Celebrate Your Tween & Teens Milestones

When it comes to your child's pre-teen and teen years, being camera shy should never get in the way of having timeless beautiful images!

Teenagers often feel self conscious in front of the camera but never fear! I've got you! From a nervous giggle to outright laughter, it is all about having a blast and never feeling awkward in front of the camera, while creating genuine, joyful & timeless images.

We love ensuring that you are always comfortable & feeling confident during the entire session!

If you are looking for a portrait photographer that can help draw out the best version of you, I would love to connect!! Click Below!

Let's Connect

My daughter had already fallen in love with Summer Bear's style and on the phone, photographer came across as experienced, professional and with a personality to put us at ease. Crystal goes above and beyond to set-up the perfect shot. She is very aware of how posture, angle of face, of how feet, legs, knees, arms, etc are situated and checks over and over again to get the lines right for the best shot.

Daisy

Client Love

Crystal is seriously the best! I was so thankful to have such an amazing photographer during my graduation where she took singles of myself as well as additional photos at my graduation party. She was extremely helpful in creating the scene that imagined for my single photos. She is creative, thoughtful, and dedicated to capturing photos that help build lasting memories you can cherish time and time again.

My expectations were beyond met with Crystal's expertise and abilities. She works with individuals, couples, large groups of families and friends.... Not to mention her compassion and patience when working with children and pets! She is capable of commanding presence without being overbearing which is exactly what you want in a photographer trying to rally people for pictures. Crystal is so nice and genuinely cares about the satisfaction of her clients.

Megan

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My sister and I decided to surprise our mom with a family photo shoot for her birthday. Since I live on the other side of the country I turned to yelp for help, and found Crystal. She was so easy to communicate with and was super professional and accommodating. It was a multi generational photo shoot and she handled it beautifully. The photos came out great, everyone had a good time and we have some great memories. Highly recommend Crystal for your photography needs she has a great eye, and is a true professional.

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Polina

Crystal did our holiday family portraits for us. She was amazing. She was very flexible with scheduling a date. She was super professional and her contract tool was excellent. She made a great recommendation for where to take the portraits, and had some great ideas for our photos. We have a four year old and she does not like to take photos, but with Crystal she was all smiles and poses. Crystal definitely knows how to get kids to sit still and brings out the best in them for the photo. The pictures came out amazing and Crystal was so quick to get us the pics back. I am definitely saving Crystal's info for our next family portrait session.

carina

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Crystal did an awesome job with my two young girls, ages 6 and 8. She brought lots of good props and knew the perfect locations to get beautiful shots. She really did well making my girls smile, laugh and just have fun. The pricing for her package was very reasonable and the quality of the pictures were amazing. I highly recommend her!

Liza

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I had such an amazing experience. I had never had a professional photo session done and Crystal exceeded all of my expectations with the shoot. From the first time I reached out to the moment she delivered my pictures I didn't have not one problem with her service! She made me feel beautiful, she had my husband and I laughing so much, and I can honestly say that my pictures came out so perfect! If you are looking for someone to capture all your beautiful moments please call her! I will definitely be calling her again for all of my future photo needs. Thank you so much for everything Crystal!!!!

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Nancy

Crystal was amazing & brought out the best and most natural shots from us!! We even discovered sides to our photographing selves that we did not existed! We planned out what we had wanted together. Her goal was to ensure customer satisfaction and the outcomes we had wanted no matter what it took! & she did exactly that. Really glad we were able to go with her after a lot of searching. Can't wait to invite her back soon in the coming weeks and months for more!

Varsha

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She was so good with our 2 kids, and so patient with us. She took great candid photos of my family interacting, while offering guidance whenever we needed it. I am so excited to see how our photos turned out. She was great to work with and I will recommend her to anyone!

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Amy

The Experience

with you every step of the way and beyond. 

A first phone call, is like a first date, lol. We will get to know each other a bit better and decide whether a 2nd date a.k.a. consultation is in order. 

*Let's Chat!! 

Time to meet face to face, either in person or via zoom:) At our consultation we will go get to know each other more. I will learn about your hopes and desires for your childs' portrait session. Digging deep really allows us to design your session, before it even takes place. 

*Consultation

*Let's secure your date!

*Pre-session Planning

*The ordering appointment!

Now that we have gotten to know each other, let's figure out a date and time that works for both of us. Dates are secured by signing the agreement and paying the creative fee. (Reschedules are allowed for illness or emergency)

Time to plan your wardrobe, props, locations, etc.. Let's schedule a zoom meeting to finalize all of the fun details, to ensure that every look and every image will bring a smile to your face. Plus, I will have you send me images of your homes walls, so I can design artwork sizes just for you!!

After the session, we will schedule an in-person where we get to relax, enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic bubbly, sit back and enjoy a beautiful slideshow of all of your images. 

Then we will go through and choose all the artwork you'd love to have in your home and fun gifts you can send to loved ones. 

*Delivery

The artwork has arrived!!! It's time to schedule a time to personally deliver the artwork to your home, or mail if you happen to be located outside of the Bay Area. 

This is my absolute favorite part!!

FAQ's

The Women Behind the Lense

Crystal Summer Bear

I am thrilled that you are considering me to capture this special time in your life! Helping families, young girls & women feel special and beautiful through every stage in life, is my reason for being! 

From building confidence in your tween to your seniors final year of collage, we love creating beautiful heirloom artwork that will last for decades. 

Each session is filled with fun and laughter. I will draw out all those sweet precious and magical moments, that make life so special.  The images we co-create will bring you joy every time you look at them for years.

We are dedicated to creating a customized experience and artwork for each and every client to cherish for decades. There are a lot of people who can take a great photo, but together we will create timeless art! 

We Can't Wait to Hear from You!!

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FAQ's

* How long have you been a  photographer?

I have been photographing families since 2016. 300+ families and counting:)

* Are the digital files included?

I specialize in creating heirloom art pieces that get cherished every day and for decades to come. Digital files get lost in cyber space or your hard drive. However, I understand how important it is to share photos your excited about online. Every piece of artwork that you purchase will include social media sharable digital files.

* How long are the sessions?

Our senior sessions tend to be longer as there are usually multiple outfits. There are 3 types of senior sessions to choose from. Our family and portrait sessions are about getting the images we've chatted about during our consultation. Sometimes that means 30 minute, sometimes it takes an hour. 

* Is travel included in the investment?

Travel is included within a 35 mile radius of Martinez. I love traveling to different locations for family sessions. Some include Lake Tahoe, Oregon and even Germany. Travel is a customized quote. 

* What happens if you are injured or ill?

In the case of sickness or injury I will reach out to reschedule. 

* What is your refund policy?

The session fee is non-refundable, but can be applied towards a later session or given as a gift to someone else:)

* Change of date or postponement policy?

I include one complimentary change of date due to an emergency, national or world crisis. Please let me know asap. 

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