Why have we never been here before? It’s so beautiful! My assistants and I went scouting and exploring at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. This place is a hidden gem! We visited the beautiful grounds and the gardens. We didn’t enter the main house due to tours. We need to go back and take the tour for sure and so should you. There are so many amazing places in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County and they need to be discovered.
We came to scout out Rancho Los Cerritos for a Family Portrait session. I have been photographing the siblings for a few years – they were some of my first clients and I love that the gorgeous mama keeps calling me back every year. At first sister was shy and ran away but over the years, she’s become sassy and a perfect model. The shoot was held right after a family member’s wedding so the entire family was dolled up! It was a little warm but we managed to get in some great shots before we all melted!
Anyway I need to come back to Rancho Los Cerritos. It’s a gorgeous hidden gem in Long Beach. It’s located in Bixby Knolls next to the Virginia Country Club. Lots of history, newly renovated visitors center (with clean bathrooms! Always a bonus!). Here’s the website if you want to go check it out too: www.rancholoscerritos.org
Cheers and Enjoy The “C” Family Portraits taken at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach, CA
Rancho Los Cerritos Family Portrait Session August 2014
It’s almost Back to School. Assistant #1 will be in 4th grade and Assistant #2 will be entering 1st grade this year. End of summer days. We will be enjoying the end of summer as much as possible. Assistant Number 2 is counting down the days back to school. Number 1 is a little more nervous about being on “the big kid side”.
We have had a pretty great summer – lots of fun activities like going to to LACMA, CA Science Center, swim lessons at the Y, beach trips every Friday, parks, Nature Centers, playing with our friends and having some down time at home. I think we are looking forward to getting back to a schedule but we will miss the weather and sleeping in.
I’m gearing up for holiday portrait time. I know I don’t want to think about hot coco and fires yet either when the bathing suits and towels are still sandy and damp. Enjoy your time with your family no matter what time of year.
Assistant Number 1. Age 8.5. Blue Wall Background.
Assistant Number 2. Age 6. Blue Wall Background
Four and Red Balloons: Little B just turned four and for her birthday, her sweet aunt called me up for a portrait session.
She let me know exactly what she was going to wear and I thought it would be fun to add four red balloons to the shoot.
What a fun prop! I’m not usually big on props but it just seemed right. She was so much fun – charming and delightful.
I had never been to this park in Torrance. It was one of B’s favorite parks due to the cool “tree house” structure.
Charles Wilson Park in Torrance located on 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance.
There is a Farmers Market in the parking lot, a huge sports center, duck pond, lots of squirrels and shade. Great place to shoot.
I need to take my Assistants there to play this summer for sure.
We are so lucky to be surrounded by amazing parks and locations in Southern California. What is your favorite park?
B is four and rocking the cute red shoes. Balloons to match!
Four and Red Balloons