Best Of: Family Portrait Photography

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We’ve all been there – you’re at (enter big-box-photo-studio-name), the kid running the place is making minimum wage and could care less how your photos turn out – and in fact has no idea how the equipment he’s using works. Your little ones are melting down, your smiles are forced, and “Pop!” the memory is captured forever. The first photo shoot experience for many families is typically bad enough that they don’t attempt it again for a long time, if ever. This is a travesty, because there are tons of independent photographers in the Bay Area that will not only create great photos of you and your kids, but can make the whole experience a fun one.

I have three kids of my own, so I know that those first five minutes are critical, so I am prepared to get the “money” shots up front. That way if things start going downhill, we’ve got the essential shots and everything else is gravy. I really enjoy interacting with kids, and feel like I have a knack for working with them. I’m not too bad with adults, either, and yes – I know all the tricks about how to minimize your actual age 🙂

This gallery contains my favorite family photos from this past year (2013) in chronological order, January to December. Sorry if you didn’t make the cut – there’s only so much room in this gallery. In the caption of each photo is the location – just in case you’re looking for inspiration for where to have your family photos taken!

Please feel free to comment at the bottom, I’d love to hear from you.

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About Chris (GoodEye)
Chris Schmauch thinks your family rocks, and would love to capture some truly precious memories of you and your little ones (or big ones!). From families with their first newborn, to multigenerational huge get-togethers, Chris is up to the task. Based in Santa Cruz, but traveling all over the Bay Area and beyond, consider taking advantage of Chris’ talent to capture the memories before it’s too late (Hint: it’s never too late).
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2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Westlake Park, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Lighthouse Field and Its/Dog Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Its / Dog Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Hidden Beach Park, Aptos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Campbell Park, Campbell, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Campbell Park, Campbell, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Vasona Park, Los Gatos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Santana Row, San Jose, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Four Mile Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Four Mile Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Natural Bridges State Park / Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Natural Bridges State Park / Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes Beach, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes Beach, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes Beach, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes Beach, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Capitola Beach, Capitola, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Blacks / Twin Lakes Beach, Santa Cruz, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: At the groundbreaking for their new home, Morgan Hill, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Hidden Beach, Aptos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Hidden Beach, Aptos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Pajaro Dunes, Watsonville, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Rio Del Mar / Seacliff Beach, Aptos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Stewart’s Cove, Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

This photo of me (Chris Schmauch) and my family was taken by my friend and fellow photographer Kurt Kemling @ Castillos Winery in Morgan Hill, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Location: Seacliff / Cement Ship Beach, Aptos, California

2013 Best Of - Family Portrait Photos - Santa Cruz - Bay Area - By Chris Schmauch www.GoodEyePhotography.com

Photo Shoot Locations: Henry Cowell State Park, Felton, California / Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, California

 

Looking for a creative family portrait photographer with mad-little-kid skills? San Francisco / Bay Area Family Portrait Photographer Chris Schmauch captures sweet family moments like no other! Call (831) 216-6210 or fill out this nifty contact form (for serious inquiries only). 

If you haven’t already, feel free to review our portfolio site, browse past real families, follow our business on Facebook (like us while you’re at it!), or read our awesome Yelp reviews

 

Oh, if you got this far, I’ve got a BONUS for you. Just mention you saw this post, and I’ll DOUBLE my print credit from any family portrait package you book with me in 2014! 

 

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