers, warm balmy evenings and being able to see my clients again!  Since it's so dreary outside I wanted to post a fun topic for today's blog post - how to incorporate props into your session.  As an Orange County family photographer, I LOVE props because they can add so much fun and visual interest to your sessions.

Most people love to incorporate props, but to varying degrees.  Some love just one, some love a whole handful!  And kids love them most of all.  Because kids have so much energy, they typically need something in their hands or to do with their hands in order to hold their attention for the camera.  This means adorable interactions, lots of laughter, and fun times!  There are many types of props that you can use for your session.  I have many that you are always welcome to use, and I also encourage clients to bring any they like as well!  This is especially important for milestone sessions, like a child's birthday or a high school senior session because we can incorporate items that are important to your family and child at that moment so you'll be able to remember their love for that item always!

The first type of prop you can have for a session is something to sit on.  I almost always bring at least one of these to family session because not only does it add visual interest to family portraits, it can also, depending on the seat, bring a touch of whimsy to your session. I have everything from benches, to moss covered floral chairs, to ladders, star balls, to floral birdcage chairs!  If you have a specific item you'd like me to bring to your session just let me know!

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I also LOVE to incorporate flowers! From high school seniors to princess sessions, nothing is prettier for girls than a bouquet of flowers.  If you have one of these sessions with me, I always bring them to match the outfits being worn, and if you have a different type of session with me and would like me to bring a bouquet, just let me know!

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Lanterns, butterflies, and fireflies, oh my!  Kids have an incredible imagination, and of my (and their) favorite props incorporates a little after-session magic!  I'll often bring lanterns, butterfly holders, etc to the session and ask your child what they'd like in the item.  Then, we have a little make believe during the session, and when you receive your photos they'll have your child's choices in them!  As an Orange County child photographer, this is one of my very favorite types of images, not only because I get to make some magic with your child but gets them involved in their photos, which in turn makes it so much easier to get fun images of them!

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Bubbles are another fun prop that kids LOVE! I mean, who doesn't love running through a field of bubbles?  I have a bubble machine that I'll usually bring to sessions with younger kids since it's a great way to get them laughing - and who doesn't love a picture with a child filled with joy?

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I am also happy to always chat about props during your pre-session consultation that is included with each session I do!  It's a way to customize the session to your family or children, and I'm always adding new fun props for kids!  But, who says that only kids have to have the fun?  Adults love to get into fun too!

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Balloons are another great prop that is fun for all ages, from kids up to high school seniors!  If you child would like to incorporate balloons into their session just let me know and we can incorporate them based on the theme of the session.

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We can also incorporate the environment that we are in for your photos!  From sticks and rocks to wildflowers, this is a fun and beautiful way of tying in the location you've picked into your photos.

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Last but certainly not least your own pets!  So many of us have fur babies that are part of our family, and there are many pet-friendly locations that we can photograph in that allow you to have your pets in the session!  I have even had the cutest little birdie (below) in one of my sessions!

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Thanks for checking out my post on fun props you can incorporate into your session!  If you'd like to chat about what props we can bring to your Orange County photography session, please get in touch! Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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Happy Saturday friends!  I hope you are all keeping busy, safe, and healthy! Today I'm so excited to blog a session that I can't believe I didn't blog earlier!  The lovely J was looking to have her senior portraits done, and I was so excited to hear from her family again since I had done their family portraits the year before!  This gorgeous young lady is not only smart and beautiful, but is one of the sweetest big sisters you'll ever meet! When we were deciding which location to use, we knew we wanted something outdoors, and different than their family portraits.  As an Orange County Senior photographer, I love to have a wide variety of locations available for my clients, and was so excited when she picked this gorgeous location in Irvine.  The day of our session, J showed up with the most amazing nails, and absolutely perfect hair and makeup that complemented her session perfectly.  Please enjoy this little peak at her photos!

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If you would like to chat about your own Orange County Senior Session please get in touch!

 

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Orange County Family Photographer - Social Media Links! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/3/orange-county-family-photographer---social-media-links Orange County Child PhotographerOrange County Princess SessionsPrincess Sessions

Hi Friends!  Happy last day of March!  Are you all as ready to get out again as I am?  Though I love spending time with my family, I'm a people person and miss social contact.  And I miss photographing my wonderful clients!  I can't wait until I'm able to do so again.  In the meantime, I realized that I never posted my social media links.  If you'd like to look back onto old photos of mine (for ideas, location choices, outfits, and so much more!  You can see them here.  As an Orange County family and child photographer, I have to say I'm not the best at posting to social media, because life always seems to get in the way!  But one of my resolutions this year is to do that better, so I hope you'll join me on that journey!

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I would love to get to know you more on social media!  And if you'd like to chat about a fun session once the stay at home order is lifted, let's get in touch!

Stay safe and healthy friends!

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Orange County Child Photographer - Spring Session Outfit Ideas! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/3/orange-county-child-photographer---spring-session-outfit-ideas Hi Friends!  Happy Sunday.  I hope you are all staying home and safe during this crazy time.  Since we can't really go into stores, I thought it would be fun to do some virtual shopping with some fun outfit ideas for when sessions can resume again. I've put together three color pallets below.  As an Orange County Family Photographer, I LOVE to help my clients with outfit ideas and this is included with all my sessions.  Whether you like to shop your own closet, or give me a budget and find you a new outfit for your session, I'm here to help! 

Spring is all about colors, from soft pastels to bright pops!  The colors shown below are so flattering to all skin types and will look beautiful no matter what the location is that you choose for your session!

Blues and neutrals: This is a color combo I love for families with dads not comfortable with a lot of color.  Mom gets a pop of pale, soft blue to complement all the flowers and colors of spring! I've included three different ideas for mom, depending on how dressy you like to be - a casual, pant based outfit, a flowy skirt outfit, and a cute spring dress.  All three will complement the rest of your family!

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Pretty Pastels: One of my favorites for spring, pastels are soft, beautiful and flattering!  The key is sticking to fabrics that flow, rather than cling to your body.  This gives a lightness and movement of the fabrics in your images.  Again, a few different ideas for mom, depending on how dressy she likes to be!  We are still giving dad soft, neutral colors to complement the pretty pastels on mom and kids.

1. H&M 2. Target 3. H&M 4. BHLDN 5. J. Crew 6. H&M 7. BHLDN 8. H&M 9. Gap 10. Nordstrom 11. Gap 12. Nordstrom 13. J. Crew 14. J. Crew 15. Banana Republic

Pop of Color:  For those families who like to go bold!  Spring is the perfect time to showcase lots of color, as nature is showcasing hers!  The trick to this look is to not let everyone be super bright - bringing in lighter shades of bright colors or neutrals will allow the clothes to pop without being overwhelming.  Again, mom has a few different outfits to pick from depending on what colors she loves!

1. J. Crew 2. BHLDN 3. Zara 4. Target 5. Gap 6. H&M 7. Target 8. H&M 9. H&M 10. H&M 11. H&M 12. J. Crew 13. H&M 14. J. Crew 15. Target

I hope these fun outfit ideas inspire you for your own Orange County Family Photography session.  If you'd like to get yours scheduled for when the stay at home order is lifted, please get in touch here!

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Orange County Family Photographer - Tips for Moms with Cameras! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/3/orange-county-family-photographer---tips-for-moms-with-cameras Happy Tuesday Friends!  I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during this scary time.  One of the things that I've found is helping me get through is to photograph my own family!  As an Orange County Family Photographer I love to photograph anyways, so it helps to give me a sense or normalcy.  Plus, it gets us outdoors, laughing and have a good time while still being safe and not around others.  Because of the crazy times we are going through, I thought it may be fun to do a blog post on tips for moms with cameras so you can all do the same if you are looking for something fun to do with your kiddos!

1. Take your camera off auto!  It may be scary, but if your camera is capable, move that dial to another mode.  I'd recommend starting with aperture priority.  That allows the camera to auto set all the other functions to get the background blur (called bokeh) that you see in professional photos.  Basically the lower the f-stop (shown as f 2.0, f8.4, f12, etc) the blurrier your background will be, and the higher the number the more background will be in focus.  Most professional photographers will shoot at around f2-f3.2 as it isolates the subject from their background.  The one thing to keep in mind is if you use a lower f-stop the harder it is to get your subject in focus as the focal plane gets very small.  You need to be exact in where you are focusing the camera! You can also set your camera to shutter priority, which will tell the camera essentially how fast to take the picture.  For kids that are running around, a minimum of 1/500 second is desirable as it will freeze the action without motion blur.  Keep in mind that if you use one of the priority modes, the camera will set the other settings itself and still may not be exactly what you want your photos to look like.  It takes practice!  Which brings me to my next tip if you really want full control of the camera....

