Sacramento Area Family Portraits in Rustic Setting

I love studio work. I love the timeless feel of a baby on a neutral background, snuggled in blankets, and that the baby is the one and only focal point, as though in a spotlight. But I have to agree with my husband, who says that much of my very best work has been outdoors. This rustic outdoor session was a perfect setting for me to create beautiful portraits, and I was lucky to have this adorable little toddler and her parents to photograph.


This was the first photo shoot I had after spraining my ankle at 7 months pregnant (I’m pretty clumsy in general, so being pregnant tipped the scale against me). So there I was hobbling across this beautiful winery, chasing after a very active and spunky 2-year-old. She had the cutest voice and impressed me with her speaking skills. Compared to my own toddler she sounded like a kindergartener. 😀

I also loved how her mom dressed their family — the earthy tones of their outfits were a perfect compliment to the grounds of the winery.




Did I mention this kid’s personality? Such curiosity.


She looks so much like her daddy. 🙂

And of course, some family shots of the trio.

Outdoor-family-portrait-in-south-sacramento-areablack-and-white-family-lifestyle-photo-shoot-in-sacramento-areaBlack and whites are always stunning in their own way.

Remnants of rain, hazy light, adorable child — this one is a favorite of mine. <3 She looks like an angel baby here, a cherub, with her hair rimmed by the backlighting. 🙂


And a few more highlights from the session.


And the last photos from the evening. <3 I am so glad I didn’t put my camera away prematurely, as these were taken as we headed back to the parking lot.


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Julienne ratanasen is a family photographer serviing sacramento, elk grove, carmichael, & davis, ca, with beautiful, heartfelt imagery of families, maternity and newborn shoots, baby & child portraits, and mini sessions.

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