• Ashley Norton Photography

Blossom Mini Favorites | Clovis, CA

The Central Valley is an interesting place to be a photographer. There's so many different locations to choose from in California: locally and just a day trip away. I've done coastal one day and deep in the mountains they've next. I've also done along the river, in the wildflowers, in the city, and everywhere in between.


By far my absolute favorite? In the blossoms.


The Central Valley only has these beautiful, fluffy, surreal flowers for approximately two weeks out of the entire year: the end of February through the beginning of March.


Meaning that many local photographers, myself included, are working beyond overtime to capture all the clients in these blooms.


To simplify my life a bit, and offer some variety to my full length packages, I hosted a day of blossom mini sessions at a local orchard in Clovis, CA. They booked up sooooo fast--I knew I was in for something special.


They absolutely blew me away. I even shed a few years during editing because I was able to reflect just how far I had come during this last year since opening my business. This past season has pushed and pulled me in so many directions, which was both frustrating and life-giving in many ways. Starting your own business is not something to take lightly, and it's something I had been proud of since I got my business license and officially opened my doors last summer.


These blossom sessions gave me so much pride, joy, and confidence. Check out a few of my favorites (& yes, I may have shed a few tears while editing these):

Blossom family session in Clovis, CA by Ashley Norton Photography
Blossom family session in Fresno, CA by Ashley Norton Photography
Clovis, CA blossom family session by Ashley Norton Photography
Clovis, CA blossom engagement session by Ashley Norton Photography
Fresno, CA blossom engagement session by Ashley Norton Photography
Clovis blossom family session by Ashley Norton Photography
Fresno blossom family session by Ashley Norton Photography
Central Valley blossom family session by Ashley Norton Photography
Clovis family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Fresno family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Fresno brand photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Clovis family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Fresno family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Clovis family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom
Central Valley family photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom


My favorite part about blossoms isn't just that they're pretty, or they're fun to use as layers, or even the gorgeous white light reflected off the petals. My favorite part is the atmosphere they create. I spent most of the day feeling like I was in an enchanted forest, and I was like two minutes away from my house. I'd call that a win.


When I sent out these galleries, I imagined how my clients might use them. Would they be in the hallway for years to come, would they be put in an album passed along generation-to-generation, would they be used as invitations/cards? The possibilities really are endless, and it's a personal joy to me when I spot clients sharing what they've chosen to do with the images we created.


I also couldn't resist a quick headshot of myself, either.

Clovis branding photographer Ashley Norton Photography in blossom

Until next year, blossoms. You'll be missed.


Next up? Wildflower season!

Clovis engagement photographer Ashley Norton Photography

Spring in the Central Valley might just be my new favorite.