• Ashley Norton Photography

The Lee's Family Session | Lost Lake, CA

Updated: Feb 11

The Lee's came dressed straight out of Pinterest for their family portrait session at Lost Lake! I always recommend families to work toward outfit coordination, rather than just matching the outfits to create beautiful layering. Adding in different colors and textures/fabrics, and sticking to 1-2 base colors with a few neutrals can make your images go from "These are good" to "WOW! We look amazing!"


Aren't sure? Check out what Malisa put together for her family!

A family portrait session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.

Driving up, I was hyped for this session. The leaves had finally started to turn, and autumn breezes were flowing through my slightly-open windows. It was going to be a great session. Then, they stepped out of the car.


Mind you, their car was filled with family members so it did take a minute. As each person came out of the car and their outfits (and personalities) added more depth and color to the session, I could barely contain all the excitement I felt.


Example of my mood at the time:

A family portrait session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, California..

Once we began the session, I got excited for yet another reason: the girls pictured above are some of the sweetest, more polite sisters I've met. My sister and I at that age definitely would've pulled some hair and shed some tears.

A family portrait session by Ashley Norton Photography in Lost Lake, CA.
A family portrait session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.

They even brought some stuffies (aka stuffed animals)! I was (and still somewhat am) a bit obsessed with stuffed animals. They definitely too up too much of my bed when I was little, and I had names for all of them. I've calmed down a bit since then, but stuffies will always have a place close to my heart.


The only child without a stuffie was this little boy, but he seemed to have some fun exploring how leaves feel so he's good for now.

A family lifestyle session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.

Mom and Dad also kept him pretty entertained...or sleepy?

A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Lost Lake, CA.

Speaking of, I like to make sure that Mom and Dad have some time to shine in front of the camera as well. After all, they did play a pretty important role in making this family.

A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, California.

Another must-have moment during a family session? Mom & dad (separately) with kids! We even got to include grandma as well.

A family photo session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, California..

Remember how I mentioned their style? Look at how it all came together!

A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family lifestyle session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.
A family session by Ashley Norton Photography in Fresno, CA.

I hope you felt some of the excitement reading this post as I did actually getting to photograph this session!


Additionally, all of my regular portrait sessions include a wardrobe consultation! If you're wondering how to achieve that effortless-stroll-in-the-park look, I got you.