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October 28, 2014

Six Grandkids Together at the State Capitol

When Grandma wrote in saying that she’d like a full set of portraits of her six grandkids together, I thought, “We’ll see how this goes!” But then they showed up, all smiling faces and just as sweet as can be! I couldn’t have asked for a better set of little subjects to work with. I mean, just look at these cuties:

six cousins all together for their child portraits on the capitol stairsWe giggled, jumped, played and told very silly jokes and had such a fun time.

cousins hug on the capitol stepsThey went with navy blue and white outfits, with some polka dots and denim thrown in the mix, and I think it turned out beautifully.

black and white checkered floor pairs well with their blue and white outfitsThese two below are twins and brother was showing off his strong-man muscles for his portrait.

twins show off their cute poses for the cameraI never had to ask twice for hugs. These kids really do love each other!

big hugs between the cousins for their child portraits at the capitol

climb up the tree for some pictures with your cousin in pretty blue and white dresses Cousins or best friends? I don’t think there is much of a difference in this case!

walking through the shaded trees for their portraits

October 7, 2014

Simple and Natural Family Portraits

You go on Pinterest these days and it’s all about styled shoots with LOADS of props and it often becomes more about the “stuff” in the photos than the family. For me, it’s all about the people and, personally, I find a beautiful set of simple family portraits to be actually quite refreshing. I’m not talking about boring, stock-still, “grip and grin” (as many of you have heard me call it) type pictures, but ones that really show the FAMILY, that show the LOVE and show the natural CONNECTION. If I fail to show that, then I’ve failed myself and my clients. That is what I work for in every shoot. And look how cute this family is!! They don’t need a single prop to help them show how much they are a family.

baby tickles and giggles with mom and dad by the riverThis little guy had just learned how to walk so I wanted to make sure to capture that in their session. This is the one time when I wish I had a videographer leaning over my shoulder…

learning to walk on the grass photosBig Sis was doing her best to help him. Love this shot.

big sister holds her little brothers hand at the parkWhat a beautiful family! Mom did such a good job on the clothes! Sweet, simple, beautiful. Perfect.

cuddled up together being family for their summer portraitsNo father son duo is going to escape my demands to kiss and tickle!

father and son natural summer portraitsUmmm… What can I say? ADORABLE. Look at that sweet smile!

mother and daughter summer portrait

parents with their children by the river taking picturesWe ended off the morning with some wet feet and big smiles. I’ll take it!

sister is showing off her pretty dress while little brother walks shirtless in the water

March 28, 2014

Brother + Sister Loft Studio Shoot

When Alex called me to schedule a secret photo shoot of the kids for his wife’s birthday, I was like, “Yessssss!” A few times a year, I’ll be made part of a special birthday surprise, and they are just my favorite! We decided to do a brother and sister shoot at my loft studio in Midtown Sacramento. Dad was a superstar and brought a whole bunch of outfits to try and we just whizzed around the modern studio and had a ton of fun.

little boy laughing red converse in modern eames chair

We have a bed in the loft which can be the perfect prop/background for fun playing sibling shots or soft and cozy newborn pictures.

cuddles with brother and sister

Because the studio is flooded with natural light, we aren’t weighed down with big artifical strobe lights and can just travel around, taking pictures all over the place.  I love this modern Eames-style chair with her hot-pink polka dot dress.

bright pink polka dot dress with white chair and window light

And I can’t leave out the adorable belly-laugh tickles that happened that day. These two get along so well!

brother and sister like to wrestle on the sofa

Things baskets are good for: keeping babies from running away, being giant teething rings, etc.

baby in a basket in the loft studio

There’s that toothy grin! She is just the cutest!

toothy baby grin in a basket

Having done newborn sessions for both of these beautiful children, it’s so fun watching them grow and turn into their own little people. In the picture below and on the left, she is just so close to standing up and walking away, giving us the sweetest little scrunch-pose.

learning to walk and funny expressions with kisses

sweet smiles from brother hanging out on the bed

I just adore these children — thank you for letting me be a part of this birthday surprise!

November 20, 2013

November Family Pictures in the Rolling Hills

I adore this family. They bring it all to their session: fun ideas, personality, intimate moments, stories, silly games for making their daughter giggle… That, plus of the little details that mark this moment in time as different from the others. I’ve been working with them since their little girl was still in mommy’s belly and it’s been such a joy to get to document their growth as a family year after year.

We always try out a new location together and this November we went for a little hike up in the rolling hills of Fairfield. The sun was setting and the light was skipping off the trees and dry grass in the most delicious way.

princess hands with daddy up on the hill

We discovered a fun bridge along the way, perfect for running on!

running on the bridge at rockville park in fairfield

They never fail to make each other laugh. I swear they are secretly models and just haven’t told me yet…

mommy makes her daughter giggle for their family portraits in fairfield

 

fun natural candid family portraits

Taking a little break at the top on an obliging picnic table. Look how the sun washes down in little rays from the right. It’s a small little detail but one of my favorites.

chin in hands, dylan relaxes with her pomeranian pup armani

Cuddling in the tall grass… Can you believe how cute their Pomeranian is? His name is Armani and he easily wins the prize for the easiest dog in the world to take pictures of. He listens well and always looks perfect when it’s his turn. Armani, can you tell all of the pups out there to be just like you???

the family cuddles together in the tall grass at rockville park fairfield

They always get their Seattle Seahawks picture in – I love it!

seahawk fans family portraits

Can’t wait for next year!

November 11, 2013

Learning to Walk | Family Portraits

You may recognize this family from their magazine cover and their darling family photography session from two years ago. Since then, they’ve added another awesome member to their crew: sweet little Eva who was just learning to walk when we did their family portraits this fall.

one year old learning to walk with pink dress

She would walk a few steps and be so proud of herself — that big smile and clapping hands are just adorable.

little one year old girl claps with a smile while she stands in her pink dress

Gorgeous family and a gorgeous home. What a stunning example of old California style architecture.

family portrait in front of their  old california style home

Their front door archway made the perfect little alcove for cuddling up next to one another.

family sits in archway of their old california style home for their family portraits

The property in the front of the house was a beautiful park-like setting that was perfect for a little game of football with Dad.

Father and son play football in front of their house

The autumn leaves were just beginning to show on these Japanese maples, making the perfect backdrop for this casual family portrait.

lounging by the pool for a family picture with chinese maple tree in background

I’m always trying to get kids to kiss each other — it’s too cute not to — but Wilder took it to the next level with a big two-handed smack-er-roo right on the mouth…

big kiss on sister's face with parents staying close by

And he was so pleased with the results! Oh my gosh – how I adore this child!

brother laughs after kissing sister