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July 31, 2015

Sacramento Parent Magazine | August 2015

I’m super honored and excited to have my images displayed for the cover and feature story of the August issue of Sacramento Parent! It was a blast to work with Cassandra and her family at the fire station where her husband works. I have to say, it’s pretty fun being a photographer and having a big, red, shiny firetruck as your main prop (not to mention the four gorgeous people in front of me)! Cassandra and her family are super inspiring! You can read the full article below or hop on over to the Sacramento Parent Magazine website.

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family photography firetruck firefighter sacramento

firefighter family in front of firetruck for portraits and magazine

brothers hugging in front of firetruck in firefighter gear for sacramento parent

July 31, 2015

Sweet Summertime Lighting

Probably my favorite thing about late summertime in Sacramento is the lighting. That hazy light flatters every skin tone and makes colors pop.

What a sweet family of three sitting in the cool shade of a willow tree.

Mom and dad with newborn baby sitting in the shade of a willow tree in Sacramento

The American River is the perfect place to cool off…

Maternity portrait at the American River in Sacramento

Such a beautiful backdrop for this beautiful family…

Family standing in front of colorful artwork in Sacramento

She just radiates sunshine…

Teenage girl with daisies in her hair in a grassy field

Quintessential summertime…

Little girl in yellow pants walking with mom along the American River

If you’d like to take advantage of this incredible time of year for your own portrait session, just call 916-933-8352 or email




June 28, 2015

Studio Sessions

This upcoming week is booked full, all with studio sessions! As the weather heats up, the new studio is becoming more and more popular, being a cool, calm space, away from the summer weather.  It’s been fun, exploring the light in the studio and trying out new backdrops. The light is a little different each hour of the day, and it’s been inspiring to form a new sort of intimate relationship with it.

During construction, this fun family wrote in and asked for a studio session. We set a date and I crossed my fingers and hoped the studio would be done by then… It was finished just a few days before (whew!), and everything fell perfectly into place. So, here’s a small sample of some of the first pictures coming out of the studio. I’m super happy with them and excited to see where things go from here!

graceful tween portraits in the studio

funny faces on a gray backdrop in studio

brother and sister hugs on gray studio backdrop

funny faces in the studio with white backdrop

humorous family photos in the sacramento studio

natural interactive studio family portraits in sacramento

paper airplanes make a great additional to this fun and quirky family session

brother and sister sibling pictures in the sacramento studio

If you’d like to book a studio session for your family, kids or brand-new baby, just give us a ring at 916.933.8352 or send us an email to

April 26, 2015

Taking a Trip to the River for Family Photos

For those of you who know me, taking a trip to the river for family photos is my idea of heaven. I’m a big lover of the outdoors and getting to combine that with photography, well, it’s just plain fun. The vast majority of my own most-loved childhood memories are filled with rivers, trails, critters and general wilderness, so there was a lot to draw from, creatively, when making these images with my clients. To top it all off, I just really like and admire this family, their personalities, their life-goals, and the way they choose to live.

We walked out a ways on a beautiful little trail that they visit regularly with the kids and found a secluded spot by the American River.

son on shoulders and daughter in arms by the river

And, well, you know me — we had to get “silly” right off the bat.

brother and sister hanging upside down and giggling

I could get lost in those blue eyes – she is such a beauty!

Here’s Jake in his native habit, clambering over boulders in a t-shirt and rolled up jeans. And that hair… I was literally staring at it when they got out of the car. I just love it!

balancing on rocks with mom by the American River

At these young ages, it’s not always a guarantee we are going to get two little faces smiling and looking at the camera but Jake and Gaby nailed it!

brother and sister laughing together on a blanket by the river rocks

The act of swinging like this needs a name. Right now, I call it “1-2-3-swing!”, but there’s got to be an actual official name for it… Any suggestions?

mom and dad swinging a laughing boy in their favorite spot

And this is the truth of how babies really kiss — with everything they’ve got! One of my favorite little memories from the day.

daughter giving daddy a big kiss


big blue eyes and smiles and a purple shirt for this little girl being held by her mom

And a little parting shot to close out the post… I love images like these because they are what makes up being a kid.

blond curly hair, white shirt and jeans and a parting shot

Call 916-933-8352 or email to book a session for your family! I know several great spots in the outdoors, perfect for family pictures in the Sacramento region.

April 20, 2015

Doing Family Portraits at Home

Although I have collected a ton of fun locations to use for shoots in Sacramento over the years, there’s something really special and intimate about doing family portraits at home.

I first met this family when they were pregnant with their youngest in 2009 and, back then, I remember talking with them about finding their “forever home”. They finally found it a few years ago and, since then, have poured themselves into every little detail. We wanted to celebrate by holding their next family photography session in their beautiful Arden Arcade home.

family portraits in front of their Arden Sacramento home

One of the great joys of photographing families over the years is getting to see the images we’ve created together on their walls! Some of them even made it into this picture!

taking pictures in front of the family portrait wall

Playing with Legos is a major part of these boys’ lives (as it is for so many including my completely obsessed nephews). And I’m kind of in love with the dog’s nose peering out from behind big brother’s shoulder…

boys playing with their star wars legos perfect for lifestyle family pictures

And it’s pretty much impossible not to laugh when attempting a family dog-pile. All we were missing was the dog!

all smiles and dog piles on the family bed while mom laughs

When they told me they were setting up a zip line in the back yard, and I was like, “YESSSSSS!”

zip lining the back yard in sacramento for family pictures

The boys themselves made a special request for this shot. They were super proud to be sitting up high in their plum tree.

brothers climbed their favorite tree in the back yard for their sacramento photography

I sort of jokingly asked Dad if he could throw his boys in the air, thinking he’d say “No way!” because they had grown up so much. To my surprise, he jumped at the opportunity and sent the boys flying! I think they were even a little shocked at how high they went. Ha!

dad throwing son in the air for lifestyle family portraits

Can’t forget the fur-kid! That tongue cracks me up…

sacramento brothers lying on the lawn for pictures with their spaniel dog

And if you’ve made it this far down the page, you get a fun little animated somersault surprise!

sacramento family portrait somersault in the back yard

This girl would die happy if every session I photographed was like this one!

If you’re interested in booking your own family photography session, give us a call at 916-933-8352 or shoot us an email at