Katherine, Blake, Nolan & a bun in the oven!
We are a husband-wife photography team who specializes in lifestyle family photography from maternity to newborn to kids, engagements to weddings, and all the little moments between. We understand the importance of photography from life’s precious moments, because we have lived them ourselves. We love being parents, and capturing all of life’s joyful family moments for others!
Blake is behind the camera, with more than 15 years of photography experience. Katherine has a degree in studio art and works behind the scenes prepping, posing, editing, and assisting with photo shoots and other aspects of the business. We are both Santa Cruz natives, and graduates of Soquel High School. We are grateful for being able to stay local and use this beautiful county as a backdrop for our photos.
Our goal is for you to have a fun, rewarding photography experience! We want you to feel comfortable being you, and not to strive for “perfection.” Lifestyle portraits capture life as it is, and you as YOU are! So dance and be silly, smile and laugh your heart out… just go for it!
What matters most to us is a strong focal point, a creative composition, and flattering lighting. Your photos will have a warm, bright, and playful style with an ever-so-slight vintage quality. In other words, timeless.
You can expect an enjoyable, easy-going photography session (typically ranging from 1-3 hours depending on your portrait package). We will work with you to carefully choose your location(s), discuss wardrobe options, and themes. Give us a call and we will tailor a photo session just for you! The final product will be a fine selection of beautiful, artistic images.
We LOVE our customers… and we LOVE the environment too!
Which is why Open Arms Photography strives to be GREEN. We put thought into every aspect of our materials and packaging, so future generations can enjoy our planet as much as they will enjoy your photos. All of our cardboard, paper, stickers, and even ribbon are made of partially or completely recycled materials, and many of the contents are hand made in the USA.