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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New Guinea, France and an African Savanna

Photographing The C Family made me realize a couple things:

1. How completely amazing it is to see Dani and Charlie over the past few years because not only have I watched them grow physically, but also watched their relationship with me grow!

It made a huge difference in the kids feeling relaxed the minute the shoot began.  I could tell they didn’t hold back AT ALL.  Dresses were flying and big smiling faces were so close to me that my camera couldn’t always focus!

2. I wish I had a sister growing up!

When Dani and Charlie are near each other, they have to make contact and interact — like holding hands, whispering in ears and hugging.  Sometimes their hugs looked like WWE Women’s Wrestling moves, but still.  ;)  Their relationship is the epitome of Sisterhood.

This Lifestyle Family Photography session was full of adventure…

Alex, Roberta and their darling girls stopped by New Guinea to see artwork, set up a French dessert shop near a pond reminiscent of Claude Monet, and then went trekking in an African savanna.  (That’s what it looked like at least!)

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Saturday Morning

The L Family live in the cute, sleepy town of San Anselmo.  Julie and André have two darling children, Alex (3) and Ethan (8 months), and their days are busy, but filled with oh-so-sweet moments.

This shoot was more of “A Day In The Life” as I just followed them around and photographed their Saturday morning.

Morning rituals are extremely precious because they evolve as the kids grow older.  Years from now, when Julie and André look at these images, they will be transported to the time when their 3 year old learned to pour her own milk and their son is a happy, drooly chunky monkey!  :)

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Thank you, Julie and André, for inviting me into your home and letting me spend the morning with you.  Tell Alex I had a lot of fun playing with her and hope to see her and her brother again soon.  :)    ~annie

Lean On Each Other

Last weekend, I played at a barn with a very special family who is dear to my heart.  I’ve been so fortunate to have photographed The N Family since Sohan was a toddler, then when Rashmi was pregnant, again when Tejan was born; and then got to follow their development as a family of four until now.

Each year goes by quickly and each year, I feel so much joy in seeing Sohan and Tejan’s beautiful beautiful smiles, hearing what they are up to, and getting many bear hugs!  I am so proud of these boys.  They are incredible individuals who are strong and smart, and they love one another.  You can see it in how they lean on each other — both literally and figuratively!

One thing I always forget is Rashmi’s stunning beauty.  She is beautiful on the inside and she makes me laugh HARD because she doesn’t hold back (love her!), so I forget just how beautiful she is on the outside too.  So, you’ll see some of her in this sneak peek.  I can’t help it.

And Sat.  I adore how he spills over with love for his boys.  He is the kind of dad who doesn’t stand on the side, but rather, is there with the action.  In fact, he’s usually the one who instigates the activities, like climbing huuuuuge trees.  If there’s a will, there’s a way!  ;)

Enjoy the sneak peek.

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Soaking It In

It was recently my son’s 7th birthday.  Like I mentioned in my girls’ Fairytale Shoot, birthdays aren’t my favorite.

I’ve learned from having my dad, stepmom and other family members pass away that you have to enjoy the everyday moments because what may seem small and inconsequential now are often the things you’ll miss the most later in life.  Reading bedtime stories to your kids, helping them brush their teeth, teaching your kids how to tie their shoes.

Soon, we as parents just sit back and watch our kids soar, with wings, on their own.  It is a miraculous thing to watch, and I am filled with pride when they develop new skills and with joy when they learn new things about themselves.  I just don’t want time to move too quickly.

I am glad Ian still feels comforted to be with me when he is having a bad day.  He holds my hand when we are out and carries my bags like a gentleman.  He gives me kisses and shows me things he is proud of or excited about.  He gets sad when I am sad, which I don’t prefer, but it touches my heart that he can be empathetic and caring.  He loves to read, hates to write, and has discovered a love for soccer.  I’m trying my best to soak it all in — my heart, my soul, my memory.

I don’t want to get too sentimental, so I’ll just share with you some photos I took for Ian’s birthday shoot at a library and a few of my favorite quotes about children. <3

Enjoy the everyday moments, my friends!   xoxo   ~annie

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Family = where life begins and love never ends

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Silence is Golden….
Unless you have Kids,
Then silence is just Suspicious.

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While we try to teach our children all about life.
Our children teach us what life is all about.

The Impossible

I didn’t think it was possible to adore these kids and their sweet family EVEN MORE than I already do!

Seeing Mateo and Anea speak respectfully to one another and play gently together…. my jaw dropped in awe.  (Really!  I came home and told my hubby all about these amazingly sweet kids.)  Hearing Mateo come up with lines to his latest poem during our hike in the woods… my heart melted.  Watching Nea stop what she was doing to smile at me showed how she grew up with me and my camera… my arms hugged her.  Twice. 

So I’ve learned it first-hand:  the impossible is possible!

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Fallen Tree

What do you do when you plan an early morning shoot in the city to get coastal fog and cool air in a location you’ve shot at a million times, a lush woodsy park…

But once you arrive, you are greeted by unusually bright sun and discover that California’s severe drought had dried up most of the woods, so the area was now mostly dirt and piles of dead branches?!!

You veer off-course to get some urban images and then hang out on an uprooted, fallen tree.  That’s what!

Check out how much fun The S Family had a few days ago in San Francisco!  Dirt schmirt…we didn’t care.  :)

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Published on Love+Wander

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Published in Love Inc Magazine

I am so excited to see Brooke and Emmy’s nuptials featured in Love Inc Magazine!  They are truly two of the kindest, coolest people I’ve met, and their love story is one worth sharing with the World.  xoxo ~annie

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Thoughts of Summer

Regardless of what the calendar says when seasons begin and end, our end of Summer is marked by the start of school, which is around the corner.  Sigh.  I am already thinking about the Summer, like it was ages ago.

One of my favorite memories of this Summer was when we were on vacation in Cape Cod…

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It had been raining all day.

When the rain was light, I went outside to pick fresh herbs from the garden and was cooking in the kitchen while my husband played Monopoly in the livingroom with the kids.

Because there was a large deck, we were able to leave the windows and doors open, so we could enjoy the sounds of the rain.

All I heard was music, the rhythmic sounds of the rain, and laughter.

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