The Lemon Grove Session

These last couple of months, I have met some pretty awesome women. They are strong, they are gorgeous, they are fun, and they are NOT afraid to have their picture taken. It doesn’t get any better than that.

In April, my friend Annalisa asked if I would be interested in playing a part in a Mother’s Day surprise for her mom, Judy. Of course, I was super excited to be included in the big plan. Anna and her sisters (5 of them altogether) decided to get all the sisters together (including flying one of them over from Texas), surprising Mom with her unexpected guest and then holding a weekend of activities that centered around all 6 of these women being together. I was scheduled to meet them on Friday morning for a photoshoot that would commemorate the occasion.

When Anna and I first started talking about where to have the session, we initially agreed on a nature preserve near her house. When she mentioned that her parents’ house was backed by a large lemon grove, I immediately changed the location. IT WAS SOOOOOO AWESOME!!! I cannot stress how much fun it was to hang out with this close-knit family and watch them just be together. Of course, there was a lot of laughing… but there were also moments when I saw these amazing emotional connections between mother and daughter and between the sisters. It was so cool. Plus, that lemon grove is my new favorite place to shoot. Bonus!

It was so difficult to narrow down my favorite images, but here a few…

One of the requests was to get a couple of photos of Mom and Dad together as they are about to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary!

Then Dad was asked to kindly go keep himself busy while the women got down to business! HA! (BTW, Dad is a super talented Master Sculptor who crafts everything from beautiful bowls to modern art. I loved checking out all the work displayed in his home – amazing!)

You didn’t think I would miss out on getting the lemons in the photos, did you? I didn’t think so…

This was about the time the Lemon Fight started. Yikes!

Dad wanted in on the fun. This shot cracks me up.

Thank you so much to Judy, Rana, Kaia, Emily, Carol, and Al. And of course, thank you to Annalisa for setting up the session and showing me my new favorite place to shoot. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.Â:)

Bonnie Brookshire - these are fabulous, Deann! what an obviously awe-inspiring family! Your work makes me sit here and constantly try and come up with reasons to employ you to take our portraits … you’re that dang good!

Anna - AWESOME!!! Deann, you’re the best!! Thank you so much for posting these. So wonderful!! Indeed that one with my Dad waving is great, its totally him. He loves his girls.

carol bright - they are incredible… the lemon fight one is the best… i love anna’s “that was mean, yet hilarious” laughing expression.
it was a great day and your pictures do show it.
thanks.
i will be keeping you in my books for future photo sessions
=)

claire - WOW, these are amazing! i wish i had a lemon grove in my backyard!

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San Diego Newborn Photographer // Marlene » San Diego Photographer – Deann B. Photography - [...] Annalisa, has a beautiful family.  I had a great time photographing her parents and sisters in a lemon orchard and I was thrilled to spend time with her and her boys (even you, Geoff!) at a nature preserve in [...]

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