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Party of 16|Northern California’s Premier Family Photographers

Monica contacted us from The Highland Ranch inquiring if we were available to photograph a family of 16. Her mom turned 70 recently and they wanted to have photos of the whole family taken as a gift.

Anytime you put three families together and try to take one photo, personalities are bound to show through. Our experience this past Monday was no exception.


I can say without a doubt that this was one of the coolest families I have met in a long time.  It’s not very often that you hear kids get excited about searching for frogs or going horse back riding. What about climbing a redwood tree?!? My kids get excited about all those things, but it’s not too often I hear those activities being offered up as incentive for behaving nicely. Coolest. Family. Ever.

Three Families, one set of twins, two great grandparents, and a great uncle. I can’t say it came without challenge, but it was definitely fun.  Upon our arrival one of the little boys came to me and told me that his shoes made him run faster like rockets. “I Looooovvvvveee my shoes!”

Don’t you love the yellow rocking chairs? I think they were perfect for this session. The colors that they chose were perfect and the riding vests! Don’t even get me started about the riding vests!

Seriously?!? Could it get any cuter?  I really don’t think so.  Thank you Dernburg Family for the wonderful morning! We had a great time with you all. Enjoy the rest of your vacation on the ranch!

For more photos of this beautiful family click here.  As always, if you have questions or would like to schedule your session with us please email us at mcfaddenstudios@gmail.com.



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California Dreamin| Fort Bragg, California Family Photographer

A little background on this shoot. Holly and I have known each-other since high school.  Cameron met Nat while he was interning for his Paramedic.  I’ve been dying to get them in front of my camera. You can imagine my excitement when I  found an email from Holly asking if I would be willing to take photos of their family.  I mean, I get excited when anyone wants me to shoot for them, but when it’s someone I know and respect, it’s that much more exciting. I think I may have even done a Snoopy Happy Dance at some point.  We love when we get to work with our brothers and sisters in EMS. It makes our day!

Honestly. I have never seen Cameron take so many photos at a family shoot. It was awesome.  The location was amazing, the weather was perfect, and the family was AWESOME!  I mean, who could blame him right?    Don’t take my word for it though.  See for yourself.

We even got a very cool assistant out of the deal.  Thank you to second crew over at Fort Bragg Ambulance for covering for Nat so that he could join us on our adventure. AND thank you to Ryan for toting all our stuff around the dunes! Ya never know, we could be calling you in the future for assistance.

Now, if you know Holly, you know she is stunning.  Little did I know, she is also fiercer than fierce!

Don’t even get me started on how adorable Baby M is! He was just all smiles and giggles the entire session. Sweetest little guy we’ve encountered in a long time (ours not included).

Thank you Holly and Nat for inviting us to the COOLEST location ever. We had a great time and we hope you did too.

To see more from this session please visit and like their facebook album.  And of course, if you want to chat with us about your dream session feel free to visit the contact tab either on our facebook page or right here on the blog.



Cleary Family Summer| Fort Bragg, California Family Photographer

Words can not express the immense honor that we felt when Mandy asked us to join her at the family cabin in the woods for a quick session with her family. Sometimes things work out the way they are supposed to. Cameron and I have been extremely busy this spring with house projects, elopements, and our kids. We have been trying to get together with Mandy and her son for spring photos for a while. I happened to have some time over the past weekend for a session and contacted her. Little did I know, God had plans far greater than I could have imagined.  Mandy had just received some unexpected news (which I will not share right now, maybe in a later post) and asked if Cameron and I would be willing to drive out to their family cabin which borders Mule Creek.


Sean asked if we would be willing to crawl  walk down to a waterfall that was behind the cabin. Of course, being the enthusiastic photographer, I agreed to go.  Little did I know it would be an experience I will not soon forget. If you know anything about me, you know that I am terrified of heights. I can’t even climb up a latter more than two rungs and I hyperventilate.  Let’s just say that this mountain. . . hill that I agreed to crawl . . .walk down was less than inviting and when I got to the bottom, my legs were shaking. I promptly put my bare feet in the creek and made the best of my shakiness.  The trek down to the waterfall was more than worth it in the end.

Thank you again Mandy and Sean for inviting us to spend the day with your family. Despite the fact that I had to look my fears straight in the face and I came out shaking on the other end, it was a wonderful experience climbing the mountain with you.  We were honored that you asked us to capture your memories in such an crucial time  and we know that we will do it again very soon. We can’t wait to spend some time with little man and capture his cuteness.  We really appreciate your family! Really can’t wait to do it again!! 

To see more photos from this session, please visit the facebook album on our business page.  As always, if you have questions or would like to book a family session with us, please use the contact tab above or call us at 707.964.7150.


Sisters | Fort Bragg California Family Photographer

There is nothing better than a photo session with a long time friend and her sister. I have had the pleasure of knowing Savannah since grammar school and her baby sister since she was an infant. We had a little bit of fun out at Jughandle State Park this week in preparation for Father’s Day.  40 minutes plus perfect light plus two beautiful girls equals time well spent.



