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Thursday, November 27 2014

San Mateo, CA Mini Session Photographer: Books

Last month, if you’ll remember I had a last minute opening for a mini session in San Mateo. C sent me a note after her cousin, who had recently received her portraits from me told her about it. Thanx, C! I love getting to meet the extended families and friends of my clients. It’s, honestly, one of the biggest compliments I can get, and how I’ve grown my business. It’s also why every year I’m adding more and more mini session events on the calendar.

C and T have two beautiful children: a bouncing baby boy, and a studious pre-teen.

Seriously, this girl… I had to marvel. K came to our session and brought a book, because she loves reading THAT much (or maybe she loved reading “Kylie the Carnival Fairy” that much). For each photo she wasn’t in, she was eagerly asking for her book. How can I want to get in the middle of that? So, like most other things, I go with my motto: don’t beat them: join them. It was great! She got to see what happened on the next page, and I got to capture who she honestly is… down to the smiley face sticker still on her hand.

Meanwhile, little B has the most sparkly eyes. And that hair. All that hair. He’s a loved little man, to be sure. Snuggles with mom; learning about dandy-lions with his big sister — he’s got a good thing going.

Thank you for jumping on that opening, guys! I’m so glad it worked out.
Meanwhile, if you would like to reserve a session and my calendar is full, don’t dispair — let me know. Also be sure to follow my Facebook page. I post my openings, including last minute ones there so that you can jump on the opportunity if your schedule allows.
 

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Tuesday, November 25 2014

Belmont, CA Child & Family Photographer: Lovely, lovely, lovely

Look at these girls!!! Such ladies they are becoming.

I remember the very first time I photographed this family — Little O was 2 and more or less preferred to be on the side of the camera than in front of it. I felt lucky to get 5 photos of her that day. And now? She’s just about a pro at having her portrait taken — she’s got her game face on, which is silly, totally herself herself, and not to mention stinkin’ cute. I enjoyed doing some “see no evil/hear no evil” pictures with her — she just strikes me as that kinda girl — the kind-hearted little mischief maker you don’t want to turn your back on for too long ;p
Big sister A is so remarkable too. Last year she started styling her family for our shoots, and they continue to look great! I really wanted to show how much she’s growing up too, and did some more sophisticated portraits with her too, still working to preserve her pre-teen personality. There was some tree hugging too.

We ended our shoot with some 1:1 photos for just mom and dad. I love taking the time to photograph just the parents alone. There just comes a time when the kids are old enough to loiter at my feet while Mom and Dad snag a few photos of just themselves to remind them of the unit that began the family.

This session also took place at NDNU in Belmont. I feel so fortunate this year! I’ve returned to some locations from the past, but also ventured out into some new spots and it’s been a fabulous win! While NDNU has been in my repertoire before, it’s nice to be able to show off it’s amazing variety of scenes: all just within 30 ft of each other. Seriously! I’m loving the afternoon light here, especially in the fall.

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Thursday, November 20 2014

San Mateo, CA Family & Child Photographer: Welcome back!

A couple of years back I photographed this family at the Redwood City City Hall. I developed an instant attachment to the images from that session and by now you’ve seen them on various portions of my site, social shares and marketing materials.
It wasn’t just because I felt they were interesting to look at: it was because of how A and G felt so at ease with me, and how the love they outwardly showed to their little guy just resonated with me so much. I look back on that session as a model for the kind of photography I continuously want to deliver.

Since our last meeting, A and G welcomed a baby girl to their family. She looks so much like her big bro. And those lips? Oh my, those lips!!! Pout-y and adorable, and paired with those big sparkly eyes of hers? Yeah, she’s developing her killer look now :) For her individual portraits, we put her by the grass and she sat there so enthralled by the poky grass. I tell you, she would’ve hung out there for an hour if she could.

Her big brother, though? Not so much — he’s the energy ball I expect this three year old to be. He looooved running around. My favorite part about him this time, though? How willing he was to laugh just because his dad said something was funny. And I mean, the big belly kind of laugh — incredible! He also did a fantastic job keeping mom and dad from any possible kissing they might do. I captured it (and am showing you too). He enjoyed it a little too much, if you ask me — I mean look at that smile ;p

This session took place at College of San Mateo. G used to take classes here a while ago, and we chatted about how much the campus has changed. I’m enjoying this space so much. So much variety. You’ve seen it on wet days, and it’s wooded sights — now a bit of it’s wonderful landscaping design. And more is still to come! I can’t wait to photograph here more!

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Sunday, November 16 2014

San Mateo, CA Family & Child Photographer: Sun Hide and Seek

Here one minute; gone the next — that was more or less the sun’s performance for us on this morning’s mini session. I guess that comes with the territory shooting in the fall on the San Mateo beach. While the light “Hide and Seek” was a challenge to work around, I took advantage of the cloud-covered sun to use the tall fennel as the backdrop for this family’s portraits. It’s not something that works out this time of year.

G and his baby sister, C, are growing up. Last year, C was snuggled in her momma’s belly. Now she’s is all over crawling, and has the sweetest 2-bottom-toothed smile. There’s a lot of love and admiration with these two. It’s awesome to see how sweet G is with his baby sister. He’s got superhero’s on the brain on one side, and snuggles for C on the other. It’s pretty great!

We took these images at the San Mateo Yacht Club. It’s right by the Bay Trails of Coyote Point. I had two mini session events there, so you’ll be seeing lots from this location over time. Sadly, the sun this time of year never really moves to a point where having the boats in the background works out too well, but one of these days I’m hoping it will work out to get some awesome boat shots as well.
 

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Saturday, November 15 2014

San Mateo, CA Child & Family Photographer: Lifelong Friends

I have known this amazing woman for the past 20 years. Isn’t it amazing to look at that kind of number? We grew up together and have shared every major life milestone with one another. And it all started on a sunny summer day where we met in our apartment complex’ pool. We spent that summer literally inseparable and have been close ever since. While our busy family & professional lives, along with distance keep us apart most of the time, I know we are the kind of friends that will always be there for one another.

I’ve been S and P’s family photographer for a little while now too. It’s been an interesting turn, since S attended an amazing arts high school, and then went on to the Rhode Island School of Design. Though she’s an architect today, she took photography classes herself, and actually one of my favorite photos of me was taken by her. So I feel pretty fortunate to be able to turn things around and photograph her family.

You’ve seen these guys, first with her growing bump with O, then as O turned one, and most recently on my last Mother’s Day mini sessions. Since then, S and P’s family has grown by another two little feet: with little P joining their brood. This is her debut to you guys… and at 10 months old, she’s debuting that she’s ready to enter the world of the walkers. It won’t be too long guys that you have to chase two little peanuts in opposite directions. May luck be on your side: I have lots of sympathy for you.

We held this past session at College of San Mateo. I am seriously loving working here and can’t wait to invite more clients to do sessions here. While this has been my go-to for rainy days and mid-day sessions on the Peninsula, I’m now exploring the grounds in better light and weather. There’s a lovely grove of eucalyptus trees where we shot these images, but the architecture is also amazing, and you’ll see some more examples of the diversity of that campus coming up soon too. And I’ve only just began to scratch the surface of that campus. I just get giddy when I find places like this. So stay tuned for more of this campus, and ask me for it when you book with me. You won’t be disappointed! Promise.
 

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