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This family session at the Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles could not have been more perfect.  I had been wanting to shoot at this location in LA since we moved to Orange County 5 years ago.  Seriously.  For real.  I had seen the concert hall in photos & from the car window as we drove by it but I had never been there.  When this mom contacted me for a family photo session telling me she didn’t really have a location in mind I knew it was the place.  She had offered to drive to OC and meet me anywhere I chose, but I just knew the Disney Concert Hall was the place.

Turns out it was perfect.  The weather was good, the light was nice, the architecture is stunning.  Plus, the best part?  This family.  They are full of love, smiles, and sweet moments.  Which you can see below.  The little guy said his mom gives the best hugs and his dad is good at being silly.  You can just see that here, right?

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Fall doesn’t really seem to be happening if you only consider the weather.  It has been hot here this year.  But, the days are getting shorter, the pumpkin flavored everything is out on the store shelves, and a few of the trees have leaves changing colors.  Which must mean fall is happening.

One thing I love about fall is the beach.  It’s way less crowded and with the shorter days we get to watch more sunsets because they happen so early.  Plus fall sunsets at the beach are just awe inspiring.

allison jacobs photography fall at the beach

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This is the sweetest family with the cutest kids.  Like ever.  The little brother helped his sister add a flower to her hair & of course it made me swoon.  These are all on film, mostly only because my camera battery died right at the start so I had to pull out the film.  So glad that happened.  Taken with my Canon EOS 3 and Kodak Ektar 100.

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Sometimes people come into your life and really catch you by surprise. Even before meeting many of the wonderful people at SEE, The Bloom Forum photography retreat, I considered them friends.

There were a couple of photographers in particular that I had been really looking forward to spending time with, Krista Keller & Suzanne Carey.  We had shared photos of our families and our lives for years in a blog circle. We had chatted on the phone and texted questions back & forth. I felt like I knew them. And then I had the chance to spend a weekend hanging out in person with them. It wasn’t like meeting a stranger it was like seeing an old friend. From the minute I picked them up at the airport complete with huge hugs to the tearful goodbyes a few days later.

These images are of Suzanne Carey, a Mississippi photographer, and they very well may be my favorite from the whole weekend.

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  • Suzanne CareyMay 14, 2015 - 6:21 pm

    Oh my dear sweet friend. I LOVE these so much. I totally agree with everything you said. Meeting you and Krista was like coming home to me. I loved every moment we had together and I miss y’all every day. Thank you for these beautiful images I will have with me forever as a reminder of the wonderful weekend I spent in Palm Springs.ReplyCancel

  • gail pomareMay 14, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    gorgeous girl, gorgeous pix. Glad you’ll met up!ReplyCancel

  • gail pomareMay 14, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    er. glad you ALL DID meet up, I meantReplyCancel

  • Christine bMay 15, 2015 - 6:29 am

    Oh I adore these! So beautiful!! I am so happy that you ladies had a chance to meet up in person!! xoxoReplyCancel

This is the 3rd year in a row that I have been a part of a group of fabulously inspiring photographers who post each month. For the first two years we focused on portraits, but for 2015 we have been focused on being grateful.  The idea behind this was to expand the type of photography we were focused on to be able to illustrate through our work things, people, and places we are grateful for each month.

One reason I have worked so hard to learn and practice my photography is because of the power behind an image.  Just one click of the shutter and you have now saved a moment.  These moments hold the gift of time.  When I look back at images of the people in my life I am filled with love and gratitude.  When I look at images of the places I have been I am filled with a sense of wonder at our world and thankfulness.  When we can combine the places we love with the people we care about it has the potential to draw us back in to those moments and remind us of what is important in this life.

I am thankful this month for my family, warm weather, being able to live in close proximity to the ocean, cool city locations to explore, and friends.  Below you can see one of those friends with her adorable family.  Her boys have the biggest smiles & the love they have for each other just shines through when they are together.  You can visit my sweet friend Texas photographer, Laura Veno next to follow the circle and find out what she and the others are grateful for this month.

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If you want to see more of the places I love you can follow me on Instagram.

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  • AmberMarch 26, 2015 - 2:01 pm

    What great images of your friend’s family! Love the locations!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMarch 26, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Awww, Alli, these are amazing–she must be so thrilled!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne CareyMarch 27, 2015 - 9:26 am

    Oh.my.gosh. I am so in love with these Allison. These are truly amazing! Come to MS and take pictures of my family,haha! Love your locations, your weather, and your friends too. I know how grateful you must be.ReplyCancel

  • Christine bApril 6, 2015 - 4:17 pm

    Allison!! It took me a few secs to realize it is Kim and her family : ) Those cute boys get me every time. I love these so much. I am a sucker for flare and that first one is so awesome!ReplyCancel

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