Father’s Day is approaching quickly. Have you considered a photo shoot for the father in your life?  It’s a gift that will last a lifetime. Thank you Savannah for inviting us to help you create lasting memories for your DAD! Hugs and Kisses from both of us!


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Celebrate Young Children | Mendocino County Child Photographer

We had the privilege of spending the entirety of Saturday outdoors. Not because we were home with nothing to do. No. We went to a Celebrate the Week of the Young Child event at our local elementary school.  It was FANTASTIC.  The boys all enjoyed it immensely.

One of the activities for the children was Newspaper Hat Making hosted by our very favorite local preschool.  Here are a few moments that are dear to my heart.

We never pass up a good opportunity to have our faces painted! Naturally we spent some time at the face painting station. Cameron and I have never seen our boys sit so still. I asked the artists if they would mind coming to my house on a daily basis so that my kids could settle down. HAHA, yeah right!

Wowza. Those eyelashes. I mean, boys don’t care right?  I wish that I had eyelashes like that. Don’t you?!? Just WOW!

Now, you may be wondering why Aiden chose a butterfly. Well. We just finished up a science fair project about butterflies. I actually went ahead and had my face painted too. I didn’t take any photos though. So sorry! Anyway, that’s why our 7 year old boy wanted a butterfly. Of course, our more rough and tumble child wanted something completely typical. Wolverine!
They even agreed to give him spikes on his hands!
Our little superhero in action.  He really is quite the ruff and tumble kid.
On a whole, I would say our Saturday was full of fun. We are so blessed to have wonderful community members that come together and put on these kinds of events for our kids. If you were one of the vendors at Celebrate The Week of the Young Child. THANK YOU! You all rock!!

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Super 4 | Fort Bragg California Party Photographer

Did you hear? Someone turned 4 a few weeks ago! While I haven’t taken his portraits quite yet, we do have a few photos to share of his party. Christian is utterly obsessed with Batman and Spiderman. He couldn’t decide between the two, I decided to just go with “superheroes”.  Here’s what Monkey Moo Moo and I came up with. Do you remember the old Batman and Robin show? When they hit each other the conversation bubbles would come up saying “pow”?  I used to love that show as a little girl and I wanted to incorporate it.

With a little luck I found blowers that said said POW, SMACK, and KABOOM. We found masks to match that gave off a rainbow effect when the kids put them on.

Then of course there were the hats made by Monkey Moo Moo.  I wanted something simple that matched the theme. I think they were perfect.

There was Super Water. I mean what superhero doesn’t need a little thirst quencher from time to time? These little guys got special stuff.

My very favorite element of this birthday party was their takeaway. I decided that instead of handing out a box full of gifts that would break or get thrown away a week after they were taken home, I would put a bit more thought into it. With the help of my beautiful and wonderful mother we came up with superhero capes.  Each child in attendance took home a cape with their initial on it. They are reversible so once side is their favorite color and the other is black for Batman.  I must say they were a hit.

Each guest took their cape home in a gable box with a tag that said thanks from Christian.

Of course no party is complete without cake. Christian had picked out the Spiderman Candle and I wanted a cake that would allow for it to be on top. I had envisioned something with tiers, but then decided that cupcakes are easier to serve than cake. Enter round cake with buildings.

The Cake and Cupcakes were made by a Heather Orsi. For those of you who live here, you KNOW that there is some serious talent in her family. Her husband’s aunt made cakes and she was amazing. Now Heather is carrying on the tradition.

Monkey Moo Moo again stepped in and made toppers for all the cupcakes and the tiny banner for the cake.

Last but certainly not least was the super cool banner made by Monkey Moo Moo.

This really was one of the best birthday parties ever thanks to all the hard work put in by my mom, Monkey Moo Moo, Heather, and our family.  I will leave you with one last photo. I wasn’t planning on sharing, but you have to see just a glimpse of the birthday boy!


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Fort Bragg, California Family Portrait Photographer| Kennedy Family

It’s raining. It’s pouring. the old man is snoring It’s cramping my style. Being a natural light photographer like myself, the last thing I want to do is throw a flash on my camera and shoot indoors. Fortunately for the Kennedy Family, their house has beautiful natural light.   Here’s their story.


The Kennedy Family own a beautiful vacation home here in Fort Bragg, but they live in Colorado. A few weeks ago, Penny contacted me and asked if I was available for a photo shoot during their spring break. I knew there was a great likelihood of rain. Yesterday, there was rain. however, we didn’t let it get us down. I think we managed to capture their family almost perfectly.  


I was greeted with exuberance by this cutie pie when I arrived at the house.  Miss “K” is one cute kid. She loves the camera and it loves her.  I found something to connect with her about from the beginning and she was very easy to photograph.  Thank you Miss “K” for making me smile.


This is Miss “F”. She wasn’t so sure about me when I first arrived to her house, but she warmed up toward the end. I understand she took quite a fall yesterday on a trail ride. We are hoping you feel much better soon Miss “F”.


Thank you Kennedy Family for inviting me into your home. It was fun.