In Full Color

Like the many hues and shades of colors, there are many feelings to sense, people to meet, and experiences to have.  To live a full life is to have as many of these as possible.

Priti and Rachad know how to live life in full color!

Last year, we had a sunset shoot on a boat in the Bay, and last weekend, we shot early morning in the Mission District between garages, litter, and bikers.  We embraced the contrast.  Regardless of when and where we shoot, this family has all the feels.  You may even be able to tell we had a little bit of fun too!  ;)

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Blessed

Once in awhile I have a family shoot that floods me with mushy feelings of how blessed I am.  This weekend’s family was one of them.

I’ve been photographing Dave and Winnie since 2009 when their only baby was Colby, their puppy.  We brought Colby all around town and even into a bookstore (shhhh, no one saw).  And then I saw them in 2011 to photograph their darling baby girl who wore a little tiger onesie for her one year old birthday.  I remember “Bina” smiling through all the outfit changes.  Her little face was — and still is — heart-melting.

To watch this family turn into a family of four (five, counting Colby) and then see the kids grow up makes my heart swell.

Alright, let’s get to the photos!  We have to start with this series of Dave and Oliver because I can’t stop looking at them without smiling.  ❤️

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One of a Kind

No two shoots are the same.  Whether I am photographing the same family multiple times or a different family in the same location, every shoot is one of a kind.

Just like the families who are unique in their relationships, interests, goals, achievements and struggles… their photoshoot images should represent their uniqueness too.  That’s why I will always shoot in this style of portraiture.

Lifestyle Photography has always been my favorite.

Take Dai’s shoot this weekend, as an example.  This was their first professional shoot ever!  And it was my Nth time shooting at this location, but it was the first time I had a fairy princess cast spells there, the first time I found currants growing on vines, and the first time I had a little fella with suspenders eating benches and plugging daddy’s ear — tee hee!

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Say Nothing

I admit it.  I like to talk, especially when it is about topics I am passionate about — like art and photography, marketing, color and light, friends, meaning of life, parenting, life lessons, my family, my puppy.  But sometimes, I find it healthy to step back and say nothing.  (I can see my husband slowly shaking his head right now.  haha)

I met this boy, Henry, last weekend.  I have sooooooo much to say about him and his parents….how they interact with each other, what they did at their shoot, their relationship.

Instead, I’ll let the images tell their story.  ❤️

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Superglue

After the rain, everything is quieter.  Greener.  Fresher.

It was really beautiful to photograph, even without the sun.  The farmland by the woods was really quiet and empty, and the green color of the moss on the trees and the damp leaves illuminated.  Even the smell… it was invigoratingly clean.

The best part of the shoot, however, was seeing Alex and Roberta’s girls and giving them great big bear hugs.  I’ve missed seeing their smiley faces and how sweet they are with each other.  These two are the ones who makes me wish I had a sister.  Their Superglue bond is undeniable and a joy to see.

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Glow

Some may think it’s a “pregnancy glow”, but I think it’s a glow from being Christine.  :)

I had never met Christine til the day of her shoot, and right away, I could see she had a personality that glowed from the inside.  You know what I’m talking about!  She smiled a lot, had the kindest eyes, and was thoughtful to strangers around us at the park.  I found myself hugging her, like I had known her for years.

On top of that, she had the cutest baby bump that, even at 37 weeks gestation, you could only see when she stood sideways.

Daddy-to-be, Kevin, was funny and cool.  He had the kind of dry humor that I love from growing up in the East Coast.  I had a really fun afternoon with these two, and I know they’ll be wonderful parents to their little one.

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Purest Form of Love

Photographing engaged couples is capturing the purest form of a couple’s love.  It’s the love that represents their relationship… the reason why they are attracted to each other… the reason why they are choosing to be together forever.

It was heart-warming to witness Ashley and Brian’s purest form of love.  I was giggling with them and fell in love with their love!  ❤️

I can’t even look at their photos without feeling warm and gooey…and giggly.

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Leaning Into Each Other

I can always tell when families are close in the way that they lean into each other without even realizing it.

It may be when they’re hugging… they leeeean all the way in.  It may be in how they hold hands… they lean their bodies towards one another or even lean forward, like in a trust fall.  It may be when they’re sitting close together… they rest against each other in a relaxed puddle of gooey love.

There was a bunch of leaning going on at this shoot with The S Family!

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San Francisco Urban Garden

When you love something, nothing will keep you away. 

Emily and Danny were thinking of having a different photoshoot than their last few, like shoot in the city surrounded by cool architecture instead of a garden.  Their kids, Aurora and Dex, had a different plan.

They were drawn towards all flowers, fallen leaves, and wandering petals.  They collected them on large crunchy maple leaves and held them with care, so they wouldn’t get blown away.  Even in a location where 95% of their surroundings was concrete and metal, they’d find the small patch of nature and head there with great big smiles.

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Lost in Light

Admittedly we were lost a few times while hiking on a mountain ridge that none of us had been to before — but when we arrived at the top, it was the most glorious sunlight.

So we let the golden sunset bathe us while we gathered our thoughts, took in the fresh air, and gazed at the view.

Our being lost temporarily was nothing compared to the benefits of being lost in the beautiful light.

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