The Lake Shoot

The morning was so quiet that we could hear our own footsteps, soft voices, and pebbles splashing as they hit the water.  The air was crisp, a nice break from the recent humidity.  We were in awe of the serenity at the lake and watched the fog roll across the surface of the water.  Ducks scattered from the long grass when we approached.

This scenery set the tone of our lake shoot.

There was a certain radiance in how natural the smiles and interactions happened.  Holding hands, hugging, climbing trees and rocks, running along windy dirt paths, laughing about hot dogs on a stick… ❤️

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Rainbow Light

I try my best to shoot in good light.  After considering the location, time of the day, time of year, and weather forecast, the rest is left up to chance.  It’s like rolling the dice.  You get what you get, and you see it when you arrive!

This weekend at the beach, we started the morning with dense fog that covered the skyline.  Later, we had golden sunshine and even pink haze.  Looking at the images altogether feels like I’m looking at a rainbow of lights, and I love it!

Along with the carefree fun that is inevitable when you are barefoot at the beach, it was a wonderful morning with Olivia, Emma and their parents, Bau and Kristin.

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Luna

Her name is so cool that my youngest decided when she is older (much MUCH older, thank you very much), she wants to have twins named Luna and Moon.  After I gasped and grabbed at my chest from hearing my kid bring up the topic of pregnancy at age 7 (*shudder*), I realized she was just saying how much she liked the name, which is understandable.  Phew.

Sorry I digress.  I’m just blog-chatting while sipping my coffee.  :)

Luna is ONE this month, so we did a special shoot where we captured her stuffed animal-loving, music-playing, face plant-diving fearless personality at home first.  Then we headed outdoors after her older brother Bennett woke up from his nap to capture Luna with her entire family.  It was so much fun!

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[If you want to see Bennett’s 1 year old shoot, click here.  Both kids like to dive off furniture apparently!  haha.]

One…Two…Three

Tim and Elaine know how to roll with the punches.  Their location wasn’t open early enough.  No problem.  There was a potentially violent political rally at our shoot location.  It’ll be fine.  The morning of, there were unexpected road closures because of a half-marathon.  Let’s change locations.

And it turned out to be a magnificent change.

We had THE most amazing light (our original location would’ve had very bright sunlight), and because Elaine, Tim, Izzy and Sophia didn’t even break a sweat from our change of venue, they arrived relaxed and comfortable.

This super chill San Francisco family even played a game where I counted to three, and they’d peek out from trees in the woods in whatever way they wanted.  No one knew which direction or expression they’d make.  It was pretty silly, but it set a tone for the whole shoot.  It allowed Elaine, Tim, Izzy and Sophia to be their playful, fun, loving selves. ❤️

One… two… three!

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Renovate and Celebrate

When you are ready to buy a new house, but you love your current city, property, and schools… you don’t move.  Instead, you renovate!

When I saw Rashmi and Sat’s house mid-renovation (they were kind enough to buy Girl Scout cookies from my daughters), I had to pick my jaw off the floor!  It was obvious we have their next photoshoot location.

This tailor-made home is stylish and warm, just like Rashmi who decided every detail.  And this shoot captures — and celebrates — their family life right now in their newly renovated home.

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Commercial Photography: City Build

It was time for shoot #3 of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) adult education ad campaign.  This time, I photographed students from their City Build program.  [Here is my post about the first two CCSF shoots.]

They only need one of these images.  Good luck with that ‘cuz I love them ALL!

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Bubble Tea

Families can be described immeasurable ways.  Here are a few I found online that struck my fancy:  {authors unknown}

Family:  an anchor during rough waters.
Family – like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.

But have you ever heard this one by Annie Tao?   :)

Family is like bubble tea.  You are awesome to most, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  And no matter what, you always stick together!

Don’t worry, I won’t write fortunes in a fortune cookie factory!  hahaha.  I’m sure I’d be fired.  With my silliness aside, check out this family’s lifestyle shoot of shopping and drinking bubble tea!

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Commercial Photography: City College of SF

Perhaps you returned to school after you identified your passion.  Maybe life got in the way and you are now back on the path to earn your GED.  Whatever your story is, I applaud those who return to school because it takes a lot of tenacity and desire to grow to do that.

I met a few students from City College of San Francisco and had the privilege of capturing part of their lives with someone who supports or inspires them.  It was invigorating to hear their stories, and the culinary class made me want to take a class (and made me hungry).  :P

Here’s a peek of my 2-day Commercial Shoot with City College of San Francisco.  I can’t wait to see the ads around my favorite city!

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Whoops, that’s my iced tea!  ;)

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Something Is In My Eye

I first met Heather and Brent the week of their 3 year anniversary when their only child was a four-legged one.  That was back in 2009.

Since then, I’ve watched their family grow each year.  And get this:  I got to meet each of their beautiful babies a few days after they returned from the hospital!  How awesome is that?!!

I really do love this family and will miss them.  ❤️  Dang it, something is in my eye.

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If you want to see how different Heather and Brent’s past photoshoots have been, grab a drink (or a tissue, in my case) and get comfy: 

Autumn in the Park (2016)

Twinkle Twinkle (2015)

Little Pumpkin (2014)

Newborn Evy (2013)

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (2009)

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When Your Heart is Full

When your heart is full, you allow yourself to feel a wider array of emotions — and you approach life with more confidence because you know everything isn’t always perfect, but everything is the way it is supposed to be.  Man, I should’ve been a philosopher!  ;)

Tim and Jennifer seem this way to me.

Their photoshoots are always filled with emotion that make me want to find reason to hang out with them even longer just to be around that kind of energy.  Even when there is no activity and everyone is calm, there is tenderness and love radiating from them.  It really is beautiful to see and photograph.

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