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Cute, Casual and Candid Winter Family Photos in Big Bear Lake at Juniper Point | {Gianna Christina Photo}


Hispanic family of four standing in a snowy field called Juniper Point with Big Bear Lake behind them. There are pine trees and mountains in the distance. The dad and toddler are wearing blue jean jackets. They are all wearing black pants. The mom is wearing a black round hat, while the dad and newborn are wearing black beanies. Pops of golden grass show through the snowy ground. It's an overcast day.

~The Solis Family~


Big Bear Lake photoshoots with locals are honestly so much fun! You know that they've spent many moments in the field they are standing in. Looking at the photos feels like home.


On this day, we had just gotten a few inches of snow a couple days prior. There were some lingering clouds from the storm, which make for epic lighting! Overcast days are some of my favorite to photograph in because it acts as one big soft box- creating even lighting and stunning natural contrast that I live for. Not to mention the clarity of the mountains in the back when it's cloudy outside. It was an easy decision to choose the well-known location of Juniper Point for these snowy Winter photos of the Solis Family! By the way, I mentioned these folks are locals, but I also wanted to be sure to shout out their Mexican family restaurant, Sonora Cantina. Best dang carnitas tacos and margs (and literally anything) on the mountain!


I absolutely adore photographing this family!! For so many reasons, but the number one being- they genuinely just want moments captured as they are. Cranky toddler or not. Big laughs or fits. Doesn't matter to them... they just want honest documentation and that's what I feel my purpose is with family photography. To document. And instead of getting stressed out that their kiddo isn't smiling at the camera in a posed photo, they laugh it off and keep on movin'.


There's something to be said about those that lean into acceptance like this. You know they have a lot more peace than others, because they aren't trying to control the situation... they simply let it flow. They trust me and my work; And they know that every photo will be felt and genuine. Sure, there's some direction given or some recommended poses that make sense for a photo, but otherwise, this is real life- the messy, the raw and the authentic moments that make up family dynamics. Oh, and a whole lot of love!


As you scroll through these, I am sure you will feel how we felt when taking them. It was most definitely a cold, cute, maybe a little chaotic, casual and candid Winter photoshoot that will live in my memory and website for years to come <3 Enjoy!!


Hispanic family of four standing in a snow covered ground at Juniper Point with Big Bear Lake and Big Bear mountain behind them. The family is looking and smiling at the camera. They are framed by juniper trees and yellow sage bushes. The dad and toddler are wearing blue jean jackets. They are all wearing black pants. The mom is wearing a black round hat, while the dad and newborn are wearing black beanies. It's a mostly overcast day with some warm sunlight peeking through behind them..

Hispanic family of four walking on a snow covered path at Juniper Point with Big Bear Lake behind them. There are juniper trees, pine trees and mountains in the distance. The dad and toddler are wearing blue jean jackets. They are all wearing black pants. The mom is wearing a black round hat, while the dad and newborn are wearing black beanies. Pops of golden grass show through the snowy ground. It's an overcast day.

Hispanic family of four walking along a snow-covered path at Juniper Point in Big Bear Lake. There are pine trees in the distance. The dad and toddler are wearing blue jean jackets. They are all wearing black pants. The mom is wearing a black round hat, while the dad and newborn are wearing black beanies. Pops of golden sage bushes are to the right and behind them. Mom and dad are laughing at toddler who is screaming at the camera. It's an overcast day.

Beautiful Mexican family of four walking along snow-covered path in Big Bear Lake at Juniper Point. It is golden hour. Dad on the left and mom on the right are holding their babies with one hand and holding each other's hands with the other. They turn to look back at the camera, laughing. Behind them is golden-lit pine trees and golden sage plants.

Hispanic family of four standing in a snowy field called Juniper Point with Big Bear Lake behind them. There are pine trees and mountains in the distance. The dad and toddler are wearing blue jean jackets. They are all wearing black pants. The mom is wearing a black round hat, while the dad and newborn are wearing black beanies. Pops of golden grass show through the snowy ground. It's an overcast day.

Photo of curly-haired brunette toddler holding a snowball and smiling. He is wearing a jean jacket with faux fur on the collar and a brick-colored knit sweater. The mom is crouched on the snow-covered ground in the background, blurred. There are hints of orange and golden grass in the background with pine trees in Big Bear Lake, California.

Hispanic dad is holding his two children, one a toddler and the other is a newborn baby wrapped in a white blanket. The dad and toddler have jean jackets with faux fur lining. The dad and newborn are wearing black beanies and dad is wearing black pants. He is smiling at his toddler, who is looking away from the camera towards the sunset-lit pine trees. It is partly cloudy and snow on the ground in Big Bear Lake at Juniper Point.

Beautiful Mexican mom is crouched down with her newborn wrapped in a white blanket in her arms. She is smiling towards the sun. Behind her is Big Bear lake and Big Bear mountain slopes. There are trees and golden field in the distance. Snow is covering the ground she is on.

Sweet close up photo of dad kissing his newborn baby. Dad is Mexican and has curly brown hair. He and the newborn are wearing black beanies. The newborn is wrapped in a white blanket. They are in Big Bear Lake.

Candid photo of dad smiling at the camera and walking with his newborn wrapped in a white blanket. Dad is wearing a black beanie and blue jean jacket and tan faux fur lined. Mom is holding toddler in the distance following behind them. The background shows snow on the ground with juniper trees and Big Bear Lake and Big Bear mountain.

Candid photo of mom walking up a snow covered hill at sunset. There are pops of sage bush and golden grass through the snow and sunlit pine trees in the distance in Big Bear Lake.


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