Celebrating Fifty with Beautiful Portrait and Boudoir Photographs! by StudioR Santa Cruz

Portrait photography is an empowering way to celebrate any personal milestone, like a fiftieth birthday!

Photography often appears, and sometime is, just focused on external beauty. However, in my experience as a professional photographer, outer beauty only truly shines when we connect with our inner beauty. This is our radiant, timeless, true selves.

Boudoir photography, in particular connects us with our inner beauty. It pushes us towards an edge where we may feel vulnerable and insecure. At this edge we dig deeper into our own being for courage. And since courage brings us closer to our true selves than our insecurity does, more of who we really are is projected outwards. We let our soul shine through!

This a deeper experience of being present in our bodies and so it feels empowering.  It is also the place where age really is just a number, and our beauty is eternal.

Here are some photos from a recent portrait session, in celebration of my client turing fifty and fabulous!

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The Proposal! And She Said …………….

During the wintertime I had the great honor of photographing my client’s proposal!

As a photographer you do pretty much anything to get the shot!  Without hesitation, off came my shoes and socks so I could wade through the freezing cold, calf-deep water, over to the tide pool area at Natural Bridges State Park.  There I tried hard to look inconspicuous as I prepared to take candid pictures of my client’s proposal.  I was very grateful for the help of some by-standers, a Mom and two young girls. They became my “clients” so I could remain incognito, as we waited for my “real client” to select just the right spot for the big moment!



You can guess by their faces that she said YES!

To celebrate their love I wanted to include a verse or a poem. My absolute favorite verse on the topic of love is St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians. It’s wisdom inspires my soul.  However the simplicity and innocence of the short poem below, feels divinely appropriate for this post. It appears to have been written by a 4th grade student for school. The sentiments expressed are ageless and timeless.

Wishing my clients a lifetime of happiness together! May your engagement images always remind you to seek love and you will naturally find ways to bridge your differences…


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Newborn Photography by StudioR Santa Cruz

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” — Eda J. Le Shan.

I recently had the honor of photographing this beautiful newborn family!



I’m certain this little guy was smiling in the family photo!

“When an adult gives birth to her first child,  she also gives birth to a parent.”  — Carol Orsborn    (Two parents actually!)




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Pregnancy Beach Photos in Santa Cruz

“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.”
— Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

Pregnancy/Maternity Beach Portrait

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Change of Perspective

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

When I first found my amazing studio space in Santa Cruz, I had a slight feeling of disappoint by the aesthetics of the surrounding outdoor area.  My studio is behind an antique store, in a block of units owned by a construction company.  There’s many different colored trailers around the parking lot and all sorts of “stuff.”  At one time there was even an old rusty VW that looked like it had been dumped.

The location of my studio and the inside space was so perfect that I decided to focus on what was good about the studio and let go of my worry about the outdoor space.  Although I must admit that I secretly hoped that one day the outdoor area would all be cleaned up!

After a few weeks, as I settled into the space, I began to look at all the “stuff” outside through a different lens —  so to speak.  At first I was just looking at the big picture, like with a wide angled lens and seeing just a pile of junk.  Then I started looking at things more individually like I was using a telephoto lens. As I looked closer I began seeing the inherent beauty that each item held and imagining how I could use it in my work.

Here’s what resulted as I changed the way I was viewing things.

This is the very cool VW!  Eventually it did get taken away and that was a very sad day for me.  However, a few lucky people have some very unique portraits!

Then there’s the trailers!  There’s green, orange, blue/gray, white and black!  They make for great backdrops!  The green is my favorite.

I like the orange one too, and I love how the black one is reflective!

Here’s a few other backdrops I found! I love how the chain link fencing matches Jessica’s coat.

The surrounding buildings have walls and doors of all different colors: teal, red and purple. Here’s couple of more shots!

Now days I absolutely love the diversity I can find just a few steps away from my door. I feel very grateful that I was able to see and appreciate the beauty right in front of me.  I just needed to change the lens I was looking through. 🙂

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Pregnancy / Maternity Photography in Santa Cruz

“The two most beautiful sights I have witnessed in my life are a full blown ship at sail and the round-bellied pregnant female.” –Benjamin Franklin.

Pregnancy lasts just a short time in our lives, and generally happens just a few times.  A professional portrait session is a wonderful way to embrace the beauty of pregnancy and the incredible changes it brings to your body.  As well as to celebrate the miracle of life.

You might yearn for a portrait like the one below but may feel quite shy about being photographed in such an intimate way.  The model in the photograph below is actually wearing nude underwear, so this can help you to feel more comfortable.

There are many options for different clothing and fabrics to create beautiful pregnancy portraits.  Being photographed together with your partner is another amazing and connecting way capture this time!

Whatever your style and comfort level is, I can help you to create a beautiful portrait, as a lasting reminder of this special time and something that will be enjoyed for many years to come!

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