2.  Put your camera on manual!  This is how I shoot and it allows you to control all aspects of the camera - aperture, shutter speed and ISO.  It takes time to get the hang of it, but is the only way you'll get photos exactly how you want them as you literally tell the camera how to take a picture in this mode.  Start by photographing something with infinite patience, like a flower, or fruit in your garden!  This will let you understand the relationship between the three modes and practice before you make your kids step in front of your camera!

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(photo taken at f2.8, shutter speed 1/400 sec, ISO 1600 (it was getting dark so I had to increase my ISO to allow more light into the camera)

3. Make sure to shoot at your child's level!  Most people will shoot from their height, but you want to shoot at the level of the person you are photographing.  This makes the photograph feel more like you are having a conversation rather than looking down on your kids. Bonus: you get your workout with all the squats you'll do photographing your littles!

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4. Is there a nature walk or hike that you've always wanted to try? Now is a great time as the paths are wide open and isolated.  It gets the family out together and allows you to get fresh air.  You can photograph them hiking, with a waterfall, skipping rocks, etc.  Basically being kids!  Bonus: if there is a gorgeous view from your hike, you can photograph that too and hang it on your wall to remember your family time by!

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5. Pick a sport to photograph!  If your kids love soccer, bring a soccer ball to an open field  and photograph them kicking the ball.  If they love tennis, find a court that is empty and photograph them serving.  It gets the wiggles out of your kids and lets you document what they love to play at this specific moment.  Plus, it doesn't make them feel like they are "posing" for you!

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7. Let kids be kids!  Don't just pose your kids, let them have fun!  Some of my favorite photographs ever have been just observing and documenting the fun kids get into.  Whether that is playing with sticks, running around, finding bugs or any other activity kids love to do, document it!  Life is not posed and should be remember as it was :-).

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6.  Mind the light!  The biggest reason professional photos look amazing?  It's because photographers know that light is king in photography and can make or break an image.  Soft, even light is flattering and forgiving.  Photographing in the bright sun at mid-day for example will give the people you photograph "racoon eyes" as the sun sits overhead and casts a shadow under the eyes.  However photographing in the evening, before the sun sets gets you soft, glowy light that is so beautiful!  If you are out during the day, look for shade, which will at least allow even lighting on your subjects.  Try to avoid dappled or uneven light. 

7.  Don't give up or feel badly if your images aren't perfect at first!  It takes practice and we all start somewhere!  There is beauty in imperfection as well :-).

Interested in chatting more or scheduling an Orange County family photography session? Let's get in touch!

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Happy March everyone!  How are we already in the third month of the year?  Time is going way to fast!  To celebrate the (almost) start of spring, I'm sharing one of my favorite sessions at one of my favorite locations!  As an Orange County Family Photographer, I LOVE to photograph in flowers, and this gorgeous Huntington Beach spot always delivers!  The light, the flowers, the colors....I swoon every time I have sessions there.  The location goes so perfectly for Orange County princess sessions! When mom originally contacted me, she wanted a prince and princess session for her two sweet kiddos, but we decided to get a few photos with mom and dad too!  I absolutely adore this family, and we had so much fun dressing up (including mom!). The weather was warm and breezy and the light, well - absolutely perfect!  Please enjoy this little peak into the W family's session!

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OK, how incredibly adorable are these two?  Swoon!

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I love all the sweet mommy love!

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Thanks for looking!  And if you'd like to chat about your Orange County family, child, or princess session, let's get in touch!

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Orange County Family Photographer - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Me! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/2/orange-county-family-photographe---10-things-you-didnt-know-about-me Huntington Child PhotographyOrange County Child PhotographerHuntington Central Park

Hi Friends! Happy Leap Day!  Hope you are all having a great weekend!  For today's blog post, I'm going to switch it up a little - and share a few (well, 10) things you didn't know about me!

1. I'm a former engineer. Yes, you read that right - before I became an Orange County family and child photographer, I graduated with degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and then spent 14 years in the tech industry.  After having a child of my own, I left to spend time with her - and to pursue my passion of photography.  I've had a camera in my hand since my dad gave me his old Pentax manual film (yes, film!) camera when I was 7 and have always loved to take photographs!  I am self trained, with my tech background allowing me to understand the technical aspects of light, exposure and the other aspects of photography.

2.  I'm a Disney person.  Yes, I'll admit it - I LOVE Disneyland and spend as much time there as I can.  The funny thing is that I never used to be, until I had a child.  Seeing the magic of Disney through her eyes really changed my perspective on Disneyland, to the point where it's our family happy place (and often mine, when I need a day to myself!). 

3.  I LOVE to dress up.  Anytime I can, I like to wear fancy clothes.  I've always been a lover of all things girly and sparkly, which is probably why I love my Orange County princess sessions so much- it's so much fun to see the joy little girls get when they get to dress up too! 

4. I love to create panoramic images while on vacation.  I don't get to travel much, so when I do I love to capture a wide angle of the scenic location I'm in.  The image below, for example, I created by hand stitching 8 different images together.  They take up a ton of room on my memory cards, but I've found it's the best way to be able to capture the beauty of the location I'm in!

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5. I'm a super active person, and have been since I was a kid.  Exercise is my stress relief (along with Disney, of course)!  I've skied since I was two (yes, I am a two-planker all the way!), played tennis since I was 10 and danced since I was 5.    Part of the reason I love to photograph in natural light, aside from it being gorgeous, is that I love to be outdoors!  Give me the great outdoors over the indoors any day of the week!  I even love being out in the rain :-).

6. I love to bake.  Which works well, because my family loves to eat :-).  Cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, brownies, tarts - you name it, I've probably baked it.  Which means it's good that I like to exercise because that way I can keep baking (and eating!).

7. I LOVE Star Wars! I can pretty much recite any of the movies by heart.  When I was first moving in with my husband, one of his friends grabbed my large "A New Hope" theatrical poster and told my husband how lucky he was that I was allowing him to put up a Star Wars poster in our house.  My husband just laughed and told his friend it was mine, not his ;-).

8. I love musical theater.  Especially The Phantom of the Opera (which I have seen about 15 times).  Give me a good musical and I'll take that pretty much any day!  I often sing along to musicals while editing photos (but thankfully no one is around to hear me since I can't sing to save my life).   

9.  I love road trips.  But I hate traffic.  Even so, I'd take a road trip over an airplane ride any day.  Unfortunately for me, most of the places I want to go to require plane travel, so I just grin and bear it, but I love exploring locations via car.  My husband is the complete opposite - he loves to fly and hates to drive!

10.  I am an avid reader and gobble up books ultra fast!  I am a especially a sucker for romantic suspense and books about love.  I am a romantic at heart, after all :-).

Thanks for letting my properly introduce myself!  What do we have in common?  Reach out to me and let me know!  And if you'd like to schedule your own Orange County Photography session, please get in touch! 

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Orange County Child Photographer - Princess Session FAQ https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/2/orange-county-child-photographer---princess-session-faq Anaheim Princess PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionsHuntington Beach Photographer

Happy Friday Friends!  Today I'm so excited to talk to you about princess sessions!  This is my most popular session type, so I thought I'd share a few of the most frequently asked questions I get about them.  As an Orange County child photographer (and princess at heart!) these sessions are so much fun for me too!  It's so wonderful to see the little princesses I photograph turn into royalty :-). Without further ado, here are the most common questions about this kind of session.

 

1. What do the sessions entail?  Princess sessions are all about taking your little girl and turning her into a princess!  That means puffy, gorgeous gowns, sparkly crowns and tiaras, and of course many fun props!  This session is a magical fairy tale for your little girl, filled with glitter, sparkles, butterflies, and more! Sessions take place in the most magical locations around Orange County - flower gardens, wildflower fields (depending on the time of year), and dreamy, grassy fields. I will work with you based on your preferences to select the best location for your princess!

2. Do I need to rent or buy a dress for my session?  Absolutely not!  All my princess sessions come with the use of my many long gowns! I currently have gowns in sizes 2-10 and am always happy to work with you to get a gown in sizes other than these.  As a princess photographer in Orange County, I search all around the world for the most beautiful gowns, and have designers from Australia, Europe and the US, just to name a few!  Here are the dresses that I have available, along with the sizes they fit (from smallest to largest):

Size 2, but runs large - will fit a 2-petite 4 - gorgeous burgundy and cream dress with floral 3D detailing.


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Size 5 (ankle length) - will fit size 3 (as floor length) - petite 6 (as ankle length) - gorgeous blue tulle gown with layers and layers of pouf! 

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Size 4 (fits 3-5) - the classic princess gown!  Layers of beautiful pink tulle with beaded overlay.

