One of the wonderful parts about being a traveling photographer is that my clients often introduce me to new locations. When Jyla and AJ told me they wished to do their combined engagement family session in Jonesville, CA, it was the first I had heard of the small community. Once I arrived, it didn’t take long for Jonesville to become a new favorite of mine.
Located a little more than an hour away from Chico city limits, Jonesville is a small unincorporated community in Butte County situated on Jones Creek about 5 miles east of Butte Meadows. I met with Jyla, AJ, and their son Cody at the Jonesville Hotel. AJ’s mom’s boyfriend renovated the over century-old Jonesville Hotel, a designated historic Butte County landmark. After taking a few family photos on the steps of the Jonesville Hotel, we moved into the pine-lined meadow the hotel backs up against to continue shooting. We also captured some gorgeous images on historic Humboldt Road in front of an old stage-stop barn.
For Jyla and AJ, their engagement represents a big step in their journey as a family, so while they wanted many traditional engagement shots as a couple, it was important to them to include son Cody in on the fun of the day. At 5000 ft in elevation, Jonesville is solidly a mountain community. This shot was in November, right before the first snow of the season…and it was SO cold. But Jyla, AJ, and even Cody were such champs about it and smiled the whole way through the chilly session.
It is always so wonderful to get to know clients and shoot in locations that are special to them. I am so thankful to Jyla and AJ for introducing Jonesville to me. It is now one of my favorite places!
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