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My name is Dawn Cooper and I am a Senior & Family Portrait  Photographer based in Northern California.  Here is where you can catch my most recent work and little musings. Thank you so much for stopping by!



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{The Picture of Hope} | Petaluma Family Photographer

I sit here staring at the keyboard, not even knowing how to articulate what this family represents to me. How they’ve influenced my life since I’ve known them, and much more so in the past few weeks. You can read about their overwhelming and tragic situation HERE. But you can also read about their amazing faith and hope HERE. I have been so grateful, to have been able to capture a few moment’s in the very beginning of this journey, for them. They have reminded me in a powerful way of the gift of family and how important it is to make the most of every day. Because how easy it is to forget! Life is about creating wonderful relationships and memories. And strengthening those through the hard times. I truly admire this family’s strength and faith and determination.  Thank you for the honor, Meri and Ryan. Feel free to leave them lots of love below. xoxo.


  1. Sharon Jacobs says:

    What great pictures Dawn and a very wonderful written tribute to this amazing family.

  2. Jackie Hoppes says:

    Great job Dawn. Thanks for sharing your talent and sharing it with the rest of us. Schuhmacher family if you didn’t know before how much you are loved-I hope you do now! It doesn’t happen very often that one is fortunate enough to know a family who is so loving and giving to others. But I am. And lucky enough to call you friend. Thank you for all you do. I love you all. God bless.

  3. Jill VZ says:

    Dawn – these are incredible photos. Just gorgeous as always! Love them all. What a gift for this incredible family!

  4. Christina says:

    Oh my goodness, tears! Beautiful photos of a clearly loving — and well-loved — family. The photo of dad with all four sons is wonderful. He has so much to be proud of.

  5. Lacey R says:

    Dawn, these are just gorgeous!! And, wow….a momma in the house with FIVE GUYS! They are a beautiful family! God bless them in their journey!!

  6. nicole says:

    Beautiful family, beautiful pictures 🙂

  7. Sue/RFamHere says:

    The love this family shares just explodes out of these wonderful pictures! Praying for you all daily! Sending lots of love!

  8. Wendy says:

    Such beautiful photos of this incredible, awesome, gorgeous, amazing family!!! The world is a better place because of Meri and her boys (all 5 of them)!

  9. Adrienne says:

    Love these pictures and love this family. LOVE, HOPE and PRAYER can make all the difference!

  10. Misty says:

    Love love love these pictures! Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Duncan and Cynthia says:

    We have loved Ryan and Mary for along time. They have some awesome boys. We send our love to each of them in their family. Thank you for sharing these photos.

  12. Lora says:

    What an amazing job you did on these photos!!!

  13. victoria says:

    What a fantastic family indeed. These photos are amazing, and everyone looks gorgeous!

  14. Kyla Baker says:

    Gorgeous images of this family – they will cherish these forever, I’m sure. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  15. Christina B. says:

    Dawn, I loved these back in March, but I revisited them today and they brought tears to my eyes. The work you and other family photographers do is so important in preserving our memories and history, but especially in times like these. Wishing this sweet family comfort and peace.

  16. kate jeppson says:

    Dawn, what a fabulous job! They will cherish these forever. My heart goes out to that family.

  17. […] PRAIRIE SWEET:  We love that you gave this family such an amazing gift.  You can read about this amazing family HERE: […]

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