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Size 5 (fits 4-petite 6) - One of my favorite gowns, so many layers of pink tulle plus gorgeous beaded leaf overlay, train, and matching cape (not shown).  A showstopper fit for a princess!

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Size 5 (fits 4-petite 7) - Super full, beaded floral purple gown with large bow back and train.  A one of a kind gown your princess will love!

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Size 5 (fits 4 - 6) - My only gold gown, and a high-low one at that!  Gorgeous brocade fabric with tons of tulle peaking out from underneath!

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Size 5 (fits 4-petite 6 or petite 7 as ankle length) - Absolutely incredible Italian satin floral gown - perfect for parks and wildflowers!

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Size 6 (fits 4-7) - Another stunning pink gown, lots of layers of tulle and lace with a beaded bodice!

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Size 6 (fits 4-petite 7) - Truly my most gorgeous, show stopping gown!  Heavy, very full dress from the incomparable Bentley+Lace and made from the most gorgeous sequined fabric and more layers of horsehair trimmed tulle than I can count!  Has elbow length ruffled sleeves that are perfect for twirling.  If you want a one of a kind dress your princess will never forget, this is the one!

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Size 6 (fits 4-7) - Purple tulle gown with beaded shoulders, roses scattered throughout and long train!

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Size 6 (fits 4-petite 8)- Beautiful pink gown covered in pink roses - this fabric is amazing in person and while this gown is not super full, the details on it can't be missed!

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Size 7 (fits 4-petite 8) - The most incredible, hand beaded gown!  I wish this came in adult sizes as I'd totally wear it!  It has a train of gorgeous beaded flowers down the back.

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Size 7 (fits 5-8) - While this gown is not quite as full and puffy as others I have, it has such an incredible amount of twirl! I love that the dress is so lightweight and just seems to float around your princess.  It has the most beautiful embroidery and beadwork on both the front and back of the bodice!

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Size 7 (fits 5-petite 9) - Gorgeous purple taffeta gown - the feel and shine on this gown are breathtaking! It has a simple silhouette, but it's perfect for dressing up with a sparkly belt and tiara if your princess would like! 

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Size 7 (fits 6-8) - The most beautiful, ballerina like gown.  It has layers of whimsical, lightweight tulle and just floats as she walks!  I love the adorable floral and ruffled details on the shoulders.

 

Size 7/8 (fits 6-petite 9) - Beautiful pink gown with feathers printed on top.  Whimsical, lightweight, girly and perfect for twirling!

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Size 7/8 (fits 6-9) - The most gorgeous floral print in shades of blue!  This dress is gorgeous on all skin tones, and is at home as much in a grassy field as it is a flower garden or even the beach!  With many layers of trimmed tulle, this dress is still lightweight and wonderful to twirl in!

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Size 7/8 (fits 6-9) - My only black gown, this dress is a little more edgy and perfect for those princesses with sass!  It has iridescent stars that change color as she twirls, this gown is not to be missed!

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Size 8 (fits 6-petite 9/10) - Bright pink, full, beaded gown!  Perfect for the princess who likes to make a statement!

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Last but not least.....size 10 (fits 8-petite 12) - Gorgeous turquoise hand beaded gown...perfect for twirling in! 

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3. Do you have accessories?  Yes! I have gorgeous beaded capes, tiaras, full crowns, headbands, and sparkling crystal belts that I bring so that your princess can accessorize her gown as she likes!  This makes each outfit unique to the girl who wears it as I have many,  many accessory options!

4. Do you offer prints and albums that I can display in my home?  Of course!  My pricing includes all your digital images, but I always recommend printing and most of my clients do!  Printing your images and displaying them in your home is the perfect way to remember your session!  I do custom album design along with traditional prints and canvases.

5. How do I schedule a session?  Please get in touch!  From there, we will meet for a cup of coffee or tea, go over location options, dress and accessory options, and schedule a date!  I always recommend bringing your princess with you so that she can meet me ahead of time.  This makes the session go much smoother, as she has already met me and helps her to feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

6. What if I have a little girl who will not fit into the gowns you have?  No problem!  I work with many couture designers that rent gowns, and we can go over many different options for your princess!  These designers carry sizes 1 year all the way up to adult sizes (if you would like to have a few magical images with your little princess)! Please note there will be an extra fee for gowns not already in my collection, but this opens up hundreds of other gown options!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my Orange County Princess Sessions!  If you would like to schedule a session for your princess, or any other Orange County Family photography session, please reach out to me!  I'd love to make some magic with you and your family :-).

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Orange County Family Photography - Before and Afters! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/2/orange-county-family-photography---before-and-afters Hi Friends and happy Sunday!  I hope you all are having a wonderful long weekend.  For today's blog post, I'm doing it on a question that I get asked quite frequently - which is what do my photos look like when I take them and how much editing do I do to them?  While the answer is "it varies", it's truly based on how much I have to do to an image to get it looking like the vision I have in my mind.  As an Orange County Family and Child photographer, my favorite part of a session is actually the editing process!  That's when I take a raw photo that is ho-hum and make it magical!  While I don't normally show the straight out of camera (SOOC) images because they don't represent my finished work that I deliver to clients, I get asked about it so much I thought I'd share a few typical before and after’s with you.

My editing process begins with what’s called culling, or sorting through my images.  This is where I go through every since image I take during a session, and delete the duplicates, the ones where eyes are closed/half blinking, any funny expressions etc.  From there, I correct color, exposure, and straighten the images in Adobe Lightroom.  From there, I take every single image I deliver and hand edit it in Photoshop, which is where the magic happens!

Image 1 Before: While there is nothing wrong with the image (it has the correct exposure, color toning, and composition) it lacks warmth, magic, and pop!

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Image 2 Before: While I loved the composition of the image, it was a little underexposed and lacked a pop.  It was such a sweet moment between these two adorable sisters that I had to make it into a black and white image!  Black and whites are my favorite when it comes to emotional moments. Anaheim Princess PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionsHuntington Beach Photographer

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Image 3 Before: While the image has good lighting, and the exposure it correct, since her face is in the shadow facing away from the light, it kind of gets lost in the image.  I wanted to bring the focus back onto her, while playing up the gorgeous sky we had that evening. I also wanted her composed in the rule of thirds to be more pleasing to the eye. Anaheim Princess PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionsHuntington Beach Photographer

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Image 4 Before:  Oh, this adorable munchkin!  Like with the above image, her face gets lost in the shadows and the overall image is a little underexposed, meaning it's darker than it should be.  The SOOC also lacks pop and magic. Anaheim Princess PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionsHuntington Beach Photographer

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Image 5 Before: This little man was the biggest ham (he is totally going to be a famous actor one day!) and wanted an image with butterflies, so that's what I gave him!  You can see in the before he's too green/blue, and dark.  Anaheim Princess PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionsHuntington Beach Photographer

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Image 6 before: This is actually one of the most underexposed images I've taken, and shows what the power of a good camera and good editing is.  It had started getting dark outside, and I was rushing to finish the session and didn't realize how underexposed my images had gotten :-(.  As an Orange County child photographer I wanted to share that even we can make mistakes!  You can see the finished image has the proper lighting, color and magic to it!

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Finally the last image I'd like to share is a composite.  I get asked about doing these for clients a lot, and there are so much fun but extremely time consuming!  While normal images take anywhere from 5-40 minutes each to edit, composites take me anywhere from 45 minutes - 5 hours!  But I really get to have fun and be creative with them! 

Before: These two boys love stick fighting, and every time I photograph them they request a new Star Wars image!  You can see the original is adorable as is, but became a Jedi battle after!

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I hope you enjoyed this look into my editing process!  If you'd like your own Orange County Family or Child Photographs, please get in touch - I'd love to make magic with you!

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Orange County Senior Photographer - R Portraits https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/2/orange-county-senior-photographer---r-portraits High School Senior PhotographySan Juan Capistrano Senior Photography 21Los Rios District

 

Happy February Friends!  I can't believe we are already over a month into 2020!  Is it just me or is this year going even fast than last? Can someone help me slow down time?  Today I'm blogging this incredibly gorgeous senior that I had the honor of photographing!  This young lady absolutely ROCKED IT!  Not only was her hair and makeup perfect (and she did it herself!!) but her eye contact with the camera was totally fierce and!  As an Orange County Senior Photographer, this was a dream session!  Add in that this young lady is incredibly smart, kind and fun and you had the perfect recipe for a great session!  R, thank you so much for trusting me with your photos - you were a blast to hand out with and photograph, and I know you have such a bright future ahead of you!

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I hope you enjoyed this little peak into R's senior session!  For the 2020 seniors, if you'd like to schedule a session to capture your own portraits, please get in touch!  These are some of my favorite sessions as they are all about you and your personality!

