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

If you are anything like me, I have the hardest time getting ready for work in the morning. I wake up all groggy and stand in front of my closet bleary eyed deciding what to wear.  I can often stand there for five minutes before I finally put an outfit together. For a photo shoot, I can only imagine, even wide awake, how long someone might fret about what to wear. Hopefully this guide will make it a bit easier.

   
  • Gail - October 29, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Ummmm…can I just say I LOVE THIS FEATURE?!!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!! You’re brilliant! (and I’m inspired!)

  • Peyton Cooke - October 29, 2010 - 7:22 am

    Love this!!
    And I love her outfit!

    Now I want to go shopping!!

  • Jaqueline - November 3, 2010 - 12:14 am

    This is such a cool idea. I love it. So different and so cute.

Noelle and Chandra are absolutely adorable! I have to say, if Fullerton were to have a cutest sister contest, these girls would win! I had so much fun taking pictures of these too, because they really knew how to work the camera and find the light.

As the older sister, Noelle is Ms. Fashionista and caught the eye of many passersby on the streets of Downtown Fullerton. Her laugh is contagious and she is simply one of the funniest girls I know. With her kind heart, Noelle wants to be a nurse and serve the sick of this world. I know that one day she will be sprucing up the plain nurses outfits for a more fashionable Noelle version while saving lives at the same time.

Noelle’s younger sister Chandra is ADORABLE! She’s currently a junior at Rosary High School and is as cute as can be. With an Irish background, her strawberry blond hair and freckles make her the cutest girl EVER! With a bright spirit and gorgeous smile, the camera just loved her!

I don’t know what is more beautiful, Chandra or this light?! I think you can agree, Chandra would look good in any light!
Noelle, you are so gorgeous I CANNOT handle it!
The girls brought these cool vintage Schwinn’s to the photo shoot. So much fun!
Chandra, do you even know how beautiful you are?!
Work it ladies! You know how to do this.
We found the perfect spot along the Fullerton Loop for some fall colors. 
Um, this might be my favorite from the whole shoot. 
Noelle, you are hot! 
Thanks for a fun day ladies. I hope you love these pictures as much as I do.

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  • Gail - October 25, 2010 - 7:19 am

    Oh my goodness..you weren’t kidding! They really ARE the cutest sisters! I couldn’t imagine having children that beautiful! Nice work Amber!

  • Noelle - October 25, 2010 - 8:01 am

    OH MY GOSH!!!! These are amazing!!! My sister is so beautiful, thank you for capturing us together! It was so much fun!

  • KrisD Mauga - October 25, 2010 - 8:51 am

    I love the location!!!! I forgot about this place- I had some friends get married here… the girls are adorable!!!! Fabulous job- love the shadows!!!

  • Lisa Dabbs - October 25, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Very lovely! Hoping you can make 50 somethings look just as adorable! :)

  • Jessica - October 25, 2010 - 9:37 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!! These are fantastic! That photo of Noelle with the fuzzy hoodie is so gorgeous! I love it! Fantastic work Amber! So anthro ;)

  • Holly Gratner - October 25, 2010 - 10:12 am

    Super Cute! I live in Fullerton, but I don’t have a cute sister. I don’t think me and my brother would work for this. Beauties for sure.

  • Cathy - October 25, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Amber,
    Oh my gosh
    Thank you Thank you
    You caught both of my girls BEATIFULLY . I just want to hug you,
    I want to share them with everyone. What a special talent you have.
    Can I buy them ALL? Amazing Amazing

  • Noelle - October 25, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    OH MY GOSH AMBER,
    They are BEAUTIFUL…….. Thank you Thank you for capturing my beautiful daughters on film. You have a WONDERFUL gift. Did I say Thank You Thank you, can I buy them all…. I want to share them with everyone.
    They had so much fun shooting these.
    Love them Love them
    Cathy (The Mom)

  • Emily Ivey - October 25, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    gosh what a gorgeous set! I particularly like the woodsy ones. Beautiful light.

