I was excited to get outdoors and shoot after all the rain we have had here in Southern California. This is my first winter in So Cal and I joke with everyone that I brought the East Coast weather with me as it has been one of the rainiest and coldest winters in years (just my luck). Don’t get me wrong, we need the rain - absolutely. But spending so many days indoors and cancelling and rescheduling shoots (as I did with this one) is not what I am used to out here. If anything, you can always count on the weather being amazing, so it has totally thrown me for a loop. On the positive side, there are beautiful wildflowers and fields of green almost everywhere you look right now.
Quail Hill Trailhead is a great location to shoot. It is central to almost everyone and there are big open fields to have fun in. The last time I was there it wasn’t as green and I had to head across the road and stick on the outsides to get some green in my shoots (I’m referring to this family photo session at Quail Hill). But this session we had so much green. I think the vibrancy in the field matched the vibrancy of the wonderful family I met. I always try and chit-chat in my sessions but I had so much in common with Mama G - from both doing a stint in NYC, both having prior careers, both thinking of the same number of kids and both coming from a family of 3 kids and having family interstate! Let’s say we covered lots of ground, literally and conversationally, and I’m pretty sure I made new friends here in OC!
I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing this photo session. Krystil McDowall is an Orange County family photographer, specializing in photography for families of all shapes and sizes, which includes couples, expecting parents, newborns, toddlers, kiddos, even bigger kiddos and, of course, any fur babies that schlep with the family. If you're interested in knowing more, check out my portfolio or contact me so we can discuss documenting some memories together.
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