The Smith Family [Kearney Park – Clovis CA – Family Photography]

Holly Smith is the very talented photographer behind Delona Photography in Clovis, CA. She’s very gracious and a good friend, but that didn’t calm the nervous jitters I had while photographing her family. It’s a stressful thing to photograph another photographer. You don’t believe it till it actually happens to you and all of a sudden you start questioning every thing you normally do and wondering if it’s the “right way”. Somehow I made it through to the other side with a bazillion gorgeous images of this family. Granted, they are ridiculously photogenic and that helped my poor shaky hands out a lot.

I was staying over with the family, so I got to shoot a few “getting ready” shots as the girls introduced me to all their balloon friends and had their hair done. I liked the in house feel … I have a feeling we’ll be doing a lifestyle photo session in their home soon.

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Kearney Park was the location we chose… strictly from word of mouth and a quick Google maps search. Can I just take a moment to thank Google maps from the bottom of my heart? A daily lifesaver for sure! Besides having a natural atmosphere, Kearney had a few more things essential to a great photoshoot:

  1. Gorgeous golden sunlight.
  2. A crazy awesome mansion with a covered porch and grey walls. (no color casts from these walls)
  3. Cool trees that lit up with the sun.
  4. A plastic sunflower that we found in the grass.
  5. and last, and certainly least, little midgies that kept us moving along at a productive rate.

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