  • Nancy - October 25, 2010 - 2:18 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! So darling and the fall light was perfect on this day.

    Is this the parks or rosecrans trail?

  • Jessica Ostroff - October 25, 2010 - 5:32 pm

    Amazing as always!

  • Cheryl - October 25, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! These are amazing!!

  • Christopher Arnold - October 25, 2010 - 6:25 pm

    Wow! These are fantastic! Looks like a fun time!

  • Araceli - October 25, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    The sisters and their family will be talking about these pictures forever. What wonderful gift!

  • Marj G. - October 25, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    What beautiful sisters! You captured them wonderfully. Lovely, lovely! Love the outdoor look with the trees, leaves, and light. You too are talented. These girls are just as beautiful inside as they are outside.

    Marj (The very proud Grandma)

  • Tracy - October 26, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    Gorgeous work Amber! Love these! :)

  • Janet Mosikian - October 27, 2010 - 7:49 pm

    Amber,
    Your work is sooooo good. You make these girls look do natural and comfortable which makes the picture even more special. Beautiful work!
    Janet

The most popular question I get before a photo shoot always centers around the subject of what to wear. Considering I love clothes and have way too many of them, this is a topic that I love to blog about.

When the typical person thinks about what to wear to a family photo shoot, they think white button down shirts and blue jeans. Boo! Let’s erase that idea from our minds and remember that was the picture that we all took in 1985. Fast forward to 2010 and this decade of portraits is all about reflecting your personality through what you wear, accenting your outfit with fun accessories and coordinating similar colors amongst the family members. Have fun with your clothes! Remember, this picture is going to be over the fireplace for a long time, so lets like what we are actually wearing in the shot. Be real, be YOU!

   
  • One Shot Beyond - October 22, 2010 - 10:16 am

    very cool Amber!

  • Jen Johnson - October 22, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Love that dress!!!

  • Katie - October 22, 2010 - 10:41 am

    This is an awesome post and a great idea! You are so stylish and cute. I LOVE putting outfits together. I want to do something similar! Always good to see where you shop, too, girl :)

  • michelle cunningham - October 22, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    this is brilliant amber!

I LOVE John’s family.  Even though John’s four siblings are all grown up, my in laws still enjoy doing all the things the kids did growing up. So yes, that means we still decorate Easter eggs, carve pumpkins and sing happy birthday to Jesus.

This past weekend the whole family went to the pumpkin patch and picked out the perfect pumpkin. We had one mission in mind — to carve the best pumpkin. Everyone searched high and low through the corn maze and the sunflower forest and the freaky scarecrows and the vast pumpkin fields for the best possible one. One with a flat face, perfectly round, not too scarred, and not too pricey.

We finally found a great one — though not the huge one that John had to hoist up for a pic! (that was way expensive — we’re talking $80. Not to mention we have no place to store it).

Then we went back to the house and carved them up. John’s brother and sister-in-law brought their special pumpkin carving tools (very precise instruments. They’re such the professionals). And we dug in and made some amazing pumpkins.

Also, the flame you see jumping out of the flame-eyed pumpkin at the end? That came from packing the insides with tissue paper soaked in lighter fluid. Did we need the lighter fluid? Of course not. Did my husband and brother-in-laws want the lighter fluid? Absolutely.

I heard there was a pumpkin shortage this year. I think they are all at this place!
This beauty was the one we took home.
There was a contest going on of who could design the best scarecrow. It was supposed to be designed by elementary school students, but obviously dad helped out with this one. 
I love that my man can pick up a ridiculously huge pumpkin. Argh!
John got a little inspiration for his design. 
So which pumpkin design do you like the most? You be the judge!

   
  • Nancy - October 21, 2010 - 7:51 am

    How fun that his parents still keep those traditions.

