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

During this time of year one of the most frequented questions I get from my clients is always in regards to what to wear to their family portrait session.

For years and years the whole family would wear jeans and a white button down shirt for their family portrait. That was so 1985!

Fast forward to 2010 and it’s all about coordinating your wardrobes around a color palette. Everyone still looks good standing next to each other, but now each family member can show off their own personality through what they are wearing.

  • Shanda - November 12, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Hi Amber!!! Love your What to Wear Friday posts! You have a great sense of style!

Lisa has been wanting to do a family portrait session for a long time now and I am so excited that she took advantage of my mini portrait special. The day was predicted to be rainy, but God gave us clouds that acted as a giant soft-box, making perfect, glowing light. We headed down to the streets of Uptown Whittier and had a little fun with my camera.

If you can’t tell from his muscular physique, Randy is an all-around handy guy. Not only is he super nifty at building things like cabinets, he’s also so strong he can also nearly heave his wife into the air (see picture below!)

Photographing married couples is one of my favorite things to photograph. So often us married folk get awesome wedding photos, but never get professional photos taken after that. So it’s always fun to see them rekindle their love in front of the lens.

Don’t they have the most inviting smiles?!
Lisa & Randy have been married for only 7 years and they still flirt like they are dating. 
Their love literally made me a little woozy. 
Randy is super suave and I can totally see why Lisa fell in love with him. 
I can just hear Lisa’s adorable laugh in this photo. And can you just see how much fun Randy is having?
Thank you for letting me into your lives today. I love that you are not just clients, you are friends!

I also made this a short animation video of these two love birds. Enjoy!

Randy & Lisa: Whittier Beloved Session from Amber Fox Photo on Vimeo.

If you want to see more beloved sessions, check out my sweet love portfolio.

  • Katie - November 10, 2010 - 7:04 am

    They are so cute! I loooove the black and white one toward the end where they are sitting on the grass!

  • Kaysha - November 10, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Such a cute couple!! Their happiness just radiates!! Great job!

  • Emily Ivey - November 10, 2010 - 9:59 am

    Great job, Amber! Gosh, I need me a Sweet Love session!

  • Blair Van Bussel - November 10, 2010 - 11:27 am

    I love that they took these pictures “just because”! You did a great job with these fun locations, and I LOVE the cute little video! :)

  • Jessica - November 10, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    darling. I LOVE this location… so beautiful, so fun!

  • Araceli - November 10, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    They are sweet. I think I met this lady at the Shakespeare Festival last year. She was so nice.

  • Lisa Dabbs - November 12, 2010 - 7:19 am

    We just LOVED this mini photo session…it was so much fun! Amber your work is just simply amazing! You capture the essence of the people you photograph in a very special way. I’ve not seen this with other photographers. Loved that you had us tell our “love story” and that you use this as a foundation for your sessions. Can’t wait to see them all! Love you, Lisa and Randy

Sometimes during a session I get goose bumps or I shed a tear. During this session, I did both. And not because I was cold or because I dropped my lens, but because I got to see a glimpse of the incredible love a couple has for each other. After 11 years of marriage, Claudia & Zach still love each other like crazy and are looking HOT for the camera!

This session was a gift from a former client, Araceli to her best friend Claudia. I asked her to write a few words to surprise Claudia & Zach.

“Claudia & Zach,

I met my best friend, Claudia, sixteen years ago when we were in our ‘roaring’ twenties.  We’ve had an amazing journey together, creating strong bonds and priceless memories along the way. Truly, she is an amazing human being and her long list of friends attests to her friendly and selfless nature.  (And did I mention she is so darn creative?).  She and her husband, Zach, have been married for eleven years now and have been blessed with two beautiful boys, Mason and Connor.  Claudia’s cheerful, positive outlook on life, her strength as a Christian wife and mother and her willingness to take on anything that life deals her, has been tremendously inspiring to me.

