Paramount Ranch Family Portraits : The Armes Family

I was so excited when it worked out that my first shoot of 2010 was with the winners of my Giving Is Awesome giveaway. I think that means great things for 2010! When I emailed Alan on Christmas Eve to let him know he and his family were nominated and won, I was pleased to hear back that the whole family was game for a fun shoot at Paramount Ranch. I was so excited because it was my first time shooting there and Alan and Debbie were excited because they love Westerns and Alan had even visited the set of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman years ago, when it filmed on the ranch. Plus, their youngest, Willan, has a new cowboy hat that he’s currently obsessed with. Obviously, Paramount Ranch was the ideal place for this family shoot.

When we got the the ranch to meet up with the Armes’, some of the kids had fallen asleep on the drive over. Speaking from experience, getitng woken up in the middle of a nap is no fun at all, so I was preparing myself for a couple of grouchy kids, at least for the first few minutes. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth though – all four of them were smiley and happy and they blew me away with how smart and polite they were. It was obvious to me that this is a close and happy family and Alan and Debbie are great parents. I was excited to get started.

Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot. A big thank you to the Alan, Debbie, Brayden, Aubrey, Rethy and Willan for being such fun subjects. And also, thanks to their friend Natalie who nominated them!

There’s a beautiful old tree at the Ranch and I was very pleased to find that this family is a tree climbing family.

Clearly, the kids get it from their mom! :)

And here’s one of the two responsible for this lovely family.

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  • Mayra - congratulations on such lovely pictures,great presentvery clear and natural, loved the combination of the colorsthank you for sharing.

  • Corey - Lots of great shots, as always. I'm glad to see such an obviously loving family got the gift of your wonderful talent!

  • Luana - great pictures Heidi. i love that you gave this to a deserving family!

  • Becca - I think I want to nom on the cuteness of those children. And gobble up those smiles and joy. What a beautiful set of photos, an obviously lovely family, and such a meaningful photoshoot/Giving is Awesome experience.

  • Shawn Kloster - Another homerun! They must be soooo happy to have these memories! Well done and Happy New Year, Heidi! =)

  • ayres photography - Awesome shots, Heidi! Love ’em! :)

  • Jackie Wonders - Heidi, these are so cute!!! fantastic :) btw- i love the “give a hoot” – genius.

  • Araxi - Love it Heidi! What a great giveaway and I just love the shot of the family laying on the grass! Well done and best wishes for an amazing 2010! :)

  • Kien - Awesome post Heidi. Beautiful images.

  • Paul & Ellen Brown - Those are our kids and grandkids and you did a fabulous job with the pictures!!!Of course we know they were great subjects:)

  • Jenny - Love your latest processing ! This new style is so YOU !! Happy 2010 !

  • Mayra A. - congratulations on such lovely pictures,great present
    very clear and natural, loved the combination of the colors
    thank you for sharing.

  • Corey C. - Lots of great shots, as always. I’m glad to see such an obviously loving family got the gift of your wonderful talent!

  • Luana L. - great pictures Heidi. i love that you gave this to a deserving family!

  • Val Kurth - Heidi, I don’t think you could have picked a more fun, photogenic family to have a terrific afternoon with! You have a great eye for placing that crew, and they look so relaxed. You’ve done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Armes family- well done! =)

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