Amber Fox Photographer » Stylish Portraits for Hip & Happy High School Seniors & Families in Orange County & Los Angeles, CA

One of my favorite things about living in California is the weather. Today’s high, in December mind you, is going to be a beautiful 70 degrees. Love it! So when you are a portrait photographer, like myself, your clients don’t have to worry too much about bundling up in tons of scarves and winter coats for their holiday portrait. Actually that sounds kind of like a cute combo for a photo session.

Anyhow, to today’s post. Today I give you a desert rose palette for your wardrobe inspiration.


I have known the Yoon family for over 10 years. Susan and Albert used to go the same church as me back in the day. Our church was only 50 or so people, so we all got to know each other really well. So last year, when Susan & Albert contacted me to do a family portrait session I jumped at the chance, because it meant I got to see old friends and their cute little girls.

Fast forward another year to 2010, their daughters Fiona & Ella have gotten a little bit taller and that much cuter. It was super fun to spend the afternoon in one of their favorite hang out spots, Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes. The girls had so much fun with their parents and really knew how to work the camera.

I just love how Albert is looking at how beautiful his wife is. Oh my gosh Susan, you are gorgeous! Albert, you are one blessed man! The girls had a little tea party in the park. Oh what fun! Three beautiful ladies.  Fiona, you are so precious. I just want to hug you right now.
Ella, you are girl after my own heart. You love to read and practice my favorite yoga move.  I think this might have to be my favorite photo from the whole shoot. Love! To the Yoon Family, Merry Christmas! Thanks for letting me photograph your family year after year. It’s an honor to photograph your children as they grow up.

There were so many good photos from this shoot that I have to include a slideshow! Enjoy how darling these pictures are.

  • Gail - November 30, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness I just ADORE these!!!!! Those names? Fionna and Ella are just SO sweet! I love their tights too! I think the tea party shot is my fave!

  • Susan Yoon - November 30, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Amber! We LOVE and ADORE the photos!! Thanks for getting us all teary this morning – you’ve made our family feel extra special! These are truly shots that we can cherish for our lifetime. Um… how do we choose? That seems almost impossible! :)

  • Noelle - November 30, 2010 - 8:52 am

    wow! These are beautiful! This family is gorgeous too! I’m absolutely in love with that champagne colored dress.

  • Tira J - November 30, 2010 - 9:03 am

    Great images Amber! You captured this family so well. Images they will cherish forever.

  • Holly Gratner - November 30, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Sooooo Goooood!!! As always!

  • Coryn - November 30, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    What a photogenic family! My favorites are the one photo with the two little girls sitting on the grass with the tea set, the one with the oldest daughter reading a book by the big teddy bear, and the one photo with the husband and wife in front of a painting or mural…..very nice pictures!!!!

  • Christina - November 30, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Love all of these, the two book themed ones are my favorite as I’m a bit of a bookworm too :)

  • Stephanee - November 30, 2010 - 9:52 pm


  • Jessica - December 2, 2010 - 10:03 am

    Ok, this is my favorite family session of yours ever. Its awesome. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Fantastic work!! I’m so digging the fisheye.. you really DO need it!

  • Nancy - December 7, 2010 - 3:32 am

    Gorgeous photos Amber, as always. Love the one with the teddy bear, my fave too. ;) I’ve been thinking of using vimeo for slideshows too, it seems pretty easy.

In all the holiday rush of buying your holiday gifts, don’t forget to send out Christmas cards. We all want to have the holiday card that is so good that our friends keep it hung on their refrigerator for months. I want to be that friend that gets that honor, right?!

So if your picture is going to be up all year long, it has to have a good design. Check out this gallery to see all my fun holiday card designs and just imagine your beautiful family in one!

And while we’re it, if you haven’t had a professional take your family photo for a while, lets  go out and take some pictures! Let me capture your family during this slice of time, so you can remember how cute you all look together.

  • Lisa Dabbs - November 27, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Amber…I love these! So excited about ordering ours! xo

  • Jaqueline - November 30, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Love the design for these.

Over the past year, John and I have been looking for a house. This long process has been made easy and fun because we have the best realtors EVER! John and Edie are an awesome team to work with, so I was so excited when they asked me to photograph their family for their annual Christmas portraits.

Edie is a tiger of a realtor. She’s always on the offensive, getting stuff done. And she has this gorgeous elegance that the camera really loves. What a looker.

John looks at every nook and cranny, making sure we’re getting a good deal and there aren’t any surprises (he has this dad-like vibe that makes you feel safe).

I was so impressed with their daughter Emily. For as young as she is, she is so mature and well put together. As you can see from the photos below, that sophistication shines through the camera lens!

With a nice cool breeze in the air and the gorgeous yellow leaves, Fall is finally here. These gorgeous Aspen like trees reminded them of their old home in Colorado.  They really knew how to strike a pose! I really love the softness of this photograph.  The animal to the right of Edie represents the tiger in her!
Edie and John, you raised a beautiful daughter.  This photo made them so excited! John started celebrating the republican party and insisted on taking their picture beneath it. Heh, heh. I guess it’s like a family coat of arms or crest. Emily got this cute little doggie for her 13 birthday and she named her Madeline Charlotte. Seven years later, she is truly one of the family.  And I have to end on my favorite shot of the whole day. I love everything about this photo! 

Thanks for giving me the honor of capturing your beautiful family. As our realtors, you have helped us find our dream home and I hope we can raise a family as blessed as yours in that home.

  • Blair Van Bussel - November 23, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    Beautiful job Amber!!

  • Jessica - November 23, 2010 - 9:12 pm

    very very cute.

I LOVE senior sessions! One of the reasons I love working with seniors or high schoolers in general is that they keep me in fashion. I never have to guess what’s in style, I just have to look at my students. I do admit though, that I was a year too late with the whole skinny jean phenomenon.

Here are some of my favorite outfits for a senior session. Hip, fun and totally stylish!

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  • Blair Van Bussel - November 19, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Ummm can I do a senior session!? ;) I would love any of these outfits!

  • Karen ReVelle - November 19, 2010 - 11:09 am

    hi amber! this is the first time in a while I’ve had a chance to catch up and see your what-to-wear friday. super-cute! btw — i used to work for wet seal headquarters… so I doubly-approve of your selections! I even (still) know the people who take those pix of the clothes on mannequin and prep ‘em for the web! I especially love the cute lil colorful dress!

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