 

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Orange County Child Photographer | 2019 Favorite Photographs! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2020/1/orange-county-child-photographer-2019-favorite-photographs Happy 2020 friends!  Is anyone like me still amazed that 2019 is over?  I feel like it passed in the blink of an eye!  Last year was truly an amazing one for me - I got to photograph so many wonderful families and I'm so grateful to be able to do what I love!  As an Orange County family photographer, this blog post is my favorite to every year - because it lets me re-visit all the fun families I worked with the past year!  Like last year, this post is a doozy!  It's a mixture of client and personal images, and I always have such a hard time narrowing down the images to use because I love them all so much. So please sit down with a cup of coffee, and enjoy this peek at my 2019! 

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A HUGE thank you to all my amazing clients - I truly appreciate the opportunity to capture you, your family, and your adorable kids!  I can't wait to see what amazing things 2020 has in store!

If you would like to schedule your own Orange County photography session please get in touch!  I would love to work with you in 2020 to capture your family's memories.

 

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Happy October Friends!  It's been so wonderful to be in the last quarter of the year - the sun is lower, the nights are cooler, and the light is oh so amazing!  I'm having such a wonderful time photographing all the lovely families for the holidays.  This little princess is one of my recent favorites; isn't she just the cutest?  I totally swoon over her adorable, curly hair!  Her sweet mama got in touch wanting to schedule a princess session for her daughter, and we had SUCH a blast!  As an Orange County Child Photographer, princess sessions are one of my favorite sessions because the little girls I photograph get so excited to put on gorgeous gowns and become a princess for an evening!  Please enjoy this little peak into sweet G's princess session. 

 

Isn't she just the cutest!  I can't get over her adorable face and expressions!

I hope you've enjoyed this little peak at G's princess session.  If you would like to schedule a girly, twirly, glittery Orange County princess session for your own little princess, please get in touch!  Due to the popularity of these sessions, I have added additional dresses and now have them in sizes 2-10, with additional sizes on request. 

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Happy (almost) fall friends!  I'm so excited for the change in the season - I can already feel the air getting more crisp, and love these cool mornings we're finally getting!  That also means it's fall portrait season here in Orange County!  This is one of my most favorite times of year to photograph, all the leaves are changin, the grasses are a golden hue, and the air is clean and crisp.  As an Orange County Family Photographer, I would love to provide you with cherished photographs for your holiday cards and beyond!  I have limited spots left for the fall, so if you'd like to chat about a session, please get in touch

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Happy September friends!  I can't wait for fall - only three more weeks!  Then it's all the pumpkin spice we can handle.....plus finally cooler weather!  I hope you are all staying cool in this late summer heatwave.  Today I wanted to share such a fun extended family session.  I first photographed this family and their two impossibly adorable boys last year and I couldn't believe not only how much the boys had grown but also how much cuter they had grown!  Of course like last year, we had so much fun playing with sticks and running around in beautiful grassy fields.   The main difference is this year grandma and grandpa came for photos too.  Have a mentioned how much I LOVE extended family sessions?  Not only does it give your kids a multi-generation photo, it gives their grandparents the opportunity spend more time with their family.  

Because of the amount of rain we had gotten this past winter, we are fortunate that our grasses stayed green all the way into summer!  I love how it contrasted to the blues in their clothes (which mom perfectly coordinated).  On the day of our session we couldn't have asked for better weather - warm, with a breeze and absolutely glorious light!  This is one of my most favorite spots to photograph in, as there is such a variety all in one area!  Grass, woods, a lake - it's like photography nirvana.  As an Orange County Family Photographer nothing makes me happier than these glorious locations!  Please enjoy this peek into the sweet S family!

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Like last year, the boys requested another fun Star Wars photo, so they had fun playing with sticks and I changed them into lightsabers for the boys!  As an Orange County Child Photographer, I loved being able to create a creative image for them!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) families field golden hour grassy kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography sunset yorba regional park https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/9/anaheim-family-photographer-the-s-family Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:53:04 GMT
Orange County Child Photographer | Sister Princess Session! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/6/orange-county-child-photographer-sister-princess-session Orange County Family PhotographyOrange County Princess SessionChild Photography

Happy Summer friends!  Is there anyone else that cannot believe it's already the end of June?  Spring seems to have blazed by in all it's wildflower glory.  And what a spring is was!  I have so many sessions that I absolutely adore that I can't wait to share with you!  I'm starting with these incredibly adorable sisters, who had one of my signature princess sessions at one of my favorite spots!  As an Orange County Child Photographer, princess sessions are one of my favorites!  I love seeing the joy that little girls have when they put on a puffy, beautiful princess gown! Please enjoy this little peak into their fun session :-).

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How completely adorable are these two?  Swoon!

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I hope you enjoyed this sweet session!  If you'd like to learn more about my Orange County Princess Sessions, please let in touch here!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) crown flowers golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography pink princess sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/6/orange-county-child-photographer-sister-princess-session Wed, 26 Jun 2019 22:39:16 GMT
I'm so excited to be published in NAPCP Magazine! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/5/orange-county-child-photographer-published-in-napcp-magazine Hi Friends, and happy end of May!  I can't believe summer is almost here.  Where is this year going?  I wanted to share something that is super exciting to me - one of my photographs was honored and chosen to be published in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) April issue of Inspired Magazine!  NAPCP is known for selecting amazing child photographers to be part of their publications, and I can't tell you what an honor or was to be not only published, but to have my photo dedicated to a two page spread.  As an Orange County child photographer, capturing moments of family love is so incredibly gratifying; having those moments published in print is just beyond words.   Thank you to NAPCP for selecting my photo!

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If you would like to have your own Orange County photography session captured, I would love to work with you!  Please get in touch here!

PS - the adorable mommy and me outfits are from the talented EleStory - all are handmade in the US and so cute!

 

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) families golden hour orange county child photographer orange county family photography sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/5/orange-county-child-photographer-published-in-napcp-magazine Tue, 28 May 2019 17:25:58 GMT
Happy Mother's Day! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/5/happy-mothers-day Orange County Family PhotographyOrange County Child Photographer

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's!  On this day, we celebrate all that mom's do - changing dirty diapers, laundry, packing lunches, caring for our kiddos when they are sick - with the gratitude for all this that shapes us into the people we are today. 

To my own mom, who is halfway around the world right now - I miss you and love you and hope dad got you the flowers I would have loved to get for you today. 

Being a mom is truly the most amazing, difficult, wonderful, frustrating endeavor I have ever done - but I wouldn't change it for the world.  Being a mom has taught me so very much, and gave birth to this wonderful adventure in photography that allows me to capture the magic of children and their love for their moms. My daughter has taught me humility, patience and the never-ending love that children have.  My heart sings every time I hear "I love you mommy", see my daughter smile at me, or get a big, squishy snuggle. 

Please enjoy some of my favorite mommy and me moments that I've had the pleasure of photographing!

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As an Orange County Family Photographer, I cannot wait to see what amazing mommy and me moments I'll be lucky enough to capture this year!  To schedule your own mommy and me, family, or child photography session, please get in touch here! 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) families golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photographer orange county family photography https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/5/happy-mothers-day Sun, 12 May 2019 22:23:11 GMT
Anaheim & Orange County Child Photographer | MoKiddies Part 1 | Wildflower Session! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/4/anaheim-orange-county-child-photographer-mokiddies-part-1-wildflower-session Orange County Family PhotographyOrange County Family PortraitsChild Photography

Hello Friends and happy April!  So glad to finally see our rainy winter behind us and so excited for spring sessions!  During our rains, I was so honored to collaborate with the wonderful MoKiddies boutique to photograph some of their amazing dresses and adorable boys clothes!  Of course our weather didn't cooperate much over the last 2 moths, so it took a few reschedules (and one rainy day session!) to get all the clothes photographed!  And my goodness, the dresses!  I am a girly-girl, so as an Orange County princess and child photographer, I was totally swooning over all the dresses, the gorgeous details, and of course the adorable headpieces that came with them! These girls were so much fun to photograph, and even though we finally found a sunny day, it was chilly and they just laughed and had a great time and were total troopers!  I'm excited to announce that the long pink gown with the flowers down the back has officially joined my client closet for use during princess sessions (insert jumping up and down emoji here)!!!  Of course, if you see a dress or gown you love, let me know!  We can always arrange for it for your personal princess session :-).  This location is also currently in it's peak for flowers for a little longer, so if you want a unique spot for your spring pictures, please get in touch!  Without further ado, please enjoy part 1 of these fun princess in the wildflowers!

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Look at the back details of this gown!  Absolutely amazing (and is it ok to wish that it came in adult sizes so I can wear it too!?).  It will fit a size 4-petite 8 if your little princess would like to wear it!

