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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 27, 2014

Pretty Little Princess Pictures

You may remember some of these beautiful faces from their previous maternity and newborn sessions with me. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting their second child (a little boy) in April so we celebrated the occasion with a fun maternity session by the river on a cloudy day in March. We thought we’d sneak in a few cute pictures of my niece, Olivia, in her stunning little princess dress, and then this happened…

ADORABLE-NESS!!!!

crouched down in a marilyn monroe pose

And we played a little “Let it Go” on the iPhone to capture some of her sweet dance moves.

dancing to "let it go" in her princess dress

Olivia is still so little (she turns two at the end of March) and seeing her standing alongside her mommy here, just makes my heart do a little flip.

family portraits with mommy and daughter and a navajo blanket

Since my family is from LA, we wanted to pick a spot that they wouldn’t be able to easily find down there. The river in town is so low these days that we can walk right out in to the middle of it and include the beautiful rocks and water. ¬†It made a perfect spot for some family portraits and playing by the water’s edge.

daughter being thrown in the air with pregnant mommy at william b pond

daddy cuddles and kisses by the river family portraits

pregnancy pictures in sacramento

wild little niece doing the splits for family pictures

Looking forward to visiting them in LA next month for their newborn portraits!

December 9, 2013

Sacramento Family Portraits at the River

Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in work, headed for the Christmas finish line over here, I had to pause a moment to share this darling family session at the river. We shot here in the last week of November and it was relatively warm with some leaves still on the trees. The water was low enough that we could walk right out into the middle of the river and have some beautiful water in the background – something that is not always possible when taking pictures by water – there are so many variables that come into play but everything worked just perfectly here: the soft light, the low level of the river, the warm fall colors… I love it! And on top of all that, I had this GORGEOUS family to work with! I’ve been photographing them since the birth of their first baby and now they have two!

dad holds baby daughter in air with her brown ugg boots and corduroy dress

It was little Miss Kate’s time to shine for this session, so we made sure to capture her with Mom and Dad as well as on her own. So many smiles from this little ladybug! She was such a happy baby!

six month old baby portraits on the american river

 

brother and sister sit together on a blanket at the river with water in the background

We have been working together long enough now that we’ve become a real team, making it easier to really nail the most important shots. (One of the unseen values to keeping a relationship with a photographer you love.)

classic family portrait with the sacramento river in the background

One of my favorite images of the day: father and son throwing rocks on the river.

father and son throw rocks together at the river with trees and water in the background

Then we headed over to the park. I have a feeling they’ll end up using this one for their Christmas card this year…

mom and dad back to back with two kids laughing and kissing at the park with fall colors

And I don’t want to forget Luke! In between all of the energetic buzzing around (like all little boys his age), he lets us capture some real gems in those in-between moments.

little boy on a vintage chair at the park and walking with mom down the shaded path

 

November 20, 2013

Apple Hill Fall Color Family Photography

Who doesn’t love the Apple Hill area for family photography in November, just overflowing with fall color? We found three lovely groves of trees and just had a grand ol’ time, running around and playing.

boy running through the chestnut orchard enveloped by yellow foliage

It’s like having flowers in the sky…

red yellow orange leaves are perfect for fall photos in november

This obliging set of fir trees also looked quite pretty in the afternoon light.

laughing in front of logs at apple hill

Piggy back rides are always a winner with five-year-olds!

riding piggy back on dads shoulders is fun

This family was one of my very first clients here in Sacramento, over five years ago. I first met them when their little boy was 9 days old and now he is five! My, how time flies… I’m so glad we captured all of the years in between!

classic family portrait in the apple orchard

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!