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Country inspired family portraits in San Luis Obispo

As a Central Coast family and portrait photographer I’ve had the privilege of photographing families coming together against some of the most picturesque backdrops California has to offer. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful family amidst the rolling hills and fields of golden light of San Luis Obispo’s countryside. I photographed Bonnie and Beau’s wedding at the beautiful Tiber Canyon Ranch over 12 years ago. Ever since they had their first child I’ve been documenting their family every year. It’s a joy to capture all the love of the wedding day and even more of a satisfaction to be a part of the couples growing families along the way.

Each year Bonnie selects a different theme, setting, clothing options, and locations on the Central Coast. For this session we all decided on a charming ranch nestled on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo in the Edna Valley. The expansive fields, majestic oak trees, and even a ranch horse photo bombed our session.

For anyone planning a family portrait session on the Central Coast I believe Bonnie and Beau’s family exemplifies how to have a successful time. Over the years a few things stand out to me. First, they plan well in advance, securing their date and formulating a theme, location, and setting. They’re wonderfully purposeful and intentional, yet flexible and spontaneous for each of our sessions.

Bonnie is wonderful at ordering clothes that match the theme and setting. Even with the work of getting all the kiddos ready and showing up on time, it always proves to be a fun-filled time with a lot of laughter and connection. Interacting naturally and not having unrealistic expectations with children is essential to a successful session, and Bonnie and Beau’s family does this so well.

It’s photographing families like this that remind me why I love what I do. If your looking to document your family’s journey amidst the natural beauty of the Central Coast, I would be honored to capture your story. Contact me to discuss how we can created timeless photographs that reflect the essence of your family.

Rustic family portraits at a ranch in San Luis Obispo
Whimsical family portraits at a ranch in San Luis Obispo
Portrait of young boy taken in San Luis Obispo
Outdoor family portraits in San Luis Obispo
Rustic family portraits taken in San Luis Obispo
Family portraits at a ranch in San Luis Obispo
Young girl and her dog photographed in San Luis Obispo
Family portraits of horse with mother and daughter in San Luis Obispo
Horse by a creek on a ranch in San Luis Obispo
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Paso Robles Elopement | Halter Ranch Winery David + Naomi

David and Naomi celebrated their love for one another with an intimate elopement wedding at Halter Ranch winery. The day started off with a wild winter storm along with hurricane force winds, heavy downpours, and several impassible roads with tree limbs scattered and downed power lines. Nevertheless, David and Naomi were the consummate troopers with incredible attitudes. They were determined to press through and celebrate their love for one another.

Their ceremony needed to be moved to Halter’s Victorian farmhouse at the last minute due to weather, which proved to be the perfect setting. Even though the rain never stoped we found fantastic locations in the Victorian garden, the underground wine caves, their historic barn, along with several other locations at this incredible Paso Robles winery.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Central Coast wine country, Halter Ranch has everything you would ever want for a small intimate elopement, to a large 200+ guest wedding. It’s the perfect blend of rustic elegance and natural beauty. Even with the rain and wind David and Naomi knew just what they wanted.

Margaret, the coordinator at Halter Ranch officiated the ceremony and Timothy, a fun loving Halter Ranch staff member drove us around in a four wheel jeep throughout the oak covered hills and winery grounds. The stormy day unfolded to be an amazing elopement full of life and love with a wonderful couple.

For anyone interested in a private and intimate elopement ceremony Halter Ranch is one of my top choices on the Central Coast. Secluded with a setting ensuring a peaceful and personal experience. They even have an airstrip on the property for those flying in with the personal plane. In fact David and Naomi were going to take advantage of this with their plane, however, due to the crazy weather it didn’t work out. They still made the best of it all and I was honored to be a part of their special day.

Bride and Groom at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles
Bride and groom portraits at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles
Bride and groom portraits at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles
Bride and groom portraits in a barn at Halter Ranch Winery
Halter Ranch Elopement portrait of bride and groom
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Paso Robles Family Portrait Session | Onyx Vineyard

Paso Robles is renowned for its scenic landscapes, including rolling vineyards, oak woodlands, and charming historic downtown areas. These settings provide a perfect backdrop for a family photo session, offering a mix of rustic elegance and natural beauty. It’s always a special time on the Central coast when the vineyard colors chance from green to a beautiful array of gold and yellows.

Paso robles family portraits
Family photo shoot in the paso robles vineyards
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Joshua Tree

Joshua tree.
Joshua tree and open sky.
The other earthly forms of Joshua tree.
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Krystal and Stephen | Holland Ranch Wedding

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Holland Ranch at sunset.Bride and Bridesmaids toasting during reception.
Venue: The Holland Ranch | Event Coordinator: Jaime Holland Strand | Makeup/Hair: Sammy Williams | Floral Design: FluidBloom | Caterer: Field To Table Events | Cake: Cakes by Judy | Videography: Surreal Weddings | Live Music: Matt Cross and the One Night Band | Photographer: David Pascolla Photography

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