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The girls all picked their favorite props and what animals or special effects they wanted them to have - we got butterflies, fireflies, ladybugs, and dragonflies, just to name a few!  As an Orange County princess photographer, I love being able to incorporate fantasy elements into my photos!  I love the the whimsical touch it brings :-).

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Of course we had to end the evening with an adorable shot of the girls together!  Princess sessions are not just for one, though they can absolutely be!  But they are a wonderful session for sisters and besties as well :-).  I hope you enjoyed this fun session, stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. 

If you would like to schedule your own Orange County Child or Princess photography session, please get in touch here!  I'd love to work with you to make your little girl's dreams come true :-)

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography orange county princess session princess sunset wildflowers https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/4/anaheim-orange-county-child-photographer-mokiddies-part-1-wildflower-session Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:34:28 GMT
Wildflower Sessions are Back! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/2/wildflower-sessions-are-back Orange County Family PhotographerOrange County Family PortraitsChild Photography

Hello friends!  It's been a wet, wet February here in Orange County!  But, all that rain means our wildflowers are in full force this year! As an Orange County Family and Child Photographer, it amazes me that we have locations like this here in the OC!  It feels like we are in another place :-).  The flowers will be hitting their peak in a few short weeks, and now through early (or mid) April is the perfect time to take advantage of the blooms for photographs!  These only happen once a year at best (depending on the rain) and I have limited sessions available for this year.  They will take place in Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Irvine, or San Juan Capistrano, depending on the best blooms at the time.  If you have a location preference just let me know that as well!  Enjoy a peak into some of my favorite flower sessions!

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If you would like to schedule your own Orange County Photography session in the wildflowers please get in touch here before our blooms disappear!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) families flowers golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photographer orange county family photography princess wildflowers https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/2/wildflower-sessions-are-back Tue, 26 Feb 2019 21:45:17 GMT
Orange County Family Photographer | 2018 Favorite Photographs https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/1/orange-county-family-photographer-2018-favorite-photographs Hi Friends!  I cannot believe that 2018 is past us and we are into 2019!  When I think back to last year (feels so weird to say that!!!) I honestly cannot believe the amazing clients and sessions I had the pleasure of photographing.  I truly have the best job in the world!  From princess to beach sessions, to incredible families, as an Orange County family photographer I absolutely love the variety of sessions I got to photograph last year.  Though this post is almost two weeks late, it took me a while to sort though all the images I have from last year, and then narrow down my favorites.  Though I probably should have narrowed down the images a bit more I love them all so much that I had to share them :-).  Please grab a cup of coffee, some pastries, and join me for a short trip down my 2018.  Thank you again to all my wonderful clients - without you, this post would not exist, and I am so very excited to see what 2019 has in store! Orange County Child PhotographerOrange County Family PortraitsChild Photography

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If you would like to schedule your own Orange County Family or Child Photography Session, please get in touch here!  I would love to work with you in 2019 to capture your family's joy love!

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) Anaheim Beach families Huntington Laguna orange county child photographer orange county family photography princess wildflowers https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2019/1/orange-county-family-photographer-2018-favorite-photographs Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:52:56 GMT
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Happy New Years Eve friends!  I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged :-(.  With family sessions and the holidays time just got away from me!  I have so many exciting sessions to share with you in the upcoming months!  In the meantime, I have an absolutely adorable man and his sweet mama to show you!  We did a 2 part session - one in the beautiful Laguna Beach, which was the first time sweet L had been in the sand, and it was not his favorite place!  He wanted to love on his mama the whole time!  For the second part, we wanted to capture his Halloween costume so we picked some woods at a gorgeous park in Anaheim Hills to capture his sweet Superman costume.  As an Orange County Child Photographer, seeing kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes is one of my favorite things to do!  They are just so cute.  L loved running in the grass, playing with lights, and being Superman!  Please enjoy this little peek into one of the cutest little kiddos and the love he and his mama have for each other :-).

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Are those sunglasses not the cutest thing ever?  Swoon!

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If you would like to schedule your own Laguna or Anaheim Family Photography Session, please get in touch here!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) Anaheim families golden hour Laguna Beach orange county child photographer orange county family photographer orange county family photography sunset Yorba Regional Park https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/12/laguna-and-anaheim-family-photographer-the-j-family Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:02:28 GMT
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Oh this wonderful family!  This has to be one my favorite sessions ever.  Not only are they so much fun to be around, but they are just so kind and loving towards each other that it truly makes my job so easy.  When J first contacted me about a family session, and told me they wanted to wanted to wear long gowns as well (almost like a like a princess session), well - I knew at that moment our session would be amazing! Add to that the gorgeous location they picked (one of my favorite in Orange County) and this Orange County Family Photographer was so excited for the day of.  We were blessed with amazing weather, and one of the most incredible sunsets and glowing light I've seen at this spot.  I hope you enjoy this little share of this sweet family!

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Can you believe mamma MADE those flower crowns?  Swoon!

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How adorable are these two?  So much love between them!

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And of course with 4 lovely ladies we had to blow some glitter!

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How cool are those boots!?

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Oh these kids!  The expressions as they pretended they didn't know where their parents were.  Huntington Child PhotographerHuntington Fine Art PhotographerHuntington Family Photographer

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If you like to book your own Huntington Beach or Orange County Family Photography session, let's get in touch here!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour Huntington Beach kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/10/orange-county-family-photographer-the-s-family Wed, 10 Oct 2018 23:32:31 GMT
Orange County Child Photographer | S Quinceañera https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/9/orange-county-child-photographer-s-quinceaera Orange County Child PhotographerHuntington Fine Art PhotographerQuincea?era Photographer

Happy almost fall friends!  Though the weather certainly doesn't feel like it, fall is coming next week!  I for one am so excited about the change in seasons and hope in Orange County the weather finally starts to cool down!  Today I have a special session to share with you - the lovely S and her Quinceañera.  I ADORE photographing Quinceañeras - being someone who loves to dress up and fancy gowns, these are like music to my photographer's ears!  And S delivered - her dress is stunning and she is light a shining light in it.  As an Orange County child photographer I had so much fun with S exploring this park, twirling in her incredible gown, and seeing her adorable bird Ollie.  A Quinceañera is such a special time for a young lady, and I would love to work with you to capture yours!  Please enjoy this little share of her session!

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How absolutely adorable is her little birdie Ollie?  Swoon! Orange County Child PhotographerHuntington Fine Art PhotographerQuincea?era Photographer

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If you would like to book your own Orange County Quinceañera session, let's chat here!

Also don't forget it's fall photography time!  I have only limited spots remaining for Orange County photography fall sessions so you'd like to update your family photos for holiday cards and have warm, magical images of your family now is the time to get in touch!

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour Huntington Central Park kids orange county child photographer pink Quinceañera sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/9/orange-county-child-photographer-s-quinceaera Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:14:08 GMT
Orange County Family Photographer | Fall Portrait Sessions are Here! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/9/orange-county-family-photographer-fall-portrait-sessions-are-here Orange County Child PhotographerOrange County Family PhotographerOrange County Family Portraits

Hi Friends!  Though it's only August, Fall is just around the corner!  As an Orange County Family photographer, fall is my favorite time of year to photograph in - that amazing glowing light, warm, rich colors, and of course family photos!!  It's that time of year to update your photos for the holidays.  I'm almost booked for the fall, and only have limited spots remaining. If you would like warm, soft, magical images of you and your family, now is the time to schedule a session before they are all filled up!  I even have a wardrobe of beautiful dresses and princess gowns for little girls ages 3-7 that are included in the price of your session.   All sessions booked by the end of September will also get a $25 print credit so that you can always have beautiful memories to put on your wall. If you'd like to chat about your own custom session (I tailor each session towards each family/child) please get in touch here!  I'd love to capture the love and joy of your family!

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Hello Everyone!  Where has the summer gone?  I can't believe it's already back to school time!  I've recently had the pleasure of working with many amazing High School Seniors this year, and this young lady is one of the coolest, most glamorous girls around!  As an Orange County Senior Photographer, I love that this session is all about the senior and their personality.  When I first met F and her mom, we talked about how they wanted an edgy, urban session.  I LOVE urban sessions (I think they are so cool and different from traditional portraits) and when F mentioned she wanted to do one I was so excited! We decided on the Circle at Orange, and to along with the feel of that location, we did a more glamorous/edgy session fashion inspired session.  She picked two fashion forward, amazing outfits that went perfectly with our surroundings. This young lady absolutely ROCKED it and nailed her session.   I had such a hard time picking my favorites!  

F, thank you for letting me have fun with you!  You are an amazing young lady and I know you will do amazing things in life!

