Concrete Jungle

For their 6th family photoshoot, Elaine and Victor decided to head to the concrete jungle of downtown San Francisco.  They climbed on things, did high jumps at a waterfall, strutted their stuff in a mock fashion show, and ate Beard Papa pastries.  *drool*

What a fun morning in the big city!

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Below is my favorite sequence of the shoot.  Elaine’s reaction was absolutely priceless!  :)

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The Travel Shoot

Since their Dream Shoot, Brenda and Benny wanted to change things up this year.  No more cold morning shoots!  So they were thinking the late afternoon, during the “golden hour”, and to try a Styled Shoot.  But what theme?

The F Family travel a lot.  And I mean A LOT!  It feels like every month, but I don’t know exactly.  All I know is that I have to plan far ahead if I want to see them because they may be in Europe or Asia or one of the islands of Hawaii or some other area around the globe.  With Benny in the airline industry, that’s how they roll!  Lucky, right?!!

Whoops, I digress. 

So travel was a glaringly obvious theme that clearly represents what they do together as a family.  However, The F Family had a couple major life events just before their shoot — like buying a new house — so having a styled shoot almost didn’t happen.  After a few encouraging texts (hee hee), Brenda started gathering a few travel-related items, and the props came together just in-time!

The globe is from Brenda’s workplace, the vintage suitcase belongs to a friend, the map is of their new hometown, travel books are of places they’ve been or want to go, their passports, candy and snacks are from Japan where they just visited, and even the paper lanterns have significance.  They are from Brenda’s first race with her older daughters, Brianna and Bailey!  They played a food game too, which was to represent Brenda’s profession as a Food Scientist.  Oh, how I love Styled Shoots and this family!

[Fun fact:  Brenda is one of my best friends for over 20 years, so this isn't just any Styled Shoot, but a Styled Shoot of one of my besties and her family!]

Scroll down to take a walk into the Redwood Forest with The F Family…

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Little Pumpkin

When you are born in mid-October, it only makes sense to have your One Year Photoshoot at a pumpkin patch!

Baby Evelyn, with her 4 glorious teeth and soulful eyes, was super chill and let her parents change her numerous times on picnic tables and even in the car trunk.  She didn’t make a peep or fuss ever.  In fact, she smiled whenever someone looked at her and clapped joyfully when her dad yelled out sport chants.  Do babies come any cuter?!!

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Drooly and Curious

Even after a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate, and kisses from my kids, I still can’t form complete. Sentences. ;)

So I’ll make this short!

Emily and Danny have really sweet kids.  Rory (short for Aurora) is gentle and caring, and Baby Dexter (all of 6 months old) is drooly and curious.  He kept following me and my camera that once he leaned his head so far back that it looked like he was preparing for a gymnastics event — hee hee.  I also think he was trying to investigate my camera…with his mouth!

Just look at the photos and you’ll see what I mean…

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Three and Three Equals Four

My math and speling are gud.  Reelie!  ;)

Last weekend, I photographed three year old Aidan and his little brother Asher who is three months old.  With baby Asher, The G Family is now a family of FOUR.  See, what’d I tell ya?!!

In all seriousness, look how adorable the brothers are and check out how Sara beautifully coordinated the family’s outfits.  They even match their home decor, which was luxurious!  We shot a few photos outside their home too, but I had to post indoor shots only because I am loving the beige suede and greyish blue tones.

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Commercial Photography: Pinewood 2

There are many niches in Photography.  I have to say, I absolutely LOVE bringing my Lifestyle twist to Commercial Photography.

When I visited Pinewood School’s Lower and Middle Campuses last week, I had between 15 to 30 minutes per area to photograph it.

For 7 1/2 hours, I was on high alert for all things beautiful:  smiling faces, focused students, engaged instructors, good light, colorful backdrops, special moments… Details that represent student life on campus.  I was also constantly looking out for things to avoid, like distracting elements on students and in backgrounds.

I had limited time to get the shots that tell the story of the schools and minimal ability to set things up as these were actual students in their classes.  It was nonstop excitement.  My adrenaline is pumping just thinking about it!

Lower Campus (Grades K – 2)

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Middle Campus (Grades 3 – 6)

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Commercial Photography: Pinewood 1

When you’re a parent, you want the best for your children.  Choosing a school can be so hard because we know that a good school is beyond lesson plans and grades.

It was my pleasure to return to Pinewood School’s Upper Campus (Grades 7 – 12) to photograph their new programs, campus changes, and the delightful student body!

Below is a sneak peek of my day there.  And if you missed it, you have to check out their football practice photos!

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You Can Dance

There are times things go the way you planned, and there are times you hit bumps in the road.  Some big, some small.  Some easy to forget, some that stay with you forever.  One thing you can always do…

You can not let things bother you and… you can dance!   :)

This lovely family demonstrated just that!  We had an obstacle the morning of their shoot, but it didn’t matter.  We ran around San Francisco, ate some sweets, and The L Family even danced in the corridor by some mural posters.  They had the best attitude that translated to everyday matters as well as bigger life situations.  I adore them!

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Photographing Images With More Pizzazz

DPS just published my latest article, and I am excited to share it with you!

I’ve been doing this lesson for decades.  Yes, THAT long!  :)  It has helped me see plain, everyday things differently.  Does this translate to my Lifestyle Photography?  Yes, indeed.  And now I’m sharing my secret lesson with you!

[NOTE:  You do not have to be a Professional Photographer to gain from this 10-minute lesson.  I was doing this well before starting my own business.  You can be at any level, be any age and have any type of equipment.]

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Football at Sunset

Part of my Commercial Shoot last week was to photograph a High School football team during practice.

It was early evening and the sun was starting to set over the tall pine trees.  Between the golden sunlight and the intensity and passion of the players, I don’t think football has ever looked so good!

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