ivana rizik

Puerto Rico Photographer

Mini Family Session at Hart Park

Group photo of Mom and her three kids at Hart Park in Bakersfield, CA

Families, Portraits

One of the best things about visiting your hometown is catching up with friends and family. I recently visited my hometown, Bakersfield, CA. Not only did I get to catch up with some of my closest friends but I also had the privilege to photograph some of them! Today I’m sharing their family session at Hart Park, along with some encouragement to book a session for you and your loved ones. Especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve had photos taken.

What do you call your friends who’ve been there during your biggest milestones?

Here we have the Patino-Hernandez Family. We met when I was in middle school, going into high school. We’ve gotten to celebrate several of each-others milestones together. We’ve even traveled together. Bryan was with us when we traveled to Puerto Rico, which is where we met my now husband, Alex. I went on a girls trip to New York with Chaka, which is when Alex told me he wanted to “talk about our friendship.” Meaning, “I want to get to know you as more than a friend.” Chaka was also a bridesmaid in my wedding. Even when their little brother Jeshua was born, we were in the waiting room together. All this to say, these guys are my homies.

When Chaka reached out and said her mom, Ana, wanted to take pictures I was so excited! They showed up for the session looking so cute, like pros with their outfits coordinated. Ana tells me, “I don’t like pictures, I don’t remember the last time I had pictures taken.” I was surprised but also felt honored to know that she trusted me to capture her beautiful family, even though it was something she felt uncomfortable doing at first.

When was the last time you had photos taken?

If you’re like Ana and don’t remember the last time you’ve had photos taken of you and your loved ones, I encourage you to book a session. Or at least plan to book a session. You won’t regret it. Does it feel awkward being in front of the camera? Yes; at least at first. I’m not going to lie to you, it feels awkward. Even I feel awkward being in front of the camera. I know what it’s like to think, “What do I do with my hands? Where should I look? What do I do?” That’s why I’m here. I promise that you’ll get past the awkwardness. I will guide you through it and by the end of the session you’ll be a pro. I’ve got your back.

You won’t regret documenting your life.

Think about something as simple as a school picture. Some of us as kids hated picture day. I’m sure most of us don’t like our picture day photos, but you know who does love them? Our families, especially our moms and grandmas. Those photos of us growing up mean the world to them. So if taking photos isn’t something you want to do, you should give it a try. Do it for your family. I know that’s what motivated Ana. She didn’t like pictures but she wanted pictures of her babies.

Thank you Ana for pushing out of your comfort zone and trusting me to capture your beautiful family. I love you friends.

Are you living in Puerto Rico or planning a visit and want to inquire about booking a session with me? Simply fill out my contact form and I’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days.

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