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Hi Friends!  Today I have a fun family session to share with you!  This sweet family of 4 came all the way from the Inland Empire to see me, and we had so much fun exploring one of our local parks, playing with glitter and biodegradable confetti, lanterns, flower and more! All of my family sessions include fun props to make you laugh and have a great time during your session, and these four made our session so much fun!  You can tell the absolute love the parents have for their kids, and their kids have for them! 

We were having a bit of a heatwave (story of our summer, right?) but they were champs and completely pushed away that heat! When we initially had our consultation meeting, they wanted a the above photo of all of them to hang on their wall - so we made to sure be on the water at sunset, and spent the rest of the time finding fun spots to photograph in.  W family, thank you for allowing me to capture the joy of your family, your love, and laughter!  I had a wonderful time with you all!

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Can you believe those dimples on sweet J?  So cute!!!

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How sweet are these two?

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) families orange county child photographer orange county family photography park sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/8/anaheim-and-orange-county-family-photographer-the-w-family Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:39:35 GMT
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I have been so fortunate to work with so many amazing high school seniors lately and sweet J is no exception!  As an Orange County Senior Photographer, I love to capture the joy and excitement of graduating high school, and all that comes with it.  This amazing young lady is not only  a Varsity athlete, she is a scholar athlete and wicked smart to boot! 

When we first met, I was struck by J's natural beauty and grace, but her sweet personality is what makes her special.  She's kind, down to earth, and loves to be outdoors in nature.  She wanted to be barefoot for most of our session, which I loved!  There is nothing better than feeling fresh grass between your toes, and that reflects in photos.

We had a warm, gorgeous evening for our session.  Even though Huntington Beach can be foggy quiet often, we lucked out with amazing, glowing light.  J picked three stunning outfits, and we had so much fun in all of them! J, thank you for allowing me to capture your spirit and fun, and all the best to you as you move to Oregon to start a new chapter in your life!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) flowers golden hour high school senior orange county senior Photography sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/7/huntington-senior-photographer-j-portraits Tue, 24 Jul 2018 22:22:11 GMT
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Happy July!  Am I the only one who feels like the year is just flying by?  As an Orange County Senior Photographer, I've been really lucky to work with a bunch of amazing high school seniors, and this young man is one of those.  He is getting ready to enter college as a biology major, and then on to med school!  He is such a kind soul, and you can absolutely tell he is going places! I'm so thrilled to have been able to capture his personality and this special time in his life.  When we first met for our pre-session consultation, he and his mom wanted a session that reflected his strong academics, his kind heart, and his love for their adorable puppy Luna.  She also wanted some photos of the two of them, along with some with his older brother and their family.  When we talked about what locations we could photograph in, they immediately loved this Anaheim Hills location, with it's warm, soft woods, tall grasses, and water.  We also talked wardrobe, and I learned that M is a connoisseur of bow ties, and  was so excited when he brought his favorite for the session!  I had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites for this blog post, but I have tried!  M, thank you for letting me capture your portraits, congratulations on your graduation and all the best luck for your future!

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How adorable is Luna?  I seriously wanted to take her home with me!

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Or course we couldn't end the session without a friendly confetti fight between brothers!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) anaheim senior photographer families high school senior orange county senior photographer orange county senior photography outdoors park senior portraits sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/7/anaheim-senior-photographer-m-portraits Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:26:32 GMT
Huntington Child Photographer | L One-year session https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/6/huntington-child-photographer-l-one-year-session Orange County Child PhotographerHutington Family PortraitsOrange County Family Photographer

Happy almost July friends!  Today I have a session I adore so much to share with you! I first got to know the sweet W sisters when the older sister had a princess session with me a little while back.  When her mommy contacted me about her little sister's one year old session and wanted a few photos of her two girls together, I was so excited!  There is nothing sweeter than an older sibling with their baby sibling!  Not to mention that both girls are absolutely adorable, a location I love, and light that was beyond dreamy, and this session was literally everything my photographer heart could ask for!

Since older sister E had worn one of my gowns for her couture princess session (which you can find here if you'd like to take a look!), mom had asked if I could bring it again for some dressier photos, and of course I was happy to!  It looked perfect with the adorable tutu dress she brought for sweet baby L, and I adored the pastel pink and blue together.  As an Orange County and Huntington child photographer, I love finding the right locations for the right sessions, and given that I had two princesses to photograph, I knew the gorgeous flowers and dreamy sights at this Huntington Beach spot would be perfect :-).

Enjoy this little peek into the sweet W sisters' session!

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Can you believe the adorable expression on her face? SUCH a cutie!

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I love the way big sisters is looking at baby L and watching out for her!  These two were just the sweetest together!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography pink princess sisters sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/6/huntington-child-photographer-l-one-year-session Wed, 27 Jun 2018 22:23:45 GMT
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The first time I met sweet A during our session consultation I knew that our session was going to be amazing.  Not only is she GORGEOUS but she's also so kind hearted, and a blast to hang out with!  As an Orange County Senior and Family Photographer, I do regular location scouting to find the best, most unique locations for my clients.  When I found this incredible wildflower field two days before our session, I asked A if she's be up for a 10 minute walk to have what would likely be the most unique and gorgeous setting for her session.  She was, and we made the short trek to these amazing flowers for her session.  Of course, we had to do a few outfit changes, because there is no such thing as too many pretty outfits!  As an Orange County Child Photographer, wildflowers basically king for me because we don't get them here often, and when we do, it's often a small patch.  I could not believe when I stumbled across this amazing field that looks like we are in a totally different area!  I cannot wait until next spring when they will bloom again! 

exploring the flower fields and paths, and having a great time with me! I can't wait for your cap and gown session this weekend!

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A is an incredible artist, so we wanted to make sure we showcased that in her photos!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour high school senior orange county child photographer sunset wildflowers https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/6/orange-county-senior-photographer-a-wildflower-session Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:38:29 GMT
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Is there anything most little girls love more than dressing up as princesses?  If you have one of those, I have a special type of session for you! Introducing Orange County Fine Art Couture Princess Sessions!  I have a collection of stunning gowns, sparkling belts, and crystal tiaras and headpieces available for use for these sessions.  Your little girl will be treated like the princess she is, and we'll spend time twirling, blowing glitter, and laughing the evening away!  I edit these photos in a softer, fine art feel so that you'll have cherished works of art to put on your wall forever :-).  This session is perfect for friends and sisters as well, because you can never have too many princesses! I currently have dresses for sizes 4-7, and am adding larger sizes later this year (and earlier upon request!).  These Orange County Princess Photography sessions will take place in the most magical of locations within the OC.  I have so much fun with these sweet sessions, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) child golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography princess https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/5/orange-county-fine-art-photographer-couture-princess-sessions Wed, 23 May 2018 16:52:09 GMT
Orange County Fine Art Photographer | Happy Mother's Day! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/5/orange-county-fine-art-photographer-happy-mothers-day Happy Mother's Day to all the mommy's, grandma's, and great-grandma's!

Being a Mommy is the most incredible adventure I've ever had the pleasure of partaking in.  It has given me the highest of the highs, and there is nothing like the love you have for your child or children.  There is nothing better than hearing the words "I love you mommy" come from your child, as there is a sincerity and sweetness that only a child can posses.  Nothing can make a bad day better faster than snuggles from your little one, and they can bring a smile to your face, even at 2 in the morning when you are up caring for them.   I was woken up this morning by my daughter running into our room, climbing into bed, giving me a hug and whispering "Happy Mothers Day Mommy.  I love you!".  BEST.WAKEUP.EVER!

Though mine is still young, I know there are so many adventures lying ahead of us!  School, dance performances, soccer games, trips to see the world.  I cannot wait to share it all and experience it all! 

To my mom, though you are half a world away, on an incredible adventure, I am thinking of you and wishing we were closer!  I love you and hope you and dad have an incredible trip!

To all the mommies - you are all amazing, strong courageous women, and your job never stops, and you deserve all the love, pampering, and gratitude in the world. 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photographer orange county family photography https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/5/orange-county-fine-art-photographer-happy-mothers-day Sun, 13 May 2018 17:44:13 GMT
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Hello Everyone!  Today I have a session to share with you that has one of the cutest, sassiest little girls I've ever had the privilege to photograph!  She just just a bundle of smiles, and always gave me just great looks for our photos!  We started off at a fun park, and then made our way to a stunning, light filled pathway!  The sun set behind us and gave the most incredible glowing light through the trees.  Add in a stunning mommy, a doting daddy, and my photography heart went pitter-patter for this session!  As an Orange County family photographer, nothing makes me happier :-).

The weather was just right - we had out typical warm, breezy Orange County evening, so the ladies were able to wear the most amazing outfits!  Mom has the best fashion sense, so of course they all looked amazing together!  I hope you enjoy this little peak into the sweet K family!