Last month, when she turned 40, I decided to give her a gift that was equally as priceless as the precious friendship she had blessed me with.  A photo session with Amber Fox, of course!  I wanted her to have a few photos that would capture that perfect shot between her and Zach; the history of the journey they had taken and the hope of what lies ahead.  Best of all, I wanted Amber to capture the essence of being forty, and fabulous!  Way to go, Amber, you rock!”

I can’t believe you guys are 40! Claudia, you’re one HOT mama and you’re married to a super handsome husband. Grrr!
This is the moment when I asked each of them to communicate their love for one another through touch. Watching this I got goose bumps. And I when I got home, I noticed my mascara had smeared, so I know I cried a little.  It was so beautiful to see their love for one another. 

Sometimes I have my clients jump and act silly for the camera.
And of course a good marriage is filled with laughter and having fun. 
Thanks for letting me into your lives today. You are a beautiful couple and your love is encouraging to me. God bless your marriage and your family.

If you want to see more beloved sessions, check out my sweet love portfolio.

  • Lisa Dabbs - November 8, 2010 - 7:23 am

    So precious…Love that you have amazing clients who are in their 40’s, and lookin’ Good! Take that all you 20 somethings! LOL

  • Jen Disney - November 8, 2010 - 8:17 am

    Beautiful. Well done friend!

  • Jaqueline - November 8, 2010 - 8:56 am

    very cute… love it

  • Araceli - November 8, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    I am boo-hooing right now! I love your work and when the subjects are two dear people so close to my heart, I can’t even describe in words what what I am feeling right now. Thank you for capturing life through your art.

  • Jessica - November 8, 2010 - 7:47 pm

    beautiful. so so sweet.

  • Claudia - November 8, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    Amber, you are an amazing artist. Thank you for capturing the essence of the bond and the love between Zach and I.
    These pictures are a true treasure to both he and I.
    Thank you to Araceli, my bff for this priceless gift.

This morning I seriously tried on four different pairs of pants and two skirts. I either have too many clothes, which is true, or it’s way too early in the morning to make any concrete decisions. If you are like me, use this morning’s inspiration guide to put your outfit together.

If you are one of my many family portrait clients, please refer to these guides as inspiration as to how to coordinate the colors you wear and how to look fashionable for that photo that is going to hang above your couch for the next 5 years.

  • Gail - November 5, 2010 - 8:07 am

    Where are the links for where to buy? I am DYING to know where I could get that dress! LOVE LOVE LVOE! This is such a great idea. I’ve said that before haven’t I? ;)

  • Nancy Azucar-Crawford - November 9, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    you have shown me a side of my sister and her husband I have never seen before. That love that they have for each other is amazing and you sure did capture it! thank you for sharing.
    Nancy Azucar-Crawford

One of my good photographer friends, Tracy had a baby.  So I went to Whittier Presbyterian Hospital today and I just HAD to snap a few shots while I was there. Welcome to the world baby Avery Nicole!

Avery was born on November 1 at 9:25 pm, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz and is a whopping 21 inches long!

Little Avery has jaundice so she has to get a little sun tan under a special light. Even though the colors are totally strange, I thought the photos looks super cool. 
Tracy & Bob, congratulations to being proud parents of a beautiful little girl! Holding this little one made me want to have one that much more. God bless you both!

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  • Wendy Valenzuela - November 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Such beautiful work Amber! precious…..

  • Katie - November 4, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    The blue light ones are AWESOME! You are so good. Constantly impressed :)

  • Derek - November 4, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    Seriously Fox! RAD pictures. The jaundice pics are awesome- the foot looks like an alien foot. Tell Tracy hi from the Frenzels and congrats!!!!

  • Sarah - November 4, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Great photos Amber. You’re time for a baby will be here before you know it.

  • Jen Disney - November 5, 2010 - 9:34 am

    So pretty! Great job Amber!

  • One Shot Beyond - November 8, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    she’s adorable! I can only imagine how elated the Norred family is!!!

  • Tracy - November 11, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Thank you for taking these Amber! I absolutely love them!! :)

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