    Personally, I love the last one with the funky grin/teeth. ;)

  • Noelle - October 21, 2010 - 8:27 am

    Ooooh, great photos! As for the pumpkin, I like that far right one, clever.

  • How fun Amber! This place looks so cute! We for sure need to take Jordan there next year!! :)

  • JERRiCA KAY - October 21, 2010 - 11:55 am

    the farthest on to the right is oober cute<3

  • Jessica - October 21, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    great post! I adore October, and pumpkins, and the smell of seeds baking… aahhhhh fall!! Beautiful photos love!

  • Katie - October 21, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    So cute! I like the farthest right one, so cute!

  • Laura Jane - October 21, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    AH! So cute! LOVE these pictures, and I particularly love the filter effect on the first photo of the Scarecrow Valley sign. Spooky!

    I also vote for the one on the far right :) Cute!

  • One Shot Beyond - October 22, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Such a fun fall post! I love these colors and your pumpkin looks perfect!

  • Christina - October 22, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    Jealousy here … no good pumpkin patches for me to puruse here … or sunflowers … so I’ll enjoy them vicarously through you :)

For seven years I was involved in the most amazing group of artists: Arts and Entertainment Ministries (AEM). There are cinematographers, producers, directors, painters, photographers (of course!), writers, actors, comedians, musicians, spoken-word artists, poets, sculptors, dancers. Et cetera, Et cetera. You name the artistry, there is someone who practices it in the group. And we’d get together weekly and talk about art and how it related to our faith, or discuss a movie, or talk about a writer. It was just so encouraging to be part of a body of people all making stuff together.

Even more importantly that the artistic encouragement, I met my husband there. We went to Whole Foods together and then showed up at the group together and someone said (who knew us both separately), “Oh, do you two want to sit together?” (So in addition to all the artists, there were a few people practicing the fine art of “matchmaking.”) He was a writer and we hit it off splendidly talking about art in that group. When we got married, Joel and Mich (below), who run the arts program, gave us great advice about marriage too.

Well, once a year AEM showcases some faith-based art from around the world, and for the last seven years, I’ve documented the performance with my sharp eye and quick lens. Enjoy the pictures below, and if you can, go to the artists’ web sites — they have some incredible work.

It takes a huge team of volunteers to get this event to happen and here are some of my favorite volunteers.
Kengsen Chong flew all the way from Malaysia to be a part of the evening!
Kevin Rolly is one of those cool guys who lives in the downtown artist community of the Brewery and uses a hybrid of traditional photography with oil painting. 
Yolanda Tolentino‘s voice melts like butter and Jeffrey Travis is an awesome filmmaker of short films and animated shorts. 
Travis’ Flatland: The Movie is currently being reworked into an IMAX 3-D film and is definitely a must see film. 
Yolanda’s voice was BEAUTIFUL and you can just see how in the moment she is. Love it!
I love when I get to take a picture of someone taking a picture. It makes my lens happy.
Kelda played an awesome set of poppy meets alternative rock piano based music. She was awesome!
Aaron Blez was straight up hysterical. I LOVED his poetry and his dry sense of humor.
I was so excited to see One Truth come back for a second year. With a hip hop vibe, this guy preaches it! If want to know what it means to live a life of faith, listen to his music and don’t be surprised when you find yourself dancing.
For the last section of the evening, Joel interviewed the artists about their process and inspiration for their art.
And for other’s who were in the show, make sure to check out the hysterical Kristen Weber, the filmmaker of one of the most thought provoking films I have seen for a long time, Steven Holloway, the abstract painters, William Butler, Jennifer Kimbrough and Glen LaMar.

Martin Buber once said “Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road it’s self.”


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  • Michelle Pelsue - October 25, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    Amber, is an incredible photographer, always professional and her work is always the highest of quality. We have been blessed to have her cover the show for many years and we are NEVER disappointed, always surprised with the large number of amazing shots, captured!

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