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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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