Sonora Cake Smash Photographer | First Birthday | Christine Dibble Photography

I think babies are growing up faster than ever! This guy came to see me when he was just a few days old for his newborn portraits, and he came back what seemed like the next day for his first birthday cake smash photos! Such a handsome little man! He snacked on cherries while posing near a fruit box from his family orchards. Then he stripped down to get messy with a cake and whipped cream frosting. He cleaned up in a bath in a vintage wash tub. Some of the cutest photos from the session show his little bare baby tush, but I will keep those hidden so they don’t appear at his wedding some day!Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

Sonora newborn and baby photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos of a baby boy as he smashes a cake for his first birthday with blues and yellows, fruit, and vintage crates and wash tubs.

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Jiyeon - Too cute to handle. I love all the amazing props you used for this child! :)

Hilary Beaumont - Great a great first birthday cake smash session! Folks in Sonora are lucky to have a great child photographer like you!

Corey - Adorable cake smash session! That baby boy is just too cute!

Jenny - What a great cake smash! I love how you go from clean to dirty then back to clean! Happy 1st Birthday!

Sonora Family Photographer | Aspen Meadows Pack Station | Christine Dibble Photography

This past fall, I went up to Aspen Meadows Pack Station for a combination family photography session and lifestyle session. The Bloom family has owned and run the pack station for years, and they are western to the core. Their kids have grown up living there for half the year, during pack season, and horses are a way of life. It was fun to capture them in their element. There is never a shortage of work to be done whether it is mucking the feeding area, saddling rows of horses, and checking equipment, or, as they did that day, reporting newly discovered forest fires and sending out a rescue party to pick up a hiker with a broken leg. (And there may or may not have been some first aid administered when a certain young cowboy was stung on the eye by a yellow jacket as he got into position for a family photo!) But I am not sure the Blooms consider any of this work because they truly love what they do!A young cowboy sits on the fence at Aspen Meadows Pack Station while Christine Dibble Photography photographs his family doing chores and daily business with the horses.

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The owners of Aspen Meadows Pack Station pose for family photos taken by Sonora photographer Christine Dibble Photography.

Children pose for a sibling photo on a large rock at Aspen Meadows Pack Station while photographed by Christine Dibble Photography, Sonora photographer.

Three children laugh during a family photography session with Christine Dibble Photography of Sonora at Aspen Meadows Pack Station.

A cowboy holds his baby girl and points out horses at Aspen Meadows Pack Station while Christine Dibble Photography takes a black and white photo.

A little cowboy poses for a photo with his horse at Aspen Meadows taken by Christine Dibble Photography of Sonora.

A young cowboy lets his horse drink from the Aspen Meadows trough while Christine Dibble Photography takes photos.

Siblings ride their horses in a field at Aspen Meadows photographed by Sonora photographer Christine Dibble Photography.

Christine Dibble Photography of Sonora photographs a girl on her horse during a lifestyle session at Aspen Meadows Pack Station.

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A cowboy helps a boy get settled on his horse for a trail ride at Aspen Meadows photographed by Sonora photographer Christine Dibble Photography.

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A little cowboy rests on a fence at Aspen Meadows while Christine Dibble photographs him.

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A cowboy rakes manure and a horse looks on at Aspen Meadows Pack Station photographed by Christine Dibble Photography.

A toddler watches horses through the fence at Aspen Meadows photographed by Christine Dibble Photography.

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A black horse nibbles his owner

A young girl hugs her black horses while Christine Dibble Photography photographs a lifestyle session at Aspen Meadows.

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Sonya - Love it! This is certainly not the traditional family portrait session. It is so natural and shows the family’s true essence.

Hilary Beaumont - What a unique family portrait session! I love how you’ve included the animals and really given us a sense of the place Aspen Meadows is while still capturing the essence of this family! Great job Christine!

Corey - What a great family session! Love the laughter you captured and the horses are so much fun!

Sarah Sweetman - What an awesome family photography session on the ranch – I love how you included their animals to really showcase their life at Aspen Meadows. My favorite shot is where the kids are busting out laughing. Well done!

Brenden - This whole family photography session is just lovely! I know if this was my family the whole house would be covered in these photos! I love the range of images from very natural to traditional images with the whole family, and some of the are even fine art looking. Absolutely gorgeous family photography!

Jessica Collins - What a beautiful lifestyle photography session. As always Christine Dibbles Photography has done a fabulous job! You captured this family beautifully!

Amanda - I love all of the lifestyle shots you captured. It really tells this Sonora Family’s story. Great job with this family’s photography session.

Patty - you captured this Sonora family beautifully. I love all the details of the animals and the little girl playing with the dirt, priceless!!

