On a fairly warm summer afternoon, I recently photographed this amazingly sweet family of four: the Ruelas family. This is not the first time I had photographed the parents as Norma and Fernando are returning clients. I photographed their engagement and wedding pictures ten years ago!
When Norma contacted me to have their family photos taken in commemoration of their tenth wedding anniversary, I asked her if she had any preference in what style of clothes her family would wear so I could have a starting point in planning the photo shoot. She said: "Perhaps, country chic." Later on, she also mentioned wanting to have the photos taken at or near a winery, if possible. Keeping all these factors in consideration, I emailed her clothing style ideas and color palettes within the country chic AND Italian rustic styles. I had also started scouting for photo shoot locations somewhere in between where they and we live. Keeping in mind Norma's request to have the photos taken at or near a winery, I found this park in Livermore, CA which is surrounded by wineries and grape and olive vineyards. I usually have the client find and arrange to photograph at the location, but the Ruelas family is special to me as I truly appreciate their unfailing belief in my photography vision and skills.
This was also the first time I had met their kids: Fernando Jr. (Elias) and Mariah. They're such wonderful kids and were a delight to photograph. Both kids are a bundle of joy and take directions very well. Mariah is a natural in front of the camera. Before I could even direct her on how to position herself, the next thing you know, she already had the perfect pose.
I chose to time the photo shoot later in the afternoon in hopes that the weather would cool off a bit from the usual 90 degrees this time of year. I also planned to take a lot of backlit photos and capture the golden hour. With the sunset and the outdoor dusts, the photos turned out to be truly magical!
Below are a few more photos from the Ruelas family photo session ( and some behind-the scenes photos). If you would like to inquire or are planning to book a photo shoot with us, please go to the photography page of this website. We hope to hear from you soon!
If you would like to inquire or are planning to book a photo shoot with us, please go to the photography page of this website. We hope to hear from you soon!