Saturday, December 17, 2011

better late than never...

I know I'm a few days late announcing this, but better late than never!
The winner of my photo giveaway is...

the Price family!

Thanks for all of the wonderful nominations...
and thanks to my sisters/sister-in-law and out-of-state friends who acted as judges!  


I will be out of town from the 19th-30th, and am going to be mostly myself the gift of a break from the computer!  I wish you all a very merry Christmas and will see you next year!  (I always loved saying that when I was a kid!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kopp Family | Orange County Family Photographyer

Jacque and her sweet family met me down at the pier in Huntington for a quick mini-session. It was a little chilly out, but the light was warm and pretty! I was loving the low-tide and the exposed barnacles and mussels on the pilings. Here's a glimpse at our time together:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

8 is enough! baby sister love | Orange County Family Photographer

Just a little sneak at a sweet family mini-session.  Aren't ALL of these kids GORGEOUS?  I think so!  And look how much that little baby sister is loved!  So sweet :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

backlit mama love! | OC Baby, Children, Family Photographer

Culling images from the Kerr family session and LOVED this series of baby Gavin with his darling mama. Straight out of the camera...soft backlight...and a little bit of sunflare. I could sit here and watch this for hours. Enjoy...

p.s. I'm doing another giveaway this year! Read all about it HERE and send in your nomination(s) by Sunday night, Dec. 11. :) Thanks!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

it's that time again!

image (c) James Wojcik

Hello friends!  That's right, it's GIVEAWAY time again!  So, what are the details?

Please nominate a family who you think is deserving of this gift. There aren't really any guidelines, but for example, it could be someone who has fallen on hard times or someone who you just really admire.

The winning family must be able to meet me within 20 miles of Huntington Beach for their session, and the session must be completed by August 31, 2012.

All of the nominations will be carefully considered and the winner will be determined by a special, 
and impartial panel of judges. (not ME!)

The winning family will receive a 1-2 hour photo session PLUS a Top Ten CD AND their choice of two 8x10s or one 11x14. (total value: approx. $670)

Please send a paragraph (or more) explaining WHO you are nominating and WHY to: 

Please include your nominee's contact information (email or phone #) with your entry. 

All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 11th.

The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, December 14th.

**Special Note** If you'd like to remain anonymous to your nominee, make sure you specify that in your email, and I will make sure to keep it a secret!!! a BONUS, the person who nominates the winner will receive 50% off their next session fee!

I love the family who won last year, the Jensen family.  Tracy is a dear friend and just look at all those handsome boys!
Here's what Tracy had to say about their experience:
"Last Christmas we were nominated to win a photography session with Shari.  When we won, I couldn't believe it.  I was so excited to take our pictures, because Shari does amazing work.   I hadn't had our family pictures taken in four years, and our oldest is now a senior and going off to college in the fall.  Our family pictures won't quite be the same after this.  It means so much to have these photos, a small snapshot in our family's life before things change. We had some challenges the day we took our pictures; the Huntington Beach pier was crazy busy so we went to Seal Beach instead.  My kids were so annoyed and I really would have liked to throttle them all (well mainly the teenagers).  I thought for sure that Shari was not going to get pictures of a happy family, but a family that was annoyed and irritated instead.  What came out of her camera was a miracle.  How Shari got these photos was simply a miracle....we are so very grateful to have these gorgeous photos.  And above all else, I am so grateful that she chose to donate her time and her miraculous camera to capture our moment.  Thank you so much Shari."

This is the third year I've offered this giveaway, and I look forward to reading all of your entries!  They always touch my heart and I am so happy to be able to share the gift of beautiful photos with another special family!

xoxo,  Shari

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby Bodhi | OC Newborn Photographer

Oh Bodhi is so adorable!  This little guy came along about a month after mine..and I can just picture them being buddies up in heaven and now they are here!  There is just something so magical about newborn babies...they are mesmerizing and perfect in every way.  Here's proof:

Pure, heaven-sent perfection, no?

Monday, November 28, 2011

You won't want to miss this!

I'm so excited to offer you all a couple great deals for Cyber Monday this year! Both options would make a wonderful gift! Please contact me for more information about Gift Certificates.

All purchases must be completed by midnight PST on Monday, 11/28/11.  I accept PayPal, cash and personal checks.

and P.S.  I am still offering my Fall Mini-Sessions through this Saturday, 12/3/11.  Click on the tab marked "Specials" on my menu bar for more information.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Smith Family | Orange County Family Photographer

Meet the Smiths!  Not only are they the winners of a free Fall Mini, but they are also my neighbors and good friends!  It was quite chilly down there under the pier...but the light was so warm and perfect and I love these shots..hope they do too!  Thanks for a fun time guys!

p.s. I added a "like" button for FB below...  show me some love!!!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Skinners | OC Couples Photography

Look at this cute couple, so in love! Jim and Jackie came in town from Utah to visit their new granddaughter! Seal Beach is near and dear to their hearts, so we planned to meet there under the pier. Well...unfortunately the beach was closed because they were bulldozing all the sand! We decided to go for it anyway, thinking the worst that could happen would be that they tell us to leave. So we ventured down in the sand, and just as we were about to cross the path of the construction trucks, a life guard truck pulled up and stopped us. Jackie explained that they were visiting from out of town, and that she really, REALLY wanted a few shots under the pier... The life guard (Lori) was so helpful! She called her supervisor and we got permission to grab a few photos and then get outta there! I am so happy it worked out... Jim and's a peek at our session!

Monday, October 31, 2011

little sister | OC Baby Photographer

It's hard to believe that I took this little cutie's newborn pics just a few short months ago!  Look how big she's getting!  And oh, so darling!  Her mama has had a picture like this taken of each of her kiddos, all around the same fact, I took her big brother's pic a few years ago!  We were talking about how sweet it will be to see them all displayed together...the 3 boys, and then the little sister with a cute bow on her head!  I love the sparkle in her eye, and she just has the sweetest smile ever!  Thanks baby Hope!  It's so fun to see you grow!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Card Preview

I'm happy to share examples of the holiday cards I'm offering this year!  If you take advantage of my Fall Mini-Session, you will receive 25 5x7 cards with envelopes as part of the package!  I still have time slots available on both dates...and remember, if the pre-scheduled dates/times/locations don't work for you, please contact me and we can work something out!  This is the perfect type of session to get an updated family pic to send with your Christmas cards, or even just to get some of that one kiddo who just can't seem to sit still long enough for a full session!  Click HERE for full details about the Fall Mini-Sessions. 

Which one is your favorite??

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dahl Family | OC Family Photographer

Meet the Dahl family! I photographed their little girl Charlotte when she was a newborn...and boy, how time flies! She's a big 2 year old now, AND a big sister! (Click HERE to see her newborn images) We ended up changing our location at the last minute because of a big music festival going on at Central Park...and so I am thankful they were flexible! I loved the little area we found, and the light was lovely...I hope to go back there again soon! Here's a peek at our session...