We've been friends with the Bates family for quite sometime, in fact, some of you might remember the session I shot of Marianne with baby Tanner in her belly.When were just barely learning how to work a camera the Bates family let us shoot our first family portrait session with them way back in 2004 (man, I wish I had those images just laying around so I could blog them for everyone to see). We love the Bates family and are so thankful to call them friends. Justin and I met them when we first got married, in Pasadena. The friendship has grown since then and so have both of our families! Glad they still let me photograph them as the years pass by:).
My favorite shot of the day!
Also, a special thanks to Jessica Claire for lending me a helping hand that day, you're a good friend:).

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Feuza said:
Probably my favorite holiday session EVER! oh my Amelia, how do you do it!
(12.11.09 04:56 PM)
jackie wonders said:
holy cow...that family's unbelieveable! per usual, great images Amelia :)
(12.11.09 05:31 PM)
Rebecca said:
They have such great style! Beautiful.
(12.11.09 05:41 PM)
Beth said:
Gorgeous family. I love every single of these - I am sure you friends are over the moon! (wow I sound like my mom...). Seriously, if I ever can I coming to the west coast to have shoot of me and my kids :o) Beautiful work
(12.11.09 05:51 PM)
Briony said:
these are insanely awesome. every shoot just gets better and better. beautiful job!
(12.11.09 06:34 PM)
Jennifer O. said:
Awwwwesome shots!
(12.11.09 07:33 PM)
lroah said:
Wow. I simply must have you photograph my family sometime soon! These are gorgeous.
(12.11.09 07:47 PM)
yan palmer said:
this post makes me want the baby in my belly to be a boy so so so so so so bad (have two girls already). fun to check out some of your roots, your eye has always been amazing. i think my favorite is the second to last shot...or my favorite might be all of them.
(12.11.09 08:54 PM)
Brandon M Sweet said:
blam! Thats the sound my brain makes from being blown, especially by that first and last photograph. Amazing! Love the Tone's of the last one especially! -Brandon M Sweet
(12.12.09 07:19 AM)
Ellena van Tonder said:
Absolutely stunning!!!
(12.12.09 07:22 AM)
Katie Neal Photo said:
I think this is my fave family shoot you've done to date. They are gorgeous and the shots are phenomenal!
(12.12.09 08:57 AM)
Jeanette LeBlanc said:
I head over heels love your work, but this family shoot blows me away. Awesome, awesome. awesome.
(12.12.09 11:35 AM)
marianne said:
Amelia....I love these photos, but I love you more! I can't wait to plaster them everwhere. You really captured my kids personalities. It helps that they think you're awesome! Thanks again, and thanks internet world for all the lovely comments.
(12.12.09 03:54 PM)
brooke bowland said:
i want to take my family and jump into these photos. they are perfectly perfect. love.
(12.12.09 10:36 PM)
Angela Hubbard said:
simply GORGEOUS!
(12.12.09 11:09 PM)
Alexandra said:
What beautiful family portraits! I love the colors and the feel. Gorgeousssss!
(12.13.09 02:44 PM)
imthiaz houseman said:
love them. awesome set!
(12.14.09 10:20 AM)
Jenny Duffy said:
I LOVE these! The color is amazing!! Awesome!
(12.14.09 04:54 PM)
Travis Smith said:
Beautiful family. Inspirational work. You never cease to amaze!
(12.15.09 12:18 AM)
Stacey said:
Goodness gracious, I LOVE the use of RED!!!!! Such gorgeous photos and lighting... and people :-) Incredible!
(12.15.09 07:30 AM)
Emily said:
Beautiful family!! I love your processing... LOVE it.
(12.16.09 01:59 PM)
Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC said:
these are really amazing! wow! i would love some photos of my fam like these one day
(12.19.09 11:26 PM)
Carol Benesh said:
Such a darling family, such great photos! Is Tyler ever going to quit being irresistible?
(12.20.09 07:54 PM)
Paul said:
The chairs in the field are really beautiful and I love that last shot with the kids walking!
(12.21.09 11:12 PM)
irma said:
Where is this place located? It's a nice spot to just hang out. :)
(11.10.10 03:40 PM)