Ashley Eiban - What a beautiful family session! Sonora is so beautiful and I love how you incorporated their horses and pups! Great job on this beautiful family session!

Jennifer - What a beautiful Sonora setting, you captured so many amazing Family portraits. I love how you added so much with the horses, you can tell they are truly a big part of this family!

Caitlin - These family photographs at Aspen Meadows are truly unique! I love how you were able to incorporate horses into this family photography session, you can really see the kids’ personalities shine through! Amazing job Christine!

Stacey Gillin - Wow, such a cool setting for a family session. I love all of the candid moments that you were able to capture while this family had fun at Aspen Meadows Park Station.

Jesikka - What a wonderful Sonora Family photographer!! these lifestyle images are wonderful!!

Sonora Senior Portraits | Ralyssa | Christine Dibble Photography

The busiest part of the Sonora senior portrait season is usually in summer, when things are very dry and hot. This past summer was no exception…until the day of Ralyssa’s session arrived. Ralyssa had chosen to go to Jenness Park, a place close to her heart with a lot of special memories. The day started out as any other summer day, hot and dry. But as we drove down into the camp, the sky turned black. So black I had to use my lights from the first shot. So black it was as if we were shooting at midnight and not late afternoon. And then the rain came. Sheets of rain and booming thunder made us run for cover. During the rainstorm, Ralyssa’s mom commented that Ralyssa’s dad loved rain storms. He passed away a few years ago, and I really think the storm was his way of being a part of her senior portraits. So we went with a few dark, moody images and scheduled another date to capture some cheerful, sunny photos as well down at Knight’s Ferry. The double shoot fit Ralyssa perfectly…she has seen some dark, stormy times, but her inner light shines through in spite of it, and she is even stronger and more beautiful because of the storms.Sonora senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos outside with lights in a dark storm at Jeness PArk in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cold Springs.

Sonora senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos outside with lights in a dark storm at Jeness PArk in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cold Springs.

Sonora senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes black and white photos outside with lights in a dark storm at Jeness Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cold Springs.

Sonora senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos outside with lights of a girl in a red tank top and skirt in a dark storm at Jeness Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cold Springs.

Sonora senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes photos outside with lights in a dark rain storm at Jeness Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cold Springs.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour on the banks of the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour on the banks of the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl with brown eyes during golden hour on the banks of the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl sitting on a tree in the water during golden hour on the banks of the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour on the trunk of a tree in the middle of the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor black and white photos of a senior girl during golden hour in the river at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour on the covered bridge at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour on the ruins of the mill at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour in front of the mill ruins and brick wall Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl during golden hour in a grass field at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor head shot photos of a senior girl at Knights Ferry.

Sonora and Summerville senior portrait photographer Christine Dibble Photography takes outdoor photos of a senior girl at Knights Ferry.

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Corey - Gorgeous Sonora senior – amazing big brown eyes! Love the variety you captured during her senior portrait session!

Shannon Dickson - What a gorgeous Sonora Senior! I love how much variety you are able to incorporate into each session. The depth of colors is also stunning and I truly enjoy seeing your work. It’s edgy and yet sophisticated, your work combines modern and classic beautifully!

Courtney - What gorgeous senior photos! You really captured her personality in these photos. Sonora is a beautiful location!

Hilary Beaumont - What a gorgeous senior, and what a great back drop Sonora makes! Esp love the large tree trunk. Great photography session!

Jenny - What a gorgeous Senior! Sonora is a wonderful location!

Dawn - Gorgeous Sonora senior portrait session! I love the set of pictures with the varsity sweater, very pretty set against the fallen tree backdrop.

Samantha - I love the editorial look of this senior session, awesome job!

Ashley Eiban - What a beautiful senior session! You did a great job- I know her family is going to LOVE these! She is so beautiful- I really love the last 2 images you blogged- her eyes! great job Christine Dibble Photography!!

Stacey Gillin - Gorgeous senior photography! Sonora seniors are so lucky to have you as an option for their senior portraits!

Renee W. - Ralyssa is such a beautiful Sonora senior! I like how you captured both the dark, moody images and some in a light, airy setting. Her big brown eyes are stunning, and I love all of your location choices.

Esther Edith galleries - I really like the crisp, freshness of these senior portraits. You’ve captured this young girl’s beauty so well; it’s great that you were able to capture a range of her expressions, from serious, to fun and smiling, to relaxed. I’m sure she will be in love with this collection!

Harshita - Beautiful senior session…love the creative lighting in first few pictures. You are a very talented senior photographer and ralyssa looks gorgeous in every picture :)

Jessica Collins - I love senior sessions! Christine you do amazing senior photography. I love the variety you were able to capture. Just beautiful!