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Hello stunning mamma!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) child families girl golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/5/orange-family-photograpy-the-k-family Fri, 11 May 2018 21:25:21 GMT
Orange County Fine Art Photographer | C's Princess Session https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/4/orange-county-fine-art-photographer-cs-princess-session Yorba Regional Park, Anaheim, princess, sunset, park, outdoors, child, familyAnaheim Child PhotographerOrange County Princess Photographer

Hello Friends!  I have a such an adorable session to share with you today!  I've recently started offering couture princess sessions, with high end gowns, crowns and hair accessories included for use during these sessions!  These are also edited in a fine art manner, giving you timeless photographs that you can share for years to come! Sweet C wanted one of these sessions, and as an Orange County Child Photographer, I knew just the place when her mommy asked me for an enchanted location location that had woods and flowers!  The day couldn't have been more beautiful, and we were blessed with the most gorgeous, glowing light as the sun went down and a slight breeze to give some movement to the tulle of the dress.

Sweet C is one of the cutest little cherubs I've had in front of my camera, and I had such a wonderful time capturing her joy and spirit!  We included mommy in some pictures as well, since she's STUNNING and of course all mommy's need photos with their little ones! Enjoy this little peak of C's Orange County Princess Session!

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I have dresses available in sizes 3-7, with other sizes by request.  If you would like to book your own orange county fine art princess photography session, please click here and get in touch!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography pink princess https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/4/orange-county-fine-art-photographer-cs-princess-session Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:27:42 GMT
Huntington Couples Photographer | A&W https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/4/huntington-couples-photographer-a-w Huntington Family PhotographyOrange County Couples PhotographerOrange County Engagement Photographer 6

 

Hello Friends!  I have a very special session to share with you today, A&W's engagement pictures.  I have known sweet A for over ten years, through ups and downs and when she told me that she met W, I could immediately tell that he was something special to her.  After meeting W, I can honestly say that he is one of the sweetest men I've even met, and he treats A like a princess! 

Living up in the Bay Area, they don't come down here to Orange County Often; when our schedules lined up we knew that we had to get an engagement session done!  We met up for a stroll at one of my favorite locations in Huntington Beach.  As an Orange County couples and engagement photographer, there is never a shortage of locations, but this is one that always has the most beautiful scenery, and the most amazing, soft, glowing light!  I adore how the terrain is so diverse within a short walking distance - you have grassy fields, a pond, glittering trees, and a flower garden!

A&W - I am SO happy the two of you found each other, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for you two!

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During our session it came out that W had never done the "traditional" proposal where he got down on one knee.....well of course we had to do it here!

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If you would like to schedule your own Orange County Engagement, Anniversary, or couples session, please click here!

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) couples engagement huntington beach orange county couples photographer orange county engagement photographer orange county engagment photography park sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/4/huntington-couples-photographer-a-w Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:03:11 GMT
Laguna Child Photographer | The R Family https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/3/laguna-child-photographer-the-r-family Orange County Family PortraitsOrange County Child PhotographerLaguna Family Photographer

Hello Friends!  Today I have a session with an absolutely gorgeous family down in Laguna Beach.  During this time of year, the beach is empty, and so, so beautiful, but oh so cold!  This sweet family braved the cold and the wind so that we could get some shots on the deserted beach.  I adore the way that the wind gave movement to hair and dresses, and as an Orange County Family Photographer, I always strive to get that movement because it creates a visual interest for your photographs.

This family has 2 boys and a girl, which is such a fun combination!  You can really see the closeness of the siblings, and I love how they took care to make sure their youngest brother was always happy and comfortable. 

I hope you enjoy these snapshots of this wonderful family! The great thing about being at the beach in the cold weather is that you get to go inside and have a cup of hot cocoa afterwards and just watch the movement of the sea :-).

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How adorable is this little man?  Swoon!

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We were so lucky that boat was in the exact right place and the exact right time!

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Hello gorgeous mama! 

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If you would like to book your own Laguna Beach or Orange County Family Photography session, please click here to get in touch!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) beach families golden hour kids laguna orange county child photographer sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/3/laguna-child-photographer-the-r-family Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:55:12 GMT
Huntington Family Photographer | The G Family https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntington-family-photographer-the-g-family Orange County Child PhotographerYorba Linda Child PhotographerOrange County Children's Photographer

Hello Friends!  Today I have a special family session to share that I realized I never blogged!  This sweet family came to me from a dear friend, and they wanted to have some special photos done of their kids to hang on their walls.  As an Orange County Family Photographer I LOVE photographing larger families and these 5 kids were not only totally adorable but they were so well mannered and are all seriously photogenic!  We did their session at one of my favorite locations in Huntington Beach.  There is such a wide variety of scenery there that sometimes it's hard to pic which location to do their photos in! 

The day of their session was typical lovely Southern California weather - warm, sunny with a light breeze.  We could not have been blessed with a better day, and even though the fog started to roll in towards the end of their session we were able to get some gorgeous photos with the last rays of the sun peeking through the trees. 

G family, thanks for trusting me to capture the joy of these 5 kids - I had a wonderful time with you all! I hope you enjoy this little peek of this family. 

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How gorgeous is she? 

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This young lady ROCKED the camera!  Love that expression and pose :-).

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And because no one can resist a good confetti fight.....we got the whole family involved!

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The family joked that their kids are always on their electronic devices....so we decided to have some fun and create a photo with the kids were all  engrossed with their phones and tablets while the rest of the family tried to get them off! 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) child families golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photographer https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntington-family-photographer-the-g-family Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:13:46 GMT
Orange County and Huntington Child Photographer | Model Call! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntington-child-photographer-model-call Orange County Child PhotographerYorba Linda Child PhotographerOrange County Children's Photographer

Hi Everyone!  I have three AMAZING dresses that just arrived here and I'm looking for 2-3 special girls to give them a test twirl!  These are super full, gorgeous gowns fit for a princess!  I'll supply headpieces that sparkle along with fun props as well.  These gowns are sizes 5-7, so I'm looking for girls sized 4- petite 8.  As an Orange County Child photographer my goal is to provide you with stunning, fine art photos of your children, and I can provide gowns and headpieces for you so that you don't have to incur any additional cost in outfitting your little princess!  This session would take place the weekend of March 24/25 (final date TBC).

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The gown on the left is full length, and features a long train behind with a super poofy skirt.  It is a size 7 and will fit sizes 6-8.  The gown on the right is tea length in front, with a long train behind. It's a size 6 and will fit a tall 4-petite 7.  It has amazing rosette fabric on the skirt and is so elegant.

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The gown on the left is a size 5 and also features a super full skirt with an extended train.  It's a size 5 and is meant to be ankle length.  It will fit a size 4-6. 

As a thank you you will receive 3 fine art edited photos of your child, similar to those shown below.

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If you would like to participate, please send me an email at adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com or contact me here.  Please include your child's name, age and clothing size so that I can best match children's size to the appropriate gown :-).

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) child golden hour kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography park https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/huntington-child-photographer-model-call Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:05:37 GMT
Orange County Child Photographer - Sneak Peek - New Dresses! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/orange-county-child-photographer-sneak-peek-new-dresses Hello Friends!  Today I have sneak peek of one of the new dresses that I just received that are ready for client use!  Did you know that Ariana Drivdahl Photography has a wide variety of dresses available for client use?  This is just one of many that will turn your little girl into a princess.  As an Orange County Family Photographer, I want to make sure that you and your kids look amazing for your photos.  All my princess images are fine art images that you'll be proud to display on your walls!

If you have a little one sizes 4-8 you'll want to stay tuned for my next blog post, as I'll be posting a model call for some amazing girls to take these dresses for a test twirl!

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I would love to capture your little princess in fine art photographs that you'll treasure forever!  If you would like to discuss your Orange County Child Photography session, please click here!

 

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) child dresses gown kids orange county child photographer orange county family photography princess https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/2/orange-county-child-photographer-sneak-peek-new-dresses Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:56:02 GMT
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Hello Everyone!  Today I have a wonderful wedding to share with you all!  While I primarily photograph families and children, I do take a few select wedding a year, and when sweet K asked me to photograph her wedding on the gorgeous river in Arizona, I couldn't say no!  I adore the desert landscape and have wanted to photograph in it for quite some time :-).  Being an Orange County Couples Photographer, I get to shoot a ton in green landscapes and at the beach, but it's amazing how varied the terrain is only one state over!

The first time K and I met for our consultation, I could tell this would be a fun filled wedding!  Since Arizona was going to be a destination wedding for many of their family and friends, they planned on having a wedding with lots of laughter and activities for their guests.  I was amazed at how thoughtful their planning was.  I honestly had such a great time with K hearing about how she and C met that I was counting the days until the wedding!

