in baby

Today is January 1st, 2013. There have been a few times in my life when I have deliberately marked the day in my mind as one to remember. There was one time in 1988 (I was eight years old) and I was writing the date at the top of my school essay and I told myself to always remember that day because I wanted to think back on that time in the year 2013 and know that I was in the future (and old – ha!).  Well, now it’s 2013 and I fully expected to be teleporting and ordering food out of a replicator at this point. Oh well, my iPhone and Prius will have to suffice.

And looking back on 2012 – whew! What a whirlwind! You might have noticed the blog got a bit neglected starting around July because that’s when the “holiday season” started for me and I’ve been in a dead run for 2013 ever since. With this little break for New Year’s Day, I wanted to take some time to make sure that I shared some of the many beautiful families that I had the fortune to meet and document in 2012.

One of the best parts about my job is shooting on location, so when I got the call from these lovely people to come out and visit them in their home in Lotus, CA, I was excited. However, it was whole other level of excitement when I pulled up to their stunning property which had, perched at the top of a hill, a perfect log cabin nestled amongst a grove of glowing oak trees.

mom and dad holding baby in a blanket at their cabin in lotus

The porch of the cabin made a great spot for taking pictures.

dad flying son overhead like a little airplaneAnd inside there was just enough light to get some beautiful close-ups.

baby with big eyes looking up black and whiteHe’s like, “Check out my cute teeth!”

baby with knitted hat smiling at mom on the blanketI love all of the love in this shot.

mom and dad kissing baby on the porch of their log cabin

one year old baby grabbing his pudgy feetGotta love the expressions in this one. Ha!

dad throwing baby up in the air while mom looks on and smiles

A couple of little snippets from an email that this awesome mom sent me after receiving her order:

“Everything was so beautifully packaged and lovingly wrapped to the last detail.  There was so much care and attention, it really was a delightful experience!  Christmas came early!  The 11×14 of Jake in the black and white brought tears to my eyes, it is such a beautiful photo — I just love him so much and you captured his essence better than I ever have during his (almost) year with us.

Thank you so much for all your work. Your care and attention really make a difference.  We appreciate it!  I hope I have the opportunity to recommend you and sing your praises to others!”