The laid back, eclectic style of a family of 7

From Bernadette Madden:

If you ever met the Anderson family you would never forget them. They are one of the most unique and sweetest families I have ever met. I love how this couple is all tatted up, with eclectic style, and lives in a small house with their 5 kids, a dog, and several reptiles. The father, Johnny Anderson, owns 2 tattoo parlors in Hermosa Beach and Gardena – the beach suburbs of Los Angeles. And his wife, Melanie, homeschools all their children. They recently added a new addition to their family, baby Clementine. Just months ago, the family had experienced some immense trials with birth and labor complications, but their faith in God carried them through the experience and they are incredibly grateful for each day they spend together. Having the opportunity to shoot this lifestyle session inside their home just months after this trial was truly special and meaningful for me as a photographer. What better time to capture and celebrate life and family!

When you enter their living room you are greeted by an eclectic painting of a family that Johnny found at a yard sale by the artist Fernando Botero. Botero is known for his paintings and sculptures of people of exaggerated or obese size. Not many people would put a painting like that in their living room and that is one of the reasons why I love the Anderson family and their unique style. Another wall is graced by a monochrome painting Johnny painted of Jesus and his crown of thorns, paired with a hashtag, midcentury furniture, and an orange chair to add pop. Melanie styled their entire house from vintage finds to newly crafted furniture from Etsy artisans. Their living room table was hand crafted by Sean Kearns of Urban Wood, specializing in live edge wood furniture.

After shooting a few family portraits and some every day life shots inside the house, we moved outside as evening drew near and the natural light inside was not ideal for film. As we took some portraits by a wall, there was a suggestion to take some shots with the truck. It ended up being a vintage Ford truck! It was like the icing on a cake… and amazingly the kids cooperated for a couple of minutes, which was enough to shoot a few frames.

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photo of woman watering vased flowers by Bernadette Madden

virtue is its own reward

picture of family on their couch by Bernadette Madden

family lifestyle photo by Bernadette Madden

Fernando Botero painting by Bernadette Madden

picture of boy laying on a yellow vintage couch by Bernadette Madden

family dog photo by Bernadette Madden

painted image of Jesus by Bernadette Madden

boy playing with legos by Bernadette Madden

trinkets on a counter by Bernadette Madden

picture of brother looking at baby sister by Bernadette Madden

family dining room by Bernadette Madden

picture of mom holding baby by Bernadette Madden

family sitting in their vintage Ford truck by Bernadette Madden


  • Beth Brocker says:

    I love this family and their love for God. They each bring a smile to your face when you see them and so caring. Your pictures have shown them to a t. Perfect. I loved seeing them at home and what an interesting house. The Ford pickup truck picture is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this Melanie and Johnny and kids.

  • Laura says:

    I would love to know where she got the “Virtue is it’s own reward” art!

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