Aimee & Brandon - Mountain Meadow Maternity Photos

When a gallery is THIS pretty how in the world is a photographer supposed to pick "just a few" favorites for a blog post? Yeah, not possible! Actually, I had the same "problem" (and I use that term loosely here) when I was editing the gallery. I'm known for turning out crazy large galleries because I love all the images so much. But this one was a record breaker. Far and away the largest portrait gallery I've turned out yet. Because I LOVE them all!

What's funny about that is that this is not at all where or how this session was planned. Since it has been so nasty and smoky around Redding we had planned to head North to one of my favorite hidden spots. But half way there a blanket of smoke thicker than the afternoon coastal fog rolled in and I just knew it wasn't going to work out. So I pulled off the interstate and called Aimee and Brandon. She was definitely disappointed we weren't going to be able to go there. But thankfully they trusted me when I suggested that we turn back and head East out of town towards Lassen. 

Until a couple of years ago I used to live up in that area and I'm very familiar with all the good spots to shoot. So I chose one of my favorite hidden locations and we spent about two hours exploring and having a good time.


Dani D specializes in fine art style portraits of seniors, expectant mothers, newborn babies and children. Based in Redding, CA she also serves the greater north state area of California including Chico, Red Bluff, Anderson, Mount Shasta and Cottonwood. If you would like to schedule a session for your growing family please click here.

Connor - Posed Newborn Portraits

I'd like you to meet sweet baby Connor. This session is one that I probably won't ever forget, but probably not for the reasons you might think.

You see, while we had planned his newborn photo session for a couple of months it almost didn't happen. His birth went fine and all was well with him and his momma. But the night before the session was scheduled our little city of Redding was hit with a devastating wildfire. The Carr fire has destroyed nearly 200,000 acres and over 1000 homes.  

My home and studio weren't far from the evacuation lines and we were all fearful that the worst would come. But thankfully all turned out ok! Our vehicles and the farm were completely covered in ash and burnt cinders, but no damage. So a couple of days later Connor's parents were able to bring him by for his session.

Connor was awake and active when he arrived. But he couldn't resist all of my tricks for getting babies to sleep! Once I got him settled in he slept like a rock for the rest of his session.


Dani D specializes in fine art style portraits of seniors, expectant mothers, newborn babies and children. Based in Redding, CA she also serves the greater north state area of California including Chico, Red Bluff, Anderson, Mount Shasta and Cottonwood. If you would like to schedule a session for your growing family please click here.

Aizen - Redding Newborn Photographer

I'm on a roll blogging away this morning! Next up is this super adorable little dude, Aizen Kane. Just look at that sweet smile! Awwwwweeee he's killing me with cuteness!