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Bay Area Parent’s Best of the Best 2016 – San Jose and Santa Cruz family photographer

Bay Area Parent magazine has opened up voting in their Best of the Best issue for 2016. Please take a moment to go through the categories and vote for your favorites in the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties region. When you get to Best Family Photographer, I would be so grateful if you would… Continue reading Bay Area Parent’s Best of the Best 2016 – San Jose and Santa Cruz family photographer

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Spring Mini Sessions 2016! – Santa Cruz and San Jose family and infant photographer

Spring Mini Sessions! UPDATE: I have added a small block of morning sessions on Saturday, May 21. Please use the form below to schedule your session for this date!   The weather is getting warmer, and that means it’s almost time for spring minis! These 20-minute sessions will cost $125 for 5 images. Additional images can… Continue reading Spring Mini Sessions 2016! – Santa Cruz and San Jose family and infant photographer

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Happy Valentine’s Day! – Santa Cruz family and couples portraits

Happy Valentine’s Day! Back in January, I asked followers on my Facebook page to tell me what song (or songs) reminded them of their significant others. These are songs of love, songs from wedding dances, songs from early dating days or reminders of intimate moments bonding with each other. I compiled the songs into a… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day! – Santa Cruz family and couples portraits

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A wet day at Anna Jean Cummings Park – Santa Cruz and San Jose documentary and lifestyle photographer

Last week, we made plans to meet up with some friends at Anna Jean Cummings Park (also known as Blue Ball Park) in Soquel. It’s a favorite spot of many in the area and my friend said it would be a good spot for some puddle jumping, plus the kids can ride scooters or bikes… Continue reading A wet day at Anna Jean Cummings Park – Santa Cruz and San Jose documentary and lifestyle photographer

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Vote for your favorites in Good Times’ Best of Santa Cruz County! – Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley portrait photographer

  Good Times weekly newspaper has released its annual Best of Santa Cruz County survey! Among the categories for voting are Best Photographer and Best Portrait Photographer. If you feel so called, please take the time to fill out the survey, linked below, and vote for Claire Brighten Photography in either or both of these… Continue reading Vote for your favorites in Good Times’ Best of Santa Cruz County! – Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley portrait photographer

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A rainy-day outing and 2016 goals – San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz documentary photographer

I have never been one to make resolutions. I don’t follow through with them and feel guilty about it. Ultimately, it adds negativity to my life, not positive change. But GOALS. Passion. Plans that are general and smaller ones that are more specific that also have a loose deadline. These are things that work for… Continue reading A rainy-day outing and 2016 goals – San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz documentary photographer

Portraiture

Fall mini sessions, part 2! – Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley family photographer

Well, fall clearly got away from me and we’re a few weeks into winter — as well as a new year! But I still want to recap photos from many of the wonderful mini sessions I held during this past fall. I’m so grateful for these opportunities to connect with local families across Santa Cruz and… Continue reading Fall mini sessions, part 2! – Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley family photographer