One of my most "famous" families... / by Julie Cruz

Yes, you know them. The family that shot in their front yard on a bed, surrounded by ponies, goats, a pig, dogs, etc. The family that dressed up in the retro (polka dot/red) outfits and shot with their rad orange/cream truck. The family that shot in their front yard with the rad tire swing. The family that shot with the horse. The family that I shot the "car wash" shots with (just the girls). The family that jumped in the pool with all of their clothes on at the end of one of their sessions! This wonderful family is always up for my crazy ideas and never blinks an eye at anything I suggest....and on top of that...they are gorgeous, so they are such a perfect "model family" for me. Now if you're newer to my blog, they might look familiar to you for other reasons. If you've ever been to THE best breakfast spot in San Diego (yep, they won AGAIN for 2013!!), Mama Kat's Restaurant & Pie Shop, well then that's why ;) So on top of being an amazing couple, they make some kick ass food and pies! I loved this location I shot at a few weeks ago, and wanted to go back, with a vintage car/truck, and since this family has a few, I knew they'd be up for it. Again, not posting any "everyone looking/smiling" shots (my faves are always the lifestyle/fun shots, so I usually rarely blog any of those types of shots anyway) so that I don't ruin holiday cards, but here are some of my faves from the shoot. Oh and yes, I know i'm a "family photographer", but Mike and Kristen are always so awesome and natural to shoot together that it *almost* makes me think about shooting engagement/couple shoots.... but then I remind myself that not every couple has this chemistry (especially with a camera around) AND good looks ;) Oh and yes, I don't even TELL them to kiss this much, they just DO! To good not to shoot...

The sun disappeared behind the mountain quickly after that (didn't mention it above, but we had originally planned to bring the truck to the shoot, but had some technical difficulties, so luckily we had "The Chief" (Pontiac) (which honestly ended up being probably even more awesome!), but had to stop and get gas, so it set us behind schedule a little bit, so we pretty much rushed through this session like nobody's business haha), but we used up every last drop....

...and of course Mike and I had to mess with Kristen ;) hahahaaaa....

On the ride home (in pretty much dark), I snapped this one of Mike driving "The Chief"...