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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!

November 15, 2013

San Francisco Family Portraits

I adore this family. I’ve been working with them since their oldest boy was a few months old. It’s fun for me to look back at when I started my business here in Sacramento and spot those families who were with me from the very start and are still loyal clients today. I’m so grateful for those that return year after year, trusting me with their most important memories. I think I enjoy so much because we get to develop a relationship where I know them and they know me and it shows in the images. It’s hard to describe it exactly, but everyone seems to smile a little bigger, laugh a little longer and the kids really open up. Each year, this mom says that she loves the most recent collection of pictures the most, and I’d have to agree with her because each year, we grow and develop that really beautiful connection between client and artist.

For 2013, we went to San Francisco for our session and our first stop was the Legion of Honor. The columns there are so visually striking and make the perfect spot for family portraits.

legion of honor family portraits between the columns

Plus, I think the boys had a pretty good time running along the colonnade.

legion of honor pictures with kids

Next stop: Crissy Field with its big, sprawling grass lawns and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

everyone together for a family picture at Crissy Field

Up on the ridge with the city sprawling behind them — I think you can see the Palace of Fine Arts on the right there.

Up on the ridge for family pictures at Crissy Field

When we arrived at this spot, there were a whole bunch of people fishing off the dock. The seagulls were going crazy for the bait, flying in from everywhere.

birds flying around with the golden gate bridge in the background

Once we were about three-quarters of the way through, we headed on down to the beach, knowing that if the kids got their clothes wet, it would be okay…

family holding hands walking on the bridge in front of the golden gate bridge

And, boys being boys, they promptly did…

feet in the water at the beach

And loved every second of it!

dad holding son's hand at the beach all dressed up

I’m already looking forward to my next adventure with these fun people!

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