When I arrived in Arizona, the venue was even more spectacular than I could have imagined!  The light just glistened off the water and the sunsets.....well....some of best I've ever seen.  K&C had so many fun, personal touches at the ceremony and reception and I had a great time finding all the hidden spots for K's bridal portraits. I am already hoping to head back here soon!  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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How incredibly gorgeous is she? 

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The colors in her bouquet!  So gorgeous and perfect for the desert landscape.  I adore how they popped against her dress!

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If you would like to book your own Orange County Couples or Engagement session, please click here to get in touch!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) couples engagement golden hour orange county engagement photographer outdoors sunset https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2018/1/orange-county-couples-photographer-k-cs-wedding Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:11:55 GMT
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Hello Friends!  I have such a fun session to share with you today!  This adorable family and their two boys were such a bundle of laughs to photograph!  Not only do they have two of the cutest boys I've ever had the pleasure of having in front of my camera, but they are such BOYS.  Being a girl mom, it always amazes me at how completely different it is to raise boys and girls.  I think we played with, and sword-fought with every stick we came across!  It made the session so much fun and truly allowed me to capture their fun personalities.  As an Orange County Family Photographer, I adore capturing what makes your children themselves! A session always turns out well when you let your kids be kids :-). 

This sweet family was looking for a more forest-like or green setting for their pictures.  One of my favorite parks in Brea just happens to fit the bill perfectly!  We started off in the forest to escape the warm weather, then as the temperatures dropped we headed back for some fun and running along the pathway, then finished with some amazing sunset pictures.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Ah...the beginning of the stick fights! I adore how these two interact and loved watching them play Jedi knights!

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So I wanted to create a special image of them with their "lightsabers" that made them into Jedi Knights!

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Of course we have to get mom and dad alone for a few pictures as well!

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Sweet kisses for mommy!

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Are these two not the cutest???

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Ready....set......go! 

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Orange County Maternity Photographer | K&J https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/11/orange-county-maternity-photographer-k-j Orange County Family photographyBrea Maternity Photographer 28

Hello Friends! I have such a special session to share with you today of this stunning mamma-to-be!  When I first met the lovely K, I knew that we were going to have such fun at our session - she is a vibrant, full of life lady who loves to joke around and loves kickboxing and Star Wars the way I do!  Our initial meeting ended up being over an hour long because we had so much in common! 

One of the best things about being an Orange County Maternity Photographer is being able to show the mammas-to-be how incredible they look during pregnancy.  One of my biggest regrets when I was pregnant is not having professional photographs done - and it's something that I highly encourage all the future mammas to do.  A woman is stunning and glowing during her pregnancy and that needs to be captured!

K knew that she wanted to have an outfit change, and have a variety of locations to go along with that.  This Brea park was absolutely perfect!  Though the weather was so hot (gotta love those fall Orange County heatwaves!) K absolutely rocked her session and I'm so excited to share her (and her hubby's) amazing photos with you! 

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How incredibly gorgeous is she? 

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Of course we had to have a little fun with her images!

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Hello golden hour! This light seriously makes my heart go pitter-patter!

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Love this reactions when baby A was kicking! Orange County Family photographyBrea Maternity Photographer 49

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And since K's favorite holiday is Halloween, I created a fun composite image depicting her love of all things spooky!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) brea maternity photographer families golden hour kids orange county family photographer orange county family photography orange county maternity photgrapher https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/11/orange-county-maternity-photographer-k-j Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:07:29 GMT
Orange County Couples Photographer | B+D https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/orange-county-couples-photographer-b-d Orange County Engagmenet PhotographyOrange County Couples Photographer

Hello Friends!  Today I have a session to share with you of an absolutely wonderful, fun loving couple!  These two have been married for about 3 years and still could not be more in love.  Both have the most vibrant personalities, and I think we laughed pretty much through our entire session!  You’ll see so many photos where their personalities come through; my goal in any session is to capture the personality of those I’m photographing – weather that be a couple, a family, or a spunky toddler!

They are both outdoor, park-loving people so we knew we wanted to shoot somewhere that was dreamy, but still a little green and rugged.  I am so lucky as an Orange County Couples Photographer to have such a wide variety of locations to photograph in and sometimes the hardest part of a session is picking a locatin! This park in Yorba Linda was the perfect spot and you would never know it was still like 90 degrees when we had our session in the evening - these two were like champs and never were bothered by the heat! 

B&D – thank you for letting me capture your love and joy – I hope you enjoy your images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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And because I always love a little creativity, I couldn't help by create a dramatic outdoor composite to go along with their photos.

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) anniversary couples engagement golden hour love orange county family photography outdoors park https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/orange-county-couples-photographer-b-d Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:18:39 GMT
5 Fun Ways to Display Your Photos at home! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/5-fun-ways-to-display-your-photos-at-home Hello Friends!  With all of the ongoing fall and holiday sessions, I though it might be fun to talk about how we can extend our memories taken during our photo session by displaying them in your home.  Traditional framed prints are always a popular way to go, but there are so many more neat products available for your photos these days!  As an family and children's photographer, and a mom myself, I feel it's so important to have wonderful photos of your family throughout your home.  Truth be told, I have so many my problem is that I'm running out of places to put them!  Here are 5 fun ways I love to display photos a home!

 

1.  Photo Books |  This is one of my favorite way to display photos, because it includes a collection of meaningful, fun filled memories, rather than just a single snapshot in time.  I make one for every quarter of the year, along with special occasions ones like trips, holidays, etc.  Leave them on your coffee table for friends and family to flip through and you'll relive your memories over and over!  These are also an amazing gift idea for grandparents and other family members!

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2.  Canvas Prints | If you want timeless, classic ways to display your photos, you can never go wrong with a wonderful canvas!  Your photo is printed directly on the canvas, allowing the natural texture of the fabric to come through.  There are available in both a 1.5" and 2.5" gallery wrap, which basically tells how large the frame the canvas that is stretched around is.  If you would like to mount the canvas as-is (without a classic outer frame), then the 2.5" version is best as you can mount that directly on your wall.  If you are looking to frame your canvas (as with the below image) then the 1.5" version works best for that.

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3. Metal Prints | These are a more modern and fun approach so displaying individual photos.  Your picture is printed directly onto the metal itself, edge to edge.  It give a cool sheen to your image and is more playful than the traditional print or canvas.  They can either have a mounting on the back, or can have a stand built in, so the photo is ready to display right when it gets to your door!

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4. Gallery Wall | A wonderful way to create a memory wall!  Gallery walls are compromised of many (sometimes dozens, like the below image) photos.  You can make them an assortment of various people and places, or for a more cohesive look you can group together a bunch of images from a session or vacation/occasion, etc.  The only downside of this is that you need a lot of wall space!  This is prefect for entry halls, stairwells, and hallways!

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Save5.  Photo Gifts | These are things like mousepads, coffee cups, pillows, and more that can be displayed and used around your home and used as everyday items so that you can always be surrounded by happy memories!

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PS - Wondering what types of locations the OC has to offer?  This blog post might be of interest to you!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) anaheim brea children fine art irvine kids orange county family photographer orange county family photography photographs https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/5-fun-ways-to-display-your-photos-at-home Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:04:45 GMT
Orange County Couples Photographer | Sneak Peek - K+C's Wedding https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/orange-county-couples-photographer-sneak-peek---k-cs-wedding Hello Friends!  I am working on finalizing the photos from K&C's amazing wedding this weekend.  As an Orange County Couples Photographer, I only photograph a few select weddings a year, and this one was one that I couldn't resist doing!  The location, the light, everything was so amazing in this Arizona River wedding.  Enjoy the sneak peek and I can't wait to share the rest with you!

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adrivdahlphoto@gmail.com (Ariana Drivdahl Photography) anaheim engagement photographer golden hour orange couple photographer santa ana engagment photography https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/10/orange-county-couples-photographer-sneak-peek---k-cs-wedding Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:32:54 GMT
Irvine Children's Photographer | K's Princess Session! https://www.arianadphotography.com/blog/2017/9/irvine-childrens-photographer-k-s-princess-session Hello Friends!  Today I'd like to share with you a special session that I should have blogged a while ago!  Little K always loves to be a princess, so for this session I put up my princess props and we had a wonderful time dressing up and playing around!  It was a gorgeous day, a little breezy which was perfect for giving movement to our curtains and her dress!  What I love about being an Orange County Family Photographer is that we have so many stunning locations - and I love the way the green of this one contrasted with K's pink dress  It also has beautiful trees with amazing light to really give it that enchanted forest look!

When I photograph a princess session, I'll bring everything your little girl  needs to have a great time and capture some great memories on top of that!  From glitter to crowns to props, all is inclu